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Twenty-five years on from the largest domestic terror incident in American history, journalist Leah Sottile investigates the legacy of the Oklahoma City Bombing.

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Episode 11: Insurrection

Jan 25 • 27:53
In the run up to the 2020 Presidential election, journalist Leah Sottile explored the motivations and agendas of America’s far right for the Radio 4 series Two Minutes Past Nine. Recordings were made against a backdrop of a country that felt tense, divided and dangerous.

In the past month, a lot has happened. In this reactive and raw programme, Leah explores America’s far-...

Episode 10: The Oklahoma Standard

Oct 2 • 13:57
25 years after Timothy McVeigh bombed the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City, journalist Leah Sottile investigates the far-right today in a divided and turbulent America.

Presenter: Leah Sottile
Producer: Georgia Catt
Editor: Philip Sellars

Narration recorded by Joe Preston
Additional Research by Robbie Wojciechowski

Featuring Archive from the Oklahoma City National Memorial &...

Episode 9: Gathering Storm

Oct 1 • 14:01
When Timothy McVeigh bombed the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City he believed he was firing the first shot in a revolution that would bring down the American Government. He expected that others would flock to his cause.

That didn’t happen. In the immediate aftermath many left the movement.

But in the years that followed events would unfold that would see the far right re-...

Episode 8: Bombs in the desert

Sep 30 • 14:06
On April 19th 1995, 26 year old Timothy McVeigh committed the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in American history.

In investigating the events that led up to the attack, journalist Leah Sottile learned that at the heart of McVeigh’s story were inherently American things: an Army boy. A love of guns. And a version of the great American road trip.

In the years leading up t...

Episode 7: The Phone Call

Sep 29 • 14:00
25 years on from the largest domestic terror incident in American history, journalist Leah Sottile investigates what made Timothy McVeigh the home-grown terrorist he was.

Two weeks before the Oklahoma City Bombing, the FBI learnt that Timothy McVeigh made a phone call to a secretive Christian Identity compound in the remote hills outside Oklahoma City, a place called Elo...

Episode 6: The Farm

Sep 28 • 14:08
When Timothy Mcveigh bombed the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, he committed the worst act of domestic terrorism in US history.

The reasons he gave shocked people around the world. A hatred of the government that was so strong, so virulent, he hoped to start a revolution that would bring the government down.

But lots of people dislike the government. And because ...

Episode 5: The Second April 19th

Sep 21 • 14:07
25 years on from the largest domestic terror incident in American history, journalist Leah Sottile and producer Georgia Catt work to understand what made Timothy McVeigh the home-grown terrorist he was – and how that informs what’s unfolding today.

Episode 5: How standoffs at Waco and Ruby Ridge became flash-points for Timothy McVeigh.

As Leah and Georgia start recording th...

Episode 4: Don't Tread on Me

Sep 21 • 14:02
25 years on from the largest domestic terror incident in American history, journalist Leah Sottile and producer Georgia Catt work to understand what made Timothy McVeigh the home-grown terrorist he was – and how that informs what’s unfolding today.

Episode 4: After he left the army, Timothy Mveigh became steeped in gun shows, conspiracies and government distrust. Leah Sot...

Episode 3: Manual of Hatred

Sep 21 • 14:08
25 years on from the largest domestic terror incident in American history, journalist Leah Sottile and producer Georgia Catt work to understand what made Timothy McVeigh the home-grown terrorist he was – and how that informs what’s unfolding today.

Episode 3: Leah Sottile explores the influence of a man considered America's most dangerous white nationalist on Timothy McVeig...

Episode 2: The First April 19th

Sep 21 • 13:59
25 years on from the largest domestic terror incident in American history, journalist Leah Sottile works to understand what made Timothy McVeigh the home-grown terrorist he was – and how that informs what’s unfolding today.

In episode 2, April 19th 1775 was the day the American Revolution began. And, in some ways, the story of the Oklahoma City Bombing started that day too,...

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