By Anna Clark, ProPublica, and David Jesse, Detroit Free Press
The podcast Extremely American takes you inside militias and other far-right groups that are trying to remake America in their absolutist image.
These groups are quietly growing larger, influencing elections across the country from school boards to the U.S. Congress. For more than a year, creator and host Heath Druzin criss-crossed the country to meet with these groups — and the people pushing back against them.
In Episode 1, host Heath Druzin camps out at a militia training with camouflage-clad recruits shooting guns and practicing first-aid deep in the Pennsylvania woods. The leader of the group explains why he shows up armed with his guys to tense protests like the deadly showdown in Charlottesville, Va. We shine a light on what’s motivating people in the militia movement and their chilling outlook for the future.
Pennsylvania Volunteer Militia Leader Christian Yingling, right, conducts a shooting drill during a weekend militia training in October 2021. Yingling's militias have hopscotched around the country showing up armed to protests around the country, including the deadly showdown in Charlottesville, Va. in 2017.
In Episode 2, Eric Parker went to a ranch in Nevada, pointed his rifle at federal agents, then beat the feds in court. It made him a folk hero in the militia movement. And he’s worked hard to soften the image of his militia. Instead of fighting the government, he’s become an increasingly powerful political force pulling the state GOP even farther right. Now he’s after a new title: state Senator.
Catch Three Percent Nicer, out now.
Real 3%ers Of Idaho leader Eric Parker gives a speech at a John Birch Society rally protesting pandemic measures in Twin Falls, Idaho in August 2020. Parker has become one of the country's most prominent militia leaders.
By ZUBAIR BABAKARKHAIL | PHOTOGRAPHS BY MARTHA RIAL
By Carmen Gentile
Facebook hosted surge of misinformation and insurrection threats in months leading up to Jan. 6, 2021, attack, records show
By Craig Silverman, ProPublica; Craig Timberg, The Washington Post; Jeff Kao, ProPublica; and Jeremy B. Merrill, The Washington Post