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Extremely is a podcast for anyone that wants to understand and interrupt modern hate and extremism. Hosted by Oren Segal and brought to you by ADL and American University. These conversations feature expert analysis and fresh perspective on this global threat and what it might take to stop it in its tracks. extremely@adl.org

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July 15, 2021 59 min

On the final episode of season one, we turn to previous guests for wisdom. An “Evening with the Experts” was chance to share personal strategies for managing extremist topics, which includes trash TV recommendations, the soothing sounds of basketball and rap star legacies.

As we work to understand and interrupt some of the worst ideas, we also learn the value of self-care and the responsibility for taking care of those coming up in ...

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In Episode 12, Oren speaks with Joan Donovan, Research Director of the Harvard Kennedy School Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. Dr. Donovan leads the field in examining media manipulation, online extremism and disinformation campaigns.

Joan admits to being a bit of an anarchist but describes the ways in which governments are instrumental in service delivery. Oren and Joan discuss the effects of bad regulation ...

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This episode of extremely covers fashion week, the war on drugs, and the work of dismantling inequality in America. Eric shares with Oren his take on how the white nationalist movement seeks to influence the mainstream of political discourse. How do you talk to diverse audiences about these topics? How do we understand the vulnerabilities that lead to hate group recruitment and radicalization? Eric shares his long-term vision for t...

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A month following the January 6 insurrection we reflect on the sadly inevitable events and how we got here. On this episode of extremely, Oren spoke to Amy Spitalnick, Executive Director of Integrity First for America, about the importance of holding extremists accountable for their actions.

Oren and Amy explore: How do extremist groups use try to avoid liability? How did Amy learn how to sue Nazis from Roberta Kaplan? This and mo...

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After decades of work together, Oren speaks with Mark Pitcavage, Senior Research Fellow at the ADL Center on Extremism, about ADL's annual Murder and Extremism report. But Mark also has word of encouragement for the next generation of researchers and leaders.

In this month’s conversation, we learn how getting in on the ground floor of subject matter expertise can have huge impact. Mark also talks about a career that enables on...

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This month, Oren spoke to Joel Finkelstein at the Network Contagion Research Institute. “I hate my job. I don’t want to do this” says Joel. A neuroscientist by training, Joel found himself obligated to the work of dismantling hate and polarization knowing that brain science could drive solutions. In his work at NCRI, Joel tracks how hate and virtual deception spreads between social media communities and into the real world.

Joel war...

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November 24, 2020 28 min

The discussion this month is with Amar Amarasingam, Assistant Professor in the School of Religion at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada, and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue. Amar has conducted years of research with foreign fighters and neo-Nazis around the world.

There is no one profile for an extremist, but the value of interview-based research has brought Amar a deeper understanding of why extrem...

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Oren and Cynthia sit down to launch extremely! Cynthia shares her journey from a scholar of fringe subcultural groups in Europe to testifying before congress. They discuss the nuances of extremist groups, the digital landscape, and radicalization interventions across borders. Cynthia Miller-Idriss is a Professor of Education & Sociology at American University. She serves as the Director of Research at the Center for University ...

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Oren and Seamus discuss the way that data and information are shared and how we engage with media coverage of terrorism. They dig into the dynamics of domestic terrorists’ cases and ways for the general public to engage in dismantling hate and extremism in their local communities.

Seamus Hughes is the Deputy Director of the Program on Extremism at George Washington University. He is an expert on terrorism, homegrown violent extremis...

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“Did baby Heidi always want to get into the work of combating extremism?”

Oren and Heidi speak about the way the research field of extremism has changed over the past few decades. Heidi shares her accidental journey from a college terrorism class to the Southern Poverty Law Center and her hopes for future interventions.

Heidi Beirich currently works at the Global Project on Hate and Extremism. She is an expert on various forms of ext...

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Vidhya brings her offline anthropology background to the digital space. In conversation with Oren, she brings empathy to understanding extremist movements. They talk about evidenced-based social work interventions and more.

“If relationships get people into these movements, relationships can get them out.” Vidhya Ramalingam is the co-Founder of Moonshot CVE, a company using technology to disrupt and counter violent extremism globall...

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Kathy joins us as we remember the anniversary of the Pittsburgh attack. After years of research into white supremacy, this event gripped her own community.

How does white supremacy function as a political phenomenon? How has the role of women evolved? With a rich understanding of history, Kathy walks us through her top two calls to action and more on episode six of extremely.

Dean Kathy Blee is a professor of Sociology at the Univers...

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