Homegrown: OKC

Homegrown: OKC

Dive into a case of domestic terrorism from the past that’s really a warning about the future. Back in 1995, there was a disaster that should have prepared us for January 6th and the political violence that we’re seeing today: the Oklahoma City Bombing. Journalist Jeffrey Toobin reveals the story behind Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City Bombing, and right-wing extremism in America - how a decorated army veteran became consumed with rage, how he somehow went underground and built a bomb that damaged fifty blocks in a modern city, and how everything that led to the horror of April 19th, 1995 is still very present in America. Homegrown: OKC is a USG Audio podcast produced by Western Sound and Esmail Corp. Based on the book “Homegrown: Timothy McVeigh and the Rise of Rightwing Extremism” by Jeffrey Toobin.

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February 27, 2024 2 mins

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The Oklahoma City Bombing seemed to come out of nowhere. Initially, America assumed that the attack was committed by Islamic terrorists. But just days later, America found out the truth. The perpetrator was Timothy McVeigh: a white man, a decorated Army veteran, a right wing extremist. Investigators search Timothy McVeigh’s car and find a highlighted excerpt from a racist novel. That book was the blueprint for the bombing,...

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March 5, 2024 44 mins

McVeigh enlists in the Army and quickly gains a reputation as an “exemplary soldier.” For his service in the First Gulf War, McVeigh is awarded medals and commendations. He seems destined for a successful career as a focused member of the military. But soon after McVeigh returns to the United States, he suffers a devastating defeat. And McVeigh blames his failures on the supposed special treatment granted to minorities.

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March 12, 2024 42 mins

Stuck in a dead-end job, living at home with his dad, and fuming about a football team that can’t seem to win a championship, McVeigh decides to hit the road. He drives to Michigan to stay at the farm of his old Army buddy, Terry Nichols. McVeigh is introduced to a steady stream of outrage from the far right. But it was a siege at a cult compound in Texas that whipped McVeigh into an uncontrollable frenzy.

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March 12, 2024 42 mins

McVeigh and Nichols go underground, devoting themselves to an attack on a federal building. The plot takes months of secret, detailed preparation. There were so many moments where it could have all fallen apart. But finally, McVeigh drives towards Oklahoma City in a truck loaded with twelve barrels filled with fertilizer and fuel. But despite all the careful planning, McVeigh left behind a trail of clues.


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March 19, 2024 49 mins

April 19th, 1995. The explosion in downtown Oklahoma City can be felt 55 miles away. 168 people, including 19 children, are killed. Immediately, a heroic rescue effort begins in the ruins of the Alfred P Murrah Federal Building. Meanwhile, Timothy McVeigh is speeding up a highway, getting away. Investigators work around the clock to find him. A lot of hard work (and a fair amount of luck) pays off.


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March 26, 2024 46 mins

Inside the White House, President Clinton immediately suspects that the bombing was a domestic attack on the federal government. That hunch proves to be correct, and the President tries to warn the American public about the threat from the far right. But the investigation is soon handed to a then-obscure lawyer inside the Justice Department named Merrick Garland. Garland narrows his focus down to a single case to try and t...

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It was the largest number of murders prosecuted in a single case. The stakes for the trial of Timothy McVeigh were high and the media scrutiny was intense. Enter McVeigh’s smooth-talking defense attorney. McVeigh was an impossible client, and his attorney suspects others are involved in the bombing. But the defense falls apart before the trial begins.


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April 9, 2024 47 mins

Timothy McVeigh is executed. Three months later, to the day, was September 11th, 2001. Government concerns about the threat of homegrown terrorism evaporate into the air. Still, the right wing spreads conspiracy theories that the Oklahoma City Bombing was committed by foreign terrorists. McVeigh’s desire for a civil war and his belief in the legitimacy of violence lives on in mainstream American politics.


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In 1978, Pope John Paul I was found dead in his bed just 33 days after he was elected. The official story is that he suffered a fatal heart attack. But in the years since his death, some have claimed he was murdered to cover up crimes in the Vatican. The question of the Pope’s death has never been definitively answered, but there is one man who claims to know the truth. A man from one of New York City’s crime families who ...

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