Meet the Insurrectionists

American Insurrection, a 90-minute Frontline/ProPublica investigation of violent domestic extremism, starts streaming at 7 pm ET today, April 13, on pbs.org/frontline and the PBS Video app. It will also debut at 10 pm on PBS stations (check local listings) and YouTube.

The documentary will explore the threat posed by violent, far-right groups that see themselves as defending the U.S. Constitution, but are tied to anti-government, white supremacist ideologies and criminality.

“For the last few years, many of these far-right groups and militias have been talking about civil war, about overthrowing the government,” said ProPublica/Frontline correspondent A.C. Thompson. “These groups talk about revolution and believe that we have a tyrannical and profoundly corrupt government that prevented Trump from winning a second term.”

On PBS stations, American Insurrection will be preceded at 9 pm by Ruby Ridge, a 2017  American Experience documentary about an 11-day 1992 standoff between federal agents and a gun-toting, bail-jumping white supremacist in remote northern Idaho that helped give rise to the modern American militia movement.

Ruby Ridge is also available to Netflix subscribers.

(Top photo: Richmond Virginia, November 21, 2020. Source: FRONTLINE/ProPublica)

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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