Randy and Vicki Weaver moved their family to a remote Idaho cabin. They feared their world would be destroyed in an apocalyptic confrontation with the federal government. They were right.
In this first episode of our new narrative miniseries Standoff, host Ruth Graham explores the ideologies and influences that led to the deadly siege at Ruby Ridge in 1992.
Slate Plus members get a bonus episode of Standoff every week. This week, Graham talks to Slate’s Chau Tu about the making of the first episode and the history of white separatist groups in America. Then, we hear an interview with Idaho State University professor emeritus James Aho, author of The Politics of Righteousness, about the Order, a violent criminal group that formed out of the Church of Jesus Christ-Christians, Aryan Nations in the 1980s.
Standoff is produced by Nina Earnest and Ruth Graham, with production help from Andrew Parsons. The Slate Plus episodes are produced by Chau Tu.