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Patriot or Outcast?

One town’s battle over a local teacher’s role on Jan. 6.


Episode Notes

The country remains divided over the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. The division is reflected in voter surveys, news coverage, and millions of social media posts. But the tension is also on display in small, idiosyncratic communities where residents realized some of their own were at the Capitol attack and may have cheered it on.

Guest: Matthew Rosenberg, reporter for the New York Times.

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Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Davis Land, Danielle Hewitt, Elena Schwartz, and Carmel Delshad.


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  • Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of What Next, Slate's new daily news podcast. She has reported throughout the public radio system, for NPR, Marketplace, and WNYC.