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Author: Rachel Maddow, MSNBC

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Sitting members of Congress aiding and abetting a plot to overthrow the government. Insurrectionists criminally charged with plotting to end American democracy for good. Justice Department prosecutors under crushing political pressure. Rachel Maddow Presents: Ultra is the all-but-forgotten true story of good, old-fashioned American extremism getting supercharged by proximity to power. When extremist elected officials get caught plotting against America with the violent ultra right, this is the story of the lengths they will go to… to cover their tracks. Follow now and join Rachel Maddow for the first two episodes on October 10th.
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Sitting members of Congress aiding and abetting a plot to overthrow the government. Insurrectionists criminally charged with plotting to end American democracy for good. Justice Department prosecutors under crushing political pressure. Rachel Maddow Presents: Ultra is the all-but-forgotten true story of good, old-fashioned American extremism getting supercharged by proximity to power. When extremist elected officials get caught plotting against America with the violent ultra right, this is the story of the lengths they will go to… to cover their tracks. Follow now and join Rachel Maddow for the first two episodes on October 10th.
Episode 1: Trip 19

Episode 1: Trip 19

2022-10-1038:4911

It started with a plane crash. The tragic, mysterious crash of a commercial airliner in the summer of 1940 left a scene of devastation in rural Virginia -- and a series of unanswered questions. The cause of the crash was unclear. Among the dozens of people killed was a sitting U.S. senator. His presence on the flight and the strange circumstances surrounding the crash would end up revealing threats to American democracy itself.
The most prominent media figure in America calls for the creation of a militia, armed Americans willing to use violence to get their way. What they want is to overthrow the U.S. government and to end democracy in this country – by force. Their plot raised alarming indications that the federal government is not up to the task of dealing with that kind of homegrown threat.
Episode 3: The Day

Episode 3: The Day

2022-10-1740:508

A devastating explosion rips through a munitions plant in a small New Jersey town. And the American public is left with the chilling fact that the federal government had been warned about such an attack almost a year prior. The tip had come from a private spy ring operating in Los Angeles that was intent on doing what law enforcement had largely failed to do. Infiltrate far-right groups plotting violence across the country, and foil their plots before it was too late.
Episode 4: A Bad Angle

Episode 4: A Bad Angle

2022-10-2440:1713

A paid agent of Hitler's government ramps up a targeted propaganda effort aimed at weakening democracy and supporting the fascist cause in America. His base of operations... the center of American democracy itself -- the United States Congress. Sitting members of Congress, and the America First movement, take part in an elaborate scheme to subvert democracy. Laundering millions of pieces of Nazi propaganda through Congress and into the hands of the American people.
Episode 5: Shut It Down

Episode 5: Shut It Down

2022-10-3152:127

The walls begin to close in on members of Congress, and members of the America First movement, who are actively involved in a Nazi plot to spread misinformation and propaganda across the country. With a crusading newspaper reporter and a Justice Department prosecutor each peeling back the layers of the scheme, the members of Congress involved in the plot launch a desperate effort to shut down both the reporting and the federal investigation into their activities.
Episode 6: Bedlam

Episode 6: Bedlam

2022-11-0743:515

The most high-profile sedition trial in American history kicks off inside a Washington, DC federal courtroom. The members of Congress who attempted to quash the investigation are now faced with a super-charged indictment and a brand new Justice Department prosecutor who is battle tested and up for the challenge. What he finds as the curtain rises on the trial, though, is something that he is wholly unprepared for: pre-planned, unmitigated chaos. 
Episode 7: Rinse, Repeat

Episode 7: Rinse, Repeat

2022-11-1446:078

The largest mass sedition trial in American history churns on. And continues descending into chaos. But the dozens of sedition defendants attempting to wreak havoc on the proceedings would soon get a high-profile assist. From serving members of Congress injecting themselves into the trial and coming to the defense of the accused seditionists standing trial. Before a verdict can be reached, one final twist calls into question whether the Justice Department will see the case to the end, or cut bait entirely.
Episode 8: Ultra Vires

Episode 8: Ultra Vires

2022-11-2101:00:5710

In the wake of the sedition trial's collapse, Justice Department prosecutor John Rogge travels overseas and uncovers a bombshell. He finds evidence of a coordinated effort to subvert American democracy… as well as the names of high-profile Americans involved. Rogge then returns to America... and goes rogue. Risking his career as a prosecutor, he makes public what he's discovered about the fascist threat and the Americans who supported it. And he offers a prescient warning about an American criminal justice system that is ill-equipped to defend democracy from those who seek to destroy it. 
Comments (104)

SD Sultenfuss

I so appreciate your and your team's work. I pray that your efforts will be recognized and help open the minds and eyes of our populous to "SEE" what is taking place.

Mar 5th
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Nervino Karas

I thought only Republicans had conspiracy theories.

Mar 1st
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Dave Leach

The parallels to the trials of Trump and many of his associates are uncanny. History repeats or rhymes. This is why we need to study history.

Feb 27th
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Dawn Shields

thank you for picking up the banner and educating us...and most importantly joining those greats to fight for our democracy!

Feb 8th
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Josh Phillips

Why was none of this mentioned in my high school or college history classes?

Aug 10th
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Dave Gorham

Facts and history - great stuff. Thank you, Rachel and Team.

Jul 15th
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Alan

this stuff is so good. Rachel is the Queen!

Jun 14th
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Krazzy Mandy

you can kiss my ass ! let's see your drug dealer girlfriend we will call her Meridith not put a hit on me failed.so smear campaign then gaslighting ect and of course mocker that's you guys lol ya know what kiss my ass ! You better hide behind those mics freaks lol

Jun 13th
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Alan

sound familiar? anyone?

Jun 5th
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ID27067360

Bravo Rachel!!! You never cease to inform and amaze us with your unique oratory skills. Anyone who calls themselves an “American” should listen and reassess their political position in today’s climate. Rachel… I hope you go into teaching journalism or history when you retire from broadcasting! Our young people need your honest and professional approach to journalism. Keep up the fight.

May 26th
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Shelley Peterson

Both informative and horrifying! Let's not repeat that one.

May 4th
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MAC Sam

wow, this episode sounds like what we're going through currently... oh boy!!!

Mar 26th
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Elizabeth Gibbons

Absolutley brilliant. it explains how we have this extremism now. it's generational and has never been dealt with

Feb 20th
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Fred Olivenbaum

excellent!

Jan 21st
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Bea Nelson

So the Japanese Americans were put in concentration camps while the Nazis were out in the open.

Jan 19th
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Nancy Guenther Dougherty

Excellent series! Rachael, you've amazed me once again with your reporting. How approp for the current chaos in Washington and hidden deals. I've never heard the Woody Guthrie's "Lindbergh" song.

Jan 13th
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Todd Burkes

excellent work! what's that thing we say about not learning from our history?

Dec 15th
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Erik Beckman

OK, I'm hooked now after just 1 episode!

Dec 8th
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Dave Leach

Riveting. Enlightening. Entertaining. Absolutely Brilliant. Rachel Maddow and her Crackerjack team weave a compelling storyline. I find Rachel's storytelling to be similar to the late Paul Harvey who is widely remembered for radio series "Now You Know The Rest Of The Story." I can't wait to see or hear what Rachel will produce next. Thank you Rachel.

Dec 7th
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Brandi Jones

Clearly this isn't a "Top Show" based on statistical data.

Dec 7th
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