Pictured above, L-R: Farai Chideya, Dr. Barbara F. Walter


On January 6, 2021, supporters of then-president Donald Trump attacked the US capitol. 

They wanted to prevent Congress from certifying the 2020 presidential election results and Joe Biden as president of the United States. Two years later, the fallout from January 6th continues. Over 900 people have been charged with crimes ranging from assault to the destruction of government property, and 140 members of law enforcement were injured. Trump has continued to stoke the flames, including hosting known white supremacists at his Mar-A-Lago residence, and the House Elect Committee on January 6th has surfaced bombshell findings with committee president Liz Cheney to find the former president was personally and substantially involved in efforts to overturn the 2020 election. 

Join Farai Chideya of Our Body Politic and Dr. Barbara F. Walter in a conversation about violent extremism, the threat it poses to our democracy, where it comes from, and what’s being done about it. 

Created and hosted by award-winning journalist Farai Chideya, Our Body Politic is unapologetically centered on reporting on not just how women of color experience the major political events of today, but how they’re impacting those very issues. Weekly episodes feature in-depth conversations about the economy, health, politics, education, the environment, and the most prescient issues—because all issues are women’s issues. Tune in every Friday everywhere you listen to podcasts, and on public radio stations around the country. 

About Dr. Barbara F. Walter
Barbara F. Walter, PhD, is the Rohr Professor of International Affairs at the School of Global Policy & Strategy at the University of California, San Diego. She received her Ph.D from the University of Chicago and completed post docs at the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University and the War and Peace Institute at Columbia University.

Walter is one of the world’s leading experts on civil wars, political violence, and terrorism. Her books include the award-winning Committing to Peace: Why Negotiations Fail, Reputation and Civil War, and Civil Wars, Insecurity, and Intervention. Her newest book — How Civil Wars Start (and How to Stop Them) — explores whether the U.S. is heading toward a second civil war.

Walter is the recipient of the 2022 National Peacemaker Award, the Susan Strange Award (given to the scholar of international studies “whose singular intellect, assertiveness, and insight most challenge conventional wisdom and international and organizational complacency”), and is a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a frequent live guest on CNN, MSNBC and an occasional consultant for the World Bank, the United Nations, the Departments of Defense and State, and the January 6th Committee. Walter occasionally writes for the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times, and is very happy when her research is showcased in the New York Times or the New Yorker, her favorite hometown publications. In 2012, she founded the blog Political Violence @ a Glance (with Erica Chenoweth) which sometimes beats out the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage for Best Group Blog of the Year.

About Farai Chideya
Farai Chideya is creator and host of Our Body Politic, a nationally-syndicated public radio show, podcast, and insights brand that centers Black women and women of color. She’s the author of six books, and has worked for FiveThirtyEight, NPR, CNN, and ABC News, and has covered political extremists for a quarter century and every presidential election since 1996.

Chideya was also a program officer focusing on journalism with the Ford Foundation’s Creativity and Free Expression team; and spent four years as a distinguished writer in residence at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.

This program is part of 92NY Recanati-Kaplan Talks. 

Newmark Civic Life Series is generously supported by Craig Newmark Philanthropies and is an initiative of the 92NY Belfer Center for Innovation and Social Impact

About The 92nd Street Y, New York:  The 92nd Street Y, New York (92NY) is a world-class center for the arts and innovation, a convener of ideas, and an incubator for creativity. 92NY offers extensive classes, courses and events online including live concerts, talks and master classes; fitness classes for all ages; 250+ art classes, and parenting workshops for new moms and dads. The 92nd Street Y, New York is transforming the way people share ideas and translate them into action all over the world. All of 92NY’s programming is built on a foundation of Jewish values, including the capacity of civil dialogue to change minds; the potential of education and the arts to change lives; and a commitment to welcoming and serving people of all ages, races, religions, and ethnicities. For more information, visit  www.92NY.org

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