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Mother Country Radicals

Zayd Dohrn was born underground - his parents were radicals and counter-culture outlaws, on the run from the FBI. Now Zayd takes us back to the 1970s, when his parents and their young friends in the Weather Underground Organization declared war on the United States government. They brawled with riot cops on the streets of Chicago, bombed the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol, broke comrades out of prison, and teamed up with Black militant groups to rob banks, fight racism - and help build a revolution.

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Zayd Dohrn was born underground - his parents were radicals and counter-culture outlaws, on the run from the FBI. Now Zayd takes us back to the 1970s, when his parents and their young friends in the Weather Underground Organization declared war on the United States government. They brawled with riot cops on the streets of Chicago, bombed the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol, broke comrades out of prison, and teamed up with Black militant groups to rob banks, fight racism - and help build a revolution.

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Zayd Dohrn was born underground - his parents were founders of the Weather Underground organization, and on the run from the FBI. Now Zayd takes us back to the 1970s, when his parents and their young friends brawled with riot cops on the streets of Chicago, bombed the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol, and teamed up with Black militant groups to rob banks, fight racism - and help build a revolution.

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May 24 2022

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Chapter 1: The Most Dangerous Woman in America

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In 1970, a former law student named Bernardine Dohrn declared war on the United States government. Decades later, her son Zayd Ayers Dohrn tells the story of how his mother was radicalized, and became the most wanted woman in America. 


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Jun 09 2022

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Chapter 2: Days of Rage

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Zayd’s father Bill Ayers joins the Weathermen, and he and his friends teach themselves to be revolutionaries, gearing up to build bombs and brawl with police on the streets of Chicago.


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Carlos Marighella, The Mini-Manual of the Urban Guerrilla (1969)

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Jun 09 2022

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Chapter 3: I Am A Revolutionary

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Jamal Joseph is radicalized at 15, and joins the New York Black Panthers. And a deadly attack by Chicago Police puts both Panthers and Weathermen on a path towards violent revolution. 


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Stanley Nelson, The Black Panther Party: Vanguard of the Revolution (2016)

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Jun 09 2022

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Chapter 4: Bring the War Home

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The Weathermen decide to bring the horrors of the Vietnam War back to America’s doorstep, planning an action that will change the future of the organization, and Zayd’s family, forever.


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Cathy Wilkerson, Flying Close to the Sun: My Life and Times as a Weatherman (2007)

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Jun 16 2022

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Chapter 5: New Morning

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The Weathermen go underground, and become famous - and infamous - as counter-culture outlaws.


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Timothy Leary, The Psychedelic Experience (1964)

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Jun 23 2022

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Chapter 6: The Belly of the Beast, Part I

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The FBI targets the Weather Underground, and a split in the Black Panther Party gives rise to a new, more militant organization - the Black Liberation Army. 


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Jun 30 2022

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Chapter 7: The Belly of the Beast, Part II

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The Weather Underground Organization and the Black Liberation Army go to war with the United States government.


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Sekou Odinga, Dhoruba Bin Wahad & Jamal Joseph, Look for Me in the Whirlwind: From the Panther 21 to 21st Century Revolutions (2017)

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Jul 07 2022

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Chapter 8: Hard Times

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The end of the Vietnam War means the end of the Weather Underground. Zayd’s parents and their radical comrades, still on the run from the FBI, plan a different kind of future. 


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Mona Rocha, The Weatherwomen: Militant Feminists of the Weather Underground (2020)

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Jul 14 2022

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Chapter 9: Revolutionary Suicide

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Former members of the Weather Underground and the Black Liberation Army carry out one last action together, with deadly consequences that reverberate across generations. 


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Jul 21 2022

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Chapter 10: Inheritance

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Zayd connects to other children of the underground. Out of the shards of the radical movements of the 1970s, a new generation fights to build a better future.


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Jul 28 2022

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