We interview Christian Picciolini — now a peace activist after exiting the neo-nazi movement 20 years ago. Michael Bueckert also hops on the wire to update us on redpilling and QAnon in Canada. But before all that, Travis uses "centipede nation's guide to redpilling" to attempt the conversion of Julian and Jake.
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When Christian Picciolini was 14 years old, he joined America’s first organized neo-Nazi white power movement and remained there for 8 years. He became a leader in the organization and recruited hundreds of others to join. He ran a record store specializing in music that promoted Neo-Nazi ideology and committed countless acts of violence and hate.And then…. he changed his life.This is the story of how Christian lost everything to radicalization, and then rebuilt his life on an entirely new foundation: make good happen.That is Picciolini’s personal mission statement, and today he works to help people of all ages disengage from extremist organizations on both ends of the political spectrum.In this episode of Rob Konrad: Conversations, Christian shares the powerful story of what drove him to join the movement and what eventually led him to leave, and how he regained his sense of purpose in the process.Listen to the episode - and join the conversation now!Watch the video of the conversation, read the show notes and the full transcript here:https://www.robkonrad.com/podcast/conversations/002-christian-picciolini/
Lianne Dalziel, the Mayor of Christchurch, New Zealand, joins Christiane Amanpour to discuss the aftermath of the shooting at mosques on Friday. Christian Picciolini, the author of "White American Youth" and the founder of the Free Radicals Project talks about his experience turning his back on his white supremacist past. Henry Singer, the Co-director of "The Trial of Ratko Mladic" discusses the process of making the documentary. Our Walter Isaacson talks to musician and actor Steven Van Zandt about his Rock and Roll Forever Foundation and his new album, "Summer of Sorcery". via Knit
Christian Picciolini is the author of “White American Youth: My Descent Into America’s Most Violent Hate Movement – And How I Got Out.” His story helps the rest of us understand what leads an ordinary person take on a life of hate and violence. He knows because he was once a leading organizer for the Neo-Nazi movement. In this emotionally riveting conversation, Alan Alda and Christian talk frankly about the underlying issues of hate and anger and how we can help people leave their hate behind and take on new lives.