Will Be Wild

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Will Be Wild is a new 8-part series about the forces that led to the January 6th insurrection and what comes next. Through in-depth stories from a wide range of characters – from people who tried to stop the attack to those who took part – hosts Andrea Bernstein and Ilya Marritz explore the ongoing effort to bring autocracy to America, the lasting damage that effort is doing to our democracy, and the fate of our attempts to combat those anti-democratic forces. Because January 6th wasn't the end of the story, January 6th was just a practice run.
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  • truth real
    OMG
    I listened to 12 minutes and had to turn it off. Terrible. A fake narrative. If you want to know what happened on January 6 just asked one of the million people that were there
  • carollkm
    Cognitive dissonance
    Overall this review is well put together and reported. I have to listen to it in bits and pieces, because I can’t tolerate but so much of the cognitive dissonance of the people he interviewed. For instance, the lady in episode two who still says she would bring her children to the January 6 insurrection. And then there’s Nicole who’s cognitive dissonance is so severe she doesn’t even realize her husband is abusive AND a dangerous traitor to this country. And she can’t even call her son because she gets emotional and upset. Her son who stood up and did the right and brave thing and probably saved her life. But yet she’ll call her abusive and controlling husband every day. It’s honestly just sad that so many people are that indoctrinated and brainwashed with misinformation.
  • echo dog
    You thought you knew this story….
    But not at this level of detail and told objectively but with a compassionate touch. Fascinating.Harrowing. Must listen.
  • kept listening in Boston
    Excellent!
    A must-see. Presents the political and systemic failures behind Jan 6th. Way more behind the incident than you’d think. And great storytelling!
  • RockHardHearts
    Very Engaging
    Really good, new information from people we had yet to hear from. I thought I’d listen driving around doing errands, but I listened to the first five episodes back to back.
  • Kbc610
    Absolutely compelling and required listening
    I say required listening because if we want to protect our precious democratic experiment we need to understand how the J6 insurrection was fomented in the first place
  • divineimposition
    So, so good! And terrifying.
    A must listen but utterly baffling and infuriating. Trump stoking the fire is only a portion of the fury behind Jan6. Our intelligence community should never have to succumb to the whimsy of politics. Fascinating. Insightful. Horrifying. Entertaining. 5 stars!
  • kkok2323
    Great podcast, a must listen!!!
    Fantastic listen, edge of my seat and so well-produced. I highly recommend Will Be Wild (and am sharing with all my friends.)
  • KajaXX
    Brings together many strands
    Even if you follow the news, including the January 6 hearings, you can get a lot out of this podcast. It brings together many strands—viewpoints of former government officials, attendees at Trump’s rally at the Ellipse, local journalists, family members of participants in the insurrection, etc.—to tell a complex story of increasing right-wing extremism and its culmination in the insurrection. If you enjoyed the Trump Inc. podcast from the same team, you will enjoy this.
  • CNote44
    Binge-Worthy
    If you’re not completely brain-washed by Fox News and every other far-right media outlet, you’ll learn a great deal from this podcast. I feel for people like Danny Rodriguez that were completely fooled by Trump and the MAGA media machine. He thought he was doing the right thing, all from listening to Trump and his lackeys. Now he’s paying a price for his bad decisions (deservedly so), but it’s easy to see that Trump and many others deserve to pay for their actions too. Our democracy may not survive until they do.
  • patrickin90014
    Excellent education of behind the scenes
    I was impressed and learned a lot. Truly a show to listen to.
  • LinAnnAlex
    Must-listen to narration
    Let me begin by sharing this was a five-star production—compelling evidence, heart-arching storytelling and a quality time stamp on American history. If there is binge-listening to a podcast, that’s exactly how I felt. My only feedback otherwise is that many of us listen to podcasts while exercising or walking and the credits at the end, which one has to sort of stop and try and adjust which is annoying, went on for so darn long that half my walk would be over by the time the next episode began to play. While giving credit to the cast and crew is important, is there a better way to handle this aspect than reading lists and lists of names after every single episode? That’s why I rated this four-stars—because it is a podcast and the mechanics count too. However,thank you for a high quality and historically significant production!
  • lcraygirl5150
    Thank You
    Thank you for giving a voice to the cop that was almost killed. Thank you for explaining the war on Pineapple. Everyone needs to listen to this. God Bless America.
  • jbatduq
    Must listen!
    So much more to this story than we have all read: great job bringing it all together!
  • JosTAussie
    Excellent
    So informative about the history of domestic terrorism in the US Amazing interviews and footage
  • katyis the coolest
    So good
    I enjoyed this so much. Very well put together and entertaining
  • el matate
    Good Storytelling That Falls Short
    I appreciate what these journalists have put together, however by Episode 4 I became disappointed. Referring to Mike Liddell as “The MyPillow Guy” would be appropriate in a conversation between friends. The responsibility of a reporter is to report. As such, “Mike Liddell, the CEO of MyPillow” would have been both the appropriate and professional way to describe him. Calling him “The MyPillow Guy” is ultimately divisive. It’s how us common folk talk. Maybe I’m old school, but where I’m from a reporter reports in a professional manner. They don’t use slang or nicknames. Perhaps this is a product of podcasting. Standards for reporting have diluted over time. This all flies in the face of the AP Stylebook, the (perhaps former) definitive guide to journalistic writing. After listening to every episode including the bonus segments, it seems that the goal of these reporters was to cater to the audience they knew they would garner solely by producing this podcast; the people who believe January 6 was an assault on our democracy. It felt like throwing fresh meat to hungry dogs. This would have been a stronger podcast had the reporters and producers developed the story in a way to connect with the people who believe January 6 was merely a riot gone out of control. I am of the belief that Jan 6 was both the fault of the former president and a practice run for domestic terrorists, so of course I was going to listen to this show. My family, however, perceived Jan 6 from the perspective completely opposite to mine. If only I could have shared this podcast with them as a way to encourage them to think about Jan 6 differently. Alas, our divisions continue to deepen.
  • tchflagirl
    Detail!
    We all thought we saw it on tv- but there is soooo much more to the story!!!!
  • chowdershouter
    Best reporting on the lure of this power
    Absolutely the best reporting in any form on the lure of the MAGA world for needy people who enabled a monstrous plot. Compassionate and impartial, it gets to the heart of the addiction to power and relevancy leading to the jerry-building of an insurrection army. Thank you for this excellent podcast!
  • Fat-Chuddy
    Shoveling hard
    Keep shoveling the crap that the Socialist need to keep their position in Washington and further the destruction of this once great nation. Terrible propaganda ladened rubbish.
  • LLZN22
    Will Be Wild
    Outstanding. Required listening for everyone who cares about our democracy. Carefully-crafted, well-documented, highly-informative, powerful, disturbing, important podcast.
  • lahdurn
    Great follow up
    I really appreciated the follow up as the Jan 6 hearings started to unfold. I also knew a lot of what was coming because I had heard the podcast first.
  • Ajbaf
    Cannot thank you enough
    Thank you so much for this amazingly thoughtful and thorough podcast. It’s the most important subject of our time and your work will help future generations understand this turbulent episode.
  • Butterbeanthedog
    Can’t get enough!!!!
    My favorite recap of the insanity by far.
  • Qadams95
    Best Podcast
    Just finished listening to the bonus episode. I’m so sad that there won’t be any more. Please reconsider!! So well done in explaining what happened that day. I’m going to restart from the beginning.
  • Shellinva
    Wow - just Wow
    I watched these events live and talked with neighbors who were there yet I still leaned so maybe. The research and amount of work that went into this podcast was excellent and apparent from the content. Thank you for bringing all this information to light
  • Eyesondemocracy
    More! More!
    A very well researched and written podcast! So sad that it’s done now. Please don’t stop, you are master weavers!! More! More!
  • pdxjk
    Will be considered historically significant
    And necessary as a source of what actually happened for researchers, historians and the public for years to come. (Regardless of what the GQP-ers leaving propagandistic reviews might wish.)
  • just another ww
    Well done!
    I’ve listened to Trump Inc. and now Will be wild and I’m always impressed with their reporting. It is jaw dropping.
  • thiswillkillthat
    Incredibly informative and enjoyable
    This podcast is incredible on many levels. It’s a super informative deep-dive into the events of January 6, but the story is told uniquely through the lens of personal stories, a family’s internal struggle, division and upheaval, and what the implications of Jan 6 are both emotionally and politically for us all.
  • rfine48
    Uplift annoying
    Love the podcast, except Andrea's uplift stressing at the end of nearly every sentence. So annoying.
  • Rustification
    My favorite podcast of all time
    Very very very well done. I became hooked and wanted to listen whenever I could. Of course the subject matter is fascinating to me already, but the podcast itself was brilliantly put together, and the hosts were both fantastic. This is my favorite podcast I’ve ever listened to.
  • piedmont park
    Eye opener
    Great reporting ! Thanks for doing your homework and bringing a very disturbing chapter in history to life.
  • GumshoeAndy
    Brilliant
    This podcast does an excellent job of helping me wrap my head around how we got here. Thanks for the good work.
  • Jtbvgfhfgrj
    Listened to the entire podcast twice!
    As a educator I’m saddened to hear so many students support the MAGA mania. It would be awesome to make this podcast required listening for all Civics students. Looking forward to the post hearing podcast.
  • VickiGene
    Impressive!
    So much more than I expected. Interesting to hear different points of view and how understand of events and people evolves over time. I’ll keep listening.
  • JTP1894
    Will Be Wild
    I’ve followed the J6 events carefully but so much more is revealed & will be revealed that if you want an in depth understanding, this is a must-listen podcast. Extraordinary!
  • Dbedard67
    Informative but biased
    There was a lot of information I didn’t know about 1/6, and this podcast filled in a lot of gaps. However, the amount of references to “white right-wing” were approaching being offensive. The % of white right wing individuals who would participate in something like this has to be in the 0.0000000 percentile. The same with gun owners or people who go to the range. There were references to the groups starting to go to the gun range, as though that is an indicator of some sort of turning point on the path to radicalization. Again, the % of people (of all demographics) that I see at the range who would participate in an act like this in too low to measure. Law abiding second amendment gun owners feel just as unsettled or upset about events such as this or school shootings as anyone else. Finally - I know this podcast is about 1/6 and the events leading to it, however, there were several references to the “protests” of BLM and other groups. Those were riots. You can’t water that down. They were just as destructive, if not more, as the events of 1/6. Maybe a dictionary is in order: A protest is a person or persons who engage in peaceful demonstration or non-violent civil disobedience. What happened across the country were destructive riots that destroyed and pillaged entire neighborhoods. FYI - I’m not a Trump supporter. I found him to be an illiterate bully with no class. A president should be a statesman, a diplomat. Reagan had class, so did Obama, but definitely not Trump. There was some good info in this podcast, but it was definitely written or delivered like PBS or NPR - with a left wing skew.
  • HarveyBen
    So nice to hear the TRUTH
    Thank you! Thank you for your amazing investigative reporting of the back story and the truth of what lead up to this American nightmare.
  • RedGreen Health
    Ties it all together
    This podcast is clearly the result of much research and reference checking. Remove the mystery as to why so many things went sideways during the administration of the 45th president. Hopefully, it also pave the way for charging documents against those who knowingly collaborated with the attempted distraction of the federal government. So thankful for the journalists that put this together. Just wow.
  • .,.,.,.,.,.,.,.,.
    Well done
    I love this deep dive into the stunning events of January 6th. I’m looking forward to the follow-up now that the summer hearings have concluded.
  • Spadalsky
    Rent freee
    Ray Epps should had hosted this podcast 🥱
  • Rockinette
    Amazing reporting
    THE BEST
  • Fun game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    So biased
    So biased and one sided. All the so called interviews are so scripted.
  • KJT1014
    Addictive!
    So informative, easy to understand and captivating.
  • Surf4evah
    1-star reviews show effectiveness of misinformation
    They all basically conclude: “I like Trump more, so there was massive fraud, and I refuse to consider the possibility that more people voted for Biden.” Very interesting to see how fragile the manipulable the human mind is. As a kid I remember being boggled that the majority of Germans could joyously revere Hitler, and figured it must be because people back then were dim-witted. Now I’m not surprised at all.
  • Klfghjkkgcx
    Great compliment to Jan 6 hearings
    Excellent information mostly from the viewpoint of the insurrectionists makes this a great compliment to the congressional hearings. Everything Wondery does seems to be top notch.
  • wirikidor
    The one star reviews actually validate this
    The one star reviews are laughable attempts to discredit the interviews in this podcast. A boy talks about his extremist father, a wife talks about her incarcerated husband. Claiming it’s biased journalism means you didn’t actually listen to J6th insurrectionists own family members being interviewed and what they said.
  • 1GFY
    This podcast should be removed immediately for false information
    The interviews are of people that preformed treason and should be in jail for their crimes. Wether you like trump or not he was elected not these idiots you paid to be on the podcast.
  • Mor25!
    Such an important listen
    I’m so thankful that this is being covered. Facts about this day, what came before it, and what comes after it needed to be uncovered and widely distributed. Thank you for compiling all of this to make it easy and accessible for us to listen and learn. Will there be reporting and more episodes (season 2?) on the trial involving Trump? I hope so. I’ve been trying to follow all of it, but it’s a lot. I would love a resource to learn about the trial. In regards to the one star reviews stating biased reporting or an agenda… this podcast is not that. It’s the facts of what happened. I’m scared for our country where facts are disputed and not believed. Which is exactly why Jan 6th happened…
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