Sounds Like Hate is an audio documentary series about the dangers and peril of everyday people who engage in extremism, and ways to disengage them from a life of hatred.

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Season 4, Episode 1

Red Flags Everywhere

December 30, 2021

In this special episode of Sounds Like Hate Season 4, we travel back to the months leading up to Jan. 6, 2021, to track white supremacists as they plan, prepare and execute their violent plot to attack the U.S. Capitol and overturn an election. Listen to the podcast now as we examine the events that should have been ‘red flags’ in 2020 as the hate and extremism movement reached a boiling point in the lead up to Jan. 6, 2021. 

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Illustration by Dana Smith

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Sounds Like Hate is a podcast from the Southern Poverty Law Center that tells the stories of people and communities grappling with hate and searching for solutions. You will meet people who have been personally touched by hate, hear their voices and be immersed in the sounds of their world. And, you will learn about the power of people to change — or to succumb to their worst instincts.

Season 1 takes a deep dive into the realities of hate in modern America: how it functions, how it spreads, who is affected and what people are doing about it.

Season 2 examines the distorted history of the Confederacy some people accept as truth, and how the people we love the most could be guided toward violent extremist beliefs. 

Season 3 reveals the harms done to individuals and our democracy by hate and extremism – while also showcasing the hope and resilience of the people fighting back. Hear from the unsung heroes who have pushed back against voter suppression in the South, who have stood up for the rights of trans children in the foster care system and who have taken on the unlawful militias who target migrants, often in cahoots with U.S. Border Patrol agents.

In Season 4 of Sounds Like Hate, we begin with a Jan. 6 one-year anniversary special episode in which we examine clues scattered openly across the nation by antigovernment networks and white supremacists. Well before the insurrection, SPLC analysts were sounding the alarm. Evidence shows the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol could have been prevented, but it was not. Then, we continue our Monumental Problems series by taking you inside an elite, state-run military institute of higher education grappling with the disproportionate attention paid to Confederate leaders and Civil War history along with a culture of misogyny, sexual assault and rampant racial harassment of cadets. 

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