Great journalism. I loved the sound design and music - helped created the atmosphere without being intrusive. Final episode wrapped things up - enjoyed the insights in episode 8. This whole event had me confounded as to the motivations and this helped clear some of the fog.
Very well done and a good look at the different viewpoints. Explores the broader implications of what this historical episode means.
A must-listen for anyone curious about contemporary politics in America, Bundyville presents the latest chapter in the saga of the American West. Host Leah Sottileâs coolheaded reporting and sobering analysis leaves you wondering which side to take, or if there is even a side worth taking at all.
And great story telling. The recoded interviews and Bundy speeches really help tell the story. I learned a lot and in an impactful way.
As a Mormon, I was very appreciative of good research and respect paid to my beliefsâwhich are not comparable to Mr. Bundy.
Very inaccurate and bias...the âso calledâ journalist consistently refers to good people as right wing extremist. Itâs sad how she justifies the killing of innocent Americans citizens trying to voice their grievances to the government. In addition she believes everything g the government tells her And states that Bundy is lying and telling the story they want to tell. She is very ignorant and naive ..Itâs not journalism when your a left wing hack!
Headline says it all
In depth coverage of dangerous group of people. Hope to see more podcasts like this.
Top notch journalism. Thanks for making it!
This is a terrific podcast! I learned so much! It is presented in an engaging manner. I loved it.
I thought I knew just about everything about the Bundy story. This great podcast shed new light on a strange American legend. Does make me wonder what is going to happen in the next chapter if he Bundy crazy story.
I really liked the way the reporter didnât assume anything. In Oregon there was so much publicity about the Malheur occupation that to start at the beginning added so much. Binge listened to this.
This series was captivating and entertaining, laying out the story details (the facts). Excellent journal work. Fantastic way of telling the story with music, the narration and reporting the facts. Please give me more! I get the Bundy position but like to GET âEM the H**L out of Oregon - and other pristine wilderness spaces. Land use for all shared by all!
This is great, detailled reporting of an important story. Goes in depth, gives context, and stays entertaing and exciting on a very important story.
Granted Iâm only on the second episode BUT this has all the makings so far of the next Serial sensation (Iâm talking the original Serial too btw)! The host is fantastic. Great voice- really engaging and intelligent. The content is fascinating to begin with and thereâs so much we donât know about all the entire story and history. So far they have done a phenomenal job on background and creating interest. I totally see myself binging on this this weekend!
I couldnât stop listening! Absorbing combination of interviews, history, facts and commentary. More like this, please!
This series is SO. GOOD. Through an in-depth look at the Bundy family, their experience in the American West, and their extreme take on the Mormon faith, we can learn A LOT about a once fairly unknown group of self-proclaimed Patriots--the Bundys and those compelled to support them--and how they've gained momentum over the years. This is a story that needs to be told and better understood, because if I've learned anything from our current President it's that's simply ignoring a vocal minority won't make them go away.
It's a great podcast. The storytelling and pacing balance nicely, so you rarely feel like what you're listening to isn't an important part of the story. The soundtrack is cool.
I found this podcast to be very informative and a little disturbing. It was a very well-done and goes into a great deal of detail. Itâs very disappointing what humans will do under there religious beliefs and their constitutional rights when itâs really nothing more than greed, pier and simple greed.
The events surrounding the Sagebrush Rebels defying the government in Oregon and Nevada are fresh and still unfolding. They may seem like crazy gun toting militiamen, but they canât be ignored. And theyâre breeding like rabbits out there in the Nevada desert. The Bundys already have 69 grandchildren and counting. Scary! Great investigative reporting that answers a lot of lingering questions about Why.
A fascinating and well-reported deep dive into a far right wing family that looks far beyond their patriotic stance to a complex web of motivations.
This is one of the most fascinating and engrossing investigative series Iâve found since In The Dark. The reporting, fact checking, production and story arch are top notch. This is an unflinching illustration of the expanding divide between rural and urban America, and the alarming polarization thatâs come to define who we are as a people and a nation. Thank you for taking such a deep dive into a subject matter we should all take at least some time trying to better understand.
Ironically binged this series while wearing a National Public Lands Day shirt... anyways, I feel this issue doesnât get the attention it deserves and this reporting gave much-needed back story to the battle over public lands. Thank you for the fearless and informative reporting that I thought was very fair to all parties
The journalist has no real experience in the West. She makes some valid points but in the end sheâs so pro government itâs sick. Both the Bundy Family and the government have legitimate gripes but she always falls back on that the government is always right. Interesting podcast none the less on a very complicated issue and while I donât always agree with the journalist I respect her views and her trying to understand. Definitely worth a listen.
Great storytelling of a very unusual subculture in America.
You can dive into details of the 2016 standoff in more detail, but the background on these conflicts and its historical setting is an important aspect that isn't always well-illustrated. This show does that in compelling comprehensive reporting and great audio production.
As an Oregonian, I thought Iâd had enough of the Bundys. Guess I was wrong. Great series.
Very deep dive into the back story connecting, fear, race, and religion driving the Separatist movements in the US. Powerful podcast!
Obvious left leaning perspective
I'm half way through and so far its riveting. Digs deep into the story.
This is a methodically researches podcast that looks at the Bundy familyâs crusade from every angle. Over the course of the podcast, it raises excellent issues to ponder. It is so timely with all that we are wrestling with as a nation, too.
It's evident the Host of the podcast has a strong dislike for Bundy family. The Host definitely had an agenda part of which was to portray the Bundy family in the most negative way possible.
The people who made this series should be proud of what theyâve accomplished. I followed the Bundy saga closely and I listened to each of these episodes with great interest. They got the facts right and offered new insights I hadnât heard before.
Loved the podcast - I binged it so fast and Iâm so bummed itâs over. The Bundy clan has such a fascinating/weird story to begin with and I learned so much more about their weirdness from you. You rock Leah!
Leah and Ryan go in depth to tell us why the Bundy's are in this fight and why, at the moment, they're winning. They are beguiling and many of us can agree with much of what they say. But they are shrouding their misogynist, racist, radical, me first inclinations in Jesus Christ and the American constitution. Listen carefully, people, they will call you to defend them, but you will not win in their fight.Thank you for going deeper to help us understand.
I enjoyed the insight and new information presented. As a Portland resident and ex-Mormon this interests me on several levels. It was interesting to hear the "Mormon speak" that outsiders won't recognize. A bit too many conclusions drawn for an informational podcast but I agree with the conclusions so (in this day and age...) that is OK!
If the Bundy's were African-American, they wouldn't have gotten away with a tenth of the crap they pulled. And remember: Whenever they say that the land is for "the people," they mean ranchers, miners and oil companies. Public lands are for EVERYONE, not just privileged, racist white guys.
Excellent podcast! A must listen for people on all sides of the argument. Very well done, unbiased, well researched, and thought out. Binged in a day.
I caught episode one on the outside podcast. I had to continue to listen to the remaining six in this series. The journalism, the storytelling, the music, the production overall - is superb. I cannot wait to hear her next series.
Very informative, lots of information from various perspectives. Gives us something to think about. Thanks for the great reporting and story telling.
A balanced reporting of a controversial family and polarizing issue.
It's a very, very big country. We are currently divided in many ways, but one is certainly urban vs. non-urban inhabitants. We are clueless about how "the other" lives. This series is a good start at reaching out to the "other side," whoever that may be and wherever they are located. A visit to Bundyville is like landing on another planet, but it is part of the US; so I was intrigued to explore somewhere so foreign. I very much appreciated the extensive historical background that was included, much of which I did not know. Also, the writer/interviewer maintained an open mind as much as possible. She made a difficult subject (domestic terrorism) one that I could think about more clearly after hearing all 7 episodes. I hope that the reach-out will go in both directions; this series helps that process start.
I really enjoyed the chronology that the âauthorsâ (creators?) created to paint the picture to the listeners. Their approach has some nuance but ultimately took a pretty basic approach of looking at the behavior of half of the actors (Bundy et al) and labeling everything they did as illegal or immoral when, generally, it is not that simple. There were far too many times where non sequitur, straw men or ad hominem fallacies were created by the âauthorâ. The most frustrating was the insinuation that if it wasnât federally owned (BLM) land that the only other possibility was private land. They never explored whether the federal Govt should cede the land to the states. Had they gone that direction they could have had a more educational program that explored federalism and the roots of Americaâs Republic. They could have then explored the pros and cons of scenarios where land belongs to the states, not the BLM.I would be interested to listen to a similar account whereby the misdeeds of the federal Govt were chronicled and challenged from every angle the way the Bundyâs actions (rightfully) were in this podcast. It is pretty clear from this podcast that the author has a firmly entrenched belief in the good of Govt despite a long history of misdeeds not only in the West, but all over the world. In the end, they paint the Govt as a bashful incompetent group. But the truth is that one group showed up with guns first and one group fired the first shot. The Bundyâs are a different breed of cat, but this fight came to them as much as the other way around. My point is that both groups are wrong and I donât think the podcast fully acknowledged that.
Great look into what drives the Bundy family. The narrator/reporter is critical but still fair in all of her assessments of the Bundys. Episodes were extremely well written and extremely engaging.
I was very bothered with reporting on these courtdates and events at the time. I had many more questions that it seemed weren't even being considered. This podcast answers those questions and more. It also addresses the roots of the issues and what they may mean for future of movemnts like this. The production was great and features first-hard interviews over recycled news coverage.
The Bundys represent white privilege, religious paranoia and the worst excesses of male patriarchy. This arresting podcast series shows just how delusional the Bundys and their believers are and how impotent the US government is in stopping them. Quite to the contrary, some elected politicians are gleefully enacting their demands while prosecutors imprison non-white Americans for far less serious transgressions.