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The Waco Siege, Revisited

A still from the TV miniseries "Waco," based on the Branch Dividian siege.
A still from the TV miniseries "Waco," based on the Branch Dividian siege.

With guest host Anthony Brooks.

Twenty-five years after the siege, the Branch Davidian standoff in Waco, Texas returns to TV. We’re talking to the show’s co-creators, Drew Dowdle and John Erick Dowdle, about “Waco.”

Guests:

Drew Dowdle, co-creator of ‘Waco’ TV series.

John Erick Dowdle, co-creator of ‘Waco’ TV series.

Lee Hancock, former reporter for the Dallas Morning News who covered the standoff.

Ryan Lenz, senior writer for the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Report. ( @LenzSPLC)

Trailer for Waco:

[Youtube]

In 1993, following a deadly gun battle between federal agents and a religious community outside of Waco, Texas, Americans followed the standoff on live TV. Fifty-one days later, we watched a fire consume the compound, killing scores of men, women and children. Now, a made-for TV drama tells the story of the collision of government recklessness, religious fanaticism and a culture of guns. This hour, On Point, 25 years later, what Waco teaches us. — Anthony Brooks

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