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PBS ‘Oklahoma City’ documentary traces origins of McVeigh, Waco, Ruby Ridge




This 19 April 1995 file photo shows the north side of the Albert P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City and the devastation caused by a fuel and fertilizer truck bomb detonated in front of the building.
This 19 April 1995 file photo shows the north side of the Albert P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City and the devastation caused by a fuel and fertilizer truck bomb detonated in front of the building.
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Opening at select theatres this weekend, PBS' "Oklahoma City" explores the intertwined narratives of the worst domestic terrorist attack in the U.S. and the anti-government movement that inspired the actions of Timothy McVeigh.

On April 19, 1995, McVeigh, a former soldier deeply influenced by the literature and ideas of the radical right, parked a Ryder truck with a five-ton fertilizer bomb in front of the

Alfred P. Murrah Federal building in Oklahoma City. Moments later, 168 people were killed and 675 were injured in the blast. The new critically acclaimed documentary from Emmy-winning Barak Goodman traces the events — including the deadly encounters between nationalist militias and law enforcement at Ruby Ridge and Waco — that led McVeigh to plot his attack. With a virulent strain of anti-government anger still with us, the history of the Aryan Nation and white supremacists is as relevant as ever.

“Oklahoma City” is showing at Laemmle’s Royal Theatre this weekend, and will air on PBS this Tuesday, February 7, 2017.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcJ7P-nxQGo

Guest:

Barak Goodman, Documentary Filmmaker, “Oklahoma City;” Goodman’s past credits include “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies;” “My Lai;” and “Clinton”