Journeys to the Edge: Conversations with Extremists

How do we talk to radicals and terrorists who are bent on reshaping society through violence? Charlotte McDonald-Gibson was at Brussels Airport during a terror attack in 2016, and wanted to understand what drives people to such acts. She joins Justin Quirk to discuss her book Far Out: Encounters With Extremists, where she finds out what lures people into fringe groups. 

“The human emotions that lead people to these groups are universal across ideologies.” 

“Everybody in the book was under 25 when they went through that radicalisation process.” 

“The feeling of alienation remained the same, whatever the circumstances were.” 

“Self-radicalisation happens online now.” 

“We can’t ignore people who’ve been drawn to extremist beliefs.” 

“I don’t think we’ve seen the full impact of COVID on extremism.”

Written and presented by Justin Quirk. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Jade Bailey. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production 
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