The Flamethrowers

About the Show

THE FLAMETHROWERS tracks the rise of right wing radio from fringe preachers and conspiracy peddlers of the 1930s to the political firestorm that rages today. It’s the story of how radio energized and then radicalized the conservative base, culminating with Donald Trump, the president who followed the conservative talk radio playbook all the way to the White House. Hosted by award-winning reporter and podcaster Justin Ling (The Village).

THE FLAMETHROWERS is the first installment in the RED, WHITE AND BLUE investigative trilogy which explores three different strands of radical extremism in North America and around the world. The trilogy will also include:

  • THE ACCELERATIONISTS (6 episodes) - Launching Wednesday, October 27

Exploring the rise of neo-Nazi accelerationism in Canada, the U.S. and around the world, THE ACCELERATIONISTS follows the extraordinary case of Patrik Mathews, a Canadian armed forces reservist who was trying to establish a neo-Nazi extremist cell, until he was infiltrated by investigative journalist Ryan Thorpe as well as the FBI. The series is hosted by veteran national security reporter, Michelle Shephard (CBC Podcasts’ Uncover: Sharmini, Brainwashed).

  • BOYS LIKE ME (5 episodes) - Coming in November

In April 2018, a young man drove a van down the sidewalk of a busy Toronto street, killing 10 people and injuring 16. He was specifically targeting women. The Toronto van attack changed the life of Evan Mead, who went to high school with the attacker and suffered many of the same social challenges. Host Ellen Chloe Bateman joins Mead on a journey into the dark subcultures where young men are increasingly attracted to and radicalized by a new, supercharged form of violent misogyny. 

Program Name

The Flamethrowers

Program Type

Radio

Appears On

CBC Podcasts

Genre

Factual Entertainment

Schedule

Released weekly on Wednesdays starting Sept. 8, 2021

Bios

Justin Ling

Host | Uncover: The Village Host | The Flamethrowers

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Program Name

The Flamethrowers

Program Type

Radio

Appears On

CBC Podcasts

Genre

Factual Entertainment

Schedule

Released weekly on Wednesdays starting Sept. 8, 2021

Bios

Justin Ling

Host | Uncover: The Village Host | The Flamethrowers