Chosen Country

Aug 8, 2018

When Ammon Bundy led an armed takeover of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in 2016, writer James Pogue found himself there among the occupiers. He sensed that something big was happening, and it had less to do with public lands than with a political reckoning.

  

When Ammon Bundy led an armed takeover of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in 2016, writer James Pogue found himself there among the occupiers, admitted into their inner circle. He’d fly-fished, reported, and bar-hopped his way throughout the West, and he couldn’t shake the sense that something big was happening here, but it had less to do with public lands than with a political reckoning. Pogue joins us to talk about his time at the Malheur occupation and the underpinnings of a righteous rebellion. (Rebroadcast)

James Pogue's writing has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York TimesVice, among others. His new book is called Chosen Country [Indie bookstores|Amazon].