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Curbing extremism in the shadow of the Capitol insurrection

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Supporters of President Donald Trump climb the west wall of the the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

A year ago, Trump supporters--galvanized by lies about election fraud--breached the U.S. Capitol, attacking police and threatening lawmakers.

Johns Hopkins professor Lilliana Mason says deepening polarization between political parties paves the way for the acceptance of violence. Read a Washington Post op-ed about political violence by Mason and her co-author, Nathan Kalmoe.

And we ask Michael Jensen of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism at the University of Maryland: What does it take to prevent radicalization?

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.
Maureen Harvie is senior producer for On the Record. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and joined WYPR in 2014 as an intern for the newsroom. Whether coordinating live election night coverage, capturing the sounds of a roller derby scrimmage, interviewing veterans, or booking local authors, she is always on the lookout for the next story.