Rachel Maddow Presents: Ultra
Sitting members of Congress aiding and abetting a plot to overthrow the government. Insurrectionists criminally charged with plotting to end American democracy for good. Justice Department prosecutors under crushing political pressure. Rachel Maddow Presents: Ultra is the all-but-forgotten true story of good, old-fashioned American extremism getting supercharged by proximity to power. When extremist elected officials get caught plotting against America with the violent ultra right, this is the story of the lengths they will go to… to cover their tracks. Follow now and join Rachel Maddow for the first two episodes on October 10th.
Lauren Passell • Podcast The Newsletter • Jan 2, 2023
"I was late to listen to Rachel Maddow’s Ultra—I don’t think the name or cover art accurately captures what a wild, fascinating ride it is. The story is anxiety-inducing but Rachel’s storytelling style is calming, somehow. If you weren’t listening the words, you might think she was reading you a pop-up book at the children’s library, making the complexities are easy to follow."
Paul Levinson • Vocal Media - Swamp • Oct 11, 2022
" Its vivid exploration of the fascist right-cadre in America in the late 1930s and (thus far in the podcast) 1940 offer a chilling, stunning historical precedent for what is threatening America right now. The parallels to today's America are undeniable and frightening. I always tell my students that everything in the news today has historical precedents. I'm looking forward to Rachel Maddow's unique reporting on them in her Ultra podcast (and kudos not only to Maddow but Mike Yarvitz and Kelsey Desiderio, who helped her create this chillingly important podcast). I can't think of more crucial listening in our world today."
Joe Pompeo • Vanity Fair • Oct 9, 2022
"In vivid, narrative style, the MSNBC host’s latest audio series, Ultra, transports listeners to the early 1940s...Get your popcorn out, because the pod’s ready for showtime. As Maddow fans might expect, it begins with a rabbit-hole-style windup that sucks you in before you know what you’re getting sucked into. It’s a history lesson worth taking given the fragile state of American democracy in 2022..."
Cheryl H • Nov 30, 2022
"ULTRA is revelatory and riveting. Once I started listening I couldn't wait for the next episode. I'm so thankful that Rachel and her team saw fit to bring America up to date on what appears to be a repeat of history. The last episode in particular is a mandate for all Americans to do their part to fight fascism which is being perpetrated by the Republican Party. I was not happy when Rachel left to do this work but now I see why it was vitally necessary. Thank you!"