Season 1, Bonus Episode

Attack on the Capitol

Rioters breached the Capitol building on January 6, 2021. In this bonus episode, experts share insight on the Constitution and the ugly history that has brought us to this point.

Attack on the Capitol • Season 1, Bonus Episode

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On Wednesday, January 6, 2021, as legislators counted and confirmed the votes in the Electoral College, rioters breached the Capitol building, forcing an evacuation of the House floor, including Vice President Pence. The events unfolded amidst President Trump having urged his supporters to fight against the ceremonial counting of the votes. The rioters, who could be heard calling police officers “traitors,” eventually forced their way into the Senate chambers. The standoff resulted in five deaths.

In this bonus episode we talk to a constitutional scholar and a professor of sociology and Africana Studies about the events and what comes next.


Rogers Smith, Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science

Tukufu Zuberi, Lasry Family Professor of Race Relations, Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies


Alex Schein


Blake Cole, Alex Schein, and Loraine Terrell


Alex Schein


Blake Cole, Alex Schein, and Loraine Terrell


Nick Matej


Theme music by Nicholas Escobar, C’18

Additional music by Blue Dot Sessions

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