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The Gun Machine

Stare down the barrel of America’s most controversial, protected and lethal industry: guns. Find out how America was forged by the gun industry on this new podcast series from WBUR & The Trace, The Gun Machine. You're listening to The Gun Machine in Short Run—the best long-form audio series from WBUR, Boston's NPR, all in one feed.

  • Growing up, host Alain Stephens bonded with his dad over guns — an interest Alain still holds today. But more than a decade ago, his family experienced a terrible loss. In this episode, Alain examines how that loss has shaped his career — and what it means for the gun industry to be inextricable from the American government, and for many, American identity. With more than 100 Americans dying from shootings every day, how do we begin to calculate the cost of our country's current relationship with guns? About: Stare down the barrel of America’s most controversial, protected and lethal industry: guns. Find out how America was forged by the gun industry on this new podcast series from WBUR & The Trace, The Gun Machine. You're listening to The Gun Machine in Short Run — the best long-form audio series from WBUR, Boston's NPR, all in one feed. We’d appreciate your help to better understand The Gun Machine's listeners and get feedback on the podcast — it’ll take you about 10 minutes or less! Take our survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/thegunmachine
  • The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is supposed to regulate the gun industry and protect the American public from gun crime. But the ATF often falls short of that mandate. This is no accident. This episode of The Gun Machine draws on host Alain Stephens’ seven years of reporting on the ATF to chronicle how the gun lobby and its Congressional allies worked to limit the agency’s enforcement powers and resources. Stephens speaks to Steve Dettelbach — the ATF’s first permanent director in seven years — about the challenges agents face trying to do their jobs. Stephens also talks to retired ATF agent David Chipman about how controversial episodes like the Ruby Ridge standoff and the Waco siege turned public opinion against the agency, paving the way for budget cuts and legislative restrictions. About: Stare down the barrel of America’s most controversial, protected and lethal industry: guns. Find out how America was forged by the gun industry on this new podcast series from WBUR & The Trace, The Gun Machine. You're listening to The Gun Machine in Short Run — the best long-form audio series from WBUR, Boston's NPR, all in one feed. We’d appreciate your help to better understand The Gun Machine's listeners and get feedback on the podcast — it’ll take you about 10 minutes or less! Take our survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/thegunmachine
  • In 1999, at the end of a decade in which Gary, Indiana, had endured being labeled as the “murder capital of the nation,” then-Mayor Scott King filed a suit against gun manufacturers he believed were knowingly flooding his city with illegal guns. But soon, the NRA would help ensure that such lawsuits were nearly impossible. About: Stare down the barrel of America’s most controversial, protected and lethal industry: guns. Find out how America was forged by the gun industry on this new podcast series from WBUR & The Trace, The Gun Machine. You're listening to The Gun Machine in Short Run — the best long-form audio series from WBUR, Boston's NPR, all in one feed. We’d appreciate your help to better understand The Gun Machine's listeners and get feedback on the podcast — it’ll take you about 10 minutes or less! Take our survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/thegunmachine
  • When criminals have access to some of the most powerful weapons in the world, how will police match or outgun them? What role does the gun industry play? About: Stare down the barrel of America’s most controversial, protected and lethal industry: guns. Find out how America was forged by the gun industry on this new podcast series from WBUR & The Trace, The Gun Machine. You're listening to The Gun Machine in Short Run — the best long-form audio series from WBUR, Boston's NPR, all in one feed. We’d appreciate your help to better understand The Gun Machine's listeners and get feedback on the podcast — it’ll take you about 10 minutes or less! Take our survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/thegunmachine
  • The byproduct of producing the world's most lethal guns is that criminals have them, too. We go back to the birthplace of the industry, Springfield, Mass., where nearly every young person we speak with has a story about big guns and the terror they cause in their community. About: Stare down the barrel of America’s most controversial, protected and lethal industry: guns. Find out how America was forged by the gun industry on this new podcast series from WBUR & The Trace, The Gun Machine. You're listening to The Gun Machine in Short Run — the best long-form audio series from WBUR, Boston's NPR, all in one feed. We’d appreciate your help to better understand The Gun Machine's listeners and get feedback on the podcast — it’ll take you about 10 minutes or less! Take our survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/thegunmachine
  • The Gun Machine host Alain Stephens and producer Grace Tatter dig into the scandal-ridden biography of the man who cracked the mass civilian market for guns, and who helped create an iconic genre defined by falsehoods that are misremembered as facts today. About: Stare down the barrel of America’s most controversial, protected and lethal industry: guns. Find out how America was forged by the gun industry on this new podcast series from WBUR & The Trace, The Gun Machine. You're listening to The Gun Machine in Short Run — the best long-form audio series from WBUR, Boston's NPR, all in one feed. We’d appreciate your help to better understand The Gun Machine's listeners and get feedback on the podcast — it’ll take you about 10 minutes or less! Take our survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/thegunmachine
  • In episode two of The Gun Machine, host Alain Stephens travels down to Florida to attend the Pew Party, where he talks to Black gun owners about why they carry and examines the link between our nation’s fraught history and why it’s so easy to sell us guns today. About: Stare down the barrel of America’s most controversial, protected and lethal industry: guns. Find out how America was forged by the gun industry on this new podcast series from WBUR & The Trace, The Gun Machine. You're listening to The Gun Machine in Short Run — the best long-form audio series from WBUR, Boston's NPR, all in one feed. We’d appreciate your help to better understand The Gun Machine's listeners and get feedback on the podcast — it’ll take you about 10 minutes or less! Take our survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/thegunmachine
  • Our country would look very different without the gun industry. And without the federal government? The gun industry might not exist at all. The premier episode of The Gun Machine introduces the story of how the U.S. has shaped, and been shaped by, the gun industry — and how we all play a role. About: Stare down the barrel of America’s most controversial, protected and lethal industry: guns. Find out how America was forged by the gun industry on this new podcast series from WBUR & The Trace, The Gun Machine. You're listening to The Gun Machine in Short Run — the best long-form audio series from WBUR, Boston's NPR, all in one feed. We’d appreciate your help to better understand The Gun Machine's listeners and get feedback on the podcast — it’ll take you about 10 minutes or less! Take our survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/thegunmachine
  • Every time there is a mass shooting in America, the first question is why. When we look for answers, we tend to focus on the incident itself - who the shooter was, why they did it, and who parachutes in to debate the state of regulation — or lack thereof — that allowed it to happen. What we forget is the centuries of history that got us to this long emergency of gun violence in America. Produced by WBUR, Boston’s NPR, in partnership with The Trace, The Gun Machine looks into the past to bring you a story that most Americans never learned in history class: how early partnerships between mad scientist gunsmiths and a fledgling U.S. government created the gun industry in the Northeast, and how that industry has been partners with the government ever since. Host Alain Stephens examines how this 250-year relationship underpins all Americans’ interactions with guns — including our failures in dealing with the fallout of gun violence. The Gun Machine debuts on Oct. 4, 2023. Listen and follow on Apple, Spotify, Amazon Music and wherever you get your podcasts. About: Stare down the barrel of America’s most controversial, protected and lethal industry: guns. Find out how America was forged by the gun industry on this new podcast series from WBUR & The Trace, The Gun Machine. You're listening to The Gun Machine in Short Run — the best long-form audio series from WBUR, Boston's NPR, all in one feed. We’d appreciate your help to better understand The Gun Machine's listeners and get feedback on the podcast — it’ll take you about 10 minutes or less! Take our survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/thegunmachine
  • This September, we're bringing you a story that most Americans never learned in history class — a new podcast about the gun industry’s grip on our country. And their biggest partner, since the Revolutionary War: The government. Introducing The Gun Machine: How America was forged by the gun industry. Coming soon to Short Run. About: Stare down the barrel of America’s most controversial, protected and lethal industry: guns. Find out how America was forged by the gun industry on this new podcast series from WBUR & The Trace, The Gun Machine. You're listening to The Gun Machine in Short Run — the best long-form audio series from WBUR, Boston's NPR, all in one feed. We’d appreciate your help to better understand The Gun Machine's listeners and get feedback on the podcast — it’ll take you about 10 minutes or less! Take our survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/thegunmachine
  • Some experts say that while populism can metastasize into authoritarianism, it doesn't have to. They argue that the roots of American populism made this country's democracy better. And that it's time to resurrect progressive populism. But other observers strongly disagree. The fifth and final episode of On Point's special series 'The power of populism' explores whether populism can make better democracies. About: Stare down the barrel of America’s most controversial, protected and lethal industry: guns. Find out how America was forged by the gun industry on this new podcast series from WBUR & The Trace, The Gun Machine. You're listening to The Gun Machine in Short Run — the best long-form audio series from WBUR, Boston's NPR, all in one feed. We’d appreciate your help to better understand The Gun Machine's listeners and get feedback on the podcast — it’ll take you about 10 minutes or less! Take our survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/thegunmachine
  • America’s urban-rural divide. It’s easy to think of American populism as disempowered rural residents versus the urban elite. But when it comes to influencing national policy, who has the real power? Episode four of On Point's special series 'The power of populism' is all about flipping the script on the urban-rural divide. About: Stare down the barrel of America’s most controversial, protected and lethal industry: guns. Find out how America was forged by the gun industry on this new podcast series from WBUR & The Trace, The Gun Machine. You're listening to The Gun Machine in Short Run — the best long-form audio series from WBUR, Boston's NPR, all in one feed. We’d appreciate your help to better understand The Gun Machine's listeners and get feedback on the podcast — it’ll take you about 10 minutes or less! Take our survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/thegunmachine