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Waco Siege: 30 Years Later

Looking back on what happened and what we’ve learned in the three decades since the 51-day siege.



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In 1993, for 51 days, a siege occurred at a compound outside Waco, Texas, between federal agents and a group called the Branch Davidians led by David Koresh. This siege captured the attention of the world and resulted the deaths of four federal agents, about 80 people, including 25 children and Koresh.

After 30 years, we look back on this horrifying chapter in American history, learn about new information that has been uncovered, and the effects it's had in the present.

First, we speak with filmmaker Tiller Russell who discusses the Netflix docuseries Waco: American Apocalypse, an immersive three episode look at the siege in Waco, which he directed and executive produced.

Russell discusses how this series examines the Waco siege, how the series differentiates from other retellings and dramatizations of this tragedy, and what he hopes the audience will take away from watching the series.

Waco: American Apocalypse is currently available for streaming exclusively on Netflix.

Then, for the rest of the hour, we speak with author and former investigative journalist, Jeff Guinn who discusses his recently released book, Waco: David Koresh, the Branch Davidians, and A Legacy of Rage.

Guinn shares insight on the events leading up to the 51-day siege, the beliefs of the Branch Davidians, and why they began following David Koresh. He also shares his thoughts on the direct links between this tragedy and the modern militia movement in America.



Tiller Russell

Director and Executive Producer, Waco: American Apocalypse

Jeff Guinn

Author, Waco: David Koresh, the Branch Davidians, and A Legacy of Rage

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