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One year after insurrectionists attacked the US Capitol, what have we learned?

U.S. Capitol dome.
Charles Dharapak
U.S. Capitol dome.

On this edition of Your Call, we mark the one-year anniversary of the January 6 attack on the US Capitol. A year after a violent mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, what have we learned?

Eight percent — or 21 million Americans — still believe the baseless lie that the 2020 election was stolen, according to a survey by UChicago. Some Republicans still hold a distorted view of what happened on January 6 and believe it was a “reasonable protest.”

The select House committee investigating January 6 has learned firsthand knowledge about what former Trump officials knew ahead of the day. What does this reveal about the direction this country is heading? And what do we need to know about the historical roots of January 6?


Nancy MacLean, award-winning historian and distinguished professor of history and public policy at Duke University. Her most recent book is Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America

Web Resources: 

The Atlantic, Barton Gellman: How Donald Trump Could Subvert the 2024 Election

NPR Weekend Edition: House committee member describes what has been uncovered a year after Jan. 6

The New York Times, Editorial Board: Every Day Is Jan. 6 Now

CNN: January 6 committee has 'firsthand' knowledge of Trump's behavior during the riot from multiple sources

Reuters, Peter Eisler, Jason Szep, Linda So and Sam Hart: Anatomy of a death threat

Media Matters, Eric Kleefeld: How the right learned to stop worrying and love January 6

Pew Research: The Jan. 6 Capitol riot: A look back at Americans' reactions

Lea is a producer for Your Call on KALW Local Public Radio. She graduated from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY in 2018.
Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.