One’s Antifa. One’s In A Militia. How An Ancestry Match Led To An Unlikely Bond

One’s Antifa. One’s In A Militia. How An Ancestry Match Led To An Unlikely Bond
One’s Antifa. One’s In A Militia. How An Ancestry Match Led To An Unlikely Bond

One’s Antifa. One’s In A Militia. How An Ancestry Match Led To An Unlikely Bond

Two distant cousins connect online, only to learn that one is a militant leftist and the other is in a right-wing militia. Their story shows the complexities of a timely question: Who’s an extremist?

NPR’s Hannah Allam followed both men for weeks, charting the growth of their relationship and revealing the moment they met in-person for the first time. NPR is withholding their last name, which the two men share, for security reasons.

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