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Heath Druzin

Reporter, Guns & America

Heath Druzin was Boise State Public Radio’s Guns & Americafellow from 2018-2020, during which he focused on extremist movements, suicide prevention and gun culture.

Previously he covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and veterans issues for Stars and Stripes newspaper and government and crime for The Idaho Statesman. His work has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and the BBC.

When he’s not reporting, you’ll probably find Heath in the mountains splitboarding, hiking, biking, flyfishing or soaking in a hot spring.

  • Helen Shores Peters is finished with headship. But she finds out that headship isn’t quite finished with her.
  • Helen Shores Peters was a true believer in patriarchal Christianity. She learned to be submissive to men in a fundamentalist school, got married at 20 and lived the life of an obedient wife for years. But eventually things started going terribly wrong.
  • Doug Wilson has gone from small town preacher to a leader in America’s Christian nationalist movement. Along the way he’s been equally good at attracting congregants and controversy. He’s never been shy about weighing in on divisive issues, but his take on slavery nearly got him chased out of town.
  • Christ Church is taking a novel approach to increasing their influence in Moscow. So far, they don't have the numbers to win elections, but they do have one resource: money. So the church and its members are buying up large swaths of the town. That's putting a lot of locals on edge.
  • In the season 2 premiere, of Extremely American: Pastor Doug Wilson leads Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho and he has a vision for the small college town: he wants to claim it for Jesus. And that's just the start. He and his allies want to make the whole country an explicitly Christian nation.
  • Thursday is the five-year anniversary of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia and since then hate is making a comeback to Idaho where the neo-Nazi Aryan Nations was chased out two decades ago.
  • The arrest of 31 members of a white supremacist group allegedly on their way to riot at a North Idaho gay Pride celebration shocked people across the country. But it didn’t come out of nowhere.
  • Coeur d’Alene’s police chief says he and his officers are receiving death threats after arresting more than 30 members of the white supremacist group Patriot Front over the weekend.
  • Eric Parker went to a ranch in Nevada, pointed his rifle at federal agents, then beat the feds in court. It made him a folk hero in the militia movement. And he’s worked hard to soften the image of his militia. Instead of fighting the government, he’s become an increasingly powerful political force pulling the state GOP even farther right. Now he’s after a new title: state Senator in Idaho.
  • In episode one of season 1, Heath camps out at a militia training with camouflage-clad recruits shooting guns and practicing first-aid deep in the woods. The leader of the group explains why he shows up armed with his guys to tense protests like the deadly showdown in Charlottesville, Va. We shine a light on what’s motivating people in the militia movement and their chilling outlook for the future.