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UVA Professor Launches Podcast on History Pertaining to Aug. 12 Events

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The 6-episode podcast is available on iTunes The 6-episode podcast is available on iTunes
Nicole Hemmer Nicole Hemmer
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

An assistant professor with the Miller Center at the University of Virginia who’s an expert on the “alt-right” has launched a new podcast.

The series focuses on the events that led up to and occurred on August 12, 2017.

Dozens of community members gathered at the Miller Center on Monday, August 6, to hear from Nicole Hemmer, the podcast's host, about the making and inspiration behind the six-episode series, which she dubbed A12.

Hemmer, who studies conservatism and is an expert on the “alt-right,” says she wanted to tell this story after experiencing firsthand the events of August 11 and 12.

Her podcast also features numerous community leaders, scholars, and activists to explain their thoughts and feelings on what has been called Charlottesville's “Summer of Hate.”

During Monday’s discussion, Hemmer highlighted key points of the series and answered questions from the audience.

“I wanted to tell the story because I feel like the way that the story of last summer gets told in the national media is just about the terrorism and violence of those two days, and there's a much broader story of that whole summer, but also about the history of Charlottesville and the history of the United States,” says Hemmer.

Hemmer says she purposefully released the podcast a week before the one-year anniversary of the Unite the Right rally because she knows the city is facing a lot of national media attention.

All six episodes of Hemmer's podcast are available for download on her website and other podcast providers.