Rancher Cliven Bundy stands along the road near his ranch Jan. 27, 2016, in Bunkerville, Nevada.

Rancher Cliven Bundy stands along the road near his ranch Jan. 27, 2016, in Bunkerville, Nevada.

John Locher

“Bundyville” is a deep dive into the politics and fringe religious beliefs that drive Cliven Bundy, his family and their followers.

From prophecies and nuclear testing to white supremacists and radical plans to shrink public lands, “Bundyville” explains how one family has beaten the federal government twice — and why this battle has just begun.

“Bundyville” is a joint effort by OPB and Longreads and hosted and reported by award-winning freelance journalist Leah Sottile. It is produced by Peter Frick-Wright and Robert Carver of 30 Minutes West Productions, and OPB’s Ryan Haas.

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Part 1: The Bundys’ Fight Against The Federal Government Has Only Just Begun 


Many people first heard of Cliven Bundy and his family in 2014, when armed militias showed up at his ranch in Bunkerville, Nevada. But that action was only part of a growing anti-government movement.

Part 2: Nuclear Weapons, Waco And The Radicalization Of Cliven Bundy 


Many people know the story of the Bundy-led standoffs in 2014 and 2016 against the federal government. But most people do not know where the Bundys first developed their anti-government ideology.

Part 3: The Book Behind The Bundys’ Fringe Religious Beliefs 


A part of what drives the Bundys to take actions against the government is rarely touched on in press coverage of them: their fringe religious beliefs.

Part 4: The Place Where The Bundys’ Movement All Began 


It’s time to go back to where this all started, to return to the scene of the crimes — or not-crimes, as it turned out. We’re on our way to Bundy Ranch.

Part 5: How Cliven Bundy Found A Following 


In many ways, the Bundy story in Nevada actually begins in Arizona — in a ghost town that was once called Bundyville.

Part 6: The Consequences Of The Bundys’ Fights With Federal Government 


The Bundys want to talk about land rights and constitutional law, but the fights they pick have real, tragic consequences.

Part 7: To Grow Their Movement, Bundys Pledge To Do ‘Whatever It Takes’ 


Since the Bundys beat the federal government in court, they have been searching for new ways to get their message out and expand their following.