In the summer of 2021, a couple from Livingston, Montana were preparing for a wilderness float trip in Idaho. Before heading to the river and leaving cell service behind, they stocked up on supplies at a local outdoor gear shop. What happened there was caught on video and viewed millions of times. It ignited a political firestorm across the country. That conflict just kept spiraling, providing one example of how today’s political disagreements can have far-flung consequences.
This week, Endless Thread presents an episode of Shared State, a podcast from the Montana Free Press, Montana Public Radio and Yellowstone Public Radio.
This episode was reported by Nick Mott, edited and produced by Nicky Ouellet, and hosted by Mara Silvers. Editorial assistance from Corin Cates-Carney, Nadya Faulx and Brad Tyer. Fact-checking by Jess Sheldahl. Sound design by Gabe Sweeney.