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John Horgan

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“Nobody wants to hear that this is complicated.”


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Against most all of his colleagues’ better judgement in grad school, John decided that he wanted to make a career of studying the psychology of terrorism. Then 9/11 happened…


John travels the world interviewing former terrorists to learn more about their motivations and psychology. Along the way, he’s learned that simply saying we’re good and they’re evil doesn’t really solve the problem.

There’s Always Hope

John Horgan studies terrorists and finds nuance and complexity where others see only evil.

The Dangers of Hanging Out with Terrorists

John Horgan interviews an IRA terrorist and wonders if he's made a huge (and perhaps dangerous) mistake in his life choices.

The Secret Life of Terrorists

John Horgan collects the stories of former terrorists and finds that their lives as terrorists were boring, stressful and anything but the glamorous mission they'd been promised.

Original funding for "The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers" was provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.