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The Gun Machine

Produced by WBUR, Boston’s NPR station, in partnership with The Trace, The Gun Machine looks into the past to bring you a story that most Americans never learned in history class: how early partnerships between mad scientist gunsmiths and a fledgling U.S. government created the gun industry in the Northeast, and how that industry has been partners with the government ever since.

Host Alain Stephens examines how this 250-year relationship underpins all Americans’ interactions with guns — including our failures in dealing with the fallout of gun violence.

The Gun Machine debuts on Oct. 4, 2023. Listen and follow on Apple, Spotify, Amazon Music, and wherever you get your podcasts.

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Lead Reporters

  • Staff Writer
    Alain is a staff writer covering developments in firearms technology and the ATF. His investigations into auto sears, toy guns, and ghost guns for The Trace have led to congressional action. A military veteran and gun owner, Alain did tours at inewsource and Texas Standard, where his work led to important public safety, civil rights, and criminal justice reforms.
  • Producer
    Grace is the producer of The Trace and WBUR’s The Gun Machine. A former producer for WBUR’s On Point, she was also the lead producer for WBUR’s The Great Wager, which explored how the world’s two largest economies emerged from Nixon’s historic trip to China in February 1972.