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In the late 1980s and early 1990s, a white supremacist became an American political phenomenon. David Duke?s rise to power and prominence?his election to the Louisiana legislature, and then his campaigns for the U.S. Senate and the governorship?was an existential crisis for the state and the nation. The fourth season of Slate?s Slow Burn will explore how a Nazi sympathizer and former Klansman fashioned himself into a mainstream figure, and why some voters came to embrace his message. It will also examine how activists, journalists, and ordinary citizens confronted Duke?s candidacy, and what it took to stop him.

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Cold Call

In 1989, a Black 12-year-old girl in New Orleans found the David Duke phenomenon, and Duke himself, hard to comprehend. So she called Duke on the phone to ask him some questions. In this Slow Burn interlude: how a budding journalist outdid the professionals. Plus, why we won?t be interviewing David Duke for our series. Season 4 of Slow Burn is produced by Josh Levin and Christopher Johnson. Mixing by Paul Mounsey. Slow Burn?s production assistant is Madeline Ducharme and Sophie Summergrad is the podcast?s assistant producer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-07-01
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S4 Ep. 3: The Nazi and the Republicans

In 1989, David Duke got a foothold in American politics. To build on that victory, he?d have to fend off a Republican official determined to bring him down. In the third episode of our series: the people who tried to stop David Duke?s rise, and the ones who accommodated him. Season 4 of Slow Burn is produced by Josh Levin and Christopher Johnson. Mixing by Paul Mounsey. Slow Burn?s production assistant is Madeline Ducharme and Sophie Summergrad is the podcast?s assistant producer. Slate Plus members get bonus episodes of Slow Burn every season, plus zero ads. Sign up now to listen and support the show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-06-24
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S4 Ep. 2: Robe and Ritual

David Duke dreamed of becoming the charismatic leader who?d bring racism to the masses. He tried to make that dream a reality by seizing on America?s most powerful symbol of white supremacist terror. On the second episode of Slow Burn?s fourth season: what David Duke?s years as a leader in the Ku Klux Klan reveal about his beliefs and ambitions, and why Duke decided to leave the Klan behind. Season 4 of Slow Burn is produced by Josh Levin and Christopher Johnson. Mixing by Paul Mounsey. Slow Burn?s production assistant is Madeline Ducharme and Sophie Summergrad is the podcast?s assistant producer. Slate Plus members get bonus episodes of Slow Burn every season, early access to episode 3, plus zero ads. Sign up now to listen and support the show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-06-17
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S4 Ep. 1: White Knight

In the first half of the 1980s, it looked like David Duke?s career as a professional racist was over. But the former Ku Klux Klan leader had a comeback plan: He was going to keep quiet about his most hateful beliefs?and run for the Louisiana House of Representatives. On the first episode of Slow Burn?s fourth season: the campaign that changed David Duke?s life, and that made him a threat to take control of Louisiana. Season 4 of Slow Burn is produced by Josh Levin and Christopher Johnson. Mixing by Paul Mounsey. Slow Burn?s production assistant is Madeline Ducharme and Sophie Summergrad is the podcast?s assistant producer. Slate Plus members get bonus episodes of Slow Burn every season, early access to episodes 2 and 3, plus zero ads. Sign up now to listen and support the show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-06-10
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Season 4 Trailer

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, a white supremacist became an American political phenomenon. David Duke?s rise to power and prominence?his election to the Louisiana legislature, and then his campaigns for the U.S. Senate and the governorship?was an existential crisis for the state and the nation. The fourth season of Slate?s Slow Burn will explore how a Nazi sympathizer and former Klansman fashioned himself into a mainstream figure, and why some voters came to embrace his message. It will also examine how activists, journalists, and ordinary citizens confronted Duke?s candidacy, and what it took to stop him. Slow Burn Season 4 is hosted by Josh Levin, Slate's national editor and a native Louisianian. The season begins on Wednesday, June 10. That day, Slate Plus members will get the first three episodes of Slow Burn, while non-members will get Episode 1. Subscribe to Slate Plus here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-06-08
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S3 Live: Party & Bullshit

Slate Plus members get bonus episodes of Slow Burn every season, plus zero ads. Sign up now to listen and support the show. A special edition of Slow Burn features Joel Anderson live on stage, with legendary producers Nashiem Myrick and Easy Moe Bee, and Reverend Conrad Tillard, known in the 90s as "The Hip Hop Minister." Plus, a story from the season 3 cutting room floor.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-03-18
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Announcement: Slow Burn's Watergate Season on TV

Slow Burn's Watergate season is now a TV docu-series, premiering Feb. 16 on Epix. Read more about it in this interview with host Leon Neyfakh. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-02-14
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Introducing: Broken Record

Hey Slow Burn listeners. We have something special for you this week. It's an episode of Broken Record, a music podcast from Pushkin Industries, co-hosted by Malcolm Gladwell and music producer Rick Rubin. In the episode, Malcolm and Rick talk to Questlove about his memories of the MOVE police bombing in Philly, the music of his childhood, and Quest gets behind the drums to show the evolution of his playing.  Being the music lover he is, Questlove can't help but turn the tables to ask Rick about his own Hip Hop history: working on the Beastie Boys' first album, License to Ill, and LL Cool J's first album, Radio. Then it all culminates in one of the best Obama stories ever. You can subscribe to Broken Record wherever you get your podcasts, and see some amazing studio session photos on Instagram, @TheBrokenRecordPod. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2019-12-27
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S3 Epilogue: Got a Story to Tell

Slate Plus members get a bonus episode of Slow Burn every week. This is a preview of the bonus episodes released this season:?interviews with Slow Burn host Joel Anderson and producer Christopher Johnson about the making of the series, and extended interviews they conducted with Tupac's attorney Shawn Holley, hip-hop journalist Matty C, and Biggie biographer Cheo Hodari Coker. To listen to all eight bonus episodes from this season in full, sign up for Slate Plus now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2019-12-20
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S3 Ep. 8: Dead Wrong

Questions have swirled around the murders of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls ever since their deaths. Who killed them, and why? How come no one was ever charged in either case? Is Tupac still alive and hiding out somewhere? On the final episode of the season, we look at the investigations into the deaths of two rap legends and the competing theories of their cases. We also explore their enormous legacies, and what hip-hop lost when they died. Slate Plus members get bonus episodes of Slow Burn every season, plus zero ads. Sign up now to listen and support the show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2019-12-18
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S3 Ep. 7: To Live and Die in LA

In this week's episode: After Tupac?s murder: Revenge killings in Compton, a day of atonement in Harlem, and Biggie Smalls risks everything by going back to Cali. Slate Plus members get bonus episodes of Slow Burn and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2019-12-11
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S3 Ep. 6: Til Somebody Kills You

In this episode: In the summer of 1996, Tupac Shakur seemed to be on the verge of a decision?about what kind of career he wanted to have, and what kind of life he wanted to live. And then he went to Las Vegas. Slate Plus members get bonus episodes of Slow Burn and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2019-12-04
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S3 Ep. 5 Plus: "East vs. West"

Slate Plus members get a bonus episode of Slow Burn every week. To listen to the rest of the bonus episodes this season, sign up for Slate Plus now. In this Slow Burn bonus episode, host Joel Anderson and producer Christopher Johnson discuss the growing feud between Tupac and Biggie and the role of Faith Evans. Then, you?ll hear an extended interview with Larry ?The Blackspot? Hester, a former staff writer at Vibe who interviewed Tupac, Biggie, and other people at Death Row and Bad Boy as their drama heated up. Production by Chau Tu. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2019-11-30
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S3 Ep. 5: Wrath of a Menace

In this episode: Tupac claims?loudly, publicly, and with very little evidence?that he?s been sleeping with Faith Evans, Biggie?s estranged wife. Slate Plus members get bonus episodes of Slow Burn and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2019-11-27
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S3 Ep. 4: Against Those Thugs

In this episode: Gangsta rap becomes a huge money maker. Civil rights activist C. Delores Tucker and conservative culture warrior Bill Bennett launch a crusade against offensive lyrics. And hip-hop divides black leaders along generational and gender lines. Slate Plus members get bonus episodes of Slow Burn and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2019-11-20
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S3 Ep. 3: What's Beef?

In this episode: Biggie releases ?Who Shot Ya,? an instant hip-hop classic that Tupac takes as a personal affront. Tupac calls out Biggie and Puffy in a jailhouse interview. And the Death Row and Bad Boy crews start preparing for war. Slate Plus members get bonus episodes of Slow Burn and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2019-11-13
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S3 Ep. 2: Cops on My Tail

In 1992, Ronald Ray Howard shot and killed Texas state trooper Bill Davidson. His lawyer argued he?d been driven to murder by the music he?d been playing in his car: a dubbed copy of Tupac Shakur?s first album, 2Pacalypse Now.  On the second episode of Slow Burn?s third season: How gangsta rap and law enforcement found themselves at war.  Slate Plus members get bonus episodes of Slow Burn and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2019-11-06
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S3 Ep. 1: Against the World

On the first episode of Slow Burn?s third season: How a violent robbery severed Tupac?s friendship with Biggie Smalls and sparked a bicoastal beef that consumed the world of hip-hop. In November 1994, while on trial for sexual abuse, Tupac Shakur is shot five times in a New York recording studio. In the aftermath, he starts to suspect that his erstwhile friend Christopher Wallace, better known as Biggie Smalls, might be involved. It was the start of a beef that would consume the world of hip-hop and end with both men dead. Slate Plus members get bonus episodes of Slow Burn and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2019-10-30
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Season 3 Trailer

In its first two seasons, Slow Burn looked back at two of the biggest stories of the late 20th century?the Watergate scandal and the impeachment of Bill Clinton. Season three of the show tackles another: the murders of Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G. The story takes place at a moment when hip-hop was taking over pop culture, and the world?s two most famous rappers were a former theater kid from the Bay Area and a one-time crack dealer from Brooklyn. In just a few years, they changed music forever. They went from friends to enemies. And they ended up victims of a deadly rivalry between two rap scenes.    How is it that two of the most famous performers in the world were murdered within a year of each other?and their killings were never solved? Find out in Slow Burn season three: Biggie and Tupac. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2019-10-24
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Introducing The Queen

Linda Taylor was a con artist, a kidnapper, maybe even a murderer. She was also America?s original ?welfare queen,? the villain Ronald Reagan needed to create a vision of a country being taken advantage of by its poorest citizens. In this new narrative mini-series, Josh Levin, one of the editors behind Slow Burn, reveals the never-before-told story of a woman whose singular life was forgotten in the rush to create a vicious American stereotype. This podcast is based on Josh Levin?s new book, The Queen: The Forgotten Life Behind an American Myth. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2019-06-04
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Slow Burn Live: The Kingdom and the Power

A special edition of Slow Burn features Leon Neyfakh live on stage. In the second of two episodes, Leon was joined in by Emily Bazelon, Wesley Morris, Dan Savage, and Andi Zeisler to explore lingering questions about the Clinton legacy. Plus, Clara Jeffery discusses Hillary Clinton.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2018-12-05
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Slow Burn Live: Keyholes

A special edition of Slow Burn features Leon Neyfakh live on stage. In the first of two episodes, Leon was joined in by Ruth Marcus and Rick Perlstein to explore lingering questions about the Clinton legacy. Plus, a story from the season 2 cutting room floor.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2018-11-28
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S2 Ep. 8: Move On

Juanita Broaddrick told Ken Starr?s team of prosecutors that Bill Clinton had raped her in 1978. Her story wasn?t included in the Starr Report?but members of congress found out about it anyway, and had to decide how it would affect their vote on impeachment. In the final episode of our series on Clinton?s impeachment, Leon Neyfakh talks to Broaddrick, and to Lisa Myers, the NBC News reporter whose interview with Broaddrick became a cause célèbre during the impeachment trial. What does it mean that Broaddrick?s story has never really become a part of Bill Clinton?s? -- Slate Plus members get a bonus episode of Slow Burn every week. Find out more at slate.com/slowburn. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2018-10-10
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Secret Tracks

Every week, Slate Plus members get a special episode of Slow Burn in which Leon Neyfakh talks to people connected with the Clinton impeachment saga. This week, we?re presenting excerpts from those bonus episodes, featuring interviews with Linda Tripp, consultant Dick Morris, former acting solicitor general Walter Dellinger, and Dillon Teachout, an intern in the independent counsel?s office. Learn more about Slate Plus membership at slate.com/slowburn. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2018-10-03
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S2 Ep. 7: Bedfellows

Today it?s conventional wisdom that all feminists hypocritically turned their backs on Monica Lewinsky. In fact, the scandal provoked an intense debate within the feminist movement about sex, power, and consent. For some, it was obvious that Clinton had victimized Lewinsky and needed to be thrown overboard. For others, it was just as obvious that the scandal was part of a political war in which Clinton was the good guy. In the seventh episode of our series on Clinton?s impeachment, Leon Neyfakh excavates the arguments and ideas that divided liberals?and feminists in particular?at the height of the scandal.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2018-09-26
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S2 Ep. 6: God Mode

Some of the most withering criticism of Clinton came from a coalition of conservative activists whose political views were bound up with their faith. The influence of the Christian right within the Republican Party had been growing steadily since the Reagan years. When the Lewinsky story broke, the movement?s leaders pounced on it with righteous vigor. In the sixth episode of our series on Clinton?s impeachment, Leon Neyfakh charts the religious right?s campaign against the president and how it failed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2018-09-19
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S2 Ep. 5: Tell-All

Aside from Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky, the most pivotal player in the Clinton impeachment saga may have been Linda Tripp?an ordinary person who made extraordinary choices that precipitated the entire crisis. In perhaps the deepest and most intimate interview she?s ever given, Tripp talks to Leon Neyfakh about what she did, and why.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2018-09-12
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S2 Ep. 4: Alone, Together

What happened between Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky? Why did it happen? And what are we supposed to do about the fact that the whims and impulses of individual men can?and constantly do?alter the course of history?  In the fourth episode of our series on Clinton?s impeachment, Leon Neyfakh details Clinton and Lewinsky?s reckless affair.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2018-08-29
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S2 Ep. 3: Cred

When Bill Clinton went to Washington, rumors and accusations from his Arkansas past went with him. But even his most dedicated political enemies couldn't predict where their efforts would lead. Slate Plus members get a bonus episode of Slow Burn every week. Find out more at slate.com/slowburn. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2018-08-22
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S2 Ep. 2: There There

In 1993, Bill and Hillary Clinton moved into the White House on a swell of optimism. In less than a year, the new administration was mired in a sea of scandals: Travelgate, Filegate, Nannygate, and, most consequentially, Whitewater. What went wrong? Slate Plus members get a bonus episode of Slow Burn every week. Find out more at slate.com/slowburn. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2018-08-15
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S2 Ep. 1: Deal or No Deal

For 11 hours, Monica Lewinsky faced off against federal prosecutors who wanted her to help them take down the president and threatened her with decades in jail. Slate Plus members get a bonus episode of Slow Burn every week. Find out more at slate.com/slowburn Audible is the world's largest audiobook publisher. For a 30-day trial and a free audiobook, go to audible.com/slowburn Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2018-08-08
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Season 2 Trailer

The saga of Bill Clinton?s impeachment is rich with forgotten characters, surprising subplots, and opportunities to reflect on just how much America has changed over the past 20 years. Whether you?re well-versed in the tale of Clinton and Monica Lewinsky, or you?re fuzzy on the details, this season of Slow Burn will take you further into the story than you?ve ever been. From its origins in the Whitewater real estate controversy, the Paula Jones sexual harassment lawsuit, and the suicide of Vince Foster, Clinton?s near-removal from office was the culmination of a process that remains poorly understood?and continues to reverberate through our political system today. While Season I of Slow Burn captured what it was like to live through Watergate, Season II offers a fresh reexamination of the choices, circumstances, and manipulations that nearly destroyed the 42nd president and forever changed the life of a former White House intern. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2018-07-23
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Live in New York

A special edition of Slow Burn features Leon Neyfakh live on stage in New York City. On April 19th, Leon was joined by Bob Woodward, Virginia Heffernan, Gail Sheehy, Mary DeOreo and Marc Lackritz to discuss Trump, Watergate and Nixon?s legacy.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2018-05-22
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S1 Ep. 8: Going South

What had to happen for the Watergate scandals to end Richard Nixon?s career? And was his downfall inevitable? In the final episode of Slow Burn?s first season, Leon Neyfakh assesses the president?s desperate final campaign to save himself?and the people and institutions that finally brought him down. Slate Plus members get a bonus episode every week. Find out more at slate.com/slowburn. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2018-01-30
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Extra, Extra

Slate Plus members get a bonus episode of Slow Burn every week. This week, we're releasing some samples of those episodes?interviews with people with a unique perspective on Watergate. Next week: The end. Find out more at slate.com/slowburn. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2018-01-23
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S1 Ep. 7: Saturday Night