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In 2003, the United States invaded Iraq without provocation. Most Americans supported the war—as did most politicians and intellectuals, both liberal and conservative. Today, it’s universally considered a disaster.Hosted by award-winning reporter Noreen Malone, the fifth season of Slow Burn explores the people and ideas that propelled the country into the Iraq War, and the institutions that failed to stop it. How did the Iraq catastrophe happen? And what was it like to watch America make one of its most consequential mistakes?

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In 2003, the United States invaded Iraq without provocation. Most Americans supported the war—as did most politicians and intellectuals, both liberal and conservative. Today, it’s universally considered a disaster.Hosted by award-winning reporter Noreen Malone, the fifth season of Slow Burn explores the people and ideas that propelled the country into the Iraq War, and the institutions that failed to stop it. How did the Iraq catastrophe happen? And what was it like to watch America make one of its most consequential mistakes?

    Decoder Ring: The Sign Painter

    Decoder Ring: The Sign Painter

    Decoder Ring is Slate's show about cracking cultural mysteries. In each episode, host Willa Paskin takes a cultural question, object, or habit, examines its history, and tries to figure out what it means and why it matters.
    This episode introduces you to Ilona Granet, who was a New York art-scene fixture who won the praise of the art world when she put up anti-harassment street signs in lower Manhattan in the mid- 1980s. Her career seemed like a sure thing, but three decades on, and so much more art later, it still hasn’t materialized, even as her contemporaries are now hanging in museums. This episode is not about the familiar myth of making it, but the mystery of not making it. What happens, to an artist—to anyone—when they’re good enough, but that’s not enough?
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    One Year: Anita Bryant's War on Gay Rights

    One Year: Anita Bryant's War on Gay Rights

    Slate's new podcast One Year and will introduce you to people and ideas that changed American history--one year at a time. The show is hosted by Josh Levin, Slate's national editor and host of Slow Burn Season 4. And our first season covers 1977: a year when gay rights hung in the balance, Roots dominated the airwaves, and Jesus appeared on a tortilla.
    In this show, we’ll focus on key moments that transformed politics, culture, science, religion, and more. This episode you’re about to hear will take you into a courtroom in Miami, Florida, where a local fight over gay rights was about to become a huge national standoff, one with life-altering stakes for millions of Americans. And at the center of it all was a pop singer and orange juice spokesperson named Anita Bryant.
    How does the nation’s past shape our present? Subscribe to One Year on Apple, Spotify, or wherever you listen.
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Shock and Awe

    Shock and Awe

    The Bush administration didn’t just fail to plan for post-war Iraq. Before and during the invasion, they made choices that compounded the mistake of going to war. Those decisions had lasting consequences for the world and for the Iraqi people. Who’s most responsible for that tragedy? 
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    Season 5 of Slow Burn is produced by Noreen Malone, Jayson De Leon, and Sophie Summergrad. Mixing by Merritt Jacob.
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    • 45 min
    Judy

    Judy

    In the months before the invasion of Iraq, the media mostly backed the Bush administration’s narrative about weapons of mass destruction. No reporter was more influential on that beat than the New York Times' Judith Miller. 
    How did she get the story so wrong—and why was she the only person to take the fall?
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    Season 5 of Slow Burn is produced by Noreen Malone, Jayson De Leon, and Sophie Summergrad. Mixing by Merritt Jacob.
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    • 50 min
    Big, if True

    Big, if True

    On Feb. 5, 2003, Secretary of State Colin Powell went to the United Nations to make the Bush administration’s closing argument for war with Iraq. Powell didn’t know it at the time, but one major piece of intelligence he cited came from a shady source—a man code-named Curveball. 
    How did Curveball’s bad information make it into Powell’s speech? And why did no one listen when a woman from the CIA tried to warn everyone?
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    Season 5 of Slow Burn is produced by Noreen Malone, Jayson De Leon, and Sophie Summergrad. Mixing by Merritt Jacob.
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    • 44 min
    Four Dicks (and Vice President Cheney)

    Four Dicks (and Vice President Cheney)

    Four men in Congress—two from each party—helped determine whether President George W. Bush would be given the authority to invade Iraq. All of them were named Dick. Which of these Dicks scrutinized the case for war the most closely? And who was making obvious political calculations?
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    Season 5 of Slow Burn is produced by Noreen Malone, Jayson De Leon, and Sophie Summergrad. Mixing by Merritt Jacob.
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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
861 Ratings

861 Ratings

Cocowera ,

Puzzling

A 12 year old African American girl rings Duke, records it, then you run commentary over what he said instead of playing the whole interview. Why is that? Now there has been a angle and I’m a Maori that grew up in white Australia so don’t think I have any angle! I grew up with racism and it has been hard for me to shake, but I have. If you are pointing at this guy and he talks to a sniffing, 12 year old African American young lady that is clear she is who she is why ar you not playing the whole thing. It sounded to me that he was engaging and very present. For a guy you are calling a hateful racist why is he talking to this young lady with such respect? Trump can’t even give a journalist respect let alone a 12 year old girl. You seem
To be pushing a narrative. Play the whole interview

karaya_1191 ,

Started well - Ended Terribly

I adored the first three seasons and listened to them back to back. The first host was so good and whoever wrote the script and did the research was excellent at bringing nuanced takes to the fore. The 4th season was not so interesting as the story is pretty obvious from the start and isn’t delivered in the same evolving story as the first two.

The 5th season is honestly unlistenable, the host has a difficult tone and speaking voice that obviously sounds like a script. The writing for the show is also a huge let down - it is just a regurgitation of American neo-liberal takes that make no nuanced criticisms of American imperial actions. The research is sloppy, whole episodes are evidently based entirely on one interview with someone, rather than comparing and contrasting interesting opposing views. A massive letdown from the evolutionary expose style of the first two seasons and the deep insight of the third.

What a pity.

Mayonegg7 ,

What a roller coaster!

Great podcast hosts and research.

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