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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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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.

    S3 Live: Party & B******t

    S3 Live: Party & B******t

    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.  
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    • 53 min
    Announcement: Slow Burn's Watergate Season on TV

    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.
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    • 41 sec
    Introducing: Broken Record

    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.
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    • 51 min
    S3 Epilogue: Got a Story to Tell

    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.
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    • 51 min
    S3 Ep. 8: Dead Wrong

    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.
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    • 39 min
    S3 Ep. 7: To Live and Die in LA

    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.
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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

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1K Ratings

1K Ratings

Awesomazon ,

2 outta 3 ain’t bad

The first two seasons of this are excellent! The storytelling is memorable. The level of fact/dramatics well balanced. You can see the echos that resonate through the world of politics today. Really great!

Season 3? Slow burn it is indeed. I’m hoping it gets better... fingers crossed.

Edit: season 3 did NOT get better. Managed to make the whole story boring as hell. Super disappointed

tom rad ,

urk

what

season 3 is embarassing

the political stuff was fun. stick to what you're good at.

In search of sleep ,

Season 3 the weakest

My friend recommended Slow Burn a couple years ago. Even though I’m not generally interested in political history, I really enjoyed the first 2 seasons. When S3 came out, I was excited! I grew up a 2Pac fan and am generally a hip-hop fan so I was looking forward to how they would approach the subject matter. Unfortunately, it was a miss for me. The pacing of the narration was awkward (too many pauses at weirdly placed points in the story), which adversely affected the flow of each episode. It was a chore getting through S3, to be honest. Hope they get their groove back in S4...

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