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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.

    S4 Ep. 4: A Silent Army

    S4 Ep. 4: A Silent Army

    David Duke wasn’t content being a state representative. He wanted to go national, and in 1990 he expanded his base of white voters to try to attain that goal.

    In Episode 4 of Slow Burn: How David Duke made himself a political sensation—and the message that his supporters sent when they cast their ballots.

    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.

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    • 50 min
    Cold Call

    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.
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    • 24 min
    S4 Ep. 3: The Nazi and the Republicans

    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.
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    • 52 min
    S4 Ep. 2: Robe and Ritual

    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.
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    • 50 min
    S4 Ep. 1: White Knight

    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.
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    • 48 min
    Season 4 Trailer

    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.
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