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    Slow Burn S4 Ep. 1: White Knight

    Slow Burn S4 Ep. 1: White Knight

    Here's Episode 1 of Slow Burn Season 4: David Duke. Subscribe here.

    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.

    The season is hosted by Josh Levin, host of The Queen and native Louisianian.

    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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    • 45 min
    Slate Presents: Lockdown

    Slate Presents: Lockdown

    If you have any school-aged children in your life, you know that lockdown and active shooter drills have become a routine part of their school experience. These drills now take place in 95 percent of American schools. What you’re about to hear is a collaboration between Slate and The Trace, a nonprofit newsroom covering gun violence in the United States. It’s an audio project featuring firsthand accounts from kids of all ages about what it’s like to go through these drills. We hear a lot about school shootings, but we’re only starting to have a larger conversation about how they affect even those kids who may never go through one. 

    You can hear more from the students at slate.com/lockdown.
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    • 24 min
    Bonus | The Queen: An Audiobook Preview

    Bonus | The Queen: An Audiobook Preview

    Listen to the first chapter of the audiobook version of The Queen: The Forgotten Life Behind an American Myth. Narrated by January LaVoy.
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    • 23 min
    Bonus | The Queen: How to Write This Book

    Bonus | The Queen: How to Write This Book

    In this excerpt from the second bonus episode of The Queen, Dan Kois talks to Josh Levin about the process of writing the reporting-intensive book the podcast series is based on. They’re joined by a panel of three distinguished authors, who share their own lessons about what it takes to write a book-length investigation: David Grann, a New Yorker staff writer and the author of Killers of the Flower Moon; James Forman Jr., winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for his book, Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America; and Eliza Griswold, winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for her book, Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America. To hear the full episode, join Slate Plus.
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    • 20 min
    Bonus | The Queen: The Kidnapping of Baby Fronczak

    Bonus | The Queen: The Kidnapping of Baby Fronczak

    Is it possible that Linda Taylor perpetrated one of the most infamous child abductions in American history? In this excerpt from the first bonus episode of The Queen, Josh Levin talks to Paul Joseph Fronczak about how Taylor could be connected to the April 1964 kidnapping of a 1-day-old boy born to Paul’s parents, Dora and Chester Fronczak. They also discuss Paul’s search for his true identity. To hear the full episode, join Slate Plus.
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    • 11 min
    The Queen | Ep. 04: Bobbie and Diana

    The Queen | Ep. 04: Bobbie and Diana

    Linda Taylor had a tendency to emerge from out of nowhere, upend everything in her path, then vanish without leaving a forwarding address. The final episode of The Queen focuses on two different stories about the lives Taylor changed. In one case, she helped a vulnerable family escape the degradations of the Jim Crow South. In the other, she kidnapped a child and may have been responsible for her own husband’s death.
    This podcast is based on Josh Levin’s new book, The Queen: The Forgotten Life Behind an American Myth.
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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
1.2K Ratings

1.2K Ratings

JLouther ,

Slow Burn Series - Great!

I almost didn’t listen to the David Duke series. I had no interest whatsoever in that person but let me tell you that was a good series. Taught me so much about people who hate people based upon race, gender, and religion. How they convince others to join their cause using a false narrative. I can clearly see David Duke’s playbook in use today in our current state of politics.

Nkay666 ,

Binge worthy

I really like the podcast! Important issues of criminal justice being discussed here.
Only thing I don’t understand is, if the podcast is called “Slate” then why is the image/logo, say “The Queen”? It’s very confusing and frankly a really dumb thing to do if you’re trying to get people to listen. If someone asked me, I’d tell them to look up “the queen” as that’s how I found it....

xXSLYPADXx ,

Biased

Implies Randy Weaver to be a nazi, what a biased show. As if the ATF had the right to kill an innocent 14-year old boy AND a grown woman holding a baby.

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