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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?

    One Year: Jesus on a Tortilla

    One Year: Jesus on a Tortilla

    After Maria Rubio saw Jesus on a tortilla, her family got besieged by believers and gawkers and the national press. But for the Rubios, the tortilla wasn’t just a public spectacle. It was the miracle that changed their family. And decades later, they’re still reckoning with how that tortilla upended everything.
    One Year is produced by Josh Levin, Evan Chung, and Madeline Ducharme. Mixing by Merritt Jacob.
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    • 55 min
    One Year: Roots: The Saga of Alex Haley

    One Year: Roots: The Saga of Alex Haley

    Alex Haley’s Roots displayed the brutal realities of slavery to more than 100 million Americans. The book and mini-series also made a bold claim: that Haley was the first Black American to trace his lineage all the way back to Africa, and to a specific ancestor captured into slavery. What would it mean, for Haley and America, if he hadn’t found what he said he’d found?
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    • 57 min
    One Year: Mr. Marijuana and the Drug Czar

    One Year: Mr. Marijuana and the Drug Czar

    America’s top weed evangelist and the nation’s drug czar shared the same goal: to loosen up the country’s marijuana laws. In 1977, everything was trending their way—until a blowout Christmas party destroyed their plans, and transformed the future of marijuana in the United States.
    One Year is produced by Josh Levin, Evan Chung, and Madeline Ducharme. Mixing by Merritt Jacob.
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    • 50 min
    One Year: Elvis, the Pledge, and Extraterrestrials

    One Year: Elvis, the Pledge, and Extraterrestrials

    Three stories from one day in August 1977. Elvis Presley dies, and the National Enquirer goes after the ultimate tabloid scoop: a photo of the King in his coffin. A New Jersey high schooler becomes a pariah when she refuses to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. Astronomers in Ohio get a mysterious signal from outer space—could it be a message from aliens?
    One Year is produced by Josh Levin, Evan Chung, and Madeline Ducharme. Mixing by Merritt Jacob.
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    • 59 min
    One Year: The Miracle Cure

    One Year: The Miracle Cure

    Medical authorities said that Laetrile was dangerous quackery. It became a sensation anyway. Diana Green saw this drug made from apricot pits as her son Chad’s best chance to survive leukemia. Her shocking actions, and the little boy affected by them, became the focus of a heated national debate over freedom of medical choice.
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    One Year: Mary Shane's Rookie Season

    One Year: Mary Shane's Rookie Season

    Mary Shane made history with the Chicago White Sox, becoming the first woman hired as a legitimate major-league baseball announcer. But in 1977, she had to fight to be taken seriously in one of America’s most sexist industries.
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    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
21.9K Ratings

21.9K Ratings

SFunk2002 ,

Steve Funk

Back in 2002 when all of this was happening, I remember thinking that it was so obvious that Wolfowitz, Cheney, and Bush were overplaying the theeat to juatify their pre-determined goal to invade Iraq. What was so shocking is how the media went along with it and reported the Bush administration propaganda as if it were true and undisputed fact. Thanks for a great and well done podcast.

ohio youth care specialist ,

Informative and entertaining

I’ve never really know much about the people in the seasons so after listening to season two I’m telling anyone I can about bill clinton. The narration in each episode is amazing!

mtw00 ,

Four Stars for the First Four Seasons

Season 5, I’m sorry guys, it wasn’t good. Seasons 1-4 were incredibly engrossing. With Season 5, it felt as if I was listening to an audio reading of the 2003 Iraq War Wiki page. I finished it bc I’m a completist, but it was a slog. I don’t know if it was the host, the production, or the interview style, but please do better next season. I was also incredibly disappointed with the fact that the creators gave an entire episode to Judy Miller. If you were going to do that, you needed a host who would go toe to toe with Judy; not cater to her. Giving Judy so much exposure while glossing over the Valerie Plame scandal was honestly so irresponsible of you.

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