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Clarence Thomas is one of the most powerful figures in America today. Nearly every issue of national consequence has his fingerprints all over it, from voting rights to gun rights and from abortion access to affirmative action. But nothing about his journey from rural Georgia to the Supreme Court was inevitable.In the eighth season of Slate’s Slow Burn, host Joel Anderson traces Justice Thomas’ surprising path from youthful radical to conservative icon. You’ll hear about why he came to despise the race-based admission policies that personally benefitted him, how he credited his political rise to the Black self-sufficiency preached by Malcolm X, and what the American people didn’t hear during his explosive confirmation hearings.

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Clarence Thomas is one of the most powerful figures in America today. Nearly every issue of national consequence has his fingerprints all over it, from voting rights to gun rights and from abortion access to affirmative action. But nothing about his journey from rural Georgia to the Supreme Court was inevitable.In the eighth season of Slate’s Slow Burn, host Joel Anderson traces Justice Thomas’ surprising path from youthful radical to conservative icon. You’ll hear about why he came to despise the race-based admission policies that personally benefitted him, how he credited his political rise to the Black self-sufficiency preached by Malcolm X, and what the American people didn’t hear during his explosive confirmation hearings.

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    Announcing Slow Burn Season 9

    Announcing Slow Burn Season 9

    Hosted by Christina Cauterucci. Coming in May 2024.
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    • 1 min
    America’s Blackest Child

    America’s Blackest Child

    Growing up in Georgia, Clarence Thomas wanted to make his mark. His goal was to become his hometown’s first Black Catholic priest. But in the 1960s, he abandoned that dream. Instead, he embraced campus activism and the teachings of Malcolm X.
    Season 8 of Slow Burn is produced by Joel Anderson, Sophie Summergrad, Sam Kim, and Sofie Kodner.
    Josh Levin is the editorial director of Slow Burn.
    Derek John is Slate’s executive producer of narrative podcasts.
    Susan Matthews is Slate’s executive editor.
    Editorial direction by Josh Levin, Derek John, and Joel Meyer.
    Merritt Jacob is Slate’s senior technical director.
    Our theme music is composed by Alexis Cuadrado. Artwork by Ivylise Simones.
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    • 54 min
    Plus: "One of the Guys"

    Plus: "One of the Guys"

    In this member-exclusive episode, Slow Burn’s host Joel Anderson and producer Sophie Summergrad discuss Episode 1 of the new season, explaining how Joel pitched a series on Clarence Thomas and what parts of his life this will cover. And they discuss Joel’s trip to Georgia to seek out people from Thomas’ childhood. Then we’ll hear more from Joel's interview with Diane Brady, who wrote the book Fraternity about the 20 Black men—including Thomas—recruited to Holy Cross in 1968.

    Production by Cleo Levin.

    Smiling Faces

    Smiling Faces

    Clarence Thomas went to Yale Law School because he thought it was a good fit for his left-wing politics. But when he arrived, it seemed like all the white liberals thought he was only there because he was Black. The sting Thomas felt fueled a lifelong resentment of affirmative action. It also drew him to a group of conservatives who helped sharpen his political beliefs.
    Season 8 of Slow Burn is produced by Joel Anderson, Sophie Summergrad, Sam Kim, and Sofie Kodner.  
    Josh Levin is the editorial director of Slow Burn.
    Derek John is Slate’s executive producer of narrative podcasts.
    Susan Matthews is Slate’s executive editor.
    This episode was edited by Josh Levin, Derek John, Sophie Summergrad and Joel Meyer.
    Merritt Jacob is Slate’s senior technical director.
    Our theme music is composed by Alexis Cuadrado. Artwork by Ivylise Simones.
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    • 50 min
    Plus: The Path to Black Republicanism

    Plus: The Path to Black Republicanism

    In this member-exclusive episode, Slow Burn’s host Joel Anderson and producer Sofie Kodner discuss Episode 2, explaining how they secured the interviews for this episode and delving deeper into Thomas’ early relationship with conservatives and Republican politicians. Then we’ll hear more from Joel’s interview with Leah Wright Rigueur, who wrote the book The Loneliness of the Black Republican, which tells the story of Black conservatives in the Republican Party from the New Deal to Ronald Reagan.

    Production by Cleo Levin.

    I’m Their Guy

    I’m Their Guy

    When Clarence Thomas got nominated to the Supreme Court, his behavior during the 1980s would get put under a microscope. To understand who Thomas was then and who he is today, you need to hear how he treated the women he worked with. You also need to hear from the woman who knew him best during those critical years: his ex-girlfriend Lillian McEwen. 
    Season 8 of Slow Burn is produced by Joel Anderson, Sophie Summergrad, Sam Kim, and Sofie Kodner.
    Josh Levin is the editorial director of Slow Burn.
    Derek John is Slate’s executive producer of narrative podcasts.
    Susan Matthews is Slate’s executive editor.
    This episode was edited by Josh Levin, Derek John, Sophie Summergrad, and Joel Meyer.
    Merritt Jacob is our senior technical director.
    Our theme music is composed by Alexis Cuadrado. Artwork by Ivylise Simones.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
23.6K Ratings

23.6K Ratings

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Please do a season on Bush Jr and WMDs

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Season 8

Last sentence of season 8 is such a burn!! Looove This series. Listening 5 years now

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