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In 1992, a jury failed to convict the four Los Angeles police officers who'd been captured on videotape beating Rodney King. The city erupted into fire and chaos––the culmination of decades of unchecked police abuse and racial injustice. 
For the sixth season of Slate’s Slow Burn, Joel Anderson returns to explore the people and events behind the biggest civil disturbance in American history––a story that’s still playing out today.

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In 1992, a jury failed to convict the four Los Angeles police officers who'd been captured on videotape beating Rodney King. The city erupted into fire and chaos––the culmination of decades of unchecked police abuse and racial injustice. 
For the sixth season of Slate’s Slow Burn, Joel Anderson returns to explore the people and events behind the biggest civil disturbance in American history––a story that’s still playing out today.

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    Glen

    Glen

    Rodney King never asked to be famous. The video that captured his beating at the hands of four LAPD officers plunged an ordinary man into an extraordinary situation. So how did he navigate his new life in the public eye? How did he think about what had happened to him? And how would his struggles affect the trial of the four officers who beat him?
    Season 6 of Slow Burn is produced by Joel Anderson, Jayson De Leon, Ethan Brooks, Sophie Summergrad, and Jasmine Ellis. 
    Mixing by Merritt Jacob.
    Slate Plus members get bonus episodes of Slow Burn and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now.
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    • 38 min
    Plus: How Things Changed for Rodney King

    Plus: How Things Changed for Rodney King

    In this member-exclusive episode, Slow Burn’s host Joel Anderson and producer Jayson De Leon discuss Episode 4, about Rodney King. Then we’ll hear extended interviews with Johnnie Kelly, King’s best friend and bodyguard, and Steve Lerman, King’s lawyer after the beating.

    Production by Chau Tu.

    The Chief

    The Chief

    In 1991, Daryl Gates was the face of the LAPD. Over the course of his 13-year tenure as chief, he had built his police department into a paramilitary-style force that enforced the racial boundaries of the city. 
    Rodney King’s beating had exposed the brutality of Gates’ police force to the city. In the weeks after the video aired, L.A.’s most powerful institutions joined together to call for an end to Gates’ career and the style of policing that had resulted in King’s beating. 
    But even with much of the city’s political leadership unified against him, Gates was ready for a fight.
    Season 6 of Slow Burn is produced by Joel Anderson, Jayson De Leon, Ethan Brooks, Sophie Summergrad, and Jasmine Ellis. 
    Mixing by Merritt Jacob.
    Slate Plus members get bonus episodes of Slow Burn and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 48 min
    Plus: Daryl Gates' L.A.

    Plus: Daryl Gates' L.A.

    In this member-exclusive episode, Slow Burn’s host Joel Anderson and producer Ethan Brooks discuss Episode 3, on Daryl Gates and the calls for his ouster after Rodney King’s beating. Then we’ll hear an extended interview with Jim Newton, who covered law enforcement for the L.A. Times.

    Production by Chau Tu.

    No Justice

    No Justice

    In March 1991, the video of the Rodney King beating was national news. The LAPD was under intense scrutiny and many white Americans were seeing a side of policing they’d never seen before.
    Just a few days after George Holliday’s tape aired, the residents of South Central, Los Angeles were forced to confront yet another devastating act of violence: The killing of 15-year-old Latasha Harlins.
    How did a deadly altercation at a convenience store set off a battle between Los Angeles’ Black residents and its immigrant shopkeepers? And how did the justice system respond?
    Season 6 of Slow Burn is produced by Joel Anderson, Jayson De Leon, Ethan Brooks, Sophie Summergrad, and Jasmine Ellis. 
    Mixing by Merritt Jacob.
    Slate Plus members get bonus episodes of Slow Burn and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 49 min
    Plus: "The Fuse Was Already Burning"

    Plus: "The Fuse Was Already Burning"

    In this member-exclusive episode, Slow Burn’s host Joel Anderson and producer Jayson De Leon discuss Episode 2, on Latasha Harlins’ killing. Then we’ll hear extended interviews with L.A. Times journalist Itabari Njeri and professor of ethnic studies Edward Chang about the cultural tensions that were already building in Los Angeles by the time of Harlins’ death in 1991.

    Production by Sophie Summergrad and Chau Tu.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
22.2K Ratings

22.2K Ratings

Zeegha ,

Real Good!

This is one of the best podcast series I’ve listened to besides American Scandals & American History Tellers. Keep up the good work! Fewer commercials/ads would be nice. Thanks!

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Watergate Series

Loved the series. Intriguing and entertaining. Great research!

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Great Podacst

Love this new season. Easy to listen to, and Joel is an impeccable host.

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