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Slow Burn
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...
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Ratings & Reviews
4.7 stars from 24,574 ratings
Great show! Too many adds
Each season is better than the last. The ads are excessive.
KaysVan via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 07/02/20
A 12 year old African American girl rings Duke, records it, then you run commentary over what he said instead of playing the whole interview. Why is that? Now there has been a angle and I’m a Maori that grew up in white Australia so don’t think I have any angle! I grew up with racism and it has...Read full review »
Cocowera via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 07/02/20
Love this podcast
One of the most exciting podcast I listen! Very informative, detailed storytelling. Thank you for great work!
MariMarisha via Apple Podcasts · Sweden · 06/30/20
Recent Episodes
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...
Published 07/01/20
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...
Published 06/24/20
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...
Published 06/17/20
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