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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 25,193 ratings
A great and informative listen
I’ve loved every season. Any Trump supporters in denial that they are exactly the same types of fascists who supported David Duke clearly have little capacity for critical thought, but I guess that was obvious.
drive it into a ravine via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/13/20
Revelatory storytelling
This show helps dissect the question, “how did we get here” in American politics. Preluding the Trumpian world we are living today with insight and historical background that just makes your jaw drop. Bravo to the team.
K hay hay via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/09/20
Another Trump hater
Trying to align Trump voters with Duke voters.
Squarebutt$&@&&$&91874 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/08/20
Recent Episodes
In the fall of 1991, David Duke looked like a real threat to become the governor of Louisiana. On the sixth and final episode of Slow Burn's fourth season: What arguments did David Duke's opponents make? Who did they hope to persuade? And what did it mean, in those four weeks in 1991, to stand up...
Published 07/22/20
Edwin Edwards was a towering force in Louisiana politics. Buddy Roemer dethroned him and promised to modernize the state. In 1991, David Duke challenged both of them—and was soon on the verge of the biggest victory of his life. In Episode 5 of Slow Burn: How a Louisiana governor’s race became one...
Published 07/15/20
David Duke wasn’t content being a state representative. He wanted to go national, and in 1990 he expanded his base of white voters to try to attain that goal. In Episode 4 of Slow Burn: How David Duke made himself a political sensation—and the message that his supporters sent when they cast...
Published 07/08/20
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