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Slow Burn
In 1978, state Sen. John Briggs put a bold proposition on the California ballot. If it passed, the Briggs Initiative would ban gays and lesbians from working in public schools—and fuel a growing backlash against LGBTQ+ people in all corners of American life. In the ninth season of Slate’s Slow Burn, host Christina Cauterucci explores one of the most consequential civil rights battles in American history: the first-ever statewide vote on gay rights. With that fight looming, young gay activists formed a sprawling, infighting, joyous opposition; confronted the smear that they were...
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4.6 stars from 28,479 ratings
As a 53 year old Gay man who lived in Southern California in the 70s & 80s, I lived through the events outlined in this season’s episodes. Although, I hope, much of my generation is intimately familiar with this era, I doubt many people younger than me have much idea of what we went through...Read full review »
Globaldenny via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/09/24
Informative and easy listen
I’ve gone through all 6 seasons and this is such an informative, easy to listen to podcast. You really become immersed in each story and come out educated at the end.
Szulisr614 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/06/24
Love for Season 9
Season 9 filled in so many gaps in my knowledge about Harvey Milk and Briggs. These interviews and the threading together of these narratives were a great gift to the LGBT community and the preservation of our history. Thank you.
Maestoso via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 07/03/24
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Published 07/17/24
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Published 07/15/24
For the two years leading up to May 21, 1979, gay activists followed the rules. They engaged in civil debates. They sought justice at the ballot box. They peacefully mourned the assassination of Harvey Milk. But the verdict in Dan White’s murder trial changed everything. (If you—or anyone you...
Published 07/03/24
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