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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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4.7 stars from 25,707 ratings
I’m so disappointed to see reviewers referencing this as political, liberal, or anti-Trump. Telling the story about an openly racist Nazi who cloaks his racism in religion and supposed Christianity, is providing a service to America. If you view this criticism as any of those titles listed above,...Read full review »
just an honest reviewer 1122 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/18/21
Enjoyable listen
Enjoy the work. Produced very well. Compelling, well-explained storyline. Fascinating parallels with current events.
BenjaminK26 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/13/21
Liberal Brainwashed Propaganda
This TERRIBLE podcast was ONLY created to expose Trump’s RACISM. I was EXTREMELY OFFENDED. I wanted to listen to something nice and fuzzy, but when they described the NAZI’s actions, he sounded a lot like TRUMP and I REALIZED that I’VE BEEN FOLLOWING AN IDIOT. I am not okay with this. If you,...Read full review »
Extremely Concerned Patriot via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/12/21
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