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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 25,406 ratings
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I LOVE THIS PODCAST! I love the host of this podcast because I feel like he’s a great narrator and he sticks with facts. I never sense his personal opinion. That’s the best part- I have no idea how HE FEELS AND I AM THRILLED. I just want factual information and stories. I don’t want the hosts...Read full review »
CancerBoA via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/22/20
History repeats itself
Boy, some things just don’t change. Listening to this just makes me keep thinking of our current political atmosphere.
Mar503 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/22/20
Lazy and tired narrative
Liberals trying to link Trump supports and Duke supporters is just a lazy and tired narrative. I loved the first three seasons but I will be unsubscribing going forward.
catfish8019 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/18/20
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Published 10/29/20
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
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