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Slow Burn

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Rank #23 in History category

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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 it took to stop him.

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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 it took to stop him.

iTunes Ratings

19990 Ratings
Average Ratings
16685
1513
752
472
568

Superb- highly recommend

By JennyHLowenthall - Apr 20 2020
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I could not stop listening to this. So interesting and captivating.

Great

By WllMa1955 - Mar 06 2020
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One of my favorite podcasts. Consistently amazing, consistently engrossing.

iTunes Ratings

19990 Ratings
Average Ratings
16685
1513
752
472
568

Superb- highly recommend

By JennyHLowenthall - Apr 20 2020
Read more
I could not stop listening to this. So interesting and captivating.

Great

By WllMa1955 - Mar 06 2020
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One of my favorite podcasts. Consistently amazing, consistently engrossing.
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Slow Burn

Latest release on Mar 18, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail 11 days ago

Warning: This podcast is a series podcast

This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

Rank #1: S3 Ep. 1: Against the World

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On the first episode of Slow Burn’s third season: How a violent robbery severed Tupac’s friendship with Biggie Smalls and sparked a bicoastal beef that consumed the world of hip-hop.

In November 1994, while on trial for sexual abuse, Tupac Shakur is shot five times in a New York recording studio. In the aftermath, he starts to suspect that his erstwhile friend Christopher Wallace, better known as Biggie Smalls, might be involved. It was the start of a beef that would consume the world of hip-hop and end with both men dead.

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Oct 30 2019

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Rank #2: S1 Ep. 1: Martha

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People called her crazy, and to be fair she must have seemed crazy. But she was onto something. How Martha Mitchell, the celebrity wife of one of Nixon’s closest henchmen, tried to blow the whistle on Watergate—and ended up ruining her life.

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Nov 28 2017

26mins

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Rank #3: S1 Ep. 2: The Defeat of Wright Patman

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In 1973, the Senate Watergate hearings gripped the nation. But the first congressional hearings on the scandal took place a year earlier—and featured an angry Texan shouting at four empty chairs.

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Dec 05 2017

29mins

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Rank #4: S2 Ep. 1: Deal or No Deal

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For 11 hours, Monica Lewinsky faced off against federal prosecutors who wanted her to help them take down the president and threatened her with decades in jail.

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Aug 08 2018

37mins

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Rank #5: S3 Ep. 2: Cops on My Tail

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In 1992, Ronald Ray Howard shot and killed Texas state trooper Bill Davidson. His lawyer argued he’d been driven to murder by the music he’d been playing in his car: a dubbed copy of Tupac Shakur’s first album, 2Pacalypse Now

On the second episode of Slow Burn’s third season: How gangsta rap and law enforcement found themselves at war. 

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Nov 06 2019

33mins

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Rank #6: S2 Ep. 2: There There

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In 1993, Bill and Hillary Clinton moved into the White House on a swell of optimism. In less than a year, the new administration was mired in a sea of scandals: Travelgate, Filegate, Nannygate, and, most consequentially, Whitewater. What went wrong?

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Aug 15 2018

43mins

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Rank #7: S1 Ep. 3: A Very Successful Cover-Up

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Woodward and Bernstein, Walter Cronkite, and a host of other journalists tried to make people care about Watergate in the run-up to the 1972 election. They totally failed.

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Dec 12 2017

32mins

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Rank #8: S2 Ep. 5: Tell-All

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Aside from Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky, the most pivotal player in the Clinton impeachment saga may have been Linda Tripp—an ordinary person who made extraordinary choices that precipitated the entire crisis. In perhaps the deepest and most intimate interview she’s ever given, Tripp talks to Leon Neyfakh about what she did, and why. 

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Sep 12 2018

48mins

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Rank #9: S2 Ep. 3: Cred

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When Bill Clinton went to Washington, rumors and accusations from his Arkansas past went with him. But even his most dedicated political enemies couldn't predict where their efforts would lead.

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Aug 22 2018

41mins

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Rank #10: S1 Ep. 4: Lie Detectors

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How a folksy segregationist senator, a team of young investigators, and a few whistleblowers staged the hearings that made Watergate must-see TV.

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Dec 19 2017

33mins

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Rank #11: S2 Ep. 6: God Mode

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Some of the most withering criticism of Clinton came from a coalition of conservative activists whose political views were bound up with their faith. The influence of the Christian right within the Republican Party had been growing steadily since the Reagan years. When the Lewinsky story broke, the movement’s leaders pounced on it with righteous vigor.

In the sixth episode of our series on Clinton’s impeachment, Leon Neyfakh charts the religious right’s campaign against the president and how it failed.

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Sep 19 2018

49mins

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Rank #12: S3 Ep. 3: What's Beef?

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In this episode: Biggie releases “Who Shot Ya,” an instant hip-hop classic that Tupac takes as a personal affront. Tupac calls out Biggie and Puffy in a jailhouse interview. And the Death Row and Bad Boy crews start preparing for war.

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Nov 13 2019

37mins

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Rank #13: S2 Ep. 4: Alone, Together

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What happened between Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky? Why did it happen? And what are we supposed to do about the fact that the whims and impulses of individual men can—and constantly do—alter the course of history? 

In the fourth episode of our series on Clinton’s impeachment, Leon Neyfakh details Clinton and Lewinsky’s reckless affair. 

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Aug 29 2018

41mins

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Rank #14: S1 Ep. 5: True Believers

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At a bar in Queens, and in the Senate offices, Nixon's supporters stood with him long after it was clear his hands were dirty. How did they rationalize their position? And what, finally, made them waver?

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Jan 02 2018

36mins

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Rank #15: S2 Ep. 7: Bedfellows

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Today it’s conventional wisdom that all feminists hypocritically turned their backs on Monica Lewinsky. In fact, the scandal provoked an intense debate within the feminist movement about sex, power, and consent. For some, it was obvious that Clinton had victimized Lewinsky and needed to be thrown overboard. For others, it was just as obvious that the scandal was part of a political war in which Clinton was the good guy. In the seventh episode of our series on Clinton’s impeachment, Leon Neyfakh excavates the arguments and ideas that divided liberals—and feminists in particular—at the height of the scandal. 

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Sep 26 2018

47mins

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