In 1992, a jury failed to convict the four Los Angeles police officers who'd been captured on videotape beating Rodney King. The city erupted into fire and chaos––the culmination of decades of unchecked police abuse and racial injustice.
For the sixth season of Slate’s Slow Burn, Joel Anderson returns to explore the people and events behind the biggest civil disturbance in American history––a story that’s still playing out today.
Season 7 Trailer - Roe v. Wade
Wednesday 04 May 2022
: In the early 1970s, the future of abortion in America was far from settled. Roe v. Wade would change everything, though few knew it at the...
S6 Ep. 8: Damages
Wednesday 29 December 2021
: After the largest civil disturbance in American history, Los Angeles faced a daunting task. Dozens of people had been killed and thousands...
S6 Ep. 7: Into Ashes
Wednesday 22 December 2021
: On April 29, 1992, Los Angeles had erupted into chaos. Over the following days, thousands of people took to the streets. Some were...
S6 Ep. 6: No Peace
Wednesday 15 December 2021
: In March 1991, Black people in Los Angeles had seen the videotape of Rodney King being beaten. In November, they’d seen Soon Ja Du...
S6 Ep. 5: The System
Wednesday 08 December 2021
: A year after they were caught on tape beating Rodney King, four LAPD officers went on trial. None were convicted. How did the prosecution...
SB6 Extra: Leading Up to the Riots
Wednesday 01 December 2021
: This week, we're highlighting a few excerpts from this season's Slate Plus episodes—interviews with George Holliday, professor Edward...
Wednesday 24 November 2021
: Rodney King never asked to be famous. The video that captured his beating at the hands of four LAPD officers plunged an ordinary man into an...
S6 Ep. 3: The Chief
Wednesday 17 November 2021
: In 1991, Daryl Gates was the face of the LAPD. Over the course of his 13-year tenure as chief, he had built his police department into a...
S6 Ep. 2: No Justice
Wednesday 10 November 2021
: In March 1991, the video of the Rodney King beating was national news. The LAPD was under intense scrutiny and many white Americans were...
S6 Ep. 1: The Tape
Wednesday 03 November 2021
: On the night of March 2nd, 1991, at a remote intersection just outside of L.A., four police officers surrounded an unarmed Black man. They...
Season 6 Trailer
Tuesday 26 October 2021
: In 1992, a jury failed to convict the four Los Angeles police officers who'd been captured on videotape beating Rodney King. The city...
One Year: Jesus on a Tortilla
Friday 20 August 2021
: After Maria Rubio saw Jesus on a tortilla, her family got besieged by believers and gawkers and the national press. But for the Rubios, the...
One Year: Roots: The Saga of Alex Haley
Thursday 12 August 2021
: Alex Haley’s Roots displayed the brutal realities of slavery to more than 100 million Americans. The book and mini-series also made a...
One Year: Mr. Marijuana and the Drug Czar
Tuesday 10 August 2021
: America’s top weed evangelist and the nation’s drug czar shared the same goal: to loosen up the country’s marijuana laws. In 1977,...
One Year: Elvis, the Pledge, and Extraterrestrials
Thursday 05 August 2021
: Three stories from one day in August 1977. Elvis Presley dies, and the National Enquirer goes after the ultimate tabloid scoop: a photo of...
One Year: The Miracle Cure
Monday 02 August 2021
: Medical authorities said that Laetrile was dangerous quackery. It became a sensation anyway. Diana Green saw this drug made from apricot...
One Year: Mary Shane's Rookie Season
Thursday 29 July 2021
: Mary Shane made history with the Chicago White Sox, becoming the first woman hired as a legitimate major-league baseball announcer. But in...
Decoder Ring: The Sign Painter
Thursday 22 July 2021
: Decoder Ring is Slate's show about cracking cultural mysteries. In each episode, host Willa Paskin takes a cultural question, object, or...
One Year: Anita Bryant's War on Gay Rights
Friday 09 July 2021
: Slate's new podcast One Year and will introduce you to people and ideas that changed American history--one year at a time. The show is...
S5 Ep. 8: Shock and Awe
Wednesday 16 June 2021
: The Bush administration didn’t just fail to plan for post-war Iraq. Before and during the invasion, they made choices that compounded the...
Wednesday 09 June 2021
: In the months before the invasion of Iraq, the media mostly backed the Bush administration’s narrative about weapons of mass destruction....
S5 Ep.6: Big, if True
Wednesday 02 June 2021
: On Feb. 5, 2003, Secretary of State Colin Powell went to the United Nations to make the Bush administration’s closing argument for war...
S5 Ep.5: Four Dicks (and Vice President Cheney)
Wednesday 26 May 2021
: Four men in Congress—two from each party—helped determine whether President George W. Bush would be given the authority to invade Iraq....
S5 Extra: More on the Road to Iraq
Wednesday 19 May 2021
: This week, we're highlighting a few excerpts from this season's Slate Plus episodes—interviews with Ann Curry, Slate writers and editors...
S5 Ep.4: Fighting Words
Wednesday 12 May 2021
: In the year leading up the invasion, George W. Bush sketched his justification for the war: good vs. evil, us vs. them. The president...