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.
S4 Extra: What We Can Learn From 1991
Thursday 29 October 2020
: A few excerpts from Season 4's bonus interviews, and a special Slow Burn announcement.
Slate Plus members get bonus episodes of Slow Burn...
S4 Ep. 6: A Concerned Citizen
Wednesday 22 July 2020
: 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...
S4 Ep. 5: The Road to Hell
Wednesday 15 July 2020
: Edwin Edwards was a towering force in Louisiana politics. Buddy Roemer dethroned him and promised to modernize the state. In 1991, David...
S4 Ep. 4: A Silent Army
Wednesday 08 July 2020
: David Duke wasn’t content being a state representative. He wanted to go national, and in 1990 he expanded his base of white voters to try...
Wednesday 01 July 2020
: In 1989, a Black 12-year-old girl in New Orleans found the David Duke phenomenon, and Duke himself, hard to comprehend. So she called Duke...
S4 Ep. 3: The Nazi and the Republicans
Wednesday 24 June 2020
: In 1989, David Duke got a foothold in American politics. To build on that victory, he’d have to
fend off a Republican official determined...
S4 Ep. 2: Robe and Ritual
Wednesday 17 June 2020
: David Duke dreamed of becoming the charismatic leader who’d bring racism to the masses. He
tried to make that dream a reality by seizing...
S4 Ep. 1: White Knight
Wednesday 10 June 2020
: In the first half of the 1980s, it looked like David Duke’s career as a professional racist was over.
But the former Ku Klux Klan leader...
Season 4 Trailer
Monday 08 June 2020
: In the late 1980s and early 1990s, a white supremacist became an American political phenomenon. David Duke’s rise to power and...
S3 Live: Party & Bullshit
Wednesday 18 March 2020
: Slate Plus members get bonus episodes of Slow Burn every season, plus zero ads. Sign up now to listen and support the show.
Announcement: Slow Burn's Watergate Season on TV
Friday 14 February 2020
: Slow Burn's Watergate season is now a TV docu-series, premiering Feb. 16 on Epix. Read more about it in this interview with host Leon...
Introducing: Broken Record
Friday 27 December 2019
: Hey Slow Burn listeners. We have something special for you this week. It's an episode of Broken Record, a music podcast from Pushkin...
S3 Epilogue: Got a Story to Tell
Friday 20 December 2019
: Slate Plus members get a bonus episode of Slow Burn every week. This is a preview of the bonus episodes released this season:—interviews...
S3 Ep. 8: Dead Wrong
Wednesday 18 December 2019
: Questions have swirled around the murders of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls ever since their deaths. Who killed them, and why? How come no...
S3 Ep. 7: To Live and Die in LA
Wednesday 11 December 2019
: In this week's episode: After Tupac’s murder: Revenge killings in Compton, a day of atonement in Harlem, and Biggie Smalls risks...
S3 Ep. 6: Til Somebody Kills You
Wednesday 04 December 2019
: In this episode: In the summer of 1996, Tupac Shakur seemed to be on the verge of a decision—about what kind of career he wanted to have,...
S3 Ep. 5 Plus: "East vs. West"
Saturday 30 November 2019
: Slate Plus members get a bonus episode of Slow Burn every week. To listen to the rest of the bonus episodes this season, sign up for Slate...
S3 Ep. 5: Wrath of a Menace
Wednesday 27 November 2019
: In this episode: Tupac claims—loudly, publicly, and with very little evidence—that he’s been sleeping with Faith Evans, Biggie’s...
S3 Ep. 4: Against Those Thugs
Wednesday 20 November 2019
: In this episode: Gangsta rap becomes a huge money maker. Civil rights activist C. Delores Tucker and conservative culture warrior Bill...
S3 Ep. 3: What's Beef?
Wednesday 13 November 2019
: In this episode: Biggie releases “Who Shot Ya,” an instant hip-hop classic that Tupac takes as a personal affront. Tupac calls out...
S3 Ep. 2: Cops on My Tail
Wednesday 06 November 2019
: 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...
S3 Ep. 1: Against the World
Wednesday 30 October 2019
: On the first episode of Slow Burn’s third season: How a violent robbery severed Tupac’s friendship with Biggie Smalls and sparked a...
Season 3 Trailer
Thursday 24 October 2019
: In its first two seasons, Slow Burn looked back at two of the biggest stories of the late 20th century—the Watergate scandal and the...
Introducing The Queen
Tuesday 04 June 2019
: Linda Taylor was a con artist, a kidnapper, maybe even a murderer. She was also America’s original “welfare queen,” the villain Ronald...
Slow Burn Live: The Kingdom and the Power
Wednesday 05 December 2018
: A special edition of Slow Burn features Leon Neyfakh live on stage. In the second of two episodes, Leon was joined in by Emily Bazelon,...