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 it took to stop him.

History
Documentary
Politics
1
S4 Extra: What We Can Learn From 1991
A few excerpts from Season 4's bonus interviews, and a special Slow Burn announcement.
30 min
2
S4 Ep. 6: A Concerned Citizen
David Duke nearly became the governor of Louisiana. What did it take to stop him?
55 min
3
S4 Ep. 5: The Road to Hell
The 1991 Louisiana governor’s race turned into a battle over what the state was, and what it should be.
46 min
4
S4 Ep. 4: A Silent Army
What message did David Duke’s voters send to everyone else in Louisiana?
46 min
5
Cold Call
What I learned from a child journalist’s interview with David Duke--and why I’m not interviewing him myself.
21 min
6
S4 Ep. 3: The Nazi and the Republicans
The woman who tried to stop David Duke, and the GOP officials who accommodated him.
49 min
7
S4 Ep. 2: Robe and Ritual
How David Duke used the Ku Klux Klan to sell his message, and himself.
46 min
8
S4 Ep. 1: White Knight
The year that David Duke, America’s most famous white supremacist, went mainstream.
45 min
9
Season 4 Trailer
Coming June 10th
2 min
10
S3 Live: Party & Bullshit
50 min
11
Announcement: Slow Burn's Watergate Season on TV
Slow Burn's first season is now a TV docu-series, premiering Feb. 16 on Epix.
0 min
12
Introducing: Broken Record
51 min
13
S3 Epilogue: Got a Story to Tell
Listen to the some of the extended interviews and stories we couldn't fit into this season.
45 min
14
S3 Ep. 8: Dead Wrong
35 min
15
S3 Ep. 7: To Live and Die in LA
27 min
16
S3 Ep. 6: Til Somebody Kills You
25 min
17
S3 Ep. 5 Plus: "East vs. West"
On the Vibe cover story that further stoked conflict between Death Row and Bad Boy.
66 min
18
S3 Ep. 5: Wrath of a Menace
27 min
19
S3 Ep. 4: Against Those Thugs
A 66-year-old woman on a moral crusade upends the music industry.
26 min
20
S3 Ep. 3: What's Beef?
An escalating personal rivalry turns into a bicoastal war.
33 min
21
S3 Ep. 2: Cops on My Tail
How police claimed rap lyrics were turning black listeners into cop killers.
29 min
22
S3 Ep. 1: Against the World
29 min
23
Season 3 Trailer
Coming Oct. 30
2 min
24
Introducing The Queen
22 min
25
Slow Burn Live: The Kingdom and the Power
Hillary, Bill and Monica
50 min
26
Slow Burn Live: Keyholes
What caused the impeachment of Bill Clinton?
51 min
27
S2 Ep. 8: Move On
In 1998, Congress weighed whether Juanita Broaddrick’s rape accusation against Bill Clinton was grounds for impeachment.
54 min
28
Secret Tracks
Ken Starr, Linda Tripp, and others who had a ringside seat at the Clinton circus.
28 min
29
S2 Ep. 7: Bedfellows
Clinton’s enemies said his affair made him unfit to govern. What did his friends think?
44 min
30
S2 Ep. 6: God Mode
The Clinton-Lewinsky scandal sent the religious right into paroxysms of outrage. The rest of the country wasn’t convinced.
46 min
31
S2 Ep. 5: Tell-All
Linda Tripp exposed Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky. What was she thinking?
45 min
32
S2 Ep. 4: Alone, Together
What really happened between Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky?
38 min
33
S2 Ep. 3: Cred
Many accusations were launched against Bill Clinton. Only some of them stuck.
39 min
34
S2 Ep. 2: There There
The Clinton administration was mired in scandal from its very first days.
40 min
35
S2 Ep. 1: Deal or No Deal
Season 2 of Slow Burn begins with the Clinton presidency hanging by a thread.
34 min
36
Season 2 Trailer
3 min
37
Live in New York
Trump, Watergate and Nixon's legacy
50 min
38
S1 Ep. 8: Going South
How it all ended.
41 min
39
Extra, Extra
Some excerpts from our bonus episodes
21 min
40
S1 Ep. 7: Saturday Night
The weekend it all fell apart.
36 min
41
S1 Ep. 6: Rabbit Holes
Watergate turned America into a nation of conspiracy theorists.
31 min
42
S1 Ep. 5: True Believers
Why did so many people stand with Richard Nixon for so long?
34 min
43
S1 Ep. 4: Lie Detectors
How Watergate became the greatest show on earth.
31 min
44
S1 Ep. 3: A Very Successful Cover-Up
Why did it take so long for people to care about Watergate?
29 min
45
S1 Ep. 2: The Defeat of Wright Patman
The first Watergate hearings didn't go so well.
27 min
46
S1 Ep. 1: Martha
Our eight-episode miniseries launches with the story of a woman who knew too much.
24 min
47
Coming Nov. 28
A podcast about Watergate.
2 min