Slow Burn

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.

History
Documentary
Politics
1
SB6 Extra: Leading Up to the Riots
A few excerpts from Season 6's Slate Plus interviews.
16 min
2
S6 Ep. 4: Glen
Rodney King woke up in a prison hospital to find himself at the center of the biggest story in the world.
32 min
3
S6 Ep. 3: The Chief
In the aftermath of the Rodney King beating, the city wanted Daryl Gates out. Gates had other plans.
43 min
4
S6 Ep. 2: No Justice
With the beating of Rodney King still on America’s TV screens, the killing of a teenager in South Central further inflamed the tension in Los Angeles’ Black neighborhoods.
44 min
5
S6 Ep. 1: The Tape
In 1991, a 68-second video set off a chain of events that would change Los Angeles forever.
38 min
6
Season 6 Trailer
Coming November 3rd
2 min
7
One Year: Jesus on a Tortilla
How a burn mark in the shape of Christ changed a family.
50 min
8
One Year: Roots: The Saga of Alex Haley
The author who changed America—and ignited a controversy about fact and fiction.
51 min
9
One Year: Mr. Marijuana and the Drug Czar
Keith Stroup and Peter Bourne were on the verge of changing America’s pot laws—and then a blowout Christmas party in 1977 changed everything.
48 min
10
One Year: Elvis, the Pledge, and Extraterrestrials
Three stories from a single day in August 1977.
54 min
11
One Year: The Miracle Cure
Medical experts said the cancer drug Laetrile was dangerous quackery. It became a national sensation anyway.
57 min
12
One Year: Mary Shane's Rookie Season
The little-known story of the first woman hired as a legitimate major-league baseball announcer.
49 min
13
Decoder Ring: The Sign Painter
From the new season of Slate's documentary culture podcast, Decoder Ring.
62 min
14
One Year: Anita Bryant's War on Gay Rights
Introducing One Year, a new podcast from Slate.
65 min
15
S5 Ep. 8: Shock and Awe
Who’s most responsible for the failures of post-war Iraq?
40 min
16
S5 Ep. 7: Judy
Judith Miller made the WMDs case in the New York Times. Does she still stand by her reporting?
45 min
17
S5 Ep.6: Big, if True
Why the U.S. relied on faulty intelligence from a man code-named Curveball.
39 min
18
S5 Ep.5: Four Dicks (and Vice President Cheney)
The men named Richard who helped determine whether the U.S. would go to war in Iraq.
43 min
19
S5 Extra: More on the Road to Iraq
A few excerpts from Season 5's Slate Plus interviews.
13 min
20
S5 Ep.4: Fighting Words
Intellectuals on the right and left found themselves on the same side in the debate over Iraq.
43 min
21
S5 Ep. 3: Mushroom Clouds
How weapons of mass destruction became the Bush administration’s rallying cry for war.
41 min
22
S5 Ep. 2: Terror
How the anthrax attacks of 2001 fueled a coming war with Iraq.
43 min
23
S5 Ep. 1: The Exile
Ahmad Chalabi spent decades trying to return to Baghdad. Thanks to the Americans’ war, he finally got his wish.
47 min
24
Season 5 Trailer
Coming April 21st
2 min
25
Introducing: I Spy
28 min
26
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
27
S4 Ep. 6: A Concerned Citizen
David Duke nearly became the governor of Louisiana. What did it take to stop him?
55 min
28
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
29
S4 Ep. 4: A Silent Army
What message did David Duke’s voters send to everyone else in Louisiana?
46 min
30
Cold Call
What I learned from a child journalist’s interview with David Duke--and why I’m not interviewing him myself.
21 min
31
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
32
S4 Ep. 2: Robe and Ritual
How David Duke used the Ku Klux Klan to sell his message, and himself.
46 min
33
S4 Ep. 1: White Knight
The year that David Duke, America’s most famous white supremacist, went mainstream.
45 min
34
Season 4 Trailer
Coming June 10th
2 min
35
S3 Live: Party & Bullshit
50 min
36
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
37
Introducing: Broken Record
51 min
38
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
39
S3 Ep. 8: Dead Wrong
35 min
40
S3 Ep. 7: To Live and Die in LA
27 min
41
S3 Ep. 6: Til Somebody Kills You
25 min
42
S3 Ep. 5 Plus: "East vs. West"
On the Vibe cover story that further stoked conflict between Death Row and Bad Boy.
66 min
43
S3 Ep. 5: Wrath of a Menace
27 min
44
S3 Ep. 4: Against Those Thugs
A 66-year-old woman on a moral crusade upends the music industry.
26 min
45
S3 Ep. 3: What's Beef?
An escalating personal rivalry turns into a bicoastal war.
33 min
46
S3 Ep. 2: Cops on My Tail
How police claimed rap lyrics were turning black listeners into cop killers.
29 min
47
S3 Ep. 1: Against the World
29 min
48
Season 3 Trailer
Coming Oct. 30
2 min
49
Introducing The Queen
22 min
50
Slow Burn Live: The Kingdom and the Power
Hillary, Bill and Monica
50 min
51
Slow Burn Live: Keyholes
What caused the impeachment of Bill Clinton?
51 min
52
S2 Ep. 8: Move On
In 1998, Congress weighed whether Juanita Broaddrick’s rape accusation against Bill Clinton was grounds for impeachment.
54 min
53
Secret Tracks
Ken Starr, Linda Tripp, and others who had a ringside seat at the Clinton circus.
28 min
54
S2 Ep. 7: Bedfellows
Clinton’s enemies said his affair made him unfit to govern. What did his friends think?
44 min
55
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
56
S2 Ep. 5: Tell-All
Linda Tripp exposed Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky. What was she thinking?
45 min
57
S2 Ep. 4: Alone, Together
What really happened between Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky?
38 min
58
S2 Ep. 3: Cred
Many accusations were launched against Bill Clinton. Only some of them stuck.
39 min
59
S2 Ep. 2: There There
The Clinton administration was mired in scandal from its very first days.
40 min
60
S2 Ep. 1: Deal or No Deal
Season 2 of Slow Burn begins with the Clinton presidency hanging by a thread.
34 min
61
Season 2 Trailer
3 min
62
Live in New York
Trump, Watergate and Nixon's legacy
50 min
63
S1 Ep. 8: Going South
How it all ended.
41 min
64
Extra, Extra
Some excerpts from our bonus episodes
21 min
65
S1 Ep. 7: Saturday Night
The weekend it all fell apart.
36 min
66
S1 Ep. 6: Rabbit Holes
Watergate turned America into a nation of conspiracy theorists.
31 min
67
S1 Ep. 5: True Believers
Why did so many people stand with Richard Nixon for so long?
34 min
68
S1 Ep. 4: Lie Detectors
How Watergate became the greatest show on earth.
31 min
69
S1 Ep. 3: A Very Successful Cover-Up
Why did it take so long for people to care about Watergate?
29 min
70
S1 Ep. 2: The Defeat of Wright Patman
The first Watergate hearings didn't go so well.
27 min
71
S1 Ep. 1: Martha
Our eight-episode miniseries launches with the story of a woman who knew too much.
24 min
72
Coming Nov. 28
A podcast about Watergate.
2 min