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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.

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.

Episodes: 43

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Cold Call

Duration: 25 min

S4 Ep. 3: The Nazi and the Republicans

Duration: 53 min

S4 Ep. 2: Robe and Ritual

Duration: 50 min

S4 Ep. 1: White Knight

Duration: 49 min

Season 4 Trailer

Duration: 3 min

S3 Live: Party & Bullshit

Duration: 54 min

Introducing: Broken Record

Duration: 51 min

S3 Epilogue: Got a Story to Tell

Duration: 51 min

S3 Ep. 8: Dead Wrong

Duration: 39 min

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