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.


episode 2: Robe and Ritual

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 on America’s most powerful symbol of white

supremacist terror.

On the second episode of Slow Burn’s fourth season: what David Duke’s years as a leader in the

Ku Klux Klan reveal about his beliefs and ambitions, and why Duke decided to leave the Klan


Season 4 of Slow Burn is produced by Josh Levin and Christopher Johnson. Mixing by Paul

Mounsey. Slow Burn’s production assistant is Madeline Ducharme and Sophie Summergrad is

the podcast’s assistant producer.

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