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.

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What We Can Learn From 1991

A few excerpts from Season 4's bonus interviews, and a special Slow Burn announcement.



episode 6: A Concerned Citizen

David Duke nearly became the governor of Louisiana. What did it take to stop him?


 2020-07-22  59m

episode 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.


 2020-07-15  49m

episode 4: A Silent Army

What message did David Duke’s voters send to everyone else in Louisiana?


 2020-07-08  50m

Cold Call

What I learned from a child journalist’s interview with David Duke--and why I’m not interviewing him myself.


 2020-07-01  24m

episode 3: The Nazi and the Republicans

The woman who tried to stop David Duke, and the GOP officials who accommodated him.


 2020-06-24  52m

episode 2: Robe and Ritual

How David Duke used the Ku Klux Klan to sell his message, and himself.


 2020-06-17  50m

episode 1: White Knight

The year that David Duke, America’s most famous white supremacist, went mainstream.


 2020-06-10  48m

Season 4 Trailer

Coming June 10th


 2020-06-08  2m

episode 9: Slow Burn 3 Live: Party & Bullshit

A special edition of Slow Burn features Joel Anderson live on stage, with legendary producers Nashiem Myrick and Easy Moe Bee, and Reverend Conrad Tillard, known in the 90s as "The Hip Hop Minister." Plus, a story from the season 3 cutting room floor.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


 2020-03-18  53m