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Slow Burn
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Clarence Thomas is one of the most powerful figures in America today. Nearly every issue of national consequence has his fingerprints all... more

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One Year: 1955 - Siberia, USA

When Alaskans wanted their own mental-health facility, a rumor took hold all over America. This week, Evan Chung traces the... more

21 Sep 2023 · 55 minutes
One Year: 1955 - The Weather Girls

In the early days of television, women struggled to find their place. In 1955, they got it: forecasting the weather,... more

14 Sep 2023 · 45 minutes
One Year: 1955 - The Crockett Craze

In 1955, the frontiersman Davy Crockett became the most famous man in America, more than a century after his death... more

07 Sep 2023 · 57 minutes
One Year: 1955 - The Team Nobody Would Play

The Cannon Street All-Stars dreamed of playing in the 1955 Little League World Series. Their biggest obstacle didn’t come on... more

31 Aug 2023 · 57 minutes
Decoder Ring: Think Catchphrases Are Dead? Eat My Shorts.

Once you start listening for catchphrases in everyday life—you can’t stop hearing them. From the radio era’s “Holy mackerel!” to... more

16 Aug 2023 · 40 minutes
Decoder Ring: The Quest for a Homemade Hovercraft

When Slate’s Evan Chung was a kid, he was obsessed with a mysterious advertisement that ran for decades in the... more

09 Aug 2023 · 42 minutes
Decoder Ring: A Brief History of Making Out

Kissing—the romantic, sexual, steamy kind—is so ingrained in us that it just seems like a fact of life. Like breathing... more

02 Aug 2023 · 36 minutes
Decoder Ring: The Great Parmesan Cheese Debate

Parmesan is a food—but it’s not just a food. Italy’s beloved cheese is often paired with a deep craving for... more

26 Jul 2023 · 44 minutes
Decoder Ring: What's Really Going On Inside a Mosh Pit?

The mosh pit has a reputation as a violent place where (mostly) white guys vent their aggression. There’s some truth... more

19 Jul 2023 · 34 minutes
S8 Live Announcement & Bonus Conversation

Join host Joel Anderson and special guests for Slow Burn: Becoming Justice Thomas LIVE in D.C. (July 25, 2023 at... more

15 Jul 2023 · 27 minutes
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One Year: 1955 - Siberia, USA
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