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Slow Burn
Slow Burn
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In 1978, state Sen. John Briggs put a bold proposition on the California ballot. If it passed, the Briggs Initiative would ban... more

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Episodes

Gays Against Briggs | 7. Turn Around. Fight Back.

For the two years leading up to May 21, 1979, gay activists followed the rules. They engaged in civil debates.... more

03 Jul 2024 · 51 minutes
Gays Against Briggs | 6. The Murders at City Hall

On election night in 1978, gays and lesbians in California braced themselves for the statewide vote on Proposition 6. Less... more

26 Jun 2024 · 56 minutes
Gays Against Briggs | 5. Strange Bedfellows

As Election Day approached, the campaign to defeat Proposition 6 faced formidable odds. John Briggs’ fundraising juggernaut was churning out... more

19 Jun 2024 · 55 minutes
Gays Against Briggs | 4. You Must Come Out

In the early days of the anti-Briggs campaign, a Richard Pryor comedy set turned into a public fiasco and laid... more

12 Jun 2024 · 57 minutes
Gays Against Briggs | 3. Harvey Milk vs. the Machine

After decades of wandering and job-hopping, Harvey Milk found his purpose as a gay community leader with growing political ambitions.... more

05 Jun 2024 · 57 minutes
Gays Against Briggs | 2. Defend Our Children

In 1977, John Briggs was a small-time state senator with big dreams. But Briggs’ plan to ban gay and lesbian... more

29 May 2024 · 53 minutes
Gays Against Briggs | 1. A Hotbed of Homosexuality

In the 1970s, San Francisco became a welcoming home for tens of thousands of new gay residents—and a modern-day Sodom... more

22 May 2024 · 50 minutes
Season 9 Trailer: Gays Against Briggs

In 1978, state senator John Briggs put a bold proposition on the California ballot. If it passed, the Briggs Initiative... more

09 May 2024 · 1 minute
Decoder Ring: How the Jalapeño Lost Its Heat

The jalapeño is the workhorse of hot peppers. They’re sold fresh, canned, pickled, in hot sauces, salsas, smoked into chipotles, and... more

08 May 2024 · 32 minutes
Decoder Ring: Making Real Music for a Fake Band

Pop culture is full of fictional bands singing songs purpose-made to capture a moment, a sound. This music doesn’t organically... more

24 Apr 2024 · 41 minutes
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Gays Against Briggs | 7. Turn Around. Fight Back.
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