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Slow Burn
Slow Burn
Slate Podcasts

In 2003, the United States invaded Iraq without provocation. Most Americans supported the war—as did most politicians and intellectuals, both liberal and... more

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Episodes

One Year: Jesus on a Tortilla

After Maria Rubio saw Jesus on a tortilla, her family got besieged by believers and gawkers and the national press.... more

20 Aug 2021 · 55 minutes
One Year: Roots: The Saga of Alex Haley

Alex Haley’s Roots displayed the brutal realities of slavery to more than 100 million Americans. The book and mini-series also made a... more

12 Aug 2021 · 57 minutes
One Year: Mr. Marijuana and the Drug Czar

America’s top weed evangelist and the nation’s drug czar shared the same goal: to loosen up the country’s marijuana laws.... more

10 Aug 2021 · 50 minutes
One Year: Elvis, the Pledge, and Extraterrestrials

Three stories from one day in August 1977. Elvis Presley dies, and the National Enquirer goes after the ultimate tabloid... more

05 Aug 2021 · 59 minutes
One Year: The Miracle Cure

Medical authorities said that Laetrile was dangerous quackery. It became a sensation anyway. Diana Green saw this drug made from... more

02 Aug 2021 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
One Year: Mary Shane's Rookie Season

Mary Shane made history with the Chicago White Sox, becoming the first woman hired as a legitimate major-league baseball announcer.... more

29 Jul 2021 · 54 minutes
Decoder Ring: The Sign Painter

Decoder Ring is Slate's show about cracking cultural mysteries. In each episode, host Willa Paskin takes a cultural question, object,... more

22 Jul 2021 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
One Year: Anita Bryant's War on Gay Rights

Slate's new podcast One Year and will introduce you to people and ideas that changed American history--one year at a... more

09 Jul 2021 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Shock and Awe

The Bush administration didn’t just fail to plan for post-war Iraq. Before and during the invasion, they made choices that... more

16 Jun 2021 · 45 minutes
Judy

In the months before the invasion of Iraq, the media mostly backed the Bush administration’s narrative about weapons of mass... more

09 Jun 2021 · 50 minutes
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One Year: Jesus on a Tortilla
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