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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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Announcing Slow Burn Season 9

Hosted by Christina Cauterucci. Coming in May 2024. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

22 Feb 2024 · 1 minute
Decoder Ring: Why Do So Many Coffee Shops Look the Same?

The eerie similarity of coffee shops all over the world was so confounding to Kyle Chayka that it led him... more

14 Feb 2024 · 33 minutes
One Year: 1990 | 5. The Angry Death of Kimberly Bergalis

Before 1990, there had never been a documented case of a patient getting HIV from a health care worker. Kimberly... more

21 Dec 2023 · 56 minutes
One Year: 1990 | 4. Art on Trial

Robert Mapplethorpe was one of the most famous photographers in the world—and one of the most controversial. When his work... more

14 Dec 2023 · 58 minutes
One Year: 1990 | 3. Bush vs. Broccoli

In March 1990, a story broke that shocked the nation: George H.W. Bush had banned broccoli from Air Force One.... more

07 Dec 2023 · 40 minutes
One Year: 1990 | 2. Mandrake the Magician

A middle-aged single dad in Chicago was outraged by all the cigarette billboards popping up in Black communities. In 1990,... more

30 Nov 2023 · 50 minutes
One Year: 1990 | 1. Pizzastroika

Pizza Hut’s adventure in the Soviet Union was unlike any restaurant opening before or since. It involved a fleet of... more

22 Nov 2023 · 57 minutes
Decoder Ring: The Forgotten Video Game About Slavery

In 1992, a Minnesota-based software company known for its educational hit The Oregon Trail released another simulation-style game to school... more

15 Nov 2023 · 47 minutes
Decoder Ring: The Dating Manual Unlike Any Other

From the moment it was released in 1995, The Rules was controversial.. Some people loved it—and swore that the dating... more

08 Nov 2023 · 37 minutes
Decoder Ring: Mailbag - The Recorder, Limos, and “Baby on Board” Signs

We receive a lot of fantastic show ideas from our listeners—and we’re grateful for each and every one. For our... more

01 Nov 2023 · 40 minutes
Slow Burn
Announcing Slow Burn Season 9
Slow Burn