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Slow Burn
Slow Burn
Slate Podcasts

In the early 1970s, the future of abortion in America was far from settled. Roe v. Wade would change everything, though few... more

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Episodes

Slow Burn: Roe v. Wade special announcement

Slow Burn: Roe v. Wade has been named Apple Podcasts Show of the Year! We’re so honored by this award and... more

29 Nov 2022 · 3 minutes
Creating a Winning Show

The team who made Slow Burn: Roe v. Wade tells the story that unfolded behind the scenes of Apple Podcasts... more

29 Nov 2022 · 46 minutes
One Year: 1942 - The Black-Japanese Axis

In 1942, federal officials targeted a group of Black Americans who were allegedly hoping for a Japanese invasion. They uncovered... more

23 Nov 2022 · 40 minutes
Decoder Ring: The Butt and the Bustle

For about two decades towards the end of the Victorian era, in the 1870s and 1880s, a large bustle-enhanced bottom... more

22 Nov 2022 · 46 minutes
One Year: 1942 - When Internment Came to Alaska

Six months after Pearl Harbor, Japan launched another attack on the United States. This time, Axis forces actually invaded, turning... more

17 Nov 2022 · 42 minutes
Decoder Ring: The Truth About #TheDress

In the history of viral images, #TheDress has got to be in the top 10. This unassuming photo of a... more

15 Nov 2022 · 38 minutes
One Year - 1942: The Info Wars of World War II

In March 1942, a new nightly radio show hit the American airwaves. The stated goal of Station Debunk was to... more

10 Nov 2022 · 48 minutes
One Year: 1942 - The Day the Music Stopped

On Aug. 1, 1942, the nation’s recording studios went silent. Musicians were fed up with the new technologies threatening their... more

03 Nov 2022 · 57 minutes
One Year: 1942 - The Year Everyone Got Married

There were 1.8 million weddings in 1942, the most that had ever been recorded in a single year in American... more

27 Oct 2022 · 44 minutes
One Year: 1942 - The Most Hated Man in America

At the beginning of World War II, the greatest threat to the American war effort wasn’t the Nazis or the... more

20 Oct 2022 · 47 minutes
Decoder Ring: McGruff Takes a Bite Out of Crime Pt. 2

McGruff the Crime Dog arrived on the scene at the dawn of the 1980s, just as a firehose of anti-drug... more

12 Oct 2022 · 47 minutes
Decoder Ring: McGruff Takes a Bite Out of Crime Pt. 1

McGruff the Crime Dog arrived on the scene at the dawn of the 1980s, just as a firehose of anti-drug... more

04 Oct 2022 · 37 minutes
One Year - 1986: The Man From Fifth Avenue

After Joe Mauri gets evicted from his New York apartment, he becomes a star in the USSR, the subject of... more

29 Sep 2022 · 58 minutes
One Year - 1986: The Miracle of Cokeville

On May 16, 1986, a man with a bomb held an entire elementary school hostage in the tiny town of... more

22 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
One Year - 1986: Herschel vs. the Blubber Busters

In Seattle, a pack of voracious sea lions decimates the local fish population. When fireworks and an underwater air horn... more

15 Sep 2022 · 51 minutes
One Year - 1986: A Boycott in Mississippi

Black residents of Indianola, Mississippi, were fed up with decades of separate-and-unequal classrooms. When a white outsider got hired as... more

08 Sep 2022 · 59 minutes
One Year - 1986: The Mystery of Al Capone’s Vaults

Rumors about the legendary gangster Al Capone’s buried treasure transform an abandoned Chicago hotel into the center of the entertainment... more

01 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
One Year - 1986: The Ultimate Field Trip

This week, Evan Chung tells the story of the American teachers who competed for an unprecedented prize: a spot on... more

25 Aug 2022 · 1 hour,
Slow Burn presents: One Year - 1986: No Crime Day

Basketball star Isiah Thomas had an audacious plan to transform Detroit: asking criminals to stay on the good side of... more

18 Aug 2022 · 55 minutes
Decoder Ring: The “Sex” Scandal That Made Mae West

In the early 1930s, Mae West’s dirty talk and hip swiveling walk made her one of the biggest movie stars... more

16 Aug 2022 · 46 minutes
Decoder Ring: The First Alien Abductees

When you think of an alien abduction, what do you picture? Humanoid creatures, medical experiments, lost memories retrieved through hypnosis?... more

09 Aug 2022 · 41 minutes
Decoder Ring: The Most Famous Poet No One Remembers

Rod McKuen sold multiple millions of poetry books in the 60s and 70s. He released dozens of albums, was a... more

02 Aug 2022 · 48 minutes
Slow Burn presents: Decoder Ring - The Mall is Dead (Long Live the Mall)

(While we work on the next season of Slow Burn we're showcasing Slate's other narrative podcasts, starting with a new... more

26 Jul 2022 · 50 minutes
Roe Against Wade

Harry Blackmun wasn’t Richard Nixon’s first choice to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court. But after Blackmun was confirmed,... more

22 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Women vs. Connecticut

Soon after Ann Hill arrived at Yale Law School in 1968, she realized she was pregnant. Her options were limited:... more

15 Jun 2022 · 54 minutes
Life or Death

Jack and Barbara Willke got their start on the Catholic speaking circuit talking about the pleasure of sex within marriage.... more

08 Jun 2022 · 56 minutes
Get Married or Go Home

In 1970, 22-year-old Shirley Wheeler got an illegal abortion in Florida. When she refused to tell the police who performed... more

01 Jun 2022 · 57 minutes
Damages

After the largest civil disturbance in American history, Los Angeles faced a daunting task. Dozens of people had been killed... more

29 Dec 2021 · 53 minutes
Into Ashes

On April 29, 1992, Los Angeles had erupted into chaos. Over the following days, thousands of people took to the... more

22 Dec 2021 · 44 minutes
No Peace

In March 1991, Black people in Los Angeles had seen the videotape of Rodney King being beaten. In November, they’d... more

15 Dec 2021 · 45 minutes
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Harry Blackmun wasn’t Richard Nixon’s first choice to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court. But after Blackmun was confirmed, he got... more