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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 | 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
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
Decoder Ring: Can the “Bookazine” Save Magazines?

Magazines have fallen on hard times – especially the weekly news, fashion, and celebrity mags that once dominated newsstands. The... more

10 Apr 2024 · 37 minutes
Decoder Ring: Andrew Wyeth's Secret Nudes (Encore)

In 1986, Andrew Wyeth was the most famous painter in America. He was a household name, on the cover of... more

27 Mar 2024 · 54 minutes
Decoder Ring: Why Stylists Rule the Red Carpet

Like a manager or an agent or a publicist, a stylist has become a kind of must-have accessory for well-dressed,... more

13 Mar 2024 · 42 minutes
Decoder Ring: The Gen X Soda That Was Just "OK"

Thirty years ago, a new kind of soda arrived in select stores. Instead of crowing about how spectacular it was,... more

28 Feb 2024 · 43 minutes
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
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Gays Against Briggs | 1. A Hotbed of Homosexuality
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