Slow Burn

Slow Burn

Publisher: Slate Podcasts

Critic Rating: 4.7/5

Description

In 2003, the United States invaded Iraq without provocation. Most Americans supported the war—as did most politicians and intellectuals, both liberal and conservative. Today, it’s universally considered a disaster.Hosted by award-winning reporter Noreen Malone, the fifth season of Slow Burn explores the people and ideas that propelled the country into the Iraq War, and the institutions that failed to stop it. How did the Iraq catastrophe happen? And what was it like to watch America make one of its most consequential mistakes?


Critic Reviews

Score: 4.8

Antonia Quirke - New Statesman - Jul 1, 2020

"[Season 4] Each intense episode here is so perfectly calibrated. It’s particularly effective hearing that (David Duke) voice on the radio, of course – disembodied. He might have been behind a white sheet. …"

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Score: 4.5

Jake Greenberg - PodcastReview.org - Dec 13, 2019

"[Season 3] The work Slow Burn does to clearly document the Tupac-Biggie relationship makes for an admirable piece of reporting. Season 3 proves that the Slow Burn method, of using the distance of a couple decades to reconsider and reorganize recent history, is amenable, and capable of much more than revisiting the White House. …"

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Score: 4.7

Erin Bury - Quill Inc. - Nov 23, 2019

"[Season 1 & 2] If you want a Wikipedia-style overview, this isn’t it. But if you’re like me, and you’ve always wanted to know more about two of the century’s biggest political scandals, then this is well worth the listen."

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Score: 5

Fiona Sturges - Financial Times - Aug 18, 2018

"[Season 2] Like its predecessor, the second Slow Burn is an electrifying portrait of a political scandal, full of surreal detail and surprising twists, and made all the more potent when heard in the era of #MeToo."

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Score: 5

Andrew Liptak - The Verge - Apr 8, 2018

"[Season 1] While Nixon’s resignation now feels as though it was the logical, natural outcome, Neyfakh paints a far different picture of the four years that followed the Watergate break-in. The efforts to investigate and impeach the president faced almost insurmountable obstacles —including Nixon trying to shut down the investigation while firing people — which have taken on a new resonance in 2018. By focusing on these characters, the show brings a new depth to what listeners know about the scandal, providing tangible examples of the people who worked to push the investigation forward."

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Score: 5

Nicholas Quah - Vulture - Jan 11, 2018

"Slow Burn is a dense listen, though it never really feels that way. Slow Burn goes down easy despite its hefty portent. It’s constantly surprising. It’s addictive for the right kind of casual history nerd. It’s smart in its composition. Slow Burn has a pleasantly simple and deliberate construction. It should be noted that Slow Burn isn’t just a solid exercise in the history podcast genre. The project was developed with a more timely concern in mind, which is to ask: How can the past help us understand the present?"

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Score: 4

Catherine Nixey - The Times UK - Dec 8, 2017

"[Season 1] History is rarely about the past. More often than not it is the present in costume. And if you are happy with history as parable and paradigm rather than impartial chronicle, then this is corking. Those coiffed women and their swindling men are riveting."

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