Slow Burn: Various Seasons

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Slate Podcasts

Slow Burn: Various Seasons

4.9/5

Critic Rating

In 1978, state Sen. John Briggs put a bold proposition on the California ballot. If it passed, the Briggs Initiative would ban gays and lesbians from working in public schools—and fuel a growing backlash against LGBTQ+ people in all corners of American life. In the ninth season of Slate’s Slow Burn, host Christina Cauterucci explores one of the most consequential civil rights battles in American history: the first-ever statewide vote on gay rights. With that fight looming, young gay activists formed a sprawling, infighting, joyous opposition; confronted the smear that they were indoctrinating kids; and came out en masse to s...


Critic Reviews

Score: 5

Lauren Passell • Podcast The Newsletter Jul 14, 2024

"(Season: Gays Against Briggs) Slow Burn does this thing that makes you feel like you lived through historical events even if you didn’t. It always does this, this season was no exception.This series is precious and could not be a more important listen."

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Score: 5

Clair Woodward • The Times UK Jul 7, 2024

"(Season: Gays Against Briggs) This moving and powerful series shows how it mobilised gay people to speak to neighbours and come out to their families to show that gay people were everywhere. …"

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Score: 5

The Crime Writers Squad • Crime Writers On Jun 27, 2024

"(Season: Gays Against Briggs) Rebecca thought host Christina Cauterucci lives up to the high storytelling standard of series originator Leon Neyfakh. Kevin took solace seeing historical cases of society being persuaded to change its attitudes for the better, giving him hope for progress today."

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Score: 5

Hannah Verdier • The Guardian May 30, 2024

"(Season: Gays Against Briggs) Hearing about so much bigotry goes from ridiculous to sickening as it becomes relentless, but it’s a tale that needs to be heard."

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Score: 5

Patricia Nicol • The Times UK Jun 19, 2022

"(Season: Roe V. Wade) A timely and necessary listen. …"

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Score: 5

Fiona Sturges • Financial Times Jun 5, 2022

"(Season: Roe vs. Wade) Please use the sharing tools found via the share button at the top or side of articles. Copying articles to share with others is a breach of FT.com T&Cs and Copyright Policy. Email licensing@ft.com to buy additional rights. Subscribers may share up to 10 or 20 articles per month using the gift article service. More information can be found at https://www.ft.com/tour. https://www.ft.com/content/18942132-72fc-4464-89b4-b6c79b6fad1a Slow Burn doesn’t deal in chronological storytelling, preferring to parachute the listener into different flashpoints in the narrative. In doing so, it cuts straight to the human stories behind big political moments, and shows us how the past informs the present."

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Score: 4.9

Nicholas Quah • Vulture Nov 4, 2021

"(Season 6) Slate’s flagship audio-documentary series continues apace. Slow Burn’s general method is to convey the memory of what it was viscerally like to live through a thick historical moment. The approach falls from one of its core arguments: that the past never really ends, and that the present is abundant with unresolved tensions that echo through time over and over again."

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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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