Issue 241,  published January 14, 2020

Slate’s Slow Burn to return to politics for S4

This is a Hot Pod ~exclusive~: after shifting subgenres and taking on the Biggie-Tupac story with Joel Anderson at the helm for its third season — which has brought in over 7 million downloads, and counting — the next iteration will see the franchise dip back into the political history well to examine David Duke’s rise to power in Louisiana in the 80s and 90s, honing its attention on the deep roots of white nationalism in American history.

Josh Levin, Slate’s national editor, will take over hosting duties, with Christopher Johnson, who worked on the Biggie-Tupac season, returning to serve as producer. Meanwhile, Anderson, who was hired as a staff writer in addition to his work on the podcast, will begin work on future seasons of the podcast while embarking on a live tour for the show’s third season that will take him to DC, NY, LA, SF, and Austin. Anderson will also join Hang Up and Listen, Slate’s sports gabfest podcast, as a regular panelist.

On a broader note, Slate’s podcasting division had a pretty strong 2019. Audio now makes up about 50% of the company’s overall business, up from 28% at the end of 2018, and it brought in more than 250 million downloads across the entire Slate Podcast Network, which currently contains over 25 shows. And for a little cherry on top: the TV adaptation of Slow Burn’s first season is scheduled to hit EPIX on February 16.