David Duke wasn’t content being a state representative. He wanted to go national, and in 1990 he expanded his base of white voters to try to attain that goal.
In Episode 4 of Slow Burn: how David Duke made himself a political sensation—and the message his supporters sent when they cast their ballots.
Season 4 of Slow Burn is produced by Josh Levin and Christopher Johnson. Mixing is done by Paul Mounsey. Slow Burn’s production assistant is Madeline Ducharme, and Sophie Summergrad is the podcast’s assistant producer.
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