Slow Burn: The Road to the Iraq War

Season 5: Bonus Episode 2
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Ann Curry on 9/11, Anthrax, and Iraq

The veteran journalist recalls the terror and fear in New York City in the aftermath of 9/11.

Episode Notes

In this bonus episode, Slow Burn’s host Noreen Malone and producer Jayson De Leon discuss the 9/11 and anthrax stories in Episode 2. Then we’ll hear from journalist Ann Curry, who was working at the Today show and NBC News during 9/11 and the anthrax scare, and who reported in Iraq and Afghanistan in the early 2000s.

Mentioned in this episode:
Days of Fire by Peter Baker
Bush at War by Bob Woodward
To Start a War by Robert Draper

Production by Chau Tu.

About the Show

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?

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  • Chau Tu is a former editor of Slate Plus.