In this bonus episode, Slow Burn’s host Noreen Malone and producer Jayson De Leon discuss the intellectual discussion and blogs that emerged in the leadup to the Iraq War. Then we’ll hear from eight writers and editors who worked at Slate in the early 2000s—Fred Kaplan, Mickey Kaus, Dahlia Lithwick, David Plotz, Will Saletan, June Thomas, Jacob Weisberg, and Robert Wright—about Slate’s position over the war and the rise of argument in online discourse at the time.
Mentioned in this episode:
Republic of Fear by Kanan Makiya
“Bully Bush,” by Fred Kaplan, Slate, March 5, 2003
“Confessions of an Uncertain Columnist,” by Fred Kaplan, Slate, Nov. 30, 2009
“Whose Smoking Gun?” by Robert Wright, Slate, Feb. 7, 2003
“Smarter Bombs, Smarter Democracy?” by David Plotz, Slate, April 22, 2003
“Feels So Good,” by Robert Wright, Slate, Sept. 20, 2001
Production by Chau Tu.