Slow Burn: The L.A. Riots

Season 6: Bonus Episode 4
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How Things Changed for Rodney King

More about King’s upbringing in L.A. and what happened in the aftermath of the beating.

Episode Notes

In this member-exclusive episode, Slow Burn’s host Joel Anderson and producer Jayson De Leon discuss Episode 4, about Rodney King. Then we’ll hear extended interviews with Johnnie Kelly, King’s best friend and bodyguard, and Steve Lerman, King’s lawyer after the beating.

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Production by Chau Tu.

About the Show

In 1992, a jury failed to convict the four Los Angeles police officers who’d been captured on videotape beating Rodney King. The city erupted into fire and chaos—the culmination of decades of unchecked police abuse and racial injustice.

For the sixth season of Slate’s Slow Burn, Joel Anderson returns to explore the people and events behind the biggest civil disturbance in American history—a story that’s still playing out today.

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  • Chau Tu is a former editor of Slate Plus.