Slow Burn: The L.A. Riots

Season 6: Bonus Episode 7
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“It’s Like the Whole City Is Exploding”

More on what happened after the first day of the riots.

Episode Notes

In this member-exclusive episode, Slow Burn’s host Joel Anderson and producer Jayson De Leon discuss Episode 7, on the riots after day 1. Then we’ll hear extended interviews with Hector Tobar of the Los Angeles Times and Jin Ho Lee from Radio Korea about their experiences witnessing the riots on the ground as reporters.

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.