Slow Burn: The L.A. Riots

Season 6: Bonus Episode 8
Content Locked for Slate Plus members

“Rebuilding” L.A.

More on the aftermath of the riots, plus reflections on the making of Season 6.

Episode Notes

In this member-exclusive episode, Slow Burn’s host Joel Anderson and producers Jayson De Leon, Ethan Brooks, and Sophie Summergrad discuss Episode 8, on what happened in L.A. after the riots, and about what they wished they could have covered more on Season 6.

Then we’ll hear an extended interview with Karen Bass, currently the U.S. representative for California’s 37th congressional district, but who was a community organizer in L.A. at the time of the riots.

Mentioned in the episode:
Slow Burn 6’s Spotify playlist

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.