In 1992, Ronald Ray Howard shot and killed Texas state trooper Bill Davidson. His lawyer argued he’d been driven to murder by the music he’d been playing in his car: a dubbed copy of Tupac Shakur’s first album, 2Pacalypse Now. On the second episode of Slow Burn’s third season: How gangsta rap and law enforcement found themselves at war. Slate Plus members get bonus episodes of Slow Burn and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On the first episode of Slow Burn’s third season: How a violent robbery severed Tupac’s friendship with Biggie Smalls and sparked a bicoastal beef that consumed the world of hip-hop.In November 1994, while on trial for sexual abuse, Tupac Shakur is shot five times in a New York recording studio. In the aftermath, he starts to suspect that his erstwhile friend Christopher Wallace, better known as Biggie Smalls, might be involved. It was the start of a beef that would consume the world of hip-hop and end with both men dead.Slate Plus members get bonus episodes of Slow Burn and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In its first two seasons, Slow Burn looked back at two of the biggest stories of the late 20th century—the Watergate scandal and the impeachment of Bill Clinton. Season three of the show tackles another: the murders of Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G. The story takes place at a moment when hip-hop was taking over pop culture, and the world’s two most famous rappers were a former theater kid from the Bay Area and a one-time crack dealer from Brooklyn. In just a few years, they changed music forever. They went from friends to enemies. And they ended up victims of a deadly rivalry between two rap scenes. How is it that two of the most famous performers in the world were murdered within a year of each other—and their killings were never solved? Find out in Slow Burn season three: Biggie and Tupac. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Skye speaks with Leon Neyfakh, the host and co-creator of Fiasco, which you can find on Luminary. In its first season, Fiasco tells the backstory of the 2000 election recount. Prior to creating Fiasco, Leon and his producing partner Andrew Parsons co-created Slow Burn, which covered Watergate in season one and President Clinton's impeachment in season two. Leon and Skye discuss: A biography/memoir Leon wrote called The Next Next Level: A Story of Rap, Friendship, and Almost Giving Up; What it's been like for Leon to be an executive producer on the TV version of Slow Burn; Why Leon and Andrew left Slate for Luminary, what Leon thinks about Luminary's fee-based business model, what it's been like to work with the new platform; Why Leon and Andrew kick off Fiasco's first season by telling the story of Elián González and what the biggest challenges and surprises were in making a show about the 2000 elections. Get in touch: Host Skye Pillsbury on Twitter @skyepillsbury Guest Leon Neyfakh on Twitter @leoncrawl Subscribe to the Inside Podcasting newsletter here (it's free!) and discover Inside.com's network of newsletters here.
Linda Taylor was a con artist, a kidnapper, maybe even a murderer. She was also America’s original “welfare queen,” the villain Ronald Reagan needed to create a vision of a country being taken advantage of by its poorest citizens. In this new narrative mini-series, Josh Levin, one of the editors behind Slow Burn, reveals the never-before-told story of a woman whose singular life was forgotten in the rush to create a vicious American stereotype.This podcast is based on Josh Levin’s new book, The Queen: The Forgotten Life Behind an American Myth. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices