Slow Burn: A Podcast About Watergate

Slow Burn: A Podcast About Watergate

By: Slate

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You think you know the story, or maybe you don’t. But Watergate was stranger, wilder, and more exciting than you can imagine. What did it feel like to live through the scandal that brought down President Nixon? Find out on this eight-episode podcast miniseries hosted by Leon Neyfakh. This podcast is made possible by Slate Plus members, who get a full-length bonus episode every week. Find out more at http://slate.com/slowburn.

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1: Martha

11/28/2017

25:13

People called her crazy, and to be fair she must have seemed crazy. But she was onto something. How Martha Mitchell, the celebrity wife of one of Nixon’s closest henchmen, tried to blow the whistle on Watergate—and ended up ruining her life.Slate Plus members get a bonus episode of Slow Burn every week. Find out more at slate.com/slowburn.

Recent Episodes

S2 Ep. 8: Move On

10/10/2018

57:13

Juanita Broaddrick told Ken Starr’s team of prosecutors that Bill Clinton had raped her in 1978. Her story wasn’t included in the Starr Report—but members of congress found out about it anyway, and had to decide how it would affect their vote on impeachment.  In the final episode of our series on Clinton’s impeachment, Leon Neyfakh talks to Broaddrick, and to Lisa Myers, the NBC News reporter whose interview with Broaddrick became a cause célèbre during the impeachment trial. What does it mean that Broaddrick’s story has never really become a part of Bill Clinton’s?--Slate Plus members get a bonus episode of Slow Burn every week. Find out more at slate.com/slowburn.

Secret Tracks

10/03/2018

31:23

Every week, Slate Plus members get a special episode of Slow Burn in which Leon Neyfakh talks to people connected with the Clinton impeachment saga. This week, we’re presenting excerpts from those bonus episodes, featuring interviews with Linda Tripp, consultant Dick Morris, former acting solicitor general Walter Dellinger, and Dillon Teachout, an intern in the independent counsel’s office. Learn more about Slate Plus membership at slate.com/slowburn.This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers: Squarespace, the all-in-one platform to build a beautiful online presence and run your business. Go to squarespace.com/slowburn to start a free trial and use promo code SLOWBURN for 10% off first purchase of a website or domain. The New Yorker, get 12 issues for $6 and a free tote bag when you go to newyorker.com/slowburn.

S2 Ep. 7: Bedfellows

09/26/2018

46:52

Today it’s conventional wisdom that all feminists hypocritically turned their backs on Monica Lewinsky. In fact, the scandal provoked an intense debate within the feminist movement about sex, power, and consent. For some, it was obvious that Clinton had victimized Lewinsky and needed to be thrown overboard. For others, it was just as obvious that the scandal was part of a political war in which Clinton was the good guy. In the seventh episode of our series on Clinton’s impeachment, Leon Neyfakh excavates the arguments and ideas that divided liberals—and feminists in particular—at the height of the scandal. This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers:Simplisafe. Start protecting your home today at simplisafe.com/slowburnAudible. Start a 30-day trial and get your first audiobook free at audible.com/slowburn

S2 Ep. 6: God Mode

09/19/2018

48:57

Some of the most withering criticism of Clinton came from a coalition of conservative activists whose political views were bound up with their faith. The influence of the Christian right within the Republican Party had been growing steadily since the Reagan years. When the Lewinsky story broke, the movement’s leaders pounced on it with righteous vigor.In the sixth episode of our series on Clinton’s impeachment, Leon Neyfakh charts the religious right’s campaign against the president and how it failed.This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers:Squarespace, the all-in-one platform to build a beautiful online presence and run your business. Go to squarespace.com/slowburn to start a free trial and use promo code SLOWBURN for 10% off first purchase of a website or domain. and Casper. For $50 toward select mattresses, go to casper.com/slowburn and use code slowburn.

S2 Ep. 5: Tell-All

09/12/2018

47:46

Aside from Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky, the most pivotal player in the Clinton impeachment saga may have been Linda Tripp—an ordinary person who made extraordinary choices that precipitated the entire crisis. In perhaps the deepest and most intimate interview she’s ever given, Tripp talks to Leon Neyfakh about what she did, and why. This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers: — First Man, in theaters October 12.— Simplisafe. Start protecting your home today and go to simplisafe.com/SLOWBURN— Gobble, a meal kit delivery service bringing you easy-to-make gourmet meals. For $50 off your first your first box, go to gobble.com/SLOWBURN

S2 Ep. 4: Alone, Together

08/29/2018

41:20

What happened between Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky? Why did it happen? And what are we supposed to do about the fact that the whims and impulses of individual men can—and constantly do—alter the course of history? In the fourth episode of our series on Clinton’s impeachment, Leon Neyfakh details Clinton and Lewinsky’s reckless affair. This episode is brought to you by Squarespace, the all-in-one platform to build a beautiful online presence and run your business. Go to squarespace.com/slowburn to start a free trial and use promo code SLOWBURN for 10% off first purchase of a website or domain

S2 Ep. 3: Cred

08/22/2018

41:39

When Bill Clinton went to Washington, rumors and accusations from his Arkansas past went with him. But even his most dedicated political enemies couldn't predict where their efforts would lead.Slate Plus members get a bonus episode of Slow Burn every week. Find out more at slate.com/slowburn.This episode is brought to you by Gobble, a meal kit delivery service bringing you easy-to-make gourmet meals. For $50 off your first your first box, go to gobble.com/SLOWBURN.

S2 Ep. 2: There There

08/15/2018

42:54

In 1993, Bill and Hillary Clinton moved into the White House on a swell of optimism. In less than a year, the new administration was mired in a sea of scandals: Travelgate, Filegate, Nannygate, and, most consequentially, Whitewater. What went wrong?Slate Plus members get a bonus episode of Slow Burn every week. Find out more at slate.com/slowburn.

S2 Ep. 1: Deal or No Deal

08/08/2018

37:25

For 11 hours, Monica Lewinsky faced off against federal prosecutors who wanted her to help them take down the president and threatened her with decades in jail. Slate Plus members get a bonus episode of Slow Burn every week. Find out more at slate.com/slowburn Audible is the world's largest audiobook publisher. For a 30-day trial and a free audiobook, go to audible.com/slowburn

Season 2 Trailer

07/23/2018

03:01

The saga of Bill Clinton’s impeachment is rich with forgotten characters, surprising subplots, and opportunities to reflect on just how much America has changed over the past 20 years. Whether you’re well-versed in the tale of Clinton and Monica Lewinsky, or you’re fuzzy on the details, this season of Slow Burn will take you further into the story than you’ve ever been.From its origins in the Whitewater real estate controversy, the Paula Jones sexual harassment lawsuit, and the suicide of Vince Foster, Clinton’s near-removal from office was the culmination of a process that remains poorly understood—and continues to reverberate through our political system today.While Season I of Slow Burn captured what it was like to live through Watergate, Season II offers a fresh reexamination of the choices, circumstances, and manipulations that nearly destroyed the 42nd president and forever changed the life of a former White House intern.