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Leon Neyfakh excavates the strange subplots and forgotten characters of recent political history—and finds surprising parallels to the present. Season 1 of Slow Burn captured what it felt like to live through Watergate; Season 2 does the same with the saga of Bill Clinton’s impeachment.
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Introducing The Queen

Introducing The Queen

2019-06-0400:25:038

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
A special edition of Slow Burn features Leon Neyfakh live on stage. In the second of two episodes, Leon was joined in by Emily Bazelon, Wesley Morris, Dan Savage, and Andi Zeisler to explore lingering questions about the Clinton legacy.  Plus, Clara Jeffery discusses Hillary Clinton. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Slow Burn Live: Keyholes

Slow Burn Live: Keyholes

2018-11-2800:54:5815

A special edition of Slow Burn features Leon Neyfakh live on stage. In the first of two episodes, Leon was joined in by Ruth Marcus and Rick Perlstein to explore lingering questions about the Clinton legacy.  Plus, a story from the season 2 cutting room floor. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
S2 Ep. 8: Move On

S2 Ep. 8: Move On

2018-10-1000:55:2842

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.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Secret Tracks

Secret Tracks

2018-10-0300:29:4216

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.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
S2 Ep. 7: Bedfellows

S2 Ep. 7: Bedfellows

2018-09-2600:45:1939

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
S2 Ep. 6: God Mode

S2 Ep. 6: God Mode

2018-09-1900:47:2138

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.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
S2 Ep. 5: Tell-All

S2 Ep. 5: Tell-All

2018-09-1200:46:0543

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
S2 Ep. 4: Alone, Together

S2 Ep. 4: Alone, Together

2018-08-2900:39:4037

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
S2 Ep. 3: Cred

S2 Ep. 3: Cred

2018-08-2200:39:5235

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.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Francesca King

You have given me a lot to think about. I think I'll have ambivalence also when deciding who is Bill Clinton. I think Juanita's story may be credible but only she and Bill Clinton know for sure. After the downfall of Bill Cosby, I constantly must remind myself that what I see or hear of a person in media is only the side they allow us to see. All humans only let a select few see under their mask. This was an excellent series and I hope you continue it.

Jul 17th
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Francesca King

Are we afraid to admit that a President is a sexual being? What does it say about us aa a society refuse to believe that Monica was a sexual being that made say what she wanted and went after it? I wonder what would happen if we had a polyamorous President.

Jul 16th
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Francesca King

Francesca King Sorry, I swiped I a hurry. I meant to write: What does it say about us as a society that we refuse to acknowledge Monica's agency as a young woman and sexual being? I've been listening to the podcast and respondingI real time to my immediate thoughts of each episode. I still feel really conflicting about each episode.

Jul 16th
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Jennifer Arabella

Francesca King that must be awful

Jul 16th
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Francesca King

I don't think Monica was predatory. I think it was a spontaneous and convenient workplace affair. I wonder if it had been a normal workplace affair with a boss would we be talking about this?

Jul 16th
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Jennifer Arabella

Francesca King I agree, I also don't think so.

Jul 16th
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Francesca King

I wonder how this scandal is different from JFK and Marilyn Monroe?

Jul 15th
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Francesca King

Can we please stop the narrative that women who are Monica's age are children? Sure, she was young but that doesn't mean she wasn't competent enough to consent and involve herself with a married man. I agree that Clinton was President at the time nonetheless it takes two to tango. It was crappy how distanced himself from her and lied.

Jul 15th
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Francesca King

I don't know. It seems like a mutual affair. They are both wrong. I'm not excusing his behavior. Human beings love taboo.

Jul 15th
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Francesca King

Francesca King Thanks for your comment, Gemma. I'm still probably off base about the situation. These episodes have definitely made me want to learn more about each side.

Jul 16th
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Francesca King

Francesca King I'm still listening to the episodes.

Jul 16th
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Francesca King

Seriously terrifying and so relevant to today. I'm wondering if things will end the same today?

Jul 14th
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tyler timmerman

i am by no means a Clinton apologist, but this Linda Tripp person is a manipulative cunt. Monica was being manipulated by everyone around her

May 2nd
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mari arana

This was so interesting.

Mar 25th
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mari arana

200k is alot for me TODAY!

Mar 24th
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James Mayhorn

It's telling that there are STILL Nixon apologists. Great podcast.

Jan 24th
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Nada Clontz

I just cleaned my whole house because I didn't want to stop listening to season 2! Excellent research and production, well written and presented. Thank you for this great podcast! can't wait for what you do next.

Jan 11th
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Lloyd Higley

And history now shows Hillary was a phony

Jan 6th
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Lloyd Higley

Such hypocrites, if that would have been Bush, or Gingrich with an intern they would have all been screaming for their scalps.

Jan 6th
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Kalem Wedemyer

Lloyd Higley it doesn't. it's a response to your statement. They're all hypocrites when party comes first.

Jan 10th
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Bqueasy

Kalem Wedemyer throughout the series I kept thinking about Trump

Jan 9th
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Lloyd Higley

He's such a sleazyball

Jan 6th
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Lloyd Higley

So sweet, a love affair between Monica and Bill, so cute He is and was a PIG

Jan 6th
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Lloyd Higley

Awww the poor Clintons, so misunderstood

Jan 6th
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Lloyd Higley

Monica was a sleazy woman, period

Jan 6th
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Sham Bob

Lloyd Higley You're a sleazy woman-period.

May 23rd
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Debi Zahn

This series is so slanted as to be laughable. I'm done.

Dec 2nd
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Mama Bear

I suggest you go listen to all the shows MAE did on Vatican 2. Her research on that is bar none, all those same people are in HUGE positions now at the Vatican.

Nov 27th
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