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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.

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Introducing The Queen

Introducing The Queen

2019-06-0400:25:0321

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
S3 Ep. 5 Plus: "East vs. West"

S3 Ep. 5 Plus: "East vs. West"

2019-11-3001:07:4616

Slate Plus members get a bonus episode of Slow Burn every week. To listen to the rest of the bonus episodes this season, sign up for Slate Plus now. In this Slow Burn bonus episode, host Joel Anderson and producer Christopher Johnson discuss the growing feud between Tupac and Biggie and the role of Faith Evans. Then, you’ll hear an extended interview with Larry “The Blackspot” Hester, a former staff writer at Vibe who interviewed Tupac, Biggie, and other people at Death Row and Bad Boy as their drama heated up. Production by Chau Tu. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Slate Plus members get a bonus episode of Slow Burn every week. This is a preview of the bonus episodes released this season:—interviews with Slow Burn host Joel Anderson and producer Christopher Johnson about the making of the series, and extended interviews they conducted with Tupac's attorney Shawn Holley, hip-hop journalist Matty C, and Biggie biographer Cheo Hodari Coker. To listen to all eight bonus episodes from this season in full, sign up for Slate Plus now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Introducing: Broken Record

Introducing: Broken Record

2019-12-2700:51:182

Hey Slow Burn listeners. We have something special for you this week. It's an episode of Broken Record, a music podcast from Pushkin Industries, co-hosted by Malcolm Gladwell and music producer Rick Rubin. In the episode, Malcolm and Rick talk to Questlove about his memories of the MOVE police bombing in Philly, the music of his childhood, and Quest gets behind the drums to show the evolution of his playing.  Being the music lover he is, Questlove can't help but turn the tables to ask Rick about his own Hip Hop history: working on the Beastie Boys' first album, License to Ill, and LL Cool J's first album, Radio. Then it all culminates in one of the best Obama stories ever. You can subscribe to Broken Record wherever you get your podcasts, and see some amazing studio session photos on Instagram, @TheBrokenRecordPod. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Coming Nov. 28

Coming Nov. 28

2017-11-1700:02:4228

It took two years for the Watergate scandal to unfold—for a break-in at the Democratic Party's headquarters to go from a weird little caper to a constitutional crisis that brought down a president. What was it like to experience those two years in real time? Hosted by Leon Neyfakh. An eight-episode podcast series made possible by Slate Plus members. Coming Nov. 28. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
S1 Ep. 1: Martha

S1 Ep. 1: Martha

2017-11-2800:24:13174

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In 1973, the Senate Watergate hearings gripped the nation. But the first congressional hearings on the scandal took place a year earlier—and featured an angry Texan shouting at four empty chairs. 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
Woodward and Bernstein, Walter Cronkite, and a host of other journalists tried to make people care about Watergate in the run-up to the 1972 election. They totally failed. 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
S1 Ep. 4: Lie Detectors

S1 Ep. 4: Lie Detectors

2017-12-1900:32:2380

How a folksy segregationist senator, a team of young investigators, and a few whistleblowers staged the hearings that made Watergate must-see TV. 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
S1 Ep. 5: True Believers

S1 Ep. 5: True Believers

2018-01-0200:35:0966

At a bar in Queens, and in the Senate offices, Nixon's supporters stood with him long after it was clear his hands were dirty. How did they rationalize their position? And what, finally, made them waver? 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
S1 Ep. 6: Rabbit Holes

S1 Ep. 6: Rabbit Holes

2018-01-0900:31:4969

Why were so many Americans ready to believe conspiracy theories after Watergate? How did those beliefs help trigger Nixon‘s downfall? And given what we know about Watergate—what separates a conspiracy theory from just a theory? 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
S1 Ep. 7: Saturday Night

S1 Ep. 7: Saturday Night

2018-01-1600:36:4259

What did Richard Nixon do when he felt the walls closing in? How did the country respond? And what did it feel like when people finally got to hear those tapes? 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
Extra, Extra

Extra, Extra

2018-01-2300:22:0240

Slate Plus members get a bonus episode of Slow Burn every week. This week, we're releasing some samples of those episodes—interviews with people with a unique perspective on Watergate. Next week: The end. Find out more at slate.com/slowburn. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
S1 Ep. 8: Going South

S1 Ep. 8: Going South

2018-01-3000:42:0589

What had to happen for the Watergate scandals to end Richard Nixon’s career? And was his downfall inevitable? In the final episode of Slow Burn’s first season, Leon Neyfakh assesses the president’s desperate final campaign to save himself—and the people and institutions that finally brought him down. Slate Plus members get a bonus episode every week. Find out more at slate.com/slowburn. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Live in New York

Live in New York

2018-05-2200:51:3532

A special edition of Slow Burn features Leon Neyfakh live on stage in New York City. On April 19th, Leon was joined by Bob Woodward, Virginia Heffernan, Gail Sheehy, Mary DeOreo and Marc Lackritz to discuss Trump, Watergate and Nixon’s legacy.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Season 2 Trailer

Season 2 Trailer

2018-07-2300:35:5918

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
S2 Ep. 1: Deal or No Deal

S2 Ep. 1: Deal or No Deal

2018-08-0800:35:4081

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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
S2 Ep. 2: There There

S2 Ep. 2: There There

2018-08-1500:41:0850

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

S2 Ep. 3: Cred

2018-08-2200:39:5248

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
S2 Ep. 4: Alone, Together

S2 Ep. 4: Alone, Together

2018-08-2900:39:4050

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
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Lady Purp

New to this and I’m hooked on this app

Jan 19th
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Lip Luecih

why is Tupac and biggie name being used 🤨

Jan 1st
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L.

ADS ADS ADS 😩😩

Dec 23rd
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Jesus Coria

I understand the need for ads but season 3 really felt overstuffed.

Dec 19th
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Carissa Brown

Which episode had the ad about the fictional podcast about Monica Lewinsky's life after scandal? They talked about her coming out with a purse line?

Dec 19th
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JML

did the host just call tupac and biggy "the 2 most important artists of the 20th century"? The over statement of the 21st century.

Dec 14th
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Deezi Hogan

yea, this episode was very boring..more ads than content..you gotta do better.

Nov 20th
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M M

apparently a Clinton loving anti Trump podcast. 😂

Nov 18th
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Basil

The self-serving words of Tripp are nauseating. She knew exactly what she was doing as did all parties in this mess. I find her condescending tone towards Lewinsky such an affront to the truth. Lewinsky was not a child, but a grown woman exercising her free will. She may have been naive, but she was no child. It was Tripp's hatred for the Clintons that was what motivated Tripp to betray her "friend." It was Lewinsky's naive running of her mouth that led to her betrayal. Some things you don't share. Perhaps you share deta6about the affair, but the detail about the cum stained blue dress, should not have been shared. That fact alone shows Monica's naive nature and reflects on Clinton6poor judgment. If you are going to do the deed, make sure the other party also has a lot to lose. A group has nothing to lose.

Oct 15th
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Nathan Miller

Fuck Linda Tripp, her head's shoved so far up her own ass.

Oct 5th
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Nathan Miller

Somehow Tripp's attempt at justifying her actions makes her seem like an even worse person than I thought she was. What a condescending cunt.

Oct 4th
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Ford Prefect

God Linda Tripp is so self righteous. yeah, maybe the reason she did what she did might have been right in her mind but she doesn't seem to consider all the damage done to Lewinsky in the years since.

Sep 11th
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Eddie Casella

I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around feminists being conflicted in their choice to support the president. on one hand they do not want to support the right wing evangelicals and on the other they do not want to turn their backs on the Democrats. Here is where I have a problem with that rationing. even if they did support impeachment, they wouldn't necessarily be supporting right wingers. Al Gore, a democrat, would have taken office. so I don't know how accurate that is. it doesn't make sense to me.

Aug 29th
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Jake Smith

‘And she was white, there was no reason not to trust her’. Tripp is a racist.

Aug 1st
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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

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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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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