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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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S3 Ep. 3: What's Beef?

S3 Ep. 3: What's Beef?

2019-11-1300:38:4514

In this episode: Biggie releases “Who Shot Ya,” an instant hip-hop classic that Tupac takes as a personal affront. Tupac calls out Biggie and Puffy in a jailhouse interview. And the Death Row and Bad Boy crews start preparing for 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
S3 Ep. 2: Cops on My Tail

S3 Ep. 2: Cops on My Tail

2019-11-0600:34:498

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
S3 Ep. 1: Against the World

S3 Ep. 1: Against the World

2019-10-3000:32:2911

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
Season 3 Trailer

Season 3 Trailer

2019-10-2400:02:026

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
Introducing The Queen

Introducing The Queen

2019-06-0400:25:0315

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

2018-11-2800:54:5819

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

2018-10-1000:55:2850

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

2018-10-0300:29:4223

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

2018-09-2600:45:1946

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
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M M

apparently a Clinton loving anti Trump podcast. 😂

Nov 18th
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Roger Seaton

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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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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