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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

2019-06-0422:4423

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"

2019-11-3001:07:1816

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
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
Slow Burn's Watergate season is now a TV docu-series, premiering Feb. 16 on Epix. Read more about it in this interview with host Leon Neyfakh. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Coming Nov. 28

Coming Nov. 28

2017-11-1702:4230

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

2017-11-2825:25186

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

2017-12-1932:3981

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

2018-01-0235:2668

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

2018-01-0933:0270

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

2018-01-1638:0862

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

2018-01-2322:3540

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

2018-01-3043:0389

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

2018-05-2251:5733

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

2018-07-2335:5920

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

2018-08-0836:0788

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

2018-08-1541:3751

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

2018-08-2240:2849

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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BC

They should have never gone after her like that.

Apr 7th
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BC

The ad doesn't sound like these people are unified so much as it sounds like they're one combined Eldrich horror. A thousand souls bound to each other as a single entity, speaking with a thousand voices in unity. horrifying.

Apr 7th
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BC

God, how frustrating.

Apr 7th
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Andrew Smith

really enjoyed this

Apr 4th
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R B

There were way too many ads this episode. If I hear one more trello ad I’m not going to listen to any more of this podcast.

Mar 30th
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Jocc

Trying to keep it REAL really did get alot of individuals murdered. Tragic indeed

Mar 18th
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Andrew Smith

really enjoyed this

Jan 26th
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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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Basile

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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