Slow Burn


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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 th...Show More

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S2 Ep. 1: Deal or No Deal

37:10 | Aug 8th, 2018

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 More


25:13 | Nov 28th, 2017

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 Plu...Show More

S2 Ep. 4: Alone, Together

41:20 | Aug 29th, 2018

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 ser...Show More

The Defeat of Wright Patman

28:11 | Dec 5th, 2017

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 eve...Show More

S2 Ep. 3: Cred

41:39 | Aug 22nd, 2018

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...Show More

Extra, Extra

23:35 | Jan 23rd, 2018

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

Saturday Night

39:27 | Jan 16th, 2018

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 More

A Very Successful Cover-Up

30:29 | Dec 12th, 2017

In the third episode of Slow Burn, Leon Neyfakh looks at the indifference with which the public responded to the Watergate affair during the 1972 election campaign.Slate Plus members get a bonus episode of Slow Burn every week. Find out more at slate...Show More

S2 Ep. 5: Tell-All

47:46 | Sep 12th, 2018

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 inti...Show More

S2 Ep. 2: There There

42:54 | Aug 15th, 2018

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?S...Show More

The RFK Tapes

35:26 | Jun 18th, 2018

Slow Burn presents The RFK Tapes, a podcast series from the creators of Crimetown that takes a new look at the 1968 assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. In this episode, how the man who encouraged RFK to run for president began to doubt the official s...Show More

Live in New York

53:45 | May 22nd, 2018

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.  

Upon Further Review | What If Nixon Had Been Good At Football?

25:14 | May 17th, 2018

Slow Burn presents a preview of Upon Further Review, an five-episode miniseries about the greatest what ifs in sports history.  Football really mattered to Richard Nixon. Only one problem — he sucked at it. That frustration fueled a persecution compl...Show More

Going South

43:43 | Jan 30th, 2018

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 peo...Show More

Rabbit Holes

34:26 | Jan 9th, 2018

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...Show More

True Believers

36:04 | Jan 2nd, 2018

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...Show More

Lie Detectors

33:36 | Dec 19th, 2017

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

Slow Burn Live: The Kingdom and the Power

53:03 | Dec 5th, 2018

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 ...Show More

Slow Burn Live: Keyholes

54:17 | Nov 28th, 2018

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 r...Show More

Standoff Ep. 1: Two Shotguns

32:21 | Oct 31st, 2018

This is the first episode of a new Slate podcast miniseries called Standoff. Subscribe to Standoff in Apple Podcasts or another podcast player.Randy and Vicki Weaver moved their family to a remote Idaho cabin. They feared their world would be destroy...Show More

S2 Ep. 8: Move On

57:13 | Oct 10th, 2018

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 impe...Show More

Secret Tracks

31:23 | Oct 3rd, 2018

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...Show More

S2 Ep. 7: Bedfellows

46:52 | Sep 26th, 2018

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 ...Show More

S2 Ep. 6: God Mode

48:57 | Sep 19th, 2018

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Season 2 Trailer

03:01 | Jul 23rd, 2018

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 Lewi...Show More

Coming Nov. 28

02:42 | Nov 17th, 2017

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 re...Show More