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S4 Ep. 6: A Concerned Citizen
Jul 22 • 59 min
In the fall of 1991, David Duke looked like a real threat to become the governor of Louisiana. On the sixth and final episode of Slow Burn’s fourth season: What arguments did David Duke’s opponents make? Who did they hope to persuade? And what did it…
S4 Ep. 5: The Road to Hell
Jul 15 • 49 min
Edwin Edwards was a towering force in Louisiana politics. Buddy Roemer dethroned him and promised to modernize the state. In 1991, David Duke challenged both of them—and was soon on the verge of the biggest victory of his life. In Episode 5 of Slow Burn:…
S4 Ep. 4: A Silent Army
Jul 8 • 50 min
David Duke wasn’t content being a state representative. He wanted to go national, and in 1990 he expanded his base of white voters to try to attain that goal. In Episode 4 of Slow Burn: How David Duke made himself a political sensation—and the message…
Cold Call
Jul 1 • 24 min
In 1989, a Black 12-year-old girl in New Orleans found the David Duke phenomenon, and Duke himself, hard to comprehend. So she called Duke on the phone to ask him some questions. In this Slow Burn interlude: how a budding journalist outdid the…
S4 Ep. 3: The Nazi and the Republicans
Jun 24 • 53 min
In 1989, David Duke got a foothold in American politics. To build on that victory, he’d have to fend off a Republican official determined to bring him down. In the third episode of our series: the people who tried to stop David Duke’s rise, and the ones…
S4 Ep. 2: Robe and Ritual
Jun 17 • 50 min
David Duke dreamed of becoming the charismatic leader who’d bring racism to the masses. He tried to make that dream a reality by seizing on America’s most powerful symbol of white supremacist terror. On the second episode of Slow Burn’s fourth season:…
S4 Ep. 1: White Knight
Jun 10 • 48 min
In the first half of the 1980s, it looked like David Duke’s career as a professional racist was over. But the former Ku Klux Klan leader had a comeback plan: He was going to keep quiet about his most hateful beliefs—and run for the Louisiana House of…
Season 4 Trailer
Jun 8 • 2 min
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, a white supremacist became an American political phenomenon. David Duke’s rise to power and prominence—his election to the Louisiana legislature, and then his campaigns for the U.S. Senate and the governorship—was an…
S3 Live: Party & Bullshit
Mar 18 • 53 min
Slate Plus members get bonus episodes of Slow Burn every season, plus zero ads. Sign up now to listen and support the show. A special edition of Slow Burn features Joel Anderson live on stage, with legendary producers Nashiem Myrick and Easy Moe Bee, and…
Announcement: Slow Burn’s Watergate Season on TV
Feb 14 • 0 min
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
Introducing: Broken Record
Dec 27, 2019 • 51 min
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…
S3 Epilogue: Got a Story to Tell
Dec 20, 2019 • 51 min
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…
S3 Ep. 8: Dead Wrong
Dec 18, 2019 • 39 min
Questions have swirled around the murders of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls ever since their deaths. Who killed them, and why? How come no one was ever charged in either case? Is Tupac still alive and hiding out somewhere? On the final episode of the…
S3 Ep. 7: To Live and Die in LA
Dec 11, 2019 • 31 min
In this week’s episode: After Tupac’s murder: Revenge killings in Compton, a day of atonement in Harlem, and Biggie Smalls risks everything by going back to Cali. Slate Plus members get bonus episodes of Slow Burn and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now.…
S3 Ep. 6: Til Somebody Kills You
Dec 4, 2019 • 29 min
In this episode: In the summer of 1996, Tupac Shakur seemed to be on the verge of a decision—about what kind of career he wanted to have, and what kind of life he wanted to live. And then he went to Las Vegas. Slate Plus members get bonus episodes of Slow…
S3 Ep. 5 Plus: “East vs. West”
Nov 30, 2019 • 70 min
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…
S3 Ep. 5: Wrath of a Menace
Nov 27, 2019 • 32 min
In this episode: Tupac claims—loudly, publicly, and with very little evidence—that he’s been sleeping with Faith Evans, Biggie’s estranged wife. Slate Plus members get bonus episodes of Slow Burn and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about…
S3 Ep. 4: Against Those Thugs
Nov 20, 2019 • 30 min
In this episode: Gangsta rap becomes a huge money maker. Civil rights activist C. Delores Tucker and conservative culture warrior Bill Bennett launch a crusade against offensive lyrics. And hip-hop divides black leaders along generational and gender…
S3 Ep. 3: What’s Beef?
Nov 13, 2019 • 37 min
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…
S3 Ep. 2: Cops on My Tail
Nov 6, 2019 • 33 min
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…
S3 Ep. 1: Against the World
Oct 30, 2019 • 31 min
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…
Season 3 Trailer
Oct 24, 2019 • 2 min
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…
Introducing The Queen
Jun 4, 2019 • 24 min
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…
Slow Burn Live: The Kingdom and the Power
Dec 5, 2018 • 53 min
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…
Slow Burn Live: Keyholes
Nov 28, 2018 • 54 min
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…
S2 Ep. 8: Move On
Oct 10, 2018 • 57 min
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…
Secret Tracks
Oct 3, 2018 • 31 min
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,…
S2 Ep. 7: Bedfellows
Sep 26, 2018 • 47 min
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…
S2 Ep. 6: God Mode
Sep 19, 2018 • 49 min
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…
S2 Ep. 5: Tell-All
Sep 12, 2018 • 48 min
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…
S2 Ep. 4: Alone, Together
Aug 29, 2018 • 41 min
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…
S2 Ep. 3: Cred
Aug 22, 2018 • 41 min
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…
S2 Ep. 2: There There
Aug 15, 2018 • 43 min
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…
S2 Ep. 1: Deal or No Deal
Aug 8, 2018 • 37 min
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…
Season 2 Trailer
Jul 23, 2018 • 3 min
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,…
Live in New York
May 22, 2018 • 54 min
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…
S1 Ep. 8: Going South
Jan 30, 2018 • 43 min
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…
Extra, Extra
Jan 23, 2018 • 23 min
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…
S1 Ep. 7: Saturday Night
Jan 16, 2018 • 39 min
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…
S1 Ep. 6: Rabbit Holes
Jan 9, 2018 • 34 min
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…
S1 Ep. 5: True Believers
Jan 2, 2018 • 36 min
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…
S1 Ep. 4: Lie Detectors
Dec 19, 2017 • 33 min
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…
S1 Ep. 3: A Very Successful Cover-Up
Dec 12, 2017 • 32 min
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…
S1 Ep. 2: The Defeat of Wright Patman
Dec 5, 2017 • 29 min
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…
S1 Ep. 1: Martha
Nov 28, 2017 • 26 min
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…
Coming Nov. 28
Nov 17, 2017 • 2 min
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…