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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 existential crisis for the state and the nation. The fourth season of Slate’s Slow Burn will explore how a Nazi sympathizer and former Klansman fashioned himself into a mainstream figure, and why some voters came to embrace his message. It will also examine how activists, journalists, and ordinary citizens confronted Duke’s candidacy, and what it took to stop him.

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Introducing The Queen

Introducing The Queen

2019-06-0423:0423

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"

2019-11-3001:08:0218

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
A few excerpts from Season 4's bonus interviews, and a special Slow Burn announcement. Slate Plus members get bonus episodes of Slow Burn and ad-free episodes of all Slate podcasts. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Coming Nov. 28

Coming Nov. 28

2017-11-1703:5733

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

2017-11-2827:31197

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

2017-12-1932:5288

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

2018-01-0235:2673

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

2018-01-0934:0779

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

2018-01-1639:1167

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

2018-01-2323:0541

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

2018-01-3042:4492

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

2018-05-2253:1635

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

2018-07-2335:5921

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

2018-08-0837:2496

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

2018-08-1542:5358

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
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Comments (152)

Chanaka Hettige

The journey into all these characters (The four of them so far) and the details that I never knew (Even people that I never knew) is really intriguing. Kudos for detaild and reliable reporting!

Sep 8th
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Brian Knowles

would be much better if they were objective. Significant leftist bias, and if you're a centrist it's obvious. Not saying I agree with any objections, I just wish I could be presented information for me to make the opinion myself, rather than then spoon-feed me how I should feel about it. makes me lose even more hope in the idea that media can be objective, and unbiased. call me cynical, but I am so tired of far right, and far left news organizations telling me how I should feel, rather than giving me the information and assuming that most people can come to the same conclusions on their own.

Sep 4th
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ID18470784

What about David Byrd the Democrats adore that guy and he was in government ? Soooooo

Aug 9th
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Sarah Ferrigan

August 2020 and history is repeating itself.

Aug 4th
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whabalubawep

After listening to so much about what went down in the Watergate scandal, saying that I feel hopeless about our current political situation is an understatement.

Aug 3rd
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Andrew Smith

very good

Jul 8th
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Andrew Smith

good episode

Jul 2nd
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Warren Daly

This has more ads than content. It all seems aimless and not worth a series. Slow Burn has unfortunately gone downhill from series 1 and 2 which were excellent.

Jul 1st
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mari arana

It all sounds so, so familiar. Scary shit!

Jun 30th
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Andrew Smith

really enjoyed this one

Jun 11th
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andrew bosna

incredibly binge-able.

May 5th
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BC

I remember when I was a child the first time I read the word "slut" was in a book published more than a hundred years ago and I looked it up and I read it was an antiquated term. I miss the days when I was ignorant of what that word really meant and how is used to cut women down.

Apr 27th
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BC

The difference in the age, experience, and power between the two was so large. I feel helplessly angry on Monica's behalf.

Apr 27th
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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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