Riveting. I binge-listened the whole thing Thanksgiving weekend. I was 14 when Nixon resigned. I have vague memories of the break-in, the Sat. Night Massacre, the hearings, because my dad hated Nixon and was gleefully obsessed. It made the period real to me.
Excellent podcast. Both seasons very gripping. Cannot wait to start season 3. Thank you for your excllent work.
Superb podcast; really went deep on Clinton & Nixon impeachment history!!!
I would love to give this podcast 5 stars, because both seasons are super interesting and informative. But the commentary in the last episode of Season 2 on Juanita Broadderick’s current political activity and how that raises unasked questions of her credibility were unnecessary. It’s sad that in today’s climate, a sexual abuse victim’s political party are the final determination of credibility.
Both informative and entertaining! I’ve always been interested in Watergate because I didn’t live through it, and I’ve been able to learn so much about the smaller details that aren’t typically talked about. Almost as good as being there firsthand!
The podcast was plugged today on WoW/Radio Andy, I’m so glad it was! This has been a fantastic adventure . So many parallels to today’s political climate and I feel smarter for having listened.
The second season on Clinton was really really great. So much important detail that put a completely different spin on what I thought I knew.
I enjoyed this podcast, however, it is heavily biased, which is obviously not a surprise. I wanted to find learn more about the Clinton scandals, which I had known about & heard of, but not in detail. We all know the ending of the podcast so that was sort of anticlimactic (not the reason for my negative review). My negative review is about the podcast host’s opinion at the very end about him thinking Juanita Broaddrick “making it up” and her social media posts saying she supports Trump. First of all, as an anti-Trump supporter, this is what aggravates me about the left - Juanita had several witnesses corroborate her story. Then the host goes on to say that Juanita Broadrick thinks Christine Blasey is lying about the Kavanaugh scandal via social media (whom by the way has not ONE person to corroborate her story), therefore, the host thinks she’s a nutcase. You had a 5-star review until the very end. Keep your deficient opinion to yourself.
Great content and well produced, but I can’t listen as the narrator talks so fast I can’t concentrate. Seriously it’s as if there’s only so much time and he’s trying to squeeze it all in. I tried using the 1/2 time function to slow it down but that just sounds wrong. I found this also to be true of Season 2. I feel so pounded with info at such a speed I can’t process—so I can’t follow and lose concentration and interest. Really it’s a shame.
This series is one of my favorite podcast. With today’s polarized political climate, it is difficult to get the facts without the information being biased. My wife and I have found ourselves diving into political history more for this reason. Leon and the Slate crew do such a great job with the unbiased factual information they present. I really am looking forward to a third season and what other political topics that I can learn more about. I know that another series about impeachment would be difficult at this time but would love to hear about other interesting political events such as the Reagan Iran Contra or the Bay of Pigs. Thanks and keep up the good work! Ben
Tightly edited and riveting. Full of interesting characters yet doesn’t loose focus. There are elements of what made the first season of Serial so popular without the annoying parts. It has the pacing of a political thriller and leaves unsaid the scary parallels to our own political moment which only builds the tension. Loved it!
The host is an incredible storyteller. I couldn’t stop listening.
I didn’t think it was possible to want to binge listen a podcast, but Slow Burn accomplished this in spades. The first season listens like a suspense novel—except it’s all true and based on exhaustive research. I particularly like the interviews with key people that lived through Watergate. I’m looking forward to bingeing season 2 next! Take a listen — if you’re a history buff, you won’t regret it.
Amazing Podcast. More Moooooorree!!! 😫😫😫
I wasn’t sure I wanted to take a deep dive into the Clinton mess so I didn’t. Until I did. And then I couldn’t turn it off. Kudos to Team Slow Burn.
Journalism is excellent! Bipartisan reporting at its finest!
No. The guy is a Nazi. It starts and ends with him being a Nazi. He belongs in prison.
I was too young during watergate to have a clear understanding. This is very well researched and told in an interesting fashion. The second season was really good as well. It made me see Bill Clinton in a very different light.
I’m not sure why more video tape account of the rape allegation was not used. It wasn’t nearly as convincing to hear it summarized than to hear it first hand. What was said in that interview? What wasn’t? Why wasn’t it used? Maybe it was a strategy to get ppl to sign up for slate plus. If your a fisherman looking for listeners you let this fish get away. You held out on the most important detail.
This show does the hard work of seeking out and identifying the individual people who create the conditions for the ‘scandals’ that define the powerful institution of the Presidency. It’s not explicitly interested in ‘changing your mind’ about any individual actor, but I suspect the mere activity of hearing so many of their voices may have that effect anyway.
I’m learning so much about some of our worst presidents.
This is podcast is a fantastic piece of investigative journalism styled as a political thriller. Upon starting, it was impossible to stop listening, and I have since recommended it to all of my friends, who are just as hooked. It’s doesn’t require a lot of prior political knowledge on the issue, so don’t be scared off if you’re not very into politics. Five stars!
The buildup and subsequent destruction of Juanita Broaddrick’s credibility at the end is evident that liberal leaning journalist’s are not interested in substance, but rather hinging credibility on minuscule details of a political affiliation and personal opinions that in no way detract from her accusation of rape by then AG Bill Clinton. This Slow Burn ending, in my opinion, is essentially a singular, opinionated effort to further distance the truth. Furthermore, to create an illusion of analogy between JB’s/Christine Blasey Fords story is completely ridiculous and irresponsible. The additional fluff is readily available in many books and online readings. This was my first podcast to download. Very disappointed.
A really well done n put together podcast on a specific point in history, first season 1 being about Nixon and season 2 being about Bill clintons impeachment. It was so fascinating how much information and thought was put into each episode that it really truly makes you want and crave more. Really well done n hope more seasons come
Hooked immediately after the first episode of season 2 was shared on an off-week of Dickerson’s Whistlestop. Fantastic long-form journalism with a well-executed narrative arc.
Really enjoyed this podcast! Very thorough and interesting. It included some great interviews and stories of these events.
I enjoyed the first season but the second season is terrible because of how biased it is. Though, this isn't too surprising because Slate is one of the most liberal podcast networks.
I think this is a paid for by the Clinton’s podcast to distract from the more messed up horrific things they’ve done. Do your research people.
I listen to the entire season of Season 2, and was pleasantly surprised at how unbiased it seemed to be until the last episode. I was shocked that in the last episode Leon pretty much dismissed Wanita, because she has different views than he does. Pretty much said he doesn’t want to believe her on the biased of her political views. Isn’t that what happened to Christine?! This is so disappointing and in bad taste. I had planned on listening to other Slate podcast but won’t be after this.
This was a decent series, but fell off the rails during the final episode. The way Broderick is described and her assault is ultimately dismissed by this producer is sad. Seems like the producer just wanted to make a political statement at the end. You can’t compare a Supreme Court nominee being labeled a “Gang Rapist”, to a sexual assault victim who was silenced by the same media to protect an office.
Ughhh Its hard to reconcile Clinton after listening. And the parallels to the presidency today. LOVED THIS PODCAST.
Lots of people would expect the host and producers to go easy on Clinton, but they probe deeply into the Lewinsky scandal and get to the heart of the issue. The first season is rife with details about Watergate and Nixon’s role but not over the top with partisanship.
After interviewing Juanita Broderick and hearing clear evidence that she was raped. You victimize her again by saying it’s easy to dislike her because she’s a trump supporter. Her support of trump doesn’t mean she was raped any less by your beloved former rapey president!.
Loved this podcast until the end of season 2 when Leon reverts to being tribal and lizard-brained. Casting doubt on a sexual assault victims testimony because you don’t agree with them politically is the EPITOME of hypocrisy. Spoiler alert this pod ends with Leon more or less excusing Bill’s inexcusable behavior.
Good podcast but my big issue is that the presenter openly admits to wanting to discount Juanita Broderick’s rape claim simply because she has a different political view. Either we believe women - and especially those like Paula Jones and Juanita Broderick who both have corroborated sexual assault claims - or we don’t. Listen to this podcast and substitute “Trump” for “Clinton”, “Stormy” for “Monica” and worst of all “Dr Christine Blasey Ford” for poor, Southern, “Paula” and “Juanita”. How anyone can claim that Kavanaugh should not have been approved for the Supreme Court but can say that Clinton is ok to come back to the White House as First Gentleman is ludicrous, hypocritical and just plain sad.
Haven’t listened to season 1 yet. Binged season 2 in two days! Hope season 3 continues with Hillary!
A fascinating exploration of the politics, the history, and the untold drama of events I thought I knew. Especially powerful in today’s political climate.
I was in my late teens when the Bill/Monica story began. I never could understand why Monica got the rawest end of the deal. First of all, it takes 2 to tango! Second, He Was The President! I still have much empathy for Monica. She legally was an adult but her heart was naive in believing our suave Mr President. Great Podcast! Please keep them coming!
Well-researched, interestingly-presented, addictive! I can’t wait for future episodes!
This show is equal parts well told history and juicy political gossip. I loved season 1 but I just finished season 2 and had to write a review immediately. It was a fantastic story and the ending was incredible. Can’t wait for season 3!
Both seasons are beautifully researched and narrated by Leon Neyfakh, who knows just when to conclude each season. The final espisodes of each season are haunting me still.
The last few lines of the second season were brilliant! I so look forward to the next one!!! As a Preachers Kid raised in LR during this time I was fascinated and horrified at the same time!
Deeply researched, fair and fun. Obvious relevance to political scandals and polarization of today - but the host doesn’t overstate it either.
I’ve listened to seasons 1-2 and it has been my most anticipated download weekly. Great story telling and format with a soothing voice.
Great podcast, but next time leave your political views out of it. The end of the last episode absolutely ruined the tone of the series. Definitely won’t be listening anymore.
Season 2 episode 8 is the best podcast I’ve heard all year. I’ve never experienced such a perfectly delivered look at the past through the jaw-droppingly - and unpredictably - relevant present. So nuanced, so thoughtful, so good. Truly hungry for more.
This podcast was very well done and had me on the edge of my seat wanting more. Listened to both the Watergate and Clinton seasons and really liked both. BUT it’s very obvious that it leans heavily to the left. When can we all simply acknowledge that wrong is wrong is wrong no matter what political party you support? Bill Clinton was and is a predator and a disgrace. Hearing about him being celebrated by feminists and hearing the podcast try to justify disbelieving Broderick is a denial of reality and hypocrisy at its finest. I look forward to more unraveling of histories’ presidential scandals in the next season! With political tensions at their highest in the country, I hope that there is another president (not Trump) to pick on and dissect. Let’s save Trump for season 4 or 5, when he is out of office and we can lay all the evidence on the table. I fear that if there is a Season 3 and if it’s on Trump, it will be with incomplete information and will alienate lots of listeners.
I'm surprised that I like a more historical podcast, but it's really well done. I'm learning a lot.
This podcast is superbly made in every regard, from the extensive research, engaging narration and impeccable editing. In my mind, it’ll serve as the definitive exploration of the Nixon and Clinton impeachments for a long time, and done so in a very objective and non-partisan manner. Both seasons are produced with very professional quality, and represent the best that Slate has to offer.
This show is so well researched, and logically and methodically presented. It’s the only podcast I actually enjoy listening to because the narrator doesn’t make it about him — the show focuses on the factual deep dive into the material. I only wish the RFK Tapes had continued with this approach, instead it reverted to the “ain’t I witty” narrative.
Unlike yourself, I grew up in a very conservative household. With that said, I also grew up with a family who believed that Clinton should not have been impeached because of his private life—regardless of party. With that in mind, I was interested in delving deeper into the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal out of nothing more than interest and pure curiosity. I was 10 years old when this news originally broke. I remember my family following it on TV, and watching parts of it for myself. I also remember several conversations between my grandmother, and my mother and aunt. My mom and aunt felt that Lewinsky was victimized, while my grandmother believed her to be something other than a victim. Different generations I guess. But I have always been interested in knowing further details, as this was and is an event that truly defined my generation. I appreciate your in-depth research and analysis, and I found it fascinating and compelling. To be completely honest, my intrigue was more from that of a historical standpoint than anything else. It’s an event that occurred within my lifetime that may never happen again, and I wanted to know more. While listening to this, I left my political beliefs at bay, because I believed that you did as well (I would have been just as interested in an Abraham Lincoln, Richard Nixon, or George Bush affair). It’s sex. Everyone wants to know—regardless of party. You had me hooked until the very end, when you let the current political state come into play and influence your conclusion of this very real story. Prior to that, you gave almost certain credibility to a woman claiming to have been raped by the soon to be president of the United States. You insinuated that you yourself believed her. More than that, you provided evidence and interviews of people who found her to be credible and also believed her story. You also reported that this alleged rape was only left out of the Star report and overall media because it didn’t fit the political agenda at the time. You all but admitted that you felt compelled to believe her and that under any other circumstances you would have sided with her. But then you revealed her political alliances as the reason for your doubt in her??. Even though she was formerly a huge Clinton supporter, and volunteered for his campaign—which is how this all started? Even though she has absolutely nothing to gain from her political position in 2018? The fact that she supported Trump and did not support Dr. Ford’s accusations in the Kavanaugh hearing seemingly made up your own mind as to whether or not the president raped an otherwise credible (to you) victim in 1978. This thought process is no more acceptable that me stating Ford’s accusations towards Kavanaugh are not credible because she’s a liberal. . Let me say that I thoroughly enjoyed the podcast. So for anyone out there who is looking for pure entertainment, I would be happy to recommend this as a great story and account about a very *true* political sex scandal. You are reporting on a corroborated event of a president in a position of power using that power to take advantage of women. The fact that you would question one of these otherwise sincere woman's credibility (your words) because she herself found Dr. Ford’s accusations less than credible (among other reasons) is unbelievable. I invested in this show with an open mind and an unbiased mindset. I expected you to do the same until the end.
Particularly this second season seems like it should be required listening for everyone. I was too young to follow the news during Clinton’s administration, but even though almost 20 years have passed, the seeds of our current events and conversations seem to have been planted in the stories which are brilliantly clarified by the host. Excellent sense of balance in the delivery, allowing the listener to hold the facts in the mind without proposing an easy conclusion. Thank you very much for your work.
I’ve really enjoyed listening to the Clinton story and the research behind it. It’s very well told and interesting- especially being that I was born in 1990 and don’t know a whole lot about the Clinton scandal. However, I am super disappointed in the politically biased sprinkled throughout the podcast. I understand Slate is a liberal leaning media source, but the outright hypocrisy is astounding at times.
I listened to all of Season 1 and was annoyed with the hosts bias. I kept an open mind and listened to all of season 2 and was quite dismayed with the hosts bias. I understand this is a Slate production, but again I kept an open mind in hopes that this podcast could be right down the middle. It is not.... I won’t make the mistake again.
So incredibly bias I threw up in my mouth a little.
Due to my age, the Nixon season was a little over my head but interesting nonetheless. However, I was FASCINATED with the Clinton season. Great show.
Each season has been an amazing, in-depth look at some of the biggest moments in our time in a way that makes me feel like I knew nothing to start with. Kudos to the team who put these together.
Great Podcsst love the content that is being provided ....but don't like how you're forcing the slate plus package. Let the content drive the promotion of signing up for slate plus. Having random episodes to give me FOMO just doesn't do it.
Brilliant journalism. So through. Very very relevant for today
I’m 41, spent my teen years in Arkansas and can’t get enough of this podcast. Every episode is a blast from the past. Tiny details that bring huge awakenings in a crisis that’s ripple effects have become crashing waves in our current time. As my womanhood was budding, this scandal has shaped my of my perspective regarding balance of power and hypocritical leaders. Quality storytelling and packed with amazing interviews with the heavy hitters.
Very well done. Enjoyable to listen to.
So many details that I had never heard about the impeachment of Nixon and Clinton. I couldn’t stop listening to season 1. Season 2 is equally intriguing (trying to savor it.) Can’t wait for season 3.
I only wish this podcast had existed prior to the election… But of course it couldn’t. I was too young when this all went down to really understand what was happening. But had I understood the deep and visceral hatred for the Clintons, I would’ve known that Hillary could never have won... The worst part is the hypocrisy of the Republicans standing behind Trump who is 100 times worse than Clinton ever was.
So well done!
It’s so interesting to hear these stories told from the perspective at the time, as they unfolded, and to learn how history repeats itself.
The season 1 parallels to the present day are hilariously depressing. Well done.
This was a mostly well-done podcast. However there is some bias. I lived through the Monica Lewinsky scandal. I was a political scientist major at the time and then Law student, so we digested this information and discussed it at length. The episode where he talks about the religious right and Starr being an evangelical was biased. Little attention is paid to the real issue most of my peers and I had: perjury. Morality, religious fanatics, this right movement to condemn him for his immorality... that was not really the main point for anyone I knew. Sure, it was a factor, but THAT wasn’t the catalyst. Most everyone was grossed out by his antics but did not care until he violated the law that he swore to uphold. It was the violation of the law, not God, that was his undoing. The abuse of power was what upset us more than anything. That didn’t really get aired out well. Starr also got criticized for detailing the sex acts, but truly, he had to. Legally we debated this. After all, if sex isn’t oral sex, then there was no perjury. This detail got a very brief mention that was dripping with bias. It wasn’t just Starr— all the media outlets were debating the act as well to determine if it was perjury. So mostly good, but the bias in reporting the religious right fervor as the main catalyst was silly. Mentioning Starr’s religion was also unfair-many people have a belief system, doesn’t mean it affects their job.
Your story on President Clinton was incredible!!! As I listened intently I realized after all these years I feel the same now as I did then. “None of my business, it’s between him and Hillary, has no bearing on how he runs the country”. Thank you for always putting out wonderfully interesting stories. Keep up the Great Work!!!!
Love Slow Burn. Both seasons phenomenal! Loved the Extra episodes purchased through Slate Plus membership. BUT website is horrible (why oh why no search feature???!!) and accessing S+ members only versions (sans commercials) requires frustrating and lengthy searches. Not worth the money and effort. Listen to the regular episodes. You’ll miss good stuff but save your phone from being hurled into traffic in a fit of rage
So relevant. So compelling. One of the best podcasts I’ve heard.
"History enables bewildered bodies of human beings to grasp their relationship with their past," historian Allan Nevins wrote. This riveting series does that in spades, allowing -- perhaps even compeling -- listeners to see a hugely consequential piece of the American experience in a whole new light. Like LBJ's War, a similarly fresh take on a story I thought I knew, Slow Burn puts us in the room where these big events happened, and sends us home possibly sadder but definitely wiser. Kudos.
Maybe you should keep your unsolicited political views out of it.
And even 90s nostalgics (season 2); a great listen.
I really appreciate the detailed podcast on what I find to be important and critical historical events. But can you leave out the partisan snippiniess? For example, when discussing the Monica Lewinski scandal, you said several times that Bill lying under oath is ‘technically’ illegal. As if the subject upon which perjury is committed is relevant. If I’m suing my wife in divorce court, is she allowed to commit perjury on some things so long as they are personal? Nope. The entire justice system demands an unequivocal rule of law and testifying under oath must remain sacrosanct.
This podcast keeps my attention the whole time, and it is so interesting. Loved season 1, but season 2 is even better!
It’s funny how everyone needs to compare any misdeeds of politicians to Nixon. Kennedy was much more corrupt than Nixon. FDR massively abused his power. Yet Nixon is always missed...There is a desire by this author to hate and it is very Freudian. Why can’t you get over Nixon? Ask your self why
Found this podcast thru another - ‘Make Me Smart’. I started with Season 1 and was fascinated to learn so much about Watergate, which I remember from my high school years. NOW I understand the nuances. As entertaining and informative Season 1 was, Season 2 is a must given MeToo and TimesUp. Real food for thought here. I only wonder how this can be topped by a Season 3. Good luck!
Entertaining and educational podcast with great narration
Loved loved loved it until I get to Episode 7, season 2 and felt like something was off. Like I was being brainwashed. Like maybe history was being rewritten. A group of women (highly accomplished) were put together to discuss that they, too, would have slept with (not in those words) the president. Taking any claim of sexual misconduct out of the equation. Making it seems almost laughable that anyone would question the lovable nature of ole Bill. I thought- this is the stuff liberal media hates, but surely this isn’t conservative media?? Nope. I went to research Slate and realized why I felt brainwashed. I am neither conservative or liberal. Voted for neither in the last election. I hate politics but am fascinated. Something I cannot stand is the spin. I want truth. Not an agenda. I will make sure I pay attention next time before downloading a podcast that it is not run by agenda.
I strongly, strongly recommend listening to both seasons. Season 1 covered the Nixon and Watergate and Season 2 is covering the details of the Clinton/Lewinsky sex scandal. In both cases, they draw clear lines between political motivations at the time, minor players that had major impact, and how the social climate at the time affected the public judgment. The stories unfold like true crime/dramatic series, rather than overtly political or historic podcasts. Further, it’s difficult, as a millennial that was alive/aware during those two events, to listen without drawing comparison to current investigations and scandals. The position of the producers is to critically examine the politics of the past to understand whether, if we were aware of how monumental an episode was unfolding, would we have reacted any differently, and how that might inform our reaction to the political climate now.
I never write podcast reviews b/c I’m a SAHM of three kids 5 and under (hey there, no time!), but I just used to be a HS History teacher and just finished season 1. If I were still in the classroom, I’d make this required listening for my students - really puts you in the space/time of what was going on during the Watergate scandal in a way straightforward history books can’t. Also, it’s totally possible to become a HS history teacher and *also* have no clue that Agnew was forced to resign during Watergate, for unrelated reasons!
Required listening for US citizens during these startlingly rhyming days.
Slow Burn is thoroughly researched and well-composed. I really appreciate the measured, methodical approach to topics that can so easily become sensationalized. I also love the Slateplus episodes, I gotta say. Worth it.
Love this podcast
This is such a great podcast. Season one was good. Certain episodes were better than others and I wasn’t too sure about season two given the salacious nature of the subject matter but it’s gripping. The way the storyteller weaves in the information without being dramatic or hyperbolic is masterful. All the players of the Clinton Lewinsky scandal are discussed and even though I lived through it there’s quite a bit of information I didn’t now. Great job you guys.
These last two episodes had me yelling at my phone. Bill Bennett can take his Clinton-hating, Trump-loving hypocrisy and shove it up his — or better yet he can go to Vegas and drop $100k on the over/under of a Trump impeachment if Dems take back Congress. And Beat Friend of Monica Linda Tripp? The next time I’m in a jam, I’d want her with me. With a tape recorder. Ready to go to the Feds. Love the podcast! Great job!
Amazing and very informative podcast
I stalk this podcast every week. I literally can’t wait for new episodes ! It’s great to get all of the facts surrounding one of the infamous events in the 90s. Most have forgotten all about this and I love the new perspectives. A lot of this scandal reminds me of Trump. History repeats itself.
Great song. What was it? Absolutely love your show!
This podcast really keeps you wanting more! I love learning the little details about the huge moments in American history. I highly recommend and have been to all of my friends 🙌
The Nixon episode was fantastic and I was so thankful to be able to marathon it. The Clinton episode, is the most exciting hour of my week. I cannot get enough! Great work!
If "Those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it," this podcast is EXACTLY the history we should be studying in the Trump era. Thanks so much to Slate for promoting this deep dive into our past episodes of government corruption ...and the ultimate success of American democracy's checks and balances. Plus a lot of luck. Luck be with us now!!!
Just so enjoy this series just like the last one. So well thought out and original. I am hooked!
Features interviews with people who were in the thick of it. Is about a sex scandal but the sex stuff is a small part relative to the drama of all of the players involved (media, GOP, law enforcement, etc.).
I keep learning so much from this podcast.
I love listening to this wonderful podcast. It’s just the right length to listen to on my way to work and gives me a topic to talk about with my customers.
I thought that Season 1 was great, but now, listening to Season 2, I have to wonder what sort of biases were involved with the presentation of Season 1. I considered myself middle of the road politically, and I can say with absolute certainty that I have given up any hope of unbiased journalism. It doesn't seem to exist. That appears to be the case here, where I expected to get facts about what went down in Clinton's White House, but it definitely appears slanted, making it seem like the dirty Republicans were out to get this man who was an innocent victim. With comments used from interviewees and sometimes the host's own commentary, it comes across as this sweet love affair with hero Monica Lewinsky not betraying this man who used her to get off. Preying on her feelings for him, he used her when it wasconvenient for him, until it wasn't. If there's another season, I hope it will be of a more straightforward story, presenting facts and when presenting opinions, at least using opinions from both sides.
Season one was good, but season two is GREAT. I’m hooked.
For someone who wasn’t born until 1990 I felt that the story of Nixon and Clinton were ones I that I knew all about, but this podcast taught me so much more and is so interesting to listen to. It’s very well done and I’m sad the second season is almost over. Can’t wait for season 3!
We were interested In the subject matter of season 1 and season 2 We stopped listening because the hosts are arrogant, condescending towards any person who does not agree with their political choices The lack of respect for other people political choices is offensive and appalling No we do not “eat nails” We have an MBA and JD Of course we do not recommend your podcast and at a dinner party last night this podcast was discussed
because I burned through the entire first season in less than 24 hours. Absolutely fascinating, well done.
Love this podcast team! Can’t get enough 😊 I tell every client about this!!!! And now they love it too!
I enjoyed season 1 and got into Season 2 but it has disappeared from my feed and hasn’t dropped a new episode since ?? (None of the episodes in the feed are dated). Strange that it has just stopped issuing new episodes. Disappointing.
I was really looking forward to this look back at watergate. I am extremely disappointed that Trump is discussed throughout the 1st episode. Is it really so hard to stay on the topic at hand?
excellent infor and wonderful storytelling
I love history, and this podcast is wonderfully edifying. Whenever a new episode appears, it becomes my top priority. Can’t wait for the Trump impeachment season!
Enthralling every time ... like a good book you can’t put down
I was born in 1980, so did not know a lot about Watergate. I had to stop mid-season and call my parents for their take on it. I was very much alive for the Clinton scandals, but a naïve 18-year old when it really hit the fan. This podcast is helping me truly understand things I didn’t then. Effing love this podcast.
in these trying times this is a must. I am a huge fan of this podcast. I am have gotten a lot out of my time listening. I am looking forward to more episodes.
There are some podcasts you throw on to hear some facts or fun stories- this is one that grips you. It’s like a really good tv show that doesn’t melt your brain. Well done everyone!
I found this podcast by accident and have BINGED the entire thing at work in a week. I have recommended to friends who also love it as well! Can’t get enough!
Love learning and hearing about these events. Only problem is the amount of ads. Limit those and this is fantastic.
I'm on Episode 4 of Season 2 and finding it addictive. I remaing a Clinton supporter. Regardless of your political leanings, the reporting and delivery are bar none. If you're at all interested in the subject matter, do yourself a favor and subscribe ASAP.
Especially in today’s “me too” era, this podcast seems to really downplay the fact that someone with power (not to mention the most power in the free world) used his influence to seek a relationship with an intern. But then again, he pushed democratic policy, so I guess we just look the other way.
A Slow Burn season about the Andrew Johnson impeachment is literally the only thing I want for Christmas!
Just binged through season one and am two episodes into season two! These are stories that everyone know of, but now I would guess that few people have a major grasp on. The stories presented are told in a way that grabs you and makes you want to know what happens next, even while you know the ultimate ending. Really well done!
Don’t waste your time liberal propaganda
Watergate and Nixon administration occurred before I was born. I’ve always wanted to learn about it but never put in the time. This is a great podcast. So fascinating to hear details that were in the news at the time but have been forgotten bu many over the years. Very worth the listen.
I grew up during WaterGate and my dad made me watch coverage of it EVERYDAY.But Slow Burn educated me about parts that I didn’t even know.A great podcast that is both informative and very entertaining.Also VERY appropriate to what is going on in America today!!!
I am presently binge listening as an escape from the daily Trump grind. This is fascinating to listen to and brings me back to another not so long ago time. I’m in process of cleaning my art studio which is a days long job of sorting and reorganizing. This podcast has been helping to get me through it. In my opinion it is very well done. I will remain a constant fan as you guys are doing a great job. Keep it coming. :)
The insanity of the Clinton White House seems only to be rivaled by the Trump and Nixon administrations. As usual, Slow Burn does a great job of telling the human stories amid all the chaos. Download this now.
Season 1 was excellent. Can’t wait for season 3 on the next impeachment.
This podcast is so biased it’s comical. Apologizing for a man with this much power preying on a young 20 something is wrong through and through. Stop making excuses for this man! Acting like it was school boy love, are you kidding me? Stay consistent with your views please.
The Watergate story is a fascinating one and Slate and Leon Neyfakh do an almost credible job of telling it. The archival tapes and interviews with those that were there are compelling. This would be a great series were it not for Mr. Neyfakh's obvious dislike of Republicans, conservatives and especially of Donald Trump. Every episode gives a dig against the President at least once. What is astounding is that if Mr. Neyfakh was the kind of reporter he imagined himself to be he would be astounded by the similarities to the Obama administration and the Democrat Party's efforts first against Bernie Sanders and then against Donald Trump. I recommend this Podcast, but hold your nose if you aren't convinced that President Trump is evil incarnate.
Great podcast with a clear message!!
And hoping for a third season (in more ways than one)!
As I listen, I can’t help but contrast the chaos and confusion there and then to the chaos in the White House today.
As a person who is listening to learn, I get frustrated that I cannot keep up sometimes. This information is reaching SO MANY people (amazing!!) and I imagine I’m not the only one. If you just did a “previously on Slow Burn” segment or something like that, it would reach even more.. I doubt you’ll see this review but if so.. please remember that your audience may have a hard time keeping up because it’s aired once a week and there are a lot of names to keep up with. If you’re not familiar it’s very hard..
The Clinton story is obviously told by a bunch of liberals who do their best to shift the blame away from Clinton and onto Monica Lewinsky and the Republicans. They laugh about it and talk about how sweet the affair was! It’s sickening! All of this while in real time the left is doing everything they can to throw Trump under the bus and smear HIS moral character.
Listening to S.1 right now, and I am hooked!
Making my way through the first season and WOW!!! The parallels between Nixon and Trumps administration blows my mind!
This podcast is a defense of Bill Clinton’s actions while he served as President if the United States. If you think he did nothing wrong and his victims are to blame, this podcast is for you!
The show is well produced and well narrated, and the host finds great people to talk to as he brings to life these epic moments in American history.
Riveting! Amazingly good!
I lived through the Clinton impeachment and didn't find it as interesting as this podcast makes it. Great storytelling.
One of my top podcast go to’s, this show is binge-able while driving and cooking! I can’t wait for the next season! Best podcast that I listen to!
I love this podcast! Season was was great and filled with a lot of information that I had never heard about and season two is starting off great as well!
Stunning how this mirrors current White House/Congress playbooks. Gives me hope though, since we all know how Watergate ends. Today’s pundits often say the difference between Nixon and Trump is that House Republicans didn’t protect Nixon— Not true! Worth the listen.
Sometimes I wish the episodes were longer. Great storytelling.
During these crazy political times “Slow Burn” takes a deep breath and examines similar episodes in history. A great way to consider the past. Too bad there were no podcasts during Andrew Jackson’s presidency.
I enjoyed Season 1, but the political bias sure is showing in Season 2 regarding the Clinton impeachment. For example, Whitewater and Mrs. Clinton’s questionable legal work for Jim McDougal - “the billing records were missing.” That’s it. No elaboration. Just a few words tossed out and glossed over. Likewise, their re-telling of the files being removed from Vince Foster’s office. There are reasons that Clinton opponents had questions and concerns over these things that the podcast glosses over. People would learn a great deal more if events were discussed objectively without bias.
Thanks for this very timely recount of this particularly painful period in our history. It gives hope that today's events will eventually end with our country in tact.
Typically I am a fan of Slate’s reporting and podcasts. While I think the reporting in Seasons 1 and 2 this podcast has been spot on, I can’t help but think they could have chosen a better main voice/ narrator for the show. Leon Neyfakh has one of the most droning and easy-to-ignore voices I have ever heard in my life. He does not vary his intonation, even when telling the most compelling parts of the story. I find myself having to rewind back 30 seconds or up to 5 minutes because my thoughts have completely drifted away from the topic. The Nixon impeachment and Clinton impeachment are too fascinating, both socially and legally, to be left to this dull voice.
This is a well-made podcast about the mainstream version of Watergate. It totally leave John Dean and Al Haig off the hook. See the work of Jim Hougan and Len Colodny for a more full view of the Watergate era.
This is one of my favorite podcasts. Excellent reporting and story telling.
People get hung up on opinions. This explains the history and laws but in an approachable storyline. Love it
Can Season Three cover the Andrew Johnson impeachment?
Amazing, informational, unbiased, and entertaining! Keep it up please!
As a Baby Boomer now Silver Tsunami-er (?) Slow Burn is turning my head around, Exorcist style. Those who don’t know history are bound to repeat? Good God we need this now more than ever.
I’m in the 18-25 age group. This is amazing to hear because it’s not something anyone has gone in depth with me about.
Interesting stuff, some details I’d never heard before and put together well. Has some great potential but a liberal bias (comments, jabs at Trump, victim blaming/shaming on Clinton’s behalf, etc..) is most definitely there and ruins it for me. I understand it’s not a news podcast but was hoping for a history lesson without being politicized. IMHO
The best podcast I’ve heard this year. A fantastic retelling of the Watergate scandal that you thought you knew . I can’t wait to listen to Season 2 about the Lewensky affair
Looking forward for the next episode
Such a great and well done podcast. I’m telling all of my friends about this!
Just getting into podcasts now and I began here. Love it. Very informative and I look forward to hearing new episodes.
Wow wow wow
My favorite podcast ! I check daily to see if new episode available. First podcast review 🙂
Definitely some softballs being thrown here. DNC approved 👍
This is interesting. I am still listening and have two left, but this history is really complex, and to get it explained after the fact, even more complex and interesting!!! I'm looking forward to Clinton's saga.
Utter liberal crap to muddle the truth of Bill Clinton Lying and having multiple people kill witnesses on his behalf.
Is everything. The historical facts of Watergate are immensely helpful in contextualizing our current national situation. This podcast was amazing.
Tell both sides or none at all
Even if you lived through the 2 impeachment hearings, you’re definitely going to want to listen to this story of dirty tricks, corruption and entitlement. Sound familiar? It’s actually 1972. Series 2 is even more suspenseful. The opening episode looks at Monica Lewinsky with the compassion that she deserves while sounding like a James Bond radio play.
I was looking forward to unbiased account of Watergate. Unfortunately, that is not the case.
Season 3 can’t come soon enough
Spellbinding storytelling. It’s so difficult not to draw parallels to present day. Just riveting.
This podcast does seem to have a lot of information regarding the Clinton Presidency and the events that ultimately lead to his impeachment. The production quality is nicely done. I also enjoyed how several different events and perspectives were merged to help paint a fuller picture. However, I do feel that the facts are laced with a certain degree of subjective thoughts as well, and that influences the overall presentation of the story. I feel that it is a strong enough influence to significantly lower my enjoyment when listening to this series. I wish it was a little more clean in that regard.
When it comes to politics I tend to get lost in the big words being used. This podcast is great because they break down the interviews and such so I can understand the full story. I love it!!
Also, the host is a self-important dweeb.
Really interesting and well done! Especially liked the interview with Jane Sherburne.
This is one of the best produced political/historical podcasts out there. I’ve always been muddy on some details with the Nixon scandals and how Watergate played out over the years. This clears it all up in a relevant and jaw-dropping narrative. Can’t wait for Season 2!
the new clinton season is going to be amazing
I love this show!!! So informative and well articulated!
Season one was fantastic, excited to hear season 2. Really interested background for today's political environment
Great research and work on this podcast!
I love this podcast! I have been hooked since season 1, love the content as well as the delivery. All around great podcast.
You have done it again. Great job.
Loving this podcast - like Serial for politics!
I stumbled upon this gem while looking for a new podcast. Superb story telling and first class information. You’ll love it.
The podcast is exactly as advertised. His research goes deep. The interview clips with both the relevant people and individuals on the periphery of the investigation, give us a clear balance of what actually happened. Great job of presenting us with facts and feelings of the individuals involved.
Fascinating and very well done
Enjoyed season one so much had to binge listen. With joy and anticipation on to season 2. Hope the Iran Contra scandal gets covered in season 3.
Great reporting. Hard to believe the FBI agents thought they were doing the right thing. Much easier to see Lewinski’s courageous defense of her jerk of a president.
Liberal trump bashing disguised as a history lesson. Would be interesting if it would just stick to the facts, a constant difficulty for liberals.
All I can say is wow! I’m obsessed.
Every name mentioned is one I remember, only it took this podcast to help me remember it! I was working in Boston in 1973-74, and carpooled from the South Shore. We'd get to Boston before most of us had to start work, and so we would have breakfast at a coffeeshop, listen to news reports and read articles about Watergate, and discuss. It was very exciting. And now, even though it was a "simpler" time then, and in fact, the crime was simpler, we definitely have a related situation now.
I am engrossed.
Could not stop listening and heard all of season 1 in one day! Excellent, educational, and vastly entertaining! Look forward to season 2! A five star podcast!
Great job. If you like politics at all this is very educational . Looking very much forward to season two and beyond thank you for a great podcast
Randomly ran across this podcast on my way to St Louis from Minneapolis. This podcast is not only a well told account of the watergate scandal but a real study of the human condition. How deep are u willing sink to protect someone? How much are u willing to lie to yourself? How bad can someone be? If u listen to this podcast u will find out!
This podcast draws you in and hooks you instantly on both the big and the little details of Watergate. You’ll be so glad you listened.
This pod hit so close to home for me because I grew up in Nixon’s hometown. I recently went to the renovated museum and still can’t get Watergate off my mind. So thanks for explaining all details I missed. Also this is a good easy listen if you love true crime pods like me. Can’t wait for season 2!
This is a marvelous podcast that takes me back to earlier days when our democracy was also being put to the test. I was so proud of our country and the way we as a nation faced the challenge. A Democrat, it never occurred to me that Republicans might care less about the survival of our country than I did. I never doubted the body’s basic integrity. And my faith was proved right. Sometimes frightened about what might happen, I was never sick to my stomach as I am now. I’m so glad this podcast is here for all the younger people without the privilege of having been there.
I didn't know I wanted a deeply researched story about the Clinton impeachment. But, wow, I *need* to hear the rest of this second season of Slow Burn. Season 2 features more riveting storytelling, fantastic production, and a much-needed reconsideration of the people ground up in a still very recent scandal. How could we forget so much? How could we not know so much? How could the narrative of just 20 years ago be so obviously wrong by today's standards? Slow Burn is asking all the right questions.
Thrilled to seet this show back for another season!
Slow Burn revisits events you think you know, only to reveal the story was much more compelling and surprising, and more relevant than you ever thought.
Slow burn is back baby!
One word excellent
Anything that takes something you think you basically know everything important about and shows you how much you really don’t understand it or how you misunderstand it is doing something truly special. Slow Burn does it.
Highly recommend — great production and narrative focus.
I’m itching for new content, y’all.
Was so looking forward to Season 2 and am happy to report that it is off to an EXCELLENT start.
I knew about the first season covering Watergate and intend to listen at some point, but I just found out about this new season covering 42’s impeachment and started listening. 5 minutes in and I’m hooked. I’ll spare you my thoughts on Linda Tripp, but won’t it be fun to hate her all over again!?! Thank you for doing this series. Frankly, I am amazed that the Clintons still want to serve this country after all the stupid stuff we’ve done to them. They’re not perfect but they’re better than this.
One episode into the new Slow Burn about Bill Clinton’s impeachment and I’m hooked...and I lived through it. The background/behind-the-scenes drama was more intriguing than I ever knew. Also, if you haven’t listened to the Watergate/Nixon podcast, do it now.
Thank you for amazing insight on this crazy time in our history...can’t wait for next episode
I’m amazed to see the similarities between Watergate and the Stupid Watergate. Down to people backing Nixon and how people supporting Trump do the same thing. It’s terrifying and amazing.
Beautifully told story of the Watergate affair. I learned names I would never known and heard the carefully told story of the Watergate scandal. I loved it!
Brilliant work. Really, really brilliant work. It’s nice to look back into history and realize that all of this has happened before. It gives me hope for the future. :) Looking forward to season 2.
Honestly, my only regret is waiting this long to listen to Slow Burn. This is a fantastic series. I can’t wait until the next season.
This is a very well done and informative look into the Watergate scandal and how it all went down. I had (very) limited knowledge of Watergate prior to listening and I found myself fascinated. I can’t wait for season 2!
I was born and in 1971 and had no idea that Water gate was such a circus- looking forward to the next season!
Season 1 was spectacular! I am not a podcast listener but all I wanted to do was listen and wish there were more episodes! Cannot wait for season 2!
Very entertaining, poignant in out particular time in history. Pet peeve: I numerous occasions this podcast mistakenly states that Nixon was the one who installed the recording system in the White House. It was in fact Lyndon Johnson. I don’t think that makes much of a difference of the story overall, but in an era where the journalism is under assault seems like sloppy editing on History side.
Can't wait to hear what they talk about next
In most scenarios George Santayana’s aphorism is a bad thing but in the case of Celebrity Apprentice & today’s obviously senile GOP, it will serve America & the world well that they will be doomed to walk Nixon’s path of shame into obscurity. Thank you Leon Neyfakh for hosting & Slate Plus for producing this important historical analysis!
This podcast is so good. If you're exhausted by the never-ending Trump news and feel like the world might end every day, listen for a teeny tiny light at the end of the tunnel – hope from our history.
I hope the series exposes the hypocrisy of Brett Kavanaugh.
I found myself fully engaged; as excited listening to this as watching a well made crime thriller on tv. The similarities between watergate and current investigations are scary
On a road trip yesterday I listened to the eight episodes of the SLOW BURN podcast, detailing some of the stories and the background of the Watergate scandal. On October 10, 1972 when the Washington Post first broke the story of the break-in I was 9 years old. So it wasn't a personal concern of mine at the time! I found the podcast fascinating and informative. There's no shortage of books and pop culture references to Watergate. I wonder if, after 47 years, the same actions would result in the same ending? I hate to be cynical but it's almost expected for politicians to be corrupt today. While listening to stories about White House tapes in Nixon's office, a story broke about taped conversations with our current President. Denials, coverups, calls for impeachment, deflection attempts, election rigging (Fascinating story about how Nixon team manipulated his second term opponent so he could run against McGovern) ... is national politics stuck on an endless repeat cycle? I'm sure many thought Nixon would never resign ... many think Trump would never resign due to corruption coverups (I think they are right)... some think these are similar personality types. Were presidents of the past better men ... or just lucky to live in a time with little technology for snooping? Anyway, if you are a podcast listener Slate did a good job with the Slow Burn podcast. Season two will deal with the Clinton impeachment. I look forward to listening ... that was a little more contemporary to my times.
The presentation is great. One doesn’t know what to believe. Keeps you questioning.
I'd love to listen to this seemingly interesting side to a story, but the narrator slurs words together when speaking quickl.y (which is often) *and* has a bad case of vocal grind (dropping and grinding the tone of voice at the end of sentences or clauses) Take some articulation lessons?
Riveting and painfully relevant.
Watergate history viewed via a 2018 lens. Succint and engaging.
Of dishonesty that contributed to so many deaths and hardships for our country’s young people in Vietnam Nam and Cambodia.
First two episodes provide valuable additional information for even those who lived and have widely read about Watergate. However they should just can the annoying comparisons to Trump. Nixon was a deeply thinking politician brought down by human impulses that have studied for thousands of years. We don’t know that about Trump.
Lived through that era.
Well done! I have been recommending this podcast to anyone who will listen. It offers so much insight into our world today. Although history repeats itself, it is fascinating to see how much difference as well as similarity there is at these crucial moments in history.
This is a story pack with lies and liberal bias. What idiot watches any movie made in Hollywood and considers it fact.
This is a period of US history that we should and must remember in today’s day and age. The podcast does a fantastic job of putting all of the events in context. The use of historical video and audio recordings as well as recent interviews make it all the more engaging. Well done!
Just listened to Episode 1. It is very interesting and exactly what I was looking for, BUT leave your personal bias about Trump out of history. I will listen to more in hopes you do not continue pushing your views and just educate us on the facts. I would have given it a 5 so far if opinions had been left out.
Liberal propaganda poorly disguised as a historical podcast
This podcast is crucial to American history (past and present). Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it...which is why this matters so much. Excellently put together! You’ll find out things you never knew about Watergate and the voices of the past will seem to echo sentiments of the present. Strap in, I burned through this pod in one weekend and loved it! I feel much more educated on the subject and it’s hooked my interest for certain!
Great listen...can’t wait to hear season 2 wink wink!!
What a tremendous and relevant listen!
I am not even done listening to all of the episodes, but had to leave a review of these great podcasts. I am 53, so I have a few fuzzy memories of Watergate, and have read some books about it to learn more about what happened. These podcasts are so informative-chock full of interviews, news clips and a lot of information I haven’t found in my own research. Very entertaining, unbelievable and timely with what is going on in DC right now. Highly recommend!
This has me on the edge of my seat. So fantastic. I simply can’t wait for your next episodes.
I love this podcast! I'm late to the party, but will probably listen a second time to get all the details. Hope there will be more.
I can't wait for more episodes!
90 seconds into the first episode and I was hooked! Absolutely thrilling story telling!
I wasn't alive for this era and my history classes always failed to talk about this time. I learned so much and the connection between the Watergate scandal and what is now occurring politically is eery. Highly recommend. I can't wait till the next season!
Simply great stuff. Writing, narrating, research, just perfect. One thing though...keep in mind, as President Ford himself said, inherent in the act of pardoning someone, and the acceptance of that pardon, is an admission of guilt. In other words, you can’t pardon an innocent person. Nixon always denied he did anything illegal; by accepting Ford’s pardon, he ended up admitting his guilt. Ford isn’t as dumb as people think.
America desperately needs a multitude of perspectives on historical events. Our collective understanding of history and the web of connections that spiral out from the past is shallow at best. This ignorance is draining the life out of our society. Slow Burn is a type of show that might just help.
. . . are condemned to repeat it. This is a fascinating and, let’s face it, fun history of Watergate. I know those who are positive Trump is the victim of a witch-hunt aren’t likely to listen, but we might be a bit better off and less divided if they did. One of the things they would learn is how, as facts came out, even Nixon’s strongest supporters could not abide being lied to.
interesting history lesson for those of us who weren't born yet. very well done
Nixon's problem rested with his habit of telling the truth up to the point he knew he would lose when he would lie.
I thought I was really informed about Watergate, having been in college and politically active at the time. However, as much as I knew all the characters, the podcast brought together back stories that I wasn't aware of were incredibly illuminating. For anyone who thinks this might be a rehash, I would be surprised if there aren’t a number of tidbits that they wouldn't find new. Highly recommend
The show is informative and there are some real revelations but please...give the anti-Trump stuff a break.
This podcast explores the smaller parts that made up the scandal. Many know how watergate ends but did you know how it began? You will when you listen. Binge worthy! Replay worthy!
Super informative and fun to listen to. As someone born a long time after Watergate, I found it a very, very enjoyable listen.
The show is really good I would have given it 5 stars but the beginning episode turned me off because of the comparison to current events I listen to shows like this because of love of history not for political commentary
This was my first lesson about Watergate and I’m hooked. The narrator was great. Can’t wait for next season.
Fantastic podcast. Brilliant investigation
I have been obsessed with Watergate for many years, but my wish would be for every American citizen to hear all the episodes of this incredible podcast. Although it stands on its own as a thoroughly researched, well organized and highly entertaining historical record, it also inevitably frames what our great country is going through right now. The similarities and differences between Watergate and the Russia Investigation are unavoidable. This podcast injects just the right amounts of fear and hope. It is a creative masterpiece.
This was a wonderful podcast. It left me both disparaged for current happenings, and hopeful to overcome them. The pacing was good, the details riveting. I really enjoyed some of the interviews with some of the people in the fight.
Excellently presented historical information! I have learned so much!
Even though we all already know how this presidency ended... This podcast perfectly documents and captivates the moments leading up to investigation, the crazy insane political stunts before Nixons resignation & everything in between.... I didn’t want to get out of my car because it was so thrilling & suspenseful!! You will NOT regret listening to this podcast!! Instead, you’ll regret not having listened to it sooner!
I’m so glad I found this podcast!
This is a well done podcast that was worthy of binge listening start to finish on one long drive. I highly recommend
Furious this is over. Finished it yesterday. Such a compelling story, especially right now. Wow. So well done. Thank you!!!
Comprehensive and well researched!
I lived through this but only knew part of the story. Thanks for this excellent podcast and alerting the country.
This is a fantastic podcast. My only complaint is that it's too short! There's so much to cover here, and so much that people born after this period don't know (I'm in the 'only know what was in All the President's Men' camp). I can understant the desire to keep this short and sweet, and not to go overboard into every little detail of the case, but a few more episodes would have been great!
I lived through Watergate and it’s more timely and essential than ever to know the details.
So many parallels to today.
This podcast is amazing. Never really considered looking deeper into Watergate or past All the President’s Men, so I assumed it was a bygone time of bipartisanism. (i know better now) The way this podcast is produced is very well done—it kept me hooked the whole time—and gave me hope for the state of our country now.
As soon as it became clear that there was a scandal in the making from this administration, I longed to review what had happened during Watergate. Then, along came this wonderful podcast. The creators have certainly done their homework and many details, long forgotten, were brought to my attention. In addition, there was so much that I did not understand in that time period during my mid 20s. One cannot help but compare what is going on today with what went on then. Thank you for making this podcast at this important time.
I burned through SLOW BURN over the course of a weekend. So good. Well produced, enlightening and timely. I highly recommend!
This podcast is amazing!!! I randomly came across it last night and binged on episodes 1-7 today. The story is very well told and all of the facts are clearly laid out. I’m pretty sure that after listening to this, I can officially label myself as historian. :-)
I didn’t even know I wanted to know this stuff.
So excite for season 2!
I was a young person during Watergate. This podcast brought back the memories into a compelling and organized set of stories about the characters and situations. It brought them out of the haze and back into the forefront. Thank you!
Really great insight
I highly recommend this podcast. It fills in the story and leads you from start to finish. I look forward to the next season. Thank you for highlighting some lesser known parts and characters. For people who are squeamish like me, it’s not violent or gross or creepy.
Love this show. I’ve listened multiple times.
The panel you gathered as well as your extensive intro was great. As a political junkie since grammar school and living through watergate day to day (I was a Nixon-hating hippie in Boston luckily with a high draft lottery number) it was so great to get that perspective from each player you spoke with. Each day I see the parallels between then (nixon) and now, trump although now the story moves at speed of light. Thanks for making the day of a 66 year old watergate junkie (and I did ok on the quiz😀)
I was alive for Watergate. I am learning stuff I was never aware of. Highly recommended. More timely than I would like.
I enjoyed the season and was able to learn a lot I didn’t know of that time and felt it was a well rounded podcast as well as engaging in its production. However, the live Q&A turned into an anti-Trump message. Though not a fan of Trump, I would have hoped that when the discussion turned to him, that the level of professionalism would have remained. Comments were not objective, but rather divisive, insensitive, and you exploited stereotypes. As a group, you were laughing at images of West Virginian Nail chewers or mentioning “Cletus Safari”, or “wives home making chili”. Why do you react strongly when immigrants or minorities are marginalized, but lead the way to marginalize this group? It seems irresponsible at best. The exception was Bob Woodward. Though it is clear he is not a Trump fan, he is being thorough in his upcoming work. I cannot wait to see his book, since he will work to get a more complete story. I hope it brings to light what the people really need to know.
Shame that I would have given this 4-5 stars if not for the obvious agenda & bias against President Trump.
Other folks will say it more articulately than I... but here goes. It's great.
I burned through this season 1 of this fascinating podcast in 3 days. I was in junior high when most of it all went down, so All the President’s Men (unfortunately) is the basis for most of my Watergate memories. Presidential paranoia and conspiracy theories, attacks on the press and the rule of law, and the true believers/partisan politicians who made it all possible — the parallels to current events are striking to say the least.
This podcast has all the depth of a high school essay. It promises a deep dig, and delivers very little information in a very topical fashion.
Knowing very little about Watergate before this, as it occurred before I was born, I found this series to be enlightening and interesting to listen to. Gives some interesting points to consider that it took a lot of moving parts to fall into place to bring down Nixon, et al. Looking forward to the second season as I was a young adult when the impeachment of President Clinton happened.
I’m glad I came late to the party so I could binge listen to this! I can’t wait for season 2!
Well done. Something you passed over, though. Nixon’s coach, Chief Newman, was a Native American. Nixon believed Newman should have coached major college football, but was discriminated against for being Native. While president, he enacted massive and lasting reforms to federal Indian policy and is generally regarded by Native leaders and scholars as the most important president for Indians in the 20th century.
The first season on Watergate gives us insight into what is happening now.
Excellent. Timely. Must listen.
Bring on season 2!
This podcast seems to paint Richard Nixon as some sort of evil dragon slain by shining, virtuous knights, which is a story that’s already been told countless times. Also it clumsily connects Watergate events/people to current events, never successfully. Anthony Scaramucci? Elizabeth Warren? Really?
The only down side of this podcast is that it ended! Can’t wait for the second season.
superb recounting of an unbelievable event in American history that seems to be, sadly in many ways, repeating itself...
I love the question the creators asked: "if we were living through Watergate, would we know it?" So much resonance with today and made me realize how easy it is to forget what it was like when we're so many decades on the other side of it. I was only 10 years old during Watergate & primarily remember being annoyed when the coverage preempted Saturday cartoons, so I was very struck by hearing the names, even obscure ones like Bebe Rebozo, & remembering them. My family wasn't political at all so it was not a topic of conversation at the time. This podcast is so extremely well done & very compelling. It was my motivation to sign up for Slate plus.
This was wonderfully interesting, and eerily familiar to current politics climate. I am slightly embarrassed to say I really knew almost nothing about Watergate except the outcome. With this in mind I would have liked a little more of the basic history not just the behind the scenes info, which is the only reason I did not give the podcast 5 stars.
Topical and eye opening
GenXer here, on the left coast. Nice to hear all these names again I heard on the news growing up. And there are little vignettes of California from that era. A lot of detail about what happened even if you think you know the story. Things that didn’t make it into the received history that we have today; and a great taste of the zeitgeist back then. I have to wonder if the producers are trying to show parallels on purpose. It’s almost uncanny. Makes one wonder how many on Mueller’s team have studied Watergate for their current work.
Each of the podcasts are about 30-35 minutes (members may have access to more). I found each podcast full of information and great for those who were not around or old enough to understand the impact. I also found it very relevant to what is happening in politics today...it is almost haunting.
That’s really interesting to step back in time and see how Watergate happened. It’s also really interesting to juxtapose that with what’s happening today, to see all the similarities. Great podcast! 🔥
Many details of Watergate that are newly uncovered and information forgotten or enhanced in this telling. Very thought-provoking.
I have only listened to one episode so far and I find it fascinating especially since I barely knew what watergate was My problem however is the constant comparisons to trump?? That sounds so agenda like. Tell the story. It’s a crazy cool story. Let’s not use this to plant trump=Nixon innuendos
Podcasts are coal... and here is a diamond.
History repeats itself
I enjoyed this podcast and they clearly put a lot of effort into making this. However, I didn’t like how there were a few occasions where they showed a slight bias against Trump. They should of been more neutral.
This is really well done. I lived through the thing as a young Nixon supporter till the day he resigned! So much of what happened in that two year train wreck is happening again in a familiar way.
The best podcast series I’ve heard since the first season of Serial.
Really liked the details that were focused on in this series. The watergate scandal is a by overplayed but the hosts and team don’t focus on the aspects discussed ad nauseam in the press / movies. Instead aspects of the stories are explored that are more nuanced and explain more about the watergate culture both in Washington and the country. Really worth the time and would like to see other historic events explored like this!
Great job, I learned a lot.
Thorough and pretty riveting. Very well researched.
The untold stories of watergate
I am only 14 but this has made the seemingly interminable car rides seem to fly by. Amazing podcast!!!!
I can’t recommend this enough! It is informative and suspense filled!! Thank you!!!
A totally addictive, insanely informative exploration into Watergate and the parallels that America’s largest political scandal has with today’s administration.
Just finished my first season. Very good show for someone like me, born after the Watergate. Awaitong how the Russiagate will end.
So good!! I loved it!!
A must listen for a time when the Watergate scandal is more relevant than ever. Compelling story telling and great production.
These people are good. They made a long story short and with enough detail that the podcast doesn’t seem as short as it is with all the information provided, but still not long.
Loved Slow Burn! I teach high school American History and I got some of my students hooked. Great reporting, editing, and very engaging.
I love news but just can’t handle the current news, so I thought I would listen to some news that was very similar but that is never actually gotten to listen to in detail. I chose well.
Fantastic podcast! Thoroughly researched and documented. Made more meaningful through interviews with cast members of the drama that was Watergate. I really enjoyed all 8 episodes, thank you Slate!
Swap “Nixon” with our current president’s name, and you don’t miss a beat. The parallels are unbelievable. A public asleep at the wheel? Check. Obfuscation by means of attacks on the “leaks” from the various committees? Check. A disaffected populace upset that minorities might be entitled to the same rights? Check. A base unwilling to see the naked man behind the curtain? Check. I knew about Watergate, but didn’t live through it, so much of this was new to me. This was a thorough podcast, very well researched. An excellent listen.
The story is obviously relevant today, but it is also very well told and produced. Gotta listen. I’m waiting for the part where republicans act with integrity. It happened with watergate, I am hoping against hope that we will see that again some day.
This is the kind of podcast that I am interested in. So many of these other podcast have this inane conversations going on with only a small bit of information. I’m anxious to hear next years slow burn
Leon Neyfakh is as good as Ken Burns is in finding the right people to talk to on a subject, and as effective at getting them to open up. Brilliant work and amazingly entertaining given how fraught I remember those times being.
Excellent. One of my favorites. Incredibly informative and expertly narrated. Can't wait for season two: The impeachment of Bill Clinton. Hoping for season three: The impeachment of Donald Trump.
This is one of the best podcast ever! I was 7 or 8 when my older brother and I were spellbound by the Watergate hearings. It made us both democrats. My poor republican parents. Thanks to Rachel Madow for mentioning it on her show. Loved every minute!
I’ve just finished listening to all the episodes and as soon as I can catch my breath, I’ll listen to them again. mygawd. People who think history is boring should listen to Slow Burn.
Very well done. What keeps me from giving it 5 stars is the continual efforts to pair Nixon with Trump. To say that Trump is a modern day Nixon is a little pre-mature. Good podcast though.
The constant jabs at Trump were completely unnecessary and showed a lack of professionalism in this podcast. I didn’t vote for Trump either, I get enough of him and his antics in my daily life so the last thing I want to hear during a podcast, is more of him! I am smart enough to make the connections on my own and I suppose anybody listening to this type of subject matter can as well. Ridiculous and juvenile.
Great podcast. Great lesson in history. The parallels to today’s political climate are eery.
I honestly didn’t think there was anything left to tell the Watergate story. I was wrong. This thoughtful podcast is absolutely fascinating with new details and a fresh perspective. The arc of the podcast is to relate it to today’s political landscape.
Thoroughly enjoyed this podcast and learning even more about the moving pieces that were a part of the Watergate scandal. Well done, well done!
I finish this podcast in one day. I couldn't stop listening and had no idea how long the impeachment dragged on. This is amazing story telling and curated very well. You must tune in now! Can't wait for season two.
Beautiful blend of suspenseful story telling with perfectly selected supporting archival material. Captivating from the first to the last episode!
This is such an interesting story and so well told. Very entertaining for someone not well-versed in Watergate.
After reading “All the President’s Men” I wanted to know more. Slow Burn rounded out my knowledge of this very complex scandal. It is very timely. Highly recommend even if you didn’t read the book or have previous information about Watergate.
I can’t get over the similarities between then and now. Slate does an awesome job of bringing to light the precedence this administration, and congress, set for the future.
The parallels to today are frightening. Worth a listen to see how history repeats itself.
Anyone following the #TrumpRussia probe wants to listen to this. It’s a play by play of what is happening in America today.
A friend of mine encouraged me to listen to this podcast. I put it off for quite a while but I cannot say forcefully enough wouldn’t incredibly timely insightful and thorough discussion these podcasts were of the Watergate hearings and outcome. And, it could not be a better time to hear all of the things that went on in Watergate. Because, what’s going on now is incredibly similar. Excellent X
I spent my summer as a 14 yr old watching the watergate hearings. I thought I knew the story... but wait there’s more!!! This podcast knits together the myriad of my own memories with additional facts and interviews. It’s very interesting and considering the current events gives me a sensation of deja vu
He couldn’t just make it about history, but instead TRUMP! TRUMP! TRUMP! TRUMP! TRUMP! TRUMP! TRUMP! TRUMP! TRUMP! But it is Slate, so what is to be expected.
This is a great deep dive into the scandle. It's so much more layerd then I was tought in school or shorthand via pop culture. Very informitive.
I have listen to the podcasts more than once, and I'm sure I am not done yet. Just as I Google "mueller" several times a day, I am hungry to know the truth about the corruption which so many Americans deny.
I had to watch All the President’s Men to hold me over until the next podcast comes out.
I could not stop. I lived through this era and I had forgotten much. But drawing the comparisons forward was just wild. I laughed out loud. I lived every minute. Looking forward to Clinton. Thanks for the awesome work. Loved loved loved it.
thorough, engaging, already have learned a lot, I'm not finsihed!
I was born in 1980, and completely ignorant of the Watergate scandal. I graduated from public school (nothing), got a Master's degree in biology (nothing), love to read (my own fault for not educating myself)... this podcast really was my first exposure to what happened during the scandal. I loved it. I couldn't stop listening, and finished the series in 2 days. Great history lesson, and dare I say applicable to today?
I lived through the original Watergate so this is a reliving of the scandal for me. But there are new details that I didn't remember which makes this a fresh retelling of the story which is so very needed now. What was chilling was the reaction of the Nixon supporters at that time, eerily similar to the hardcore Trump supporters of today. What ultimately did in Nixon was the tapes that he recorded. But there are no tapes today and so many people are willing to accept the "fake news" claims which is a scary thought. This is story telling at its best.
I listened to much of Watergate Hearings. Still learned a lot plus interesting to recall it all again.
It revealed parts of the Watergate story I hadn’t heard.
This is absolutely binge worthy. A listening must for our current times.
I was in the Hospital at Walter Reed In 1973 and left D.C. in September 1974. I read The Post everyday and have read a few books about Nixon and about Watergate. Slow Burn revealed events I had never heard of and insights I’ve never considered. Outstanding. More!
Well done, a very good listen. Worthwhile during these times. So many young folks are clueless about watergate. This is a great overview for them and a good reminder for those of us who lived through those days. I have shared this podcast many times and will continue to do so. History comes alive in Slow Burn.
As a kid during Watergate I remember most of this but not all of it. This podcast serves as the bookend on the other side of the stack of volumes that is my memory of Watergate. One can only wonder how much we are we living history now.
In my thirties when this part of our history was unfolding and its revelations evolving, I watched the hearings on a floor model TV encasing a 20 inch black and white screen, eating a dagwood sandwich and was mesmerized. Ex-VP Spiro Agnew had been the governor of Md, my home then...so I was aware of his forced resignation... The tapes and their transcripts are available at the nixonlibrary along with those played in open court trials U.S. vs Mitchell and U.S. vs John B. Connally...Connally was an influential Texas Democrat and its governor that was injured during the JFK assassination sitting in the same car of the motorcade... .He became a Republican in the 1970s and appointed Sec of the Treasury under the Nixon Administration... Nixon's downfall was his tapes...trump's downfall will be his tweets...both men convinced the presidency has unlimited power and above the law...
What a compelling story. Can’t wait for season two!
Fascinating, educational, and relevant.
I began listening because (pure honesty here) I simply did not know a thing about the watergate scandal, other than its name and that it had something to do with Richard Nixon. Now its parallels with current politics are chilling to me, and I find myself more drawn to learn more about not only current politics, but those of the past. A very interesting and entertaining podcast.
I’ve listened to this twice. I’m in awe.
I wish this would be turned into a dramatic limited run series on Netlfix or whatever. More please. I heard there's Clinton treatment in the works, but there's so many more topics. Iran/Contra please.
After listening to all episodes, I am gobsmacked by the similarities between then and now. I thought we had reached a new low in American politics, but this point in history was just as low.
The first podcast is very good, but only 10 or so minutes in, they start trying to drop in references to Trump associates, comparing Anthony Scaramucci to Martha Mitchell. It’s so predictable a jump in logic, and unnecessary since the Watergate spectacle has enough colorful characters and surreal twists and turns without having to pander by comparing it to the current Russia investigation to please their target audience. Please keep your eye on the ball going forward, and just tell the story without trying to forcing ties to the current administration. The cheap shot comparison between Nixon’s daughter and Ivanka Trump is not even worth the weak laugh you thought you might get.
As someone who barely learned about Watergate in any of her history classes, this podcast allowed me to really piece together a scandal I’d never fully understood before. The production is great, narration is wonderful, and it really pieced things together! I’ve recommended to all of my friends.
Can’t wait for the next season!
Where were you when I studied watergate on school. You’ve done a wonderful job with a topic I didn’t have much interest in Can’t wait for next season
Now I know what all the Nixon-fuss was about, and why parallels are being drawn to Trump - thanks for this!
I really enjoyed the first season of this podcast. Great history with a clear eye to what we can learn today from the Watergate scandal and impeachment of Nixon.
What a great podcast- high production values, masterfully layered audio and story lines. I was in a politically active family as a child and lived Watergateyet I still found this story utterly compelling. In these Trumpian times, we forget how long Watergate took and the stress it created in our lives. It is also too easy to forget that Nixon might have survived... LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST!
I’m listening to episode 5 now and I love it. Masterfully produced.
I like this podcast. The first episode the host spoke about Trump a few times but in subsequent episodes it’s all accurate history. Great work.
A fantastic oral history of one of the most monumental events in US political history.
Everything about this podcast is fantastic. The reporting. The audio clips. The order and pace of the episodes. The editing. I am almost through my second listen in less than a week.
This piece of journalism is one for the ages, a fine recap of Nixon's final years with parallels to current events.
Really enjoy this podcast and the history behind Watergate. Keep up the great work!
There are so many parallels to today! Super well done. Thanks!
I was hooked and binged and then it was over and now I’m sad. SO FASCINATING and in digestible episodes—- just enough to send me down the the rabbit hole of google and purchasing a copy of All the Presidents Men.
Thoroughly enjoyed the story on Nixon’s impeachment. Looking forward to next season on Bill Clinton!
I was 12 years old when Nixon resigned. I remember most of the names and a few of the big things that happened, but not everything that led up to that moment or how it all came together. This was fascinating. The parallels to what is happening right now are chlling.
FAscinating, efficiently told, and highly entertaining. I binged the whole series in a day.
I highly recommend the Slow Burn podcast. It is about the Watergate Scandal and it presents it in a way that really highlights the parallels with what is happening now, without explicitly discussing what is happening now. The parallels are surreal in many ways.
This was a great podcast! I loved the parallels it drew between Nixon’s administration and the current administration. Very eye-opening.
This is one of the best history podcasts since Hardcore History. It does not fall victim to the same short falls most history podcast do of giving to much or too little information.
This podcast is so relevant and interesting. Highly suggest listening to it no matter what side of the aisle you identify as unless you’re not interested in putting your thinking cap on to digest the laws at issue, the politics involved and the true power of just being in power.
But I can’t stop listening to this podcast!
Prepare to repeatedly get goosebumps when the stunning similarities hit you over and over. History does in fact rhyme.
The best look at all facets of Watergate. Anxious to hear what will be the next subject...I’m sure it will be just as interesting!
Why all of the Trump comments. I LOVE history and how you present. The Trump talk though makes you sound trite and obnoxious.
If you have a commute, this is the perfect podcast to listen to. It unfolds like a limited tv series and you won’t want to stop. If you only know broad strokes about Watergate, you will be surprised at how all of this unfolded and you will certainly notice the parallels to our current times. Very well done!
I’d seen talk on Twitter that this was a great show, but my husband and I were both surprised at just HOW great it is. We were hanging on every episode! Fantastic podcast, with eerie relevance for today. You’ll want to call in sick and binge-listen to the whole thing in one day. Highly recommended. PS: Can’t wait for Season 2 later this year!
This Podcast took on a fairly complicated story like Watergate and presented it in different episodes. I never realized it took 2 years from beginning to ugly end for that Administration. Gives me hope for the Mueller team! Very much enjoyed this podcast. Looking forward to the next one: The Clinton Impreachment.
An interesting retelling of Watergate, amazing how relevant it is to current political events.
So well done. You think you know what happened with Watergate, but this brings a whole new perspective and troves of fascinating information.
I never realized that all my Nixon knowledge really came from All The President's Men. Sooo much more to the story. Just wish there was more...
Thre breakdown, the people directly and not so directly invovled, the state of the voters, all of this is built clearly, concisely, and entertainingly. I also think it's haunting at how some of these situations seem so familiar to more modern times. Great podcast.
I was excited to learn more about watergate but 2/3 though the first episode he brought up the Trump/Russia scandal. Now there is no rule against having options one way or another on podcasts. I however like my podcasts as neutral and unbiased as possible especially when they are on history. I like to get a clear picture on the subject before I form my opinions. Nothing wrong with the story on Martha I just didn’t care for the trump part.
This is such a relevant story to understand in today’s political climate! So intriguing!
This is amazing! I just thought I knew the story!
This is a well researched, somewhat unbiased, well spoken history podcast. Proof that history repeats itself, this podcast dives into the people behind the headlines and gives a different background of watergate. His voice is pleasing of the ear and the episodes are short enough to comprehend and long enough to be give enough information. Great podcast.
I've really enjoyed this one!
A must listen if you want a relatively short, concise list of events that lead to the downfall of the Nixon administration.
This is an incredible podcast that has an extremely high level of everything from writing to audio mixing.
The podcast started out taking listeners behind the scenes of the Watergate scandal. It begins by taking a look at the lives and roles of those involved or connected to the scandal. Half way through episode one, listeners are thrust right back into the present with a Trump tangent. This podcast tries to solve a Trump conspiracy theory with mere conjecture and sways far from the intended story...The Watergate Scandal.
Everyone has heard of Watergate. It has become so synonymous with scandal that adding “-gate” to something has become a near universal way of referring to new scandals. Still, having been born in the 1980s, I was not around when the original “-gate” happened. Listening to this podcast was simultaneously fascinating and a little horrifying. The former because it truly is an unbelievable story of political hubris, tribalism, corruption, and ultimately, the prevalence of truth. The latter because it’s impossible not to draw parallels to Trump’s America, and to realize that the more things change, the more they stay the same. I came away from this podcast feeling like I have a better understanding not only of America under Nixon, but also America under Trump.
I’ve always had a casual interest in Watergate, as I remember some of it from back in the day, and also from “All the President’s men”. But this podcast goes in depth, and really explains how it all went down. Riveting, and so relevant to today’s news. If you have even a cursory interest, or are into political history, this is a must listen!!! Scott
Loved this! Got into it late but I am very excited to see what they come up with it. More famous conspiracies!
This podcast really opened my eyes concerning this whole era that I missed out on. I had no idea of basically any of the story, only recognizing the term ‘watergate’ and knowing that Nixon resigned under pressure. This podcast had me at times nauseous with how bad the dealings behind the scenes really were, and doesn’t pull any punches on reporting on the individuals involved in the story. I’m glad I listened to it and I really enjoyed learning about this facet of American history. I found myself wanting to yell at the sound bytes at times, wanting to shout ‘liar’ or ‘hypocrite’ at the recording of Nixon in a bald faced lie before the whole story had been revealed. Hindsight is 20/20, but also really frustrating. I sympathized with the investigators to a point, being frustrated with them, though only for a few days for my part, compared to their weeks and months of not knowing. I can’t wait for season 2 on Bill Clinton!!
I couldn’t stop listening to this podcast! Leon did an amazing research job for each episode and I truly feel like I can speak about the Watergate scandal with good information backing up my comments thanks to this show. Wonderful job! Can’t wait for season 2 to come out!
Opening with Martha was smart. It drew me in immediately and kept me until the end. Well done.
Wishing there were more than 8 episodes, it is so well told! I lived through it, but was too young to understand much of it @ the time. Great, and quite relevant to today, I think.
Hands down, the Slow Burn podcast is one of the best I've heard in the past five years. As someone who lived through the Watergate hearings, this was so enlightening, well-researched and well reported. Highest recommendation possible. Great work.
Getting to the end of this series was like getting to the end of your favorite TV show. It’s my favorite history podcast series I’ve ever heard! Gives so much context to our current presidency and calls for impeachment. Can’t wait till season 2.
Well researched and interesting. I could use another 10 episodes.
Great show to learn more about how Watergate played out, and hear some lesser known stories around the scandal.
This podcast is excellent. I learn a lot about some of the lesser known elements of the story. Fascinating.
I’m learning so much from this podcast. I was a kid during Watergate and remember hearing about Nixon resigning and knowing it was unusual but really nothing more. This podcast is great for all born in the 60’s and 70’s, who were too young to know much about Watergate and its effects upon us. Many who went on and became Conservatives during their coming of age in the Reagan era could benefit from this knowledge.
It had the odd effect of calming me during our county's latest intrigue. And, though I was a child who followed along at the time, I didn't fully appreciate all the intersecting plot points. Absolutely fascinating.
Today's climate feels like deja vu. I clearly remember watching Butterfield's testimony on TV about the tapes and my mouth hanging open when I heard it.
My son, a political science major, recommended this podcast and I binged it immediately. So many names and events I vaguely comprehended as a child (I was in 3rd grade at the time) are now clarified. Thanks so much to Slate for covering this so completely and in such a compelling way!
I gave this 3 stars simply because it was undertaken and that is a good thing. As one who lived through this time it seems necessary to ask: do they teach nothing in schools today? There is nothing in this series which is not already known. The episode on conspiracy theory is juvenile at best. I was very put off by the host not knowing Spiro Agnew had resigned the Vice Presidency. Better luck in season 2.
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Fabulous pod cast! You had me on the edge of my seat! Can’t wait for the next season!
I lived through the Nixon years and our family was glued to the hearings every day. This podcast is a great snapshot of the high points and low points of those years. The parallels between today's Republican party and that of the Nixon years are excruciatingly obvious. While we don't (yet?) have the smoking gun of secret tapes for today's crisis in the White House, we have a much more insidious and widespread willingness to look the other way among GOP leaders. It feels like a more dangerous and treasonous time. Those who refuse to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
So well done, its just fascinating.
If you’re at all interested in the Nixon/Watergate era this is a podcast you must listen to. I was not alive during Watergate, but Watergate has always been fascinating to me. A lot of stuff in this podcast series helped to contextualize other things that I’ve read about over the years. The interview excerpts also were very interesting. I just wish they were a lot longer, and that I was a Slate plus member to hear the bonus stuff.
Thorough, intelligent reporting. Makes the comparison to current events without being didactic or predictable. Should be required listening for everyone but especially for Boomers who voted for Trump.
Brilliantly and skillfully produced, and riveting! The many parallels between Watergate and today's events are stunning and yet somewhat comforting to hear in the sense that they suggest optimistically and credibly that the American people and our Institutions will inevitably and successfully rebuff this attack.
It’s detailed, thoughtful, and interesting. The parallels to our current climate make this story even more timely.
Great podcast from a historical interest prospective. And great if you are one of those people who is concerned and confused about Russia and the White House and Trump supporters.
When it's so entertaining that you don't realize how much you're learning and thinking critically... you know you've done something right. Thank you!
From the first episode I was hooked. I binged the entire season. I thought I knew about the Watergate scandal before listening to this podcast, but the compelling storytelling and presentation gave insight into lesser known facts and made eerie parallels to the current political mood. Definitely worth a listen and will be on the lookout for more stuff by Slate. Thanks so much for producing this!
This is a great podcast, well researched, written and produced. If you are a Slate Plus member, you get a bonus segment for each episode which goes into greater detail. Those bonus segments are really interesting and put more context around the segment. While I remember Watergate, I was in elementary school and remember watching the hearings on TV, this podcast really expanded my understanding of this important historic event.
This podcast has been fascinating and so well done and I am overjoyed that there will be a Season 2 about the Clinton impeachment! CANNOT WAIT.
As opposed to Watergate stories that often focus on the actual investigative reporting that went on during the scandal, this podcast explores the larger political climate while the story was breaking, and what it actually felt like to be an onlooker during that time
Informative without being tedious and academic. Engaging without being overblown and melodramatic. Edited down to a perfect length while not feeling glib or ill-informed. Cannot overstate my fondness for this podcast. A++
I listened to every episode at least two times. Fascinating and very well reported with excellent interviews. I want more like this!
I was in high school & college during Watergate, and even though I was fascinated by news and politics at a young age - I obviously don’t know or remember everything about Watergate! This pod offers fascinating backstories and little-known facts behind the big events. Eerie resonance with what we’re experiencing today! Whether you’re a young student of history, or you lived through the Watergate era, you’ll learn something new!
Given our current landscape this is so important to listen to.
I was a teenager during this time. I was superficially aware of what was going on at the time. This podcast has been very helpful in bringing to light more of the actual story. Each episode is very well made, and you can tell a lot of care and hard work went into each one. And I find the comparisons with the current administration thought provoking. Thank you for an enlightening and entertaining series.
I didn’t realize how little I knew about Watergate. Very interesting.
What a great look back at the 20th century’s biggest American political scandal.
Hey babe I’m just getting back into the house and going out to the gym. I’m sorry babe please let me have a little bit of time to get back into work and I will do whatever you need me to do.
Well researched. Entertaining. Easy to follow. Thought provoking, especially in today’s climate.
Great deep dive into the long road to and many road blocks in Nixon’s impeachment.
Whether you’re new to the topic, or you remember Watergate from the first time around, you’ll learn something from “Slow Burn”. Sadly, today’s news sounds way too much like a rerun.
I learned a ton and had a great time listening. The storytelling is mesmerizing!!
This was like listening to an audiobook! I loved the investigation, interviews, and facts shared. I have come to enjoy the narrator, I listened to him read Dirty John, and enjoy his voice. I was born when Watergate started so I knew little about it. I learned so much! I would love to see more of these kinds of expose - series style podcasts on historical events!
Great podcast, very well produced and good interviewing and reporting. A couple episodes aren't as compelling as the others, sinking the total score a little.
I wish it could go on longer. So informative and interesting! I never realized how little I knew!
From the intro music, to the artwork, to the pace of the script and A team production, this was a masterfully crafted podcast. The Slate team’s dog eared-research manifests itself as captivating content and Leon Nayfakh presents it all in a self-effacing, relatable, and questioning way. Fantastic fix for a history junkie.
I love the clarity of the information you've given, thank you!! More Please!!
I’m so sad that I did not find this podcast earlier! I’m also sad that it’s ended! As someone who was a child in the 70’s, I remember the adults mentioning Watergate and names associated. I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to the unfolding of events that led to Nixon’s resignation. Now I need a Watergate fix!
Hope they do Andrew Jackson after Bill Clinton. Might as well get all both prior impeachment’s done. I would have liked more information about a lot of little things. Like what happened to the woman from S1 after all this went down? What was the nations reaction to the full and complete pardon of Nixon? (I can’t imagine if that happened today people would quietly accept it).
All this happended before I was born so I liked this podcast becuase I didn't know a lot of the history. The host is on point and keeps us engaged with the details and knowledge of the events. I really liked it becuase you can see history repeat itself today Trump doing alot of the same things as Nixon, it almost made me think that Trump was reincarnation of Nixon. Can't wait forthe next set of podcast.
This podcast is really great. So important to learn the details of the Watergate event, investigation and gradual outcome. Terribly relatable to our present American moment.
Really well done and well researched! That too coming into the podcast without knowing what watergate was, it gave me such a different perspective! Plus it’s high production value!
Watergate was my childhood introduction to politics, and its lessons have always haunted me. Fifty years later, the "silent majority" backlash and "long national nightmare" of Watergate are back with a vengeance. Slate's first season of "Slow Burn" eerily illuminates the crimes, hypocrisies, and Constitutional crises of that era. The episode "Martha" is especially gripping--recounting a key incident that was lost on most of us at the time, one still neglected by histories of the period: the White House's kidnapping of and attempt to silence Martha Mitchell. Excellent storytelling and analysis, throughout. Next season's real-life drama: revisiting the impeachment of Bill Clinton.
A fascinating peek into various aspects of the Watergate scandal and the downfall of Nixon. Does a terrific job of making present day parallels without hitting you over the head with. Required listening for current political conversations!
Well produced. It’s difficult for me to separate my thinking about the podcast and the material. If you ever feel like maybe the world is a better place than you thought it was this will fix that right quick.
Would have liked the podcast to be just about Watergate without so many (not so ) subltle nods towards today's politics. Also the episodes were not numbered properly, which was very frustrating when I tried to binge listen on my MP3 player. The whole story got jumbled.
I lived thru Watergate as a 23-year-old. Neyfakh's riveting reporting took me right back there. This is the highest quality historical storytelling I can imagine. Well done!
As a Watergate resident I was very happy to learn about your podcast. I enjoyed hearing the recordings I and the in-depth history behind the whole affair. The thing that kept me from subscribing was the clear leftist spin you just had to get in there from time to time. You are clearly comparing this incident to Trump when every single day we learn that there is no there there. You had to ruin a perfectly good and enjoyable experience with completely unnecessary commentary. I’m looking forward to season two where you do a podcast about the Obama regime and their attacks on the Trump campaign. Thank you for saving me $35.
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Extremely well researched and brilliantly put together. There were so many people involved in this scandal that it can be hard to keep track of all of them in a podcast form without the aid of seeing faces, but he does a great job of reminding the listener who key people are throughout the episodes. Great job!
I was 12, but already a news junkie, when the Senate hearings started. I was surprised and delighted to learn a lot about Watergate from this podcast series, and I enjoyed hearong the story from the perspective of a younger generation.
My this brings it all back. Glued to the tube every day and night that summer. It took so long to really blow this wide open but back then we had actual journalists even legislators with integrity that wouldn't give up. I watch the hearings now days, they are a joke. Anyone under 55 should make this pod cast a must listen. You may just understand why unbelievable accusations of corruption at a high level, are not so unbelievable.
Wonderful Podcast about the whole ordeal with Watergate and Nixon.
A sobering view of Nixon and Watergate - if we ignore history then it will repeat itself. With current events it should be at the top of your Podcast list.
I just started listening to this on a whim... all I can say is wow! Each episode is incredibly engaging. The immense amount of research and production put into this series still blows me away.
I was REALLY looking forward to this podcast based on the description.....
Interesting, lots of historical audio , speaker very interesting ( does not sound like he’s reading the podcast to you ) .
I was five years old when the Watergate break-in occurred and I very much remember endless headlines and news reports as the background to that period of my childhood. It’s fascinating to go back, re-experience those, and finally understand what the hell was going on.
Very interesting, learned so much about Watergate and what a dog Nixon was.
I absolutely loved this podcast, cannot wait for season 2.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your work on this podcast. It was riveting. Looking forward to future episodes!
I looked forward to each podcast when it was released. Great work and research. I’m looking forward to the next season, Clinton impeachment.
Really well done research and presentation, with interesting interviews. Truly enjoyed the first season (watergate), and looking forward to the next season. Wonderful host.
I was born on the first day of the Watergate trials. This podcast does an amazing job of giving you the full picture of what happened, not just the textbook details. The show is so well produced.
These were great! When is season 2?!
Leon Neyfakh does an incredible job digging into this history many of us only know from a film or what our relatives told us. It’s a fascinating look at the many players and layers of Watergate, Congress, Special Prosecutors, the Press and Nixon and his team. I am awestruck at the parallels this history has with current events. Definitely a “must-listen”.
Loved this entire podcast, hated to see it end. Great job! Thanks for such informative and in-depth reporting.
Having not lived through Watergate,this podcast was a real eye opener. Unbelievably well done. Can't wait for season two.
I was only 7/8 years old when Watergate happened, so my recollection is mostly based on much later conversations and history class. This series is a fantastic dive into various perspectives on the fiasco. I can't praise the interviews and analysis enough. Thank you! The parallels (and differences) with the current situation are striking. If you want to understand Watergate, this is much better than 'All the Presidents Men'. The movie is a good drama, fun to watch, but not very educational.
This is the best podcast series I’ve ever listened to. A must listen if you enjoy history, politics or current affairs. Outstanding.
Eerily similar times make this a must hear. Terrific research and storytelling I was a close friend of Professor Stanley Kutler, who sadly passed away before Trump’s election. Really miss his insights on political criminals and trials. This helps. Thanks Slate!