At first I thought, oh no, this again. Have a listen though, the stories will pull you right in. This is like a hefty coffee table book, with an index, and lots of (mind) pictures to gaze upon. Guaranteed that some people you thought villainous at the time, turn out somewhat heroic. Some people, then- despised, well, you"ll be justified in STILL despising with this further detail. Authors of this podcast have provided an index for this subject matter, and should be commended. Pass the podcast link to everyone. If he or she liked Serial, s/he will like this.Slow Burn is the future of podcasting. I'd love to support, but canât see how to sign up. Hey Slate, make it a clear link-through. Itâs like a bakery window with no door next to it...let me in.
I guess the publisher expected different outcome for trumps investigation that yield nothing. I hope the publisher will eat his hat and build a fair season that will describe what happened
Slow burn is an amazingly well researched, constructed, and narrated story about some of the most problematic and contentious political issues of the 20th century. Well done!
Fascinating and frustrating. I particularly enjoyed season 2.
Well scripted and impactful in a soft spoken way. The stories are fascinating. No fluff.
I recommend this podcast to everyone I know. It is fascinating and so well done. One of the best podcasts I have ever listened to!
Enjoyed both seasons. Wondering if there will be a season 3?
I just want to respond to the many reviewers giving the show one or two stars based solely on the last few minutes of a season that was more than a few hours long in total. Some people are making claims about the host Leon Neyfakh, specifically what he says about Juanita Broaddrick in the last five minutes, that I happen to think are blatantly absurd and tone-deaf. First of all, they donât mention what he says about her BEFORE the few remarks he makes about her current political opinions. He makes it clear that he does not think she was some right wing operative bent on taking down Clinton at all costs, truth be damned. He shows us that this idea simply does not make sense when you consider the fact that she waited so long to go public with the story, along with the reticence she still had when she was essentially forced to do so. Finally, her story becomes even more credible in her consistent denial of the notion that Clinton or his people bribed or pressured her to stay silent. So, Neyfakh tells us all this. He then returns to the theme of his being raised in a fervently Democratic household, his parents instilling in him the belief that Clinton was a decent man and very good president who had been unfairly maligned by the right. It is pretty much an irrefutable and obvious truth that the great majority of us do not form our deeply held political opinions and affiliations in a vacuum. Typically we follow the lead of mom and dad, as they did with their parents, and so on. We do this (as do our parents, for the most part) unconsciously, and some of us may push back or rebel at a certain age and take a different path. But those people are the exception to the norm. Now, to the point: Neyfakh is not saying he does not believe Broaddrick on account of her current political affiliations. He is being quite honest, and admirably so IMO, by telling us that he WANTS to believe she was lying, and that her somewhat unsavory public statements make this easier to do now. That being said, I highly doubt that he was actually saying he does not believe Juanita, and I think most people who arenât routinely misled by their proclivity to launch into hair-trigger-outrage mode will recognize this too.I would like you to know that this show is incredibly well produced and nuanced in its approach. Slow Burn truly goes the extra mile in presenting this bizarre, disturbing, but endlessly fascinating era in American politics from all possible angles, and without casting overt judgment on the many players involved. Whoever you may be, do not be dissuaded from treating yourself to this podcast by the one and two star reviewers who base their ratings on a truly minuscule portion of the second season. These reviewers completely missed the point of the ending, and by doing so, blinded themselves to the astute point Neyfakh makes at the very end. Which is, by the way, that diehard partisanship, or tribalism, to put it more bluntly, makes it dangerously easy for humans to convince themselves of notions that basic logic and rationality would otherwise show them to be misguided or outright false.
Love listening. I canât get enough. I would love to hear more. Suggestions:Bush v GoreEnron911 aftermath/Iraq
Thought I knew everything about Watergate. I was left with my jaw on the floor. Thank you
This series is absolutely edge of seat stuff.
Storytelling, in depth interviews, clarification, non-partisan reporting. This podcast is hella rad.
I wasnât alive when Nixon was the president and I was a young adult when Clinton was and I never understood why their actions were so out of line. Now that Iâm older I am thankful for these insightful reviews of these events and Presidents. Now, I can see why the things Trump does (or doesnât do depending on whom youâd like to believe) are so worthy of investigation!!
this podcast is amazing!!
Iâm glad to know that I was not the only one who thought the ending was in poor taste by the host.
A short lesson here. 1. Rape is bad, we do not support rapists. We donât insinuate that because Juanita now has different political views that she is no longer believable or in any way deserved what happened to her - as the host does in the last 6 minutes of the final episode. We do not then make the rapist into a martyr which helped the progression of feminists and the election of Hilary Clinton. 2. Monica was not a feminist. The NUMBER ONE goal of the feminist movement is to support other women. By sleeping with a married man, Monica did NOT support her fellow woman (Hilary). The podcast was interesting and informative but an investigative journalist should present non-biased information and under no circumstances as a human being support a rapist. Iâm in shock the podcast allowed that to be said. Unacceptable.
From the first episode and already brings Trumps campaign into it instead of just telling history.
Interesting stories undermined by political bias.
Tripp tries to come off like she was helping Monica. She was trying to buy her 2 minutes of fame. Not anyone comes off as a hero or even a good person. But after listening to Tripp, I need a shower.
I had no idea. Thanks for this podcast and the Nixon one. Corruption and bad decisions fall equally on everyoneâs shoulders, regardless of politics. We as a people need to do better at holding our officials on both sides accountable. Thanks for these eyeopening informative and very interesting podcasts!
This series is so well-done and riveting. So many things I didnât know and so much detail. I love this podcast!
I listened through the 1st season about Watergate in a few days and learned a lot through the podcast. It's a part of US history that I'm not familiar with and was not alive to experience it. I only know the TL;DR version so Slow Burn introduced me to the main people involved with the investigation and Nixon's administration. It has peaked my interest to learn more about this tumulous and piviotal moment in US history. I'm interested to listen to 2nd season but haven't yet.
I loved season one of Slow Burn, but sadly season two seems way too biased for my liking. Only listened to 2 episodes, and decided I will be skipping this season.So much of journalism today is trying to tell the reader or listener how to feel & think. Please stick to facts, and leave the side comments out. I can make up my own mind on the information given. Even if I agree with the narrative youâre projecting, I donât like feeling like itâs being forced down my throat- immediate turn off. Hopefully this improves in season three, or I will be unsubscribing.
What a wonderful series. Great research and told in such an amazing and interesting way. Well done Leon et al!
Born in 1990 and Watergate has always been of curiosity, but I havenât found a book that discusses what happened with great detail minus taking sides. I came across this podcast and have not been disappointed. Season 1 discusses the Watergate very clearly and Iâm still obsessed especially how it has similarities of todayâs politics. Excellent!
As someone who was too young to understand what was going on with Clinton when that all happened, I knew I needed to be better informed about his impeachment, and about Watergate--especially given the current happenings politically. I was overjoyed to see a podcast that covers both! The interviews in both seasons are excellent, the host is engaging, and they do a great job of presenting what happened in context of how it was perceived at the time. I do agree with other reviews that the last episode left a bitter taste in my mouth, however. They were doing such a good job of covering the Broaderick case in a relatively unbisaed way, but in the last 5 minutes of the podcast, the host dumps a bunch of her current political opinions out and says he's tempted not to believe her based on that. I guess disclosing bias is a good thing, but that's the note it ends on--and I disagree that those are good grounds to disbelieve a claim of rape. Regardless, the other 98% of the podcast was amazing and educational, and I do recommend it.
I did not grow up in this country and missed the original saga then. I found this podcast through Rachel Maddoxâs podcast on Spiro Agnew. I was hooked after listening to the first episode. Each episode is more intense than the last. Iâve since read some of the books on watergate and educated myself on this important part of American history. The more I listen to them (I have so far listened to the episodes three times), the more they parallel current events. Canât wait to hear the ending to the Trumpgate.
I was too young to properly appreciate what, exactly, was going on during Watergate. I knew my parents were worried, though, and after listening to this podcast, I have a much deeper appreciation for why they were so worried. I loved the way Mr. Neyfakh told the history of Watergate.
I learned SO much from this! I listened to the entire season on a road trip. I grew up post-Watergate so this revealed a lot that wasnât covered in history class.
Somehow after all of Season 2, Hillary is still the hero?! The guy even admits that he wants to discredit Juanita Broaddrick because sheâs a Trump supporter. Laughable. I donât get it. I gave it 2 stars instead of 1 because it is actually informative most of the way thru both seasons, which I can appreciate. But I wish I could ever just get a strictly unbiased, straight down the middle account of U.S. history.
The podcast is good but the bias way too strong and painfully obvious.
This series retells the Watergate scandal story through the eyes of a younger observer with an almost âgolly gee!â point of view. There are lots of interesting details, even for those who lived through the real events. I could have lived without the âconspiracyâ episode, which was of limited value. Production values are low. Scripts are good. The reader is undramatic, almost matter-of-fact. Severely limited natural sound (sound bites) despite a rich trove of available material, suggesting this was produced with a very limited budget for broadcast production.
Excellent research and presentation.
As always the left media canât have any conversation with out brining up trump and their hatred towards him stick to the subject
Couldnât make it through one episode
My high school American history classes barely made it to the Vietnam war, so this deep dive was really helpful for me. Looking forward to whatever comes next!
I was in my early 20âs. Overwhelmed with a sense of doom on election eve 1971. All my fears came true as slime oozed through our precious White House. I was glued to the news and later the hearings. I can remember The Saturday Night Massacre and where I was...what I was doing just as I can with news of the Kennedy assassination. It was gut wrenching!This series of podcasts brings it all back to life in compelling detail; brings in new detail unknowable to the voting public at the time. Butterfield was not a name I would recall, but refreshed by the podcast, my memories flooded back. Were I to have a magic wand of public informing, I would require this series as a pre-qualifyer for eligibility to vote. âFollow the money, expletive deletedâ are phrases from this episode of our national history that are still in common usage today. This story needs to be fresh in the era of the impact of Trump. It is a story that shows how fragile our republic and institutions are when assaulted. But equally, one of pride when leaders step up and actually put country over party and âDo the right thing.â God Bless America is perhaps too common a phrase, but if this nation is to survive the current administration with honor and strength, we need not only the blessings of the Christian God, but those of Allah, Mother Nature, as well as all the Saints and Deitys the world has known. Please_______ Bless America!
Throw this on when youâre craving a good, binge-worthy podcast. You wonât be disappointed!
Listened to the bill Clinton series in one go
My son told me about this podcast series and said Iâd love it. I lived through Watergate and well remember being glued to the hearings on TV. Slateâs series triggered a lot of long forgotten memories and filled in the details the naive public never knew. I recall how Martha Mitchell was made out to be a nutcase...she was a true victim of her horrid husband. The parallels to the current administration are mind-blowing. Thank you for making these podcasts available. On a side note, in January of 1974, I named my new Scottie puppy âSamâ after Senator Ervin because of the bushy eyebrows!
It can seem a little one sided at times but itâs entertaining overall.
Was ready to give this ten minutes and then put my fingers down my throat but insted it is actually solid journalism, so rare. The only left wing spin came in the bonus episode but the story itself seemed totally fair. Great job!
And a worse place for Linda Trippâs existence. Loathesome person.
Season 1 about the Nixon Administration and Watergate is fascinating and is my favorite podcast so far. Season 2 is good but Iâm more interested in the political theatrics involved in Watergate. President Nixon was a fascinating character.
Gutwrenching story about corruption in politics. Even old guys like me had forgotten about this. The story is well told, and surely relevant to our times.
I must admit that for the most part I enjoyed this series along the way (I just finished the Clinton series). Although there are many points where the Leonâs bias is somewhat obvious, it nonetheless seems to uphold a certain minimum of journalistic integrity. That is right up until the end of the last episode, where, after admitting an affection for Clinton and the Democrats for much of his life, Leon Neyfakh brings to a close the story of Juanita Broaddrick by noting that, although her rape allegations against Clinton were credible in every respect, it has recently become easier take shelter in the ranks of his tribe again (The Democratâs) as Mrs. Broderick is an advocate for Donald Trump. So it appears now that Mrs. Broaddrick may having been lying all along right ? Given her willingness to vote republican 40 years later? The balls on this woman! To have political opinions that differ from yours. She should have known that would cause you to doubt her rape.Leon, you are not a journalist. And I think it says a lot about Slate that you have a job with them. And I think I should note, since it is the language you speak, that I am not at all a conservative. I feel dirty. Thanks Leon.
Too bad the leftist narrative comes through with so much bias at times. Some great discussion but you undermine your own credibility with your bias. Pretty condescending to think your audience is that uniformed.
Was overwhelmed with the amount of new information and great reporting with a novel feel for understanding the Nixon scandal. Love this podcast!!!
So so good! Well thought out. High production value. Both seasons are interesting! Canât wait to see what else theyâll do.