Finished Season 1. Lots of good facts and interesting story lines in here but basically it will all boil down to the fact that you will like it if you hate Trump and you will probably hate it or be irritated if you support Trump. Bet you thought it was all about Nixon huh?
Excellent piece of journalism and a really great intellectual journey full of fun twists and turns.
Season 2 (Clinton Impeachment) is very well produced and compelling. Much of it is an excellent overview of the political climate, the historical timeline, and some excellent detours into questions of power and feminism. But as the season progresses, the series begins to rely on what amounts to be a defense of Clinton. The host and most guests acknowledge Cilnton's incredible recklessness, but never question the potential dangeer for a sitting President to be so reckless. And rather than take a very credible rape accusation (and yes, there were others not even mentioned by Broaddick and compare it to current #MeToo, the series folds with two dismal episodes of apologists and scolds. The hosts asks questions why people hated the Clintons so much...and comes away that it was mere personality. There are plenty of sane conservatives who would have been GREAT interviews to help answer those questions but instead, it's just panels of liberals like Ruth Marcus who still love President Cilnton. And oddly, the host doesn't bother to mention that Clinton was disbarred for his perjurious ways. It's astounding to hear so many journalists on this show--working, well regarded journalists--openly admit that because Cilnton is a Democrat and they like him, that the ends justify the means.
This podcast is wonderful and eye opening, however, this last episode was unnecessarily lewd. Trying to get laughs by saying blow job soooooo many times was a real disappointment. I just turned the episode off.
Great show, no doubt! But what happened to Iran Contra? As I understand the investigation was concluded just recently, so why not cover it here on the show/podcast? The Gipper was as ruthless and conning as Tricky Dicky... Oh, yeah! And there was no consequences!
I remember much of this but it is nice to have a concise and easily understood telling of such history.Season one was great and I am into season two. Leon's voice is clear and he narrates intelligently.
I need a season 3 ASAP. I blew threw both seasons - the episodes are tantalizing, well reported and SO entertaining.
Great. True. But then you bring in this lady on the live show. I didnât want to hear her opinion on the sitting President.5 Stars with out her!!!!
Not only is the content thorough and well researched, itâs very easy listening. Some podcasts can have interesting content but the way people present the info or even their voice (bless their hearts, I know they canât help that) make it impossible to listen to. I love this guyâs voice. I love the information. Itâs my favorite thing to listen to.
Was really enjoyable until the last two episodes where, most notably, they have one speaker who goes off on a lengthy diatribe about how perversely evil the âreligious rightâ is, and even better, when our narrator says one canât help but doubt the story of a rape victim because sheâs now an insanely passionate Trump supporter. I voted for Bush, Obama, then Hillary. Yes, Trump is insane, but this was so much the epitome of stereotypical liberal elite as to be laughable. Iâm as middle of the road moderate as they come. This was over-the-top bias that you hate to see from an otherwise good show. Obviously itâs Slate, so maybe you already know itâs coming, but it was such a good show right up until he suggests maybe a rape survivor isnât worth listening to because sheâs now a Trump supporter. Disappointed.
The constant smoothing over of Clintonâs crimes and character flawsâpaired with the casual digs at Trump (justified or otherwise) undercut Slow Burnâs effort to be a balanced, thoughtful work. The live episode after the season was particularly partisan, with the guest experts pandering to the liberal crowd.
Clinton was disliked because he was credibly accused of rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment. It was his criminality coupled with his lack of moral character that drew ire. Think Weinstein in this case. He was good on some political issues but was a sexual predator when the cameras werenât on. He is still given a pass. Even by this wide-eyed apologist who wishes Clinton was back in office knowing the witness testimony and the broader scope of history. Have her listen to your Juanita Broderick interview.
I enjoyed the first season but the second season is extremely biased. Though, this isn't too surprising because Slate is one of the most liberal podcast networks.
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 Broadderickâs current political activity and how that raises unasked questions of her credibility were unnecessary. Itâs sad that in todayâs climate, a sexual abuse victimâs political party are the final determination of credibility.
Both informative and entertaining! Iâve always been interested in Watergate because I didnât live through it, and Iâve been able to learn so much about the smaller details that arenât typically talked about. Almost as good as being there firsthand!
The podcast was plugged today on WoW/Radio Andy, Iâm so glad it was! This has been a fantastic adventure . So many parallels to todayâs 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 hostâs opinion at the very end about him thinking Juanita Broaddrick âmaking it upâ 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 sheâs 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 canât listen as the narrator talks so fast I canât concentrate. Seriously itâs as if thereâs only so much time and heâs 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 canât processâso I canât follow and lose concentration and interest. Really itâs a shame.
This series is one of my favorite podcast. With todayâs 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 doesnât 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 couldnât stop listening.
I didnât 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 novelâexcept itâs all true and based on exhaustive research. I particularly like the interviews with key people that lived through Watergate. Iâm looking forward to bingeing season 2 next! Take a listen â if youâre a history buff, you wonât regret it.
Amazing Podcast. More Moooooorree!!! ð«ð«ð«
I wasnât sure I wanted to take a deep dive into the Clinton mess so I didnât. Until I did. And then I couldnât 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.
Iâm not sure why more video tape account of the rape allegation was not used. It wasnât nearly as convincing to hear it summarized than to hear it first hand. What was said in that interview? What wasnât? Why wasnât 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 âscandalsâ that define the powerful institution of the Presidency. Itâs not explicitly interested in âchanging your mindâ about any individual actor, but I suspect the mere activity of hearing so many of their voices may have that effect anyway.
Iâm 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. Itâs doesnât require a lot of prior political knowledge on the issue, so donât be scared off if youâre not very into politics. Five stars!
The buildup and subsequent destruction of Juanita Broaddrickâs credibility at the end is evident that liberal leaning journalistâs 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 JBâs/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 Dickersonâs 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 think this is a paid for by the Clintonâs podcast to distract from the more messed up horrific things theyâve 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 doesnât want to believe her on the biased of her political views. Isnât that what happened to Christine?! This is so disappointing and in bad taste. I had planned on listening to other Slate podcast but wonât 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 canât compare a Supreme Court nominee being labeled a âGang Rapistâ, 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 Nixonâs 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 itâs easy to dislike her because sheâs a trump supporter. Her support of trump doesnât 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 donât agree with them politically is the EPITOME of hypocrisy. Spoiler alert this pod ends with Leon more or less excusing Billâs inexcusable behavior.
Good podcast but my big issue is that the presenter openly admits to wanting to discount Juanita Broderickâs 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 donât. Listen to this podcast and substitute âTrumpâ for âClintonâ, âStormyâ for âMonicaâ and worst of all âDr Christine Blasey Fordâ for poor, Southern, âPaulaâ and âJuanitaâ. 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.