Slow Burn (podcast)

Slow Burn is a narrative podcast produced by Slate Plus, a division of Slate. The first two seasons of the podcast are hosted by Leon Neyfakh;[1] the third and sixth seasons of the show are hosted by Joel D. Anderson;[2] and the fourth and fifth seasons are hosted by Josh Levin and Noreen Malone, respectively.

Slow Burn
Slow Burn podcast.jpg
Cover art for the second season
Hosted by
LengthTypically 45 to 60 minutes
ProductionAndrew Parsons
No. of episodes
  • Main series: 45[1]
  • Bonus: 9
Original releaseNovember 28, 2017

The first season is about the Watergate scandal featuring interviews with people involved in the story. The second is about the Impeachment of Bill Clinton featuring an interview with Linda Tripp, among others. The third season covers the growing tension between rappers Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G. in the 1990s.[3] The fourth season covers the rise and fall of David Duke as a political figure in Louisiana in the 1980s and 1990s. Its fifth season explored the road to the Iraq war and debuted on April 21, 2021.[4] The sixth season, beginning on November 3, 2021, covered the police beating of Rodney King and the subsequent L.A. riots.[5] The seventh season was about Roe v. Wade and the politics of abortion in the 1970s.[6] Its eighth season, to premiere in May 2023, will be about the nomination and confirmation of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court.[7]

The podcast premiered on November 28, 2017, and became "one of the top shows on Apple Podcasts."[8]



Slow Burn received a positive review from Vulture.[10] USA Today named Slow Burn as a "hot" recommended podcast.[8] The New York Times praised Slow Burn and credited Malcolm Gladwell with leading the way by making historic podcasts that focused on neglected aspects of well-known events, like Slow Burn, possible.[11]


TV adaptationEdit

It was announced in February 2019 that Epix was producing a six-part television series based on the first season Watergate investigation. It premiered on February 16, 2020.[12][13][14]


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date [15]U.S. viewers
1"Martha"UnknownUnknownFebruary 16, 2020 (2020-02-16)N/A

In 1967, the law firms of John N. Mitchell and former 1950s vice president Richard Nixon merge. Martha Mitchell, the wife of the Nixon's attorney general, develops a proclivity for broadcasting her opinions on national television channels.

In 1971, Nixon creates the White House Plumbers to stop leaks; E. Howard Hunt heads the unit. Many of these "plumbers" made their way into CREEP (Nixon's 1972 re-election campaign).

2"Losing Ground"UnknownUnknownFebruary 23, 2020 (2020-02-23)N/A

J. Edgar Hoover passes away six weeks before the Watergate scandal in June 1972. The Kent State shootings resulted in four deaths in May 1970.

The Huston Plan was proposed by a Nixon staff member to gather domestic intelligence.

Nixon signed the Federal Election Campaign Act which would take effect in April 1972. Before this legislation, large contributions could be made to CREEP or other political campaign committees without a disclosure requirement.

Attorney Donald Segretti spearheads a political sabotage operation called "ratfucking".

3"Suspicious Minds"UnknownUnknownMarch 1, 2020 (2020-03-01)N/A

Mae Brussell opinionated about the United Airlines Flight 553 crash in December 1972 as a conspiracy theory. Back in 1964, she disputed the Warren Commission conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald had acted alone.

In the 1960s, Operation Peter Pan was intended to bring Cuban minors in the United States. Operation Mongoose was authorized to subvert the Cuban regime after the failed 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion.

4"The Hearings"UnknownUnknownMarch 8, 2020 (2020-03-08)N/A

Nixon asks John Dean to resign in April 1973. Sam Ervin heads the United States Senate Watergate Committee in May 1973.

5"Smoking Gun"UnknownUnknownMarch 15, 2020 (2020-03-15)N/A

California Governor Ronald Reagan defends Nixon stating that Nixon had received 60.7% of the votes in the 1972 United States presidential election.

Howard Baker was the senior Republican on the Senate Watergate Committee. Fred Thompson served as the minority (Republican) counsel on the Committee. Alexander Butterfield admits to Donald Sanders the existence of a tape recording system in the Oval Office.

On August 15, 1973, Nixon delivered a televised address stating that he had no knowledge of the Watergate break-in.[16]

6"Massacre"UnknownUnknownMarch 22, 2020 (2020-03-22)N/A

Elliot Richardson, Nixon's new Attorney General in 1973, appointed a 1960 John F. Kennedy staff named Archibald Cox as the Justice Department Special Prosecutor!

In November 1973, a new Department-of-Justice prosecutor Leon Jaworski is appointed.

Additional seriesEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Slow Burn". Slate Magazine. 29 October 2019.
  2. ^ "'Slow Burn' Season 3 Turns Its Investigative Eye To The Murders Of Biggie And Tupac". Retrieved 2019-11-17.
  3. ^ Anderson, Joel (2019-10-29). "Slow Burn". Slate Magazine. Retrieved 2019-11-17.
  4. ^ Blistein, Jon (15 April 2021). "'Slow Burn' Examines the Lead-Up to the Iraq War in Season Five Trailer". Rolling Stone.
  5. ^ Gustavo Arellano (2021-12-29). "Almost 30 years later, a podcast remembers when L.A. seethed — and burned". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2022-05-03.
  6. ^ "Slow Burn Season 7". Slate Magazine. 2022-05-04. Retrieved 2023-02-25.
  7. ^ Staff, Slate (2023-02-24). "Announcing Slow Burn Season 8". Slate. ISSN 1091-2339. Retrieved 2023-02-25.
  8. ^ a b "Have you heard 'Slow Burn'? Slate's Watergate podcast is hot right now". USA Today.
  9. ^ "6 - Rabbit Holes - Transcript". SLOW BURN: WATERGATE. Slate Magazine. Retrieved 23 May 2023.
  10. ^ "Slow Burn Is the Watergate Podcast You Didn't Know You Needed". 11 January 2018. Retrieved 2019-12-16.
  11. ^ "You Know Your History? These Podcasts Aren't So Sure - the New York Times". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2018-02-03. Retrieved 2018-02-04.
  12. ^ "Epix will release its Slow Burn adaptation this November". 10 February 2019.
  13. ^ Bennett, Anita. "Epix Greenlights Podcast-Inspired Docuseries 'Slow Burn' – TCA". Deadline. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  14. ^ ""Slow Burn" to Premiere on EPIX(R) on February 16, 2020". The Futon Critic. November 20, 2019.
  15. ^ "Slow Burn – Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved February 16, 2020.
  16. ^ "August 15, 1973: Address to the Nation About the Watergate Investigations | Miller Center". October 20, 2016.
  17. ^ "Comparing the Saturday Night Massacre to the Present Day Justice Department".
  18. ^ "Michael Koncewicz | New York University Division of Libraries".
  19. ^ White, Peter (2020-02-21). "Julia Roberts, Sean Penn, Armie Hammer & Joel Edgerton To Star In Watergate Drama 'Gaslit', UCP Series Based On 'Slow Burn' Podcast". Deadline. Archived from the original on 2020-02-21. Retrieved 2021-04-30.
  20. ^ White, Peter (December 7, 2020). "The Sound & The Flurry: How Podcasts Are Becoming A Hollywood Gold Mine". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation.

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