Slow Burn: A Podcast About Watergate

Slow Burn: A Podcast About Watergate

With Leon Neyfakh

You think you know the story, or maybe you don’t. But Watergate was stranger, wilder, and more exciting than you can imagine. What did it feel like to live through the scandal that brought down a president?

Join Leon Neyfakh for an eight-episode podcast miniseries that tells the story of Watergate as it happened—and asks, if we were living through Watergate, would we know it?

Slow Burn is a production of Slate Plus. Slate Plus members support our work—and they get a bonus episode every week, with exclusive interviews and conversations that go deeper into the wild world of Watergate.

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People called her crazy, and to be fair she must have seemed crazy. But she was onto something. How Martha Mitchell tried to blow the whistle on Watergate—and ruined her life.

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More about Martha Mitchell, and an interview with Dick Cavett, who interviewed many of the primary Watergate figures on his talk show.

In 1973, the Senate Watergate hearings gripped the nation. But the first congressional hearings on the scandal took place a year earlier—and featured an angry Texan shouting at four empty chairs.

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How a new campaign finance law spurred an unprecedented flood of anonymous contributions to the Nixon campaign—and an interview with a Senate staffer who believes her office phones were being wiretapped.

Woodward and Bernstein, Walter Cronkite, and a host of other journalists tried to make people care about Watergate in the run-up to the 1972 election. They totally failed.

Joseph Califano Jr., a lawyer who represented both the Democratic National Committee and the Washington Post at the time of the break-in, discusses the million dollar lawsuit the DNC filed against the Nixon campaign in an effort to make the scandal a campaign issue.

In 1973, a folksy segregationist senator, a team of young investigators, and a few whistleblowers staged the hearings that made Watergate must-see TV.

A conversation with the founder of the National Sam Ervin Fan Club, and a discussion of Mary McCarthy’s Watergate book Mask of State.

From the bars of Queens to the Senate offices, Nixon's supporters stood with him long after it was clear his hands were dirty.

An FBI agent who worked on the Watergate investigation talks about why the Bureau's role in exposing the scandal has largely been forgotten.

Why were so many Americans ready to believe conspiracy theories after Watergate? And how did their beliefs help trigger Nixon's downfall?

What did it mean that the judge who oversaw the Watergate trials was highly suspicious of the administration?

What did Richard Nixon do when he felt the walls closing in?

Was the 18-minute gap in Nixon's White House tapes an accident?

How Nixon desperately tried to save himself in the last days of Watergate.

Three siblings reminisce about what it was like to grow up and come of age in the age of Watergate.

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