Slow Burn (podcast)

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Slow Burn
Slow Burn podcast.jpg
StarringLeon Neyfakh
LengthTypically 45 to 60 minutes
ProductionAndrew Parsons
No. of episodes
  • Main series: 38[1]
  • Bonus: 9
Original releaseNovember 28, 2017 – present

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 season of the show, released in 2019, is hosted by Joel Anderson.[2]

The first season is about the Watergate scandal featuring interviews with Bob Woodward among others. 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. It is hosted by Josh Levin. Its fifth season explored the road to the Iraq war and debuted on April 21, 2021.[4]

The podcast premiered on November 28, 2017 and became "one of the top shows on Apple Podcasts."[5]


Season 1: Watergate

Season 2: Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky

Season 3: Tupac and Biggie

Season 4: David Duke

Season 5: Iraq War


Slow Burn received a positive review from Vulture.[6] USA Today named Slow Burn as a "hot" recommended podcast.[5] 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.[7]


TV adaptation[edit]

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.[8][9][10]


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date [11]U.S. viewers
1"Martha"TBATBAFebruary 16, 2020 (2020-02-16)N/A
2"Losing Ground"TBATBAFebruary 23, 2020 (2020-02-23)N/A
3"Suspicious Minds"TBATBAMarch 1, 2020 (2020-03-01)N/A
4"The Hearings"TBATBAMarch 8, 2020 (2020-03-08)N/A
5"Smoking Gun"TBATBAMarch 15, 2020 (2020-03-15)N/A
6"Massacre"TBATBAMarch 22, 2020 (2020-03-22)N/A

Additional series[edit]

  • Season 1 about the Watergate scandal was also adapted into another television series titled Gaslit on Starz[12]
  • Season 2 about Bill Clinton's impeachment was used to inform parts of the third season of American Crime Story on FX[13]

See also[edit]


  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. ^ a b "Have you heard 'Slow Burn'? Slate's Watergate podcast is hot right now".
  6. ^ "Slow Burn Is the Watergate Podcast You Didn't Know You Needed". 11 January 2018. Retrieved 2019-12-16.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-02-03. Retrieved 2018-02-04.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Epix will release its Slow Burn adaptation this November". 10 February 2019.
  9. ^ Bennett, Anita. "Epix Greenlights Podcast-Inspired Docuseries 'Slow Burn' – TCA". Deadline. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  10. ^ ""Slow Burn" to Premiere on EPIX(R) on February 16, 2020". The Futon Critic. November 20, 2019.
  11. ^ "Slow Burn – Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved February 16, 2020.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ 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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