Slow Burn: The Clinton Impeachment

Season 2: Bonus Episode 1
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How Monica Got Her Life Back

On resilience and reinvention.


Episode Notes

In the first bonus episode of the second season of Slow Burn, Leon Neyfakh talks to the creators of Monica: The Miniserieswhich imagines Monica Lewinsky’s existence in 2001, when she was 27 and trying to build a normal life in New York City. Doron Max Hagay and Lily Marotta talk about what they admire about Lewinsky’s resilience and attempts at reinvention.

Leon also talks to co-host Mary Wilson, a senior podcast producer at Slate, about the making of Episode 1 and Season 2.

Season Two of Slow Burn was produced by Leon Neyfakh and Andrew Parsons. Research assistance from Madeline Kaplan. Bonus episodes for the season were produced by Jeff Friedrich and Mary Wilson.

About the Show

The saga of Bill Clinton’s impeachment is rich with forgotten characters, surprising subplots, and opportunities to reflect on just how much America has changed over the past 20 years. Whether you’re well-versed in the tale of Clinton and Monica Lewinsky, or you’re fuzzy on the details, this season of Slow Burn will take you further into the story than you’ve ever been.

From its origins in the Whitewater real estate controversy, the Paula Jones sexual harassment lawsuit, and the suicide of Vince Foster, Clinton’s near-removal from office was the culmination of a process that remains poorly understood—and continues to reverberate through our political system today.

While Season I of Slow Burn captured what it was like to live through Watergate, Season II offers a fresh reexamination of the choices, circumstances, and manipulations that nearly destroyed the 42nd president and forever changed the life of a former White House intern.

Read Leon Neyfakh’s introduction to Season 2.

Read the announcement on Season 3.

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  • Mary Wilson is a founding producer for What Next and a former producer for The Gist.

  • Leon Neyfakh, a former Slate staff writer, is the host of the podcast Fiasco.