In 1993, Bill and Hillary Clinton moved into the White House on a swell of optimism. In less than a year, the new administration was mired in a sea of scandals: Travelgate, Nannygate, and, most consequentially, Whitewater. What went wrong?*
In the second episode of our series on the impeachment of Bill Clinton, Leon Neyfakh follows the Clintons and their friends and allies from the sleepy capital of Arkansas into the glare of Washington.
Read the Episode 2 transcript.
Notes on Episode 2
In researching Episode 2 of Slow Burn, we made use of the following sources:
Clinton, Bill. My Life, Vintage, 2004.
Conason, Joe and Lyons, Gene. The Hunting of the President: The Ten-Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton, Thomas Dunne Books, 2001.
Drew, Elizabeth. On the Edge, Touchstone, 1995.
Gormley, Ken. The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs. Starr, Crown/Archetype, 2010.
Hubbell, Webb. Friends In High Places, Beaufort Books, 2015.
Maraniss, David. First In His Class, Simon & Schuster, 1995.
Riley, Russell. Inside the Clinton White House: An Oral History, Oxford University Press, 2016.
Sabato, Larry and Lichter, Robert. When Should the Watchdogs Bark? Center for Media and Public Affairs, Washington, DC, 1994.
Schmidt, Susan and Weisskopf, Michael. Truth At Any Cost, Harper Collins, 2000.
Stephanopoulos, George. All Too Human, Little, Brown, 1999.
Stewart, James B. Blood Sport, Simon & Schuster, 1996.
Toobin, Jeffrey. A Vast Conspiracy, Random House, 1999.
Film and TV
American Experience: Clinton, PBS. Goodman, Barak and Durrance, Chris, 2012.
McCoy, Terri and Perez, Rosie. “Capital Hillbillies,” In Living Color, Ivory Way/20th Television, Jan. 17, 1993.
Boyer, Peter J. “Life After Vince,” The New Yorker, Sept. 11, 1995.
Boyer, Peter J. “Hope Against Hope,” The New Yorker, Jan. 8, 1996.
Canellos, Peter S. “Clinton denies liaison with singer,” The Boston Globe, Jan. 27, 1992.
“FBI Records: Vincent Foster,” The Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Cooklis, Ray. “Fishing in Whitewater: The suicide,” The Cincinnati Enquirer, Feb. 20, 1994.
Hall, Jane. “ABC Airs Clinton Footage Shot by NBC,” The Los Angeles Times, Jan. 14, 1994.
Ifill, Gwen. “Clinton Admits Experiment with Marijuana in 1960’s,” The New York Times, Mar. 30, 1992.
Ifill, Gwen. “Clinton Defends His Privacy And Says The Press Intruded,” The New York Times, Jan. 27, 1992.
Isikoff, Michael and Schneider, Howard. “Clintons’ Former Real Estate Firm Probed,” The Washington Post, Nov. 2, 1993.
Maraniss, David. “Image Questions Bewilder Clinton, Longtime Friends,” The Washington Post, Apr. 12, 1992.
Remnick, David. “Is Sex Necessary?” The New Yorker, Feb. 2, 1998.
Rempel, William C. “Ex-Judge Hale Pleads Guilty Over Arkansas Loan Fraud Inquiry,” The Los Angeles Times, Mar. 23, 1994.
Seper, Jerry. “Clinton papers lifted after aide’s suicide,” The Washington Times, Dec. 20, 1993.
Sheehy, Gail. “The Road to Bimini,” Vanity Fair, Sept. 1987.
“White House Follies: The Gang That Can’t Fire Straight,” The New York Times, May 22, 1993.
“Who Is Vincent Foster?” The Wall Street Journal, Jun. 17, 1993
Season Two of Slow Burn was produced by Leon Neyfakh and Andrew Parsons. Bonus episodes for the season were produced by Jeff Friedrich and Mary Wilson.