Slow Burn: The Clinton Impeachment

Season 2: Episode 4

Alone, Together

What happened between Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky?


Episode Notes

What happened between Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky? Why did it happen? And what are we supposed to do about the fact that the whims and impulses of individual men can—and constantly do—alter the course of history?

In the fourth episode of our series on Clinton’s impeachment, Leon Neyfakh details Clinton and Lewinsky’s reckless affair.

Read a transcript of Episode 4.

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Cold Lump of Metal

Dick Morris talks about his experience for Bill Clinton.

Notes on Episode 4

In researching Episode 4 of Slow Burn, we made use of the following sources:


Conason, Joe and Lyons, Gene. The Hunting of the President: The Ten-Year Campaign

to Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton, Thomas Dunne Books, 2001.

Gormley, Ken. The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs. Starr, Crown/Archetype, 2010.

Morton, Andrew. Monica’s Story, St. Martin’s Press, 1999.

Schmidt, Susan and Weisskopf, Michael. Truth At Any Cost, Harper Collins, 2000.

Stephanopoulos, George. All Too Human, Little, Brown, 1999.

The Starr Report,” Washington Post, 1998.

Toobin, Jeffrey. A Vast Conspiracy, Random House, 1999.

Film and TV

American Experience: Clinton, PBS. Goodman, Barak and Durrance, Chris, 2012.


Bury, Chris. “Interview: Dick Morris,” PBS/Frontline, June 2000.

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Clymer, Adam. “G.O.P. Celebrates Its Sweep To Power; Clinton Vows To Find Common Ground,” The New York Times, Nov. 10, 1994.

Craig, Brian. “The 1995-1996 Government Shutdown,” The Miller Center.

Devroy, Ann. “Clinton’s Holiday from Polls,” The Washington Post, July 5, 1997.

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Hancock, David. “Clinton Cheated ‘Because I Could,’” CBS News, June 16, 2004.

Labaton, Stephen. “Elusive Papers of Law Firm Are Found at White House,” The New York Times, Jan. 6, 1996.

Lewis, Neil A. “D’Amato Issues a Threat On Whitewater Hearings,” The New York Times, Apr. 2, 1996.

Maraniss, David. “The Hearings End Much As They Began,” The Washington Post, June 19, 1996.

Medicare payment at issue in fight,” South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Nov. 13, 1995.

Mitchell, Alison. “Hillary Clinton Is Subpoenaed To Testify Before A Grand Jury,” The New York Times, Jan. 23, 1996.

Mokhiber, Jim. “A Brief History of the Independent Counsel Law,” PBS/Frontline, May 1998.

Nelson, Lars-Erik. “Gingrich Shows Pique & Volleys Crisis Reveals Newt Depths Of Pettiness,” The New York Daily News, Nov. 16, 1995.

Schulte, Brigid and Zaldivar, R.A. “Budget faces crunch time,” Tallahassee Democrat, Nov. 13, 1995.

Stewart, James B. “The Illegal Loan,” The New Yorker, July 15, 1996.

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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