Slow Burn: The Clinton Impeachment

Season 2: Bonus Episode 7
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Exit Through the Rose Garden

One of strangest summer jobs you could have in 1998? Being an intern in the independent counsel’s office.

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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Episode Notes

Slate Plus members get a bonus episode of Slow Burn every week. This week’s extra features Madeline Kaplan’s interview with Dillon Teachout, who describes her experience working what might be one of the oddest summer jobs of all time: an internship in the independent counsel’s office in the summer of 1998. Leon and Slate senior producer Mary Wilson also discuss the making of Episode 7.

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.