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Slow Burn

Rank #5 in History category

Government & Organizations
History
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Leon Neyfakh excavates the strange subplots and forgotten characters of recent political history—and finds surprising parallels to the present. Season 1 of Slow Burn captured what it felt like to live through Watergate; Season 2 does the same with the saga of Bill Clinton’s impeachment.

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Leon Neyfakh excavates the strange subplots and forgotten characters of recent political history—and finds surprising parallels to the present. Season 1 of Slow Burn captured what it felt like to live through Watergate; Season 2 does the same with the saga of Bill Clinton’s impeachment.

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By micahgaleg - Feb 16 2019
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I had no idea. Thanks for this podcast and the Nixon one. Corruption and bad decisions fall equally on everyone’s shoulders, regardless of politics. We as a people need to do better at holding our officials on both sides accountable. Thanks for these eyeopening informative and very interesting podcasts!

So fascinating!

By Tessiferd - Feb 15 2019
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This series is so well-done and riveting. So many things I didn’t know and so much detail. I love this podcast!

iTunes Ratings

16478 Ratings
Average Ratings
14216
1062
485
326
389

Say Wha????????

By micahgaleg - Feb 16 2019
Read more

I had no idea. Thanks for this podcast and the Nixon one. Corruption and bad decisions fall equally on everyone’s shoulders, regardless of politics. We as a people need to do better at holding our officials on both sides accountable. Thanks for these eyeopening informative and very interesting podcasts!

So fascinating!

By Tessiferd - Feb 15 2019
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This series is so well-done and riveting. So many things I didn’t know and so much detail. I love this podcast!

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Slow Burn

Rank #5 in History category

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Leon Neyfakh excavates the strange subplots and forgotten characters of recent political history—and finds surprising parallels to the present. Season 1 of Slow Burn captured what it felt like to live through Watergate; Season 2 does the same with the saga of Bill Clinton’s impeachment.

Warning: This podcast is a series podcast

This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

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Rank #1: S1 Ep. 3: A Very Successful Cover-Up

Dec 12 2017
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Woodward and Bernstein, Walter Cronkite, and a host of other journalists tried to make people care about Watergate in the run-up to the 1972 election. They totally failed. Slate Plus members get a bonus episode of Slow Burn every week. Find out more at slate.com/slowburn.

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Rank #2: S2 Ep. 1: Deal or No Deal

Aug 08 2018
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For 11 hours, Monica Lewinsky faced off against federal prosecutors who wanted her to help them take down the president and threatened her with decades in jail. Slate Plus members get a bonus episode of Slow Burn every week. Find out more at slate.com/slowburn Audible is the world's largest audiobook publisher. For a 30-day trial and a free audiobook, go to audible.com/slowburn

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Rank #3: S1 Ep. 4: Lie Detectors

Dec 19 2017
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How a folksy segregationist senator, a team of young investigators, and a few whistleblowers staged the hearings that made Watergate must-see TV.Slate Plus members get a bonus episode of Slow Burn every week. Find out more at slate.com/slowburn.

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Rank #4: S1 Ep. 5: True Believers

Jan 02 2018
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At a bar in Queens, and in the Senate offices, Nixon's supporters stood with him long after it was clear his hands were dirty. How did they rationalize their position? And what, finally, made them waver? Slate Plus members get a bonus episode of Slow Burn every week. Find out more at slate.com/slowburn.

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Rank #5: S2 Ep. 2: There There

Aug 15 2018
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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, Filegate, Nannygate, and, most consequentially, Whitewater. What went wrong?Slate Plus members get a bonus episode of Slow Burn every week. Find out more at slate.com/slowburn.

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Rank #6: S1 Ep. 6: Rabbit Holes

Jan 09 2018
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Why were so many Americans ready to believe conspiracy theories after Watergate? How did those beliefs help trigger Nixon‘s downfall? And given what we know about Watergate—what separates a conspiracy theory from just a theory? Slate Plus members get a bonus episode of Slow Burn every week. Find out more at slate.com/slowburn.

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Rank #7: S1 Ep. 7: Saturday Night

Jan 16 2018
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What did Richard Nixon do when he felt the walls closing in? How did the country respond? And what did it feel like when people finally got to hear those tapes? Slate Plus members get a bonus episode of Slow Burn every week. Find out more at slate.com/slowburn.

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Rank #8: S2 Ep. 5: Tell-All

Sep 12 2018
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Aside from Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky, the most pivotal player in the Clinton impeachment saga may have been Linda Tripp—an ordinary person who made extraordinary choices that precipitated the entire crisis. In perhaps the deepest and most intimate interview she’s ever given, Tripp talks to Leon Neyfakh about what she did, and why. 

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Rank #9: S1 Ep. 8: Going South

Jan 30 2018
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What had to happen for the Watergate scandals to end Richard Nixon’s career? And was his downfall inevitable? In the final episode of Slow Burn’s first season, Leon Neyfakh assesses the president’s desperate final campaign to save himself—and the people and institutions that finally brought him down.Slate Plus members get a bonus episode every week. Find out more at slate.com/slowburn.

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Rank #10: S2 Ep. 3: Cred

Aug 22 2018
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When Bill Clinton went to Washington, rumors and accusations from his Arkansas past went with him. But even his most dedicated political enemies couldn't predict where their efforts would lead.Slate Plus members get a bonus episode of Slow Burn every week. Find out more at slate.com/slowburn.

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Rank #11: S2 Ep. 6: God Mode

Sep 19 2018
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Some of the most withering criticism of Clinton came from a coalition of conservative activists whose political views were bound up with their faith. The influence of the Christian right within the Republican Party had been growing steadily since the Reagan years. When the Lewinsky story broke, the movement’s leaders pounced on it with righteous vigor.In the sixth episode of our series on Clinton’s impeachment, Leon Neyfakh charts the religious right’s campaign against the president and how it failed.

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Rank #12: S2 Ep. 7: Bedfellows

Sep 26 2018
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Today it’s conventional wisdom that all feminists hypocritically turned their backs on Monica Lewinsky. In fact, the scandal provoked an intense debate within the feminist movement about sex, power, and consent. For some, it was obvious that Clinton had victimized Lewinsky and needed to be thrown overboard. For others, it was just as obvious that the scandal was part of a political war in which Clinton was the good guy. In the seventh episode of our series on Clinton’s impeachment, Leon Neyfakh excavates the arguments and ideas that divided liberals—and feminists in particular—at the height of the scandal. 

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Rank #13: S2 Ep. 4: Alone, Together

Aug 29 2018
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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. 

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Rank #14: Extra, Extra

Jan 23 2018
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Slate Plus members get a bonus episode of Slow Burn every week. This week, we're releasing some samples of those episodes—interviews with people with a unique perspective on Watergate. Next week: The end. Find out more at slate.com/slowburn.

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Rank #15: The RFK Tapes

Jun 18 2018
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Slow Burn presents The RFK Tapes, a podcast series from the creators of Crimetown that takes a new look at the 1968 assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. In this episode, how the man who encouraged RFK to run for president began to doubt the official story of the senator's murder. Click here to subscribe to the RFK Tapes, and click here to subscribe to Better Life Lab, which is mentioned during the break.

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Rank #16: Upon Further Review | What If Nixon Had Been Good At Football?

May 17 2018
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Slow Burn presents a preview of Upon Further Review, an five-episode miniseries about the greatest what ifs in sports history.  Football really mattered to Richard Nixon. Only one problem — he sucked at it. That frustration fueled a persecution complex that would eventually bring down his presidency. How would history be different had Nixon been more than just a tackle dummy on his college football team? Upon Further Review and Slow Burn's Leon Neyfakh explores that question, and other great what ifs from sports history. 

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Rank #17: Live in New York

May 22 2018
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A special edition of Slow Burn features Leon Neyfakh live on stage in New York City. On April 19th, Leon was joined by Bob Woodward, Virginia Heffernan, Gail Sheehy, Mary DeOreo and Marc Lackritz to discuss Trump, Watergate and Nixon’s legacy.  

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Rank #18: Slow Burn Live: The Kingdom and the Power

Dec 05 2018
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A special edition of Slow Burn features Leon Neyfakh live on stage. In the second of two episodes, Leon was joined in by Emily Bazelon, Wesley Morris, Dan Savage, and Andi Zeisler to explore lingering questions about the Clinton legacy.  Plus, Clara Jeffery discusses Hillary Clinton. This episode is brought to you by Transferwise. Check them out today at Transferwise.com/SLOWBURN

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Rank #19: Slow Burn Live: Keyholes

Nov 28 2018
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A special edition of Slow Burn features Leon Neyfakh live on stage. In the first of two episodes, Leon was joined in by Ruth Marcus and Rick Perlstein to explore lingering questions about the Clinton legacy.  Plus, a story from the season 2 cutting room floor. 

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Rank #20: Standoff Ep. 1: Two Shotguns

Oct 31 2018
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This is the first episode of a new Slate podcast miniseries called Standoff. Subscribe to Standoff in Apple Podcasts or another podcast player.Randy and Vicki Weaver moved their family to a remote Idaho cabin. They feared their world would be destroyed in an apocalyptic confrontation with the federal government. They were right.In this first episode of our new narrative miniseries Standoff, host Ruth Graham explores the ideologies and influences that led to the deadly siege at Ruby Ridge in 1992.

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Rank #1: S1 Ep. 3: A Very Successful Cover-Up

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Woodward and Bernstein, Walter Cronkite, and a host of other journalists tried to make people care about Watergate in the run-up to the 1972 election. They totally failed. Slate Plus members get a bonus episode of Slow Burn every week. Find out more at slate.com/slowburn.

Dec 12 2017
31 mins
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Rank #2: S2 Ep. 1: Deal or No Deal

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For 11 hours, Monica Lewinsky faced off against federal prosecutors who wanted her to help them take down the president and threatened her with decades in jail. Slate Plus members get a bonus episode of Slow Burn every week. Find out more at slate.com/slowburn Audible is the world's largest audiobook publisher. For a 30-day trial and a free audiobook, go to audible.com/slowburn

Aug 08 2018
37 mins
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Rank #3: S1 Ep. 4: Lie Detectors

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How a folksy segregationist senator, a team of young investigators, and a few whistleblowers staged the hearings that made Watergate must-see TV.Slate Plus members get a bonus episode of Slow Burn every week. Find out more at slate.com/slowburn.

Dec 19 2017
33 mins
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Rank #4: S1 Ep. 5: True Believers

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At a bar in Queens, and in the Senate offices, Nixon's supporters stood with him long after it was clear his hands were dirty. How did they rationalize their position? And what, finally, made them waver? Slate Plus members get a bonus episode of Slow Burn every week. Find out more at slate.com/slowburn.

Jan 02 2018
36 mins
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Rank #5: S2 Ep. 2: There There

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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, Filegate, Nannygate, and, most consequentially, Whitewater. What went wrong?Slate Plus members get a bonus episode of Slow Burn every week. Find out more at slate.com/slowburn.

Aug 15 2018
42 mins
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Rank #6: S1 Ep. 6: Rabbit Holes

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Why were so many Americans ready to believe conspiracy theories after Watergate? How did those beliefs help trigger Nixon‘s downfall? And given what we know about Watergate—what separates a conspiracy theory from just a theory? Slate Plus members get a bonus episode of Slow Burn every week. Find out more at slate.com/slowburn.

Jan 09 2018
34 mins
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Rank #7: S1 Ep. 7: Saturday Night

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What did Richard Nixon do when he felt the walls closing in? How did the country respond? And what did it feel like when people finally got to hear those tapes? Slate Plus members get a bonus episode of Slow Burn every week. Find out more at slate.com/slowburn.

Jan 16 2018
39 mins
Play Now

Rank #8: S2 Ep. 5: Tell-All

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Aside from Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky, the most pivotal player in the Clinton impeachment saga may have been Linda Tripp—an ordinary person who made extraordinary choices that precipitated the entire crisis. In perhaps the deepest and most intimate interview she’s ever given, Tripp talks to Leon Neyfakh about what she did, and why. 

Sep 12 2018
47 mins
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Rank #9: S1 Ep. 8: Going South

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What had to happen for the Watergate scandals to end Richard Nixon’s career? And was his downfall inevitable? In the final episode of Slow Burn’s first season, Leon Neyfakh assesses the president’s desperate final campaign to save himself—and the people and institutions that finally brought him down.Slate Plus members get a bonus episode every week. Find out more at slate.com/slowburn.

Jan 30 2018
43 mins
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Rank #10: S2 Ep. 3: Cred

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When Bill Clinton went to Washington, rumors and accusations from his Arkansas past went with him. But even his most dedicated political enemies couldn't predict where their efforts would lead.Slate Plus members get a bonus episode of Slow Burn every week. Find out more at slate.com/slowburn.

Aug 22 2018
41 mins
Play Now

Rank #11: S2 Ep. 6: God Mode

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Some of the most withering criticism of Clinton came from a coalition of conservative activists whose political views were bound up with their faith. The influence of the Christian right within the Republican Party had been growing steadily since the Reagan years. When the Lewinsky story broke, the movement’s leaders pounced on it with righteous vigor.In the sixth episode of our series on Clinton’s impeachment, Leon Neyfakh charts the religious right’s campaign against the president and how it failed.

Sep 19 2018
48 mins
Play Now

Rank #12: S2 Ep. 7: Bedfellows

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Today it’s conventional wisdom that all feminists hypocritically turned their backs on Monica Lewinsky. In fact, the scandal provoked an intense debate within the feminist movement about sex, power, and consent. For some, it was obvious that Clinton had victimized Lewinsky and needed to be thrown overboard. For others, it was just as obvious that the scandal was part of a political war in which Clinton was the good guy. In the seventh episode of our series on Clinton’s impeachment, Leon Neyfakh excavates the arguments and ideas that divided liberals—and feminists in particular—at the height of the scandal. 

Sep 26 2018
46 mins
Play Now

Rank #13: S2 Ep. 4: Alone, Together

Podcast cover
Read more

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. 

Aug 29 2018
41 mins
Play Now

Rank #14: Extra, Extra

Podcast cover
Read more

Slate Plus members get a bonus episode of Slow Burn every week. This week, we're releasing some samples of those episodes—interviews with people with a unique perspective on Watergate. Next week: The end. Find out more at slate.com/slowburn.

Jan 23 2018
23 mins
Play Now

Rank #15: The RFK Tapes

Podcast cover
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Slow Burn presents The RFK Tapes, a podcast series from the creators of Crimetown that takes a new look at the 1968 assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. In this episode, how the man who encouraged RFK to run for president began to doubt the official story of the senator's murder. Click here to subscribe to the RFK Tapes, and click here to subscribe to Better Life Lab, which is mentioned during the break.

Jun 18 2018
35 mins
Play Now

Rank #16: Upon Further Review | What If Nixon Had Been Good At Football?

Podcast cover
Read more

Slow Burn presents a preview of Upon Further Review, an five-episode miniseries about the greatest what ifs in sports history.  Football really mattered to Richard Nixon. Only one problem — he sucked at it. That frustration fueled a persecution complex that would eventually bring down his presidency. How would history be different had Nixon been more than just a tackle dummy on his college football team? Upon Further Review and Slow Burn's Leon Neyfakh explores that question, and other great what ifs from sports history. 

May 17 2018
27 mins
Play Now

Rank #17: Live in New York

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A special edition of Slow Burn features Leon Neyfakh live on stage in New York City. On April 19th, Leon was joined by Bob Woodward, Virginia Heffernan, Gail Sheehy, Mary DeOreo and Marc Lackritz to discuss Trump, Watergate and Nixon’s legacy.  

May 22 2018
54 mins
Play Now

Rank #18: Slow Burn Live: The Kingdom and the Power

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A special edition of Slow Burn features Leon Neyfakh live on stage. In the second of two episodes, Leon was joined in by Emily Bazelon, Wesley Morris, Dan Savage, and Andi Zeisler to explore lingering questions about the Clinton legacy.  Plus, Clara Jeffery discusses Hillary Clinton. This episode is brought to you by Transferwise. Check them out today at Transferwise.com/SLOWBURN

Dec 05 2018
53 mins
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Rank #19: Slow Burn Live: Keyholes

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A special edition of Slow Burn features Leon Neyfakh live on stage. In the first of two episodes, Leon was joined in by Ruth Marcus and Rick Perlstein to explore lingering questions about the Clinton legacy.  Plus, a story from the season 2 cutting room floor. 

Nov 28 2018
54 mins
Play Now

Rank #20: Standoff Ep. 1: Two Shotguns

Podcast cover
Read more

This is the first episode of a new Slate podcast miniseries called Standoff. Subscribe to Standoff in Apple Podcasts or another podcast player.Randy and Vicki Weaver moved their family to a remote Idaho cabin. They feared their world would be destroyed in an apocalyptic confrontation with the federal government. They were right.In this first episode of our new narrative miniseries Standoff, host Ruth Graham explores the ideologies and influences that led to the deadly siege at Ruby Ridge in 1992.

Oct 31 2018
32 mins
Play Now