Leon Neyfakh, creator of popular Watergate podcast, to visit UWM April 27

Join journalist Leon Neyfakh for a conversation about impeachment, the presidency and podcasting on April 27.

Neyfakh, a writer for Slate Magazine,is the creator of “Slow Burn,” the popular podcast exploring the Watergate scandal during the presidency of Richard Nixon. Neyfakh will talk about presidential politics past and present at UWM with WUWM radio host Mitch Teich.

The conversation will delve into the Watergate cover-up, the congressional aides who uncovered the scope of the scandal and how this historical context can shed light on today’s political climate.

“We’re excited to bring Mr. Neyfakh and his extensive knowledge of presidential politics to Milwaukee,” said Christopher Cantwell, a UWM assistant professor of history who helped organize the event. “President Nixon’s resignation in the wake of the Watergate scandal is still one of the most impactful events in modern U.S. history. Given today’s tense political climate, the lessons we can learn from ‘Slow Burn’ might help us navigate our current situations.”

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Register at bit.ly/slowburnmke. Parking is available on Downer Avenue and in the adjacent neighborhood, as well as in the UWM Pavilion Parking Garage (3409 N. Downer Ave.) for a fee.

Neyfakh will be available for a half hour before the event to talk with the media.

The event is sponsored by the UWM Center for 21stCentury Studies and WUWM Radio, with additional support from the UWM Golda Meir Digital Humanities Lab and the UWM departments of History and Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies.

Where: UW-Milwaukee Merrill Hall, Room 131
2512 E. Hartford Ave., Milwaukee

When: April 27, 2018
6:30-8 p.m.

About Leon Neyfakh and “Slow Burn”:

A staff writer for Slatemagazine, Leon Neyfakh’s first book, “The Next Next Level,” is about Milwaukee rapper Juiceboxxx. Currently, Neyfakh hosts the eight-episode podcast miniseries “Slow Burn” that tells the story of Watergate as it happened. At the center of the series is a burning question: If we were living through Watergate, would we know it? The series was recently renewed for a second season, which will explore the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton.

About UW-Milwaukee:

Recognized as one of the nation’s 115 top research universities, UW-Milwaukee provides a world-class education to 25,000 students from 91 countries on a budget of $653 million. Its 14 schools and colleges include Wisconsin’s only schools of architecture, freshwater sciences and public health, and it is a leading educator of nurses and teachers. UW-Milwaukee partners with leading companies to conduct joint research, offer student internships and serve as an economic engine for southeastern Wisconsin. The Princeton Review named UW-Milwaukee a 2018 “Best Midwestern” university based on overall academic excellence and student reviews, and the Sierra Club has recognized it as Wisconsin’s leading sustainable university.