40 Years After Watergate, New Film Lets Nixon Speak in His Own Words

Friday, July 25, 2014

resident Nixon meets with China's Communist Party Leader, Mao Ze-Dong. February 29, 1972 (Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum./Wikimedia Commons)

About 40 years ago on August 9, 1974, Richard Nixon became the first president to resign from office, facing almost certain impeachment for his involvement in the Watergate scandal.

The most damaging evidence implicating Nixon was found in 3,700 hours of tape, recorded by Nixon himself between February 1971 and July 1973. Only three Nixon staff members knew anything about.

The tapes, which reveal a deeply paranoid and intolerant man, are the subject of a new HBO documentary set to come out on August 4th. "Nixon by Nixon: In His Own Words," directed by Peter Kunhardt.

On Kunhardt's research team included historian Ken Hughes, the author of the forthcoming "Chasing Shadows: The Nixon Tapes, The Chennault Affair, and the Origins of Watergate."

Today they weigh in on the film, and on Nixon's legacy.

Check out a trailer for the film below.

Guests:

Ken Hughes and Peter Kunhardt

Hosted by:

Todd Zwillich

Produced by:

Ellen Frankman

Editors:

T.J. Raphael

Comments [1]

RJ from Portland, OR

RE; Nixon tapes 40 years hence.
Today, hearing Nixon's voice and recounting that time brought back chilling memories of just how bat-s!*t crazy things were at that time. Look at what he did and almost got away with. I was transitioning from grade school to high school in 1971. It is important to re-visit what Nixon was saying then (behind closed doors but in front of a hidden mic). You think things are in turmoil here? At that time, the way people felt (politically, socially) were way more raw, and out in the open. By comparison, it seems today we (folks in the U.S.) are all taking our Soma dose (C.F. Aldous Huxley's Brave New World) through our media outlets and no matter what happens, the hive moves on in a few days.

Jul. 25 2014 01:45 PM

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