The final episode of Slate's Watergate podcast.

The Last Days of the Nixon Administration, in the Final Episode of Slow Burn

The Last Days of the Nixon Administration, in the Final Episode of Slow Burn

A podcast about Watergate.
Jan. 30 2018 6:00 AM

Going South

How it all ended.

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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.

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Slate Plus members get a bonus episode of Slow Burn every week. This week, Leon talks to three siblings about what it was like to grow up and come of age in the age of Watergate. Susan Drew, Rich Schwartz, and Jim Schwartz walk Leon through the scrapbook they created while watching the Senate Watergate hearings in the summer of 1973. You can see photos from the scrapbook in our members-only Facebook group.

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Notes on Episode 8

Books

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Breslin, Jimmy. How the Good Guys Finally Won. Viking, 1975.

Doyle, James. Not Above the Law. Morrow, 1977.

Drew, Elizabeth. Washington Journal. Overlook Press, 2014.

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Koch, Benjamin Jonah. Watchmen in the Night: The House Judiciary Committee’s Impeachment Inquiry of Richard Nixon. Dissertation Presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School of The University of Texas at Austin, 2011.

Kutler, Stanley. The Wars of Watergate: The Last Crisis of Richard Nixon. W. W. Norton, 1992.

Lang, Gladys Engel and Lang, Kurt. The Battle For Public Opinion: The President, the Press, and the Polls During Watergate. Columbia University Press, 1983.

Lukas, J. Anthony. Nightmare: The Underside of the Nixon Years. Viking Press, 1976.

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Perlstein, Rick. The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan, Simon & Schuster, 2014.

Sussman, Barry. The Great Cover-Up: Nixon and the Scandal of Watergate, 4th ed., Catapulter Books, 2010 (originally published 1974).

Thomas, Evan. Being Nixon: A Man Divided. Random House, 2015.

Articles

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Clines, Francis X. “Spiro T. Agnew, Point Man for Nixon Who Resigned Vice Presidency, Dies at 77.” New York Times, Sept. 19, 1996.

Dixon, Robert G. “Legal Aspects of Impeachment: An Overview,” Department of Justice, Office of Legal Counsel. Feb. 1974.

Friedman, Saul. “Americans Misunderstand and Fear Impeachment,” Detroit Free Press, Jan. 21, 1974.

Naughton, James. “How a Fragile Centrist Bloc Emerged As House Panel Weighed Impeachment,” New York Times, Aug. 5, 1974.

Naughton, James. “How Agnew Bartered His Office to Keep From Going to Prison,” New York Times, Oct. 23, 1973.

Nolan, Jack. “Watergate propelled scholar into impeachment spotlight,” Democrat and Chronicle, Nov. 15, 1974.

Pa. senator speaks on transcripts,” Associated Press, as published in the Daily Kent Stater, May 8, 1974.

Ripley, Anthony. “Federal Grand Jury Indicts 7 Nixon Aides on Charges of Conspiracy on Watergate.” New York Times, March 2, 1974.

Risher, Eugene V. “He Pleads No Contest—Justice Dept. Reveals Evidence, Closes Case.” San Francisco Chronicle, Oct. 11, 1973.

Week of Shocks,” Time Magazine, Oct. 22, 1973.

Documentaries

Gold, Mick. Watergate. BBC, 1994.

Episode 8 makes use of archival footage from the following sources:

WJZ-TV, April 1968 (courtesy of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Moving Image Archive)

NBC Nightly News, 8/08/1968 (courtesy of the NBC news archive)

NBC Nightly News, 9/09/1973 (courtesy of the NBC news archive)

NBC Special Report, 8/07/1973 (courtesy of the NBC news archive)

NBC Nightly News, 11/15/1973 (courtesy of the NBC news archive)

NBC Nightly News, 7/24/1974 (courtesy of the NBC news archive)

NBC Nightly News, 10/30/1973 (courtesy of the NBC news archive)

NBC Nightly News, 4/19/1974 (courtesy of the NBC news archive)

NBC Nightly News, 2/18/1974 (courtesy of the NBC news archive)

NBC Nightly News, 3/17/1974 (courtesy of the NBC news archive)

NBC Nightly News, 3/21/1974 (courtesy of the NBC news archive)

Presidential Address, 4/29/1974 (courtesy of the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum)

NBC Nightly News, 4/30/1974 (courtesy of the NBC news archive)

NBC Nightly News, 5/01/1974 (courtesy of the NBC news archive)

NBC Nightly News, 6/23/1974 (courtesy of the NBC news archive)

NBC Nightly News, 6/19/1974 (courtesy of the NBC news archive)

NBC Special Report, 7/24/1974 (courtesy of the NBC news archive)

NBC Nightly News, 7/25/1974 (courtesy of the NBC news archive)

House Judiciary Committee, 7/24/1974 (courtesy of the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum)

NBC Special Report, 7/28/1974 (courtesy of the NBC news archive)

White House Tapes, 6/23/72 (courtesy of the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum)

NBC Nightly News, 8/05/1974 (courtesy of the NBC news archive)

NBC Special Report, 8/06/1974 (courtesy of the NBC news archive)

Presidential Address, 8/08/1974 (courtesy of the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum)

NBC Nightly News, 8/09/1974 (courtesy of the NBC news archive)

Presidential Address, 9/08/1984 (courtesy of the NBC news archive)

Slow Burn’s theme song is “Back to the Old House” by Niklas Ahlström. Other music in Episode 8 includes “Clean Soul” by Kevin MacLeod.

Slow Burn is produced by Leon Neyfakh and Andrew Parsons. Bonus episodes are produced by Leon Neyfakh and Jeff Friedrich.