In 1971, Henry Kissinger faked a stomachache to promote Nixon’s international agenda.

Henry Kissinger’s Stomachache Helped Warm Up U.S. Relations With China

Henry Kissinger’s Stomachache Helped Warm Up U.S. Relations With China

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This episode of Whistlestop travels back to July 10, 1971, when Henry Kissinger is reported to have suffered a terrible stomachache while abroad. In fact, he was really working covertly on an important part of President Richard Nixon's international agenda.

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Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential history. Hosted by Political Gabfest host John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable moments from America's presidential carnival.

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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald.

John Dickerson is a co-anchor of CBS This Morning, co-host of the Slate Political Gabfest, host of the Whistlestop podcast, and author of Whistlestop and On Her Trail.