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Nixon Goes to China (Part 1)

President Richard Nixon warmly visited China in 1972, even as he positioned himself as firmly anti-communist. 

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This episode of Whistlestop travels back to Feb. 21, 1972, when President Richard Nixon, a staunch anti-communist, begins the thawing of relations with China with a personal visit to the country.

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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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.