In February 1972, President Nixon had to abandon a much-needed shower in order to meet Chairman Mao.

How a Shower, President Nixon, and 33 Coat Hangers Improved Relations Between the U.S. and China

How a Shower, President Nixon, and 33 Coat Hangers Improved Relations Between the U.S. and China

Bite-sized stories from presidential campaign history.
June 13 2018 6:40 PM

Nixon Goes to China (Part 3 of 3)

President Nixon trades jokes and digs into philosophy with Chairman Mao.

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This episode of Whistlestop travels back to February 1972, when President Nixon abandoned a much-needed shower in order to rush off and meet Chairman Mao for the first time.

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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.