Richard Nixon
Trent Lott On the Watergate Smoking Gun Transcript

Trent Lott On the Watergate Smoking Gun Transcript

In July of 1974, the White House released subpoenaed tapes of White House conversations. One of these tapes became known as the “smoking gun”, a tape recorded on June 23, 1972, just six days after the Watergate break-in. On the tape, Nixon can be heard agreeing that the Director and … Continue reading

Richard Nixon
Asking President Nixon to Resign


Edward Brooke, former Massachusetts senator during Richard Nixon’s administration, discusses how he became the first republican to openly ask President Nixon to resign on November 4, 1973, shortly after the Watergate Scandal. According to Brooke, Nixon had lost the confidence of the American people, and because of that he should … Continue reading

John F. Kennedy
Televised Presidential Debate Between JFK & Nixon

Televised Presidential Debate Between JFK & Nixon

On September 26, 1960, John F. Kennedy–a young senator from Massachusetts at the time–and Vice President Richard Nixon squared off in a hour-long debate–the first-ever televised presidential debate. While Kennedy looked confident, healthy and dapper; Nixon seemed sickly and underweight from a recent hospitalization. Approximately 74 million viewers noticed the … Continue reading

Richard Nixon
Nixon’s ‘Checkers’ Speech in 1952


On September 23, 1952, Richard Nixon, a California senator at the time, went on air to defend himself against accusations of an established fund–created by his backers–that would reimburse him for his political expenses. He says, “Not one cent of the 18 thousand dollars or any other money of that … Continue reading

Bob Woodward
Bob Woodward on Nixon’s ‘Dirty Tricks’ During Watergate

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Pulitzer Prize winner and journalist Bob Woodward remembers the Watergate scandal, his role in reporting on it and how it changed how we perceived the presidency. Specifically, Woodward highlights the “dirty tricks” used by the Nixon administration. Tricks such as the Watergate break-in and the leaking of then vice-presidential candidate … Continue reading

Hollywood Blacklist
[Blog] The Hollywood Blacklist


Author: Megan O’Toole In the golden age of Hollywood, many film industry employees fueled a stable “studio system” by signing contracts with a select number of major studios. Between the years 1927 to 1963, five large studios including Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Paramount Pictures controlled the film industry–creating thousands of efficiently-made movies. … Continue reading

Hurricane Katrina
New Orleans Mayor on Hurricane Katrina & What Went Wrong


Former mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana, Ray Nagin, recalls the flooding of his city during Hurricane Katrina. He remarks on how failure to adequately handle the hurricane and prevent damages and casualties had much to do with poor communication between governing powers: “Some goofy laws that basically say there is … Continue reading

Bill Clinton
Ted Koppel Discusses Clinton’s Political Scandal

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Broadcast journalist Ted Koppel shares his opinions on what was most unsettling to him about the Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky scandal that emerged in 1998. In this video, Koppel says that Clinton having an affair with other women and being unfaithful to his wife was not what bothered him– … Continue reading

2012-2013 Egyptian Protests
Egypt Celebrates New Future After Government Coup

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CNBC reports live on July 3, 2013, the tumultuous night that Islamist Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi was ousted and placed under house arrest. The end of the Muslim Brotherhood’s short-lived regime prompted thousands of citizens to celebrate in Cairo. The “political reset,” caused an upheaval that was reminiscent to that … Continue reading

Richard Nixon
Nixon Announces Resignation In Speech to America

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In the wake of the Watergate scandal, U.S. President Richard Nixon announced his resignation from the presidency on August 9, 1974, in a televised speech to the nation. Following accusations of crimes committed by his administration including bugging the offices of political opponents–Nixon’s impeachment was inevitable. However, his resignation speech, … Continue reading