Richard Nixon & Watergate Series

Season four 1969 - 1971 Richard Nixon The Man who Saved the Union
Season five 1972 Richard Nixon The Foundation of Peace
Season six 1973 Richard Nixon Enemies at the Gate
eason++six'> Season seven 1974 Richard Nixon Through the Fire
Season eight 1974 - 1994 Richard Nixon The Fall and Re-Rise of Richard Nixon

Preview for Season 4: Richard Nixon , The Man that Saved the Union

At the end of 1968 the United States was a country at war abroad and in chaos at home.  The  American people  were asking the same question that movie star Lauren Bacall expressed to the country on “The Dick Cavett Show”, “What has become of our country, is our country worth saving? “

In January 1969, a new President, but a leader many had written off as a failure years before returned to the national stage to prove to the nation that it was not only a country worth saving but it was still the Greatest Country on Earth. 

But it is a story that came with a high price and for the past 47 years a horribly unfair and one sided story has been promoted across the land.

But now,

Finally, the remarkable Presidency of Richard Nixon will be told, here on Season 4 of “Bridging the Political Gap” starting in October 2021.

RICHARD NIXON 1972 The Foundation of Peace  CHINA – RELECTION

The opening of our Season 5 look at the Administration of Richard Nixon begins with the signature event of his time in office., the opening to China.  It marks the beginning of a season of triumph for America and for Richard Nixon. It begins with a journey into the unknown because China and the United States had had no diplomatic ties for a quarter of a century. In fact, China had bee isolated from the rest of the world for much of that time as Chairman Mao had consolidated his power. 

Just as Nixon had ascended to the Presidency, our intelligence agencies had been gathering information about a growing rift in the communist world between China and the Soviet Union. That rift had become much worse as shots had actually been fired across the border between the two Communist giants.  Richard Nixon, who had known he wanted to reach out to China long before he had even taken over the Presidency, knew that this would be his chance and immediately started working toward that goal. Much to the shock of his most trusted advisors, including Henry Kissinger, whose job it would be to actually go over to China and work out the deals to allow Nixon to make his move. 

It would take a couple of years and a lot of cloak and dagger operations concealed from the public and even from our own State Department, but by July of 1971, Richard Nixon would make an announcement that would shake the world.  He would be invited to go to China. Over the next six months all types of preparations would be made for the trip to be a success and both sides, talking different languages, with different cultures, and different ideologies politically, would work tirelessly to pull it off. 

This is that story, the story of Richard Nixon’s trip to China, how it happened, how it came together, and how in that one week he would open China and welcome it to the International stage. 

It would become “The Week that Changed the World” and it happened 50 years ago this month and it would be the start to the most extraordinary year of the Nixon Presidency and the start to its legitimate claim to greatness. 

Richard Nixon and WATERGATE:

1973 Enemies at the Gate,

1974 Through the Fire, 

1974 – 1994 The Fall and the Re-Rise of Richard Nixon

As we finish the first half of our series on the Nixon Administration and its place in our much larger series of shows that covered the Vietnam Era, we thought we would preview the events on the way over the next 3 seasons of our shows. This is the coverage of the fall of Richard Nixon and the scandal known as Watergate. 

It would undermine in the eyes of the American People all he had accomplished to bring peace to millions around the world and to bring peace, prosperity, and a healthier, more equal country,  at home. 

This preview we hope will leave you asking a question about the scandal we are about to embark on a comprehensive look at and that question is simply, was it fair? 

Was Richard Nixon and those defendants, tried and convicted of criminal acts in the scandal, really able to receive fair treatment in the eyes of the American people, or in the Federal Court System, and if not, is it now time to change it for the sake of a truthful and fair assessment for History. 

Season 7 ” RICHARD NIXON and WATERGATE , 1974 Through the Fire”


Season 7 Richard Nixon and Watergate, 1974 Through the Fire will take you from the start of the New Year in 1974 through the March 1, 1974 indictments against the defendants in the Watergate Case. One of the 19 people named as an unindicted Co-Conspirator was President Richard Nixon.  He had been the target of the Watergate Special Prosecutors Task Force from the start. 

This is the story of how the President was named, how the defendants were indicted, and the ways those decisions were made. Using oral histories and newly released documents made available to us from the National Archives and organized in three extraordinary books written by Geoff Shepard. Our show will attempt to lay out the case of alleged Prosecutorial Misconduct so extreme that it was hidden from the public by Prosecutors, in various ways for nearly five decades. 

Here you will hear the documents, listen to the stories , and finally catch the prosecutors continuing to present a case, that at least on face value,  appears to be untrue, and the documents they had sealed, or took with them, that were unknown for years, will show it.  

It is not some grand conspiracy, as we so often feel we need to make up to explain such enormous , monumentally,  historical events, like the removal of a President who had just won a 49 State landslide. Instead what it appears we have here is a basic case of alleged Prosecutorial Misconduct just like has happened in courtrooms and legal cases all across America. 

By the time our story is through, It will change everything you thought you knew about the fall of President Richard Nixon.

We start the season August 9, and we have two special editions:  an interview with our host on Watergate on  August 4, and a special on “The President’s Man Dwight Chapin” on August 7

*** To see the documents we are using we invite you to go to the following website 


Finally, we have arrived at the end of the Richard Nixon and Watergate story. Here we prepare you for the final chapters of the story of Richard Nixon’s fall. His futile fight to save his Presidency in these final  5 months of his tenure. 

But  we will fast forward a half Century for a special event of monumental proportions provided by the good folks at C-Span to kick off the season. 

When the prosecutors finally have to share the stage with Richard Nixon’s last living Defense team member, Geoff Shepard.  Jill Wine Banks and Geoff Shepard talk Watergate and we will go back through the debate with highlights, analysis, and a lot of fact checking too. 

It should be an ending to our series that will change everything you ever thought you knew about Richard Nixon and the Watergate Scandal. 



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