HISTORY LESSONS: All the President's Men (1976)


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CONTENT WARNING: Discussion of gaslighting, theft, lying, sexism, misogyny.

We’re wrapping up our History Lessons series with an episode about two young, everyday reporters at the Washington Post that just happened to stumble on the greatest political coverup in United States history. But while Watergate became a national disgrace, it started off with two guys pulling at threads. That story is masterfully weaved by one of our greatest screenwriters, William Goldman, into a political thriller that’s somehow more compelling and tense than movies where the characters are in literal peril. Sure, Woodward and Bernstein uncovered a massive criminal conspiracy in the highest echelons of power. This movie, though, is not just about that, but about how two nobodies somehow revealed that story to the world, and the mistakes they made along the way. And that is a subject that’s worth the price of admission. Go home, take a bath, sleep for about 15 minutes, and then get back to work as we discuss All the President’s Men on Macintosh & Maud Haven’t Seen What?!

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Intro and outro music taken from the Second Movement of Ludwig von Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Hong Kong (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 HK) license. To hear the full performance or get more information, visit the song page at the Internet Archive.

Excerpt taken from the motion picture soundtrack to the film All the President’s Men, composed by David Shire. © 1976 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Excerpts taken from the film All the President’s Men, © 1976 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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