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Encore: Vt. journalist, author Garrett Graff connects Nixon and Watergate to Trump and Jan. 6

A photo of author Garrett Graff, left, a white man wearing a dark blue blazer and patterned shirt standing in front of a colorful book case. To the right, a photo of the cover of his book, a black-and-white photo of an analog audio tape recorder.
Graff photo: Andy Duback
Book jacket courtesy Avid Reader Press/Simon & Schuster
Author and journalist Garrett Graff discusses his latest book, Watergate: A New History.

Encore broadcast: Vermont journalist and author Garret Graff released Watergate: A New History earlier this year. The book offers a fresh perspective on the scandal under Republican President Richard Nixon that saw his administration attempt to cover up its involvement in the June 1972 break-in of the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Washington, D.C., Watergate Office Building.

In his interview with Vermont Edition, Graff explains how a fresh look at the history of Watergate reveals that Americans misunderstood the Watergate scandal — or, as he's found, series of scandals — when it initially happened. And he says understanding that history takes on new importance after the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

Broadcast at noon on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022.

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