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Bob Woodward on the unfolding Watergate scandal

The Story

On the night of June 17, 1972, five men are caught breaking in to the offices of the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C. Two days later, two young journalists at the Washington Post -- Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward -- will publish the first of many stories uncovering a scandal that will reach all the way to the top of the U.S. government. In this interview with CBC Radio's As It Happens three months after the break-in, Woodward explains the story so far and says he doubts the scandal will keep President Richard Nixon from being re-elected.   

Medium: Radio
Program: As It Happens
Broadcast Date: Sept. 18, 1972
Reporters: Harry Brown, William Ronald
Guest: Bob Woodward
Duration: 11:36

Did You know?

• Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward were 28 and 29 years old respectively when their editor, Benjamin Bradlee, assigned them the task of investigating the break-in at the Watergate complex. The two barely knew each other, but their series of stories on the scandal that became known simply as Watergate would win them the Pulitzer Prize in 1973 and inspire them to write All the President's Men. The book was then adapted into a 1976 movie starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman. 

• President Nixon was re-elected in a landslide, but over the next two years his presidency unravelled as one revelation after another demonstrated his involvement in both the Watergate break-in and the subsequent cover-up. He resigned on Aug. 9, 1974.


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