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The January 6th hearings and their comparisons to Watergate

A video of former President Donald Trump speaking is displayed as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol continues to reveal its findings of a year-long investigation, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, June 13, 2022.
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A video of former President Donald Trump speaking is displayed as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol continues to reveal its findings of a year-long investigation, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, June 13, 2022.

Nearly 50 years ago network coverage of the Watergate hearings dominated the news turned Republicans against Richard Nixon and forced his ultimate resignation.

We’ll look at whether the public hearings over the January 6th Insurrection can still enthrall the nation in the same way, how they’re being covered and whether the investigation could have the same historical impact as Watergate.

Guests:

  • Claire Leavitt, visiting assistant professor in the departments of political science and policy studies, Grinnell College
  • Alexander Keyssar, Matthew W. Stirling Jr. Professor of History and Social Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Michael Socolow, associate professor of communication and journalism, University of Maine

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