Episode #181: Deep Throat Revisited

In 2005, Mark Felt, a former top FBI official, unveiled what was one of the biggest political secrets in history — that he was Deep Throat, the secretive source that gave information to the Washington Post’s Woodward and Bernstein that helped bring down President Nixon during the Watergate scandal.  But if Felt’s confession answered the “who,” it didn’t exactly address the “why.”  That’s what journalist Max Holland, author of “Leak: Why Mark Felt Became Deep Throat,” tries to answer.

Joel Goldstein of the St. Louis University School and an expert on the vice presidency describes how the role of vice president has evolved from a position of obscurity to one of influence.  His latest book is ”The White House Vice Presidency: The Path to Significance, Mondale to Biden.”

We also go back to the 2008 South Carolina primary between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.  Scott Huffmon of Winthrop University talks about the bitterness between the two Democratic frontrunners at the time and how race — and charges of race-baiting — became paramount.

And Ben Barnes, a former lieutenant governor of Texas, shares his memories of Lloyd Bentsen, the longtime Democratic senator, vice presidential nominee and Clinton Treasury secretary, who died eleven years ago.

Photo via Vanity Fair / Gasper Tringale

Music used in this podcast:

It’s My Party by Leslie Gore

Do You Want To Know A Secret by The Beatles

Lucky Number by Lene Lovich

Black or White by Michael Jackson

Expecting to Fly by Buffalo Springfield

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