9 episodes

Is it possible for an American Vice President to carry out a criminal enterprise inside the White House and have nobody remember? To have one of the most brazen political bribery scandals in American history play out before the country while nobody’s paying attention? In her first original podcast, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow goes back 45 years to dig into a story that got overshadowed in its day. There’s intrigue. Corruption. Envelopes of cash delivered to the White House. It’s a story that’s not well known, but it probably should be. Especially today. Bag Man. A Rachel Maddow podcast from MSNBC. Listen to the Peabody Award-nominated series now.

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Is it possible for an American Vice President to carry out a criminal enterprise inside the White House and have nobody remember? To have one of the most brazen political bribery scandals in American history play out before the country while nobody’s paying attention? In her first original podcast, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow goes back 45 years to dig into a story that got overshadowed in its day. There’s intrigue. Corruption. Envelopes of cash delivered to the White House. It’s a story that’s not well known, but it probably should be. Especially today. Bag Man. A Rachel Maddow podcast from MSNBC. Listen to the Peabody Award-nominated series now.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
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    Bag Man Bonus Episode: Indictment Edition

    Bag Man Bonus Episode: Indictment Edition

    In 1973, in the throes of the Watergate scandal, three young federal prosecutors uncovered a separate criminal scheme being run inside the White House — the sitting vice president, Spiro Agnew, was taking envelopes stuffed with cash in exchange for official acts as an elected official. If Nixon left office, Agnew would be the next President. And so, what would happen if the President was charged with a federal crime? Worse yet, what if he was convicted? Now that Donald Trump has been charged with 37 federal crimes – as he runs again for president — Rachel Maddow and Bag Man executive producer Mike Yarvitz talk with the three Spiro Agnew prosecutors who have the only experience in our nation’s history with a situation like this.

    • 47 min
    Bag Man - Coming October 30th

    Bag Man - Coming October 30th

    Check out a sneak preview of Bag Man, Rachel Maddow’s first original podcast. First 2 episodes drop October 30th. Subscribe now. 

    • 32 sec
    Episode 1: An Unsettling Secret

    Episode 1: An Unsettling Secret

    He was brash. Politically incorrect. An “outsider” political candidate who rose to the White House, out of nowhere, with a reputation as a “counter-puncher.” But Vice President Spiro Agnew was also something else… an active criminal whose secrets were about to be exposed. What happens when a “counter-puncher” in the White House suddenly sees his political future directly threatened by investigators inside his own Justice Department?

    • 24 min
    Episode 2: Crawling In

    Episode 2: Crawling In

    With the Watergate scandal gripping the nation, and President Richard Nixon on the verge of going down, a small team of federal prosecutors in Baltimore discover a bombshell that will rock a nation already on the edge. The Vice President of the United States— right at the height of Watergate—has been conducting a secret bribery and extortion operation… from inside the White House itself. And only they know it.  

    • 28 min
    Episode 3: Hang In There, Baby

    Episode 3: Hang In There, Baby

    With the criminal investigation of him now public, Vice President Spiro Agnew launches a bold counter-attack to survive. An unprecedented assault... on his own Justice Department that's investigating him. And the reporters now covering his case. And Agnew gets back-up in that effort from his legion of hardcore supporters across the country and in Congress.

    • 33 min
    Episode 4: Turn It Off

    Episode 4: Turn It Off

    After learning that his own Justice Department is investigating his crimes, Vice President Spiro Agnew embarks on a secret, behind-the-scenes effort... to obstruct justice. To use his power inside the White House to interfere with the investigation and shut it down. It’s a scheme that involves President Nixon himself, members of Nixon's inner circle, and it has never been known to the prosecutors investigating the case... even now, 45 years later.

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
27.7K Ratings

27.7K Ratings

MarMeFUcbs ,

Fascinating

I lived through it; but didn’t know this then. Thanks for taking me to school. Is this going to be turned into a film ? I hope so.

Suisanvdv ,

Learned so much!!

Why wasn’t any of this in my school history curriculum? Fascinating!!

0 Nicknmame ,

Great material and research

Good stuff, but over-produced. The information presented here is very valuable for American citizens to know but the delivery gets dragged out. We could get the same amount of information in a shorter timeframe with less repetition. We all have only so much time in the day to devote to these podcasts. There’s a pattern here - refer to the Ultra series.

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