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.
Episode 7: You Can't Fire Me -- I Quit
Disgraced Vice President Spiro T. Agnew officially becomes a private citizen and addresses the nation one last time... as a convicted criminal.
Episode 6: A Disappearing Act
A secret murder plot directed by the President?
Episode 5: Double-Header
Vice President Spiro Agnew attempts a last-ditch effort to survive
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.
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.
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.
Rachel Maddow and her crew always tell us about history and news in the most engaging, fascinating and brilliant way. I was a child during 1973-4, and because my folks followed the news voraciously I remember talk of Nixon and Agnew being crooks. Our household was for McGovern. This is a story that needed to be told. Amazing efforts by good people to standup against corruption.
Great information, could be shorter
The parallels from this story to current events is uncanny. It is important for stories such as that of Agnew to be told for sure.
The message though that Agnew sought to discredit the media and the justice department is repeated over and over and the overall presentation becomes a bit tedious as a result.
Definitely worth the listen and well done overall.
Honest, factual, informative and educational podcast. It’s sad that there are some negative comments on this podcast. I wonder if these people realize how ignorant their review sounds. Voice of truth is stronger and will always be more powerful. Thank you