How'd we get here? Where are we going? What does it all mean? CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent Major Garrett takes a step back from the daily gush of headlines for a deeper look into the issues of our time. New episodes are available right here, first thing Tuesday mornings.
Watergate: High Crimes in the White House
In this CBS News audio special, 60 Minutes presenter Lesley Stahl and Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein relive how their revelations exposed Nixon’s abuse of presidential power. CBS News is revealing the archives covering the break-in at the Watergate Hotel to mark the 50th anniversary of the Watergate scandal. Hear rare outtakes, exclusive archival interviews, and new firsthand accounts from both the Nixon administration as well as those who investigated the groundbreaking crime. Watergate: High Crimes in the White House is now available to stream on Paramount+.
20 Years Later: Major's Experience Covering the 9/11 Attacks
In this mini-Debrief episode, Major reflects on his experience covering the September 11th, 2001 attacks as a member of President George W. Bush's travelling press pool, and the impact of 9/11 on American society and politics.
Insurrection: Capitol Hell
History will record Wednesday's assault on our democracy as one of the US's darkest, most shameful episodes. Mob rule was the ambition of the marauding, counterfeit American patriots who laid siege to the Capitol on a false premise: that Donald Trump had won an election he so clearly lost.
For months, President Trump convinced his supporters that he could not lose. That if he did, the election was somehow rigged. And when he did, that widespread fraud in key states had tipped the election in Joe Biden's direction.
None of this was true, yet tens of thousands of supporters arrived in downtown Washington Wednesday morning to hear the president spread more falsehoods, erroneously claiming Vice President Mike Pence could flout the constitution and deliver four more years to Mr. Trump.
All of these fabrications, stirred with seething anger and ill-prepared security forces, yielded explosive and deadly consequences. Ultimately, our constitutional guardrails held on January 6, 2020, but at a frightening cost.
This week, Major Garrett looks back at that reprehensible day and how those in and around the Capitol experienced it.
Introducing: The Debrief with Major Garrett
We can't slow down the torrents of news bulletins, but we can go deeper than the breathless headlines of the day. That's what The Debrief with Major Garrett aims to - context, history, clarity. Every new show promises something new. We promise something enduring. How'd we get here? Where are we going? What does it all mean?
Has the Debrief podcast been stopped? I listen to Major’s The Takeout podcast weekly. What happened to this one?
Out With The Old, In With The New?
Maybe not so much. I’m talking about the comparison between The Takeout and The Debrief. I’m a long-time Takeout fan and jumped on board early, in contrast it appears I am late to The Debrief Train and have missed the first trip.
I’ll catch up soon though and am now five episodes in. My first thoughts are that Major has captured a rhythm that is familiar. The tone and pace almost seems compatible to Anthony Bourdain.
I’ll enjoy this!
Deeper stories with style
Love Major’s issue assessment and his inclusion of experts from all sides. The great music clips make it fun as well.