9 episodes

An examination, half a century on from the first director of the FBI's death in office in 1972, of how Hoover's iron grip still permeates contemporary America.

The People Vs J Edgar Hoover BBC Podcasts

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    • 3.7 • 48 Ratings

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An examination, half a century on from the first director of the FBI's death in office in 1972, of how Hoover's iron grip still permeates contemporary America.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires macOS 11.4 or higher

    Introducing The People Vs J Edgar Hoover

    Introducing The People Vs J Edgar Hoover

    In life, Hoover needed no introduction. In death, he needs this series teaser. Emily Maitlis tells how he built and ran the FBI and helped create today’s fears of a “deep state”.

    • 3 min
    1. The Director Will See You Now

    1. The Director Will See You Now

    Emily Maitlis on the ascent to power of the man who made presidents wait. J Edgar Hoover built then ran the FBI for almost five decades. He turned it from a bureaucratic backwater into a premier crime fighting and counterintelligence force. In the process, he arguably became America’s most powerful man. He’s been dead 50 years and still his shadow looms over the US. Today’s fears of a ‘deep state’ - of unaccountable government officials working against the public in their own interest – can be traced back to him. In the first of an 8-part series, Emily shows how though his job was to enforce the law...he would not always be bound by it.
    Producer: Neal Razzell
    Research: Louise Byrne
    Editor: Hugh Levinson
    Production Coordinator: Janet Staples
    Sound: Tom Brignell

    • 15 min
    2. G-Men

    2. G-Men

    Hoover takes on legendary gangsters of the 1930s and builds his own myth.

    3. Infamy

    3. Infamy

    The Japanese attack Pearl Harbor - an awkward moment for the domestic intelligence chief

    4. Witches

    4. Witches

    Hoover fans paranoia as his spy machine goes after communists real and imagined.

    5. "The Most Notorious Liar in the Country"

    5. "The Most Notorious Liar in the Country"

    Martin Luther King Jr crosses Hoover’s radar. It doesn’t end well.

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5
48 Ratings

48 Ratings

capeman344 ,

People vs j Edgar Hoover

Very much enjoying the outline of the history of Mr. Hoover. Only reason for 4 stars vs 5 stars is, the hostess, stated it was a senator who asked Mr. McCarthy, if roughly quoting “ if McCarthy has no sense of decency?”

It was an attorney with the Boston law firm of Hale and Dorr

Joseph Nye Welch (October 22, 1890 – October 6, 1960) was an American lawyer and actor who served as the chief counsel for the United States Army while it was under investigation for Communist activities by Senator Joseph McCarthy's Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, an investigation known as the Army–McCarthy hearings. His confrontation with McCarthy during the hearings, in which he famously asked McCarthy "At long last, have you left no sense of decency?" is seen as a turning point in the history of McCarthyism

The above is from Wikipedia.

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Great Podcast!

I want more! Why is it taking so long to release new episodes?

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