Nixon Now Podcast – Richard Nixon Foundation https://www.nixonfoundation.org Discover how Richard Nixon's legacy continues to shape our world at the Nixon Library. Sat, 20 Jan 2018 19:45:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Podcast: Jerald Podair on Walter O’Malley and the Politics of Dodgers Stadium https://www.nixonfoundation.org/2017/09/podcast-jerald-podair-walter-omalley-politics-dodgers-stadium/ https://www.nixonfoundation.org/2017/09/podcast-jerald-podair-walter-omalley-politics-dodgers-stadium/#respond Fri, 08 Sep 2017 22:38:19 +0000 https://www.nixonfoundation.org/?p=30701 Jerald Podair is author of “City of Dreams: Dodger Stadium and the Birth of Modern Los Angeles.” On April 10, 1962 Walter O’Malley’s vision for the Los Angeles Dodgers triumphed when he opened his new privately constructed stadium. It was five years in the making, and wasn’t without controversy, as various civic visions and social […]

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Jerald Podair is author of “City of Dreams: Dodger Stadium and the Birth of Modern Los Angeles.”

On April 10, 1962 Walter O’Malley’s vision for the Los Angeles Dodgers triumphed when he opened his new privately constructed stadium. It was five years in the making, and wasn’t without controversy, as various civic visions and social forces clashed. One thing was certain about Dodger Stadium: it had a profound effect on the city’s identity in the 20th Century. In this edition of the Nixon Now Podcast, Jerald Podair, author of “City of Dreams: Dodger Stadium and the Birth of Modern Los Angeles” tell this gripping story. Jerald Podair is professor of history and the Robert S. French Professor of American Studies at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. He is a recipient of the Allan Nevins Prize, awarded by the Society of American Historians for “literary distinction in the writing of history.”

Highlights:

– Walter O’Malley’s biography.

– Why O’Malley moved the Dodgers from Brooklyn to Los Angeles.

– The politics behind the construction of Dodgers stadium.

– The story behind the eviction of Mexican Americans at Chavez Ravine.

– How Dodgers Stadium affected the identity of the City of Los Angeles.

Further Reading:

Nixon, Richard. Letter to Dodgers Welcoming Committee. 10 April 1958.

Nixon, Richard. Western Union Telegram to Walter O’Malley. 1 October 1959.

O’Malley, Walter. Letter to Richard Nixon. 19 October 1959.

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Photo: At a 1969 All-Star Game reception in Washington, D.C., Walter O’Malley shakes hands with President Richard M. Nixon. In the background are Peter O’Malley and Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn. Official Website of Walter O’Malley.

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Podcast: Salim Yaqub on Arab-American Relations in the 1970s https://www.nixonfoundation.org/2017/08/podcast-salim-yaqub-arab-american-relations-1970s/ https://www.nixonfoundation.org/2017/08/podcast-salim-yaqub-arab-american-relations-1970s/#respond Mon, 07 Aug 2017 22:48:39 +0000 https://www.nixonfoundation.org/?p=30203 Salim Yaqub is author of “Imperfect Strangers: Americans, Arabs, and U.S.- Middle East Relations in the 1970s.” Why was the 1970s such a pivotal decade for US-Arab relations? Salim Yaqub professor of history at the University of California Santa Barbara argues that Arabs and Americans came to know each other as never before whether in […]

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Salim Yaqub is author of “Imperfect Strangers: Americans, Arabs, and U.S.- Middle East Relations in the 1970s.”

Why was the 1970s such a pivotal decade for US-Arab relations? Salim Yaqub professor of history at the University of California Santa Barbara argues that Arabs and Americans came to know each other as never before whether in the highest levels of diplomacy, in street-level interactions, and in the imagination. In this edition of the Nixon Now podcast we explore this subject with Dr. Yaqub, author of “Imperfect Strangers: Americans, Arabs, and U.S.-Middle East Relations in the 1970s.”

Program Highlights:

– Research behind the book.

– Arab perception of Americans.

– Nixon administration Middle East policy, and the state of U.S.-Arab relations.

– Profile on Arab leaders including Ghamal Abdel Nasser, Anwar Sadat, and Hafez Assad.

– Politics of the Arabian Gulf.

– 1974 Oil Embargo and its aftermath.

– The introduction of the petrodollar.

– The rise of political activism among Arab Americans.

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Top Photo: U.S. President and Mrs. Nixon with Egyptian President and Mrs. Anwar Sadat at the site of the great pyramids at Giza on June 12, 1974. (Richard Nixon Presidential Library)

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Podcast: Kathleen Smith on Khrushchev’s Soviet Union https://www.nixonfoundation.org/2017/07/podcast-kathleen-smith-khrushchevs-soviet-union/ https://www.nixonfoundation.org/2017/07/podcast-kathleen-smith-khrushchevs-soviet-union/#respond Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:37:13 +0000 https://www.nixonfoundation.org/?p=29908 Kathleen Smith is author of “Moscow 1956: The Silenced Spring” Why was 1965 such a pivotal year in in the Soviet Union? How did it help set the course of the past half century of Russian history. Joining us on this edition of the Nixon Now Podcast to answer these questions is Kathleen Smith. Dr. […]

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Kathleen Smith is author of “Moscow 1956: The Silenced Spring”

Why was 1965 such a pivotal year in in the Soviet Union? How did it help set the course of the past half century of Russian history. Joining us on this edition of the Nixon Now Podcast to answer these questions is Kathleen Smith. Dr. Smith is Professor of Teaching at the Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service. Her area of expertise is issues of memory and historical politics of Russia.

Program Highlights:

– Research behind the book.

– Why 1956 was a significant year for the Soviet Union.

– Nikita Khrushchev’s background.

– Stalinism versus Khrushchev’s leadership.

– Krushchev’s Secret Speech”

– Stalin’s victims

– How Khrushchev’s leadership inspired the generation that shaped Perestroika in the 1980s.

– Khrushchev’s foreign policy.

– Khrushchev’s influence today.

Further Reading:

Khrushchev, Nikita. “‘On the Cult of Personality and Its Consequences,’ Delivered at the Twentieth Party Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.” 25 February 1956.

Nixon, Richard. Memo to President Dwight Eisenhower After Meeting with Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev. August 1959

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Photo: “The Kitchen Debate:” Vice President Nixon debates Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev in an American Exhibition in Moscow on July 25, 1959 (Time Life Collection/Getty).

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Podcast: Gene Kopelson on Ronald Reagan’s Rise to National Stature in 1968 https://www.nixonfoundation.org/2017/06/gene-kopelson-ronald-reagans-rise-national-stature-1968/ https://www.nixonfoundation.org/2017/06/gene-kopelson-ronald-reagans-rise-national-stature-1968/#respond Wed, 28 Jun 2017 21:05:11 +0000 https://www.nixonfoundation.org/?p=29698 Gene Kopelson is author of “Reagan’s 1968 Dress Rehearsal: Ike, RFK, and Reagan’s Emergence as a World Statesman.” How did Ronald Reagan emerge as a national figure, and come to challenge Richard Nixon for the GOP nomination for President in 1968? This edition of the Nixon Now Podcast features Gene Kopelson. Gene Kopelson is president of […]

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Gene Kopelson is author of “Reagan’s 1968 Dress Rehearsal: Ike, RFK, and Reagan’s Emergence as a World Statesman.”

How did Ronald Reagan emerge as a national figure, and come to challenge Richard Nixon for the GOP nomination for President in 1968? This edition of the Nixon Now Podcast features Gene Kopelson. Gene Kopelson is president of the New England chapter, and on the Board of Trustees, of the Theodore Roosevelt Association, an active Churchillian, and a holocaust educator. As a historian, he has published works on Theodore Roosevelt’s Great White Fleet, Ronald Reagan’s 1966 campaign and Mexican American voters, the 1968 Nebraska and Oregon Republican primaries, and Washington State Republican politics in the 1960s. The Robert F. Kennedy Memorial featured his research on Robert F. Kennedy as an inspiration to Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal. His research on Reagan and Eisenhower was featured in 2015 at the 125th Commemoration of the Birth of Dwight Eisenhower at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library. He’s a medical doctor — an oncologist by training — and the author of a new book called “Reagan’s 1968 Dress Rehearsal: Ike, RFK, and Reagan’s Emergence as a World Statesman.”

Show Highlights:

– The research behind the book, including “newly uncovered audiotapes from candidate Reagan’s days as governor of California, the Eisenhower-Reagan correspondence and files, Ike’s post-presidential diary, and interviews with 35 grassroots Reagan activists from 1968.”

– How Reagan emerged as a presidential candidate in less than two years as governor of California.

– The Nixon-Reagan relationship.

– President Eisenhower’s influence and mentoring of Reagan.

– How Robert F. Kennedy’s actions as Attorney General affected Reagan’s career in politics.

– How Reagan became California’s “favorite-son” and challenged Richard Nixon for the GOP Presidential Nomination in 1968.

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Podcast: Chris Whipple on White House Chiefs of Staff https://www.nixonfoundation.org/2017/06/podcast-chris-whipple-white-house-chiefs-staff/ https://www.nixonfoundation.org/2017/06/podcast-chris-whipple-white-house-chiefs-staff/#respond Tue, 20 Jun 2017 20:08:00 +0000 https://www.nixonfoundation.org/?p=29513 Chris Whipple is author of “The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency” What is the role of the White House Chief of Staff, and what effect have they had in the governance of a presidential administration? This edition of the Nixon Now podcast features Chris Whipple, author of “The Gatekeepers: […]

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Chris Whipple is author of “The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency”

What is the role of the White House Chief of Staff, and what effect have they had in the governance of a presidential administration? This edition of the Nixon Now podcast features Chris Whipple, author of “The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency.” Chris Whipple is an acclaimed documentary filmmaker, a writer, journalist, and speaker. A Peabody and Emmy Award Winning Producer of CBS 60 minutes and ABC’s Primetime, he’s the chief executive officer of CCWHIP Productions. Most recently he was the writer and executive producer of Showtime’s “The Spymasters: CIA in the Cross Hairs.” Of the “Gatekeepers,” Jonathan Alter says “Through Whipple’s discerning lens, we learn scores of new things about how government really works at the highest level.” 

Show Highlights:

— Nixon Chief of Staff H.R. “Bob” Haldeman’s Professional Background and Organizational Style.

— How Richard Nixon Decided to Organize the White House and Created the Modern Presidency.

— How Haldeman Devised a Plan to Make the Best Use of the President’s Time.

— The Nixon White House Television Strategy.

— Staffing the Nixon White House.

— Haldeman’s Pivotal role in the Historic Trip to China in 1972.

— The Haldeman System and Watergate.

Resources:

Bostock, Bob. “A President’s Time.” 13 February 2010.

Assistant Chief of Staff Larry Higby on Working For H.R. Haldeman. 15 February 2010.

Haldman, H.R. with Joseph DiMona. “The Ends of Power.” Times Books. 1978.

Haldeman, H.R. “The Haldeman Diaries: Inside the Nixon White House.” G.P. Pitman’s Sons. 18 May 1994.

Nixon aides talk White House organization and Chief-of-Staff H.R. “Bob” Haldeman. 15 February 2010.

Bob Haldeman’s Widow Jo Haldeman Talks Memoir, in “Shadow of the White House: A Memoir of the Washington and Watergate Years, 1968-1978.” 22 April 2017.

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Podcast: The Fall of the Soviet Union and the Rise of Putin’s Russia with Peter Conradi https://www.nixonfoundation.org/2017/06/podcast-fall-soviet-union-rise-putins-russia-peter-conradi/ https://www.nixonfoundation.org/2017/06/podcast-fall-soviet-union-rise-putins-russia-peter-conradi/#respond Mon, 19 Jun 2017 07:14:18 +0000 https://www.nixonfoundation.org/?p=29467 Peter Conradi is the foreign editor of the Sunday Times and author of “Who Lost Russia: How the World Entered a New Cold War” This edition of the Nixon Now Podcast features author Peter Conradi on the dramatic aftermath of the fall of the Soviet Union, and the rise of Putin’s Russia. The conversation includes […]

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Peter Conradi is the foreign editor of the Sunday Times and author of “Who Lost Russia: How the World Entered a New Cold War”

This edition of the Nixon Now Podcast features author Peter Conradi on the dramatic aftermath of the fall of the Soviet Union, and the rise of Putin’s Russia. The conversation includes story behind Nixon’s critique of the George H.W. Bush administration’s handling of U.S.-Russia relations.

Conradi is the foreign editor of The Sunday Times. During his seven years as a foreign correspondent in Moscow, Conradi witnessed the USSR’s collapse first-hand. His previous books include include “Hitler’s Piano Player” and the international bestseller “The King’s Speech” co-authored with Mark Logue, which told the real-life story behind the Oscar-Winning film. He’s also the author of a newly released book, “Who Lost Russia: How the World Entered A New Cold War,” which the New York Times is calling “A smart, balanced analysis of the internal developments that have shaped Russia’s course since the break-up of the Soviet Union.”

Show Highlights:

— The Soviet Union’s Fall
— The Mikhail Gorbachev and Boris Yeltsin Rivalry
— President Nixon’s Critique of President George H.W. Bush’s Russia Policy.
— U.S.-Russia Relations from Presidents George H.W. Bush to Donald Trump.
— Russia’s Struggle between Westernization and Traditional Slavism.
— Russia’s Transition from Command Economy to Free Market Economy.
— Russia’s Foreign Policy and Actions in Georgia, Ukraine, and Syria.
— How Vladimir Putin Rose to Power.
— Putin’s Ideology.

Further Reading:

Berger, Sandy. Memo on Proposed Telephone Call Between President Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon on Nixon’s Upcoming Trip to the Soviet Union. 1 March 1994.

Friedman, Thomas. “Nixon’s ‘Save Russia’ Memo: Bush Feels the Sting.” 10 March 1992. New York Times.


Nixon, Richard. Memorandum for President George H.W. Bush. Subject: “Soviet-American Relations.” 19 April 1991.

Nixon, Richard. “How to Lose the Cold War.” 10 March 1992.

Nixon, Richard. “The New World.” Address Given at Nixon Library Hosted National Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. 11 March 1992.

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Photo: President Nixon and Russian President Boris Yeltsin in 1991. Credit: Richard Nixon Foundation.

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Podcast: Dean Kotlowski on Nixon’s Civil Rights https://www.nixonfoundation.org/2017/02/podcast-dean-kotlowski-nixons-civil-rights/ https://www.nixonfoundation.org/2017/02/podcast-dean-kotlowski-nixons-civil-rights/#respond Sat, 25 Feb 2017 22:10:36 +0000 https://www.nixonfoundation.org/?p=29604 Dean Kotlowski is Author of “Nixon’s Civil Rights: Politics, Principle, and Policy.” Dean Kotlowski joins the Nixon Foundation on this special Black History Month edition of the Nixon Now Podcast to talk about President Nixon’s history with the African American community and his record on civil rights. Dr. Kotlowski is a professor of history at […]

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Dean Kotlowski is Author of “Nixon’s Civil Rights: Politics, Principle, and Policy.”

Dean Kotlowski joins the Nixon Foundation on this special Black History Month edition of the Nixon Now Podcast to talk about President Nixon’s history with the African American community and his record on civil rights. Dr. Kotlowski is a professor of history at Salisbury University and is the author of an influential book on the subject called “Nixon’s Civil Rights: Politics, Principle, and Policy.”

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Podcast: James Rosen on William F. Buckley and Richard Nixon https://www.nixonfoundation.org/2016/11/podcast-james-rosen-william-f-buckley-richard-nixon/ https://www.nixonfoundation.org/2016/11/podcast-james-rosen-william-f-buckley-richard-nixon/#respond Fri, 04 Nov 2016 20:19:26 +0000 https://www.nixonfoundation.org/?p=27279 James Rosen is Author of “A Torch Kept Lit: Great Lives of the 20th Century.” A writer, intellect and polymath, William F. Buckley Jr. was founder and editor of National Review for decades and a contemporary of Richard Nixon. Joining the Nixon Now Podcast to discuss the relationship between Buckley and Nixon is James Rosen, […]

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James Rosen is Author of “A Torch Kept Lit: Great Lives of the 20th Century.”

A writer, intellect and polymath, William F. Buckley Jr. was founder and editor of National Review for decades and a contemporary of Richard Nixon.

Joining the Nixon Now Podcast to discuss the relationship between Buckley and Nixon is James Rosen, Chief Washington, D.C. correspondent for FOX News. Rosen is the editor and curator of a new book of Buckley’s writing called “A Torch Kept Lit: Great Lives of the 20th Century,” a unique collection of eulogies of the twentieth century’s greatest figures.

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Podcast: Andrew Scott Cooper on the U.S. Relationship with Iran in the Nixon Era https://www.nixonfoundation.org/2016/09/the-u-s-relationship-with-iran/ https://www.nixonfoundation.org/2016/09/the-u-s-relationship-with-iran/#respond Wed, 21 Sep 2016 08:31:01 +0000 http://www.nixonfoundation.org/?p=26459 Andrew Scott Cooper is author of “The Fall of Heaven: The Pahlavis and the Final Days of Imperial Iran.” The subject of the most recent addition to the Nixon Now podcast is a timely one. Since the fall of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi in 1979, Iran and the United States have not had diplomatic relations. Despite […]

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Andrew Scott Cooper is author of “The Fall of Heaven: The Pahlavis and the Final Days of Imperial Iran.”

The subject of the most recent addition to the Nixon Now podcast is a timely one. Since the fall of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi in 1979, Iran and the United States have not had diplomatic relations. Despite recent agreements made in the realm of nuclear proliferation, the diplomatic climate between the United States and Iran has remained murky and has only moved slowly in the positive direction of rapprochement.

Joining the Nixon Now podcast to discuss the history of the U.S. relationship with Iran is historian and U.S.-Iranian expert Andrew Scott Cooper. Professor Cooper is a contributing columnist to Foreign Policy and the Guardian newspaper’s Tehran Bureau website. He is affiliated with Columbia’s Center for Global Energy Policy and is a member of the UK Energy Institute. He is also the author of “The Fall of Heaven: The Pahlavis and the Final Days of Imperial Iran.”

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Podcast: Michael Balzano on How Nixon Created the New Majority https://www.nixonfoundation.org/2016/08/how-nixon-created-the-new-majority/ https://www.nixonfoundation.org/2016/08/how-nixon-created-the-new-majority/#respond Thu, 11 Aug 2016 07:41:46 +0000 http://www.nixonfoundation.org/?p=26427 Michael Balzano is Author of “Building a New Majority.” In 1972, President Nixon was elected by a 49-state landslide and nearly 50 million votes. He built a grand coalition, welcoming in traditional Democrats including ethnic and working-class voters. Joining us on this week’s Nixon Now Podcast is Michael Balzano. Balzano was a White House Staff […]

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Michael Balzano is Author of “Building a New Majority.”

In 1972, President Nixon was elected by a 49-state landslide and nearly 50 million votes. He built a grand coalition, welcoming in traditional Democrats including ethnic and working-class voters.

Joining us on this week’s Nixon Now Podcast is Michael Balzano. Balzano was a White House Staff Assistant from February 1972 through March 1973 where he worked under Charles Colson at the Office of Public Liaison. Balzano acted as a liaison between the Nixon administration and various segments of the population, including labor, Catholics, Poles, Slovaks, Italians, Greeks, Ukranians, Lithuanians, Estonians, and other Eastern European groups.

Balzano is also the author of “Building a New Majority,” which provides candidates and the public the tools to better understand the complexities of the American workforce.

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