Yesterday I listened to a very interesting interview on the Diane Rehm show with John Dean, former White House Counsel during the Nixon years about his new book about Watergate. Nixon resigned a couple of weeks before I was born so I wasn’t around when it was big news. I’ve never studied much about Watergate but have always been intrigued by it. I plan to read more about Watergate soon, but my first question was why the recordings in his office existed in the first place. The answer is complicated and long, but I was especially interested to learn that many presidents, both before and after Nixon, have recorded their conversations. More information is available here.