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D.C. Mondays: The Watergate

The Watergate building complex


The Washington Post once called the Watergate complex a "glittering Potomac Titanic." Like the famous ocean liner, the Watergate was ahead of its time, filled with boldface residents—and ultimately doomed. Author Joe Rodota unlocks the mysteries of the Watergate and unravels how the Nixon break-in transformed its reputation and spawned generations of "-gate" scandals, from Koreagate to Deflategate.

About Joe Rodota

Rodota has worked at the highest levels of federal, state and local politics for more than 30 years. He served as a writer and communications manager in the Reagan White House and as a top campaign and government aide to California governors Pete Wilson and Arnold Schwarzenegger. His book The Watergate: Inside America’s Most Infamous Address (2018) tells the complete history of the midcentury complex that became synonymous with scandal. Rodata also hosts OPPO FILE, a new podcast about the history and practice of opposition research.

How to Participate

To participate, register online, and we will email you a link and instructions for joining the program on Zoom. Simply follow that link at the time the event starts (12 p.m. EST). When you register, you can also request to receive a reminder email one day before the program with the link included.  

About the D.C. Mondays Series

Join local authors, researchers, and community members online for lively discussions about Washington, D.C.’s history, politics, culture, and more. Browse upcoming programs