“Gavel-to-Gavel”: The Watergate Scandal and Public Television

The Watergate Coverage

The American Archive of Public Broadcasting holds the full run of NPACT's coverage of the Senate Watergate hearings. Each day is divided into 2-7 parts that can be accessed by clicking on the hyperlinked numbers. To watch a specific person testify, click on their name. Transcripts from the hearings (although not of the commentary before and after) are available through HathiTrust Digital Library (http://www.hathitrust.org/) by clicking on the volume and book number listed. For a PDF of the full episode guide, click here.


Week One

Episode # Date # of tapes Parts Transcript Episode Guide Witnesses Key Moments
1 5/17/73 6 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 v. 1 bk. 1 Episode Guide Robert C. Odle, Bruce Kehrli, Sgt. Paul W. Leeper First broadcast begins, Senators open the hearings
2 5/18/73 5 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 v. 1 bk. 1 Episode Guide Officer Carl M. Shoffler, James McCord McCord claims offered executive clemency

Week Two

Episode # Date # of tapes Parts Transcript Episode Guide Witnesses Key Moments
3 5/22/73 8 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 v. 1 bk. 1 Episode Guide James McCord, John J. Caulfield
4 5/23/73 4 1, 2, 3, 4 v. 1 bk. 1 Episode Guide John J. Cualfield, Anthony T. Ulasewicz, Gerald Alch
5 5/24/73 5 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 v. 1 bk. 1 Episode Guide Gerald Alch, Bernard L. Barker, Alfred C. Baldwin

Week Three

Episode # Date # of tapes Parts Transcript Episode Guide Witnesses Key Moments
6 6/5/73 5 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 v. 1 bk. 2 Episode Guide Sally Harmony, Robert Reisner MacNeil shares positive feedback from viewers
7 6/6/73 5 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 v. 1 bk. 2 Episode Guide Hugh W. Sloan, Jr.
8 6/7/73 4 1, 2, 3, 4 v. 1 bk. 2 Episode Guide Hugh W. Sloan, Jr., Herbert L. Porter Porter explains his loyalty to Nixon

Week Four

Episode # Date # of tapes Parts Transcript Episode Guide Witnesses Key Moments
9 6/12/73 4 1, 2, 3, 4 v. 1 bk. 2 Episode Guide Herbert Porter, Robert W. Barker , Maurice H. Stans
10 6/13/73 3 1, 2, 3 v. 1 bk. 2 Episode Guide Maurice H. Stans
11 6/14/73 6 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 v. 1 bk. 2 Episode Guide Jeb S. Magruder Magruder explains why he participated

Week Five

Episode # Date # of tapes Parts Transcript Episode Guide Witnesses Key Moments
12 6/25/73 6 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 v. 1 bk. 3 Episode Guide John W. Dean “Cancer on the Presidency”
13 6/26/73 5 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 v. 1 bk. 3 Episode Guide John W. Dean
14 6/27/73 5 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 v. 1 bk. 3 Episode Guide John W. Dean
15 6/28/73 4 1, 2, 3, 4 v. 1 bk. 4 Episode Guide John W. Dean “What did the President know, and when did he know it?”
16 6/29/73 4 1, 2, 3, 4 v. 1 bk. 4 Episode Guide John W. Dean

Week Six

Episode # Date # of tapes Parts Transcript Episode Guide Witnesses Key Moments
17 7/10/73 5 1 (missing), 2, 3, 4, 5 v. 1 bk. 4 Episode Guide John N. Mitchell Testifies that he withheld information from Nixon
18 7/11/73 5 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 v. 1 bk. 5 Episode Guide John N. Mitchell
19 7/12/73 5 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 v. 1 bk. 5 Episode Guide John N. Mitchell , Richard A. Moore
20 7/13/73 6 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 v. 1 bk. 5 Episode Guide Richard A. Moore

Week Seven

Episode # Date # of tapes Parts Transcript Episode Guide Witnesses Key Moments
21 7/16/73 4 1, 2, 3, 4 v. 1 bk. 5 Episode Guide Richard A. Moore, Alexander P. Butterfield, Herbert W. Kalmbach Presidential tapes revealed
22 7/17/73 4 1, 2, 3, 4 v. 1 bk. 5 Episode Guide Herbert W. Kalmbach
23 7/18/73 5 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 v. 1 bk. 6 Episode Guide Anthony T. Ulasewicz, Frederick C. LaRue
24 7/19/73 5 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 v. 1 bk. 6 Episode Guide Frederick C. LaRue, Robert C. Mardian
25 7/20/73 4 1, 2, 3, 4 v. 1 bk. 6 Episode Guide Robert C. Mardian, Gordon C. Strachan

Week Eight

Episode # Date # of tapes Parts Transcript Episode Guide Witnesses Key Moments
26 7/23/73 4 1, 2, 3, 4 v. 1 bk. 6 Episode Guide Gordon C. Strachan Nixon refuses to hand over tapes, Committee votes to serve a subpoena
27 7/24/73 5 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 v. 1 bk. 6 Episode Guide John D. Ehrlichman Testified to approving Ellsberg break-in
28 7/25/73 3 1, 2, 3 v. 1 bk. 6 Episode Guide John D. Ehrlichman
29 7/26/73 2 1, 2, (last 2 missing) v. 1 bk. 7 Episode Guide John D. Ehrlichman Committee votes to take Nixon to court
30 7/27/73 5 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 v. 1 bk. 7 Episode Guide John D. Ehrlichman

Week Nine

Episode # Date # of tapes Parts Transcript Episode Guide Witnesses Key Moments
31 7/30/73 5 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, (missing) v. 1 bk. 7 Episode Guide John D. Ehrlichman, H. R. Haldeman
32 7/31/73 7 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 v. 1 bk. 8 Episode Guide H. R. Haldeman
33 8/1/73 7 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 v. 1 bk. 8 Episode Guide H. R. Haldeman
34 8/2/73 6 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 v. 1 bk. 8 Episode Guide Richard M. Helms, Robert E. Cushman
35 8/3/73 5 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 v. 1 bk. 9 Episode Guide Vernon A. Walters, L. Patrick Gray III

Week Ten

Episode # Date # of tapes Parts Transcript Episode Guide Witnesses Key Moments
36 8/6/73 6 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 v. 1 bk. 9 Episode Guide L. Patrick Gray
37 8/7/73 6 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 v. 1 bk. 9 Episode Guide Richard G. Kleindienst, Henry E. Petersen

Week Eleven

Episode # Date # of tapes Parts Transcript Episode Guide Witnesses Key Moments
38 9/24/73 5 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 v. 1 bk. 9 Episode Guide E. Howard Hunt
39 9/25/73 6 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 v. 1 bk. 9 Episode Guide E. Howard Hunt
40 9/26/73 5 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 v. 2 bk. 10 Episode Guide Patrick J. Buchanan

Week Twelve

Episode # Date # of tapes Parts Transcript Episode Guide Witnesses Key Moments
41 10/3/73 5 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 v. 2 bk. 10 Episode Guide Donald H. Segretti
42 10/4/73 4 1, 2, 3, 4 v. 2 bk. 11 Episode Guide Martin D. Kelly, Robert Benz

Week Thirteen

Episode # Date # of tapes Parts Transcript Episode Guide Witnesses Key Moments
43 10/9/73 3 1, 2, 3 v. 2 bk. 11 Episode Guide John R. Buckley
44 10/10/73 6 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 v. 2 bk. 11 Episode Guide Michael W. McMinoway, Frederick J. Taugher, Kenneth Hickman
45 10/11/73 5 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 v. 2 bk. 11 Episode Guide Richard Stearns, Frank Mankiewicz

Week Fourteen

Episode # Date # of tapes Parts Transcript Episode Guide Witnesses Key Moments
46 11/6/73 2 1, (2, 3, 4 missing), 5 v. 2 bk. 12 Episode Guide Truman Campbell, Michael Heller, Tim lee Carter, Pual Brindze, Jeremiah P. Sullivan
47 11/7/73 6 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 v. 3 bk. 13 Episode Guide William H. Marumoto, John J. Priestes
48 11/8/73 3 1, 2, 3 v. 3 bk. 13 Episode Guide Benjamin Fernandez

Week Fifteen

Episode # Date # of tapes Parts Transcript Episode Guide Witnesses Key Moments
49 11/13/73 3 1, 2, 3 v. 3 bk. 13 Episode Guide Matthew E. Clark, Jr., Robert Bartlome
50 11/14/73 3 1, 2, 3 v. 3 bk. 13 Episode Guide Orin E. Atkins, Claude C. Wild Jr.
51 11/15/73 3 1, 2, 3 v. 3 bk. 13 Episode Guide Camilo Fabrega, Neal Robinson, George A. Spater, Russel DeYoung

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