Caption: PRX default Piece image
PRX default Piece image 

Barbara Jordan Speech on Watergate and the Constitution

From: KUT
Length: 08:44

History of Barbara Jordan's Constitutional speech on Watergate Read the full description.

Default-piece-image-2 July 25 marks the anniversary of one of the great speeches in American history. It was given by a freshman Congresswoman from Texas, Barbara Jordan, the first black woman from the South elected to Congress…It was also a defining moment in the national crisis known as Watergate. Within two weeks President Nixon would resign. Barbara Jordan would become an icon: a symbol for what is right about America, and the most sought-after public speaker until her death in 1996. Wayne Bell begins our tale, with Barbara Jordan’s own recollections.

To hear the full audio, sign up for a free PRX account or log in.

More from KUT

Piece image

Two Guys on Your Head: Why Being Put On Hold is So Frustrating (07:20)
From: KUT

Horrible music, incredible wait times and an inscrutable labyrinth of phone prompts: We've all experienced the frustrations of being on hold. Even when we're on hold for a ...
Caption: Charlie Rouse

Liner Notes: Charlie Rouse (02:57)
From: KUT

Charlie Rouse was an American hard bop tenor saxophonist and much sought-after sideman. He is known primarily for his collaboration with Thelonious Monk. In this edition of ...
Piece image

Two Guys on Your Head: How to Navigate Road Rage (07:20)
From: KUT

Oh, the woes of modern life in a metropolitan city center. What’s going on in our brains when we encounter that familiar feeling of intense frustration while driving in ...
Piece image

Two Guys on Your Head: Does Size Matter When it Comes to Meetings? (07:20)
From: KUT

Does size matter… when it comes to meetings? Well, actually, yes it does. It’s not a myth. Contrary to popular belief, when it comes to meetings, it’s better to keep it on ...
Piece image

Two Guys on Your Head: Metaphors and The Brain (07:20)
From: KUT

Ever have those moments when you just can’t find the right words to express your thoughts? They happen. Articulation isn’t always easy. Sometimes, words or language alone ...
Piece image

Ones To Watch: Walker Lukens (02:00)
From: KUT

Whether he’s using just a looping pedal and his voice, or he’s backed by his fiery band the Side Arms, Austin’s Walker Lukens will catch your ear. His 2013 album "Devoted" ...
Piece image

Ones To Watch: Tinariwen (02:00)
From: KUT

For the band Tinariwen, music is life. The band members belong to the Tuareg, a nomadic tribe that calls the Saharan Desert home. But Tinariwen haven’t had a home for the ...
Piece image

Ones To Watch: The Painted Redstarts (02:00)
From: KUT

The Painted Redstarts are leading the charge for a new generation of Austin bands. The group features some familiar names: Marlon Sexton, son of Charlie Sexton, and William ...
Piece image

Ones To Watch: The Haden Triplets (01:59)
From: KUT

Before these three sisters formed The Haden Triplets, Tanya, Rachel, and Petra worked individually with Foo Fighters, Beck, Green Day and the Decemberists. Now they’re ...
Piece image

Ones To Watch: Emily Wolfe (02:00)
From: KUT

Emily Wolfe’s 2012 debut was largely acoustic, but the Austin native has recently dialed it up a notch by adding a full band. Last year she linked up with Mike McCarthy, a ...

Piece Description

July 25 marks the anniversary of one of the great speeches in American history. It was given by a freshman Congresswoman from Texas, Barbara Jordan, the first black woman from the South elected to Congress…It was also a defining moment in the national crisis known as Watergate. Within two weeks President Nixon would resign. Barbara Jordan would become an icon: a symbol for what is right about America, and the most sought-after public speaker until her death in 1996. Wayne Bell begins our tale, with Barbara Jordan’s own recollections.

1 Comment Atom Feed

Caption: PRX default User image

Review of Barbara Jordan Speech on Watergate and the Constitution

A well-researched, well-executed look back at Barbara Jordan's 'Watergate speech'. As someone who was too young to understand the hearings as they were aired on tv, but who wants to learn more about Ms. Jordan and her legacy, I appreciated the historical, political, and jouralistic context provided by contemporary sources. Like the words of Ms. Jordan herself, this piece was authoritative and inspiring.

Broadcast History

KUT and Wayne Bell are creating an audio biography of Barbara Jordan. To find out more about Barbara Jordan and the project, or to hear this story again, visit our website at KUT-dot-org.

Transcript

Watergate Segment
Version 5 - 7/21/05 pm length: 8:45

Barbara Jordan, archival recording (1984)
I went to Congress in January of 1973. Now, I had always had the highest regard and respect possible for the Presidency and I could not imagine that I would be engaged in a process that would -- could lead to the end of the Presidency.

(WB) That is Barbara Jordan, recorded in 1984. The ‘rumbling’ she’s referring to was, of course, the Watergate scandal, which landed in her lap because she was a freshman member of the House Judiciary Committee. That Committee, 21 Democrats and 17 Republicans, was the nation’s point team in determining whether, or not, to impeach President Nixon. Barbara Jordan would play a crucial role.

John Doar
I’m John Doar. I was special counsel for the House Judiciary Committee.
There’s some indication that President Nixon believed that that Committee c...
Read the full transcript

Timing and Cues

TAPE: Bell Jordan on Watergate
TIME: 8:44
O/C: This is Wayne Bell, KUT News

Related Website

http://www.kut.org