West Stockbridge, Mass.
Local culture
5 January 2021 08:34AM


by Jodi Rothe
Film by Mark Farrell

Annette Miller as Martha Mitchell and Kale Browne as John Mitchell

Broadcast Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 7:30pm (EST)

The evening before the inauguration of our 46th president, we take a look back at one of the country’s most provocative political gambits in its history—Martha Mitchell’s dogged perseverance in speaking truth to power resonates today more than ever.

Portrayed with humor, candor and disarming pathos, this riveting work re-examines the life and legacy of Martha Mitchell. Outrageous, flamboyant, courageous and the life of the party, she ultimately played the pivotal role in the downfall of Nixon’s Presidency. A southern debutante who dreamt of fame, her marriage to John Mitchell was a love story come true — until she discovered the Watergate conspiracy and had to choose between patriotism and personal happiness. The personal cost was tragic and she faded away to a forgotten end. Join Martha as she brings us back to the era of the secrets of H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman and her husband, Attorney General John Mitchell, who subverted the law and put our liberty in jeopardy. Witness the truth as seen through Martha’s eyes and told through the voice of the woman who blew the whistle on the conspiracies going on in the shadows of the Nixon White House. Is today yesterday?

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