HBO just premiered a new mini-series called “The White House Plumbers” starring Woody Harrelson and Justin Theroux. It’s based on a book by former Nixon domestic advisor Egil “Bud” Krogh, a key player in the administration’s secret espionage unit, aka “The Plumbers,” and his son Matt Krogh. G&R talked to Matt last year on the 50th anniversary of the Watergate break-in. We’re reposting the episode to coincide with the HBO series’ premiere.
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“June 17th, 2022 was the 50th anniversary of the Watergate break in. In 1972, five men were arrested breaking into the Democratic National Committee HQ at the Watergate Hotel in Washington D.C. They were part of a group that operated out of the Nixon White House called the “Plumbers.” Their job was to investigate leaks in the White House and conduct other surveillance and sabotage against Nixon’s political enemies.
One of the heads of the White House Plumbers was Egil “Bud” Krogh. Krogh passed away in 2020, but before his death, he co-wrote a memoir of his experience in the Nixon Administration’s secret espionage unit with his son Matt Krogh (@mattkrogh).
In our Watergate anniversary episode, we talk with Matt Krogh about his father Egil Krogh, the Plumbers and the Nixon administration. We also talk about the Watergate scandal in relation to the current political environment.
Bio//Matt Krogh is the co-author, with his father, the late Egil “Bud” Krogh, of “The White House Plumbers” (out this fall), along with its earlier iteration “Integrity.” HBO has made a mini-series based on the book starring Woody Harrelson and Justin Theroux.
By day, Matt is a professional change maker focused on issues of climate change, fossil fuels, and policy. Mostly based in Bellingham, Washington, he has spent his career in nonprofit activism at various organizations, and has worked as a freelance writer, ranger, and geographic analyst. He currently co-owns Warthog Information Systems (www.warthogis.com), a company focused on using geographic information to make the world a better place.
He is grateful for the opportunity to amplify his dad’s important life lessons through co-authoring The White House Plumbers, along with its earlier iteration Integrity.”
Music// “Watergate Blues” by Tom T. Hall, and “H2O Blues” by Gil Scott Heron