Actor Harry Shearer's New Series Shows a 'Twisted, Resentful, Paranoid' Nixon

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Harry Shearer in "Nixon's the One"
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*Editor's Note: The audio portion of this interview contains language that some may find offensive.

President Richard M. Nixon resigned in disgrace on August 9, 1974. He left behind nearly 3,700 hours of secret recordings, taped conversations in the White House between 1971 and 1973. 

In an interview with The Takeaway's John Hockenberry, actor Harry Shearer describes the Nixon tapes as an "incredible gift." Shearer puts that gift to use, playing the president himself in the new web series, "Nixon's the One."

In choosing his material from the thousands of hours of recordings, Shearer tells Hockenberry, "I decided to focus on these conversations that are not about Watergate, they're not about Vietnam; this is not about history or politics," he says. "This is conversations revealing of the character: This incredibly complex, twisted, resentful, paranoid character of this guy."