Episode 384: Watergate

Release Date: Oct. 25, 2021

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Running Time:  1 hr. 50 min

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At first it looked like a third rate burglary. Five men were caught in the early hours of June 18 1972 breaking into the Democratic National Committee Headquarters, situated in the Watergate Building. The botched crime and successive cover-up lead reporters Woodward and Bernstein to discover a conspiracy directed by then President Richard Nixon.

Watergate is a tense card-driven tug-of-war. One player is the Editor of the Washington Post - trying to piece together a chain of evidence to tie the President to the crime and a corrupt plot to undermine democracy. The other player is the Nixon Administration whose goal is to preserve just enough momentum for the campaign to survive until the end of the President’s term.

Will your efforts help usher a corrupt President from office or protect him from prosecution and preserve his legacy?

Listen in to explore the game and take a deep dive into the history behind Watergate.

PLUS... a Meal segment featuring recipe and game recommendations for a cool Fall night.

Watergate   Capstone Games  Frosted Games BGG 

Designer: Matthias Cramer   Graphic Design: atelier 198

Publisher: Frosted Games, Capstone Games

2 players  30-45 min.  ages 12+   MSRP $35

Time to teach/learn:  5-8 minutes


The Meal

Doug's Recipe & Game:  Saucy Pasty & Patrician

Saucy Pasty Recipe (courtesy of Sam the Cooking Guy)


3-4 pieces of bacon, chopped into small pieces.
A handful of panko breadcrumbs.
1 lb. of Hot Italian sausage
3 pats of butter
8 oz. of heavy cream or half and half
8 oz. shredded parmesan cheese
8 oz. Rigatoni pasta, of other tubular shape pasta


Brown bacon pieces until nearly crisp. Place on a paper towel lined plate to drain.
Drain off almost all the bacon fat. Use the reserved fat to lightly brown the panko breadcrumbs, then set crumbs aside with bacon pieces.
Brown the sausage in the pan, breaking up the meat into small crumbles.
Meanwhile, boil the pasta in a separate pot of salted water until al dente. drain and set aside.
Add the cream or half and half to the pan of browned sausage and combine.
Add the butter to the pan of sausage and let it melt.
To the same pan, add cheese and combine with sausage and liquid.
Finally, add pasta to the sausage mixture, and serve.
Top pasta and sausage with bacon and breadcrumb mixture.

Patrician    |  BGG

Stephen's Recipe & Game: Wild Rice Soup  | Morels

Wild Rice Soup Recipe (from Lunds/Byerlys)


    6 tablespoons margarine or butter
    1 tablespoon minced onion
    ½ cup flour
    3 cups chicken broth
    2 cups cooked wild rice
    ½ cup finely grated carrots
    ⅓ cup minced ham
    3 tablespoons chopped slivered almonds
    ½ teaspoons salt
    1 cup half-and-half
    2 tablespoons dry sherry, (optional)
    snipped fresh parsley or chives


    In large saucepan, melt butter; sauté onion until tender.

    Blend in flour; gradually add broth.

    Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil; boil and stir 1 minute.

    Stir in rice, carrots, ham (or shredded chicken), almonds and salt; simmer 5 minutes.

    Blend in half-and-half and sherry; heat to serving temperature.

    Garnish with snipped parsley or chives.

Chef’s tip

Tip: One-half cup uncooked wild rice = 1½ to 2 cups, cooked.

Morels (Episode 172)  |  BGG Two Lanterns Games

Apropos of Nothing Links

Mission 42 - International Space Station 


Music credits include:

The Candyman  cover by  Kampen Janitsjar the song

Annie's Song  cover by United Guitar Players | the song

In case you're wondering...

Candyman was the #1 song in the nation on the day the Watergate break-in occured. Annie's Song was #1 the day Nixon left office.


Aftershow links:

Tricky Dick and The Pink Lady

Ghosts (British version)