2023 marks the 75th anniversary of the Hiss-Chambers espionage case, which gripped America in 1948 and still provokes controversy. Take a deep factual dive into the story of two brilliant, fascinating men, sensational Congressional hearings, spy documents hidden in a dumbwaiter shaft and a pumpkin, the trial of the century, and the launch of Richard Nixon’s career. Comments and politely phrased corrections or criticism are welcome by the writer and narrator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Everyone always asks about the topic of this Podcast #21:
“What was in the secret State Department documents?” These
are the 126 pages that Chambers introduced as the last documents
that Hiss gave him. State Department men authenticated them
as copies (or summaries or excerpts) of...
Lloyd Paul Stryker, Hiss's Defense Atty
Whittaker Chambers, and then his wife Esther, testify in
court. Both their direct testimonies were rocky due to
Stryker’s objections and Judge Kaufman’s rulings. Their
cross-examinations by Stryker were brutal. Chambers sat there and
passively took blow...
In this Podcast, I deliver, in my best courtroom voice, short
versions of Prosecutor Murphy’s down-to-earth opening statement for
the government and Lloyd Paul Stryker’s incandescent overture for
the Hiss defense. See which one you think is more impressive
— Murphy’s calm,...
This is a short podcast to acquaint you with the actors about
to come on stage in the drama of Alger Hiss and Whittaker Chambers.
They are the government Prosecutor Thomas Murphy, Hiss’s principal
defense lawyer Lloyd Paul Stryker, Judge Samuel Kaufman, and the
Alger Hiss is going on trial for perjury. This Podcast
is a survey, at 23,000 feet, of the possible arguments for The
Prosecution and for The Hiss Defense. Of each side’s possible
arguments, which are strong and which are weak? This may be
of special interest to real trial lawyers, or to...
The Hiss-Chambers case gripped the nation in 1948 and still provokes controversy. Take a deep factual dive into the story of two brilliant, fascinating men, sensational Congressional hearings, spy documents hidden in a dumbwaiter shaft and a pumpkin, the trial of the century, and the launch of Richard Nixon’s career.