All the President's Men

Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford star in the 1976 drama "All the President's Men."

One of the many highlights of this year’s Cap Times Idea Fest is an all-star panel of Washington Post journalists talking about “What Trump Wrought and What 2020 Will Bring: The State of the Nation and American Politics.”

Post Associate Editor David Maraniss is moderating the panel, which includes columnist Alexandra Petri, investigative reporter Carol Leonnig and opinion columnist Catherine Rampell. The freewheeling discussion takes place at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in Memorial Union's Shannon Hall, 800 Langdon St.

With all that WaPo talent in town, it made sense that for our special bonus Cap Times Classic Movie Chat for Idea Fest, we’d pick a movie that chronicles one of the most famous episodes in the newspaper’s history.

“All the President’s Men,” based on the book by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, follows the dogged efforts of the two reporters (played by Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman, respectively) to investigate the break-in at Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate building, and then follow the trail that led back to the Nixon White House.

Come see the movie on the big screen as a warm-up for Idea Fest at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11 at Marcus Point, 7825 Big Sky Drive. I’ll lead a post-show discussion about the film and the real-life events that inspired it.

Tickets are $10.55 each through, but if you have bought a ticket to Idea Fest, we will give you a voucher to see the movie at no further cost. Email us at to make those arrangements.

Rob Thomas is the features editor and social media editor for the Capital Times, as well as its film critic. He joined the Cap Times in 1999 and has written about movies, music, food and books.

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