The revelation of the "grab 'em by the p***y" tape from presidential candidate Donald Trump might have stymied his chances for election when it was leaked this month, but it's not the first time a candidate has been blindsided by what's become known as the October Surprise.
The history of the October Surprise goes all the way back to 1964 - the same year that the Beatles landed on the U.S. shores - when one of President Johnson's closest aides was caught getting "friendly" with another man in the basement of a Y.M.C.A bathroom in Washington, D.C.
Luckily for history, the ensuing telephone calls among the White House staff were all caught on tape and preserved for history - and this podcast.
I originally did this as a video for Vanity Fair, but thought there was some good stuff that got left out, so I've packed it into a podcast with a couple of extra tidbits.
And, yes, that's a Small Wonder reference as in the TV show Small Wonder with the little girl who's a robot from the 1980s. Believe me, it makes sense.
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