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Could Everything You Know About Global Population Growth Be Wrong?

22:08 | Apr 5th

Contrary to popular and long held assumptions, global population is declining. The environmental consequences are good, the economic consequences are bad, says this podcast guest.

Appeals Court Upholds Order Blocking Keystone XL Work

22:49 | Mar 29th

The controversial Keystone XL pipeline is not dead yet. On March 15 the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court injunction that blocks construction of the proposed pipeline. This important decision, which has received little media coverag...Show More

How Public-Private Partnerships Are Killing Us

22:10 | Mar 22nd

The FAA’s decision allowing Boeing to do its own safety assessments — while the company president told President Trump that all was fine with the 737 Max — raises serious questions about the effectiveness of regulatory agencies charged with protectin...Show More

An Explanation of America to Americans

33:19 | Mar 15th

Victor Wallis is a professor at the Berklee College of Music and was for 20 years the managing editor of Socialism and Democracy. Several months ago he joined us to talk about the radical intervention he saw as necessary to deal with the threat from ...Show More

Why Climate Change Is Not Just an Environmental Issue

33:02 | Mar 8th

Some have decried the Green New Deal because it touches on numerous areas outside of climate change, including universal health care, a universal basic income, job guarantees and worker rights. The assumption has been that climate change exists in so...Show More

Socialism vs. Capitalism...We’re Having the Wrong Debate

23:23 | Mar 1st

A headline in the Economist shouted recently that “socialism is storming back.” Certainly, with the wealth gap, declining social mobility, and climate change, it’s easy to see why some are losing faith in a capitalist society. But should the debate r...Show More

Michael Cohen’s Murky Backstory Warrants More Scrutiny

07:26 | Feb 27th

A great deal remains to be discovered about the disgraced lawyer’s Russia ties and the nature of his nearly two-decade dalliance with Trump. Will Congress ask?

What’s the Cost of Turning History and Racial Politics into Entertainment?

32:25 | Feb 22nd

Spoiler Alert! This podcast features a detailed discussion of the story portrayed in the film Green Book. If you haven’t seen it yet, and plan to, please save this podcast for later. The movie Green Book has earned accolades and attacks since it was ...Show More

Is Ranked Choice Voting the Fix for a Broken Primary System?

36:55 | Feb 18th

The number of candidates vying for the Democratic nomination next year could smash all records. But such a large field also means that most voters will likely end up disappointed because their preferred candidate is eliminated. Is an election where m...Show More

Who’s Telling the Truth about The Israel Lobby and Anti-Semitism?

28:09 | Feb 15th

The recent charges of “anti-Semitism” leveled against Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) have reignited the debate about the power and influence of AIPAC and the Israel lobby. In this week’s WhoWhatWhy podcast, we talk with Stephen Walt, professor of internation...Show More

Turns Out There Were Two Separate CIA Torture Programs

40:58 | Feb 13th

By scouring the Senate Intelligence Committee’s torture report and some declassified CIA documents, reporter Jeff Kaye has confirmed that there were two separate rendition, detention and interrogation programs run by separate branches of the agency’s...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: Exclusive Podcast With Top Democrat: No Chance for Sweeping Gun Laws

13:45 | Feb 8th

This week, the House Judiciary Committee held its first hearing in over eight years on any kind of gun legislation. In that intervening period, names like Newtown, San Bernardino, Orlando, Las Vegas, and Parkland have been seared into our collective ...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: Climate Change, Civil Disobedience, and Extinction Rebellion

26:50 | Feb 1st

No matter how unseasonably cold or hot it gets or how powerful the storms are, there will be those who still don’t accept the urgency of climate change. For the rest of us, who believe we humans are destroying life as know it on earth, the group Exti...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: Black Women Are Claiming the Political Stage

21:12 | Jan 24th

A penetrating look into the transformative influence of black feminist political strategy and principles in mainstream US politics, especially since the 2016 election.

RadioWhoWhatWhy: The Deep State vs. Democracy: Can We Now Handle the Truth?

26:17 | Jan 22nd

Sixty prominent Americans have signed a letter calling on Congress to reopen the investigations into the 1960s assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and Senator Robert F. Kennedy. The letter, signed by histor...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: Have We All Lost Touch With Reality?

29:11 | Jan 18th

Everyday we look at unfolding news and events through the lens of politics. Suppose we tried to understand it all instead through the lens of psychology? Suppose we got beyond the zero-sum political construct, and into how we have been and are still ...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: A Border Wall as Architecture

19:31 | Jan 11th

President Donald Trump will probably never build one foot of his wall. Still, today there are 650 miles of border wall already dividing the US and Mexico. It’s almost one-third of the entire border. It divides cities, families, private property, and ...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: We All Have a Role to Play in What Will Be the Biggest Story of 2019

22:22 | Jan 4th

The recent UN report on climate change indicated that we could be facing existential risks — ever more extreme weather events and rising sea levels — within 20 years. So what is the world to do? Jeff Goodell, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, j...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: The Real Story of the Pentagon’s $21 Trillion Con Game

24:00 | Dec 17th, 2018

Two weeks ago Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) made a splash when tweeting about what she thought to be $21 trillion in misappropriated Pentagon money that she claimed was enough to pay for Medicare for all. She based her conclusi...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: President Clinton’s Welfare Reform Is Still ‘Ensuring Poverty’

41:41 | Dec 12th, 2018

President Ronald Reagan introduced a range of myths about America’s social safety net, led by his images of “welfare queens” and the implication that most recipients of public aid were African American. President Bill Clinton pledged to “end welfare ...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: Bush 41: The Triumph of Manners Over Truth

32:42 | Dec 7th, 2018

While President Donald Trump has used truculence, bluster, populism, and manufactured division to hide the true nature of his agenda, George Herbert Walker Bush used manners, civility, and grace to hide the truth of his and his family’s agenda. Both ...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: How Roger Ailes Broke the News

21:18 | Dec 5th, 2018

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch has made lots of money peddling slanted news as “fair and balanced” on his Fox News Channel. The man who built it, Roger Ailes, retired in disgrace in 2016 and died a year later. He changed American media in many ways, and ...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: Watergate: Dirty Tricks, an October Surprise, and the CIA

33:20 | Nov 30th, 2018

With the news cycle of late nearly engulfed by the questions — and spy games — swirling around “Russiagate,” taking a fresh look at Watergate could be an especially worthwhile endeavor. Luckily, revisiting the rise and fall of President Richard Nixon...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: Is ‘Ecosocialism’ the Antidote to Black Friday?

34:10 | Nov 22nd, 2018

An author argues that, love it or hate it, capitalism is making planetary crises worse.

JFK Assassination: Still Searching for Answers

1:21:17 | Nov 21st, 2018

Fifty-five years ago President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas. The widely accepted narrative for all these many decades is that he was murdered by lone-wolf gunman, Lee Harvey Oswald. Yet the evidence is overwhelm...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: While Some States Are Still Counting Ballots, California Is Burning

39:24 | Nov 16th, 2018

California forests have long been a disaster waiting to happen. Forest density, antiquated forest practices, stressed and dead trees as a result of bug infestation, conflicts between state and federal government, and private property owners wanting t...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: Election Integrity: Why Now, and Why WhoWhatWhy?

25:43 | Nov 9th, 2018

Every election cycle brings with it one state that comes to represent the zeitgeist of that election. We all remember Florida during the 2000 election. In years past, as Nixon used to say, it was all about Ohio. In 2016, Pennsylvania was the tipping ...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: It’s Not Just Who Votes, It’s Who Counts the Votes

43:41 | Nov 2nd, 2018

As a regular reader of WhoWhyWhy, you know that we have focused like a laser on election integrity and uncovered story after story about voter suppression in Georgia, Florida, Texas, North Carolina, and elsewhere. But important as all of this is, it’...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: Jamal Khashoggi’s Secret Interview

22:49 | Oct 26th, 2018

This week feels like the culmination of two years of attacks on journalism — including President Donald Trump’s ongoing denunciations of the press as “the enemy of the people,” the bombs sent to CNN along with other targets of Trump’s verbal venom, a...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: Immigrants and First Generation Americans Are Winning Local Elections

33:49 | Oct 22nd, 2018

While the congressional midterm elections and some statewide races dominate mainstream media coverage, there’s a lot of action at the local, grassroots level. As minority communities grow and the dominance of the white majority wanes, immigrants and ...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: When They Take Away Your Vote, Who Ya Gonna Call?

22:25 | Oct 19th, 2018

WhoWhatWhy continues to expose voter suppression across the country. With reporters on the ground in Georgia and Florida, and ongoing reports from North Carolina, North Dakota, and other places, readers are getting to witness first hand the impact on...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: Capitalism Without Capital

28:01 | Oct 12th, 2018

It’s always scary to hear a Wall Streeter utter the hackneyed phrase, “this time it’s different.” And yet today it really is. Especially the economic conditions that make up the operating system for today’s world. As markets ride a roller coaster thi...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: The Geopolitical Downsides of Fracking Are Downright Scary

23:19 | Oct 8th, 2018

When we talk about fracking, thoughts usually turn to the environment. But that’s only a small part of the story. Fracking is changing the geopolitics of the world. It’s creating the illusion of moving America towards energy independence. This is imp...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: Will a California Third Party Lead the Way to Break Partisan Gridlock?

27:26 | Oct 1st, 2018

Is California ready for a “Bear Flag” party? Former Congressman Tom Campbell wants Californians to have more choice in statewide elections, and is pushing a plan to create a third party for the state. In this conversation with Peter B. Collins, who h...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: Fraternity Culture Clashes With the #MeToo America

25:27 | Sep 28th, 2018

Thursday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing gave the world a glimpse at the lives of privileged American boys in high school and college in the 1980s. The culture of parties, drinking, and sexual abuse is — to this day — very much a part of fratern...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: Migration Expert Slams ‘Barbarity’ of Trump Policies

38:26 | Sep 24th, 2018

“We don’t have an immigration crisis,” contends Harvard professor Jacqueline Bhabha: We have a “hospitality crisis.” Under President Donald Trump, the United States’ limit for refugee admissions has reached a record low. Last week, the administratio...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: Is America Now a Fascist Country?

24:31 | Sep 21st, 2018

A country does not have to be fascist or have a fascist government in order to be riddled with fascist politics. This is the scary premise Jason Stanley argues in his recent book How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them. Stanley, professor of ...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: The 2008 Crash Was Not a Singular Event

22:06 | Sep 14th, 2018

The holy grail of physics is a unified field theory that somehow explains both the micro and macro aspects of how the world works. The same holds true for what Thomas Carlyle called the “dismal science” of economics, as we seek to understand the caus...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: The Global Elite's Efforts to Change the World

31:32 | Sep 12th, 2018

It is an accepted axiom of modern life that disruptive change is all around us. Almost every aspect of our lives has been altered irrevocably in recent years.  In this process there have been winners and losers, just as in every other great social up...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: Voter Suppression 101

36:44 | Sep 7th, 2018

While widespread voter fraud may be a figment of President Donald Trump’s imagination, it should never be confused with voter suppression, which is very real. Two months out from the midterm elections, the basic rights of millions of Americans are un...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: Quagmire in Afghanistan: 17 Years and Counting

29:14 | Aug 31st, 2018

For the US, Afghanistan is a little like Alice in Wonderland: it takes all the running we can do, just to stay in the same place. In a little over a month, it will be 17 years since the US led an invasion of Afghanistan. It’s the country's longest wa...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: How Corporations Force States to Stifle Local Rule

29:31 | Aug 28th, 2018

In July, California’s legislature and governor faced an elegant — and legal — extortion threat. The American Beverage Association, funded by Coke and Pepsi, demanded immediate passage of legislation that preempts any soda taxes imposed by county or l...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: Temp Work: The Waste Product of the Service Economy?

27:15 | Aug 24th, 2018

The financial insecurity facing so many Americans in today’s gig economy is not the result of startups and their new apps, or even of technology in general. Temp work is the result of four decades of deliberate decisions by executives in corporate Am...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: The Case for Optimism as Intellectually Fashionable

26:22 | Aug 20th, 2018

We live in an age of paradox. According to study after study, almost everything we can measure is moving in a positive direction. Worldwide, there is less violence, less pollution (except for greenhouse gases), less war, greater longevity, and most d...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: The Next Generation of Conservatives Is Hoping to Make Its Mark… After Trump

29:30 | Aug 17th, 2018

Some days it seems, at least from reading the mainstream news or cable television, that all millennials are voting for Democrats, or that college-educated kids are all going to be part of the “blue wave.” In fact, there is a whole cadre of young Repu...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: The Iran Nuclear Deal and the View From Tehran

32:06 | Aug 10th, 2018

Seyed Hossein Mousavian is a Middle East security and nuclear policy specialist at the Woodrow Wilson Center at Princeton. A former Iranian ambassador to Germany, he was the chief spokesman for Iran during its nuclear negotiations with the internatio...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: The Mouth That Roared — How Rush Limbaugh Changed America

29:57 | Aug 7th, 2018

From long before the rise of Fox News, talk radio has been the essential medium through which millions and millions of hard-core conservatives comprehend the world. From its inception, talk radio has been built around codes of tribal identity, grieva...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: GDP = Greatly Deceptive Prosperity

25:23 | Jul 30th, 2018

“It’s the economy, stupid.” Those words have become ingrained into our politics. But seldom have we seen such a disconnect between raw data, the kind that President Donald Trump bragged about on Friday, and the economy people are actually living in. ...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: Putin's Indecent Proposal

24:37 | Jul 25th, 2018

Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin singled out 12 Americans he’d like to see the US hand over to Russia for interrogation in exchange for allowing special counsel Robert Mueller to question the 12 Russian GRU agents he recently indicted. Of ...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: There Is More at Stake in WikiLeaks Showdown Than Assange’s Fate

35:30 | Jul 24th, 2018

As Ecuador’s president, Lenin Moreno, visits London, reports indicate he is about to withdraw asylum for Julian Assange, exposing the WikiLeaks founder to eventual extradition to the United States to face charges under the Espionage Act. State Depart...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: Michael McFaul Talks Putin, Russia, and the Alt-Right

20:52 | Jul 20th, 2018

Russia, Russia, Russia. Not since the darkest days of the Cold War has our gaze been so resolutely focused on the land of the Czars. And yet with all of that focus, it’s amazing how much we don’t understand about the country and its people. Michael M...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: What Connects FIFA, the World Cup, Trump, Mueller, Comey, Putin, and Christopher Steele?

28:24 | Jul 13th, 2018

You may remember that back in May of 2015, senior FIFA officials were arrested on corruption charges in Zurich. Those arrests rocked the foundations of the world's most popular sport. But little did we know at the time that the case was so wide-rangi...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: When a Virus Hops on a Plane

31:18 | Jul 6th, 2018

It sounds like it should be the beginning of a joke: A virus walks onto a plane… Only it’s not a joke. It’s how a global pandemic can start. One that could be far more immediate and deadly than our twin fears of climate change or nuclear proliferatio...Show More

Radio WhoWhatWhy: Prosecutors Who Break the Law Face No Punishment

30:07 | Jul 3rd, 2018

What happens when prosecutors break the law? Almost nothing. Nina Morrison is a senior attorney with the Innocence Project in New York, and in this podcast she explains how homicide prosecutors like Glenn Kurtzrock face few consequences when caught c...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: The Age of Political Persuasion Is Over

30:11 | Jun 29th, 2018

Millennials are on the rise, both on the left and the right. But their trajectories have been very different. The young left has had unquestioned triumphs, including Tuesday’s New York primary, where a 28-year-old Latina and Democratic Socialist, Ale...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: The Ugly Truth of America’s ‘Whites Only’ Immigration System

26:06 | Jun 22nd, 2018

We always hear that the US is “a nation of immigrants.” But, according to immigrant rights activist Aviva Chomsky, this hides the real truth about America’s immigration history. In this week’s WhoWhatWhy podcast, Chomsky, a professor at Salem State U...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: Oligarchy Is as Dangerous as the Soviets

28:37 | Jun 15th, 2018

During the Cold War the United States fought to defend its political system against the threat of Communism. But times have changed. Does the US now have to defend its republic and its democracy against the threat of a new Gilded Age, of oligarchs — ...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: Google’s Deep Involvement With the Pentagon

31:24 | Jun 12th, 2018

Google’s contract with the Pentagon for Project Maven — a controversial drone imaging program that uses artificial intelligence — prompted over 4,000 Google employees to sign a petition opposing the project, and about a dozen workers resigned in prot...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: Chernobyl: The Nuclear Disaster That Helped Destroy a Regime

43:29 | Jun 8th, 2018

When the Chernobyl nuclear accident rattled the world and destroyed the myth of safe nuclear power in 1986, Serhii Plokhy was a young history professor who lived downwind from the power plant. Soviet leaders reflexively covered up the deadly incident...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: Bobby Kennedy’s Reaction to Seeing Hunger Up Close in America

31:23 | Jun 6th, 2018

In 1967, Robert Kennedy knelt in a crumbling shack in Mississippi, watching a toddler pick rice and beans off a dirt floor. It had been three years since President Lyndon B. Johnson launched his war on poverty. What Kennedy saw on that trip would, in...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: Unique Recollections of the Night RFK Was Gunned Down

48:31 | Jun 5th, 2018

Many people doubt the official story of what happened when Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated in the kitchen of the Los Angeles’s Ambassador Hotel exactly 50 years ago. Their doubts are fuelled by painstaking research, solid reporting, and even cutti...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: Remembering RFK: A Tonic for Our Times

28:33 | Jun 4th, 2018

In this special WhoWhatWhy podcast, Jeff Schechtman speaks with author and host of MSNBC’s Hardball, Chris Matthews. During a long career in Washington he rubbed shoulders with the Kennedys — whom he has been talking and writing about for years — and...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: No Matter How Bad Things Seem, 1968 Was Worse

24:28 | Jun 1st, 2018

Just how bad are things today? Let’s compare. Exactly 50 years ago, the Vietnam War was raging — the Tet offensive had begun and 30,000 more troops went to Vietnam while the war dead were returning home in body bags. Martin Luther King and Bobby Kenn...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: A Memorial Day Look at Those Who Fought in Korea

17:36 | May 25th, 2018

“What would you want if you could have any wish?” asked the photojournalist of the haggard, bloodied Marine before him. The Marine gaped at his interviewer. The photographer snapped his picture, which became the iconic Korean War image. Finally, the ...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: One Belt One Road: China’s Marshall Plan for the World

30:54 | May 18th, 2018

The recent Chinese investment in Donald Trump's hotel project in Indonesia is just one in a long string of Chinese ventures across the globe. This deal, between a Chinese state-owned company and an Indonesian developer, falls under the umbrella of Ch...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: If Gina Haspel Is Confirmed, Will CIA Torture Begin Anew?

14:15 | May 15th, 2018

In spite of a Senate hearing in which Gina Haspel repeatedly evaded tough questions about her views on torture, it appears that she will be confirmed as the new CIA director. Enough senators were apparently mollified by her qualified assurances that ...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: Did US Deploy Bioweapons During Korean War?

46:11 | May 14th, 2018

In 1952, in the early stages of the Korean War, North Korea accused the United States of using biological weapons — a claim the US has always denied. Journalist and retired psychologist Jeffrey Kaye found a copy of a report by the International Sci...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: Globalization — the Economics Work, the Politics Do Not

28:25 | May 11th, 2018

Globalization has created a true global middle class, brought millions out of poverty, reduced the price of goods, and created remarkable economic benefits. As an economic system, it has worked exactly as promised. On the other hand, globalism, as a ...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: Syria 101 — The Basics on the Superpower Flashpoint

21:44 | May 4th, 2018

The Middle East has been a seething cauldron of conflict since 1918. Twice in the 20th century, in 1967 and 1973, it almost became a flashpoint for nuclear war. The region has always been a chessboard where great powers play out their strategies. In ...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: Final Word on the JFK Assassination: There Will Never Be a Final Word

30:00 | May 1st, 2018

Some people may know where bodies are buried; Rex Bradford knows where all the papers are buried. The leading archivist and historian of the records of the JFK assassination has a lot to say in his talk with WhoWhatWhy’s Jeff Schechtman. According to...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: Spy University: How Intelligence Agencies Recruit Their Next Generation

30:12 | Apr 27th, 2018

During the Cold War, our elite universities were a breeding ground for future spies. Schools like Yale and Harvard provided some of the “best and the brightest” to America's intelligence agencies. Today, the CIA and FBI are using college campuses onc...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: A Universal Basic Income Will Save the Country

27:48 | Apr 23rd, 2018

It may very well be that Donald Trump is president because, in the last few years, four million jobs were automated out of existence in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. In Michigan alone, 40 percent of workers who lost manufacturing jobs ended ...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: Pulse Nightclub Trial Attorney Slams Government Misconduct

51:49 | Apr 20th, 2018

Charles Swift is director of the Dallas-based Constitutional Law Center for Muslims in America. He led the defense team in the month-long Orlando trial of Noor Salman, the widow of Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen. Swift has an enviable record of ...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: The Internet Is Killing Democracy

20:08 | Apr 13th, 2018

We have seen endless stories about Facebook and Cambridge Analytica. We have endured two days of Mark Zuckerberg explaining the Facebook business model. Social media and its role in politics is on everyone's mind. However, none of the current clamor ...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: Earth Is on the Verge of Collapse — Is Eco-Socialism the Only Answer?

36:05 | Apr 9th, 2018

We are facing planet-wide extinction, a climate emergency — and our current course is suicidal. That is the underlying belief of author and scientist Richard Smith, who is Jeff Schechtman’s guest on this week’s WhoWhatWhy podcast. Smith believes that...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: The Plot to Kill King

27:50 | Apr 4th, 2018

The evidence that James Earl Ray did not kill Martin Luther King is overwhelming. As the Washington Post recently pointed out, famed attorney William Pepper stands astride all of the information and work that has uncovered the truth. Pepper was a fr...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: How the FBI Used a Famous Black Photographer to Spy on Martin Luther King

30:19 | Apr 4th, 2018

Longtime Memphis journalist Marc Perrusquia spent years investigating the story of how a famous African American photographer, with remarkable access, played a key role in the civil rights movement, all while being an informant for the FBI. Ernest Wi...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: The 75-Year-Old Book That Drives Our Politics

21:16 | Mar 30th, 2018

Be it privatizing the Veterans Administration, railing against “socialized medicine,” gutting the Environmental Protection Agency, or trying to starve public education, the proponents of these ideas all seem to be beholden to the work of Ayn Rand. Ra...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: Intel Expert James Bamford Blasts Russiagate Hype

44:20 | Mar 26th, 2018

Author and intelligence expert James Bamford says the reports of Russian interference in the 2016 US election, which is being treated as one of the biggest stories out there right now, are overblown. So far, Bamford argues, no evidence has been prese...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: The Chinese Emperor Has No Clothes: The Truth About the Chinese Economy

32:14 | Mar 23rd, 2018

The Dow Jones plummeted Thursday over concerns that President Donald Trump is plunging the US in a trade war with China. Such a conflict is widely expected to harm US consumers. But what about the Asian superpower? What if the Chinese Emperor has no ...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: The ‘Godmother of Torture’ May Soon Be Running the CIA

14:54 | Mar 19th, 2018

The recent revisionist history about Gina Haspel, Trump's nominee for CIA director, should make very little difference in examining the totality of her record on torture and its cover up. According to John Kiriakou, a 15-year CIA veteran, and the whi...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: Former Knesset Speaker: The Israel of 1948 Is Over

24:22 | Mar 16th, 2018

“Israel as a country should be appreciated and celebrated,” Avraham Burg says, but it should no longer be looked upon as the land of “oranges and equality.” You might think those comments come from an anti-Israel professor at an elite US university. ...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: Growing Neo-Nazi Group Atomwaffen Implicated in 5 Murders

37:31 | Mar 12th, 2018

Reporter A.C. Thompson details his investigation of Atomwaffen, a growing neo-Nazi and murderous white supremacist group with heavily armed members in about 20 American cities. Founded and run by young, white males, the group has expanded in the wake...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: Can School Shooters Be Profiled and Shootings Averted?

24:23 | Mar 7th, 2018

The media and the public focus on the school shootings that resulted in fatalities and casualties. However, many potential massacres are headed off by savvy interventions. What can we learn from those?

RadioWhoWhatWhy: How Trump’s Controversies Distract from America’s Real Problems

24:55 | Mar 2nd, 2018

In this wide-ranging podcast, Barrett Brown and actor and documentary filmmaker Alex Winter talk about the complacency that ails so much of American society. They also discuss how, instead of fixing the systemic problems that plague the US, people ac...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: Private Prisons Make a Buck with Inhumane Treatment of Immigrants

41:06 | Feb 26th, 2018

The US government is currently holding about 400,000 men and women in a patchwork of immigration prisons. Some are kept in corporate facilities that are guaranteed a minimum number of prisoners daily; others are in cells leased from county jails and ...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: The Free Speech Wars: Has the First Amendment Outlived Its Usefulness?

25:53 | Feb 23rd, 2018

The traditional American notion of almost absolute freedom of speech may have run its course. Journalist and academic Damon Linker says some Americans may be having second thoughts about what we’ve come to accept as free speech. In this week’s WhoWha...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: FBI Whistleblower: America’s Culture of Violence Starts With Perpetual Wars

23:44 | Feb 21st, 2018

Coleen Rowley is a former FBI special agent whose bravery as a whistleblower exposed many of the FBI’s pre-9/11 failures. She was named one of Time magazine’s “Persons of the Year” in 2002. This week she talks with Jeff Schechtman about the recent sh...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: Plundering Iraq’s Oil Wealth

31:05 | Feb 16th, 2018

To understand the plundering of Iraq’s oil wealth, we have to look first at the original sin of the invasion itself. Blueprints showing how oil could help rebuild the country were drawn up post Desert Storm in the 1990s and resurrected in 2003. It ne...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: Surveillance Capitalism Is Dead

28:49 | Feb 9th, 2018

Andrew Keen is the Anthony Bourdain of technology. The author, entrepreneur and futurist has traveled the far corners of the world to see what works and what doesn't. He has seen the internet reflecting both the best and the worst of us, and conclude...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: Truth Decay: The Diminishing Role of Facts in Public Life

31:46 | Feb 2nd, 2018

The shrinking role of facts and evidence-based analysis in American public life poses a threat to democracy, to policy making, and to the very notion of civic discourse.   This is the alarming conclusion spelled out in the RAND Corporation’s recently...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: What Five ‘Domestic Terrorism’ Cases Tell Us about FBI Tactics

44:56 | Jan 31st, 2018

Are undercover FBI agents responsible for pushing some of the terrorism suspects it arrests toward acts of violence? That is the question Peter B. Collins tackles in his brand new WhoWhatWhy podcast. In this premiere episode he talks with investigati...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: Where All That Davos Money Sleeps at Night

27:30 | Jan 26th, 2018

With the annual gathering of global financial elites taking place this week in Davos, and all the recent news focusing on money laundering, taxes and the .0001 percent, it seems an appropriate time to take another look at where so much of the wealth-...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: Deutsche Bank: Where the Dots of Russiagate Connect

45:04 | Jan 24th, 2018

Martin Sheil, a retired branch chief of the IRS Criminal Division, discusses his WhoWhatWhy series on Deutsche Bank and how nearly all the main figures involved in Russiagate also have ties to the financial institution.

RadioWhoWhatWhy: Voter Suppression May Be the Most Important Issue of 2018

17:57 | Jan 18th, 2018

Popular author and journalist Sarah Kendzior looks at the many battles ahead to combat voter suppression in 2018.

RadioWhoWhatWhy: Keyboards Are the New F-15s

28:04 | Jan 5th, 2018

A look at how social media’s “charisma of certainty” is changing the nature of warfare.

RadioWhoWhatWhy: Be Afraid or Be Involved — Artificial Intelligence Is Close at Hand

31:51 | Jan 2nd, 2018

The artificial intelligence revolution is here. It’s already impacting the economy and the military. It needs to be discussed now in the arena of public policy.

Daniel Ellsberg on Nuclear War

34:31 | Dec 21st, 2017

Forty-six years after the release of the Pentagon Papers, Ellsberg reveals another set of documents on how nuclear war might have been waged in the 1950s and 60s.

Trump/Russia From 30,000 Feet

24:30 | Dec 15th, 2017

An overview of Guardian correspondent Luke Harding’s expose of the 40-year Trump/Russia collusion.

The Whistleblower Who Could Have Prevented 9/11

44:58 | Dec 8th, 2017

Bill Binney was an NSA analyst whose work was so effective it was shut down. It threatened to derail the gravy train fueled by the kinds of problems he might have solved — including preventing potential terrorist attacks. The contractors and executiv...Show More

A Rogue American Spy and Why North Korea Hates America

30:45 | Dec 1st, 2017

As the Korean War broke out, Donald Nichols was a major American player for the CIA. He helped launch the South Korean Air Force and picked bombing targets in the North. He ended up a non-person, discredited in the eyes of the US government. This is ...Show More

If We Can Laugh at It, We Can Live With It

25:28 | Nov 24th, 2017

With the world feeling like it's spinning out of control, with a new crisis happening every day at a speed beyond our ability to process, humor may be the only thing that can get us through. For this holiday weekend, WhoWhatWhy’s Jeff Schechtman sits...Show More

The Link Between Roy Moore, George W. Bush and Voter Suppression

20:30 | Nov 17th, 2017

Worried about Russian hackers or other outsiders meddling in US elections? Arguably, the greatest threat to our democratic system comes not from the outside but from forces within our own two-party system that are trying, and often succeeding, to pre...Show More

Russ Baker & Peter B. Collins: Does Official Weinergate Story Cut the Mustard?

46:54 | Nov 15th, 2017

In this nearly hour-long interview, WhoWhatWhy Editor-in-Chief Russ Baker takes veteran podcaster Peter B. Collins through the details of Anthony Weiner’s fall — and the effect it had on Hillary Clinton’s presidential race. They go deep into the shad...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: The High Price of 16 Years of Failure in Afghanistan

38:06 | Nov 3rd, 2017

A look at how the US has favored and funded terror groups since long before 9/11.

RadioWhoWhatWhy: JFK Assassination Triggered More Than Kennedy’s Death

31:39 | Oct 27th, 2017

The assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and particularly its aftermath, was the first in a series of high-profile events that triggered an increased level of distrust of government among Americans. The ripples from that day have now turned in...Show More

RadioWhoWhatWhy: Did the Greek Financial Crisis Give us Brexit and Trump?

25:25 | Oct 20th, 2017

Economist and former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis blows the whistle on a crisis that led to an international cover up directed by a circle of incompetent bureaucrats.

RadioWhoWhatWhy: Russ Baker Talks Media Manipulation, Russiagate, and More

24:55 | Oct 18th, 2017

WhoWhatWhy’s founder Russ Baker recently sat down for an in-depth interview on a range of important topics, including propaganda, Russiagate, mass shootings, and more.

RadioWhoWhatWhy: Harvey Weinstein University — Sexual Assault on College Campuses

24:31 | Oct 13th, 2017

The Weinstein sexual harassment story is just an example of behavioral patterns that have long been playing out on college campuses.

RadioWhoWhatWhy: America’s Culture of Killing: It Doesn’t Begin at Home

31:01 | Oct 6th, 2017

A surprising link between US foreign policy and violence on America’s streets. Philosopher, cultural critic and author Laurie Calhoun explains what US behavior abroad has to do with domestic gun culture.

RadioWhoWhatWhy: How Fake News About Africa is Costing US Taxpayers

22:05 | Oct 4th, 2017

The US is protecting, funding and covering up for Ugandan dictator Yoweri Museveni -- under the principle that “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.”

RadioWhoWhatWhy: How Propaganda Hacks Our Brains

21:47 | Sep 29th, 2017

How corporations and politicians are stimulating the dopamine and serotonin that drive our attitudes, reactions and votes.