Who What Why ?

My name is Russ Baker. For more than two decades I have been an investigative journalist, doing what I believed journalists were supposed to do—seek the truth and publish nothing less. Over the years, however, I have learned how the media gatekeepers, both “mainstream” and “alternative,” will not allow the biggest, most disturbing revelations to see the light of day.


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Teacher Mental Health Amid a Pandemic

Reading Time: 6 minutesBefore the COVID-19 pandemic reached fever pitch, I was on the edge of burnout. Teaching is a stressful job. Preparing and delivering engaging lessons while also keeping up with administrative documentation, classroom management, and teacher evaluations is a lot of work.I love my students dearly. But stress takes its toll.

Election Offices Operate in Limbo as Congress Debates More Funds

Reading Time: 4 minutesProtecting Out Vote 2020Helen Butler, executive director of the Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda and a member of the Morgan County Board of Elections, knows that her state needs more funds i

Why Are White Evangelicals Primed for Trump’s Fear-Mongering?

Reading Time: 15 minutesWhy do self-described evangelicals overwhelmingly support an irreligious commander-in-chief?  Why do megachurches demand to stay open in a pandemic, and why is the pro-life act of wearing a mask seen as antithetical to masculinity? In this WhoWhatWhy podcast we talk with Calvin University scholar Kristin Du Mez, who sheds light on

Pandemic Threatens American DREAMers

Reading Time: 13 minutesThe US Supreme Court’s rejection of President Donald Trump’s attempt to repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, better known as DACA, sent audible sighs of relief rippling through the nation last June.The relief was temporary, however.

Less Than 100 Days to Go

Reading Time: 4 minutesWhoWhatWhy’s Election Integrity Weekly is written by Gabriella Novello, and edited by William Dowell and Sue Rushford. Have a tip or want to suggest a story? Send us an email at ei@whowhatwhy.org.Less than 100 Days to Go: We’re rounding the final corner of the 2020 election cycle, so have you made a plan to vote?

No One Wants Schools Shut Down.

Reading Time: 4 minutesLiving in the time of COVID-19 is like being on a slow-moving train and seeing the tracks ahead on fire. We cannot get off the train. We cannot make the train stop. We cannot put the fire out. We are stuck, watching the flames get ever closer to us at an excruciatingly measured pace. We know soon they will consume us. But we don’t know what to do about it.

Why Policing in Schools Is Complicated

Reading Time: 9 minutesAs a junior at East High School, an inner-city school in Rochester, NY, Eric Kounnavong, a first-generation Laotian American, got along well with other students. He had simultaneously enrolled in three art classes to explore his Laotian heritage, and he was taking night classes to graduate early. On the surface, Eric’s future looked promising.

Treaty Once Created to Stop Child Abductions Could Now Be Protecting Abusers

Reading Time: 8 minutesAn international treaty initially created in 1980 to protect children from being abducted has now become a mechanism for abusers to manipulate the courts and gain access to their children, according to Joan Meier, a domestic violence expert and attorney for a mother who says  she was forced to return her child to her abuser.

A Family Affair: The President’s Niece Strips the Bark Off the Family Tree

Reading Time: 11 minutes— BOOK REVIEW —It would be ironic, but not unimaginable, if the only person who can stop Donald Trump from reelection turns out not to be someone named Biden, but rather someone named… Trump.The president’s only niece, Mary L.

Stressed-Out Nurses Say Nation’s Hospitals Need More of Them to Care for Patients

Reading Time: 7 minutesIncreases in post-surgery infections. More patients slipping and falling. Failure to prevent or rescue patients from avoidable complications. Failure to resuscitate patients suffering adverse events. Unnecessary deaths.