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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Shark Sightings Off NY’s Coast Are Linked to Climate Change, Scientists Say

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Shark Sightings Off New York’s Coast Are Linked to Climate Change, Scientists Say (Maria)

Criminalizing Mental Illness

People with mental illness are 16 times more likely to be killed by police in America than those who are mentally well. That’s a startling statistic offered by our guest on this week’s WhoWhatWhy podcast, but one that shows how punitive our response can be to those in need of psychiatric care. As crime and homelessness once again come to dominate debate on the state of urban America, there’s little discussion on either the role of mental illness or society’s response to it.

Joking Towards Bethlehem: What If Climate Change Were Actually Funny?

Were the physics displayed in the movie Battleship even more impressive than you’d expect from a film based on a Milton Bradley board game? There’s an organization in Hollywood you can thank, a group that makes sure the “science” in science fiction comes from somewhere.

‘Disinfo Kills’: Protesters Demand Facebook Act to Stop Vaccine Falsehoods

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‘Disinfo Kills’: Protesters Demand Facebook Act to Stop Vaccine Falsehoods (Maria)

Can Putin Benefit From Biden’s Withdrawal From Afghanistan?

Russia’s top diplomat could not find a more attentive audience for his spiel about the hastiness of Washington’s withdrawal from Afghanistan. “Everyone understands that the mission failed,” Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a conference in Tashkent, the capital of ex-Soviet Uzbekistan, which lies some 310 miles north of the Afghan border.

Enlist the Oceans to Combat Climate Change, Experts and Advocates Urge

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Enlist the Oceans to Combat Climate Change, Experts and Advocates Urge (Maria)

Voting Curbs Enacted in 18 States in 2021 Despite None Finding Widespread Fraud

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Voting Curbs Enacted in 18 US States in 2021 Despite None Finding Widespread Fraud (Maria)

Why You Should Stop Using This ‘Dangerous’ Wi-Fi Setting On Your iPhone

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Why You Should Stop Using This ‘Dangerous’ Wi-Fi Setting On Your iPhone (Maria)

Heat Shatters Vision of Pacific Northwest as Climate Change Refuge

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‘Nowhere Is Safe’: Heat Shatters Vision of Pacific Northwest as Climate Change Refuge (Maria)

The Second American Revolution — Will It Ever Be Won?

In the 1960s and early 1970s political and social battles were fought by people who were trying to reshape America. Sixty years later, we are still at war.   My guests on this week’s WhoWhatWhy podcast, David and Margaret Talbot, label that war the Second American Revolution. The issues revolved around armed conflict abroad (Vietnam), civil rights, feminism, gay rights, Native American rights, workers rights, and the role of celebrities in the political process.   

Gun Violence Is Surging — Researchers Finally Have the Money to Ask Why

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Gun Violence Is Surging — Researchers Finally Have the Money to Ask Why (Maria)

Harmful Western Wildfire Smoke Reaches East Coast

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Harmful Western Wildfire Smoke Reaches East Coast (Maria)

Here’s What You Should Know About Pegasus Spyware

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Here’s What You Should Know About Pegasus Spyware (Maria)

COVID-19 Around the World: Vaccine Successes and Missteps

In May, our correspondents on select countries’ responses to COVID-19 outbreaks, their differing vaccine production and rollout protocols, and the impact on citizens. Here are further updates on the state of some of these global efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus.     

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Hubble Space Telescope Fixed After Month of No Science

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Hubble Space Telescope Fixed After Month of No Science (Maria)

The Big Bang Theory — Why Billionaires Should Go to Space

Lots of people are complaining about billionaires playing astronaut. That’s understandable… but also very short-sighted. Instead of vilifying them, we should view the desire of the uber-rich to fling themselves into space as an opportunity that could solve many of society’s problems.  

More Than 150 Companies Urge US Congress to Pass Lewis Voting Rights Act

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More Than 150 Companies Urge US Congress to Pass Lewis Voting Rights Act (Maria)

Haiti: Can a Vibrant Culture Save a Failed State?

Haiti is a vibrant country. It’s also a nation that regularly suffers the horrors of kidnappings, murders, and corruption, a country where gangs are more powerful than the police and military. Its citizens repeatedly have reached for democracy, only to see their efforts fail — often with the complicity of the United States — and their options for the future narrow.  

Move Faster to Cut Emissions, Developing World Tells Rich Nations

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Move Faster to Cut Emissions, Developing World Tells Rich Nations (Maria)

Like China, Like the US: The Summer of Silenced Speech

Democratic traditions like voting and the free press don’t make for good fairy tales. They’re too complex and messy. (The seven dwarfs don’t get to vote on whether to let some random lady invade their homosocial commune; the handsome king doesn’t just wave handsomely while parliament throws chairs.) So when we do get a story that pits good versus evil, the media gobbles it up. Good story, easily told.  

Ransomware Gang’s Websites Disappear From Internet

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Ransomware Gang’s Websites Disappear From Internet (Maria)

Technology Boosts Efforts to Curb Tree Loss in Amazon: Study

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Technology Boosts Efforts to Curb Tree Loss in Amazon: Study (Maria)

Can Facial Analysis Tech Help Create a Child-Safe Internet?

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Can Facial Analysis Technology Help Create a Child-Safe Internet? (Maria)

Virginia Governor Race Harbinger for Upcoming Elections

A microcosm of next year’s midterm elections and the 2024 presidential election is playing out in Virginia, where former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a centrist Democrat, is facing off against deep-pocketed Republican newcomer and Trump devotee Glenn Youngkin in a gubernatorial contest already marked by negative ads and the potential for record campaign spending.  

The Conservative Outrage-Industrial Complex Goes for Gold

Two weeks before the Olympic Games are set to begin, we already know two of the main winners: COVID-19 and the conservative outrage-industrial complex.  There are some striking similarities between the two: For both, the Olympics will be a target-rich environment. COVID-19 will get to spread among athletes and others who travel to Tokyo for the games, who will then carry death and disease back to their home countries. 

What the Labor Shortage Really Tells Us

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What Does a Worker Want? What the Labor Shortage Really Tells Us (Maria)

George Packer Explains It All

How do we see each other? Has the SARS-CoV-2 virus made us more fearful of our neighbors? Are we hopelessly and forever divided into our tribes? In their respective campaigns for reelection, Richard Nixon in 1972 and Ronald Reagan in 1984 each carried 49 states. Would that be possible for any candidate today? Why didn’t a worldwide pandemic a literal threat to every human being bring us together?  

What’s the Deal With: “Gain-of-Function” Research

Welcome to the inaugural column of “What’s the Deal With…?” In this occasional series, we’ll look at current topics everyone’s talking about but many of us don’t fully understand. Scientists, politicians, educators — pretty much every “expert” speaks in jargon. Not to worry — we’re here to guide you through the forest to help you better understand the issues facing us today and be better armed to make your own decisions.

Human Activity Influencing Global Rainfall, Study Finds

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Human Activity Influencing Global Rainfall, Study Finds (Maria)

New York Governor Declares Gun Violence a Health Emergency

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New York Governor Declares Gun Violence a Health Emergency (Maria)

Pandemic Wave of Automation May Be Bad News for Workers

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Pandemic Wave of Automation May Be Bad News for Workers (Maria)