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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Lock Them All Up

The American justice system is imperfect, which is a charitable way of saying that it’s a real mess. If you are an unarmed Black man, for example, you might want to take your chances running from the cops even if you only committed a minor crime or are innocent altogether. At least that way you’d be more difficult to hit when they start shooting. If you are a well-connected rich white guy, however, there really is no reason to run from the law, plead the Fifth, destroy evidence, fight subpoenas, perjure yourself, or seek pardons.

Republicans Have a Plan to Change the Constitution and It Just May Work

If you think the Supreme Court overturning abortion rights in this country was radical and shocking, you ain’t seen nothing yet. There was a convention you should know about this past weekend in Denver, funded by some of the wealthiest men and foundations in America, that has received altogether too little publicity.

Australia to Protect Barrier Reef by Banning Coal Mine

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Australia to Protect Barrier Reef by Banning Coal Mine (Maria)

It’s the Free Speech, Stupid

  When we say “democracy” is under threat in America, what is really being threatened? Often missing in the debate about “democracy threatened” is a simple but powerful notion: The best way to get at the truth is through a clash of ideas, driven by free and unfettered speech.   In this week’s WhoWhatWhy podcast, we talk with professor Corey Brettschneider. He is an expert on the US constitution, editor of the Penguin Liberty series, and a professor of constitutional law and politics at Brown University.  

As Earth Spins Faster, Meta Joins Fight Against Leap Seconds

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As Earth Spins Faster, Meta Joins Fight Against Leap Seconds (Maria)

As Species Recover, Some Threaten Others in More Dire Shape

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As Species Recover, Some Threaten Others in More Dire Shape (Maria)

How Outdoor Enthusiasts Can Help Research About Climate

When Gregg Treinish set out to hike the length of the Andes Mountains at age 24, there was a lot he didn’t know. For starters, he didn’t realize he and his hiking partner, Deia Schlosberg, would be the first to do it. Or that their 22-month, 7,800-mile trek would gain them international recognition.   He also had no idea what he would do next — but he sure had a lot of time to think about it.

US Will Plant One Billion Trees to Combat Climate Change

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US Will Plant One Billion Trees to Combat Climate Change (Maria)

To Stem Monkeypox Spread, Health Departments Tap Into Networks of Most at Risk

On July 23, the World Health Organization declared monkeypox a public health emergency of international concern. It was a contentious decision, with the WHO’s director-general, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, making the final call and overruling the WHO’s emergency committee.   

Seven Key Provisions in the Climate Deal

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Seven Key Provisions in the Climate Deal (Maria)

Too Secret? The Secret Service’s Long, Troubling History of Omerta

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Welcome to the Anthropocene — The Age of Human Die-offs

The world today is on the verge of a major food emergency, provoked in part by Russia’s attack on Ukraine but more broadly by the damage that heat from global warming is doing to crops worldwide. This is both a crisis and an opportunity. Let’s start with the basics. Food is the raw material that makes people. More food, more people; less food, fewer people.

Restoring Faith in Elections One Doubter at a Time

With distrust in elections at an all-time high and in the face of raging misinformation, a North Carolina poll worker has made it her mission to save future elections at the local level by bringing people from all parties together and educating them on how the process actually works.   

Governments Ramp Up Demands for User Info, Twitter Warns

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Governments Ramp Up Demands for User Info, Twitter Warns (Maria)

Rep. Jamaal Bowman Looks on the Bright Side

On this week’s WhoWhatWhy podcast we talk with New York Rep. Jamaal  Bowman (D). Elected in 2020, he beat a long-entrenched Democratic incumbent, like his fellow Squad member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).     He shares with us how his background as a public elementary school teacher and middle school principal shaped his policy views on issues like standardized testing, curriculum, school funding, and the federal role in all aspects of education policy.  

Hidden Menace: Massive Methane Leaks Speed Up Climate Change

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Hidden Menace: Massive Methane Leaks Speed Up Climate Change (Maria)

Post-Pandemic Life: Out With the New, in With the Old

Is It “Post-Pandemic” Yet?

  A new offers a glimpse of what the country looks like as COVID-19 settles into American life. Not surprisingly, Americans are keen to hang on to some pandemic innovations — hello, remote work and curbside pickup! — and ditch other changes such as virtual cocktail parties and telehealth visits.   

How Fish Poop Might Help Corals Overcome Bleaching

It’s relatively well known that most fully functioning corals one finds dotting colorful coral reefs are a symbiosis between a coral (the animal itself) and the microscopic algae that dwell within it. This duo forms the physical foundation of coral reefs, where of Earth’s marine species reside.

Scientists Find 30 Potential New Species at Bottom of Ocean

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Scientists Find 30 Potential New Species at Bottom of Ocean (Maria)

Gun Safety ‘Wrapped in a Mental Health Bill’: Health Provisions in the New Law

The gun safety law forged through tense bipartisan talks in the Senate last month has been heralded as the first federal legislation in 30 years to combat rising gun violence. But what often falls below the radar is the new law’s focus on improving mental health services.  

After Selling for $43 Million, Rare Copy of US Constitution Goes on Display

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After Selling for $43 Million, Rare Copy of US Constitution Goes on Display (Maria)

You Can Find the Tech Behind the Webb Telescope Down Here on Earth

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You Can Find the Tech Behind the Webb Telescope Down Here on Earth (Maria)

Was a ‘Stop the Steal’ Election Hijacking Strategy Brewed Up in Coffee County?

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Beloved Monarch Butterflies Land on Endangered List

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Beloved Monarch Butterflies Land on Endangered List (Maria)

Why They Did It: Bad Actors and Those Who Enable Them

We live in the Age of Complicity. There were the Wall Street enablers of 2008, who knew all too well what lay ahead. The Hollywood enablers, who gave people like Harvey Weinstein a pass. And the Washington enablers, who used to be “normal,” but succumbed to the psychopathy of Donald Trump.

Can Green Hydrogen Save a Coal Town and Slow Climate Change?

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Can Green Hydrogen Save a Coal Town and Slow Climate Change? (Maria)

Sen. Klobuchar Pushes for Passage of Big Tech Antitrust Bill as Time Runs Short

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Sen. Klobuchar Pushes for Passage of Big Tech Antitrust Bill as Time Runs Short (Maria)

Unlikely Senate Alliance Fights to Make Hearing Aids More Affordable

In this era of hyperpartisanship, it is noteworthy any time a Democrat and a Republican are working together — especially if they are as far apart ideologically as Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA). But this unlikely duo has been teaming up for years to make hearing aids more accessible for the millions of Americans who need them.   

The Week in COVID: Amidst the Chaos

Here we are, halfway through 2022, and already well past our capacity for bad news. COVID-19 has been with us for over two and a half years, and in that time it has claimed in the US alone. Still, every day, we learn more about how we can combat the virus through science and protect each other with cooperation and compassion.   

Five Ways to Help Wildlife in Heat Waves

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Five Ways to Help Wildlife in Heat Waves (Maria)

As the Planet Cooks, Climate Stalls as a Political Issue

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As the Planet Cooks, Climate Stalls as a Political Issue (Maria)

How One (Cocktail) Party Rule in DC Is Holding Back America

Here is something you need to know about Washington, DC: It’s a big club. The membership includes Republicans, Democrats, bureaucrats, lobbyists, journalists, and, most importantly not you. After yapping at each other’s heels all day in the halls of Congress and on TV, they often spend their evenings palling around in DC’s many bars and restaurants. Like Morton’s The Steakhouse, which is where our story begins.

Big Lie Fallout: Experts Fear Threats Will Cause Poll Workers to Quit

Election integrity experts are sounding the alarm that many election workers will leave their positions on the front lines of democracy unless they are protected from the types of threats and harassment that hundreds of them experienced after the 2020 election.