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Testing Is Broken, Contact Tracing Has Failed: There’s a Better Way

Reading Time: 24 minutesRarely do we have guests back on this podcast after only three months. But then rarely are we in the midst of a global pandemic that is getting worse by the day. A coronavirus vaccine, the holy grail of this pandemic, is still months away. Labs doing the standard nasal swab PCR tests are once again overwhelmed and taking much longer to return results.

The Hispanic Republican Vote

Reading Time: 19 minutesEvery four years the Hispanic vote is suddenly rediscovered by politicians and pundits. What gets forgotten is that since 1972, Hispanics have voted for Republicans in ever-greater numbers.  Some politicians assume Hispanic Republicans are a contradiction in terms.

The Geopolitics of Energy

Reading Time: 12 minutesThe geopolitical world that Joe Biden faces on January 20, 2021, will look very different from the world he entered as vice president in January of 2009.A key factor shaping that change over the past 12 years has been the transformation of global energy resources.

Anger & Violence & Secession, Oh My!

Reading Time: 2 minutesOn the eve of an angry and anxious election, it’s worth remembering that there was a time when we were, if not united, at least bound together by a shared set of cultural touchstones. Movies, sports, even the three TV networks that delivered the evening news were part of a national town square that provided both watercooler conversation and comity.

Publicly Mapping Election Problems: Scrutineers, Part VII

Reading Time: 15 minutesYou go to vote and discover that the polling place is closed or the machinery isn’t working. What do you do? You call the election protection hotlines, and they may be able to send out attorneys to help solve the problem. But how can you alert others, including the media?

Up Close and Personal with Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown

Reading Time: 12 minutesSherrod Brown still dreams of the time when America’s great debates were actually aired on the floor of the United States Senate. Because senators only had to face voters every six years, the founders viewed it as a vessel to cool passions, to try out ideas, and to accomplish big things.Today’s reality is, as we see every day, entirely different.

Is This Any Way to Vote?

Reading Time: 23 minutesAs you read this, as you listen to this podcast, chances are you’re  planning to vote soon if you haven’t already, and are wondering how you will do it — and what will happen to your vote.You have good reason to wonder. Our electoral process is counterintuitive to almost everything else we do.

Trying to Stop the Election Attacks: Scrutineers, Part VI

Reading Time: 19 minutesA recent Public Service Announcement from the FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warns that cybercriminals may circulate false election results. The PSA encourages the public only to trust election results coming from local and state election offices.

Could Tripling Our Population Make Us Great Again?

Reading Time: 14 minutesAmerica faces a daunting array of problems: homeless people on our streets, a frayed democracy, roads clogged, a healthcare system on the brink, and regular power outages in our most populous state, to name a few. Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld had a saying that the solution to an insurmountable problem was to create a bigger problem and then tack

Vote Counting, the ‘Blue Shift,’ and Electoral ‘Delay’

Reading Time: 2 minutesFor most of our history the Electoral College worked as intended. It wasn’t until 1992, and then again in 2000 and 2012, that it went off the rails.

Candidates Must Protect Election Security: Scrutineers, Part V

Reading Time: 17 minutesElections rightly belong to the public. Yet not only does the US allow proprietary voting systems, but laws in many states specify that only candidates have the legal right to challenge election outcomes.Because of this, candidates for public office must start taking their unique role in election protection seriously.

Will He Go?

Reading Time: 17 minutesOne of the few elections that Donald Trump lost in 2016 was the Iowa primary. When Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) won, Trump called the election fraudulent. Trump said “either a new election should take place or [the] Cruz results should be nullified.”  It doesn’t take a lot of imagination to speculate on what might happen in a close election this year.

Problems with Electronic Poll Books: Scrutineers, Part IV

Reading Time: 22 minutesIn this episode of the Scrutineers Series, host Emily Levy interviews election security advocate and social media influencer Jennifer Cohn about the dangers of electronic pollbooks. E-poll books are used around the US to check in voters as they arrive at their precincts.

The Pathology of Government Secrecy

Reading Time: 15 minutesEveryone talks about the need for transparency in public affairs, but what the government means by transparency turns out to be… not all that clear.  In this week’s WhoWhatWhy podcast, award-winning author Nicholson Baker (Baseless: My Search for Secrets in the Ruins of the Freedom of Information Act) desc

We Had the Tool to Prevent Lockdowns and Death

Reading Time: 28 minutesTesting is emerging as the key to stopping the COVID-19 pandemic. What’s clear is that the current testing scheme — which has people waiting on average 10 days or longer for test results — is not working.

How One Simple Administrative Problem Could Impact Election Outcomes: Scrutineers Series, Part III

Reading Time: 17 minutesIn a year when 50 percent of voters or more are expected to vote by mail in the general election, a little-known issue could require millions to vote by provisional ballots.In this episode of the Scrutineers Series, Emily Levy interviews long-time election protection activist Mimi Kennedy, who is currently working on nationwide research for vot

Pete Hamill in His Own Words — and Voice

Reading Time: 29 minutesWhen I think of Pete Hamill I think of the old Brooklyn. New York tabloids. Ireland. And such an evocative voice, both in the way he wrote and the way he spoke. Hamill, who died this week at the age of 85, personified the idea of the New York journalist.

Hollywood, Washington and The Bomb

Reading Time: 16 minutesYesterday marked the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and the dawn of the nuclear age. Given the current wave of disrespect for science and scientists, and the difficulty of secrecy, something like the Manhattan Project probably could not happen today.

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

Scrutineers Part II – Bennie Smith

Reading Time: 26 minutesWhat happens when a financial analytics manager applies his skills to how we determine the winners of elections?In this episode of WhoWhatWhy’s Scrutineers Series, Emily Levy interviews Bennie Smith, an election commissioner in Memphis, TN.

Subscribercast #43 – Media Breakdown: Hollywood and Copaganda

On this month&;s subscribercast I break down and analyse an interview by the Hollywood Reporter with Warren Leight, the showrunner...

Subscribercast #43 – Media Breakdown: Hollywood and Copaganda

On this month&;s subscribercast I break down and analyse an interview by the Hollywood Reporter with Warren Leight, the showrunner...