Why Do Pandemics Often Start With Bats?

Reading Time: 14 minutesWhile people across the world were celebrating the holidays with loved ones at the end of last year, somewhere in China the coronavirus pandemic began with a virus moving from bats to pigs and, ultimately, to the first human. The rest, as they say, is history.

The Antivirus Program You Don’t Have to Buy

Reading Time: 15 minutesAs millions of Americans isolate themselves to avoid infection, scientists are working urgently to develop the vaccine, antiviral, or magic pill that will contain the coronavirus. If only there were an antivirus program designed to protect the human operating system. Well, actually, we do have one.

The Eerie Parallels Between Covid-19 and the Plague

Reading Time: 18 minutesEvery story about the coronavirus is also about something else. In the US it’s about our healthcare system, our politics, our elections, and our culture.

Bloomberg Demonization of ‘Abandoned’ Youth Feeds Ugly Stereotype

Reading Time: 17 minutesPresidential candidate Michael Bloomberg has been challenged over comments he made about New York’s controversial “stop and frisk” policies while he was mayor. He said that “male minorities” aged 15 to 25 are responsible for “95 percent of murders.”

Political Hobbyism Is Not Politics

Reading Time: 15 minutesHas politics become a form of entertainment? With debates every week, opinion polls every day, the insatiable appetite of 24/7 cable news for fresh “content,” heated arguments online around the clock, and the clickbait casting of heroes and villains, politics may indeed be America’s new national pastime. We know the names of all the players.

Nevada Is About to Repeat the Iowa Clusterf**k

Reading Time: 2 minutesProtecting Out Vote 2020Yes, they are still counting votes in Iowa, which raises many questions: How did the Democratic caucuses there get so screwed up, whose fault was it, and is Nevada about to go

You Say You Want a Revolution?

Reading Time: 14 minutesYou may think that today’s political and cultural divide today is wide, but it’s nothing compared to the ‘70s and early ‘80s. Imagine what the country would be like today if almost every day there were bombings by domestic terrorists?

Do You Trust What You’re Reading?

Reading Time: 18 minutesFully one-third of news consumers admit to distrusting the sources from which they get their news. That’s according to a recent study by RAND Corporation, based on a survey of 2,543 Americans.

Jarring Eyewitness Accounts Shed Light on the Cruelty of Slavery

Reading Time: 18 minutesSome 70 years after emancipation, a team of unemployed writers and journalists located over 300 formerly enslaved African Americans, captured their unvarnished stories about life under slavery, and took photo portraits of many of their subjects.

Why Is Everybody So Damn Angry?

Reading Time: 21 minutesBack in 2014, Martin Gurri, an unknown global media analyst for the CIA, wrote a book called The Revolt of the Public. It was published by a small press with very little fanfare. In his book, Gurri argues that the digital revolution would, by transforming the information space, enable the public to participate more and more in politics.

Why Iran Is the US’s Go-To Enemy in the Middle East

Reading Time: 17 minutesGary Sick was there when the US-Iran relationship quite literally blew up.He worked on Iran issues as part of the National Security Council staff in the Ford, Carter, and Reagan administrations. During the Carter administration, he was the principal White House aide for Iran during the Iranian Revolution and the ensuing hostage crisis.

To the Brink of War, With No Upside

Reading Time: 13 minutesWith all the talk about President Donald Trump’s decision to assassinate Qassem Soleimani, Iran’s response, and the risk of war, it’s astonishing how little fresh insight is offered. That is definitely not the case in our podcast with Middle East scholar Stephen Zunes. Among his intriguing claims:

Is 2020 the Year That AI Finally Exerts Its Promised Power?

Reading Time: 15 minutesEvery year for the past six years, the New York Times has held a major international conference on artificial intelligence (AI). Not climate change, or healthcare, or politics, but AI. China has made it a central focus of its national agenda. Yet US leaders have paid very little attention to what AI is or how it works.

WhoWhatWhy’s Top Podcasts of 2019 — Part 2

Reading Time: 3 minutesHere are the final five of our curated list of podcasts that we think reflect both what we’ve all been through this past year and where we’re headed in 2020.This year WhoWhatWhy has been proud to deliver to you 63 podcasts from professors, authors, political activities, entrepreneurs, US senators, investigative journalists, economis

Thought Control: US Monitors Social Media Activity of Visa Applicants

Reading Time: 15 minutesNew State Department rules, effective since May of this year, require applicants for visas to enter the United States to disclose all of their social media accounts, including those that use a pseudonym.

The New Language of Visual Argument

Reading Time: 15 minutesWe live in the era of Instagram. Attention spans are short, people read less, and the graphic presentation of information is the new language of the 21st century. Today, everything from our bills to corporate PowerPoints to political information is “written” in this new lexicon.

Can Merging Science and Indigenous Knowledge Save Us?

Reading Time: 12 minutesMany of the actions that can save our threatened environment are already being practiced by indigenous peoples. If only we would pay attention. So suggests this week’s WhoWhatWhy podcast guest, Dr. Alejandro Frid.

Subscriber Podcast #36 – The LAPD’s Hollywood Office

Just like many federal agencies the Los Angeles Police Department have a dedicated entertainment liaison office for dealing with Hollywood....

From Useful Idiot to Working Asset

Reading Time: 17 minutesIn this week’s WhoWhatWhy podcast, MSNBC counterterrorism analyst and bestselling author Malcolm Nance talks in detail about how Donald Trump has, in his view, betrayed the nation as an asset in a Russian plot to place a Kremlin-friendly US president in power.  Nance argues that the effort to seduce Trump began as far back as the l

Small Business Group Says Trump Is Bad for Business

Reading Time: 19 minutesDonald Trump ran for president as a billionaire businessman claiming to have exceptional negotiating skills and promising to reduce the US trade deficit. How’s it working out?Jim Doyle is president of the Business Forward Foundation in Washington, DC, representing about 100,000 small business owners in America.

Has America Lost Its Grip on Reality?

Reading Time: 11 minutesIf you watched any part of the impeachment hearing this week, you know that there are two very different versions of reality. Not just disagreements about facts and interpretation, but about reality itself. In this week’s WhoWhatWhy podcast, renowned author, professor, and psychiatrist Robert J.

Only Whistleblowers Can Save Democracy

Reading Time: 16 minutesRevealing the misconduct of others is always dangerous. Yet by exposing public and corporate corruption, whistleblowers perform a vital service &; even as they often suffer for it.

ClandesTime 197 – The Spycops Scandal

For decades undercover British intelligence officers have infiltrated almost every notable political movement in the UK. In this episode I talk to Kit Klarenberg, an investigative journalist who has written extensively about this topic.

What If Everybody Is Wrong About Stopping Climate Change?

Reading Time: 15 minutesThe prevailing scientific sentiment on the global ecological crises is that the only road to a livable future is to drastically reduce consumption, learn to share and reuse more, and — most importantly — restrain growth. Frankly, that’s what most of the evidence makes abundantly clear.