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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.

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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.

Can the Editorial Cartoon Be Saved?

Reading Time: 20 minutesWhile some argue that we are living in a golden age for journalism, the decline of print outlets has certainly changed the economic landscape for the worse. The transition from print to digital was not an easy negotiation, losing both people and content in the process. One of those casualties was the classic editorial cartoon.

Liberty: Hard to Achieve, Easy to Squander

Reading Time: 16 minutesWe live with the belief that political liberty is a durable construct, arrived at by some process of “enlightenment,” and that the architecture of the Constitution will somehow save us. Daron Acemoglu, an MIT economics professor and the guest of this week’s WhoWhatWhy podcast, thinks this view is a fantasy.

Watchdogs Challenge Surveillance in Berkeley

Reading Time: 16 minutesAre the agencies and tools intended to combat international terrorism being used more broadly against US citizens?Ultra-liberal Berkeley, California, has been the scene of provocative demonstrations staged by right-wing groups in recent years that have sparked clashes with anti-fascist groups.And the Berkeley police secretly filmed the protests, using high-tech surveillance cameras equ

ClandesTime 195 – The New Cultural Cold War

The original Cultural Cold War has been the subject of numerous books and articles on both sides of the divide, but the new version has been almost entirely ignored.

It Takes a Whistleblower to Know One

Reading Time: 14 minutesAccording to John Kiriakou, a 15-year CIA operative who served 23 months in federal prison for exposing the CIA’s torture program during the Iraq war, the decision to become a whistleblower is a once-in-a-lifetime event from which one never really recovers.Kiriakou joins Jeff Schechtman in this week’s WhoWhatWhy podcast.

Is This the End of the Republican Party?

Reading Time: 16 minutesIn this week’s WhoWhatWhy podcast, renowned pollster and political consultant Stanley Greenberg, the man who helped get Bill Clinton elected in 1992, predicts the end of the Republican Party as we know it. Further, he argues that the US is about to enter a progressive era where the pent-up demand for government action will be reflected in de

ClandesTime 194 – Oliver Stone’s JFK

This week, I welcome to the show author and friend James Oddy to discuss the JFK assassination case and its treatment in the Oliver Stone movie JFK. We look at the psychological and political consequences of the assassination, as well as the political and cultural impact of the film.

An Important Conversation With Climate Change Pioneer Bill McKibben

Reading Time: 13 minutesWhoWhatWhy Climate Change Coverage The threat to humanity that climate change poses has been with us for nearly a century, says Bill McKibben, who was one of the first to sound the alarm.