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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...

Trump Loses, Remains President?

Reading Time: 18 minutesMary Trump, President Donald Trump&;s niece, has written a tell-all book that portrays her uncle as a man unhinged, obsessed with winning, and still afraid of what his father might say if he loses. Which inevitably raises the question: W

Subscribercast #42 – Systemic Racism and Cop Shows

How much responsibility does the TV crime genre have for police racism, brutality and corruption? On this month’s subscriber-only podcast...

Is It 1968 All Over Again?

Reading Time: 12 minutesToday we’re facing the exact same questions that Americans were asking just over fifty years ago, in 1967 and 1968, as riots took place all across America, resulting in over 70 dead and untold injured. In order to understand how civil unrest had reached such proportions, and how to prevent it from occurring in the future, President Lyndon B.

The Terrorist Threat Concealed by Saudi ‘Soft Power’

Reading Time: 16 minutesIn December of last year, the United States suffered the first deadly, internationally orchestrated terrorist attack on its soil since 9/11 — when a Saudi Air Force trainee killed three US sailors and wounded eight others at a Navy air base in Pensacola, FL.Last week, the FBI and Attorney General William Barr announced that data recovered from the cellphone