Conversation Is Not Dead — At Least Not At WhoWhatWhy

Jeff Schechtman
Jeff Schechtman, host of WhoWhatWhy’s Podcast.

Our Friday podcasts have quickly become a favorite among our readers. Week after week, host Jeff Schechtman has conversations with some of the most interesting people in the world and takes on the most important topics of the day.

If you are not a regular listener yet, we have compiled a small sample of some of the podcasts you may have missed.


Daniel Ellsberg

The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner by Daniel Ellsberg. Photo credit: Adapted by WhoWhatWhy from Bloomsbury and Carol Leigh Scarlot Harlot / Flickr (CC by 2.0)

Daniel Ellsberg on Nuclear War

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Forty-six years after the release of the Pentagon Papers, Ellsberg reveals another set of documents on how nuclear war might have been waged in the 1950s and 60s.

JFK, Donald Trump, Deep State

The Cold War Deep State was unified. Now power is fragmenting. Photo credit: Adapted by WhoWhatWhy from Gage Skidmore / Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0), JFK Library and US Government.

JFK Assassination Triggered More Than Kennedy’s Death

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The assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and particularly its aftermath, was the first in a series of high-profile events that triggered an increased level of distrust of government among Americans. The ripples from that day have now turned into a wave, author David Talbot argues.

Dagmar Enkelmann, Yanis Varoufakis, Florian Weis in 2016

(From left to right) Dagmar Enkelmann, Yanis Varoufakis, Florian Weis. Yanis Varoufakis is former Greek finance minister and a global economist. Photo credit: Patrick Stary (Rosa Luxemberg-Siftung / Flickr – CC BY 2.0)

Did the Greek Financial Crisis Give us Brexit and Trump?

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Economist and former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis blows the whistle on a crisis that led to an international cover-up directed by a circle of incompetent bureaucrats.

Bill Browder

Bill Browder, author of Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice. Photo credit: ActuaLitte / Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0) and Simon & Schuster

WhoWhatWhy Investigated Russia’s Actions Long Before the Mainstream Media

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This past week, you may have seen financier Bill Browder everywhere. However, as far back as May of 2015, and then again in March of this year, WhoWhatWhy spoke to Browder about Russian intentions and methods.  

Nancy MacLean, Democracy in Chains

Nancy MacLean, author of Democracy in Chains. Photo credit:  VCU Libraries / Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0) and Viking

The Intellectual Underpinning of a “Mean” Republican Party

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How a Nobel Prize winning economist teamed up with Charles Koch to create today’s GOP agenda.

Michele McPhee author of Maximum Harm.  Photo credit: ForeEdge and Michele McPhee

Boston Marathon Bombing Cover-Up: A Conversation with Michele McPhee

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What WhoWhatWhy has been telling you for years is now being corroborated. In an explosive new book, journalist Michele McPhee deconstructs the government’s official narrative on the Boston Marathon bombing. We talk with her about what she found and what it all means.

Donald Trump, Felix Sater, Semion Mogilevich, Vladimir Putin, FBI

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Behind-the-Scenes Interview on Exclusive Trump-Russia-FBI Story

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WhoWhatWhy’s investigation of how the FBI may not be in a position to reveal all it knows about Donald Trump’s Russia connections caused quite a splash. Find out why it matters and get a behind-the-scenes look in this interview with two of the story’s authors.

John Kiriakou

John Kiriakou, author of Doing Time Like a Spy. Photo credit: Rare Bird Books, A Vireo Book and Slowking4 / Wikimedia (CC BY-NC 3.0)

The CIA vs. Donald Trump

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John Kiriakou was a 15-year CIA veteran before he exposed its torture program. Today he analyzes an agency unchecked by oversight and whose power is underestimated by the Trump administration.

Muslim, Immigration

Demonstrator with a message at anti-Trump rally. Photo credit: Alisdare Hickson / Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

TSA’s Profiling of Ethnic Groups Puts Public at Greater Risk

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Fifteen years after its creation, the TSA is a toxic snake pit of corruption and retaliation — which is very dangerous for the public.

Barrett Brown, Suzie Dawson, John Kiriakou

Barrett Brown (left), Suzie Dawson and John Kiriakou Photo credit: Barrett Brown, Suzie Dawson, Slowking4 / Wikimedia (CC BY-NC)

Exclusive to WhoWhatWhy: The Barrett Brown Podcast

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Barrett Brown talks with CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou and with Suzie Dawson, the head of New Zealand’s Internet Party. Brown also offers a brief commentary on what he thinks of the current “rule of law.”


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