Outside the Box Video Series: The Power of Nightmares

Reading Time: 2 minutes The major decision for the jury that sentenced Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death was whether he was a lone terrorist waging jihad or a gullible teen misled by his radicalized brother. On the seeming other end of the political spectrum, neo-cons are pulling out the gloves to gear up for 2016. What do they have in common? According to this 2004 documentary series, there are parallels between the rise of radical Islam and the rise of the neo-conservative movement that are worth taking a look.

RadioWhoWhatWhy: Civil Unrest and the Violation of Civil Liberties

Reading Time: 1 minute While covering the Baltimore riots, journalist Shawn Carrie was shot in the head by a police pepperball and held without being charged. These, however, are just two of the very many violations of civil liberties taking place in the wake of civil unrest.

Outside the Box Video Series: The Century of the Self

Reading Time: 2 minutes WhoWhatWhy readers have weighed in, and think The Century of Self is “nothing short of magnificent”; a classic documentary series that “every public school and college should use in their curriculum and for discussion.” We thought it was so important that we wanted to make sure you didn’t miss it.

Ever feel surrounded by things you don’t need? There could be a deep-seated psychological reason for it. This series chronicles the rise of advertising and the development of Freudian psychology. Think you own your mind? You may want to think again.

RadioWHO: The Longest-Running War in America’s History—Rebecca Gordon

Reading Time: 2 minutes The War on Drugs has caused just as much damage, destruction, and loss of life as any war in the traditional sense. Rebecca Gordon, University of San Francisco professor and author of the book Mainstreaming Torture: Ethical Approaches in the Post-9/11 United States, joins us to discuss.

Boston Bombing: Rare Opportunity to Hear the Tsarnaev Case in Action

Reading Time: 1 minute On Feb. 19, the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals heard Dzhohar Tsarnaev’s argument why his trial for the Marathon Bombing should be moved from Boston. Since the media is barred from recording the proceedings in his trial, the oral arguments before the appeals court offer a unique opportunity to actually hear the case in action. Listen in to decide for yourself if the three-judge panel was persuaded by the arguments put forth by both sides.

RadioWHO: The American Dream’s “Golden Cage” for Immigrants

Reading Time: 2 minutes The U.S. is the only home of the “American Dream,” a concept still so powerful that millions of illegal immigrants take grave risks to achieve just a tiny semblance of it. RadioWHO host Guillermo Jimenez interviews filmmaker Diego Quemada-Diez about his award-winning film examining the phenomenon, originally entitled “The Golden Cage.” It will debut on HBO this summer as “The Golden Dream.” Which is it? That depends on how you translate it.

RadioWHO: CIA Crack Kingpin Ricky Ross

Reading Time: 1 minute Before “Freeway” Ricky Ross gained infamy as a $3 million-a-day Los Angeles crack dealer with hidden CIA support, he was headed to college on a tennis scholarship. In the most explosive episode of RadioWHO yet, Ross gives host Guillermo Jimenez his definitive answer about the CIA’s motives to sponsor drug dealing. Was it just to support Read More

Counterinsurgency in the U.S.A: The RadioWHO Podcast Premiere

Reading Time: 2 minutes The RadioWHO podcast debuts with host Guillermo Jimenez and WhoWhatWhy reporter Douglas Lucas. Tune in for an engaging discussion about how the U.S.-Mexico drug war morphed into a counterinsurgency campaign, phone hacking and the suspicious surveillance carried out against Lucas.

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The “Other Guy” is not Stupid

Reading Time: 1 minute It’s time for some Monday morning philosophy, and a question: Do you find yourself occasionally doubting the intelligence of your political opposites? You wouldn’t be unusual—but you may also be wrong. In a world that spits political bombast like chewing tobacco, is it possible that the “other guy” is as helpful as you are?

Part 3: Death and Suffering, in Living Color

Reading Time: 5 minutes In the final part of our series, the story of the color film of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that was locked and hidden from Americans—and even the Japanese—for decades. Frame by frame, the footage captured the horrors. If not for certain people, almost no one would have ever seen it.

Classic WHO: Russ Baker on Deep History

Reading Time: 1 minute Here’s an interview from a couple years ago that is as fresh and relevant as ever. It is a probing look into the deeper currents running through our history. Host Craig Barnes, an unusually thoughtful New Mexico-based radio host, takes Russ Baker through a remarkable discussion that’s highly worth a listen.

The podcast runs just less than an hour. To hear it, click on the image of the microphone and enjoy.

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VideoTalk—The Four Stories of Death

Reading Time: 1 minute In this intriguing lecture, the philosopher Stephen Cave discusses four common stories we tell ourselves to overcome our fear of death, and explains why it is better simply not to fear it—because death itself may be nothing to fear.