Reading Time: 1 minute What is the individual’s right to privacy and how much should be sacrificed in the name of “security?” Edward Snowden, Noam Chomsky, and Glenn Greenwald discuss these and other questions.
Reading Time: 1 minute Gerrymandering is undermining democracy in America. Find out how both parties use this tactic to cling to power and take away the right of voters to choose their leaders.
Reading Time: 1 minute JFK was the first politician to recognize that the media image of a candidate, not his platform, determines who wins and who loses. Now candidates everywhere rely on that playbook.
Reading Time: 2 minutes In a wide-ranging interview, Edward Snowden talks about the Apple vs. FBI encryption lawsuit, why he has not endorsed a presidential candidate and how a member of the WhoWhatWhy Editorial Advisory Council changed his views on what it would take to return to the US.
Reading Time: 1 minute Sounding a somewhat conciliatory note, FBI Director James Comey said the key to resolving the encryption debate would be negotiations involving all stakeholders.
Reading Time: 1 minute Donald Trump decries profanity, but wait till he gets in the act! And all those “values” voters just eat it up.
Reading Time: 1 minute The leaked Snowden files revealed the scope of the NSA’s mass surveillance of Americans. Since then, tech companies have boosted encrypted protection. A court order issued this week to Apple constitutes the biggest test to date over whether to permit government-mandated backdoors to encrypted devices.
Reading Time: 1 minute Loud voices are calling for US tech companies to install “backdoors” to encryption software. They would allow law enforcement to access information. But is that feasible — and would it stop terrorism?
Reading Time: 2 minutes For two weeks prior to the Iowa caucus, we ran a documentary on Donald Trump. When it was first supposed to be aired, however, Trump himself quickly shut down the possibilities for the film to run with threats to sue. “He screamed, and yelled and threatened to sue us,” said Libby Handros, the producer of Read More
Reading Time: 1 minute Soon, critical decisions will be taken about how best to monitor bad guys — while not intruding into the online lives of the rest of us. Here’s a primer on what it is all about. It’s a chance to learn and to weigh in — while there’s still time.
Reading Time: 2 minutes More than 80,000 US prisoners are held in solitary confinement. This video documents one man’s effort to trigger a change and give prisoners another chance.
Reading Time: 1 minute In February, Iran will hold elections that could determine the country’s future — and the future of the rest of the world, especially that of the US.
Reading Time: 1 minute More than 40 years after one of the most remarkable psychology experiments in history, its shocking findings remain valid. Give somebody a bit of power and they are going to abuse it. VIDEO
Reading Time: 2 minutes Los Angeles has always needed fresh water to thrive. Now that the resource is becoming scarce, what will happen to the City of Angels? A look at the history of the city might just offer a glimpse of what kind of future we may face in a warming world.
Reading Time: 2 minutes A weapon of mass destruction (WMD) is defined as one that can cause indiscriminate death or injury on a large scale. One of the weapons the American military used in Iraq fits that definition — only it was a much more insidious substance, quiet, slow-acting, and persistent: radioactive dust from depleted uranium. Among its victims are the thousands of American soldiers coming home from Iraq.
Reading Time: 1 minute In this documentary, filmmakers go undercover to expose the conditions on sugar plantations in the Dominican Republic. Haitian cane cutters are treated like slaves and make $2 per day. The beneficiaries are American sugar barons and even one Republican presidential candidate.
Reading Time: 1 minute A Bill Moyers interview with a Climate activist who is pushing the limits based on personal convictions.
Reading Time: 1 minute Here’s WhoWhatWhy Editor in Chief Russ Baker with the podcaster Jack Blood a few months back. In this wide-ranging discussion, they mulled Donald Trump; what’s wrong with the candidates and the coverage; problems with modern conversation; the importance of thinking and reading outside the box; the narrow mindset of elites; and more.
Reading Time: 2 minutes WhoWhatWhy Editor in Chief Russ Baker chats with Pat Thurston, talk show host on the megastation KGO, about what is — and is not — in the new movie “Truth.” The film, which features Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett, explores the events in 2004 when CBS News reported on George W. Bush’s failure to complete his required military service during the Vietnam War. Instead of Bush facing the music, it was CBS’s journalists whose heads ended up on the chopping block. Russ goes deep for some surprising insights.
Reading Time: 1 minute A wide-ranging fall 2014 podcast interview of Russ Baker on a variety of topics that continue to fascinate us, not only because of the amazing things we have discovered, but because of the continuing mysteries about them — the Bushes, the Clintons and Obama, how elites cross usual political lines, problems presidents face when they antagonize powerful private interests, and much more.