Climate Watch: L.A.’s Water Woes

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.

Toxic Dust: The Invisible Legacy the US Left in Iraq

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.

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Podcast: Russ Baker on Trump, Jeb and More

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.

PODCAST: Russ Baker with Pat Thurston on RatherGate

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.

Russ Baker interviewed: American Elites and Little Understood Power Configurations

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.

Russ Baker interviewed: Refugees, 9/11, and More

What are the deeper issues in the Middle East that make it such a hotbed for violent conflict? And why are US fingerprints all over these crises? In this interview with California radio host Douglas Everett on Radio Parallax, Russ Baker discusses the surprising connections between them, including the explosion of Middle Eastern refugees in Europe, 9/11, and others.