Best General Stories 2020
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Here is a look back at some of our most interesting work from a momentous year.

Over the past week, we presented you with some of the highlights of our election integrity, environmental, and coronavirus coverage. We also picked some of our favorite podcasts, editorials, panoramas, and cartoons. 

Now that the new year is about to begin, we are offering one final list of articles that reflect some of the other work that WhoWhatWhy did in 2020. As you peruse it, please give yourself a pat on the back because none of this would have been possible without your support. 

Pavel Krisevich

Activist Pavel Krisevich (L) stages a performance outside Moscow’s Lyublinsky District Court ahead of a sentence hearing for the Novoye Velichiye extremist group on August 6, 2020. Photo credit: © Artyom Geodakyan/TASS via ZUMA Press

Crimes and Punishments of Radical Artists in Putin’s Russia

Today’s Russian performance artists want nothing less than to annihilate political power.

Mike Lindell, My Pillow Guy

Mike Lindell, the “MyPillow guy,” at an Address to Young Americans event, featuring President Donald Trump, hosted by Students for Trump and Turning Point Action at Dream City Church in Phoenix, AZ, on June 23, 2020. Photo credit: Gage Skidmore / Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

MyPillow Founder Ready to Go to the Mattresses for Trump

Minnesota Republicans aren’t ready to throw in the towel in the race for president, but GOP state legislators are preparing to fold.

Carlos Adrian Ingram-Lopez, daughter

Carlos Adrian Ingram-Lopez holding his daughter. Photo credit: Courtesy of the Lopez family

Fatal Errors, Part 1: Police Brutality in Tucson

First of a three-part series about deaths at the hands of police in Tucson, AZ, and Richmond, CA.

NC Democrats Aim to Slay the Gerrymander Dragon

The battle for the state Legislature will determine Congressional district lines in North Carolina.

Portland Police Officer Protest

A man who showed a press pass argues with a Portland police officer near Ventura Park in Portland, OR, on September 5, 2020, as protesters marked the 100th day of continuous protest. Photo credit: © Mark McKenna/ZUMA Wire

At the Center of the Storm

Proud Boys, antifa, BLM protests; Portland, OR, has been at the center of it all, with wildfires threatening to deliver the final blow. 

Spotify’s Success May Be the Real Day the Music Dies 

When the music’s over, turn out the lights. (The Doors, 1967, available on Spotify.)

Where There’s Smoke, China’s ‘Great Firewall’ Douses the Fire

Posting about sensitive topics on social media is a risky business.

Santa Monica Police, School Resource Officer

Santa Monica Police Department school resource officer on April 10, 2012. Photo credit: Tomás Del Coro / Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Why Policing in Schools Is Complicated

For students of color, do officers in school do more harm than good?

John Mitchell, William Barr

US Attorney General John N. Mitchell, February 19, 1971 (left). US Attorney General William Barr, May 13, 2019 (right). Photo credit: US News & World Report / Library of Congress / Wikimedia and Office of Public Affairs / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

The Arrogance of Power: Bill Barr and the Ghost of John Mitchell

The Hall of Shame for attorneys general is getting a new member, who almost daily conquers new heights in the art of dissembling.

George Floyd, vigil

Vigil for George Floyd at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, on June 1, 2020. Photo credit: Miki Jourdan / Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Black Voices Matter

Instead of wondering what comes next, learn what Black writers have to say.

Tori Satow,

Tori Satow on a hike in West Virginia. Photo credit: courtesy of Beth Okolish

Water Woes in the World’s Wealthiest Nation

There’s a secret water crisis in America. Two million people across the US lack access to running water and basic indoor plumbing. Keystone, WV, has gone without reliable water for almost a year. Local Tori Satow is fed up and determined to make a difference.

Related front page panorama photo credit: Adapted by WhoWhatWhy from  AbsolutVision / Unsplash.


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