The explosion of podcasts no doubt reflects their unique ability to convey information in an intimate and uncluttered fashion.
From the many podcasts WhoWhatWhy published in 2021, we have selected 10 for our annual “Best of” list, which we believe represents a kind of overview audio diary — capturing what we lived through, felt, and thought during the past 12 months.
Here are the first five; we will add five more next Friday. Of course, you can always find YOUR favorites by going directly to our podcast page.
The Direct Line From 9/11 to January 6
In a conversation with Spencer Ackerman, we examine the elements that tie together a year that began with the insurrection of January 6 and marked the 20th anniversary of 9/11.
Bill Gates Has Always Shown Us Who He Is
Bill Gates was once considered the “good billionaire.” Today, his personal life and his carefully crafted reputation as a public-minded philanthropist are eroding before our eyes. A conversation with investigative journalist Tim Schwab.
A Conversation with Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono
Fresh off engineering almost unanimous Senate support for her COVID-19 Hate Crimes Bill, the junior senator from Hawaii, Mazie Hirono, joins the WhoWhatWhy podcast.
A Palestinian-American Struggles for Peace in Our Time
It is the exceptional individual who, having seen and experienced the worst of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, can hope for any kind of future. Yousef Bashir may be unique in maintaining that hope.
George Packer Explains It All
How do we see each other? Has the SARS-CoV-2 virus made us more fearful of our neighbors? Are we hopelessly and forever divided into clashing tribes? Why didn’t a worldwide pandemic — a literal threat to every human being — bring us together? Packer explains how the nation today is like a patient in the high-risk category — and how the SARS-CoV-2 virus could yet finish us off.