Jeff Schechtman, host, Peter B. Collins, WhoWhatWhy, Podcast
Jeff Schechtman (right) and Peter B. Collins (inset left), hosts of WhoWhatWhy Podcasts. Photo credit: courtesy of Peter B. Collins and Jeff Schechtman

Here are the final five of our curated list of podcasts that we think reflect both what we’ve all been through this past year and where we’re headed in 2020.

This year WhoWhatWhy has been proud to deliver to you 63 podcasts from professors, authors, political activities, entrepreneurs, US senators, investigative journalists, economists, members of the House of Representatives, scientists and thought leaders. 

Picking our ten favorites is never an easy task. Of course, you can pick your own favorites, by going to our podcast page.  

Podcasts have become the conversations that shape our perception of the world… more than television ever could. The intimacy of voices in your car, in your earbuds, in the dark of night we think brings us a special connection with the issues that we care about.


WHY ELECTION INTEGRITY IS THE WHOLE BALLGAME  

A look at why a dysfunctional world needs American democracy to work.


US Census 2020

Photo credit: US Census Bureau (PDF)

THE SUPREME COURT’S RECENT DECISIONS CEMENT MINORITY RULE

Gerrymandering expert David Daley explains the connection between partisan redistricting and Trump administration efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.


eugenics, Passing of the Great Race, skulls

‘Passing of the Great Race’ (published 1916) book cover and map. Skulls from ‘The Groundwork of Eugenics’ (published 1909). Photo credit: Grant, American Geographical Society / Wikimedia, Madison / Wikimedia, and Karl Pearson / Wikimedia

AMERICA’S LONG HISTORY OF HATING IMMIGRANTS

A look at how things like the Chinese Exclusion Act, eugenics, and white America’s desire for racial purity have historically been far worse than what we are seeing today — at least so far.


staged cyber-attack, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland

Capt. Sarah Miller and Tech. Sgt. Carrol Brewster discuss options in response to a staged cyberattack during filming of a scene for an Air Force Reserve Command mission video at Joint Base San Antonio–Lackland, Texas, on June 1, 2019. Photo credit: US Air Force

CYBER ARMIES ARE ON THE MARCH

The current reality may be far more dangerous than past nuclear threats: Richard Clarke, the first White House official placed in charge of US cybersecurity policy, looks at the dangers of cyberwarfare today.


George Soros, Charles Koch, Michael Bloomberg, Bill Gates

Billionaires in America have a lot of money to throw around. Left to right: George Soros, Charles Koch, Michael Bloomberg, and Bill Gates. Photo credit: World Economic Forum / Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0), Fortune Brainstorm TECH / Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0), The Climate Group / Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0), and US Treasury Department / Wikimedia

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINS: THE TROUBLE WITH PHILANTHROPY TODAY

A look at why the personal agendas of wealthy philanthropists do not always serve the public good.

Author

  • Jeff Schechtman’s career spans movies, radio stations and podcasts. After spending twenty-five years in the motion picture industry as a producer and executive, he immersed himself in journalism, radio, and more recently the world of podcasts. To date he has conducted over ten-thousand interviews with authors, journalists, and thought leaders. Since March of 2015, he has conducted over 315 podcasts for WhoWhatWhy.org