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Podcasts shape how we see the world. In our cars, through our earbuds, and even in the dark, they are driving the conversations of the 21st century.

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The popularity of podcasts is surging everywhere, mostly due to the special ability of voices to reach people more directly than the written word. And when those voices, through intimate and lively dialogue, convey vital facts and perspectives, we are informed, entertained, and enriched.

Of the 55 WhoWhatWhy podcasts released in 2022, we have selected 10 to head our “Best of” list this year. Each encapsulates a part of what we have experienced and felt during the somewhat daunting but always exhilarating past twelve months. 

Last Friday we picked our first five, and today we share the second five of our selected podcasts.To explore more, you can visit our podcast page, which is always available.

Mhairi Black, UK, House of Commons

MP Mhairi Black speaking in the UK House of Commons.
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Progressive Politics in the UK: A Conversation With Mhairi Black, MP

As the Conservative government in the UK struggles, progressives like 28-year-old MP Mhairi Black are providing a stark contrast.

Donald Trump, St. John’s Episcopal Church, photo op

President Donald J. Trump, followed by many top advisers, walked from the White House to St. John’s Episcopal Church, where he staged an infamous photo op while holding a bible, June 1, 2020. Photo credit: Trump White House Archived / Flickr

Why They Did It: Bad Actors and Those Who Enable Them

One-time GOP operative Tim Miller explains why so many Republicans, who knew better, got caught up in the Trump vortex. What is the weakness in human behavior that explains this? 

National Competitiveness, Rand Corporation

The Societal Foundations of National Competitiveness by Michael Mazarr. Photo credit: Rand Corporation

The End of American Competitiveness

Michael Mazarr discusses a new RAND study that looks at how America is losing its ability to compete — and may never recover. 

World War II, Iraq, Vietnam, Afghanistan, war ends

Wars end – and then what? Photo credit: Adapted by WhoWhatWhy from © Ssgt. Brandon Cribelar/U.S. Air/Planet Pix via ZUMA Press Wire, The White House / Wikimedia,Hohum / Wikimedia, and DoD / Wikimedia

How Wars End

Long-time Foreign Affairs editor Gideon Rose looks at how wars end and what it foreshadows what’s next in Ukraine.

Benjamin Franklin, corruption, US Government, Capitalism

“A republic if you can keep it?” Photo credit: Adapted by WhoWhatWhy from ken fager / Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Corruption Is America’s Operating System

Historian and journalist Sarah Chayes shows how and why corrupt political and business systems have become normalized, how they determine the shape of our government, and how they undermine democracy.  


  • Jeff Schechtman

    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

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