Looking back at 2023
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Every week, WhoWhatWhy’s editor-in-chief provides bracing, fresh thinking with new perspectives on the events that define our times in his Substack, “Going Deep with Russ Baker.” Here are some of our favorites from 2023.

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Norman Lear, Walt Disney Television, Emmy Party

Norman Lear arrives at the Walt Disney Television Emmy Party on September 22, 2019, in Los Angeles, CA. Photo credit: © imageSPACE via ZUMA Wire

Norman Lear: The Man with the REAL Family Values

What he was like in person. Read more

Man reading news,Dead Sea.

Man reading news in the Dead Sea. Photo credit: Pete / Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 3.0 DEED)

How Major News Orgs Help GOP and Trump

Report shows they focus on human drama, while ignoring actual policy implications affecting us all. Read more

Katanga, copper mines, Belgian Congo, 1920

Rwandese workers at the Kisanga copper mine, Katanga, Belgian Congo, late 1920s. Photo credit: Anonymous / Wikimedia

Why Kennedy Was Doomed

Alternative homes for political and news discourse. Read more

Donald Trump, Lauren Boebert

Former President Donald Trump (left) and Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO). Photo credit: Both photos: © Brian Cahn/ZUMA Press Wire

Here’s How Loathsome Characters Like Boebert and Trump Win

As America bleeds out, we split constitutional hairs. Read more

tech, social media, Twitter, Elon Musk, journalists, account suspensions

Elon Musk. Photo credit: Daniel Oberhaus / Wiki (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Elon Musk Is Killing Twitter, So Where Should You Turn Next?

Alternative homes for political and news discourse. Read more

Heritage Foundation, report, climate change.

Photo credit: Adapted by WhoWhatWhy from rJoão Cautela / Wikimedia (CC0 1.0) and Project 2025

Diabolical GOP Plan Would Guarantee Global Warming Wins

A plan by the super-rich to grab power would lead to human extinction. Read more.

Wilderness of Mirrors

Photo credit: BIGPT / Pixabay

Fog of War: A Whole New Scenario for Nord Stream Bombing?

Very little can be taken at face value — not documents, not claims, not supposedly trustworthy sources. Read more.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

Photo credit: © Nancy Kaszerman/ZUMA Wire

If Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Were President, How Safe Would We Be?

A dream for some, a nightmare for others. Read more.

Cracked American Flag

Photo credit: Illustration by WhoWhatWhy from Grégory ROOSE / Pixabay and US Dept of State / Wikimedia.

Coming to Grips With the Anti-Vaxxer, pro-RFK Jr. Worldview

While looking everywhere for the deep state — you might fall down a sinkhole. Read more.

Vladimir Putin, President of Russia

Vladimir Putin, president of Russia. Photo credit: © Artur Widak/NurPhoto via ZUMA Press

Western and Russian Imperialism: Our Wrongs Don’t Make Putin Right

The bifurcation of the left reflects a growing lack of common sense and empathy with the actual circumstances faced by ordinary people. Read more.

National Archives, staff member, reviews files

A National Archives staff member reviews files. Photo credit: The Washington Times/

The Truth on JFK’s Death Lies in the Weeds

The truth may be hiding in plain sight, but proving it can require meticulous parsing of massive amounts of seemingly obscure information. That’s why we need to understand the National Archives. Read more.


  • Russ Baker

    Russ Baker is Editor-in-Chief of WhoWhatWhy. He is an award-winning investigative journalist who specializes in exploring power dynamics behind major events.

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