TVWHY: Russ Baker in St. Paul, Excerpt 2–Snowden

Reading Time: 1 minute In this second excerpt from a recent talk, WhoWhatWhy editor Russ Baker discusses the vilification of Edward Snowden. You may also watch his complete talk.

TVWHY: Russ Baker in St. Paul, Excerpt 1–Troublemakers

Reading Time: 1 minute In this first excerpt from a recent talk, WhoWhatWhy editor Russ Baker discusses who the government considers to be troublemakers. You may also watch his complete talk.

TVWHY: Russ Baker in Santa Fe, Excerpt 4—Why WHO?

Reading Time: 1 minute In this fourth excerpt from a recent talk, WhoWhatWhy editor Russ Baker discusses “Why WhoWhatWhy?”

TVWHY: Russ Baker in Santa Fe, Excerpt 3—Our Rights

Reading Time: 1 minute In this third excerpt from a recent talk, WhoWhatWhy editor Russ Baker discusses “security, terrorism and our rights”

TVWHY: Russ Baker in Santa Fe, Excerpt 2—Arab Spring

Reading Time: 1 minute In this second excerpt from a recent talk, WhoWhatWhy editor Russ Baker discusses “from the Arab Spring to the Miranda Warning”

TVWHY: Russ Baker in Santa Fe, Excerpt 1–POWER

Reading Time: 1 minute In this first excerpt from a recent talk, WhoWhatWhy editor Russ Baker discusses “Acknowledging Where the Power Resides”

Unstacking the Deck: The Status Quo, Third Parties, and You

Reading Time: 3 minutes If you have trouble figuring out how the presidential nominees are substantively different on the great issues of our time, you’re not necessarily dense. The system as it currently operates encourages candidates and campaigns that hew to the unremarkable and the disappointing.

RadioWhoWhatWhy: Russ Baker on Government Secrets

Reading Time: 1 minute Russ Baker with New Hampshire’s Burt Cohen—on government secrecy under Obama, on the “national security state,” solving national mysteries, and more.

Russ Baker in San Francisco

Reading Time: 1 minute Russ Baker lecture in San Francisco. On the tabloidization of life, the stories we’re not getting, liberal vs. conservative, our heroes, elites vs. common people, how the powerful keep their power, and why we must read books. (One hour)

Will Political Ads Destroy Public Broadcasting’s “Uniqueness”?

Reading Time: 4 minutes A court decision says that public broadcasting outlets need not avoid political ads and the related sludgefest. Defenders of the sanctity of those outlets say they need to remain pure. But how pure, really, are they?

CLOSE READING: The Saudis, a Twitter Investment, and the End of Arab Spring?

Reading Time: 5 minutes Recently, Twitter announced it would restrict tweets in countries where the government declares the tweets illegal. That troubling announcement was treated by the American media as a blip. But is it a blip? Or is it a crisis for freedom everywhere? And did a huge investment in Twitter by a Saudi prince have anything to do with the move?

Occupy’s 99 Pledge

Reading Time: 1 minute So those wacky “Occupy” folks don’t have a clear picture of what they want? So they’re just a bunch of people who enjoy protesting? Watch this—from little Ole Occupy Santa Fe.