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Now displaying: April, 2015

Welcome to the WhoWhatWhy Podcast.

Apr 30, 2015

RaidioWhoWhatWhy's Jeff Schechtman sits down with Russian-American writer and activist Masha Gessen. 

Apr 29, 2015

WhoWhatWhy Editor-in-Chief Russ Baker is interviewed by Boston-based syndicated radio host Chuck Morse about the Boston Marathon Bombing trial and the FBI.

Apr 23, 2015

American medicine, we are told, is among the best in the world. Yet treating sickness is only one measure of quality, and whether or not the system itself is healthy is up for debate. A system that treats sickness but doesn’t offer preventative measures to assure continued health is broken.

 

From after-the-fact health care to our love affair with pharmaceuticals, we are on the road to disaster, as crusading reformer Raymond Francis of MIT explains to our host, Jeff Schechtman. Francis has some ideas on how we can do much, much, better and end the Great American Health Hoax.

 

Apr 15, 2015

A random walk through what the First Amendment and the Bill of Rights are really all about. A talk with the former national legal director of the ACLU and the founder of the Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU Law School.    

Apr 9, 2015

Warren Zevon's great song, “Lawyers, Guns and Money,”was about a kid getting out of trouble in various Latin American countries. Today, however, as we approach the 2016 presidential election, it might very well be a description of our election process.

It seems that lawyers, money and enforcement are an ever-growing part of American elections. A new set of rules seems to prevail. Issues such as campaign finance, voting rights, voter ID, electronic voting and ballot access itself are now debatable parts of voting in America.

 

How did we get here, how did democracy become so complex, and what’s the historical context? Just how deeply is fraud really built into the system? WhoWhatWhy’s Jeff Schechtman talks with David Schultz, Hamline University professor in the School of Business, senior fellow at the Institute of Law and Politics at the University of Minnesota Law School, and professor of election law.

 

Apr 4, 2015

The War on Drugs has caused just as much damage, destruction, and loss of life as any war in the traditional sense. University of San Francisco professor and author of the book Mainstreaming Torture: Ethical Approaches in the Post-9/11 United States Rebecca Gordon joins us to discuss. 

Apr 3, 2015

It has been 62 years since the Cuban Revolution began. Fifty-four years since the Bay of Pigs invasion. Fifty-three years since the Cuban Missile Crisis. Twenty-six years since the end of the Cold War, and 15 years since the Elian Gonzalez incident. And it is just now that we are beginning a new relationship with our neighbor 90 miles away.

A significant part of our population has come of age with absolutely no knowledge of the history of the US / Cuba relationship, what the revolution was about, or what all the hostility has been about. And yet the history of that relationship with Cuba has been a kind of Rosetta Stone for understating the bias, the mistakes, and domestic politics behind so much of American foreign policy, from the mid-20th century until today.

Few have had the access to Cuba to provide the kind of clear and present perspective that Tom Hayden has.

Tom Hayden, a leader in the student, antiwar, and civil rights protests throughout the 1960s talks toWhoWhatWhy’s Jeff Schechtman about what this new opening might mean.

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