From the WhoWhatWhy newsroom, Viral News charts the lives and industries affected by the outbreak of the coronavirus, as well as other news of a viral nature. In interviews and roundtable discussions, WhoWhatWhy reporter Stephen Calabria delves into the issues brought about by the virus that will shape the future of the United States and the rest of the world.
How the Memory of the ’60s Civil Rights Era Is Being Co-Opted
Exposing the manipulation of the ’60s civil rights legacy by many diverse movements today that are trying to co-opt it for their own ends.
Should Cancel Culture Be Canceled?
Lawyer and author Dan Kovalik, who supports the ongoing movements for racial and gender equality and justice, makes the progressive case against cancel culture.
Interview: Former U.S. Senator Norm Coleman (R-Minn.)
Norm Coleman is a former Republican U.S. Senator, having represented the state of Minnesota from 2003-2009 before his 2009 defeat to Democrat Al Franken. He previously served as the mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota, from 1994-2002 and currently serves as the chairperson of the Republican Jewish Coalition.
Racial Inequality, in COVID and Beyond
Phillip D. Levy, M.D., M.P.H., is a Professor at the Wayne State University School of Medicine and the Associate Chair for Research in the Department of Emergency Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American Heart Association.
Dr. Jamila K. Taylor is director of health care reform and senior fellow at The Century Foundation, where she leads TCF’s work to build on the Affordable Care Act and develop the next generation of health reform to achieve high-quality, affordable, and universal coverage in America. A renowned women’s health expert, Taylor also works on issues related to reproductive rights and justice, focusing on the structural barriers to access to health care, racial and gender disparities in health outcomes, and the intersections between health care and economic justice.
Anne Price is the President of the Insight Center for Community Economic Development, a nonprofit based in Oakland, California, where she works on issues of gender, race and wealth.
National Security During the COVID Crisis
Karen Greenberg is the director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School and the author of "Rogue Justice: The Making of the Security State."
Clint Watts is a former FBI agent, a senior fellow at the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at George Washington University, a Foreign Policy Research Institute fellow, and an MSNBC analyst.
Mia Bloom is a fellow with New America's International Security program and professor of communication and Middle East studies at Georgia State University in Atlanta
Fred Kaplan is national security columnist for Slate and author of The Bomb: Presidents, Generals, and the Secret History of Nuclear War
David Corn is the Washington DC bureau chief of Mother Jones Magazine, and a frequent contributor to MSNBC.
The State of Urban Food Supplies Amid COVID
Prof. Nicholas Freudenberg is a Distinguished Professor of Public Health at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy and Director of the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute.
Prof. Freudenberg discusses the challenges posed to the American food supply -- particularly in urban areas -- by the coronavirus, the local and institutional repercussions that the virus may have on the nation's food consumption, and how communities and families may deal with the burgeoning food crisis.