Episode S5 | Trailer

Season 5 Trailer

Season 5 of The Whole Truth premieres on public television stations nationwide spring/summer 2020—check your local listings!

Watch Now

About "The Whole Truth with David Eisenhower"

Why is it that agreeing on the basic facts of a political argument so often seems nearly impossible, let alone the monumental task of creating an authentic position free of overblown rhetoric and partisanship rancor? We believe it doesn’t have to be that way… Joining with WHYY TV and American Public Television (A.P.T.), the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia has brought its style of civil, thoughtful, and enlightening debate on issues of the day to national public television with, "The Whole Truth with David Eisenhower." Check your local listings for upcoming showtimes in your area!

David Eisenhower

David Eisenhower, grandson of General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower, is a noted historian and the Director of the Institute for Public Service at the Annenberg Public Policy Center. He serves as a senior research fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School of Communication and is a fellow in the International Relations Department at the University. Eisenhower is the author of "Eisenhower: At War," which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in history in 1986. Time magazine named it one of the five best nonfiction books of that year.

Presented by

Distributed by

Episode S5 | Trailer

Season 5 Trailer

Season 5 of The Whole Truth premieres on public television stations nationwide spring/summer 2020—check your local listings!

Watch Now


  • Photo: David Eisenhower

    David Eisenhower

Episode S4 | E5

Beyond Mass Incarceration: How Best to Reform American Criminal Justice?

Filmed live at Eastern State Penitentiary, guests Mark Holden of Koch Industries; Jeffrey Brown of UpLift Solutions; Paul Butler of Georgetown University Law; and Robert Listenbee, Philadelphia First Assistant DA, discuss possible alternatives to incarceration and the best approaches to systematic reform.

Watch Now


  • Photo: Mark Holden

    Mark Holden

  • Photo: Jeffrey Brown

    Jeffrey Brown

  • Photo: Paul Butler

    Paul Butler

  • Photo: Robert Listenbee

    Robert Listenbee

Episode S4 | E4

The Empire Strikes Back: The 21st Century Resurgence of the ‘Strongman’

Dr. George Soroka of Harvard University; Dr. Ely Ratnor, Center for a New American Security; Sarah Repucci of Freedom House; and Thor Halvorssen of Human Rights Foundation discuss the global rise of authoritarianism, the future of the rule of law, and the protection of individual human rights around the world.

Watch Now


  • Photo: Dr. George Soroka

    Dr. George Soroka

  • Photo: Dr. Ely Ratnor

    Dr. Ely Ratnor

  • Photo: Sarah Repucci

    Sarah Repucci

  • Photo: Thor Halvorssen

    Thor Halvorssen

Episode S4 | E3

Contemporary Germany and the Future of U.S.-German Relations

What lies ahead for Germany, for the Germans at home, for Germany’s place in Europe, and for the key relationship between Germany and the United States on the world stage?

Watch Now


  • Photo: Helga Barth

    Helga Barth

  • Photo: Dr. Constanze Stelzenmueller

    Dr. Constanze Stelzenmueller

  • Photo: Dr. Stephen Szabo

    Dr. Stephen Szabo

  • Photo: Dr. Steven Sokol

    Dr. Steven Sokol

Episode S4 | E2

From 'Japan as Number 1' to Whither Japan?

Guests Admiral Dennis Blair of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA; Dr. Sheila Smith of the Council on Foreign Relations; and Kathy Matsui of Goldman Sachs Japan discuss the country’s economic, demographic, and geopolitical challenges.

Watch Now


  • Photo: Admiral Dennis Blair

    Admiral Dennis Blair

  • Photo: Dr. Sheila Smith

    Dr. Sheila Smith

  • Photo: Kathy Matsui

    Kathy Matsui

Episode S4 | E1

U.S.-Iran Relations

Dr. Jim Walsh of MIT’s Security Studies Program; Dr. Annie Tracy Samuel of the University of Tennessee’s Department of History; and Dr. Suzanne Maloney, Deputy Director of Foreign Policy at The Brookings Institution discuss the current perspective on the United States’ ally turned adversary.

Watch Now


  • Photo: Dr. Jim Walsh

    Dr. Jim Walsh

  • Photo: Dr. Annie Tracy Samuel

    Dr. Annie Tracy Samuel

  • Photo: Dr. Suzanne Maloney

    Dr. Suzanne Maloney

Episode S4 | Trailer

The Whole Truth Season 4 Trailer

Season 4 of The Whole Truth premieres on WHYY on June 30, 2019, at 11 a.m., and on public television stations nationwide July 2019—check your local listings!

Watch Now


  • Photo: David Eisenhower

    David Eisenhower

Episode S3 | E9

Ending Absolute Poverty: Small Things with Big Impacts

Dr. Charles Yarish, a globally renowned seaweed expert, co-founder and CEO of Zero Mass Water, Dr. Cody Friesen, Ali Jaffer, the Global COO of Generation, and from Haiti, Dr. Sasha Kramer, the co-founder of Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL), discuss disruptive technologies that may improve worldwide poverty conditions.

Watch Now


  • Photo: Dr. Charles Yarish

    Dr. Charles Yarish

  • Photo: Dr. Cody Friesen

    Dr. Cody Friesen

  • Photo: Ali Jaffer

    Ali Jaffer

  • Photo: Dr. Sasha Kramer

    Dr. Sasha Kramer

Episode S3 | E8

Is the Bear Back in the Woods, and How Should the Eagle Respond?

Historian Dr. Stephen Kotkin, Dr. Alina Polyakova, and Ambassador Alexander Vershbow discuss Russia’s relationship with the U.S. since the fall of the Soviet Union and the rise of Putin.

Watch Now


  • Photo: Dr. Stephen Kotkin

    Dr. Stephen Kotkin

  • Photo: Dr. Alina Polyakova

    Dr. Alina Polyakova

  • Photo: Ambassador Alexander Vershbow

    Ambassador Alexander Vershbow

Episode S3 | E7

Identity Politics: Embracing Diversity or Creating a House Divided Against Itself?

Authors Michael Arceneaux and Andrew Sullivan discuss how divisions among the American people have created a new age of tribalism not seen since before the Civil War.

Watch Now


  • Photo: Michael Arceneaux

    Michael Arceneaux

  • Photo: Andrew Sullivan

    Andrew Sullivan

Episode S3 | E6

Is American Criminal Justice Just?

Political commentator Tara Setmayer, law professor Paul Butler, and lawyer Rick Jones explore how race and ethnicity have come to factor in Americans’ view of the criminal justice system and how that might change.

Watch Now


  • Photo: Tara Setmayer

    Tara Setmayer

  • Photo: Paul Butler

    Paul Butler

  • Photo: Rick Jones

    Rick Jones

Episode S3 | E5

Alternative Energy Futures

Research engineer Howard Herzog, Dr. Balakrishnan Nair, co-founder of wave energy company Oscilla Power, Dr. Jose Reyes, co-founder of NuScale Power - the company behind America's first small modular nuclear reactor - and Dr. Chris Case, CTO of Oxford Photovoltaics in England, discuss options for new energy alternatives to meet world power needs.

Watch Now


  • Photo: Howard Herzog

    Howard Herzog

  • Photo: Dr. Balakrishnan Nair

    Dr. Balakrishnan Nair

  • Photo: Dr. Jose Reyes

    Dr. Jose Reyes

  • Photo: Dr. Chris Case

    Dr. Chris Case

Episode S3 | E4

Healthcare: Beyond the Insurance Coverage Debate

Economist Jonathan Rothwell, Dr. Thaddeus Pope, and Dr. Bon Ku explore how the U.S. compares with other advanced countries on healthcare spending and outcomes.

Watch Now


  • Photo: Jonathan Rothwell

    Jonathan Rothwell

  • Photo: Dr. Thaddeus Pope

    Dr. Thaddeus Pope

  • Photo: Dr. Bon Ku

    Dr. Bon Ku

Episode S3 | E3

Overmedicated, Overdosed America: The Opioid Epidemic

Dr. David Herzberg of University at Buffalo, Dr. Michael Pantalon, a psychologist and senior research scientist at Yale University, Dr. Bertha Madras, a member of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, and Certified Recovery Specialist Regina Marchetti explore the surge in addiction, its consequences, and recommendations for response.

Watch Now


  • Photo: Dr. David Herzberg

    Dr. David Herzberg

  • Photo: Dr. Michael Pantalon

    Dr. Michael Pantalon

  • Photo: Dr. Bertha Madras

    Dr. Bertha Madras

  • Photo: Regina Marchetti

    Regina Marchetti

Episode S3 | E2

American Workforce 2040

Anurag Harsh of Ziff Davis, Alana Semuels of The Atlantic, Stephen Moore of The Heritage Foundation, and University of California San Diego sociology professor Dr. Lane Kenworthy discuss the future of work in our country.

Watch Now


  • Photo: Anurag Harsh

    Anurag Harsh

  • Photo: Alana Semuels

    Alana Semuels

  • Photo: Dr. Lane Kenworthy

    Dr. Lane Kenworthy

  • Photo: Stephen Moore

    Stephen Moore

Episode S3 | E1

Ending Modern Slavery

Guests Lisa Cohen of CNN’s Freedom Project, Bradley Myles of Polaris, and Julie Cordua of Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children discuss how to end one of the world’s most lucrative businesses.

Watch Now


  • Photo: Julie Cordua

    Julie Cordua

  • Photo: Bradley Myles

    Bradley Myles

  • Photo: Lisa Cohen

    Lisa Cohen

Episode S2 | E6

21st Century Technology: More Harm or More Good?

Ichan School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai research professor Gregory Stock, Dr. Stewart Prager of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and Edmund Lee of Recode debate whether the effects of technology are truly beneficial or will irrevocably change our day to day lives.

Watch Now


  • Photo: Gregory Stock

    Gregory Stock

  • Photo: Dr. Stewart Prager

    Dr. Stewart Prager

  • Photo: Edmund Lee

    Edmund Lee

Episode S2 | E5

Poverty in the Shadow of Plenty: The American Underclass

Michael Strain of the American Enterprise Institute, Michelle Bernard of the Bernard Center for Women, Politics and Public Policy, Elizabeth Kneebone of the Brookings Institution and Elizabeth Hersh of the Office of Supportive Housing examine the state of poverty in America and discuss how to end rampant poverty.

Watch Now


  • Photo: Michael Strain

    Michael Strain

  • Photo: Michelle Bernard

    Michelle Bernard

  • Photo: Elizabeth Kneebone

    Elizabeth Kneebone

  • Photo: Elizabeth Hersh

    Elizabeth Hersh

Episode S2 | E4

Civil Discourse and the State of American Democracy

Former Senator from South Dakota Tom Daschle, noted correspondent and commentator Greta van Susteren, and Dr. Carolyn Lukensmeyer of the National Institute for Civil Discourse discuss the condition of political communication post the 2016 Election and examines what steps can be taken through a lens of civil discourse.

Watch Now


  • Photo: Greta van Susteren

    Greta van Susteren

  • Photo: Tom Daschle

    Tom Daschle

  • Photo: Dr. Carolyn Lukensmeyer

    Dr. Carolyn Lukensmeyer

Episode S2 | E3

Feminism at Home and Around the World, in the Age of Trump

Carrie Lukas of Independent Women’s Forum, Jarune Uwujaren of Daily Progressive, Manal Omar of the U.S. Institute for Peace and Columbia University humanities professor, Gayatri Spivak, examine the role of women in the midst of a Trump presidency.

Watch Now


  • Photo: Jarune Uwujaren

    Jarune Uwujaren

  • Photo: Carrie Lukas

    Carrie Lukas

  • Photo: Manal Omar

    Manal Omar

  • Photo: Gayatri Spivak

    Gayatri Spivak


The Whole Truth is made possible by