Whistleblowers: Honesty in America from Washington to Trump
What distinguishes a whistleblower from a leaker? Do the motives of a whistleblower matter? And how does the current Ukraine scandal fit into the long tradition of whistleblowing in America?
In her timely new book Whistleblowers, Allison Stanger offers a guide to these questions, tracing the history of American whistleblowing from the Revolutionary War to the Trump presidency. She shows how whistleblowing is a uniquely American tradition, which has held elites accountable through the ages—even in the face of wavering public support and a legal regime that has lately made exposure of misconduct more costly.
Allison Stanger is the Russell Leng ’60 Professor of International Politics and Economics at Middlebury College. Tune in this week as she joins Richard Aldous to shed light on an issue at the heart of our national debate. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, where you can leave a review, and follow @aminterest and @AKStanger on Twitter.