The Whole Truth


The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia is now bringing our style of civil, thoughtful, and enlightening debate on issues of the day to national public television.

Joining with WHYY TV and American Public Television (A.P.T.), we are producing a series, titled, The Whole Truth with David Eisenhower.


The Whole Truth is hosted by David Eisenhower, noted historian and author, professor at the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Pennsylvania, and, of course, grandson and namesake of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.


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You're entitled to your own opinions...but not your own facts

Most television shows on the pressing issues of our day are like political Ping-Pong matches, heated exchanges of partisan talking points, advocacy, characterized, at best, by people telling partial truths.

It takes a determined and incisive mind to cut through the clutter, see through the obfuscation, a mind that brings an uncompromisingly rigorous approach to the arena of ideas, a mind informed by experience, that won’t be distracted by partisan rhetoric, that will focus on the facts, and explore the conflicting values and worldviews into which facts get submerged.

David Eisenhower, grandson of General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower, is an 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.

David’s thoughtful, deeply analytical approach is always informed by a sense of the larger picture, and he brings an unequivocally evenhanded style to the forum of televised public debate.  Conducting neither a traditional one-on-one “interview” show nor a conventional “roundtable,” his aim is to uncover the reality behind today’s toughest issues, leaving the partisan noisemaking out of the equation. Innuendo, talking points, and half-truths are disallowed.   There is only one acceptable inquiry: the truth, and nothing but…The Whole Truth.


The Show

Each half-hour episode of The Whole Truth tackles some of the weightiest public affairs of our time, with a focus that’s global and long-term in scope.  Eisenhower's approach to political debate is rigorous, intense and insightful. Each episode includes three or four main guests, presenting their points of view as advocates and “expert witnesses.”

1)  The Case, in Brief:
What is the argument all about? In this opening segment, the show lays out the basic elements of the episode’s issue.

2)  Cross-Examination & Oral Arguments:
The heart of the show is Eisenhower’s focused, insightful questioning style. No filibusters allowed, but thoughtful and challenging back and forth and robust debate are encouraged and applauded. The guests and the audience are allowed to “battle test” their preconceived ideas through open, honest engagement in civil discussion.

3)  The Whole Truth:
In the end, Eisenhower gets the last word, staking out nonpartisan conclusions on truths about the matters discussed, based on the facts and the most convincing arguments from the guests.


The Whole Truth is made possible by the generous support of:

The Mill Spring Foundation
The Doran Family Foundation

The Satell Institute: A Think Tank for Corporate Social Responsibility

The Stan and Arlene Ginsburg Family Foundation​