At the dawn of the United States, before the Constitution, and more than 240 years before a U.S. intelligence source filed a whistleblower report against President Donald Trump, Americans clearly understood the damage that high-ranking government officials can do if they use their public authority for private gain. The most recent Congressional investigation showed that the exposure of misconduct has grown more difficult to do and more personally costly for those who do it — yet American freedom, especially today, depends on it. We will use movies and articles to explore famous whistleblower cases including Daniel Ellsberg and The Pentagon Papers, the Iraq War and the authorization of force, Edward Snowdon and the NSA/CIA, Watergate and Deep Throat. Each of these examples of whistleblowing has its own unique aspects. We hope to challenge your understanding through debates, and potentially a guest speaker who is a prominent Chicago whistleblower attorney and an author from the Northwestern Medill School of Journalism. Source material will include historical articles as well as current journalism in addition to that relate to the cited examples.