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Civil War Historian Eric Foner on the Radical Possibilities of Reconstruction


As the nation prepares to mark the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, we talk to historian Eric Foner about Reconstruction and the birth of a homegrown terrorist movement led by the Ku Klux Klan.

March 11, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Slavery, African-American History, Civil Rights, Eric Foner

50th Anniversary of Selma to Montgomery March: See DN! Interviews with Rep. John Lewis, Ava DuVernay


On the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery voting rights march known as "Bloody Sunday," watch our interviews with Rep. John Lewis, who helped organize the march as a young civil rights activist; and with "Selma" director Ava Duvernay.

March 08, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Civil Rights, African-American History, Race in America

"Harvest of Empire" & "Dirty Wars" Among Films Honored by American Library Association

The American Library Association has released its list of Notable Videos for Adults — 15 "outstanding" films from the past two years. Included in the list is "Harvest of Empire," based on the groundbreaking book of the same name by Democracy Now! co-host Juan González. The Oscar-nominated documentary "Dirty Wars," based on the book by investigative journalist and former Democracy Now! producer Jeremy Scahill, is also listed.

PART 2: Push to Close Notorious Attica Prison as Brutal Conditions Continue 40 Years After Uprising


Watch Part 2 of our interview with Tom Robbins of The Marshall Project and former Attica prisoner Antonio Yarbough about "Attica’s Ghosts," a savage beating, a culture "beyond repair."

Ferguson: DOJ Condemns Racist, Profit-Driven Police & Court System

The Justice Department is calling for a major overhaul of Ferguson’s criminal justice system after finding systemic discrimination against African-American residents.

March 05, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Ferguson, Police Brutality, Race in America, Civil Rights

From Crispus Attucks to Michael Brown: Race and Revolution

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan–From Crispus Attucks to Michael Brown 245 years later, two things remain clear: We never know what sparks a revolution. And, black lives matter.

READ: DOJ Report on Civil Rights Violations in Ferguson, Criminal Probe of Officer Darren Wilson

Read the DOJ reports issued today that find a "pattern and practice" of civil rights violations in Ferguson, and decline to bring criminal charges against Officer Darren Wilson for shooting unarmed African-American Michael Brown.

March 04, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Police Brutality, Ferguson, Police, Race in America

WATCH: In United Nations Speech, Noam Chomsky Blasts United States for Supporting Israel


As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in the United States to address the pro-Israeli lobby group AIPAC and Congress, we feature Noam Chomsky’s United Nations address on the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.

March 02, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Israel & Palestine, Israel, Noam Chomsky, Noam Chomsky

Amy Goodman on "Melissa Harris-Perry" on MSNBC Sunday, March 1st

Don’t miss Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman on "Melissa Harris-Perry," this Sunday, March 1st. The show airs live from 10 a.m. to Noon ET on MSNBC.

February 27, 2015 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News

TV Meteorologists Should Say It Loud and Clear: Climate Change Is Here

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan — The corporate television newscasts spend more and more time covering the increasingly disruptive, costly and at times deadly weather. But they consistently fail to make the link between extreme weather and climate change.

February 26, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Climate Change

Part 2: 50 Years After Murder, Malcolm X Remembered by Daughter Ilyasah Shabazz & A. Peter Bailey


Watch an extended web-only interview with Ilyasah Shabazz and A. Peter Bailey. They were both inside the Audubon Ballroom on Feb. 21, 1965, the day Malcolm X was shot dead. Shabazz was just two years old, while Bailey was among the last people to speak with Malcolm X that day.

WATCH Pablo Iglesias of Podemos: "Hope is Changing Sides: Understanding Spain’s Political Change"


Watch a recent address by Spain’s Podemos Secretary General Pablo Iglesias, a political science professor and activist who could become the country’s next prime minister if his anti-austerity party wins the national elections later this year.

February 21, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Spain, Greece, Economy, Money & Politics, Pablo Iglesias

Jailed for Speaking to the Press Part 2: Peter Maass on the Case of State Dept. Expert Stephen Kim


Watch Part 2 of our conversation with The Intercept investigative journalist Peter Maass about the Obama administration’s prosecution of former North Korea expert Stephen Kim for violating the Espionage Act.

February 20, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Whistleblowers, North Korea, Peter Maass

Grace Lee Boggs on Malcolm X: "He Was a Person Always Searching to Transform Himself"


In 2008, the legendary Detroit-based activist and philosopher Grace Lee Boggs joined Democracy Now! for an extended interview. In this never-aired excerpt, Boggs talks about how she knew Malcolm X and how he influenced her.

Security Researcher Christopher Soghoian on How to Use a Cellphone Without Being Spied On


As The Intercept reveals the NSA and its British counterpart, GCHQ, hacked into the internal computer network of the largest manufacturer of SIM cards in the world, Christopher Soghoian of the American Civil Liberties Union discusses the ways that people can securely communicate.

February 20, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Christopher Soghoian

Malcolm X on Democracy Now!: Watch Speeches, Interviews with Activists & Biographer Manning Marable


On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X, watch his speech "The Ballot or the Bullet," an interview with Yuri Kuchiyama, who was with him when he was shot, our discussion with his biographer Manning Marable, and a debate between Malcolm X and James Baldwin.

February 19, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Malcolm X, African-American History

Democracy Now! Celebrates 19 Years on Air

Today is the 19th anniversary of the first radio broadcast of Democracy Now! from the studios of WPFW in Washington, D.C. Now we broadcast on more than 1,300 TV and radio stations across the world and reach millions of viewers and listeners through our website.

February 19, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Freedom of the Press

From 'Demos' to 'Podemos': Popular Uprisings in Greece and Spain

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan–In ancient Greece, the birthplace of democracy, power derived from “demos,” the people. Well, the people of contemporary Greece have been reeling under austerity for five years, and have voted to put an end to it. Spain also has been wracked by the global recession, with 50 percent unemployment among young people. Thousands occupied a main square in Madrid, demanding real democracy. Out of this grassroots movement a political party was founded last May called “Podemos,” Spanish for “We Can.”

February 19, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Greece, Spain

Valentine’s Day: 20 Stories on Love, Chocolate, Roses, Secrets, Bromance, Break-ups & Diamonds

For Valentine’s Day, we dug through the Democracy Now! archive to bring you these 20 stories.

Report From Cairo Courtroom: Egypt Releases Two Al Jazeera Reporters After 411 Days in Jail


Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous reports from Cairo as Al Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed are ordered released on bail after over a year in prison.

February 12, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt, Journalism, Freedom of the Press