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Maya Angelou: Video Timeline of the Legendary Poet and Activist on Democracy Now!

Dr. Maya Angelou, the renowned poet and author, has passed away at the age of 86. Watch her tributes to Fannie Lou Hamer, Ossie Davis, Coretta Scott King, Max Roach, and Nelson Mandela.

May 28, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

William Worthy & Vincent Harding: Thank You and Goodbye

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
The world lost two remarkable men in May, two African Americans who helped shape modern history, yet whose names and achievements remain too little known. William Worthy, a journalist, died at the age of 92. Civil-rights activist Vincent Harding was 82. Each was a witness to some of the most pivotal events of the latter half of the 20th century. They led their lives speaking truth to power, working for a better world.

May 22, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Civil Rights, African-American History

RIP Vincent G. Harding, Historian Who Co-Wrote MLK’s "Beyond Vietnam" Speech

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Dr. Vincent G. Harding, who famously wrote Dr. Martin Luther King has passed away at age 82. Watch his interviews on Democracy Now!

Exclusive Interview with William Worthy, Dead at 92, on Reporting from Cuba, China, Iran Revolutions

Listen to an interview with journalist William Worthy, a World War II conscientious objector and defiant international correspondent who traveled to Cuba, China and Iran, faced federal prosecution, and was the subject of a Phil Ochs song.

Wheelering and Dealing at the FCC

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
What is net neutrality? It’s the fundamental notion that anyone on the Internet can reach anyone else, that users can just as easily access a small website launched in a garage as they can access major Internet portals like Google or Yahoo.

May 15, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Net Neutrality

VIDEO TIMELINE: “You’re Being Watched” Democracy Now! Reports on Snowden & NSA’s Surveillance State

Use this new video timeline to see all of our coverage of whistleblower Edward Snowden and his exposure of the NSA’s massive surveillance state, featuring extensive interviews with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Glenn Greenwald.

"Solitary Confinement Is Not the Answer"

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan

There has been much attention, and rightly so, on the CIA’s extensive use of torture, which the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is said to have documented in its still-classified 6,000-page report. The use of torture is not limited to the CIA, however.

May 08, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Solitary Confinement, Prison

Part 2: Danny Glover & Kathleen Cleaver on "The Black Power Mixtape"

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Watch part 2 of our conversation with the renowned American actor, film director and political activist Danny Glover, and Kathleen Cleaver, professor at Emory Law School, who is featured in the film, "The Black Power Mixtape."

Extended Interview with The Yes Men on "Operation Second Thanks"

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Extended web-only interview with The Yes Men and indigenous activist Gitz Crazyboy. Earlier this week, members of the group spoke at the Homeland Security Congress posing as U.S. government officials. At the conference, they announced a fictitious new U.S. government plan called "American Renewable Clean-Energy Network" to convert the United States to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030. After the announcement, The Yes Men and indigenous activists led the audience in a large circle dance to celebrate the fictitious plan.

When Cruel and Unusual Punishment Becomes Usual

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

The state of Oklahoma tortured a man to death this week.

April 30, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Death Penalty

From the Vault: "The Execution Tapes: Georgia’s Secret Audio Recordings of Two Executions"

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Listen to "The Execution Tapes," 19 recordings of electrocutions carried out by the state of Georgia since 1984, including the botched execution of Alpha Otis O’Daniel Stephens on December 12, 1984.

April 30, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Death Penalty

Race Matters: Resegregation and the Rollback of Affirmative Action

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

“I say segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.” So proclaimed Alabama Gov. George Wallace more than half a century ago. With this week’s U.S. Supreme Court decision supporting Michigan’s ban against affirmative action in state university admissions, and with the increasing resegregation of schools, it seems like Wallace’s dream of “segregation forever” may be alive and all too well.

April 24, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Education, Race in America

READ: Pulitzer-Winning Book "Toms River" Links Toxic Dumping to Cancer

Read an excerpt from "Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation," which won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, and watch our interview with author, Dan Fagin.

April 22, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Environment, Author Interviews

VIDEO: Watch Rubin "Hurricane" Carter’s 1994 Speech About the American Justice System

Watch an extended version of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter’s passionate 1994 speech that was featured in Democracy Now!’s look back at his life and legacy.

April 21, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Prison, Sports & Politics, Race in America

The Grand American Tradition of Violent White Supremacy

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

U.S. shooting spree has left bullet-riddled bodies in its wake, and refocused attention on violent, right-wing extremists.

April 17, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Race in America, War on Terror, Human Rights

READ: Matt Taibbi on "The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap"

Read part of "The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap," by Matt Taibbi, who joined us to examine one of the "greatest challenges we face in contemporary American life: surviving a system that devours the lives of the poor, turns a blind eye to the destructive crimes of the wealthy, and implicates us all."

VIDEO: Glenn Greenwald & Laura Poitras Q&A on Snowden, the Surveillance State & Press Freedom

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Journalists Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Ewen MacAskill hold a press conference in New York after winning a Polk Award for their reporting on Edward Snowden and the NSA.

April 11, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, NSA, Edward Snowden, Freedom of the Press

VIDEO: Laura Poitras & Glenn Greenwald Back in U.S. for First Time Since Breaking NSA-Snowden Story

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Ten months ago, Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald flew to Hong Kong to meet National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden and soon exposed a trove of secrets about the NSA. They didn’t enter the United States again—until today.

April 11, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, NSA, Edward Snowden, Freedom of the Press

From Kabul to Cairo, the Killing and Jailing of Journalists Continues

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Journalism is not a crime. This is the rallying cry iJournalism is not a crime. Neither death nor imprisonment should be the punishment for reporting the news.

April 10, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Journalism, Media Analysis

From Kabul to Cairo, the Killing and Jailing of Journalists Continues

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan

Journalism is not a crime. Neither death nor imprisonment should be the punishment for reporting the news.

April 10, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Freedom of the Press, Egypt, Afghanistan, Media Analysis