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VIDEO: Voices of the March for Climate and Social Justice at COP 19 in Warsaw, Poland

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See some of the people who came from around the world to demand climate justice as delegates meet for the U.N. climate summit in Warsaw, Poland. [includes rush transcript]

November 18, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Warsaw Climate Summit 2013, Climate Change

Jeremy Hammond Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Cyber-Activism

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Today in a federal courtroom in Manhattan, cyber-activist Jeremy Hammond was sentenced to 10 years in prison for hacking the private intelligence firm Stratfor. Watch a press conference with his attorneys. [includes rush transcript]

November 15, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Anonymous, Jeremy Hammond, Hacking

Web Exclusive: René Pérez of Calle 13 Interviewed by Juan González (In Spanish)

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After our regular broadcast today, Juan González and René Pérez of Calle 13 continued the conversation in Spanish. They talked about Puerto Rico, Pérez’s new collaboration with Julian Assange of WikiLeaks, the intersection of arts and politics, how he got his nickname "Residente," grassroots social movements in Latin America, and more.

November 15, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Puerto Rico, Wikileaks, Latin America, René Pérez

Typhoon Haiyan Demands Climate Action at the U.N. Summit in Warsaw

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan.

"Typhoon Haiyan, a storm of historic proportions, has devastated the largely impoverished population of the Philippines. In seeming synchrony, halfway around the world, thousands of negotiators, scientists, politicians and journalists are gathering for the annual United Nations Climate Change summit, held this year in Warsaw, Poland."

READ: Thom Hartmann, "The Crash of 2016: The Plot to Destroy America—and What We Can Do to Stop It"

Tune in Tuesday when we’ll speak with Thom Hartmann Program about his new book, "The Crash of 2016: The Plot to Destroy America—and What We Can Do to Stop It." Read an excerpt from the introduction now.

November 11, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Economy, U.S. Economy, Author Interviews

Election 2013: A Grassroots Resurgence

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

The political chattering class is abuzz with Chris Christie as the GOP’s great hope to retake the White House in 2016. But they miss a vital and growing undercurrent in U.S. politics: grassroots movements at the local and state level that are challenging the establishment, and winning.

November 07, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Money & Politics, Colorado, New York, New Jersey, Marijuana

Part 3: Oliver Stone on His Visit to Jeju Island, NSA Protests, Impact of Social Justice Movements

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In this extended interview with Oliver Stone, he discusses recent NSA protests, his visit to Jeju Island in South Korea to join protests against a planned naval base to house a U.S. missile defense system close to China, and more about the assassination of JFK and his series, "The Untold History of the United States." [includes rush transcript]

November 05, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Film, NSA

Tuesday: Director Oliver Stone on the Assassination of JFK & the Untold History of the United States

Tune into Democracy Now! Tuesday when we will spend the hour with Academy Award-winning film director Oliver Stone. We’ll discuss his work that examines the assassination of President John F. Kennedy 50 years ago this month, including his 1991 film, "JFK," and his series, "The Untold History of the United States." Let us know if you have got a question for Stone.

November 04, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Film

WATCH: Lou Reed (1942-2013) Performing at Iraq Veterans Against the War Benefit in 2008

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In March 2008 on the eve of the 5th anniversary of the U.S.-led Iraq invasion, Lou Reed performed his song about a Vietnam veteran, "Xmas in February," as well as "Voices of Freedom" at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn at a benefit for Iraq Veterans Against the War and United For Peace and Justice.

October 31, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

The Rising Resistance to Obama’s Drone Wars

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

“I wasn’t scared of drones before, but now when they fly overhead I wonder, ‘Will I be next?’” That is the question asked by 9-year-old Nabila Rehman, from northwest Pakistan.

October 31, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Drone Attacks, Drones, Pakistan, Obama

Pt. 2: Craig Steven Wilder on "Ebony & Ivy," Race, Slavery and U.S. Universities

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Part two of our extended interview with MIT American history professor Craig Steven Wilder examining how many of the nation’s elite schools — including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown, Dartmouth — are drenched in the sweat, and sometimes the blood, of Africans brought to the United States as slaves. Wilder has spent the last 10 years researching his book, "Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities." [includes rush transcript]

READ: "Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities"

On Wednesday, we will interview MIT history professor Craig Steven Wilder, who spent a decade researching "Ebony & Ivy" about how many universities — such as Harvard and Yale — relied on slavery, and bred racist ideas. Click to read the prologue from his new book.

October 29, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Slavery, African-American History, Author Interviews

Pt. 2 of Yves Smith on $13B JPMorgan Settlement: Deal Fails to Ease Pain of Foreclosed Homeowners

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In part two of our interview with financial analyst and writer Yves Smith, we look at who wins and losses with the JPMorgan Chase settlement. While the New York Post accused the Obama administration of "robbing" JPMorgan, Smith breaks down how much the nation’s largest bank will actually have to pay. [includes rush transcript]

October 28, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, U.S. Economy, Yves Smith

Police Brutality, Mental Illness and ‘The Memphis Model’

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Elsa Cruz filed a federal lawsuit in New York this week, months after police shot her husband dead.

October 24, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Police Brutality, New York

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October 23, 2013 |  Filed under  Your Community Media

READ: Rep. Luis Gutierrez on Immigration Reform and His New Book "Still Dreaming"

Read a chapter of Rep. Luis Gutierrez’s new memoir, "Still Dreaming: My Journey from the Barrio to Capitol Hill," and watch our extended interview.

Oil, Azerbaijan and the Strange Case of Rick Bourke

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan

Oil is the source of so much pain in the world. Around the globe, wherever oil is extracted, people suffer a constellation of injuries, from coups and dictatorship to pollution, displacement and death. Pipelines leak, refineries explode, tankers break up and deep-sea drill rigs explode. The thirst for oil disrupts democracies and the climate. Not far from the burgeoning fracking fields of Colorado, Frederic “Rick” Bourke sits in a minimum-security federal prison. His crime: blowing the whistle on corruption and bribery in the oil-rich region of the Caspian Sea.

October 17, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Natural Gas & Oil Drilling, Whistleblowers

Single-Payer Prescription for What Ails Obamacare

The for-profit health-insurance industry in the United States is profoundly inefficient and costly, and a sane and sustainable alternative exists—single-payer, otherwise known as expanded and improved Medicare for all.

October 10, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Healthcare

READ: "The Oil Road: Journeys from the Caspian Sea to the City of London"

Tune in Tuesday ahead of the elections in oil-rich dictatorship of Azerbaijan when we’ll discuss how what critics call "carbon democracies" occur in the pursuit of oil. In the meantime, read an excerpt from "The Oil Road: Journeys from the Caspian Sea to the City of London."

October 07, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Natural Gas & Oil Drilling, Author Interviews

Part 2: Max Blumenthal on "Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel"

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Part two of our conversation with journalist Max Blumenthal on his new book, "Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel." [includes rush transcript]

October 04, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Israel, Israel & Palestine, Author Interviews, Max Blumenthal