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VIDEO: Eric Lichtblau, Won Pulitzer with James Risen for Exposing NSA’s Warrantless Wiretapping


The Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal from James Risen of The New York Times, who faces prison for protecting the identity of his confidential source. Watch our interview with Eric Lichtblau, who won a Pulitzer Prize with Risen for their reporting on the NSA despite White House pressure to kill the story.

June 02, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Freedom of the Press, NSA, Domestic Surveillance

Yuri Kochiyama on Her Internment in WWII Japanese-American Detention Camp & Malcolm X Assassination


Civil rights activist Yuri Kochiyama has died at the age of 93. In this interview, we learn how her activism began when she and her family were held in a Japanese-American internment camp. She also recalls how she cradled Malcolm X’s head after he was gunned down in the Audubon Ballroom.

June 02, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, African-American History, Malcolm X, Civil Rights

READ: Aviva Chomsky on "Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal"

As Obama delays immigration reform action, Aviva Chomsky joined us Friday to discuss how "illegality" and "undocumentedness" are concepts that were created to exclude and exploit. Read an excerpt from her new book.

May 29, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Immigration, Immigrant Rights, Labor

Maya Angelou, Still She Rises

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan In remembering Maya Angelou, it is important to recall her commitment to the struggle for equality, not just for herself, or for women, or for African Americans.

May 29, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, African-American History, Women’s Rights

Former Counterterrorism Czar Richard Clarke: Bush Committed War Crimes

In a Democracy Now! exclusive, the nation’s former top counterterrorism official has said he believes President George W. Bush and other members of his administration committed war crimes around the Iraq war. Richard Clarke served as national coordinator for security and counterterrorism during President Bush’s first year in office.

May 28, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Iraq, War on Terror, Torture

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


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"


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"


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"


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