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Part 2: Thomas Drake and Jesselyn Radack on Obama Administration Crackdown on Whistleblowers

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In an excerpt from our extended interview, NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake and Jesselyn Radack of the Government Accountability Project discuss how they were targeted by the Bush and Obama administrations for challenging illegal behavior, fraud and abuse. [includes rush transcript]

VIDEO: Occupy Wall Street & Police Brutality Victims Demand Resignation of NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly

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Occupy Wall Street activists and their supporters decried violent tactics used during a police crackdown on Saturday’s re-occupation of Zuccotti Park, renamed Liberty Square, that led to 73 arrests. [includes rush transcript]

Ina May Gaskin and the Safe Motherhood Quilt Project Focus on High U.S. Maternal Mortality Rates

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In part two of our interview with pioneering midwife Ina May Gaskin, she describes the women who died of pregnancy-related causes and are commemorated in squares of the Safe Motherhood Quilt. [includes rush transcript]

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."

Sy Hersh on the My Lai Massacre Anniversary

Friday March 16th marked the 44th anniversary of the My Lai massacre in Vietnam, when U.S. troops killed more than 500 civilians. Journalist Sy Hersh won the Pulitzer for exposing the massacre and the subsequent Pentagon cover-up. This segment features Hersh from 2008, the 40th anniversary of the massacre.

March 17, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

Paula Lerner, 52, Dies, Photographer of Afghan Women

The award-winning photographer Paula Lerner has died at the age of 52. She was the principal photographer for the Emmy Award-winning project, "Behind The Veil: An Intimate Journey Into The Lives of Kandahar’s Women
Featuring Photography." It appeared in the Toronto Globe & Mail. In 2009, she provided photographs to Democracy Now! for a remarkable interview with the Afghan activist Rangina Hamidi.

March 15, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Afghanistan

Read an Excerpt from Anthony Shadid’s New Memoir, "House of Stone"

Tomorrow we will interview New York Times reporter Nada Bakri, wife of recently deceased, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times foreign correspondent, Anthony Shadid. Before his tragic death last month, Shadid was set to release his new memoir, "House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East."

March 07, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Anthony Shadid, Lebanon, Middle East

Redefining Black Power: Pacifica Archives & City Lights Books Reflect on the State of Black America

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Amy Goodman interviews Joanne Griffith, the editor of "Redefining Black Power: Reflections on the State of Black America," a new book partly inspired by some of the Pacifica Radio Archives’ historic recordings. [includes rush transcript]

February 29, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, African-American History, Archive, Author Interviews

Democracy Now!’s Sharif Abdel Kouddous Wins Izzy Award For Special Achievement For His Egypt Reports

Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous, along with the Center for Media and Democracy, have been named the co-winners of the fourth annual Izzy Award for Special Achievement in Independent Media.

February 29, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt, Arab Spring, Mubarak, ALEC, Koch Brothers

Jazz Legend Randy Weston: The Complete Democracy Now! Interview

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Our full 78-minute interview with pianist and composer Randy Weston. Includes extended performances of many of Weston’s most famous songs: "Hi-Fly," "Blue Moses," "African Cookbook," "In Memory Of," "The Healers," "African Lady," "Kucheza Blues," and "Blues for Langston Hughes." For the past six decades, Weston has been a pioneering jazz musician, incorporating the vast rhythmic heritage of Africa. [includes rush transcript]

February 24, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Art & Politics, Randy Weston

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

Anthony Shadid, 43, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Middle East Correspondent, Dies in Syria

The Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times foreign correspondent Anthony Shadid died of an apparent asthma attack today while covering the conflict in Syria. One of the most celebrated journalists covering the Middle East, Shadid, 43, had been a guest on Democracy Now! several times over the past decade reporting on Libya, Tunisia, Iraq and Lebanon.

February 16, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Anthony Shadid, Libya, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria

Part 2: "Who Killed Che? How the CIA Got Away with Murder": New Book Ties Johnson Admin to Che Death

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In an extended interview, co-authors Michael Ratner and Michael Steven Smith discuss the life of Cuban revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara and the chilling story behind his murder by the Bolivian military. In their book, "Who Killed Che?" Ratner and Smith draw on previously unpublished U.S. government documents to argue the CIA played a critical role in the killing. [includes rush transcript]

February 07, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Cuba, Author Interviews

Watch Democracy Now! Intv. with Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzón, Who Probed War Crimes, Now on Trial Himself

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Watch a 2011 interview with Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzón, who is on trial in Spain after right-wing groups objected to his investigation of atrocities committed by supporters of the dictator Francisco Franco. Garzón is known for seeking to indict members of the Bush administration for their role in torturing prisoners.

January 31, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Spain, Human Rights, Bush

From the Archive: Newt Gingrich Outraged over Amy Goodman’s Tough Questions about GOP’s "War on Women"

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Newt Gingrich’s attacks on reporters who have asked him tough questions during the 2012 Republican presidential primary may sound familiar to Democracy Now! listeners and viewers. Watch this video to see Amy Goodman question Gingrich about the GOP’s "war on women." [includes rush transcript]

January 30, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Republican Party, Election 2012

Mumia Abu-Jamal Transferred Out of Solitary Confinement, Into General Population

The Pennsylvania Dept. of Corrections and the legal team of Mumia Abu-Jamal have both confirmed the imprisoned journalist was transferred out of solitary confinement and into general population.

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

Documentarians Take On Power and Corruption: An Interview with the Sundance Institute’s Cara Mertes

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The Sundance Institute’s Cara Mertes describes how the independent film festival supports documentarians, including one who drew the ire of Dole Food Co. for showing how plantation workers in Nicaragua successfully sued for its continued use of a pesticide that can cause sterility and possibly cancer. [includes rush transcript]

2011 Oscar Nominees Include Docs on Iraq Veteran, Earth Liberation Front and West Memphis 3

Click to watch Democracy Now!’s interviews with directors and people featured in three documentaries just nominated for the 84nd annual Academy Awards.

Read Chapter 1 of "Glock: The Making of America’s Gun," by Paul M. Barrett

On Thursday, we’ll speak with Paul M. Barrett, author of "Glock: The Making of America’s Gun," which tells the story of the American gun market as reflected by an Austrian semi-automatic pistol, tracing how it has become a weapon of choice on both sides of the law, in the entertainment industry and among Second Amendment enthusiasts.

January 25, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Gun Control, Police