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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]

Nuclear’s Demise, From Fukushima to Vermont

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Welcome to the nuclear renaissance. Entergy Corp., one of the largest nuclear-power producers in the United States, issued a surprise press release Tuesday, saying it plans "to close and decommission its Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station in Vernon, Vt. While the press release came from the corporation, it was years of people’s protests and state legislative action that forced its closure. At the same time that activists celebrate this key defeat of nuclear power, officials in Japan admitted that radioactive leaks from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear catastrophe are far worse than previously acknowledged.

August 29, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Japan, Nuclear Power, Vermont Yankee

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

Manning Wronged AND Miranda’s Rights

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

“There is not a flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people,” wrote the late historian Howard Zinn, author of “A People’s History of the United States.” These words were included in a statement by Pfc. Chelsea Manning after she was sentenced to 35 years in military prison for releasing hundreds of thousands of documents to the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks.

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.

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

The Egyptian Revolution: One Year Later

On the first anniversary of the Jan. 25th protests in Tahrir Square, we’ll speak to Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous live from Cairo. We will also air an excerpt of the new HBO documentary, "In Tahrir Square," featuring Sharif. We’ll talk to the filmmakers, Jon Alpert and Matt O’Neill.

January 24, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt, Arab Spring, Mubarak

"Stop-and-Frisk": The World According to Questlove

Hip-hop hit a milestone this week, turning 40 years old. The same week, federal district court Judge Shira Scheindlin, in a 195-page ruling, declared the New York City Police Department’s practice of stop-and-frisk unconstitutional. Hip-hop and stop-and-frisk are central aspects of the lives of millions of people, especially black and Latino youths. Despite his success as an accomplished musician and producer, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson confronts racism in his daily life.

August 15, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

From Our Archives: Mitt Romney, Bain Capital Profited Through Offshore Tax Havens

ABC News is reporting Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney has "millions of dollars of his personal wealth in investment funds set up in the Cayman Islands, a notorious Caribbean tax haven." The link between Romney and offshore tax havens is not new. Check out our 2008 report 'Romney’s Bain Capital Profited Through Offshore Tax Havens, Closing U.S. Factories, Laying Off Workers.'

January 18, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, 2012 Election, Mitt Romney, Election 2012