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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

Herman Wallace, Free At Last

After close to 42 years in solitary confinement, Herman Wallace is free.

October 03, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Angola 3, Solitary Confinement, Prison

Breaking: Herman Wallace Dies Just Days After Being Released from 40+ Years in Solitary

UPDATE: Angola 3 member Herman Wallace died early today, on Friday October 4, just three days after being released from prison in Louisiana after 42 years in solitary confinement.

October 01, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Prison, Solitary Confinement, Angola 3

Climate Change Protests Heat Up

Last week, far out in the Arctic Ocean, the Greenpeace vessel Arctic Sunrise approached a Russian oil-drilling platform and launched a nonviolent protest, with several protesters scaling the side of the platform. They wanted to draw attention to a dangerous precedent being set. The platform, the Prirazlomnaya, owned by Russian gas giant Gazprom, is the first to begin oil production in the dangerous, ice-filled waters of the Arctic.

September 26, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Climate Change

Full Interview with Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño

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Hour-long interview on the historic Chevron lawsuit, oil drilling in the Amazon, Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, Ecuador’s new media law, meeting with Fidel Castro and the legacy of Hugo Chávez. [includes rush transcript]

September 26, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Ecuador, Ricardo Patiño

VIDEO: At U.N. General Assembly, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff Blasts U.S. Spying Operations

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During a speech at the United Nations General Assembly, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff accused the United States of violating human rights and international law by spying on Brazilian companies, politicians and citizens. [includes rush transcript]

September 24, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, NSA, Brazil, United Nations, Dilma Rousseff

VIDEO TIMELINE: Democracy Now! Reports on the Case of Troy Davis

Watch a video timeline of our reports on the case of Troy Davis, including our 6-hour broadcast when Georgia executed him Sept. 21, 2011, despite major questions about his guilt in the killing of off-duty police officer, Mark MacPhail. Davis maintained his innocence until his last breath.

September 20, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Troy Davis, Death Penalty

READ: New Book, "I Am Troy Davis," Published on Second Anniversary of His Execution

Read an excerpt from the new book, "I Am Troy Davis," and watch Democracy Now! Friday for a special broadcast on the second anniversary of his execution with his sister, Kimberly Davis, the NAACP’s Ben Jealous, and activist Jen Marlowe.

September 19, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Troy Davis, Death Penalty

Americans Say No to Another Middle East War

The likelihood of peace in Syria remains distant, as the civil war there rages on. But the grim prospect of a U.S. strike has been forestalled, if only temporarily, preventing a catastrophic deepening of the crisis there.

September 19, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Syria

READ: Excerpt from Bill McKibben’s New Book "Oil and Honey"

Author, activist and write Bill McKibben of 350.org will join us Wednesday on Democracy Now! ahead of a nationwide protests to "Draw the Line on Keystone XL." Read an excerpt from his new book, "Oil and Honey: The Education of An Unlikely Activist."

September 17, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Climate Change, Environment, Author Interviews

"A Stain on the Legacy of Birmingham": 1963 Church Bombing Survivor Struggles to Pay Medical Bills

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Part two of our conversation with Sarah Collins Rudolph, who is often referred to as the "fifth victim" of the Sept. 15, 1963, bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Rudolph’s sister, Addie Mae Collins, was killed along with three other young girls. Collins Rudolph was hit with shards of glass, lost an eye and was hospitalized for months. She is struggling to pay her medical bills. [includes rush transcript]

Kerry, Kissinger and the Other Sept. 11

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

As President Barack Obama’s attack on Syria appears to have been delayed for the moment, it is remarkable that Secretary of State John Kerry was meeting, on Sept. 11, with one of his predecessors, Henry Kissinger, reportedly to discuss strategy on forthcoming negotiations on Syria with Russian officials.

September 12, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, 9/11, 1973 Chilean Coup, Syria