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Part 2: Seth Freed Wessler on Uncovering the Deaths of Dozens at Privatized Immigrant-Only Jails

A shocking new investigation about private prisons has revealed dozens of men have died in disturbing circumstances inside these facilities in recent years. We continue our conversation with journalist Seth Freed Wessler.

February 09, 2016 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Immigrant Rights, Seth Freed Wessler

The Terror of Flint’s Poisoned Water

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan
Aggrieved Flint residents and their allies are demanding immediate action to ensure safe, clean water to the people of Flint. Many are calling for Michigan Gov. Snyder to resign or even to be arrested.

February 04, 2016 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

Pt 2: Michael Eric Dyson on "The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America"

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Web-only extended interview with Michael Eric Dyson about his new book, "The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America."

February 03, 2016 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Race in America, Michael Eric Dyson

Watch: Bernie Sanders Says Iowa is Beginning of a "Political Revolution"

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Watch the full speech by Senator Bernie Sanders in Iowa on Monday night after the Iowa caucus ended in a virtual tie.

February 02, 2016 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, 2016 Election, Bernie Sanders

Watch: Hillary Clinton Touts Progressive Record in Speech After Iowa Caucus

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The Iowa caucus ended in a virtual tie between Hillary Clinton and rival Sen. Bernie Sanders. Watch the full speech Clinton gave after the election results came in.

February 01, 2016 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, 2016 Election, Hillary Clinton

TRAPping Access to Safe, Legal Abortions

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan

A grand jury has charged two video producers who tried to take down Planned Parenthood with a false exposé. Another filmmaker, however, premiers a documentary that accurately depicts the threat to women’s reproductive rights.

January 28, 2016 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Abortion

VIDEO: Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters Performs "We Shall Overcome" in Democracy Now! Studio

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Watch Roger Waters perform "We Shall Overcome" accompanied by Alexander Rohatyn on cello, in the Democracy Now! studio.

January 22, 2016 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Art & Politics, Music

Daniel Holtzclaw Sentenced to 263 Consecutive Years in Prison for Raping Black Women

Former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw faces sentencing today for the serial rapes of African-American women. Judge Timothy Henderson has just denied his request for a new trial. Watch this post for more updates.

January 21, 2016 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Police Brutality, Sexual Assault, Rape, Black Lives Matter

Part 2: Oxfam Says Privatization, Tax Havens Drive Global Inequality to Staggering Levels

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Extended web-only interview with Raymond Offenheiser, president of Oxfam America. The group just issued the report, "An Economy for the 1%: How Privilege and Power in the Economy Drive Extreme Inequality and How This Can Be Stopped."

January 21, 2016 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Economy, Raymond Offenheiser

A Tale of Two Grandmothers

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan

On a recent snowy January night in upstate New York, a grandmother turned herself in to the Jamesville Correctional Facility, to serve a six-month sentence. Her crime? Taking photos.

January 21, 2016 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Drones

Web Exclusive: Drone War Protester Mary Anne Grady Flores Speaks Out Ahead of Six-Month Jail Term

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Peace activist Mary Anne Grady Flores gives an extended web-only interview just hours before she reports to jail to begin a six-month sentence for photographing a protest at the Hancock Field Air National Guard Base in New York, where U.S. drones are piloted remotely.

January 19, 2016 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Drones, Mary Anne Grady Flores, Jonathan Wallace

Song Premiere: "Time Dreams" by The Pines with John Trudell

On today’s Democracy Now! we premiered the song “Time Dreams”–a collaboration between the Minneapolis folk band the Pines and the late Native American activist and poet John Trudell who died in December at the age of 69.

January 15, 2016 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Art & Politics, Native American

"The Look of Silence" & "What Happened, Miss Simone?" Nab Oscar Nominations for Best Documentary

Watch interviews with the directors of two films nominated today for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature: Joshua Oppenheimer ("The Look of Silence") and Liz Garbus ("What Happened, Miss Simone?")

January 14, 2016 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

The Stateless and the State of the Union

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan

That symbol, the empty chair, creates a moment to reflect on who else wasn’t seated in that august gallery in the Capitol, like the undocumented immigrants rounded up in the New Year’s raids by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

January 14, 2016 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Immigration, Immigrant Rights

Downtown Boys: "America’s Most Exciting Punk Band" Performs & Discusses Making Change Through Music

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Dubbed "America’s most exciting punk band" by Rolling Stone, and known for their electric performances, Downtown Boys joins us in studio to play four songs and talk about the political message behind their work.

January 13, 2016 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Music, Art & Politics, Victoria Ruiz, Joey DeFrancesco

EXCLUSIVE M.I.A. Responds to French Soccer Team Demanding Takedown of "Borders" Video About Refugees

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M.I.A.'s video for her new song "Borders" has caused some controversy in the professional soccer world. The French team Paris Saint-Germain has requested the video be taken offline because M.I.A. is seen in the video wearing a modified version of the club's shirt. The shirt has the words "Fly Pirates" across the middle instead of "Fly Emirates." We get response from M.I.A.

WATCH: M.I.A. Remembers David Bowie as "Otherworldly"

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In the hours after pop icon David Bowie died, the political rapper and singer M.I.A. took to Twitter to describe him as "someone who was connected to the source." In a Democracy Now! exclusive, M.I.A. reflects on Bowie’s life and legacy.

January 12, 2016 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Art & Politics, Mathangi "M.I.A." Arulpragasam

This is Trauma: Erica Garner & Ramsey Orta on Coping with the Aftermath of a Police Killing (Pt. 2)

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In our post-show conversation, Eric Garner’s daughter, Erica Garner, talks about the impact of her father’s death on her family. Eighteen months after Eric Garner’s death at the hands of New York City police, one officer is finally facing charges. But the charges are not criminal, and the officer was not directly involved in Garner’s death by chokehold. Instead, Sergeant Kizzy Adonis, who is African-American, faces internal charges of "failing to supervise."

January 12, 2016 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Police Brutality, Police, Erica Garner, Ramsey Orta

Tim DeChristopher on Bundy Takeover: Gov’t is More Afraid of Civil Disobedience Than Armed Militias

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The armed occupation of a federally owned wildlife outpost in remote Oregon has entered its second week. We speak to Tim DeChristopher, a climate activist who spent 21 months in federal custody for posing as a bidder in 2008 to prevent oil and gas drilling on thousands of acres of land controlled by the Bureau of Land Management in his home state of Utah.

January 11, 2016 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Climate Change, Right-wing Militias, Tim DeChristopher

The FBI & Entrapping Muslims: Web-Exclusive Interview with Fort Dix Five Attorney Bob Boyle

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In 2008, five Muslim men from suburban New Jersey were convicted of conspiring to kill U.S. soldiers at the Fort Dix Army base. The men say they were entrapped by the FBI. We speak to attorney Bob Boyle.

January 07, 2016 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, FBI, Bob Boyle