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VIDEO: Filmmaker Danny Schechter on Impact of Nelson Mandela’s Visit to the United States


In part 2 of our interview with Danny Schechter, who has made six nonfiction films on Nelson Mandela, including "Mandela in America," he recalls the impact of the anti-apartheid leader’s visit to eight cities, including New York, Detroit, Oakland and Los Angeles. [includes rush transcript]

December 10, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Nelson Mandela, Apartheid, South Africa, Danny Schechter

"Poverty Wages in the Land of Plenty"

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
The holiday season is upon us. Sadly, the big retailers are Scrooges when it comes to paying their staffs. Undergirding the sale prices is an army of workers earning the minimum wage or a fraction above it, living check to check on their meager pay and benefits. The dark secret that the retail giants like Wal-Mart don’t want you to know is that many of these workers subsist below the poverty line, and rely on programs like food stamps and Medicaid just to get by. This holiday season, though, low-wage workers from Wal-Mart to fast-food restaurants are standing up and fighting back.

December 05, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, U.S. Labor Protests, U.S. Economy

The Oscar Shortlist Interviews: 2014 Nominees Include "Dirty Wars," "The Act of Killing," "The Square"

Watch our interviews with three of the filmmakers who made the shortlist of 15 films that will compete for the Documentary Feature Oscar.

December 05, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Oscars, Egypt, Indonesia

VIDEO: Extended Interview with Vandana Shiva and Jane Goodall


Watch our full interview with Jane Goodall and Vandana Shiva at the recent International Women’s Earth and Climate Initiative Summit. [includes rush transcript]

Web Exclusive: Noam Chomsky in Conversation with French Filmmaker Michel Gondry


At the world premiere of the new documentary "Is the Man Who is Tall Happy?" in New York City, filmmaker Michel Gondry sat down with the subject of the film, Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned linguist, author and activist. [includes rush transcript]

December 03, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Film, Michel Gondry, Noam Chomsky

Watch: Michel Gondry Drawing Illustration of Amy Goodman


After our interview with Michel Gondry about his new film, "Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?" featuring Noam Chomsky, the French filmmaker quickly drew an illustration of Amy Goodman. Watch Gondry in action.

December 03, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Art & Politics

Publisher André Schiffrin, Founder of New Press, Has Died at Age 78

André Schiffrin, a leading figure in the book publishing world for nearly 50 years, has died at age 78. Watch our 2007 interview with the former editor in chief of Pantheon Books, and founder of the nonprofit publishing house, The New Press.

December 02, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Author Interviews, Art & Politics

Talking Turkey About Climate Change

Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Another extreme weather event is disrupting one of the most popular traditions here in the United States, Thanksgiving. Climate science predicts that, as the planet warms, events like this will increase in their frequency and their severity.

November 27, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

Pt 2: U.S. Corporations Enlist Ex-Intelligence Agents to Spy on Nonprofit Groups


In this web-only interview, we continue the discussion with Gary Ruskin, director of the Center for Corporate Policy, about the new report, "Spooky Business: Corporate Espionage Against Nonprofit Organizations."

November 25, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Domestic Spying, Corporate Power

Corporate Lobbyists Flood Warsaw Climate Talks

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

This year’s climate meeting has a new feature: corporate sponsorship.

November 21, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

VIDEO: Voices of the March for Climate and Social Justice at COP 19 in Warsaw, Poland


See some of the people who came from around the world to demand climate justice as delegates meet for the U.N. climate summit in Warsaw, Poland. [includes rush transcript]

November 18, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Warsaw Climate Summit 2013, Climate Change

Jeremy Hammond Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Cyber-Activism


Today in a federal courtroom in Manhattan, cyber-activist Jeremy Hammond was sentenced to 10 years in prison for hacking the private intelligence firm Stratfor. Watch a press conference with his attorneys. [includes rush transcript]

November 15, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Anonymous, Jeremy Hammond, Hacking

Web Exclusive: René Pérez of Calle 13 Interviewed by Juan González (In Spanish)


After our regular broadcast today, Juan González and René Pérez of Calle 13 continued the conversation in Spanish. They talked about Puerto Rico, Pérez’s new collaboration with Julian Assange of WikiLeaks, the intersection of arts and politics, how he got his nickname "Residente," grassroots social movements in Latin America, and more.

November 15, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Puerto Rico, WikiLeaks, Latin America, René Pérez

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."

READ: Thom Hartmann, "The Crash of 2016: The Plot to Destroy America—and What We Can Do to Stop It"

Tune in Tuesday when we’ll speak with Thom Hartmann Program about his new book, "The Crash of 2016: The Plot to Destroy America—and What We Can Do to Stop It." Read an excerpt from the introduction now.

November 11, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Economy, U.S. Economy, Author Interviews

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

Part 3: Oliver Stone on His Visit to Jeju Island, NSA Protests, Impact of Social Justice Movements


In this extended interview with Oliver Stone, he discusses recent NSA protests, his visit to Jeju Island in South Korea to join protests against a planned naval base to house a U.S. missile defense system close to China, and more about the assassination of JFK and his series, "The Untold History of the United States." [includes rush transcript]

November 05, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Film, NSA

Tuesday: Director Oliver Stone on the Assassination of JFK & the Untold History of the United States

Tune into Democracy Now! Tuesday when we will spend the hour with Academy Award-winning film director Oliver Stone. We’ll discuss his work that examines the assassination of President John F. Kennedy 50 years ago this month, including his 1991 film, "JFK," and his series, "The Untold History of the United States." Let us know if you have got a question for Stone.

November 04, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Film

WATCH: Lou Reed (1942-2013) Performing at Iraq Veterans Against the War Benefit in 2008


In March 2008 on the eve of the 5th anniversary of the U.S.-led Iraq invasion, Lou Reed performed his song about a Vietnam veteran, "Xmas in February," as well as "Voices of Freedom" at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn at a benefit for Iraq Veterans Against the War and United For Peace and Justice.

October 31, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

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