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Part II..."The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration": Isabel Wilkerson Tracks Exodus of Blacks from US South

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Award-winning journalist and professor Isabel Wilkerson has spent the last decade researching why millions of African Americans decided to leave the towns and farms of the South on such a large scale during the period known as the Great Migration, which began in the 1910s and continued until the 1970s. [includes rush transcript]

Part II...Ingrid Betancourt: "Even Silence Has an End: My Six Years of Captivity in the Colombian Jungle"

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The Former Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt has just published a harrowing account of her time as a hostage of FARC, the abuse she endured, and her numerous unsuccessful attempts to escape. Watch Part I of this conversation here [includes rush transcript]

September 27, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Colombia

Independent Journalist Jean Friedman-Rudovsky on "Juarez’s children: Drugs, death, and fear."

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Journalist Jean Friedman-Rudovsky traveled to Ciudad Juarez to find out how children are coping with the staggering levels of violence in the region.

September 23, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Drug War, Mexico

Gun Control: It’s Time for the Majority to Move

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

New federal gun-control legislation has been declared all but dead on arrival this week. Gridlock in the U.S. Senate, where a supermajority of 60 votes is needed to move most legislation these days, is proving to be an insuperable barrier to any meaningful change in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., massacre.

April 04, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Gun Control

Watch: Muslim Taxi Driver Attacked in Hate Crime Speaks Out

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New York City Taxi Driver Ahmed Sharif and his supporters hold a press conference on the steps of City Hall days after he was attacked by a passenger for being Muslim.

August 30, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Arabs and Muslims in America

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers Tour Across the Country with the Florida Modern Day Slavery Museum

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The museum explores the history and evolution of modern day forced labor in the agriculture industry and the long legacy of slavery in the food that we eat.

August 11, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Food

Part II: Kashmiri Journalist Basharat Peer, Author of "Curfewed Night: A Frontline Memoir of Life, Love and War in Kashmir"

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Indian troops and police have killed fifteen people in Kashmir since June, sparking widespread protests. The Indian government has imposed a strict military curfew in the area as well as a media gag order on local journalists. The international community has remained silent on the human rights abuses in Kashmir. [includes rush transcript] Watch Part I of this conversation here

July 21, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Kashmir, India, Pakistan, Freedom of the Press

Part II: Social Security Under Attack: Cuts Proposed, Higher Retirement Age Suggested

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We speak with Dean Baker of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. Watch Part I.

July 19, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Social Security

Are Sports Boring? Arun Gupta Debates Dave Zirin

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As the World Cup draws to a close, we turn to a lively debate on the political and social relevance of sports. Arun Gupta, a founding editor of the Indypendent, debates Nation Magazine sports columnist Dave Zirin.

July 06, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Sports & Politics

Watch: Amy Goodman with Vampire Weekend, Cyndi Lauper, David Cross & Alan Alda on CBC Webcast

On Thursday Amy Goodman joined David Carr of The New York Times and CNN’s Will Cain for the media panel on a live broadcast of the Canadian radio and tv show hosted by Jian Ghomeshi.

Detroit Poet Jessica Care Moore at the U.S. Social Forum

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Jessica Care Moore is an acclaimed Detroit poet. Democracy Now! producer Mike Burke caught up with Jessica at the U.S. Social Forum.

June 28, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Detroit

Edie Windsor’s Day in Court

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Edie and Thea met in the early 1960s, in New York’s Greenwich Village. They hit it off.

March 27, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Gay Marriage, LGBT, Marriage Equality, Supreme Court

Part II: Tom Engelhardt on "The American Way of War: How Bush’s Wars Became Obama’s"

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Engelhardt is the creator and editor of the website Tomdispatch. His latest book is "The American Way of War: How Bush’s Wars Became Obama’s."

June 18, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Afghanistan, Author Interviews

Part II: Jeremy Scahill on Blackwater Owner Erik Prince’s Rumored Move to UAE and Obama Admin’s Expansion of Special Forces Operations Abroad

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Jeremy Scahill is an independent journalist, Democracy Now! correspondent, and author of "Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army."

Watch Part I of this interview HERE.

June 17, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Blackwater, Jeremy Scahill

The Images Israel Didn’t Want Seen: Video and Photographs from the Gaza-Bound Aid Flotilla

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In the wake of the commando raid that left nine dead, the Israeli government confiscated every recording and communication device it could find–thus allowing the state to control what the world learned about the assault. Democracy Now! has interviewed some of the reporters, filmmakers, and photographers who managed to smuggle out some of their images.

June 10, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Gaza Flotilla

The Future of Turkish-Israeli Relations in the Wake of Deadly Assault on the Mavi Marmara

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Following the Israeli commando attack on the Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla and the death of nine Turkish citizens, popular outrage has swept the streets of Turkey. Anjali Kamat Speaks to Turkish political analyst Koray Çalışkan.

June 09, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Gaza, Israel & Palestine, Turkey, Anjali Kamat, Gaza Flotilla

Part II: "The Unspoken Alliance: Israel’s Secret Relationship with Apartheid South Africa."

See Part II of our interview with Sasha Polakow-Suransky, author of the new book "The Unspoken Alliance: Israel’s Secret Relationship with Apartheid South Africa."

Click here for Part I

May 25, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Israel & Palestine, Apartheid, South Africa

Amy Goodman Questions Dalai Lama About Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, and About Tibet

The Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, has wrapped up a series public lectures in New York. For the past four days, thousands have gathered at Radio City Music Hall to hear the Dalai Lama’s Buddhist teachings. On Sunday, the 74-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner spoke at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine before a crowd of 2,000 people. Amy Goodman asked the Dalai Lama about the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as the struggle for independence in Tibet.

May 24, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Dalai Lama, Nobel Peace Prize

Full Interview with Activists Resisting U.S. Military Bases from Japan, Guam and Hawai’i

Watch the full version of our interview with activists from Japan, Guam and Hawai’i who are resisting the expansion of U.S. military bases in the Pacific. [includes rush transcript]

Part II: Singer and Civil Rights Activist Lena Horne Remembered

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The pioneering African-American actress, singer, and civil rights activist has died at the age of 91. We speak with James Gavin, author of, Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne. Part I of this conversation can be viewed here

May 11, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Art & Politics, Author Interviews