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75 Years Later, the Lessons of Guernica

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Seventy-five years ago, the Spanish town of Guernica was bombed into rubble. The brutal act propelled one of the world’s greatest artists into a three-week painting frenzy.

July 19, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Spain, War, Military, Military Industrial Complex

Watch Interview with Maldives Ex-President Nasheed on Democracy Now! Ahead of Order to Stand Trial

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As prosecutors in the Indian Ocean state of Maldives have ordered the country’s ousted former president, Mohamed Nasheed, to stand trial, we revisit our interview about the coup that ousted him.

July 18, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Maldives

Chris Hayes on "Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy"–Watch Part 2

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Amidst a series of recent scandals that have rocked the global banking system, journalist Chris Hayes joins us to discuss his new book, "Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy." The book examines how Wall Street and other major institutions, from Congress to the Catholic Church to Major League Baseball, have been crippled by corruption and incompetence. Hayes is host of the MSNBC weekend show, "Up with Chris Hayes," and is editor-at-large of The Nation magazine. [includes rush transcript]

July 17, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Author Interviews, Catholic Church, Chris Hayes

The Pain in Spain Falls Mainly on the Plain (Folk)

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

As Spain’s prime minister announced deep austerity cuts Wednesday in order to secure funds from the European Union to bail out Spain’s failing banks, the people of Spain have taken to the streets once again for what they call “Real Democracy Now.”

July 12, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Spain

Tune in Thurs: Woody Guthrie’s Daughter & Granddaughter Join Steve Earle to Mark 100th Birthday

We will spend the hour Thursday, July 12, marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of the country’s greatest songwriters, Woody Guthrie, with his daughter, Nora, and granddaughter, Anna. Also joining us in studio will be musician Steve Earle, who says Guthrie “invented my job.”

July 11, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Art & Politics, Author Interviews

Climate Change: 'This Is Just the Beginning'

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

If our news media, including—or especially—the meteorologists, continue to ignore the essential link between extreme weather and climate change, then we as a nation, the greatest per capita polluters on the planet, may not act in time to avert even greater catastrophe.

July 04, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Climate Change

WATCH: Amy Goodman on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher

Democracy Now!'s award-winning host Amy Goodman appeared on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday, along with California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, CNN Host and TIME Magazine Editor-at-Large Fareed Zakaria and comedian Lizz Winstead. Watch highlights from the show.

June 29, 2012 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News

Big Money Wins in the Big Skies of Montana

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

“I never bought a man who wasn’t for sale,” William A. Clark reportedly said. He was one of Montana’s “Copper Kings,” a man who used his vast wealth to manipulate the state government and literally buy votes to make himself a U.S. senator. That was more than 100 years ago, and the blatant corruption of Clark and the other Copper Kings created a furor that led to the passage, by citizen initiative, of Montana’s Corrupt Practices Act in 1912. The century of transparent campaign-finance restrictions that followed, preventing corporate money from influencing elections, came to an end this week, as the U.S. Supreme Court summarily reversed the Montana law.

June 28, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Citizens United, Election 2012

Watch Democracy Now! Special: Supreme Court Upholds Healthcare Overhaul, Individual Mandate

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A one-hour Democracy Now! special broadcast hosted by Amy Goodman, covering the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. We get reaction from filmmaker Michael Moore, health insurance industry whistleblower Wendell Potter, Georgetown University law professor David Cole, Elisabeth Benjamin of the Community Service Society of New York, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), Dr. Margaret Flowers of Physicians for a National Health Program, Hilary Shelton of the NAACP, Russell Mokhiber of SinglePayerAction.org, and Karen Higgins of National Nurses United. [includes rush transcript]

June 28, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Supreme Court, Healthcare

Democracy Now! Live Coverage of U.S. Supreme Court Healthcare Ruling: Tune in Thursday 10-11am EDT

Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman will host a live one-hour broadcast on Thursday morning, June 28, covering the US Supreme Court's landmark decision on the Affordable Care Act, including commentary by Michael Moore.

June 26, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Healthcare

Wanna Buy an Election? Mother Jones Exposé on Dark Money, Citizens United (Pt. 2)

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Part two of our conversation with Monika Bauerlein and Andy Kroll of Mother Jones magazine. The new cover story in the magazine is called "Follow the Dark Money." We discuss at how Karl Rove, Sheldon Adelson and others are bankrolling Mitt Romney’s campaign, why President Obama has opted to accepted unlimited super PAC donations, as well, and Stephen Colbert’s role in the debate over campaign finance. [includes rush transcript]

A Movement Built By Dreamers

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Undocumented immigrants in the United States number around 12 million people, a group larger than the populations of most countries on the planet.

June 21, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, DREAM Act, Immigration

VIDEO: Police Detained Ramarley Graham’s Grandmother for Hours After Officer Shot Teen Dead

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Ramarley Graham, 18, was shot dead on February 2 after New York police officers raided his home without a warrant and shot him dead. He was unarmed. Ramarley’s grandmother and his six-year-old brother were home at the time of the shooting. In this web exclusive we air more of our interview with Ramarley’s mother, Constance Malcolm; family attorney Royce Russell; and Carlton Berkley, a close friend of the Graham family and a former NYPD detective. [includes rush transcript]

Full Interview: Comedian, Activist Dick Gregory on Racial Profiling, the Death Penalty and Obama

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Amy Goodman interviews the legendary comedian Dick Gregory at Sunday’s Father’s Day march against the New York police practice known as stop-and-frisk. Gregory, 79, also talks about racial profiling, police relations, the execution of Troy Davis and the 2012 race. [includes rush transcript]

June 19, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Stop-and-Frisk, Dick Gregory

Across That Bridge, Again

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

As the election season heats up, an increasing number of states are working to limit the number of people who are allowed to vote.

June 14, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Election 2012, Voting, Civil Rights

It’s One Person, One Vote, Not 1 Percent, One Vote

Gov. Scott Walker’s win signals less a loss for the unions than a loss for our democracy in this post-Citizens United era, when elections can be bought with the help of a few billionaires.

June 07, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Wisconsin

Part 3: Joseph Stiglitz on Ways to Lessen Inequality in the United States

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In an extended interview about his new book, "The Price of Inequality," Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz offers several recommendations for a reform agenda. [includes rush transcript]

Part 3: Norman Finkelstein on What Gandhi Says About Nonviolence, Resistance and Courage

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After an exhaustive study of Mahatma Gandhi’s works, scholar and activist Norman Finkelstein has written a new book about the principles of nonviolent resistance from the Indian struggle for independence to Tahrir Square and Zuccotti Park. [includes rush transcript]

Syrian Filmmaker Who Appeared on Democracy Now! Killed in Homs While Training Local Activists

Democracy Now! is saddened to report that one of our past guests, Bassel Shahade, was killed last Monday while he worked on a documentary and trained media activists in Homs, Syria.

June 04, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Syria, Freedom of the Press, Human Rights

WikiLeaks, War Crimes and the Pinochet Principle

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

The cases of Pvt. Bradley Manning, Julian Assange and former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet remind us that all too often whistle-blowers suffer, while war criminals walk.

May 31, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Wikileaks, Julian Assange, Bradley Manning, Chile