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California Prisoners’ Strike a Win Against Solitary Confinement

They call themselves the Pelican Bay SHU Short Corridor Collective. From within their small, windowless cells, they began talking, organizing.

September 03, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Solitary Confinement, Prison

Ex-Politician Jeff Smith: What My Year Behind Bars Taught Me About America’s Prison Crisis


Extended discussion with former Missouri state Senator Jeff Smith, author of the new book, "Mr. Smith Goes to Prison: What My Year Behind Bars Taught Me About America’s Prison Crisis."

September 01, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Prison, Jeff Smith

LISTEN: NPR’s Scott Simon Interviews Amy Goodman on Weekend Edition

On Saturday’s NPR Weekend Edition, Scott Simon interviewed Amy Goodman about Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, social movements, and more.

August 28, 2015 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News, 2016 Election

Extended Boots Riley Interview on Hip-Hop, Radical Politics, Movement Building & Palestine


Web-only interview with legendary hip-hop artist Boots Riley, author of the new book, "Tell Homeland Security–We Are the Bomb."

August 27, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Art & Politics, Boots Riley

The Iran Nuclear Deal: Give Diplomacy A Chance

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan
A war with Iran would be a catastrophe, yet by opposing diplomacy, hundreds of members of Congress may be blundering into just such a conflict. The alternative to diplomacy is to pour gasoline on a region of the world already on fire with intense, complex military conflicts.

August 27, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Iran, Nuclear Power, Nuclear Weapons

Civil Rights Activist Amelia Boynton Robinson, Survivor of Bloody Sunday, Dies at 104

Civil rights activist Amelia Boynton Robinson died today at the age of 104. In 1965, she was beaten unconscious as she attempted to cross Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge on what became known as Bloody Sunday.

August 26, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Civil Rights

On Vietnam & the Power of Protest: Watch One of Julian Bond’s Final Speeches (Exclusive)


Watch civil rights leader Julian Bond speak at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on May 2, 2015, as part of the "Vietnam: Power of Protest" conference. Bond died on August 15 at the age of 75.

August 20, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Julian Bond, Vietnam, Julian Bond

Passing the Torch: From Julian Bond to Black Lives Matter

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan
Julian Bond was a lifelong activist, speaking out in recent years for marriage equality, getting arrested in front of the White House while protesting the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, and supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.

August 20, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Julian Bond, Black Lives Matter

Watch: Full Video of Hillary Clinton’s Meeting with Black Lives Matter Activists


Watch the full 16-minute video of Black Lives Matter activists Daunasia Yancey and Julius Jones questioning Hillary Clinton after a campaign event in New Hampshire.

August 19, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Black Lives Matter, Hillary Clinton, 2016 Election

VIDEO: Amy Goodman Delivers Keynote Address to Creative Time Summit at the Venice Biennale

For much of this week Democracy Now! has broadcast from the "Creative Time Summit, where Amy Goodman delivered a keynote address. Watch her speech and highlights from our interviews with artists and the chief curator Okwui Enwezor, who has been credited with bringing political art back to the 120-year-old festival.

August 13, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Art & Politics

Art, Politics and Social Change at the Venice Biennale

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan
This year’s Venice Biennale, called "All the World’s Futures," showcases a growing community of politically engaged artists, who not only reflect the beauty and brutality of the world, but might actually change it.

August 13, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

PART 2: Artist Mariam Ghani, Daughter of Afghan Pres, Addresses Ferguson, Borders and Afghan Women


In part two of our interview with artist Mariam Ghani, she describes her work in St. Louis, Missouri, during "Ferguson October" protests, on the issue of borders and the experience of Afghan women.

August 12, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Afghanistan, Ferguson, Art & Politics, Mariam Ghani

VIDEO: A Year of Protests & Organizing After Unarmed Black Teen Michael Brown Killed by Ferguson Cop


Michael Brown’s death and the Ferguson protests that followed sparked a national conversation about race and policing that is far from over.

August 09, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Michael Brown, Ferguson, Police Brutality

APA Votes to Bar Psychologists from Nat’l Security Interrogations After Torture Scandal

By a nearly unanimous vote, the American Psychological Association’s Council of Representatives voted today in Toronto to adopt a new policy barring psychologists from participating in national security interrogations.

August 07, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Psychology & Torture

Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 70 Years After the Atomic Bombs Were Dropped

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

While the world has avoided nuclear attacks since those two days in 1945, the potential for nuclear devastation is forever hanging over us.

August 06, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Hiroshima, Hiroshima Nagasaki, Japan, Nuclear Power

Cincinnati and the Murder of Samuel DuBose

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

A stunning indictment has been handed down in Cincinnati, focusing attention again on police killings of people of color. This is a start for accountability and justice. Cleveland should pay attention. As the thousand people gathered there last weekend said clearly, “Black Lives Matter.”

July 30, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Police Brutality, Police, Ohio

White Police Officer Indicted for "Senseless" Murder of Sam DuBose in Cincinnati


In Ohio, a grand jury has indicted a University of Cincinnati police officer on murder charges for shooting Sam DuBose, an unarmed African-American man. Police officer Ray Tensing fatally shot DuBose on July 19, after pulling him over for not having a front license plate.

July 30, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Police Brutality, Police

VIDEO: Full Interview with Former Honduras Pres. Manuel Zelaya, Ousted in U.S.-Backed Coup


Watch Amy Goodman and Juan González’s entire interview with former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya on Hillary Clinton’s role in his ouster six years ago, and the new protest movement underway.

July 29, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Honduras, Hillary Clinton, Manuel Zelaya

Part 2: #BlackLivesMatter Founders on Immigration & the Fight for "Safety Beyond Policing"


In part two of our conversation, the co-founders of Black Lives Matter talk about immigration, LGBT rights and their own personal experiences with hyper-policing.

July 24, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, Opal Tometi

VIDEO: Pete Seeger on Dylan Going Electric at Newport Folk Festival: "He Was Singing a Great Song"


In a 2004 interview, Pete Seeger responds to rumors that he tried to pull the plug on Bob Dylan’s electrified set at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965, 50 years ago today.

July 24, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Pete Seeger, Music, Art & Politics