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READ: Excerpt from "A Sliver of Light" Ahead of Tuesday’s Extended Interview with Iran Hikers

Tune in Tuesday when we’ll speak with Sarah Shourd, Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal about their new book, "A Sliver of Light: Three Americans Imprisoned in Iran." In the meantime, you can read an excerpt from Bauer about the day they were arrested.

Wheelering and Dealing at the FCC

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
What is net neutrality? It’s the fundamental notion that anyone on the Internet can reach anyone else, that users can just as easily access a small website launched in a garage as they can access major Internet portals like Google or Yahoo.

May 15, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Net Neutrality

Dragnet Nation: Julia Angwin’s Quest for Privacy & Ray McGovern on FISA Court’s "Raw Take" Order

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In Part 2 of our interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Julia Angwin, she explains how she got her children interested in privacy by making it fun. We also speak with former CIA analyst Ray McGovern about the newly revealed "Raw Take" order that weakened privacy restrictions.

PART 2: Angela Davis on Solitary Confinement, Immigration Detention and "12 Years a Slave"

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Watch our extended interview with activist and scholar Angela Davis about the significance of the Oscar-winning film, "12 Years a Slave," the use of solitary confinement in prisons, and the global movement to challenge the expansion of immigrant detention. [includes rush transcript]

March 06, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Prison, Immigration, Oscars, Solitary Confinement

READ: "Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance"

Tune in Wednesday when we’ll speak with reporter Julia Angwin as part of a roundtable on whistleblowers, and discuss challenges journalists face in cultivating such sources due to online surveillance by the government and corporations. In the meantime, you can read Chapter 1 of her new book, Dragnet Nation."

March 11, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Whistleblowers, Privacy, Domestic Surveillance

Oscar Countdown: Watch Our Filmmaker Interviews on "Dirty Wars," "The Act of Killing" & "The Square"

Watch our interviews with three of the filmmakers who have been nominated for an Academy Award for best feature documentary.

February 28, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Oscars, Film

I Need Democracy Now! Because ...

To celebrate Democracy Now!’s 18th birthday, we asked our listeners and viewers to submit a photo or video that describes why they need Democracy Now!.

"Solitary Confinement Is Not the Answer"

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan

There has been much attention, and rightly so, on the CIA’s extensive use of torture, which the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is said to have documented in its still-classified 6,000-page report. The use of torture is not limited to the CIA, however.

May 08, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Solitary Confinement, Prison

Laverne Cox, CeCe McDonald on Facebook’s New Gender Options & How to Be an Ally to Trans People

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Part two of our conversation with transgender activist CeCe McDonald, actress Laverne Cox of "Orange is the New Black," and attorney Alisha Williams of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. [includes rush transcript]

February 19, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, LGBT, Alisha Williams, Laverne Cox, CeCe McDonald

PART 2: Interview with "Spies of Mississippi" Director and Reporter Jerry Mitchell

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In part two of our interview about the new film, "Spies of Mississippi," we continue our look at how the Mississippi state government spied on civil rights activists in the 1950s and 1960s. [includes rush transcript]

VIDEO: Bahraini Human Rights Activist Zainab Alkhawaja Freed from Prison, Father Still Behind Bars

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Watch an interview with human rights activist Zainab Alkhawaja upon her release from prison by the Bahraini government after nearly a year behind bars. She faced a return to prison pending her appearance in court today, but her sister says the case been postponed until March 3. [includes rush transcript]

February 19, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Bahrain, Zainab Alkhawaja

BREAKING: Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba Has Died

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Local officials confirm the tragic news that longtime black nationalist organizer and attorney Chokwe Lumumba has died of heart failure. He was 66. Watch our interview with Lumumba just after he was elected mayor of Jackson, Mississippi last June, when he said, "we’re about to make some advances and some strides in the development of human rights and the protection of human rights that I think have not been seen in other parts of the country."

February 26, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Mississippi, Civil Rights, African-American History

UPDATE: Kidnapped Anti-Drone Activist Karim Khan Has Been Freed, Says He Was Tortured

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Karim Khan, an anti-drone activist who went missing in Pakistan on Feb. 5, has been released. He says he was interrogated, beaten and tortured but still plans to travel to Europe to meet with parliamentarians.

February 11, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Pakistan, Drone Attacks, Drones

When Cruel and Unusual Punishment Becomes Usual

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

The state of Oklahoma tortured a man to death this week.

April 30, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Death Penalty

Amy Goodman Questions Freed Pussy Riot Members on Olympics, Putin & Obama During 1st U.S. Appearance

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Freed Pussy Riot members Nadia Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina made their first public appearance in the United States Tuesday after their release from prison in Russia. Amy Goodman was among the journalists who questioned them. [includes rush transcript]

February 05, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Pussy Riot, Russia, Olympics

VIDEO: 350.org & Indigenous Groups Hold Vigils to Block Keystone XL Tar Sands Oil Pipeline

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Bill McKibben of 350.org and Clayton Thomas-Muller of the Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign spoke out on Monday night at a vigil at Union Square in New York City against the Keystone XL oil pipeline. It was one of 200 vigils held in response to last week’s State Department ruling claiming the pipeline’s northern leg would have a minimal impact on the local environment and climate change. [includes rush transcript]

February 04, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Keystone XL, Climate Change, Natural Gas & Oil Drilling

VIDEO: Pete Seeger Recalls the 1949 Peekskill Riot Where He And Paul Robeson Were Attacked

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Watch an exclusive excerpt from our 2004 interview with the legendary folk singer and activist Pete Seeger, who died Monday at the age of 94. Seeger recalls the Peekskill Riots of 1949, when he and the singer and actor Paul Robeson were attacked after they performed.

Juan Gonzalez: New York City Overrules its Own Assessors and Lowers Google’s Taxes by $21 Million

Google will save as much as $21 million after the city overruled its own assessors and lowered the tech giant’s real estate tax, reports Democracy Now! co-host Juan Gonzalez, in column for "The New York Daily News."

January 17, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Internet, Juan Gonzalez, New York

Race Matters: Resegregation and the Rollback of Affirmative Action

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

“I say segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.” So proclaimed Alabama Gov. George Wallace more than half a century ago. With this week’s U.S. Supreme Court decision supporting Michigan’s ban against affirmative action in state university admissions, and with the increasing resegregation of schools, it seems like Wallace’s dream of “segregation forever” may be alive and all too well.

April 24, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Education, Race in America

The Oscar Nominee Interviews: 2014 Picks Include "Dirty Wars," "The Act of Killing" & "The Square"

Watch our interviews with three of the filmmakers who have been nominated for an Academy Award for best feature documentary.

January 16, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Oscars, Jeremy Scahill, Egypt, Indonesia, Film