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Extended Interview with The Yes Men on "Operation Second Thanks"

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Extended web-only interview with The Yes Men and indigenous activist Gitz Crazyboy. Earlier this week, members of the group spoke at the Homeland Security Congress posing as U.S. government officials. At the conference, they announced a fictitious new U.S. government plan called "American Renewable Clean-Energy Network" to convert the United States to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030. After the announcement, The Yes Men and indigenous activists led the audience in a large circle dance to celebrate the fictitious plan.

From the Vault: "The Execution Tapes: Georgia’s Secret Audio Recordings of Two Executions"

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Listen to "The Execution Tapes," 19 recordings of electrocutions carried out by the state of Georgia since 1984, including the botched execution of Alpha Otis O’Daniel Stephens on December 12, 1984.

April 30, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Death Penalty

READ: Pulitzer-Winning Book "Toms River" Links Toxic Dumping to Cancer

Read an excerpt from "Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation," which won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, and watch our interview with author, Dan Fagin.

April 22, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Environment, Author Interviews

VIDEO: Watch Rubin "Hurricane" Carter’s 1994 Speech About the American Justice System

Watch an extended version of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter’s passionate 1994 speech that was featured in Democracy Now!’s look back at his life and legacy.

April 21, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Prison, Sports & Politics, Race in America

READ: Matt Taibbi on "The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap"

Read part of "The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap," by Matt Taibbi, who joined us to examine one of the "greatest challenges we face in contemporary American life: surviving a system that devours the lives of the poor, turns a blind eye to the destructive crimes of the wealthy, and implicates us all."

VIDEO: Glenn Greenwald & Laura Poitras Q&A on Snowden, the Surveillance State & Press Freedom

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Journalists Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Ewen MacAskill hold a press conference in New York after winning a Polk Award for their reporting on Edward Snowden and the NSA.

VIDEO: Laura Poitras & Glenn Greenwald Back in U.S. for First Time Since Breaking NSA-Snowden Story

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Ten months ago, Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald flew to Hong Kong to meet National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden and soon exposed a trove of secrets about the NSA. They didn’t enter the United States again—until today.

From Kabul to Cairo, the Killing and Jailing of Journalists Continues

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan

Journalism is not a crime. Neither death nor imprisonment should be the punishment for reporting the news.

April 10, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Freedom of the Press, Egypt, Afghanistan, Media Analysis

READ: Excerpt From "Capitalism: A Ghost Story" By Arundhati Roy

As Arundhati Roy joins us to discuss her latest work, and the elections now underway in India, you can read an excerpt from her new book, "Capitalism: A Ghost Story."

April 08, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, India, Author Interviews

READ: Nomi Prins’ "All the Presidents’ Bankers: The Hidden Alliances that Drive American Power"

Read an excerpt of "All the Presidents’ Bankers: The Hidden Alliances that Drive American Power," by reporter, Nomi Prins, who joined us Tuesday to discuss the hundred-year interdependence between the White House and Wall Street.

April 08, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Wall Street, Financial Meltdown, U.S. Economy

VIDEO: Fast-Food Workers Charge McDonald’s with Wage Theft

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Democracy Now! was there when a group of fast-food workers rallied in front of a New York City McDonald’s Tuesday in support of lawsuits accusing the company of wage theft. Employees have filed suit in three states, claiming McDonald’s and its franchises have stolen their wages through a range of illegal practices. [includes rush transcript]

March 19, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Protests, Labor

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!.

February 21, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

"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