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RIP Vincent G. Harding, Historian Who Co-Wrote MLK’s "Beyond Vietnam" Speech

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Dr. Vincent G. Harding, who famously wrote Dr. Martin Luther King has passed away at age 82. Watch his interviews on Democracy Now!

Exclusive Interview with William Worthy, Dead at 92, on Reporting from Cuba, China, Iran Revolutions

Listen to an interview with journalist William Worthy, a World War II conscientious objector and defiant international correspondent who traveled to Cuba, China and Iran, faced federal prosecution, and was the subject of a Phil Ochs song.

VIDEO TIMELINE: “You’re Being Watched” Democracy Now! Reports on Snowden & NSA’s Surveillance State

Use this new video timeline to see all of our coverage of whistleblower Edward Snowden and his exposure of the NSA’s massive surveillance state, featuring extensive interviews with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Glenn Greenwald.

Part 2: Danny Glover & Kathleen Cleaver on "The Black Power Mixtape"

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Watch part 2 of our conversation with the renowned American actor, film director and political activist Danny Glover, and Kathleen Cleaver, professor at Emory Law School, who is featured in the film, "The Black Power Mixtape."

The Ghost of Dred Scott Haunts the Streets of Ferguson

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Thousands are protesting the police killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. Four miles south in the quietude of Calvary Cemetery, lies Dred Scott, the man born a slave who famously fought for his freedom in the courts.

August 21, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Michael Brown

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

James Risen, Surveillance and Obama’s Threat to Journalism

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

The Obama administration’s espionage case against alleged CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling is expected to come to trial soon, six years after he was indicted. In addition to Sterling, also on trial will be a central pillar of our democratic society: press freedom.

August 14, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Freedom of the Press, Whistleblowers

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

Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 69 Years Later

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

“I hate war,” Koji Hosokawa told me as we stood next to the A-Bomb Dome in Hiroshima, Japan. The skeletal remains of the four-story building stand at the edge of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. The world watches in horror this summer as military conflicts rage, leaving destruction in their wake from Libya, to Gaza, to Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Ukraine. Never far from the dead and injured, nuclear-armed missiles stand by at the alert, waiting for the horrible moment when hubris, accident or inhumanity triggers the next nuclear attack. “I hate war,” Hosokawa reiterated. “War makes everyone crazy.”

August 07, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Hiroshima, Japan, Nuclear Power

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

A Venerable Jewish Voice for Peace

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

The Israeli assault on the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip has entered its fourth week. Henry Siegman, a venerable dean of American Jewish thought and president of the U.S./Middle East Project, sat down for an interview with the Democracy Now! news hour. An ordained rabbi, Siegman is the former executive director of the American Jewish Congress and former executive head of the Synagogue Council of America, two of the major, mainstream Jewish organizations in the United States. He says the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories must end.

July 31, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Israel

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.