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The Pope Speaks to Congress about Climate Change, Refugees, Cuba & "Money that is Drenched in Blood"

Pope Francis today became the first Pope to ever address a joint session of Congress.

September 24, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Pope Francis

Pope Francis Calls on U.S. to Combat Climate Change & Build a “Truly Tolerant and Inclusive" Society


In his first U.S. speech, Pope Francis urged the United States to help tackle climate change at a "critical moment of history" and called on Americans to build a truly tolerant and inclusive society.

September 23, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Pope Francis

Q&A with Noam Chomsky on U.S. Foreign Policy, Iran, Donald Trump & More


After his speech on Saturday at The New School, Noam Chomsky took questions from the audience.

September 22, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Noam Chomsky

Watch: Viola Davis Emmy Speech After Becoming First African-American Actress to Win


Viola Davis has made history, becoming the first African American to win an Emmy Award for best lead actress on a drama series for her role as a defense attorney in the series "How to Get Away with Murder."

September 21, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Art & Politics, Media Analysis

"Criminal in Blue": Should NYPD Officer James Frascatore Be Arrested for Assault? (Pt. 2)


Part two of our conversation with Warren Diggs, a Queens man suing Frascatore for assault.

September 18, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Police Brutality, Warren Diggs, Amy Rameau

Remembering Everett Parker (1913-2015), Father of Media Reform Movement

The legendary media activist Everett Parker died Thursday at the age of 102. In the 1960s he led an effort to have the license of a Jackson, Miss., TV station revoked for attempting to squelch the voices of the civil rights movement.

September 17, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Media Policy

Don’t Just Fire Officer James Frascatore—Arrest Him

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

New York City Police Officer James Frascatore has given new meaning to the Grand Slam of tennis.

September 17, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Police Brutality

Breaking: Court Grants Stay of Execution for Richard Glossip

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal appeals has granted a two-week stay of execution to Richard Glossip.

September 16, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Death Penalty

Extended Interview with Director Diego Quemada-Diéz on "La Jaula de Oro" and Migration to the U.S.


Extended discussion with award-wining Mexican film director Diego Quemada-Diez, whose film "La Jaula de Oro," or "The Golden Dream."

September 15, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Mexico, Immigration, Diego Quemada-Díez

The Migrant Crisis: Arms That Welcome, Arms That Kill

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

The flood of people fleeing war and misery is swelling daily, reaching the shores and borders of Europe in a desperate bid for safety. They come from Syria, where a brutal civil war during the past half-decade has killed well over 200,000.

September 10, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Syria

When Amy Goodman Met Stephen Colbert

As Stephen Colbert takes over on the "Late Show," check out Amy Goodman’s 2006 appearance "The Colbert Report."

September 09, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

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