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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.

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.

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

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

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

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

Overcoming the Media Blockade in Gaza

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

One of the greatest challenges in understanding the situation in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories is getting reliable information. This latest assault on Gaza reaffirms the key role played by the U.S. media in maintaining the information blockade. It also highlights the increasing importance of pressure applied by social networks.

July 24, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Gaza

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

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

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

Border Children: ‘They Don’t Speak English, but They Understand Hate’

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Children are still fleeing violence in their native Central American home countries, seeking safety, at great risk, in distant lands. The issue is widely described here in the United States as a “border crisis,” but it isn’t that. We are experiencing a profound failure of economic globalization and U.S. foreign policy, amplified by failed, stagnant immigration policies here at home.

July 17, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

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

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