READ: The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance & the Origins of the United States of America
As the U.S. prepares to celebrate Independence Day on July 4, we spoke with historian Gerald Horne about the role slavery played in igniting the rebellion that led to the nation’s founding. Watch his interview, and read an excerpt from his new book, "The Counter-Revolution of 1776."
Saturday marked the 50th anniversary of the killing of three civil rights workers in Mississippi, a pivotal moment in the 1960s struggle for equality. It took 41 years before a murder conviction was handed down in the case, with former Ku Klux Klansman Edgar Ray Killen found guilty of manslaughter in 2005.
Al Jazeera Arabic journalist Abdullah Elshamy has been ordered released from jail in Egypt after a nearly five-month hunger strike in protest of his detention without charge. Last week, we spoke to his brother Mohammed.
The romantic comedy "Obvious Child" was one of the most talked-about films at this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Utah. It is opening in theaters today. "Obvious Child" has been hailed as the first romantic comedy about abortion, but it is much more than that. Watch our interview with "Obvious Child" director Gillian Robespierre.
The Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal from James Risen of The New York Times, who faces prison for protecting the identity of his confidential source. Watch our interview with Eric Lichtblau, who won a Pulitzer Prize with Risen for their reporting on the NSA despite White House pressure to kill the story.
Civil rights activist Yuri Kochiyama has died at the age of 93. In this interview, we learn how her activism began when she and her family were held in a Japanese-American internment camp. She also recalls how she cradled Malcolm X’s head after he was gunned down in the Audubon Ballroom.
As Obama delays immigration reform action, Aviva Chomsky joined us Friday to discuss how "illegality" and "undocumentedness" are concepts that were created to exclude and exploit. Read an excerpt from her new book.
In a Democracy Now! exclusive, the nation’s former top counterterrorism official has said he believes President George W. Bush and other members of his administration committed war crimes around the Iraq war. Richard Clarke served as national coordinator for security and counterterrorism during President Bush’s first year in office.
Dr. Maya Angelou, the renowned poet and author, has passed away at the age of 86. Watch her tributes to Fannie Lou Hamer, Ossie Davis, Coretta Scott King, Max Roach, and Nelson Mandela.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.