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    On Friday, three members of the feminist punk group Pussy Riot were sentenced to two years in prison for staging a peaceful protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin inside an Orthodox church. A judge rejected the argument their act was a form of political protest, instead ruling it was motivated by religious hatred. As the verdict came down Friday, solidarity protests took place in more than 60 cities around the world marking a global...
    August 20, 2012 | Story
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    The author, playwright and activist Gore Vidal has died at the age of 86. A national icon who authored more than 20 novels and five plays, Vidal was one of the best-known chroniclers of American history and politics. He dedicated his work to writing and critiquing the injustices of U.S. society. In a 2004 appearance on Democracy Now!, Vidal talked about the role of democracy in the United States, dating back to the Constitution. [includes rush...
    August 01, 2012 | Story
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    Today a Democracy Now! special on the life, politics and music of Woody Guthrie, the "Dust Bowl Troubadour." Born a hundred years ago on July 14, 1912, in Oklahoma, Guthrie wrote hundreds of folk songs and became a major influence on countless musicians, including Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Seeger and Phil Ochs. While Guthrie is best remembered as a musician, he also had a deeply political side, speaking out for labor and...
    July 12, 2012 | Story
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    We will spend the hour Thursday, July 12, marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of the country’s greatest songwriters, Woody Guthrie, with his daughter, Nora, and granddaughter, Anna. Also joining us in studio will be musician Steve Earle, who says Guthrie “invented my job.”
    July 11, 2012 | Web Exclusive
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    Commemorations are being held across the country this year to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of the country’s greatest songwriters, Woody Guthrie. Born on July 14, 1912, in Okemah, Oklahoma, Guthrie wrote hundreds of folk songs, including "This Land Is Your Land," "Pastures of Plenty," "Pretty Boy Floyd," "Do Re Mi" and "The Ranger’s Command." While Guthrie is best...
    July 04, 2012 | Story
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    The musician and activist Tom Morello has performed at a number of rallies and concerts over the past three days at the NATO protests in Chicago. Morello is the longtime guitarist of Rage Against the Machine who also performs as the Nightwatchman and with his other band, the Street Sweeper Social Club. "Across the globe, and certainly across the United States, from the Veterans Against the War movement to the rising,...
    May 21, 2012 | Story
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    Playwright Tony Kushner reflects on the life of his friend Maurice Sendak, the writer and illustrator best known for his children’s book, "Where the Wild Things Are." Sendak died on Tuesday at the age of 83. "Maurice had that ability to speak universally, which I think was evidence of the fact that he really was a genius," Kushner says. Kushner adds that he regrets Sendak, who was gay, did not live to hear President...
    May 10, 2012 | Story
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    For his latest project, Tony Kushner is writing the screenplay for an upcoming Steven Spielberg movie about Abraham Lincoln. Kushner says an understanding of Lincoln’s presidency carries valuable lessons for political life today. "I think that [Lincoln’s] incredible ability to finesse very, very treacherous political circumstances and continue to move the country forward, I mean, to lead the country forward in the midst of the...
    May 10, 2012 | Story
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    The legendary poet, essayist and feminist Adrienne Rich, who died on Tuesday at the age of 82, was one of the most celebrated poets of the last half-century and a lifelong advocate for women, gay and lesbian rights, peace and racial justice. Rich drew widespread acclaim for her many volumes of poetry and prose, which brought the oppression of women and lesbians into the public spotlight. She was a key figure in the women’s movement and...
    March 30, 2012 | Story
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    Pioneering poet, essayist and feminist Adrienne Rich died on Tuesday at the age of 82. She was one of the most distinguished poets living and working in the United States. In 1997, she spoke to Democracy Now! about why she refused the 1997 National Medal for the Arts to protest the growing concentration of power in fewer and fewer hands.
    March 29, 2012 | Web Exclusive