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  • Baltimore-freddie-gray-vietnam-war-1968-protests-1
    As protests continue in Baltimore and around the country over the death of Freddie Gray in police custody, we are joined by one of the leading longtime activists in the country, Tom Hayden, who is no stranger to police and protest. In 1968, Hayden was a major organizer of demonstrations against the Vietnam War during the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. He became one of the Chicago 8 and was convicted of crossing state lines to start...
    April 30, 2015 | Story
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    In a wide-ranging discussion, Tom Hayden, author of the new book, "Listen, Yankee!: Why Cuba Matters," argues the United States and Cuba have much more in common than a 55-year disagreement. This comes as Republicans have launched an attempt to block President Obama’s efforts to restore U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relations for the first time in half a century with proposed legislation to stop new travel to Cuba from the United...
    April 30, 2015 | Story
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    Watch Democracy Now! Thursday when we will interview Tom Hayden about his new book, "Listen, Yankee!: Why Cuba Matters," and discuss the historic normalization of diplomatic relations with the United States.
    April 29, 2015 | Web Exclusive
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    In 2006, two of the world’s most celebrated writers, Eduardo Galeano and Arundhati Roy, shared the stage of Town Hall in New York City for a historic evening of readings and dialogue.
    April 14, 2015 | Web Exclusive
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    One of Latin America’s most acclaimed writers, Eduardo Galeano, died on Monday at age 74 in Montevideo, Uruguay. The Uruguayan novelist and journalist made headlines when Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez gave President Obama a copy of his classic work, "The Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent." Since its publication in 1971, "Open Veins" has sold more than a million copies...
    April 14, 2015 | Story
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    One of Latin America’s most acclaimed writers, Eduardo Galeano, has died at the age of 74. Watch his interviews on Democracy Now!
    April 13, 2015 | Web Exclusive
  • Venezuela_tinker_salas
    Tensions are high between the United States and Venezuela as President Obama heads to Panama for the Summit of the Americas. Read an excerpt from the new book by Latin American history professor Miguel Tinker Salas.
    April 09, 2015 | Web Exclusive
  • Maya-angelou-tavis-smiley
    In his new book, "My Journey with Maya," the television and radio broadcaster Tavis Smiley pays tribute to the late Maya Angelou, chronicling their nearly three-decade-long, multi-generational friendship. Smiley was 21 and Angelou was 58 when they first met in the mid-1980s. The book brims with the renowned poet’s words and Smiley’s remembrances of how she guided him through challenging moments in his life. The...
    April 08, 2015 | Story
  • Foner-gateway-to-freedom-slavery-underground-railroad
    As tens of thousands gather in Selma, Alabama, to mark the 50th anniversary of the historic voting rights marches of 1965, we go back 150 years to look at another chapter of the freedom struggle of African Americans. Between 1830 and 1860, more than 3,000 fugitive slaves reached freedom thanks to networks of anti-slavery resistance — commonly known as the underground railroad. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and Columbia University...
    March 11, 2015 | Story
  • Michelle_alexander-new-jim-crow-mass-incarceration-4
    As the Justice Department sheds new light on the racist criminal justice system in Ferguson, legal scholar Michelle Alexander looks at the historical roots of what she describes as "the new Jim Crow." From mass incarceration to police killings to the drug war, Alexander explores how the crisis is a nationwide issue facing communities of color. "Today we see millions of poor people and folks of color who are trapped, yet again,...
    March 04, 2015 | Story