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  • Patti
    The singer-songwriter, poet, artist and punk rock legend Patti Smith has won the National Book Award in the non-fiction category for memoir, Just Kids. The book tells the story of Smith’s coming of age in New York City and her lifelong friendship and creative collaboration with the renowned photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. We interviewed Patti Smith earlier this year. [includes rush transcript]
    November 18, 2010 | Story
  • Buffysm-web
    In a Democracy Now! special, an hour of conversation and music with Cree Indian singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie. In the turbulent 1960s, she was just out of college but already famous for her beautiful voice and moving lyrics in songs like “Universal Soldier” and “Now that the Buffalo’s Gone.” Over the years, Buffy Sainte-Marie has worked with the American Indian Movement, but also with Sesame Street, and even Hollywood, winning an...
    November 26, 2009 | Story
  • Buffysm-web
    In a Democracy Now! special, an hour of conversation and music with Cree Indian singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie. In the turbulent 1960s, she was just out of college but already famous for her beautiful voice and moving lyrics in songs like "Universal Soldier" and "Now that the Buffalo’s Gone." Over the years, Buffy Sainte-Marie has worked with the American Indian Movement, but also with Sesame Street, and even...
    October 12, 2009 | Story
  • As Secretary Hillary Clinton meets with Somali President Sheikh Ahmed Sharif today, we turn to a different voice from the war-ravaged country of Somalia. K’naan is a Somali-Canadian hip-hop artist who moved away at a young age to escape the civil war that had engulfed his country. We speak to K’naan about on his life, his music, and the impact of U.S. policy in Somalia. [includes rush transcript]
    August 06, 2009 | Story
  • At Sunday’s massive concert at the Lincoln Memorial, Queen Latifah introduced the story of contralto Marian Anderson, who was banned by the whites-only Daughters of the American Revolution from performing at DAR Constitution Hall. Anderson got to sing at the Lincoln Memorial with an assist from First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. [includes rush transcript]
    January 20, 2009 | Story
  • Last August, New York’s incoming governor, David Paterson, spoke at Riverside Church in Manhattan during the funeral of the jazz legend Max Roach. In his address, Paterson invoked the memory of blacklisted actor and singer Paul Robeson, abolitionist Harriet Tubman, and black nationalist leader Malcolm X. [includes rush transcript]
    March 13, 2008 | Story
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    Today we spend the hour with readings from Voices of a People’s History of the United States, edited by historian Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove. It is the companion volume to Zinn’s legendary People’s History of the United States — which has sold over a million copies.

    We will hear dramatic readings of speeches, letters, poems, songs, petitions and manifestos. These are the voices of people throughout U.S. history who...

    May 28, 2007 | Story
  • Popular Haitian-American folk singer and political activist Annette "So An" Auguste, was released in August after spending over two years in a Haitian jail. So An was jailed by US Marines shortly after the 2004 coup that ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. She joins us in our firehouse studio. [includes rush transcript]
    January 04, 2007 | Story