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‘The Daily Show’ Gives Obama a Makeover So Right-Wingers Can Understand What He’s Saying

No matter what President Obama says about the Islamic State group, Fox News and conservative politicians continue to misrepresent him. Thankfully, Jon Stewart and his staff at “The Daily Show” have come up with a way to address the problem.

Posted on Feb 24, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


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Comedian John Oliver Explains Why Electing Judges Is a Terrible Idea

The United States is one of only two countries that elect the vast majority of their judges, and the “Last Week Tonight” host thinks this fact is as absurd as the “formal muumuus” the judges wear.

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


Calls for Social Justice Abound at the Oscars

From “Citizenfour” director Laura Poitras’ acceptance speech for the Best Documentary Oscar to host Neil Patrick Harris’ quip that the Oscars are for Hollywood’s “best and whitest,” political commentary and calls for social justice rang through last night’s 87th Annual Academy Awards ceremony.

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


John Legend and Common’s Performance of ‘Glory’ Is a Special Moment at the Oscars

With lyrics honoring Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. and even the Ferguson protest movement, musicians John Legend and Common had many Academy Awards attendees in tears.

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


‘The Imitation Game’ Screenwriter Gives Moving Oscar Speech on Feeling Like an Outsider

Screenwriter Graham Moore revealed a surprising fact about himself during his Oscar acceptance speech on Sunday night, paid tribute to computer science pioneer Alan Turing and offered encouragement to “that kid out there who feels like she’s weird or she’s different.”

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


‘Boyhood’s’ Patricia Arquette Offers Impassioned Words on Gender Equality

Patricia Arquette, who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar on Sunday night for her performance in “Boyhood,” used her acceptance speech to demand equal rights and pay for all women in the United States. Watch as Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez cheer her on gleefully.

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


‘Left, Right & Center’: Higher Wages at Wal-Mart and Obama’s Views on Radical Extremism

On this edition of “Left, Right & Center,” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other panelists discuss Wal-Mart’s decision to raise wages for about 500,000 workers. President Obama likes to say that “America deserves a raise,” but this week’s conversation tackles the question: Is Wal-Mart’s move enough?

Posted on Feb 22, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


Noam Chomsky: Republicans & Democrats Have Shifted to the Right, and the GOP Is ‘Off the Spectrum’

Commenting on the current state of American politics, renowned linguist Noam Chomsky highlights just how conservative U.S. political parties have gotten.

Posted on Feb 21, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


Here’s a Satirical Take on the 40 Things the News Wants You to Be Afraid Of

British satirist Charlie Brooker delves into a horrendously long list of things Western news outlets say we should fear, admonishing the media for their fear-mongering ways with his simultaneously biting and deadpan style of humor. It’ll have you shaking in your boots ... with laughter.

Posted on Feb 21, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


Which Is More Toxic—Sugar or Weed? Russell Brand Checks It Out

The “Trews” host argues that while there’s a lot of “disinformation and propaganda” being spread about marijuana, there’s also quite a bit of “deception and confusion around food.”

Posted on Feb 21, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


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