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Archbishop José Gomez on the Intersection of Catholicism and Immigration (Video)

Truthdig Managing Editor Eric Ortiz and the archbishop of Los Angeles discuss fear in undocumented communities and the future of immigration policy under President Trump.

Posted on Jun 22, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


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Chelsea Manning: Seeing Victims of U.S. War as ‘People’—Not ‘Statistics’—Compelled Leaks

In her first interview since being released from prison, the whistleblower said she felt a “responsibility to the public.”

Posted on Jun 9, 2017 READ MORE


Chris Hedges and Wallace Shawn on Politics, Playwriting and Power (Video)

In the latest episode of “On Contact,” Hedges sits down with the actor, playwright and essayist to discuss Shawn’s new book, “Night Thoughts.”

Posted on May 31, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


Sen. Elizabeth Warren Says She’s ‘Troubled’ by Obama’s $400,000 Speaking Fee (Audio)

The Massachusetts Democrat told Sirius XM’s Jonathan Alter that money in politics “ultimately threatens democracy.”

Posted on Apr 28, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



‘Lyrics From Lockdown’ Creator on Using Art as a Wake-Up Call

Playwright Bryonn Bain, who turned his own harrowing experiences into a one-man dramatic production, joins director Gina Belafonte for a Truthdig interview.

Posted on Feb 12, 2017 READ MORE



Tom Hayden: Revolution, Protest and America

From the archives: The social and political activist discusses the war in Iraq, U.S.-Cuba relations, and America’s war on drugs (translated from a Cuban newspaper).

Posted on Oct 26, 2016 READ MORE


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Robert Scheer: Americans Shouldn’t Settle for Candidates ‘Who Have Created This Tremendous Mess’

In an interview on The Real News Network, Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer talks about neofascist rhetoric and how third-party candidates are preferable to Clinton or Trump.

Posted on Jul 21, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Josh Scheer Interviews ‘Almost Holy’ Director Steve Hoover

The filmmaker’s new documentary follows Gennadiy Mokhnenko, a larger-than-life Ukrainian pastor who tries to rehabilitate homeless children in his “Pilgrim Republic.”

Posted on May 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Daniel Ellsberg Recalls the Spirit of Resistance in the 1971 May Day Protests (Video)

The man who famously leaked the Pentagon Papers sits down with Judy Gumbo Albert to discuss the large-scale acts of civil disobedience against the Vietnam War.

Posted on May 18, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Dana Frank Responds to Hillary Clinton’s Defense of Her Role in Honduras

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In an interview on “Democracy Now!,” Frank, an expert on human rights and U.S. policy in Honduras, takes the presidential contender to task over her statements about the 2009 ouster of the Honduras president.

Posted on Apr 14, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


U.S. Military Presence in Iraq and Afghanistan Fuels Conditions for Terrorism (Video)

Chris Hedges and two combat veterans analyze the realities of American intervention in the Middle East and explain why the brutalized become brutal.

Posted on Apr 12, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Rep. Keith Ellison Calls for Creating and Maintaining Positive Relationships With Muslims in America

Most of the terror attacks in the U.S. have been carried out by non-Muslims, the Minnesota legislator points out. He adds that many potential atrocities have been averted by a community that counts him as a member.

Posted on Mar 30, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Bernie Sanders’ Wife Wants to Help Native American Voices Be Heard if She’s First Lady (Video)

Jane Sanders has spent the week engaging with Native American communities. Watch her discuss how, as first lady, she would support indigenous voices.

Posted on Mar 18, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Not Dissecting ‘Disgraced’ With the Pulitzer Winner’s Playwright

Ayad Akhtar wants audience members to decide for themselves what his play, about the complexities of identity and hidden prejudices in post-9/11 New York, is saying.

Posted on Nov 29, 2015 READ MORE


Neil Young Talks Music, Pono and More

Here’s a musical interlude for a Sunday afternoon.

Posted on Nov 2, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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President Obama, Choose Your Words Carefully

President Barack Obama, in the interview given last weekend to The New York Times’ Thomas Friedman, provided illumination on his foreign policy thinking, at this moment of fraught drama in both Iraq and Ukraine, but the counsels concerning the two didn’t match.

Posted on Aug 13, 2014 READ MORE


Juan Cole: Israel and Hamas Have Committed War Crimes

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Mideast scholar breaks down the Gaza crisis as Israel sends in troops. Also: The fight to keep the Internet free and fair, and an inside look at the Koch brothers’ secretive dynasty.

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 READ MORE


Juan Cole: Israel and Hamas Have Committed War Crimes

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Mideast scholar breaks down the Gaza crisis as Israel sends in ground troops. Also: The fight to keep the Internet free and fair, and an inside look at the Koch brothers’ secretive dynasty.

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



Gary Oldman Does Himself a Great Disservice With Anti-Semitic Diatribe

British actor Gary Oldman unleashed a torrent of instantly regrettable remarks about Hollywood culture in the latest edition of Playboy, couching his statements in that tediously familiar type of defiant language so often brandished by the clueless.

Posted on Jun 24, 2014 READ MORE


Edward Snowden Can Finally Sleep at Night

NBC has released a score of snippets from the network’s interview with Edward Snowden (posted after the jump), and one of the main takeaways is this, in the leaker’s own words: “I may have lost my ability to travel, but I’ve gained the ability to go to sleep at night and to put my head on the pillow and feel comfortable that I’ve done the right thing even when it was the hard thing. And I’m comfortable with that.”

Posted on May 28, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


Interview: ‘Documented: A Film by an Undocumented American’

Amy Goodman speaks to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas about his new documentary.

Posted on May 2, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



Cesar Chavez: The Story of Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things

Diego Luna tells Truthdig he wanted to make a movie his Mexican-American son could look to for inspiration.

Posted on Mar 26, 2014 READ MORE


Russell Brand: ‘Socialism Is Christianity Politicized’

Comedian-actor-writer Russell Brand took on a range of topics including spirituality, materialism, politics and revolution during an interview at Cambridge University’s student union in England last week.

Posted on Jan 21, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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Why Has It Taken the Justice Department 10 Years to Act on Rape in Juvenile Hall?

Last week, the Justice Department convened hearings under the Prison Rape Elimination Act to examine the prevalence of rape and sexual abuse in the nation’s prisons and juvenile detention centers.

Posted on Jan 13, 2014 READ MORE


The Rev. Madison Shockley on ‘Duck Dynasty’ and White Privilege

The Truthdig contributor recently discussed his article “ ‘Duck Dynasty’: Putting the Racist Back in Redneck” on the “Steve Malzberg Show.”

Posted on Jan 6, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer Discuss American Fascism

The two celebrated journalists discuss the collapse of vital institutions and the rise of demagogues and charlatans in post-meltdown America.

Posted on Oct 11, 2013 READ MORE


Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer Discuss American Fascism

The two celebrated journalists discuss the collapse of vital institutions and the rise of demagogues and charlatans in post-meltdown America.

Posted on Oct 11, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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Neil Jordan Returns to Bloodsuckers With ‘Byzantium’

It’s been nearly 20 years since “The Crying Game” auteur Neil Jordan directed Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise in “Interview With the Vampire.”

Posted on Jul 5, 2013 READ MORE


Chris Hedges’ Interview About the ‘Bowl Phone’ (Full Transcript and Audio)

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges recently interviewed three former inmates of a New Jersey jail to learn about the way prisoners communicate among themselves through the plumbing—the “bowl phone.” Click to the inside page for an audio recording and a transcript of the interview.

Posted on Jun 30, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


Congress Needs to Read a Book

Journalist Robert Kaiser has written a case study of the passage of Dodd-Frank, the legislation that kind of sort of took a shot at maybe re-regulating Wall Street (but not really). He tells Judy Woodruff, “It was upsetting to me as a citizen to realize how few members understood the issues they were dealing with.”

Posted on May 29, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


Listen: Chris Hedges Interviews Julian Assange

In these audio excerpts from their extended conversation in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, Chris Hedges asks Julian Assange about legal strategy and the WikiLeaks founder’s thoughts on Pfc. Bradley Manning.

Posted on May 5, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



The Divine Comedy

We talk with Clive James, translator and cultural critic, about tackling Dante’s masterpiece. “Dante,” writes James, “was the first to put the scientific attitude into art.”

Posted on Apr 26, 2013 READ MORE



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The Violence of Neoliberalism and the Attack on Higher Education

Higher education must be understood as a democratic public sphere—a space in which education enables students to develop a keen sense of prophetic justice, claim their moral and political agency, utilize critical analytical skills, and cultivate an ethical sensibility through which they learn to respect the rights of others.

Posted on Mar 27, 2013 READ MORE



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Henry A. Giroux: The Age of Neoliberal Terrorism

“Public institutions are being attacked because they are public, offer spaces for producing critical thought, emphasize human needs over economic needs, and because they are one of the few vital institutions left that can function as democratic public spheres,” the critic and Truthout contributor said in a recent interview.

Posted on Dec 2, 2012 READ MORE


Ray Bradbury: Thoughts at Life’s End (Video and Transcript)

Ray Bradbury, who died Tuesday night at the age of 91, spoke in 2008 with Truthdig’s Steve Wasserman about his books and the passions that drove his writing. The video, text excerpts and full transcript follow.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN


Chris Hedges on Oligarchy and the Global Collapse

“It’s all the same crisis,” says the Truthdig columnist, “which is the collapse of globalization. It doesn’t work anymore.”

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN


Scott Olsen Speaks, Twice

Things are looking up for two-tour Iraq War veteran Scott Olsen, who was injured Oct. 25 during a police raid on the Occupy Oakland encampment, where he was taking part in demonstrations against the corporatization of the American political system. (more)

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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Truthdigger of the Week: Jesse LaGreca

Occupy Wall Street protester Jesse LaGreca, our Truthdigger of the Week, responded to the provocative questions of a Fox News reporter with such clarity and fortitude in support of the movement that his message gained viral attention.

Posted on Oct 7, 2011 READ MORE



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June Gloom With Lewis Lapham

There is always smoke around Lewis Lapham, as if he’d just been conjured by some sorcerer suddenly enraged by the placation of the status quo.

Posted on Sep 2, 2011 READ MORE    


Robert Baer on Libya and Blowback

Veteran CIA officer Robert Baer speaks to radio host Ian Masters about the shifting political sands in the Middle East as the “Arab Spring” claims another dictator.

Posted on Aug 23, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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The Story Behind ‘Gun Hill Road’

Writer-director Rashaad Ernesto Green tells us about why he set his film “Gun Hill Road” in the Bronx, finding a transgender actress to play the teen, how anyone who has ever been a teenager should be able to identify with the film, and the power of art.

Posted on Aug 12, 2011 READ MORE


Robert Scheer Dishes on the Deficit Deal (Video)

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and FireDogLake contributor David Dayen appeared Monday morning on Uprising Radio to discuss the costs and consequences of the debt ceiling and deficit reduction deal struck Sunday by President Obama and Congress.

Posted on Aug 1, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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Gone With the Papers

The increasing fusion of news and entertainment and the ruthless drive by corporations to destroy the traditional news business are leaving us deaf, dumb and blind.

Posted on Jun 27, 2011 READ MORE



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Fight for a World Without Coal

The writer and philosopher Wendell Berry, armed with little more than a copy of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and his conscience, has been camped out for three days with a handful of other activists in the governor’s outer office in Frankfort, Ky.

Posted on Feb 14, 2011 READ MORE



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Google Denies WikiLeaks Censorship

In a BBC interview with Eric Schmidt, Google’s outgoing chief executive, Schmidt spelled out his ambitions for Google in China as well as declaring that the search giant will deny government attempts to censor WikiLeaks documents.

Posted on Jan 28, 2011 READ MORE



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Truthdig Radio: Save the Internet, Enlist the Gays, Movies of the Year

Truthdig editors, contributors and collaborators share their insights into the corporate takeover of the free and fair Internet and the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Plus: Richard Schickel’s picks for the best movies of the year.

Posted on Dec 30, 2010 READ MORE



Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey

Truthdig Radio: Save the Internet, Enlist the Gays, Movies of the Year

Truthdig editors, contributors and collaborators share their insights into the corporate takeover of the free and fair Internet and the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Plus: Richard Schickel’s picks for the best movies of the year.

Posted on Dec 30, 2010 READ MORE


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