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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 READ MORE



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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 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 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 READ MORE



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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 READ MORE


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 READ MORE


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 READ MORE



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 READ MORE


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 READ MORE


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 READ MORE



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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 READ MORE



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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 READ MORE



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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



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



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



U.S. Army / Sgt. Curt Cashour

Maliki Says No U.S. Soldiers in Iraq After 2011

“The last American soldier will leave Iraq” after the pre-negotiated 2011 deadline, regardless of any rumblings among American officials, says Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. The status of forces agreement governing the U.S. military presence in Iraq, Maliki adds, “is not subject to extension, not subject to alteration, it is sealed, it expires on Dec. 31 [2011].”

Posted on Dec 28, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Samantha Appleton

Obama’s ‘Evolving’ Position on Same-Sex Marriage

President Obama’s take on gay marriage may get less absurd. Obama told The Advocate that his view is “evolving” and he struggles with his oft-repeated belief that marriage ought to be between a man and a woman (because such marriages never fail and are the will of the same supreme being who digs slavery).

Posted on Dec 24, 2010 READ MORE



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Rolling Stone Finds ‘Lost’ Lennon Interview

Handily aligning with the unleashing of The Beatles’ music into the iTunes computerverse, as well as with the 30th anniversary of John Lennon’s death, Rolling Stone magazine has published heretofore unreleased portions of the slain Beatle’s final interview ... (continued)

Posted on Dec 8, 2010 READ MORE


One-Man Fire Brigade

Ben Bernanke may or may not succeed in saving the economy, but at least he has the courage to try—and the honesty to tell the truth. The same cannot be said of our elected officials.

Posted on Dec 7, 2010 READ MORE



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Steve Martin Too Artsy for This Venue

Apparently New Yorkers just don’t want to hear a banjo-playing comedian talk art. After an hour-long Q-and-A with brainy comedian Steve Martin, who was reportedly too high brow, the 92nd St. YMCA Y in New York felt compelled to offer its audience a refund. (Correction: Earlier, this item, in its headline and text, referred to the YMCA; actually, Martin appeared at a facility of the 92nd Street Young Men’s and Young Women’s Hebrew Association.)

Posted on Dec 2, 2010 READ MORE


Wanted: Mojo All Around

In his only interview since the GOP rampage, with Steve Kroft of “60 Minutes,” President Obama was reasonable, analytical, professorial—but also uninspired and uninspiring.

Posted on Nov 9, 2010 READ MORE



Stephen Elliott: The Art of the Overshare

“The Adderall Diaries” author isn’t one to hold back, as readers of his memoir—not to mention his tweets, blogs, “overly personal emails,” essays and online magazine, The Rumpus—know well. Here, he opens up about his literary projects, his hyperlocal politics and the role of narcissism in his work.

Posted on Oct 22, 2010 READ MORE



Bob Woodward on ‘Obama’s Wars’

The veteran journalist talks to Truthdig’s James Harris about his new book, which zeroes in on a war-averse president struggling to impose order on chaos abroad without losing his grip on the home front.

Posted on Oct 14, 2010 READ MORE



Bob Woodward on ‘Obama’s Wars’

The veteran journalist talks to Truthdig’s James Harris about his new book, which zeroes in on a war-averse president struggling to impose order on chaos abroad without losing his grip on the home front.

Posted on Oct 14, 2010 READ MORE


Robert Scheer Talks Economic Crisis

In appearances on MSNBC and KCRW, Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer is coming out with rhetorical guns blazing to talk about the economic crisis, Wall Street pandering, and the culpability of both parties in all of it.

Posted on Sep 18, 2010 READ MORE



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The Crime of Our Time

Danny Schechter’s new movie, “Plunder: The Crime of Our Time,” tells the story of the economic collapse as “a crime narrative as opposed to a mistakes narrative.”

Posted on May 5, 2010 READ MORE



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The Crime of Our Time

Danny Schechter’s new movie, “Plunder: The Crime of Our Time,” tells the story of the economic collapse as “a crime narrative as opposed to a mistakes narrative.”

Posted on May 5, 2010 READ MORE



Graham Nash

Mr. Fish in Conversation With Graham Nash

I’d gone to Atlantic City in August of 2009 to see Crosby, Stills and Nash to be reminded of the exquisite outrage that they, along with Neil Young, had so famously hurled into the hellish maelstrom that was the Vietnam War…

Posted on Apr 3, 2010 READ MORE    


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White House / Samantha Appleton

Obama to Pitch Health Care Reform on Fox News

As part of his eleventh-hour push to win Americans over on the touchy topic of health care reform, President Barack Obama is throwing himself into the lion’s den. That’s right, the president is going willingly to Fox News to get the “fair and balanced” treatment from Bret Baier on Wednesday.

Posted on Mar 16, 2010 READ MORE


Chris Hedges on the Corporatocracy

In this interview, Chris Hedges elaborates on his Truthdig column that says democracy in America is a useful fiction.

Posted on Feb 14, 2010 READ MORE


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How to Report the News

This clip is, as they say across the pond, brilliant. A humorous fellow by the name of Charlie Brooker has cracked the not-so-secret code to how one properly reports the news, and it involves meaningful hand gestures, well-timed freezes, man-on-the-street reportage and headless shots of overweight people milling through metropolitan foot traffic. Watch and learn!

Posted on Jan 28, 2010 READ MORE



‘Glenn Beck Is Mean’ Edition

America’s most famous crybaby was just vicious to Sarah Palin. He asked her who her favorite founding father was ... and ... she ... froze. In other news: Privacy is for old people, it looks like the Jews didn’t build the pyramids, and someone was arrested for interfering with Tiger Woods’ right to sell Gatorade.

Posted on Jan 15, 2010 READ MORE


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Torture’s Best Friend: An Interview With John Yoo

The New York Times picks the brain of John Yoo, who compares George W. Bush to Abraham Lincoln and says “It was my job” to write the memos that sought to legalize torture. Yoo now teaches at the University of California at Berkeley, of which he says: “I remind myself of West Berlin ... surrounded by East Germany during the Cold War.” (continued)

Posted on Dec 29, 2009 READ MORE


A Repairman, Not a Revolutionary

Timothy Geithner has not been a good performer, but he does have a vision. He sees an improved Wall Street, though one not fundamentally different from what we have now.

Posted on Mar 23, 2009 READ MORE


Obama Takes Cheney to School

President Obama personally conducted a tour of the White House for “60 Minutes” and in the Sunday broadcast defended his embattled treasury secretary, said sending more troops to Afghanistan was his toughest decision yet, and refused to grant a look at his wife’s vegetable garden. The president also took the opportunity to unload on Dick Cheney, who recently suggested we are less safe without torture.

Posted on Mar 22, 2009 READ MORE


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White House / David Bohrer

Bush Left Scooter ‘Hanging in the Wind,’ Says Cheney

The former vice president is still sore that his top aide didn’t get a presidential pardon. Dick Cheney told CNN that he and the president had a “fundamental difference of opinion” that ultimately “left Scooter sort of hanging in the wind, which I didn’t think was appropriate.”

Posted on Mar 15, 2009 READ MORE



AP photo / Lynne Sladky

A Changing Community Now Wants Softer U.S. Policy on Cuba

A majority of Florida’s Cuban-Americans, including many former hard-liners, have come to oppose a U.S. embargo strategy that has proved futile over the decades.

Posted on Mar 11, 2009 READ MORE


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Donald Fanger on Seamus Heaney

A new book gives us one of the most indispensable poets in the English language whose work mines the terrain between hope and history.

Posted on Feb 26, 2009 READ MORE


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Obama Says He’ll Bring Many Troops Home for Next Super Bowl

Speaking before the big game, the president pledged to bring a substantial number of troops home in time for the next Super Bowl. On the economic front, he warned that “It’s going to take a number of months before we stop falling ... .” He also managed to predict the outcome of the game.

Posted on Feb 2, 2009 READ MORE


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