Workers at the Cummins diesel engine plant in Rocky Mount, North Carolina won wage increases this summer -- even without having a recognized union or majority union support inside their shop. Image: Members of the non-majority local at the North Carolina Cummins diesel engine plant celebrate a wage victory. Even without recognition or a contract, the union […]
The total student population in the U.S. is projected to become majority minority this year, but the South hit this milestone six years ago. Demographic changes have been sweeping Southern schools, introducing new racial dynamics in what has traditionally been a black and white story while progress on racial integration slips. Image: […]
Groups in favor of and opposed to school vouchers have invested heavily in the North Carolina legislature and the state Supreme Court, which is now being asked to release voucher money despite a recent lower court ruling that the program is unconstitutional. Image: The American Federation for Children, a group that promotes school vouchers, has been spendin […]
The Texas League of Young Voters heads to federal court next week to make the case that the state's voter ID law, which recognizes gun licenses but not student IDs for verifying identity at the polls, violates the 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Image: Representatives of the Texas League of Young Voters will argue in court next week that the s […]
Last week a North Carolina judge minced no words in his ruling that a law giving taxpayer-funded vouchers to low-income families that want to send their children to private schools was a violation of the state constitution and the public good. Supporters of the program have asked the state Supreme Court to take emergency action to release the money anyway. I […]
Author and investigative reporter Charles Bowden died Saturday at his home in Arizona at the age of 69. Watch one of our most recent interviews with him in April 2010 , when he had just published "Murder City: Ciudad Juárez and the Global Economy’s New Killing Fields." See all of Bowden's interviews on Democracy Now! Bowden reported extensivel […]
We continue our conversation with Yvonne Ng, senior archivist for WITNESS , a group that trains and supports people using video in their fight for human rights. She has been giving advice for the growing number of people filming protests, human rights violations and police abuse with their smartphones and video cameras — particularly with respect to how to p […]
By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan In her epic, Pulitzer Prize-winning book “The Guns of August,” historian Barbara Tuchman detailed how World War I began in 1914, and how the belligerence, vanity and poor policies of powerful leaders led millions to gory deaths in that four-year conflagration. Before people realized world wars had to be numbered, World War […]
Islamist militants in Libya say they have solidified control of the capital Tripoli after taking over the main airport and ousting rival militias. Libya is facing its worst violence since the U.S.-backed ouster of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. To talk more about Libya, we are joined by Vijay Prashad, professor of international studies at Trinity College. He is th […]
As the protests continue in Ferguson, Missouri, over the shooting of Michael Brown , we turn now to two well-known voices who have come to Ferguson to show their support. Talib Kweli is a world-renowned hip-hop artist and activist from New York City. He first broke out as one half of the duo Black Star, along with the rapper and actor Mos Def. Black Star hel […]
All summer long, kids from a gritty neighborhood in Providence, R.I., have been escaping to a golf course and driving range carved out of a vacant lot. At Button Hole, a new generation is learning golf for a dollar a game.
Guitarist Joe Beck said he thought of the guitar as a six-piece band. Music reviewer Tom Moon says that's exactly how Beck's music sounds: layers of overlapping ideas. He reviews Beck's posthumous release, "Get Me Joe Beck."
Episode 316: BOOM! We have a great show for you this week. Dave, Coach, and Mark delve into the Josh Gordon suspension and answer the question: Should he be allowed to play? Author Steve Almond details why he wrote Against Football: A Reluctant Manifesto as they discuss if it’s right or wrong to watch football knowing what it does to players’ brains. Finally […]
Episode 315: BOOM! Dave’s back! That’s right! He’s got one helluva show lined up for you this week. Ed Bollinger, Dave’s father in law, starts the show off with a brief history of football. Dave caught up with Hassan Assad, Pro Wrestling’s “MVP”, earlier in the week to discuss Assad’s trip to Ferguson, Missouri. Dr. Jennifer Ring, Professor of Political Scie […]
Episode 314: BOOMSHAKALAKA! Dave’s still out, but Coach, Mark, and D.C. Dan are in control again. They start off with a review of the NFL preseason so far and decide what team might jump from 4th to 1st in their division. Ben Shapiro from MassTalkLive recaps the MLB season so far and takes a look towards the playoffs. Dave joins the program to dissect the O’ […]
Episode 313: KABOOM! Dave’s on the IR but D.C. Dan, Coach Kevin McNutt, and “Mean” Mark Barry have you covered this week. They open with a bit of fantasy football strategy with the preseason getting underway. Kate Fagan of ESPN and ESPNW joins the show to discuss the San Antonio Spurs hiring Becky Hammond as the first woman assistant coach in the NBA and wha […]
House ethics rules bar lawmakers from accepting travel and related expenses from registered lobbyists. The House Majority Leader has said that his expenses on a 2000 trip were paid by a nonprofit organization, and that the financial arrangements for it were proper.
Five months after President Bush launched his drive to overhaul Social Security, the difficult, if not impossible, task of drafting legislation begins Tuesday when the Senate Finance Committee holds the first hearing on options to secure Social Security's future.
Years ago, the federal government spent $117 million on an experimental "clean coal" power plant in Alaska designed to generate electricity with a minimum of air pollution -- but the project never got up and running.