“Who We Are”: New Film Chronicles History of Racism in America Amid Growing Attack on Voting Rights

As the United States heads into the Martin Luther King Day holiday weekend, attempts by Democrats to pass major new voting rights legislation appear to have stalled. We examine the new award-winning documentary “Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America,” which follows civil rights attorney Jeffery Robinson as he confronts the enduring legacy …
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“In Our DNA”: Jacob Blake’s Father & Uncle on the Family’s Long History of Racial Justice Activism

Please join us for a special virtual celebration of Democracy Now!’s 25th anniversary on December 7 with Angela Davis, Greta Thunberg, Noam Chomsky, Arundhati Roy, Winona LaDuke, Martín Espada, Danny DeVito & many more! Your donation today will help keep this event free for our worldwide audience and will support our fearless, independent journalism throughout …
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“The Dawn of Everything”: David Wengrow & the Late David Graeber On a New History of Humanity

In an extended interview, we speak with archeologist David Wengrow, who co-authored the new book “The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity” with the late anthropologist David Graeber. The book examines how Indigenous cultures contributed greatly to what we have come to understand as so-called Western ideas of democracy and equality, but argues …
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Sen. Joe Manchin’s Opposition to Biden Agenda Backed by History of Putting Corporations Over People

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: So, speaking about this issue of the personal profit of these senators, I want to turn to Stephen Smith with West Virginia Can’t Wait. A lot is made of, well, it’s an ideological difference that Senator Manchin has with people …
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As Delta Variant Drives Surge in New Cases, History Shows It Could Get Worse Before It Gets Better

More than one year into the COVID-19 pandemic, over 3.5 million people have died around the world, including nearly 500,000 in the United States. Historian and writer John Barry says the highly transmissible Delta variant of the coronavirus was a predictable development based on how previous pandemics have developed. “This is not unusual, what we’re …
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“The Second”: Carol Anderson on the Racist History Behind the Constitutional Right to Bear Arms

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org. I’m Amy Goodman. As gun violence soars in the United States, we spend the rest of the hour looking at the Second Amendment and its racist roots. Democracy Now!’s Nermeen Shaikh and I recently interviewed …
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“The Hill We Climb, If Only We Dare It”: Watch Amanda Gorman, Youngest Inaugural Poet in U.S. History

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: We turn now to poet Amanda Gorman. In January, she became the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history when she spoke at the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. She was 22 years old when she …
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Government gives Serco Test and Trace contract worth millions despite a history of failure

Support us and go ad-free Outsourcing giant Serco has won a new contract worth up to £322m to continue running coronavirus (Covid-19) testing sites for another year. Bosses said they signed a new deal with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to operate regional, local, and mobile testing centres in England and Northern …
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‘Ideological reasons’ behind lack of Black history in schools, MP says

Support us and go ad-free “Historic amnesia” around Britain’s colonial past on the syllabus is a “blatant political function” to divide the working classes, an MP has said. Labour MP for Streatham Bell Ribeiro-Addy made the comments during a debate about the teaching of Black history after a petition demanding it become a mandatory part …
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Matt Hancock dismisses PM’s ‘hopeless’ jibe as ancient history

Support us and go ad-free Health secretary Matt Hancock has dismissed Boris Johnson’s claims that he was “hopeless” as “ancient history”. The prime minister’s former top adviser Dominic Cummings last week released WhatsApp messages from the early days of the pandemic in which Johnson was highly critical of the health secretary. In one exchange about …
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