Alan Grayson on the NSA

American As Apple Spy

Congressman Alan Grayson (D-FL) explains the scandal surrounding the National Security Agency (NSA), and his view on the matter. He describes the known public details of the program and recent American history of domestic surveillance.


Richard Wolff on Raising the U.S. Minimum Wage

Economist Richard Wolff explains how the current minimum wage offers less advantage for workers than it did decades ago, and how an increase would benefit not only low-wage employees, but the overall American economy.

Youve taken the folks at the bottom the people who work hard, full-time jobs and youve made their economic condition worse over a 50-year period, while wealth has accumulated at the top, Wolff tells Bill. What kind of a society does this?

A Professor of Economics Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, and currently Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the New School, Wolff has written many books on the effects of rampant capitalism, including Capitalism Hits the Fan: The Global Economic Meltdown and What to Do About It.


Vice: Istanbul Rising

On Friday, May 31, Turkish riot police fired tear gas and pepper spray into a peaceful protest held to save Gezi Park, one of the last green areas in central Istanbul. This set off the biggest civil uprising in the history of the Turkish Republic, calling for Prime Minister Erdogans resignation. The unrest has spread like wildfire to more than 60 cities where protests are still ongoing. We landed in Istanbul the day it all kicked off.


James Brown's Lost Interview

"Black is not a color; it's an attitude. It's the attitude of independence, respect and dignity."
- James Brown

Interview by Rocci Fisch
1984. Washington, D.C. Convention Center


Henry Rollins to Ann Coulter

Henry Rollins is an American spoken word artist, writer, journalist, publisher, actor, radio DJ, activist and former singer-songwriter. Many of you may remember him as the front man for the California punk rock band Black Flag, or from his television series The Henry Rollins Show.

Rollins has also hosted MTVs 120 Minutes, and Jackass, enjoyed a recurring dramatic role in the second season of Sons of Anarchy and has also had roles in several films. Rollins has also campaigned for various political causes in the United States, including promoting LGBT rights, World Hunger Relief, an end to war and has toured overseas with the USO (United Service Organizations) to entertain American troops.

A few years ago, as part of his Henry Rollins Show project he created a series of letters to include the one here to ultra right-wing conservative author, journalist and pundit Ann Coulter.


Totally Biased: Wyatt Cenac Interview

Wyatt Cenac stops by to chat about the intersection of comedy and news, ?uestlove, and pretending to be friends with Jay-Zall topics Kamau knows well. Except for pretending to be friends with Jay-Z, that is. Hov and Kamau go way back.*

*Not really.


Maher: Republicans Hard-On for Obama

Bill Maher took on the Republicans and their handling on all the so-called scandals the past couple of weeks.

He hits the nail on the head when he addresses the unbridled hypocrisy of Republicans and how they refuse to acknowledge the most important threat mankind has ever encountered.


Meet John Doe

A man needing money agrees to impersonate a nonexistent person who said he'd be committing suicide as a protest, and a political movement begins.


George Takei PSA: Gays Beware

Funny Or Die produced this PSA narrated by George Takei explaining that if you meet someone who opposes gay marriage in the wild, it's important to treat him or her sensitively and with restraint. And maybe expose them to snazzy bow ties and Broadway shows.

Check out the clip above to see Takei, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Brad Goreski tell explain how to treat homophobes.