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Top eater Takeru Kobayashi reveals harsh conditions behind Coney Island hot dog contest

For the better part of a decade, Takeru Kobayashi of Japan was the unofficial king of July 4th: his ability to eat nausea-inducing numbers of hot dogs at the annual hot dog eating contest at Coney Island drove spectators and, eventually, live nationally-televised coverage of the event. But since 2010,…

Black historian: Both blacks and whites avoid facing contraditions in society

In a blistering Independence Day weekend interview with PBS’s Bill Moyers, historian Khalil Gibran Muhammad dissected the contradictions between the American belief in equality and freedom and its actual treatment of its own citizens. Muhammad, who is the head of the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in…

Oliver Stone: Marijuana saved me from ‘becoming a beast’ in Vietnam

Speaking to the hosts of CBS This Morning on Friday about the plot of his new drug war film “Savages,” filmmaker Oliver Stone took a moment to help his interviewers understand his affinity for marijuana, saying that it helped him and many others avoid “becoming a beast” during the Vietnam…

Rebel nun: Jesus ‘spent more time with poor people than anybody else’

Tuesday night on Current TV’s “The Young Turks,” host Cenk welcomed Sister Diane Donoghue of #NunsOnTheBus, a group of progressive Catholic nuns who are traveling coast-to-coast by bus. The women are bucking the Catholic church’s male hierarchy and spreading what they hope is a message of social and economic justice…

Noam Chomsky tells Julian Assange: Humanity ‘like lemmings going over the cliff’

Despite being shut inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London while his appeal for diplomatic immunity is considered, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has published another episode of his show for Russia Today, featuring interviews with two of the world’s foremost revolutionary thinkiers: Noam Chomsky and Tariq Ali. At the conclusion of…

15 year old twins win CNN award for video on Occupy Wall Street

A video that fifteen year old twins Anna and Rachel Otto created on “Occupy Wall Street, Day 23″ has won them an award for “Compelling Imagery” in the Second Annual CNN iReport Awards. In an interview with CNN’s Randi Kaye, the two girls described how they had put together a…

LGBT activist: ‘Nowhere near close’ to achieving sexual liberation

Amber Hollibaugh, a long-time activist, told Laura Flaunders on Sunday that those with alternative sexualities were “nowhere near close” to being sexually liberated. Despite the repeal on the military policy “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and growing acceptance of same sex marriage, Hollibaugh said the LGBT movement still had a long…

Nuns protest against Rep. Paul Ryan over budget cuts

A group of Catholic Sisters drove their presidential campaign-style bus to the Wisconsin office of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R) on Wednesday to decry proposed budget cuts they say will hurt struggling families. The nuns are part of the National Catholic Social Justice Lobby (NETWORK), which recently came…

Jay Smooth: Sexist bullying must be confronted

According to New York hip-hop DJ Jay Smooth, when dudes take it upon themselves to bully a woman for her feminist viewpoints, it is incumbent upon other dudes to fight back. Take the cautionary tale of Feminist Frequency blogger Anita Sarkeesian, who recently raised nearly $160,000 for a series of…

‘The Wire’ actor says stop-and-frisk cops mistake him for a real dealer

Actor J.D. Williams, who played drug dealer Preston “Bodie” Broadus on HBO’s critically-acclaimed series The Wire, says he is often stopped by police who mistakenly recognize him as someone they’ve busted before. Capital New York caught up with Williams on Sunday while he was protesting the New York Police Department’s…

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