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  • What does it take to be a pro gamer? Esports expert William Collis charts the rise of the multibillion-dollar competitive gaming industry and breaks down three skills needed to master video games like Fortnite, League of Legends and Rocket League. And watch out, Collis says: these skills can set you up for crushing it at work, too.

  • A newly declassified U.S. intelligence report confirms Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman directly ordered the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi; The Biden administration faces criticism for bombing Syria in an attack targeting Iranian militias; The House passes a $1.9 trillion COVID relief package, and progressive Democrats call for the Senate to keep a provision for a $15/hour…

  • The FBI and New York Police Department are facing new calls to open their records into the assassination of Malcolm X after the release of a deathbed confession of a former undercover NYPD officer who admitted to being part of a conspiracy targeting Malcolm. We speak to a cousin of the former officer as well as Malcolm's daughter, Ilyasah Shabazz.

  • To futureproof your job against robots and AI, you should learn how to code, brush up on your math skills and crack open an engineering textbook, right? Wrong. In this surprisingly comforting talk, tech journalist Kevin Roose makes the case that rather than trying to compete with the machines, we should instead focus on what makes us uniquely human.

  • Pressure grows on the Biden administration to support a push by India and South Africa at the World Trade Organization to loosen intellectual property rules to make COVID-19 vaccines easier to make and distribute; As the House prepares to pass a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill, Rep. Jan Schakowsky urges her Senate colleagues not to oppose the inclusion of a $15-an-hour minimum wage hike in…

  • Corporations and big business have wrecked the environment, but disadvantaged communities living in "sacrifice zones" -- urban areas heavily polluted and poisoned by industry -- are paying the price, says climate justice leader Angela Mahecha Adrar. Explaining why racial and economic justice must be at the center of climate action, she takes us to the frontline communities that are leading the…

  • Interior Secretary nominee Deb Haaland testifies before the Senate in her bid to become the first Native American cabinet secretary in U.S. history; Asylum seekers brave freezing weather while living in tents in the refugee camp in Matamoros, Mexico, while awaiting entry into the United States; Examining the Biden administration's reversal of Trump's "Remain in Mexico" policy.

  • In the grand scheme of history, modern reality is a bizarre exception when compared to the worlds of ancient, precolonial and Indigenous civilizations, where myths ruled and gods roamed, says historian Greg Anderson. So why do Westerners today think they're right about reality and everybody else is wrong? Anderson tears into the fabric of objective reality to reveal the many universes that lie…

  • As the U.S. passes 500,000 COVID-19 deaths, we speak to New York emergency room doctor Craig Spencer about the pandemic and how to make vaccines available to more people around the world; To mark Black History Month, we remember the visionary Black science-fiction writer Octavia Butler, who gave one of her last interviews before her death to Democracy Now! in 2005, and we speak with Octavia Butler…

  • Aliens have invaded ancient history: they've cropped up in humanity's past through popular television and movies, displacing facts with absurd yet commonplace beliefs like "aliens built the pyramids." Archaeologist Sarah Kurnick illustrates why these misconceptions perpetuate racist and xenophobic notions of history and culture -- and demonstrates how you can help debunk these dangerous,…