( September 24, 2013, New York City, Sri Lanka Guardian) On this special holiday edition of Democracy Now!, we spend the hour in an extended conversation with one of the leading dissidents and scholars in the United States, and that is Noam Chomsky. He is a professor of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of Hegemony or Survival: America’s Quest For Global Dominance, 9-11, Power and Terror and dozens of other books. Noam Chomsky has appeared on this program many times over the past 8 years speaking about US foreign policy, occupation, war and resistance. Today we wanted to bring you some of Noam Chomsky’s personal story.