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Democracy Now! is an independent daily TV & radio news program, hosted by award-winning journalists Amy Goodman and Juan González. We provide daily global news headlines, in-depth interviews and investigative reports without any advertisements or government funding. Our programming shines a spotlight on corporate and government abuses of power and lifts up the stories of ordinary people working to make change in extraordinary times. Democracy Now! is live weekdays at 8am ET and available 24/7 through our website and podcasts.
||CleanDemocracy Now! 2017-12-11 Monday||Accused pedophile Roy Moore and Doug Jones locked in tight race for U.S. Senate seat in Alabama; black leaders boycott civil rights museum inauguration to protest Trump’s attendance; and health and rights of farmworkers amid historic winter wildfires.||12/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAre Farmworkers & Immigrants Being Left Behind Amid Raging Southern California Wildfires?||In California, authorities have warned residents to stay inside because of the dangerous air quality caused by smoke and carcinogenic ash from the fires.||12/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDemocracy Now! 2017-12-08 Friday||Former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, ousted in a 2009 U.S.-backed coup, in an exclusive interview on the political crisis in Honduras amid the disputed presidential election; Yale psychiatrist Dr. Bandy Lee on "The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump."||12/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWatch: Colin Kaepernick Accepts Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship||Football player Colin Kaepernick accepted the Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship Tuesday night.||12/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFarmworkers, Domestic Workers & Women in Low-Wage Jobs Face Challenges Reporting Sexual Assault||Exposing the predatory behavior of powerful men like Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has helped open the space for millions to share their stories of sexual harassment and sexual violence. But while all women are at risk, women who are not public figures are often more vulnerable if they call out their abusers.||12/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Keep Our Families Together": Thousands Call on Congress to Extend TPS & Pass a "Clean DREAM Act"||Thousands rallied on Capitol Hill Wednesday, calling for Congress to stop its rollback of temporary protected status for thousands of Haitians and Nicaraguans and to pass the DREAM Act before the end of the year.||12/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDemocracy Now! 2017-12-07 Thursday||As Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital we speak with Palestinian politician Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, Budour Hassan and Jewish Voice for Peace's Rebecca Vilkomerson; and women in low-wage jobs are more vulnerable if they call out their abusers.||12/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDemocracy Now! 2017-12-06 Wednesday||As tensions between President Trump and North Korea ramp up, we speak with a former nuclear war planner who is one of the world's most famous whistleblowers: Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers. His new book is titled "The Doomsday Machine."||12/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDemocracy Now! 2017-12-05 Tuesday||The Supreme Court allows Trump's travel ban to go into effect; Trump plans to open Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments to resource extraction; police in Honduras refuse to impose a curfew amid disputed election results.||12/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDemocracy Now! 2017-12-04 Monday||Rep. Keith Ellison on GOP tax bill, Trump’s Islamophobic tweets, sexual harassment accusations against his fellow congressmembers and Honduras, where protests are escalating amid claims of vote-rigging and corruption in the presidential election.||12/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDemocracy Now! 2017-12-01 Friday||Trump's plan to replace Secretary of State Tillerson with the CIA director; National Security Adviser Flynn to plead guilty to lying to the FBI; the tax bill could open Arctic Refuge to oil drilling; U.S. forces allegedly massacred civilians in Somalia.||12/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDemocracy Now! 2017-11-30 Thursday||President Trump draws outrage for retweeting violent videos shared by Britain First, a fringe far-right group; Mehdi Hasan on Saudi Arabia's "reforms" and Trump's travel ban; Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz on the GOP tax bill.||11/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDemocracy Now! 2017-11-28 Tuesday||A look at the onerous process victims face to report a member of Congress for sexual assault; an update on the trial of 200+ people arrested at Trump's inauguration; and the U.S. Coast Guard is jailing suspected drug smugglers in "Floating Guantánamos."||11/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Absolutely essential news source - required listening
This daily program is the most important news show in North America. They frequently break (i.e. first to report) major stories, and provide perspectives and give voice to people deliberately ignored or suppressed by the corporate mainstream media, including domestic stories covered widely outside the US but blacked out at home. They have extended interviews with major figures and that are deep and unflinching. Their reporting is highly professional, in-depth, and wide-ranging, and they invite all sides of a debate to present their side of the story. The perfect antidote to the shallow, short-attention-span soundbites that pass for news in mainstream radio and TV.
A mixed bag, misses as often as it hits
I listen to the program every day, and find that at its best it can be remarkably insightful and address issues ignored by mainstream media. Other times it is incredibly self-indulgent and downright lazy. Since I have been listening (about 2 months) I found the show rarely has guests that have different viewpoints than the host. It would be interesting to have someone like Ann Coulter on the show! It would be great if the producers were reminded from time to time that it is easy to criticize but sooner or later you need to offer real ideas of your own or, well . . . shut up already!
DemocracyNow is Unique
DemocracyNow is unique because of the people who are interviewed on the show. It's not Amy Goodman giving her opinion, her role is to ask the important questions. If it can be criticized it is because most of the people interviewed are against war and in favour of peace and justice. That's certainly not a problem for me, and often they ask for comment from the other side and only get a refusal. Some of the best shows are when they do get both sides to debate, such as a recent debate between an Israeli air force captain 'refusenik' and a member of the Israeli 'Peace' party in favor of the war crimes in Lebanon continuing. Another criticism is that they focus too much on war and politics, and are not nearly critical enough of the modern medical treatment system which is currently killing as many people. Their weak treatment of the ICC 'guinea pig kids' orphanage scandal was too little, too late, for example. Medicine is equally as corrupt as politics, besieged by the forces of money, causing corruption in clinical trials, marketing of medications and so on.