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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! 2018-09-25 Tuesday||Amid new allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh we speak with "Me Too" movement founder Tarana Burke; journalist Marcy Wheeler on the state of Mueller’s Russia probe; Naomi Klein on Puerto Rico’s recovery one year after Hurricane Maria.||9/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDemocracy Now! 2018-09-24 Monday||Rewire.News editor Jodi Jacobson on new sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh; Holton-Arms School alumnae rally in support of Dr. Blasey Ford; historian Barbara Ransby on a 1991 Black feminist campaign supporting Anita Hill.||9/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDr. Barbara Ransby: 27 Years After Attacks on Anita Hill, Patriarchy & Misogyny Are "Alive and Well"||We continue our interview with historian and activist Barbara Ransby, who in 1991 spearheaded a manifesto in support of Anita Hill that was signed by nearly 1,600 black feminists organized as “African American Women in Defense of Ourselves.”||9/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDemocracy Now! 2018-09-21 Friday||We spend the hour with Michael Moore, whose new film Fahrenheit 11/9 premieres today. In it, Moore crosses the country, documenting not only the rise of Trumpism but also the teachers' strikes, family separations, inequality and the Flint water crisis.||9/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDemocracy Now! 2018-09-20 Thursday||Reporter Sarah Posner on the secret network of right-wing activists shaping Brett Kavanaugh's image; two women transported by sheriff's deputies die in South Carolina floodwaters; Shane Bauer’s new book examines the business of private prisons.||9/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Business of Punishment: How Forced Prison Labor Has Generated Revenue Since the Colonial Era||We continue our interview with award-winning journalist Shane Bauer about his new book, “American Prison,” which dives deep into the profit-earning motives of U.S. prisons.||9/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDemocracy Now! 2018-09-19 Wednesday||Michael Moore on Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh; Rev. William Barber on how the poor are suffering after Hurricane Florence; Amnesty International says Trump's new refugee cap is a matter of life and death.||9/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDemocracy Now! 2018-09-18 Tuesday||The Intercept’s Ryan Grim reports on assault accusations against Brett Kavanaugh; immigrants seeking aid after Florence fear deportation; 7 years after Occupy Wall Street, author and activist Nathan Schneider talks about the cooperative movement.||9/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDemocracy Now! 2018-09-17 Monday||Slate's Dahlia Lithwick says "Our System Is Too Broken to Assess the Sexual Assault Claim Against Kavanaugh”; Facebook declares a Think Progress report “fake news”; Botham Shem Jean’s family lawyer says police are smearing him to protect his killer.||9/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDemocracy Now! 2018-09-14 Friday||Indigenous and climate justice activists protest outside and inside the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco; plus, we host debates on two systems proposed as climate change solutions: cap-and-trade and geoengineering.||9/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDemocracy Now! 2018-09-13 Thursday||As Hurricane Florence heads towards the Carolinas, activists are concerned that animal waste from industrial hog farms and coal ash ponds could pollute waterways; author Bill McKibben discusses why climate change action needs more urgency.||9/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDemocracy Now! 2018-09-12 Wednesday||20 percent of firefighters battling California wildfires are prisoners paid just $1/hour. We visit a fire camp to talk to some of them; then, journalist Antonia Juhasz explains her new investigation into the deadly work of building oil pipelines.||9/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDemocracy Now! 2018-09-11 Tuesday||A Category 4 hurricane is barreling toward the Carolinas, supercharged by climate change; John Bolton threatens the International Criminal Court; the U.S. punishes the Palestine Liberation Organization; Serena Williams faces a double standard.||9/11/2018||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.