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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.
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Democracy Now! 2018-04-19 Thursday

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Democracy Now! Thursday, April 19, 2018

Democracy Now! 2018-04-18 Wednesday

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:00
Democracy Now! Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Democracy Now! 2018-04-17 Tuesday

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 12:00

Democracy Now! 2018-04-17 Tuesday

  • Headlines for April 17, 2018
  • Trump's Legal Worries Grow as Judge Rejects Effort for President to Review Docs Seized in FBI Raid
  • Deadliest U.S. Prison Riot in 25 Years Shines Light on Inhumane Conditions in Prisons Across Nation
  • Hip-Hop Artist Kendrick Lamar Makes History by Winning Pulitzer Prize

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Parents of Saheed Vassell, Shot Dead by NYPD, Demand the Release of All Surveillance Video

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 12:00
We continue our conversation with the parents of Saheed Vassell who are calling for justice after New York police officers responding to a 911 call shot dead their son, an unarmed, mentally troubled African-American man, on a street corner in Brooklyn on April 5. At the time of his death, Vassell was holding a metal pipe that police say they mistook it for a gun. The NYPD said four officers—three in plainclothes and one uniformed—fired 10 rounds at Vassell, a Jamaican immigrant. None of the officers who opened fire were wearing body cameras. The Vassell family is now calling for the release of all unedited video from the area leading up to and during the shooting.

Democracy Now! 2018-04-16 Monday

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 12:00
Democracy Now! Monday, April 16, 2018

Democracy Now! 2018-04-13 Friday

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 12:00
Democracy Now! Friday, April 13, 2018

Democracy Now! 2018-04-12 Thursday

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 12:00
Democracy Now! Thursday, April 12, 2018

Web Bonus: How "Vulture" Hedge Funds Are Killing Off the Newspaper Industry

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 12:00
Extended discussion looking at how The Denver Post has launched a revolt against its owner: New York-based hedge fund Alden Global Capital. On Sunday, The Denver Post’s editorial board published a lead editorial headlined “As vultures circle, The Denver Post must be saved.” Alden Global Capital is the parent company of Digital First Media, one of the country’s largest newspaper chains. We speak to former Denver Post editor Ricardo Baca.

Exclusivo: Lula no Democracy Now! (Em Português)

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 12:00
No dia 19 de março o Democracy Now! colocou no ar uma entrevista exclusiva com o ex-presidente brasileiro Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Três semanas depois disso Lula foi preso, o que potencialmente acaba com seus planos de concorrer às eleições deste ano. No ano passado a presidenta afastada Dilma Roussef disse, “O primeiro capítulo do golpe foi o meu impeachment. Mas existe um segundo capítulo, que é não permitir que o Lula seja candidato nas eleições deste ano”. Nós conversamos com Lula sobre as controversas acusações de corrupção contra ele, sobre o recente assassinato da vereadora do Rio de Janeiro, Marielle Franco, sobre o 15° aniversário da invasão norte-americana ao Iraque e outros temas. Click here to see the English-version of the interview and to read the transcript

Democracy Now! 2018-04-11 Wednesday

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 12:00
Democracy Now! Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Sudanese-American Musician Sinkane in Conversation & Performance

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 12:00
Musician Ahmed Gallab, aka Sinkane, recently stopped by the Democracy Now! studios to perform and talk about making music as a Sudanese-American artist in the age of Trump. The influential music site Pitchfork described Gallab’s music, saying, “If any artist deserves to swerve around a borderless Earth with a real World Passport, it’s the London-born, Sudanese artist Ahmed Gallab. Listen to his catalog under the Sinkane moniker and you’ll hear fragments of sub-Saharan pop, shoegaze, afro-rock, electronica, krautrock, and everything in between—all melded into his own funky blend.” Ahmed Gallab also heads the Atomic Bomb! Band, which pays tribute to the legendary Nigerian funk musician William Onyeabor.

Democracy Now! 2018-04-10 Tuesday

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 12:00
Democracy Now! Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Democracy Now! 2018-04-09 Monday

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 12:00
Democracy Now! Monday, April 9, 2018

Judge Halts Release of Herman Bell Despite NY’s Attempts to Parole More Low-Risk, Elderly Prisoners

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 12:00
We continue to look at how a judge in New York has suspended the release of Herman Bell, a 70-year-old prisoner who has been granted parole after 45 years in prison. Bell was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for the killing of two New York City police officers in 1971. At the time, he was a member of the Black Liberation Army and a former Black Panther. Since then, he has mentored thousands of young men while behind bars and kept a clean disciplinary record. State-mandated tests show he would pose the lowest possible risk if he is allowed to re-enter society. In March, the New York Parole Board granted parole for Bell, noting he had expressed remorse and was likely to lead a “law-abiding life.” State law requires commissioners to consider such factors, but they’ve only recently started to comply. On Wednesday, a state judge agreed to hear a challenge from the widow of one of the officers, who says the board violated procedure. A hearing on the petition is set for April 13, just days before Bell’s earliest originally scheduled release date. We speak with Robert Boyle, lawyer for Herman Bell, who says the board followed the rules. We are also joined by Jose Saldaña, who was incarcerated in New York until he was released by the parole board earlier this year in January, after 38 years inside. He knew Herman Bell and is now an organizer with the group RAPP, Release Aging People from Prison, who has helped push for parole reform.

Democracy Now! 2018-04-06 Friday

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 12:00
Democracy Now! Friday, April 6, 2018

How Big Wireless War-Gamed the Science on Risks, While Making Customers Addicted to Their Phones

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 12:00
We continue our conversation with Mark Hertsgaard, The Nation’s environment correspondent and investigative editor, who co-authored a major new exposé: “How Big Wireless Made Us Think That Cell Phones Are Safe.” He discusses how wireless companies “war-gamed the science” by funding friendly studies and attacking critical ones; the potential dangers of the pending expansion of 5G with the “Internet of Things”; the role of the telecommunications industry officials turned federal regulators; and how companies deliberately addicted customers to this technology through the addition of social media.

Democracy Now! 2018-04-05 Thursday

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 12:00
Democracy Now! Thursday, April 5, 2018

Democracy Now! 2018-04-04 Wednesday

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 12:00
Democracy Now! Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Web Bonus: Rev. James Lawson & Michael Honey on MLK’s Vision of Worker Solidarity & Economic Justice

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 12:00
Extended interview with Rev. James Lawson and historian Michael Honey on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Lawson is a civil rights icon who King once called “the leading theorist and strategist of nonviolence in the world.” Honey is the author of many books, his latest is out today—“To the Promised Land: Martin Luther King and the Fight for Economic Justice.”

Democracy Now! 2018-04-03 Tuesday

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 12:00
Democracy Now! Tuesday, April 3, 2018