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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! 2019-02-22 Friday

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 13:00

Democracy Now! 2019-02-22 Friday

  • Headlines for February 22, 2019
  • This Is Not Humanitarian Aid: A Maduro Critic in Venezuela Slams U.S. Plan to Push Regime Change
  • "The Green Book: Guide to Freedom": How African Americans Safely Navigated Jim Crow America

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Vandana Shiva: We Must Fight Back Against the 1 Percent to Stop the Sixth Mass Extinction

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 13:00
New research finds at least a third of the Himalayan ice cap will melt by the end of the century due to climate change, even if the world’s most ambitious environmental reforms are implemented. A report released earlier this month by the Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment warns rising temperatures in the Himalayas could lead to mass population displacements, as well as catastrophic food and water insecurity. The glaciers are a vital water source for the 250 million people who live in the Hindu Kush Himalaya range, which spans from Afghanistan to Burma. More than a billion-and-a-half people depend on the rivers that flow from the Himalayan peaks. We speak with world-renowned environmental leader and ecologist Dr. Vandana Shiva about climate change, seed sovereignty and her new book, “Oneness vs. the 1%.” Shiva is an Indian scholar, physicist, and food sovereignty and seed freedom advocate. She was was born in Doon Valley in the Himalayan foothills.

Ojibwe Author David Treuer on Retelling the History of "Indian Life Rather Than Indian Death"

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 13:00
President Trump is under fire for appearing to joke about the genocide of indigenous people as part of a racist attack on Sen. Elizabeth Warren. After Warren formally entered the 2020 presidential race, Trump tweeted, “Today Elizabeth Warren, sometimes referred to by me as Pocahontas, joined the race for President. Will she run as our first Native American presidential candidate, or has she decided that after 32 years, this is not playing so well anymore? See you on the campaign TRAIL, Liz!” Trump appeared to reference the Trail of Tears, the forced relocation in the 1830s of indigenous people from the Southeast, which killed thousands. We continue our discussion with David Treuer, author of the stunning new book, “The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee,” an examination of Native America from 1890 to the present day. The book takes its name from the 1970 classic by Dee Brown, “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,” which tells the story of the Wounded Knee massacre. Treuer’s powerful mix of memoir, extensive interview and storytelling presents decades of indigenous history that have been sidelined by the mainstream. David Treuer is Ojibwe from the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. He teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California.

Democracy Now! 2019-02-21 Thursday

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 13:00

Democracy Now! 2019-02-21 Thursday

  • Headlines for February 21, 2019
  • Ending the Punishment of Poverty: Supreme Court Rules Against High Fines & Civil Asset Forfeiture
  • Climate Denier to Head New Trump Panel Despite Once Comparing Climate Scientists to Nazis
  • The Uninhabitable Earth: Unflinching New Book Lays Out Dire Consequences of Climate Chaos

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Democracy Now! 2019-02-20 Wednesday

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 13:00

Democracy Now! 2019-02-20 Wednesday

  • Headlines for February 20, 2019
  • Trump Admin's Secretive Talks to Sell Saudi Arabia Nuclear Technology Spark New Fear of Arms Race
  • Saudi Scholar: My Father Faces the Death Penalty in Saudi Arabia for Supporting Human Rights
  • Saudis Facing Criminal Charges in the U.S. Keep Disappearing. Is the Kingdom Helping Them Escape?

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Democracy Now! 2019-02-19 Tuesday

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 13:00

Democracy Now! 2019-02-19 Tuesday

  • Headlines for February 19, 2019
  • Venezuela in Crisis: As U.S. Pushes Regime Change, Fear Grows of Civil War & Famine
  • Amazon's Defeat in NYC Galvanizes Movement to End Billion-Dollar Corporate Welfare

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Full Video: Angela Davis in Conversation with Imani Perry in Birmingham, Alabama

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 13:00
Civil rights icon and scholar Angela Davis returned to her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, over the weekend. She originally planned the visit to receive the Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award from the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, but the institute withdrew the award last month, soon after the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center sent a letter urging the board to reconsider honoring Davis due to her support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement targeting the Israeli government and Israeli institutions. Facing swift and widespread outcry, the institute then reversed its decision and reinstated the award. But Angela Davis has yet to say if she will accept it. More than 3,000 people gathered Saturday evening for an alternative event to honor Davis hosted by the Birmingham Committee for Truth and Reconciliation. The event featured a conversation between Davis and Princeton professor Imani Perry, who is also from Birmingham.

Democracy Now! 2019-02-18 Monday

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 13:00

Democracy Now! 2019-02-18 Monday

  • Headlines for February 18, 2019
  • Jewish Activists Hold Solidarity Shabbat Defending Angela Davis in Birmingham & Across U.S.
  • Angela Davis Returns to Birmingham, Reflecting on Palestinian Rights & Fight for Freedom Everywhere
  • Birmingham Civil Rights Group Reoffers Award to Angela Davis—But She Says Community Should Decide

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Democracy Now! 2019-02-15 Friday

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 13:00

Democracy Now! 2019-02-15 Friday

  • Headlines for February 15, 2019
  • Public Citizen: Trump’s National Emergency Declaration Paves Way for Sweeping Authoritarianism
  • New Interior Sec. David Bernhardt May Violate Trump's Ethics Rule on Lobbyists in His Administration
  • Immigrant Activists: Democrats Are Capitulating to Trump by Approving Border, DHS Funding
  • Asylum Seekers Are Being Imprisoned in an Abandoned Factory in Mexico Under Trump Admin Policy
  • "Agitate, Agitate, Agitate!": Great-Great-Great-Grandson Echoes Frederick Douglass on 201st Birthday
  • Ibram X. Kendi on Surviving Cancer & His Anti-Racist Reading List for Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam

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Democracy Now! 2019-02-14 Thursday

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 13:00

Democracy Now! 2019-02-14 Thursday

  • Headlines for February 14, 2019
  • Ilhan Omar Grills Venezuela Envoy Elliott Abrams on U.S.-Backed Genocide, Death Squads & Massacres
  • Roberto Lovato: Elliott Abrams Is Bringing Violence of 1980s U.S. Latin America Policy to Venezuela
  • One Year After Parkland, 1,200 More Kids Are Dead by Gunfire—But Students Still Fight for Gun Safety

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Democracy Now! 2019-02-13 Wednesday

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 13:00

Democracy Now! 2019-02-13 Wednesday

  • Headlines for February 13, 2019
  • Venezuela Accuses U.S. of Secretly Shipping Arms After Weapons Found on Plane with Possible CIA Ties
  • Atlanta School Cheating Scandal: The Untold Story of Corporate Greed & Criminalization of Teachers

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Democracy Now! 2019-02-12 Tuesday

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 13:00

Democracy Now! 2019-02-12 Tuesday

  • Headlines for February 12, 2019
  • Denver Teachers Strike over Bonus-Based Pay System, Demanding Reliable Salary Plan & Better Wages
  • Wright State Faculty Ends One of the Longest Strikes at a Public University in U.S. History
  • The End of Ice: Dahr Jamail on Climate Disruption from the Melting Himalayas to Insect Extinction

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Democracy Now! 2019-02-11 Monday

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 13:00

Democracy Now! 2019-02-11 Monday

  • Headlines for February 11, 2019
  • Glenn Greenwald: As Bezos Protests Invasion of His Privacy, Amazon Builds Global Surveillance State
  • Glenn Greenwald Defends Rep. Ilhan Omar: Criticizing Israeli Lobby & AIPAC Is Not Anti-Semitic
  • "This Is Just the Beginning": Greenwald on Rising State Violence & Homophobia in Bolsonaro's Brazil
  • Greenwald: How Can Democrats Support Trump's Push for Regime Change to Seize Venezuela’s Oil?

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Democracy Now! 2019-02-08 Friday

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 13:00

Democracy Now! 2019-02-08 Friday

  • Headlines for February 08, 2019
  • Planned Parenthood: SCOTUS Halts Louisiana Abortion Law for Now, But Roe v. Wade Fate Uncertain
  • Ocasio-Cortez & Markey Unveil Sweeping "Green New Deal" to Radically Shift U.S. Off Fossil Fuels
  • Dems Accuse Trump Admin of "State-Sponsored Child Abuse" as Separated Migrant Children Scandal Grows

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Democracy Now! 2019-02-07 Thursday

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 13:00

Democracy Now! 2019-02-07 Thursday

  • Headlines for February 07, 2019
  • Political Scientist: Blackface Is a National Problem & Virginia's Top Officials Must Step Down
  • Meet Victorina Morales, an Undocumented Immigrant Who Spent Five Years as Trump's Housekeeper

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Democracy Now! 2019-02-06 Wednesday

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 13:00

Democracy Now! 2019-02-06 Wednesday

  • Headlines for February 06, 2019
  • "Liar-in-Chief": Rep. Ilhan Omar Slams Trump's SOTU Remarks on Border, Venezuela, Israel & More
  • Ana María Archila: Brett Kavanaugh's Presence at SOTU Represented Failure of U.S. Democracy
  • Puerto Rico: Vulture Funds to Make a Killing as Judge Approves Deal to Restructure Island's Debt

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Crisis at Frigid, Dark NYC Prison: "A Choice Was Made Not to Treat People Like Human Beings"

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 13:00
This is Part 2 of our conversation with New York City Councilmember Brad Lander about the crisis at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn this weekend when reports spread widely on social media that over 1,600 prisoners were being held without heat, hot meals or electricity, including during last week’s polar vortex. Hundreds rallied throughout the weekend to protest the conditions. On Sunday afternoon, some of the protesters and family members of those incarcerated were pepper-sprayed by guards. Lander also responds to criticism of New York City’s plans to build four new jails to replace Rikers.

Democracy Now! 2019-02-05 Tuesday

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 13:00

Democracy Now! 2019-02-05 Tuesday

  • Headlines for February 05, 2019
  • What's Next for Venezuela as U.S. & Opposition Reject Negotiations Aimed to End Crisis Peacefully?
  • Trial of El Chapo Highlights Failure of U.S. War on Drugs, But Will U.S. Ever Be Held to Account?

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Democracy Now! 2019-02-04 Monday

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 13:00

Democracy Now! 2019-02-04 Monday

  • Headlines for February 04, 2019
  • Virginia Legislative Black Caucus: Governor Northam Must Resign over Blackface Yearbook Photo
  • As Virginia Governor Waffles on Blackface Yearbook Photo, NAACP Leader Calls His Apology "Invalid"
  • Historian: Americans Must Face Violent History of Blackface Amid Virginia Gov. Racist Photo Scandal
  • Lights Back On at NYC Jail After Hundreds Protest, But Prisoners Still Without Heat in Winter

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Democracy Now! 2019-02-01 Friday

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 13:00

Democracy Now! 2019-02-01 Friday

  • Headlines for February 01, 2019
  • "Do We as a Society Have a Right to Kill?": Chinonye Chukwu’s Film "Clemency" Examines Death Penalty
  • A Modern-Day Lynching?: "Always in Season" Looks at 2014 Hanging in NC & Legacy of Racial Terrorism

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