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Democracy Now!
Genre News program, current affairs
Running time 60 min.
Country United States
Languages English
Syndicates Pacifica Radio
Hosts Amy Goodman
Juan Gonzalez
Exec. producers Amy Goodman
Recording studio Downtown Community Television
New York City, New York
Air dates since 1996
Audio format Stereophonic
Podcast Audio
I think it's probably the most significant progressive news institution that has come around in some time.

Robert W. McChesney[1]

Democracy Now! is an independent syndicated program of news, analysis, and opinion aired by more than 700 radio, television, satellite and cable TV networks in North America. The one hour "War and Peace Report" can also be viewed every weekday online, free of charge on the official website ( Democracy Now! serves as the flagship program for the progressive-themed Pacifica Radio network and is generally considered liberal.[2][3][4][5][6]



Democracy Now! was founded in 1996 at WBAI-FM in New York City by journalists Amy Goodman, Juan Gonzalez, Larry Bensky, Salim Muwakkil, and Julie Drizin.[7] Goodman is the program's principal host, with Juan Gonzalez as frequent co-host.[8] Jeremy Scahill is a frequent contributor. Since 2008, producers Anjali Kamat and Sharif Abdel Kouddous have occasionally been featured as fill-in hosts. The Spanish version (Democracy Now! en Español) includes the daily headlines, as well as a weekly summary of the news and was begun by Andres Thomas Conteris in May 2005.

The program focuses on issues its producers consider underreported or ignored by mainstream news coverage.

Democracy Now!'s War and Peace Report provides our audience with access to people and perspectives rarely heard in the U.S.corporate-sponsored media, including independent and international journalists, ordinary people from around the world who are directly affected by U.S. foreign policy, grassroots leaders and peace activists, artists, academics and independent analysts.[8]

Goodman's tagline for the program is, "The Exception to the Rulers".


DCTV Firehouse Building.

The show was previously broadcast from Pacifica Radio's WBAI radio station in New York, and was relocated to the DCTV converted firehouse building in New York City's Chinatown during a management conflict at the station in 2000–2001. On September 14, 2001, the show became televised, expanding its reach to cable and satellite viewers.

Democracy Now! relocated from the firehouse in 2009.


Democracy Now! receives no corporate, government or Corporation for Public Broadcasting grants or funding, stating that the independence of their programming would be undermined or otherwise compromised.

Funding for Democracy Now! is primarily derived from listeners, viewers, and foundations. In 2004, Ford Foundation awarded a grant of US$150,000 "to produce, broadcast and distribute a series of radio, television and Internet reports on the media reform movement in the United States." From 2001, approximately US$350,000 in grant money was awarded by the Lannan Foundation of the family of former ITT board member J. Peter Lannan.


Democracy Now! is the flagship national program of the Pacifica Radio network on which it airs. It also airs on some NPR and community radio stations, as well as a few commercial stations (mostly those with a progressive talk radio format). The television simulcast airs on public access cable television stations; on satellite via Free Speech TV (channel 9415 on DISH Network) and Link TV (channel 375 on DirecTV, channel 9410 on DISH Network), and free-to-air on C Band.[9] Democracy Now! is available over the Internet, as both streaming audio and video, and as a podcast and torrent.


While covering the protests at the 2008 Republican National Convention, several Democracy Now! members including Amy Goodman, two producers Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar, and videographer/filmmaker Elizabeth Press were arrested by police on charges including probable cause for riot while they were videotaping arrests by police outside a house. Their press release calls the arrests of the producers unlawful and "a clear violation of the freedom of the press and the First Amendment rights."[10]


Democracy Now! and its staff have received dozens of journalism awards, including the Pinnacle Award for American Women in Radio & Television; the George Polk Award for its 1998 radio documentary Drilling and Killing: Chevron and Nigeria's Oil Dictatorship, on the Chevron Corporation and the deaths of two Nigerian villagers protesting an oil spill; and Goodman with Allan Nairn won Robert F. Kennedy Memorial's First Prize in International Radio for their 1993 report, Massacre: The Story of East Timor which involved first-hand coverage of genocide in East Timor.[11]

On October 1, 2008, Goodman was named as a recipient of the 2008 Right Livelihood Award,[12] often referred to as the "Alternative Nobel Prize",[13] in connection with her years of work establishing Democracy Now! as a major force in alternative journalism.

Notable guests, interviews, and on-air debates

See also


  1. ^ Lizzy Ratner (2005-05-05). "Amy Goodman's 'Empire'". The Nation. Retrieved 2007-03-13.  
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  7. ^ "The First Democracy Now! Show". Democracy Now!. Retrieved 2008-03-05.  
  8. ^ a b "About Democracy Now!". Democracy Now!. Retrieved 2007-05-28.  
  9. ^ "Satellite". Democracy Now!. Retrieved 2008-11-17.  
  10. ^ "Amy Goodman and Two Democracy Now! Producers Unlawfully Arrested At the RNC". Democracy Now!. Retrieved 2008-09-01.  
  11. ^ "25th Annual Awards - 1993". Robert F Kennedy Memorial. Retrieved 2007-05-28.  
  12. ^ "Amy Goodman". Right Livelihood Award. 2008. Retrieved 2009-04-28.  
  13. ^ "Right Livelihood Award". Retrieved 2009-04-28.  
  14. ^ Tariq Ali vs. Christopher Hitchens on the Occupation of Iraq: Postponed Liberation or Recolonisation?
  15. ^ Tariq Ali v. Christopher Hitchens: A Debate on the U.S. War on Iraq, the Bush-Kerry Race and the Neo-Conservative Movement.
  16. ^ Exclusive: Aristide Talks With Democracy Now! About His Return to the Caribbean.
  17. ^ a b Lori Berenson: MIT Graduate in Peruvian Prison.
  18. ^ Fmr. President Jimmy Carter on “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid,” Iraq, Greeting the Shah of Iran at the White House, Selling Weapons to Indonesia During the Occupation of East Timor, and More.
  19. ^ Hugo Chavez: “If the Imperialist Government of the White House Dares to Invade Venezuela, the War of 100 Years Will be Unleashed in South America”.
  20. ^ Alan Dershowitz (2007-05-14). "Taking the Bait". The New Republic. Retrieved 2007-06-24.  
  21. ^ Amy Goodman (2007-09-24). "Alan Greenspan vs. Naomi Klein on the Iraq War, Bush’s Tax Cuts, Economic Populism, Crony Capitalism and More". Democracy Now!. Retrieved 2008-09-16.  
    Greenspan, Alan; Goodman, Amy; Klein, Naomi. (2007) (.RAM). Democracy Now! 9/24/07. [Video]. Pacifica Radio. Retrieved 2008-09-16.  
  22. ^ Daniel Barlett, James Steele (2007-10). "Billions over Baghdad". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2008-09-16.  
  23. ^ Amy Goodman (2007-10-09). "Mr. Greenspan is Flat Wrong: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalists Respond to Alan Greenspan’s Claim that He Didn’t Know about Federal Reserve’s Role in Iraq’s Missing Billions". Democracy Now!. Retrieved 2008-09-16.  
  24. ^ Rep. Dennis Kucinich: Effort to Impeach Vice President Cheney Still Alive.
  25. ^ Bolivian President Evo Morales on Latin America, U.S. Foreign Policy and the Role of the Indigenous People of Bolivia.
  26. ^ "Honduras Coup". Democracy Now!.  

External links

Simple English

Democracy Now! is a radio and TV program that has generally liberal views.

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