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VIDEO: Democracy Now! and Riverkeeper Tour NYC Waterfront After Superstorm Sandy, Sewage Leaks

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Many of the East Coast’s waste treatment plants failed during Superstorm Sandy, causing them to release thousands of gallons of raw sewage into the area’s waterways. In this video report, Democracy Now! teams up with the watchdog group Riverkeeper to tour New York City’s industrial waterfront four day after the storm, and find mixed results from water samples taken along the way. [includes rush transcript]

November 09, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Hurricane Sandy, Water, John Lipscomb, Phillip Musegaas

ELECTION NIGHT SPECIAL: JOIN DEMOCRACY NOW! 7pm–1am ET TV, Radio and Live Video Stream

Tune in Tuesday night from 7pm to 1am ET for Democracy Now!’s live special coverage of the 2012 election. Amy Goodman and Juan González, along with investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill, will offer real-time results from presidential and congressional races, and bring you coverage of voter suppression efforts and key issues in the race. Correspondents and guests will join us from Florida, Ohio, Colorado, Virginia, Massachusetts, Washington, D.C., New York City and more.

November 05, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Election 2012

Thousands Held in NYC Jail Will Not Be Evacuated Even As Surrounding Areas Face Storm Surge

New York City authorities promise the island home to 12,000 New York City prisoners sits on land high enough to withstand a Category 4 hurricane. But advocates told Democracy Now! they are still concerned that Rikers Island is not being evacuated, given the size of the Frankenstorm that is Hurricane Sandy. They also point to prison officials’ failure to communicate clearly with inmates and their families last year during Hurricane Irene.

October 29, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Hurricane, New York, Jean Casella, Lisa Ortega

Mayor Chokwe Lumumba: A Life of Struggle, a Legacy of Progress

The world lost a visionary activist this week, with the death of Chokwe Lumumba, the newly elected mayor of Jackson, Miss.

February 27, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, African-American History, Mississippi, Civil Rights

WATCH: Full Expanding the Debate Special on Foreign Policy Featuring Jill Stein, Rocky Anderson

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Watch our full three-and-a-half-hour "Expanding the Debate" special featuring Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein and Justice Party nominee Rocky Anderson responding to the same questions posed to President Obama and Mitt Romney in the final debate of the campaign. In a pre-debate discussion, we speak to Ai-jen Poo of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, University of San Francisco Professor Stephen Zunes, and Norman Solomon, co-founder of RootsAction.org. [includes rush transcript]

October 23, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Expanding The Debate, Election 2012, Green Party

Part Two: Shane Bauer: "Solitary in Iran Nearly Broke Me. Then I Went Inside America’s Prisons"

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In his first live television interview since his release from Iranian prison, journalist Shane Bauer shines the light on solitary confinement inside the California prison system. Bauer was one of three Americans detained in 2009 while hiking in Iraq’s Kurdish region near the Iranian border. He and Josh Fattal were held by Iran for 26 months, and Sarah Shourd — now Bauer’s wife — was held for 13 months, much of it in solitary confinement. [includes rush transcript]

October 22, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Solitary Confinement, Iran, Shane Bauer

Audio: Aid Boat Seized as It Approached Gaza Tells Israel: "We Are Not the Provocateurs"

We spoke with Mattias Gardell as he sailed through international waters on board the Swedish boat to Gaza, Estelle, before it was seized Saturday by the Israeli military as it attempted to break the Israeli blockade. The boat was called a "provocation" by Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations. "What is a provocation is the fact that the current right-wing Israeli government has enforced the illegal seize of Gaza," Gardell told Democracy Now! [includes rush transcript]

Watch Amy Goodman on teleSUR Friday Night, Oct. 19

Amy Goodman will be interviewed on the program "Cruce de Palabras" airing on teleSUR Friday, Oct. 19.

October 19, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

WATCH: Three-Hour Democracy Now! Debate Special from Hofstra University

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On the night of the second presidential debate at Hofstra University, Democracy Now! did a special broadcast from the campus, near the official debate hall. We aired the entire President Obama-Mitt Romney debate live and spoke with students and local residents about the issues they wanted to hear the candidates address. [includes rush transcript]

October 17, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Election 2012, Expanding The Debate, Mitt Romney, Obama

Part Two: Camila Vallejo & Noam Titelman on Massive Chilean Student Protests, Post-Pinochet Chile

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Part two of our conversation with two of Chile’s most recognizable student protest leaders: Camila Vallejo and Noam Titelman. They are in the United States, in part to receive the 2012 Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award, which is given by the Institute for Policy Studies. [includes rush transcript]

October 17, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Chile, Camila Vallejo, Noam Titelman, Marcial Godoy

Expanding the Debate: Upcoming Democracy Now! Election Specials

Tune in to Democracy Now! on election night for our special extended broadcast. Mark your calendars! The program will be broadcast by Free Speech TV and Link TV, and will be live streamed at DemocracyNow.org. Urge your local TV and radio stations to air the broadcast.

October 10, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, 2012 Election, Expanding The Debate

The Comcast-Time Warner Merger Threatens Democracy

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Comcast has announced it intends to merge with Time Warner Cable, joining together the largest and second-largest cable and broadband providers in the country. The merger must be approved by both the Justice Department and the FCC. Given the financial and political power of Comcast, and the Obama administration’s miserable record of protecting the public interest, the time to speak out and organize is now.

February 20, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Media Consolidation, Media Analysis

Amy Goodman’s Fireside Chat with Workers Set to Lose Their Jobs After Decades at Bain-Owned Plant

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Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman speaks with three workers at the Bain-owned Sensata Technologies factory in Freeport, Illinois, all of whom are camping in a tent city called "Bainport" across the street from the factory. Dot Turner has worked there for 43 years, Cheryl Randecker for 33 years, and Bonnie Borman for 23 years. All three will lose their jobs in November. [includes rush transcript]

September 20, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, 2012 Election, Election 2012, Mitt Romney, Economy

Expanding the Debate–Watch Democracy Now!’s Full Three-Hour Special

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As President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney squared off in their first debate, Democracy Now! aired a three-hour special, Expanding the Debate. We aired the Obama/Romney debate and paused after questions to include responses from two presidential contenders who were shut out of the official debate: Jill Stein of the Green Party and Rocky Anderson of the Justice Party. [includes rush transcript]

October 04, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, 2012 Election, Green Party, Mitt Romney, Expanding The Debate

Third Party Candidates Join in Real Time on Democracy Now!’s Live Coverage of Presidential Debate

As President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney square off in their first debate tonight, Democracy Now! will broadcast live from Denver with a special expanded presidential debate from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. ET. We will air the Obama/Romney debate, pausing after questions to include equal time responses from two presidential contenders who were shut out of the official debate: Dr. Jill Stein of the Green Party and Rocky Anderson of the Justice Party.

New "Harvest of Empire" Film Examines U.S. Intervention in Latin America, Immigration Crisis

At a time of heated and divisive debate over immigration, the new 90-minute documentary "Harvest of Empire" examines the direct connection between the long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America and the immigration crisis we face today. The film opens Sept. 28 in New York City and Pasadena, CA, and is based on the groundbreaking book by award-winning journalist and Democracy Now! co-host Juan González.

September 21, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Immigration, Latin America, Juan Gonzalez, Film

Pt. 2: Eve Ensler on Her Battle with Cancer: "We Can Use Sickness as a Tool for Transformation"

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We continue our conversation with award-winning playwright — and uterine cancer survivor — Eve Ensler. After getting news she has been cancer-free for two years, Ensler describes how her struggle to survive the disease "got rid of everything that didn’t matter," and drove her to continue her work on the City of Joy, a safe haven for sexually abused women and girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo. [includes rush transcript]

September 24, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Rape, Sexual Assault, Congo, Eve Ensler

People of Color Are Losing Their Right to Vote

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan

“I found myself standing in front of railroad tracks in South Florida. I was waiting on the train to come so I could jump in front of it and end my life.” So recounted Desmond Meade, describing his life nine years ago. He was homeless, unemployed, recently released from prison and addicted to drugs and alcohol. The train never came. He crossed the tracks and checked himself into a substance-abuse program. He went on to college, and now is just months away from receiving his law degree.

February 13, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Prison, Voting, Civil Rights

Alfred McCoy: "Torture and Impunity: The U.S. Doctrine of Coercive Interrogation" (Pt. 2)

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In this online exclusive, we continue our discussion with University of Wisconsin professor Alfred McCoy on U.S. torture policy, the Obama administration’s refusal to prosecute war crimes, and new revelations that waterboarding was used more often than the government ever acknowledged. [includes rush transcript]

September 21, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Torture, Alfred McCoy

Tune in Thursday: Mother Jones Reporter David Corn to Discuss Release of Infamous Mitt Romney Video

As Romney tries to contain the fallout from the recently released secret video of his conversation with high-end donors, we’ll speak with David Corn of the magazine Mother Jones, which broke the news and posted the video online. Corn is also the author of the new book, "Showdown: The Inside Story of How Obama Fought Back Against Boehner, Cantor, and the Tea Party."

September 19, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Mitt Romney, Election 2012, 2012 Election, Obama, Taxes