Dear Democracy Now! Visitor: We are an independent, ad-free daily news program that serves millions of viewers and listeners each month. Our show is special because we make it our priority to go where the silence is. We put a spotlight on corporate and government abuses of power and lift up the stories of ordinary people working to make change in extraordinary times. We do all of this with just a fraction of the budget and staff of a commercial news show. We do it without ads, corporate sponsorship or government funding. How is this possible? Only with your support. If everyone who visited our website in the next week donated just $15, we would cover all of our operating costs for the year. We can't do it without you. Please donate today. It takes just a couple of minutes to do your part to make sure Democracy Now! is there for you and everybody else.

Your Donation: $

Friday, August 15, 2003

download:   Video Get CD/DVD More Formats
  • The Blackout of 2003: Democracy Now! Broadcasts By Candlelight in NYC

    Candlelight

    The nation’s largest blackout ever leaves tens of millions without power. The lights are out in New York City, Toronto, Cleveland, Ottawa, Detroit. Deregulation of the energy is cited by some as possible cause of the massive blackout. Democracy Now! broadcasts a blackout special powered by a gas generator. [Includes transcript]

  • Iraq: Protests Erupt in Basra Over Lack of Electricity

    Basraprotest

    We go to Baghdad to speak with Guardian reporter Jamie Wilson. He recently wrote an article titled "Basra simmers in the heat while tempers boil over" that looks at the constant blackouts in post-Hussein Iraq. He talks about how Iraqis understand all too well what New Yorkers are going through now. [Includes transcript]

  • George Monbiot: Climate Change Threatens the Future of Humanity, but we Refuse to Respond Rationally

    Monbiot

    In the United States millions are without power. Europe is suffering from a record heat wave. In France, the government estimates up to 3,000 people may have died from conditions connected to the heat wave. We talk to George Monbiot on climate change. [Includes transcript]

  • The Democracy Now! Staff Talks About the Blackout of 2003

    Staff_bo

    A dozen members of the Democracy Now! staff made it into our Firehouse studios by foot, bike and taxi to produce the radio and tv show by candlelight. Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman talks with the staff. [Includes transcript]