News Program Democracy Now! Celebrates 20 Years

Tonight's event on the West Coast is SRO.

DemocracyNowCoverTonight at the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz, Calif., there will be two big reasons to celebrate. This year marks the 20th anniversary of public radio-TV program Democracy Now! And Tuesday was the official publication date of a new book about the independent daily global news hour, written by co-host Amy Goodman, her brother David Goodman and program contributor Denis Moynihan. All three will be in attendance tonight for the book signing and reading event.

From the event page:

In 1996, Amy Goodman began hosting a show on Pacifica Radio called Democracy Now! to focus on the issues and movements that are too often ignored by the corporate media. Today Democracy Now! is the largest public media collaboration in the U.S., broadcasting on over 1400 public television and radio stations around the world, with millions accessing it online at democracynow.org.

This important book looks back over the past two decades of Democracy Now! and the powerful movements and charismatic leaders who are re-shaping our world. Goodman takes the reader along as she goes to where the silence is, bringing out voices from the streets of Ferguson, to Staten Island, Wall Street, South Carolina to East Timor – and other places where people are rising up to demand justice.

Amy’s brother David is a contributing writer for Mother Jones and host of radio show The Vermont Conversation. Moynihan writes a syndicated column with Amy and is the founder of community radio station KFFR 88.3 FM in Winter Park, Colo., where he lives. Goodman co-hosts Democracy Now! with Juan González.

Tonight’s event is part of expansive 100-city “Speaking Tour.”

Jacket cover courtesy: Simon & Schuster