From Tahrir Square to Occupy Wall Street; from the front lines of death row prisons to the COP17 Climate Change Summit in South Africa, Democracy Now! brings audiences to the frontlines of the world's most pressing and under-reported issues and events. Democracy Now! reported live from the three recent U.N. Climate Change Conferences in Cancún, Copenhagen, and Durban and the World Peoples’ Summit on Climate Change hosted by Bolivia in 2010. We have interviewed many of the world’s top scientists, policy makers, activists, indigenous leaders and academics who focus on these issues – including Bill McKibben, Frances Moore Lappé, Van Jones, Vandana Shiva, and Helen Caldicott.
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