Democracy Now!, hosted by Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez: Monday-Friday 8:00 AM

Democracy Now! is a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program hosted by journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez. Pioneering the largest public media collaboration in the U.S., Democracy Now! is broadcast on Pacifica, NPR, community, and college radio stations; on public access, PBS, satellite television (DISH network: Free Speech TV ch. 9415 and Link TV ch. 9410; DIRECTV: Free Speech TV ch. 348 and Link TV ch. 375); and on the internet. DN!’s podcast is one of the most popular on the web.

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. In addition, Democracy Now! hosts real debates–debates between people who substantially disagree, such as between the White House or the Pentagon spokespeople on the one hand, and grassroots activists on the other.

New stations are adding Democracy Now! to their programming schedules all the time, and there are several movements going on around the country right now to bring Democracy Now! to new communities. To find out more about these efforts, and how to get involved, click here.


For true democracy to work, people need easy access to independent, diverse sources of news and information.

But the last two decades have seen unprecedented corporate media consolidation. The U.S. media was already fairly homogeneous in the early 1980s: some fifty media conglomerates dominated all media outlets, including television, radio, newspapers, magazines, music, publishing and film. In the year 2000, just six corporations dominated the U.S. media.

In addition, corporate media outlets in the U.S. are legally responsible to their shareholders to maximize profits.

Democracy Now! is funded entirely through contributions from listeners, viewers, and foundations. We do not accept advertisers, corporate underwriting, or government funding. This allows us to maintain our independence.

    July 12th, 2022

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    July 12th, 2022

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The nationally-syndicated one hour daily public radio program “Background Briefing” with Ian Masters offers an alternative media platform in a media landscape dominated by monopolies and oligopolies following the loss of net neutrality in what could be the last frontier of non-commercial non-corporate media left in the country.
Instead of the interviewer as the anchor or media personality, the guests are the “stars” and the goal is to extract the most insightful and salient information while allowing the facts to speak for themselves and the objective truth to follow its own non-ideological course.
“Background Briefing” focuses on national security in the broadest sense going beyond defense and intelligence to encompass the soft power of cultural influence, economic strength and social justice covering everything from healthcare to human rights, the environment to enterprise, sociology to science, the law to labor, immigration to innovation, race to religion, economics to education, transportation to technology

    February 24th, 2021

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Sheri Shannon and Carol Olson host Women and Politics to bring women together to talk about how they are engaging in politics, what they want out of their representatives and how women are changing communities. Women and Politics airs weekly on Thursdays at noon on WRIR-LP 97.3 FM and streams on

You can find host Sheri Shannon at @sherishannon27 and host/producer Carol at: @carololson

You can find the show on social media at:

Twitter @women_politics_




    May 7th, 2020

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2 hours of rotating science, food justice and green news shows, including Got Science?, Planetary Radio, Raging Skillet, and Food Sleuth Radio.

    September 15th, 2019

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WRIR Presents is a show where anything goes. Curated by VCPP/WRIR President Melissa Vaughn, it is a spot for shows we don’t play on the regular newstalk schedule, one offs, new and exciting topics, or passion projects by our on air volunteers. It airs every Friday morning at 10am and Melissa is always open to suggestions for what to play.


Inspire Indeed (2nd Fridays)


Death Club Radio (3rd Fridays)



    November 29th, 2018

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Rising Up With Sonali, hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar: Monday-Friday at 5:00 AM

Rising Up with Sonali is an all-women run radio and television show that brings progressive news coverage rooted in gender and racial justice to a wide audience. The radio program airs on Pacifica stations KPFA and KPFK, and several affiliate stations. The television show will soon begin airing on Free Speech TV (Dish Network, DirecTV, Roku).

Broadcasting from Los Angeles, California, Rising Up with Sonali is made possible by Pacifica station KPFK and the radio version is available to Pacifica affiliate stations via Audioport.

Sonali Kolhatkar is the host and creator of Rising Up with Sonali, a new program built on the foundation of her earlier show, Uprising, which became the longest running drive-time radio show on KPFK in Los Angeles hosted by a woman. Uprising also aired on KPFA in Berkeley and on Free Speech TV.

She has won numerous awards including Best TV Anchor from the LA Press Club, and also been nominated as Best Radio Anchor 4 years in a row. She is a weekly columnist for, and an op-ed writer for teleSUR English. She is the author of Bleeding Afghanistan: Washington, Warlords, and the Propaganda of Silence, and the co-Director of the non-profit group, Afghan Women’s Mission.

She has a Masters in Astronomy from the University of Hawaii, and two undergraduate degrees in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Texas at Austin. Watch her 2014 Tedx talk, My journey from astrophysicist to radio host. Originally from India and born and raised in the United Arab Emirates, she is also an artist and chef and lives with her husband and two children in Pasadena, California. Visit her personal website,

    May 13th, 2017

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Race Capitol, hosted by Chelsea Higgs Wise and Produced by Cat Modlin-Jackson, Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m.

Race Capitol is a bi-weekly show hosted by Chelsea Higgs Wise and produced by Cat Modlin-Jackson. The two millennials invite guests with a diverse range of expertise to chat on the region’s history and also commentate on the current shenanigans. Race Capitol is here to interrogate the place, space and time, all in the former capital of the Confederacy.

    November 8th, 2015

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