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New York: Q&A with Filmmaker Andrew Rossi & Vogue’s Hamish Bowles – THE FIRST MONDAY IN MAY!

April 22, 2016 at The Paris Theatre (NYC) in New York.


THE FIRST MONDAY IN MAY follows the creation of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s most attended fashion exhibition in history, an exploration of Chinese-inspired Western fashions by Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton. With unprecedented access, Andrew Rossi (PAGE ONE: INSIDE THE NEW YORK TIMES) captures the collision of high fashion and celebrity at the Met Gala, one of the biggest global fashion events chaired by Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour. Featuring a cast of renowned artists in many fields as well as a host of contemporary pop icons, the movie dives into a debate about fashion and art.

Address: 4 W 58th St, New York
Q&A with Filmmaker Andrew Rossi & Vogue

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New York: Emergency Exit – NEW YORK CITY PREMIERE

May 02, 2016 at NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò in New York.


Ingresso Libero.
02 MAGGIO 2016 at 06:30 PM
Venue: NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò in collaboration with New York University Italian Department
New York City Premiere of
Emergency Exit – Giovani Italiani all’estero – Young Italians Abroad
(Documentary, Italy/USA, 2014, 66 min.) In ITALIAN with ENGLISH subtitles

Directed by Brunella Filì
Produced by Officinema Doc srls and Beth Di Santo

Emergency Exit is a multi-awarded documentary about Italy and the consequences that the last 20 years of politics have had on the young generation: in fact, thousands of young Italians leave their country every year; more then 70 % of them are college graduates or professionally trained. Almost forced to leave Italy due to high unemployement rate (over 46% of young population) and very preacarious job conditions, in spite of their studies and merits, they choose to move, living in a deep contrast between the desire to keep better opportunities in a global scenario and the strong attachment to their homeland’s roots and traditions. Emergency Exit is the first, multi-awarded documentary narrating their stories of “ordinary separation” directly on place.

Followed by a Q&A in english with:
Brunella Filì, director and producer
Beth di Santo, executive producer
The protagonists of the documentary in NYC

Co-produced with Giulio Bruno, Lucia Crollo
With Bill Emmott, Andrea Lodovichetti, Alessia Gatti, Chiara Bernasconi, Matteo Rignanese.
Original Soundtrack: Gioacchino Balistreri
Photography: Simone Danieli
Editing: Enrico Giovannone
Sound: Rodolfo Mongitore


“The film is the result of the urgent need for a non generic in-depth analysis on the diaspora and its consequences, listening to those directly involved, on the spot, and by giving them a voice. What happened to Italy? Is it so hard to imagine a future here? Paris, London, New York: poles of attraction where it’s possible to reorganize the pieces of a professional and cultural reality which are in conflict with one’s own aspirations and merits; young people in exile, looking for a generational identity lost between the problems of a country which seems to be economically and civilly stationary. Recovering these faraway voices is a necessary step from which to start a sincere reflection on our and future years“.

Best Foreign Language Documentary Award at Madrid International Film Festival 2014 – Golden Spike for Best Documentary at Social World Film Festival 2015 – Best Documentary Award at Safiter 2015 – Best Documentary at Foggia Film Festival. Presented at European Parliament, supported by HotDocs.

Address: 24 W 12th St, New York

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New York: IN THE MORNING (2015) Directed by Nefertite Nguvu

April 26, 2016 at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.



IN THE MORNING (2015) by Nefertite Nguvu
TUES APRIL 26, 6:30pm
Director in person!

FREE ADMISSION: RSVP to : michelle_handelman@fitnyc.edu

Fashion Institute of Technology
27th St. btwn 7th & 8th Aves.
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center
Film and Media Screening Room, Pomerantz Bldg, D207

IN THE MORNING is a feature film about love and its inevitable changes and decline. It charts the emotional anatomy of the lives, loves, infidelities, and enduring friendships of a group of inter-connected New Yorkers over the course of one day.

Set in Brooklyn,the film is a searing journey through the lives of nine smart, fiercely articulate New Yorkers. Friends: Harper, Ravi, Fez, Bly and Amara gather to bid farewell to one of their own moving abroad, and debate the compromise and loss of their youthful ideals regarding marriage, fidelity, life and
love. Two lovers: Malik and Cadence, meet to ceremoniously end a whirlwind romance that has collapsed under the weight of fears, obligations and regrets. A couple: Zuri and Leal, sift through the remains of their broken relationship as they
try to make a life altering decision. They begin to come to terms with their disintegrated trust, and the possibility of renewal. For everyone, life will be indelibly altered in the morning.

Joining Nguvu onstange will be Michelle Handelman, FIT associate professor of Film, Media, and Performing Arts for a post-screening discussion.

Organized in collaboration with the FIT Film, Media, and Performing Arts Department, The Diversity Council and the Student-Faculty Corporation.

Address: 227 W 27th St, New York
IN THE MORNING (2015) Directed by Nefertite Nguvu

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Brooklyn: Swedish Poetry at Berl’s – Börjel, Tunedal, Hayashida, Hawkey

April 28, 2016 at Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop in Brooklyn.


The Swedish poets Ida Börjel and Jenny Tunedal meet Jennifer Hayashida and Christian Hawkey for a bilingual poetry night.

Ida Börjel and Jenny Tunedal are two of the most influential and important young Swedish poets of the last decade. They are now in Brooklyn with new English translations made by Jennifer Hayashida. This night they perform together with Jennifer and Christian Hawkey, who’s been published in Sweden with the translation of “Citizen Of”.

Thursday April 28th, 7pm at Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop.

Jenny Tunedal, born 1973 in Malmö, Sweden, lives in Stockholm and works as a poet, literary critic, and translator. She teaches Creative Writing at The University of Göteborg. Her debut collection “Hejdade, hejdade sken”, was published in 2003, followed by “Kapitel ett” (2008), “Du ska också ha det bra” (2009) and “Mitt krig, sviter” (2011). Tunedal’s work draws on poems, novels, letters, diaries and non-fiction in an attempt to establish a narrative about the fragility and cruelty a human can hold. She was Editor-in-Chief of Lyrikvännen, Sweden’s oldest poetry magazine, and literary editor of the Swedish daily Aftonbladet from 2007 to 2012. Tunedal’s work as a translator includes Emily Dickinson, Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Julie Sten-Knudsen and Claudia Rankine. Her poetry has been translated into Belarusian, Polish, Danish, Slovene, Vietnamese, Arabic, Norwegian, German and Spanish.

Ida Börjel was born in 1975 in Lund, and lives in Röstånga in the rural south of Sweden. After a knee injury put an end to her basketball career, she began to write and garnered attention with her debut collection, “Sond” (2004), which received the Borås Daily Prize, as well as Katapultpriset, The Writers’ Union award, both for best debut. In 2006 Börjel published “Skåneradio”, where she deploys community discontent broadcast on local radio. In the acclaimed “Konsumentköplagen: juris lyrik” (2008), Börjel invokes consumer protection legislation to create a poetic dialogue between the Buyer and Seller. The text turns into a drama where images of the Law, authorities and consumption produce an portrait of a society where the author may be more important as a consumer than as a poet. “Konsumentköplagen: juris lyrik” has also been dramatized for theatre. In her latest book, “Ma” (2014), Börjel draws on the conceptual framework of Inger Christensen’s “Alphabet” to try to access personal and universal sorrows. In the US, translations of Börjel’s poetry have been published in “Tripwire”, and her book “Miximum Ca’Canny The Sabotage Manuals you cutta da pay, we cutta da shob” was published in translation by Jennifer Hayashida – in 2014 as a chapbook and forthcoming in 2016 in full-length form, both from Commune Editions. What distinguishes Börjel’s poetry is a curiosity for the sprawling world beyond literature, such as juridical clauses or racist radio, in a desire to create poetry that is both political and funny. With five collections of poetry she has become not only one of the country’s most important conceptual poets, but also one of the most influential Swedish poets of the last decade. Her poetry has been translated into Danish, French, Icelandic, German, Slovene, Bosnian, Serbian, Belarusian, English, Persian, Arabic and Romanian.

Jennifer Hayashida is a writer, translator, and visual artist. Her most recent projects include translation from the Swedish of Athena Farrokhzad’s “White Blight” (Argos Books) and Karl Larsson’s “Form/Force” (Black Square Editions). Her work has been published and exhibited in the U.S. and abroad, and she has received awards from, among others, PEN, the MacDowell Colony, the Jerome Foundation, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She is Director of the Asian American Studies Program at Hunter College, CUNY, and serves on the board of the Asian American Writers Workshop.

Christian Hawkey’s wry and expansive poems take a postmodern approach as they interrogate how we construct the self. His poetry collections include “The Book of Funnels” (2004) and “Citizen Of” (2007), which won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. His cross-genre, multimedia book “Ventrakl” (2010) explores the work and life of poet Georg Trakl, an Austrian Expressionist, through layers of image, text, imagined Q&A, and conceptual translation. Karla Kelsey said, “This book manages to be at the same time an overheard emotional utterance that comes from a particularly felt subjective location (that is to say, the lyric as conventionally described) and a discourse on language, identity, politics, and the making of life and of art.” Hawkey has translated the work of contemporary German poets Sabine Scho, Steffen Pop, and Daniel Falb, and has collaborated with German poet Uljana Wolf to translate the work of Austrian poet Ilse Aichinger. Hawkey’s own work has been translated into several languages. In 2000, Hawkey co-founded the literary journal jubilat. In 2012 he founded, with Rachel Levitsky, the Office of Recuperative Strategies, a research-oriented collective of activists that explores new tactics to promote the reuse, perversification, reanimation, and reparation of precarious, outmoded, and correctable cultural phenomena.His honors include awards from the Poetry Fund and the Academy of American Poets, as well as a Creative Capital Innovative Literature Award and a DAAD Fellowship. He lives in Brooklyn.

Address: 126 Front St, Brooklyn
Swedish Poetry at Berl

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Ithaca: Birth Work as Care Work: Book Launch and Discussion

May 12, 2016 at Buffalo Street Books in Ithaca.


Join author Alana Apfel in conversations about radical care from her new book Birth Work as Care Work: Stories from Activist Birth Communities. Copies will be available on the night. FREE event.

Birth Work as Care Work presents a vibrant collection of stories from the front lines of birth activist communities. The author, herself a scholar and birth justice organizer, provides a unique platform to explore the political dynamics of birth work, drawing connections between birth, reproductive labor, and the struggles of caregiving communities today. Articulating a politics of care work in and through the reproductive process, the book brings diverse voices into conversation to explore multiple possibilities and avenues for change.

“”Birth Work as Care Work introduces us to a different kind of politics, in which the moment of resistance and confrontation is not separated from the reproduction of everyday life. It is a politics whose importance is only now beginning to be recognized by many social movements: one that demands that our struggle must at all points be constructive, not only opposing institutional violence, but refashioning the social fabric of our communities, and prefiguring in its forms the world it wishes to build” – Silvia Federici (from the introduction to this work)

About the Author:

Alana Apfel is a birth worker, writer, and community gardener. She is a graduate of the Anthropology and Social Change program of the California Institute of Integral Studies. As a birth justice activist she has been involved with the San Francisco General Hospital Doula Program, BirthWays community center in Berkeley, and the growing international BirthKeepers coalition. She has interviewed and facilitated panels of birth activists across the US exploring intersections of birth, liberation politics and a reclaiming of our reproductive processes. She now lives and works in Bristol, UK, where she is part of the Positive Birth Movement and is training to be a midwife in the National Health Service. Birth Work as Care Work is her first book.

Joining Alana at this event:

Sareanda Lourdes is a mother, wildcrafter, birthworker and holistic women’s health RN providing free care through bodywork, song, and communion. She experiences the power of breath and song as the key to opening her heart. Her mother Rita fondly called her a ‘mutt’–Cherokee, French, Spanish and German–and raised her in the wilds of Northern California with a deep faith in the divine.

Polly Wood, M.F.A. Creative Inquiry: Interdisciplinary Arts, M.A. Women’s Spirituality, is a songstress, artist, ritualist and independent scholar whose work focuses on the preservation of the Sacred Feminine. Through music, performance ritual, writing, lectures and workshops, Polly’s research into women’s cross-cultural rites of passage, menstrual consciousness, global economics and the Sacred Feminine is embodied and creatively expressed.

Address: 215 N Cayuga St, Ithaca
Birth Work as Care Work: Book Launch and Discussion

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Brooklyn: BOOGARINS with The Lemon Twigs and Robert Earl Thomas (Widowspeak)

April 22, 2016 at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn.


Fernando “Dino” Almeida and Benke Ferraz began playing music together as teenagers in the central Brazilian city of Goiânia– recording psychedelic pop in their parents’ gardens, filtering their country’s rich musical history through a very modern lens. The group’s debut LP, As Plantas Que Curam, was a decidedly lo-fi home recording pieced together in isolation, before the pair had recruited a proper rhythm section or played a single gig. By the time the album was released in late 2013 on Other Music Recording Co., Boogarins were already developing a name around Goiânia, and soon after, the now-expanded band was booking regular gigs in São Paulo and across the country. The last two years have seen Boogarins on the road continually – they toured internationally for nearly six months behind their debut, playing American and European festivals from Austin Psych Fest to Burgerama to Primavera, and headlining clubs from London to Paris to Barcelona to New York, and performing alongside many great artists around the world. Back home, where most young groups sing in English like the popular American and British indie bands everyone listens to, Boogarins spoke directly to their Brazilian audience – literally and figuratively – with their Portuguese-sung rock and roll rooted in the traditions of Tropicalismo but nurtured in contemporary global music culture. Without any proper label support or PR in their own homeland, As Plantas Que Curam crossed into broader consciousness in Brazil, topping many fan and critic lists, with the group dubbed ‘Best New Artist’ in mainstream outlets like Rolling Stone Brazil and on powerhouse GloboTV’s annual music awards show, and becoming a major live draw across the country.

In the midst of their 2014 European spring tour, Boogarins made a two-week detour to Jorge Explosion’s Estudio Circo Perrotti in Gijón, Spain, where they laid down a bulk of the tracking for what was to become Manual. Recorded to tape, the sessions caught a thrilling live band in peak form after months on the road. The group then took the recordings back to Brazil, and for several months, between regular concert dates around South America, they completed the album in Benke’s home studio, adding two new songs and layers of sound and overdubs that tied the new full-band recordings to the feel of their beloved debut. While the resulting new album is undeniably Boogarins, Manual veers into far more complex musical territory, propelled by Dino and Benke’s dense, two-guitar interplay and an abundance of deep rhythms. As well, the songwriting here is more personal and socially conscious than their debut, all the while we find the band broadening their collective vision.
In yet another country greatly divided by class, where incredible wealth, conspicuous consumption and global business culture butt up against favelas and brutal poverty, the 2014 Brazil World Cup brought huge and much-needed infrastructure investment with it. Instead of uplifting the local communities, however, entire neighborhoods were pushed aside as huge developments and glassy hotels went up on beaches and in areas long-established as working-class economic and social hubs, with many losing their homes or businesses. Like millions of Brazilians including their own family and friends affected by this snowballing inequality, it deeply resonated with Boogarins, and it’s reflected throughout the new record. During album-opener “Avalanche,” Dino wishes his lone voice could shake down mountains and crush the politics of greed, singing, “My cries have the strength to knock down all of the buildings/they will not let me see the sun.”

Manual has the same dual meanings in Portuguese and English: “to work with your hands” and “an instruction book.” With the full title being Manual, ou guia livre de dissolução dos sonhos (Manual, or free guide to the dissolution of dreams), the album should more so be viewed as a sort of diary or dream journal. The artwork, by artist Nei Caetano da Silva (taken from a sketchbook in which he used to draw with his children), perfectly represents the mood of the music: deeply personal, emotional, free-flowing and in the moment, tying together thoughts and dreams. Reflecting on Boogarins’ epic journey over the last few years, during album centerpiece “Falsa Folha de Rosto” Dino sings, “viver virou sonhar” (living became dreaming). Yes, Boogarins’ new LP does indeed offer a free ride to the dissolution of your dreams.

The Lemon Twigs
Multi Instrumentalists Brian and Michael D’Addario who write and record music.

Robert Earl Thomas
Rob (from Widowspeak)

Address: 146 Broadway, Brooklyn
BOOGARINS with The Lemon Twigs and Robert Earl Thomas (Widowspeak)

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Millerton: The First Monday in May with Live Appearance by JEFF DALY

April 22, 2016 at The Moviehouse in Millerton.


After the film: Former Chief of Design of the Metropolitan Museum JEFF DALY will share stories about his years working with Costume Institute head Andrew Bolton and Anna Wintour, Diana Vreeland and others on the Met’s annual special exhibit which is always kicked off with a “party of the year” on the first Monday of May, and entertain questions from the audience.

Rated: PG13

Cast: Andrew Bolton, John Galliano, Jean-Paul Gaultier
Director: Andrew Rossi

From Andrew Rossi, Director of Page One: The New York Times, comes a documentary that follows the creation of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s most attended fashion exhibition in history, “China: Through The Looking Glass,” an exploration of Chinese-inspired Western fashions by Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton. With unprecedented access, Rossi captures the collision of high fashion and celebrity at the Met Gala, one of the biggest global fashion events chaired every year by Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour. Featuring a cast of renowned artists in many fields (including filmmaker Wong Kar Wai and fashion designers Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier and John Galliano) as well as a host of contemporary pop icons like Rihanna, the movie dives into the debate about whether fashion should be viewed as art.

Address: 48 Main St, Millerton
The First Monday in May with Live Appearance by JEFF DALY

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Brooklyn: Young Readers Book Club

April 17, 2016 at Edamama Cute Cuts & More in Brooklyn.


Hello Book Lovers,

We are super excited to bring a fun and educational experience to children in the community at Edamama’s Young Reader’s Book Club!

This book group is geared toward kids ages 9 to 12, and reads great contemporary and classic chapter books. Parents are welcome (but not required) to attend. Meetings are held in Edamama and $10 entry Fee.

First Meeting is on March 20 @ 4 PM
Book to be discussed: Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

We will meet on the fourth Sunday of each month in the bookstore @ 4 pm

Children participating in book club discussions help each other understand a text and make sense of it in a fun, educational, social experience. Children are invited to bring their experiences and feelings and build an excitement for reading together!
Children Participating in the Young Readers Book Club will:

• Deepen reading comprehension
• Exercise communication and critical thinking skills
• Construct meaning together as a group
• Debate and challenge each other
• Connect with books (and each other) on a deeper level.

The Young Readers Book Club is led by Darci Sheena, neighborhood mom and private tutor. Darci is a Certified Teacher (grades 1-6) providing tutoring services in Brooklyn. Her love of teaching comes from a love of learning, and it’s continuously driven by igniting that “spark” in the children she has the pleasure of working with. Please email to RSVP. You can buy the book and join the club online http://www.edamama.com/classes or on the phone (718) 388 3663.

Edamama Cute Cuts & More
568 union Ave
Brooklyn 11211 NY
(718) 388 3663

Address: 568 Union Ave, Brooklyn
Young Readers Book Club

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Brooklyn: The Eagle and the Wren, Vol. 26

April 24, 2016 at BookCourt in Brooklyn.


Join us for our 26th instalment, with readings by the poets Nicole Callihan, Jay Deshpande, Camonghne Felix, Rangi McNeil, and the fiction writer Michael Sharick.


Jay Deshpande is the author of Love the Stranger (YesYes Books), named one of the top debuts of 2015 by Poets & Writers. The 2015 winner of the Scotti Merrill Memorial Award, his poems have appeared in Boston Review, Sixth Finch, the PEN Poetry Series, Poem-a-Day, Prelude, and elsewhere. He lives in Brooklyn.www.jaydeshpande.com

Nicole Callihan’s work has appeared in, among others, American Poetry Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Forklift, Ohio, PANK and as a Poem-a-Day feature from the Academy of American Poets. Her books include the 2012 nonfiction Henry River Mill Village, as well as, SuperLoop, a collection of poems published in early 2014. Recently, she received, with the poet Zoë Ryder White, the 2015 Baltic Writing Residency Chapbook Contest Award for their chapbook A Study in Spring which was released by Rabbit Catastrophe Press in fall 2015. Nicole’s book, The Deeply Flawed Human, is slated for release from Deadly Chaps in July 2016. A collaborator with artists and actors throughout New York City, you can find her on the web at www.nicolecallihan.com.

Camonghne Felix is a poet, political speechwriter and essayist. She is an MA Candidate in Arts Politics at NYU, a 2012 Pushcart Prize nominee, and the 2013 recipient of the Cora Craig Award for Young Women. You can find her work in various spaces, including Youtube, and in publications like Apogee, Union Station, and Poetry. She is also the author of the chapbook Yolk, published via Penmanship Books in March 2015 and in May of that year was listed by Black Youth Project as a “Black Girl From the Future You Should Know.”

Rangi McNeil is the author of The Missing (Sheep Meadow Press, 2003) and the chapbook Occasional Poems (The Song Cave, 2015). He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Michael Sharick holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Conveyor, Lumina, and No Tokens. He serves as Technical Director for the Picasso Machinery performing arts series in Williamsburg. He tells people that he’d rather be fishing, but that’s not true—he doesn’t enjoy fishing at all. He prefers his couch. Any anyway the nanobots are coming to get you. He lives in Prospect Heights with his wife and son.

Address: 163 Court St, Brooklyn
The Eagle and the Wren, Vol. 26

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Troy: Talk with Amy Goodman

May 21, 2016 at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy.


Amy Goodman is an award-winning investigative journalist and syndicated columnist, author and host/executive producer of Democracy Now! Goodman is the first journalist to receive the Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the Alternative Nobel Prize for developing an innovative model of truly independent grassroots political journalism that brings to millions of people the alternative voices that are often excluded by the mainstream media. She is also one of the the first recipients, along with Salon.com blogger Glenn Greenwald, of the Park Center for Independent Medias Izzy Award, named for the great muckraking journalist I.F. Stone. PULSE named her one of the 20 Top Global Media Figures of 2009.

Goodman has received the American Women in Radio and Television Gracie Award; the Paley Center for Medias Shes Made It Award; and the Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship. Her reporting on East Timor and Nigeria has won numerous awards, including the George Polk Award, Robert F. Kennedy Prize for International Reporting, and the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award. She has also received awards from the Associated Press, United Press International, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and Project Censored. Goodman received the first ever Communication for Peace Award from the World Association for Christian Communication. She was recently honored by the National Council of Teachers of English with the George Orwell Award for Distinguished Contribution to Honesty and Clarity in Public Language. Goodman writes a weekly column (also produced as an audio podcast) syndicated by King Features, for which she was recognized in 2007 with the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Reporting. A collection of these columns appears in her latest book, New York Times bestseller Breaking the Sound Barrier (2009), highlighting the power of independent journalism in the struggle for a better world, one in which ordinary citizens are the true experts of their own lives and communities.

She is the co-author with her brother, journalist David Goodman, of three New York Times bestsellers, Standing Up to the Madness: Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times (2008), Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders, and the People Who Fight Back (2006) and The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers, and the Media That Love Them (2004).

Democracy Now! is an international, independent, daily news hour, hosted by award-winning journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez. By featuring a rich diversity of voices often ignored by the corporate media, Democracy Now! presents in-depth information, historical perspectives, and substantive public debate on the most pressing issues of the day.

Address: PO Box 35 / 3361 6th Ave, Troy
Talk with Amy Goodman

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