Monday, November 3, 2008

03 Nov 2008: Today's Democracy Now!

On Eve of Election Day, Is the Nation's Voting System Ready? Reports of Irregularities Pour in From Across U.S. in Record Early Voting
Election Day is one day away. Tomorrow tens of millions of Americans will head to the polls. Is the nation’s voting system ready for the unprecedented turnout? In record early voting, more votes have been cast before Election Day than ever before. Already, reports of voting irregularities, long lines, malfunctioning machines and badly managed polling stations are pouring in from across the country. We speak to NYU professor Mark Crispin Miller, author of “Loser Take All: Election Fraud and the Subversion of Democracy.”

California Attorney General vs. Drug Policy Alliance: A Debate on California's Prop 5
Voters in 35 states will be casting their ballot for more than the next President of this country Tuesday. They will also be deciding on more than 150 ballot initiatives in states across the country. We look at one of the most closely watched: Proposition 5 in California–the Nonviolent Offender Rehabilitation Act. We host a debate with California state Attorney General Jerry Brown and Ethan Nadelmann of the Drug Policy Alliance.

Studs Terkel 1912-2008: Beloved Oral Historian and Broadcaster Dies at 96
The legendary radio broadcaster, writer, oral historian, raconteur and chronicler of our times, Studs Terkel, died Friday at the age of ninety-six in his home town of Chicago. Over the years, Terkel has been a regular guest on Democracy Now! In 2005, he appeared on the show shortly after undergoing open heart surgery. “My curiosity is what saw me through," Terkel said. "What would the world be like, or will there be a world? And so, that’s my epitaph. I have it all set. Curiosity did not kill this cat. And it’s curiosity, I think, that has saved me thus far.” [includes rush transcript]

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