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The 2004 Democratic National Convention Live coverage of the Democratic National Convention will run from Monday, July 26 through Thursday, July 29, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Coverage is brought to you by member station WBUR in Boston and NPR.

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Monday, July 26

The Kerry-Edwards Plan for America's Future

Hear First Hour of the Convention, Including Al Gore's Speech


Hear the Second Hour, Including Jimmy Carter


Hear the Third Hour, Including Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton


Hear Bill Clinton's Speech in Full

  • Kendrick Meek, U.S. Representative from Florida
  • Thomas Menino, Mayor of Boston
  • Jim Turner, U.S. Representative from Texas
  • Steny Hoyer, U.S. Representative from Maryland, Democratic Whip
  • Terry McAuliffe, Chairman of the Democratic Party
  • Al Gore, Former Vice President of the United States
  • Barbara Mikulski, U.S. Senator from Maryland (joined by all Women Senators)
  • Jimmy Carter, Former President of the United States
  • Stephanie Tubbs Jones, U.S. Representative from Ohio
  • Tammy Baldwin, U.S. Representative from Wisconsin
  • Robert Menendez, U.S. Representative from New Jersey
  • David Alston, Vietnam Swift Boat Crewmate of John Kerry
  • Hillary Clinton, U.S. Senator from New York
  • Bill Clinton, Former President of the United States

Tuesday, July 27

A Lifetime of Strength & Service

Hear Tuesday's First Hour: Kennedy, Gephardt, Daschle


Hear Tuesday's Second Hour: Christie Vilsack, Barack Obama


Hear Tuesday's Third Hour: Ron Reagan, Teresa Heinz Kerry


Hear Kennedy's Speech in Full


Hear Dean's Speech in Full


Hear Obama's Speech in Full


  • Mike Honda, U.S. Representative from California
  • James Forbes, Senior Minister at Riverside Church, New York City
  • Ted Kennedy, U.S. Senator from Massachusetts
  • Richard Gephardt, U.S. Representative from Missouri, 2004 Presidential Candidate
  • Tom Daschle, U.S. Senator from South Dakota, Democratic Leader
  • Carol Moseley-Braun, Former U.S. Senator from Illinois, 2004 Presidential Candidate
  • Howard Dean, Former Governor of Vermont, 2004 Presidential Candidate
  • Christie Vilsack, First Lady of Iowa
  • Janet Napolitano, Governor of Arizona
  • Richard Durbin, U.S. Senator from Illinois
  • Barack Obama, Keynote Speaker, State Senator from Illinois, U.S. Senate Candidate
  • Jim Langevin, U.S. Representative from Rhode Island
  • Ron Reagan, Son of former President Ronald Reagan
  • Ilana Wexler, 13-Year-Old Founder of Kids for Kerry
  • Chris Heinz, Stepson of John Kerry
  • Teresa Heinz Kerry, Wife of John Kerry

Wednesday, July 28

A Stronger More Secure America

Hear Wednesday's First Hour: Sharpton, Rendell and Richardson


Hear Wednesday's Second Hour: Granholm, Shalikashvili


Hear Wednesday's Third Hour: Elizabeth Edwards, John Edwards


Hear Sharpton's Speech in Full


Hear Edwards' Speech in Full


  • Martin O'Malley, Mayor of Baltimore, Maryland
  • Greg Meeks, U.S. Representative from New York
  • Harry Reid, U.S. Senator from Nevada
  • Dennis Kucinich, U.S. Representative from Ohio, 2004 Presidential Candidate
  • Elijah Cummings, U.S. Representative from Maryland
  • Steve Brozak, Ret. Lt. Col., USMC, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New Jersey
  • Al Sharpton, 2004 Presidential Candidate
  • Bob Graham, U.S. Senator from Florida, 2004 Presidential Candidate
  • Ed Rendell, Governor of Pennsylvania
  • Bill Richardson, Governor of New Mexico
  • Jennifer Granholm, Governor of Michigan
  • Cate Edwards, Daughter of John Edwards
  • Elizabeth Edwards, Wife of John Edwards
  • John Edwards, Democratic Vice Presidential Nominee

Thursday, July 29

Stronger at Home, Respected in the World

Hear Thursday's First Hour: Wesley Clark, Madeleine Albright


Hear Thursday's Second Hour: Kerry Daughters and Max Cleland


Hear Thursday's Third Hour: John Kerry's Acceptance Speech


Hear Kerry's Speech in Full


  • Louise Slaughter, U.S. Representative from New York (joined by Congressional Women)
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton, U.S. Representative from the District of Columbia
  • Mark Warner, Governor of Virginia
  • James Clyburn, U.S. Representative from South Carolina
  • Juanita Millender-McDonald, U.S. Representative from California
  • Ed Markey, U.S. Representative from Massachusetts
  • John Sweeney, President of AFL-CIO
  • Joe Biden, U.S. Senator from Delaware
  • Wesley Clark, Four Star General, 2004 Presidential Candidate
  • Joe Lieberman, U.S. Senator from Connecticut, 2004 Presidential Candidate
  • Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Representative from California, Democratic Leader
  • Madeline Albright, Former Secretary of State
  • Vanessa Kerry, Daughter of John Kerry
  • Alexandra Kerry, Daughter of John Kerry
  • Jim Rassman, Green Beret rescued by John Kerry in Vietnam
  • Max Cleland, Former U.S. Senator from Georgia
  • John Kerry, 2004 Democratic Presidential Nominee

Source: Democratic National Convention Committee



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High-Anxiety Election: Good News for Incumbents

Ron Elving

Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving says incumbents often benefit in uneasy times.



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Dreading a Tie Vote in the Electoral College

Ken Rudin

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A Red-Headed Star is Born

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At 12 years old, Ilana Wexler is one of the youngest speakers at the Democratic convention. Wexler had the delegates shouting about Vice President Cheney, NPR's Tovia Smith says.


In Their Own Words

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Compare President Bush and Sen. John Kerry on the issues.


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