Goodman, the host and executive producer of "Democracy Now!" a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing on over 1,400 public television and radio stations worldwide, is a force of nature and superhero of progressive journalism. Her current whirlwind schedule involves book events, nightly lectures, and morning productions of her daily newscast "Democracy Now!"
We caught up with her last Thursday on the phone while she was in Arizona to discuss her work schedule, bias in journalism, and the state of American democracy. Some 15 minutes later Goodman broke in mid-question: “I'm going to have to go,” she said. "I'm incredibly sorry, because they're pounding at the door to say I have to move on." And with that, my phone clicked and she was gone.
Goodman comes to Atlanta on Tuesday for a benefit for Atlanta’s other progressive superheroes WRFG (89.3-FM), which broadcasts "Democracy Now!" weekdays from 5 to 6 pm. She will give a talk followed by a book signing ($10. The event goes from 7- 9 p.m.
Tues., May 3. First Iconium Baptist Church, 542 Moreland Avenue SE.) Or buy Goodman's new book Democracy Now!: Twenty Years Covering the Movements Changing America
and hang out with her and co-authors Denis Moynihan and David Goodman at the VIP reception from 5-6:30 p.m. for $50. Why not? She is a legend and it benefits a good cause.
If you have never listened to "Democracy Now!
," give it a listen. Your idea of media and journalism might be forever changed. An edited and condensed transcript of our conversation is below.
: What is a day in your life like when you're on the road?
It's actually very interesting, because everyday we are traveling we're also broadcasting the show from wherever we are. Today, it was at Northern Arizona University and the students were our crew. The show began at 5 [a.m.] because it's 8 eastern standard time, and we not only talk about global issues but also what's happening locally. It so happens, this week eight students were arrested as they occupied an administration building calling for the university to divest from fossil fuels and that protest is ongoing. We just bring out the issues wherever we are.
"I’m in Flagstaff. We just finished our broadcast, did an event here last night. In a few minutes, we race off to ...." As Amy Goodman runs off a stream of American cities where she will appear in the next few days as part of her 100-city book tour, she sounds surprised that she even remembers them all.