Amy Goodman is one of very few American celebrities who owes her stardom to her role in the independent media movement. Thanks to the success of her radio program Democracy Now!, Goodman’s voice is currently heard on more than 500 public radio and television stations. With her self-titled theory “trickle-up journalism” and her show’s slogan “steal our stories,” Goodman’s modesty and tenacity color her commitment to uncover buried stories and air silenced voices.
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War, politics, adventure, literature,
and nature shine in this season’s book and lectures circuit. And
don’t forget the annual S.B. Books and Author Festival, which goes
down at the end of this month. Once again, it’s a great time to be
a reader in Santa Barbara.
A man on the precipice of death due to a massive heart attack, his life flashing before his eyes, haggling with God about getting more time as a corporeal being, accepting a challenge to save his soul-these elements are nothing new to storytelling. But this time, in Santa Barbara author Bob Mitchell’s fast-selling novel Match Made in Heaven, the challenge is playing 18 holes of golf against 18 of our world’s most famous characters, from Leonardo da Vinci and Socrates, to Pablo Picasso and Marilyn Monroe.