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David Goodman

Stories from "Standing Up to the Madness"

David and Amy Goodman

First anniversary of the Jamaica Plain Forum

Recordings

Improvements: Smoother, cleaner, applause mix improved, spaces added.

About the Talk

David Goodman is co-author (with sister Amy Goodman of Democracy Now) of a third book. Standing Up to the Madness,

With a wit at times comparable to David Sedaris, or Michael Moore, David Goodman relates positive stories of everyday heroes featured in their book, focusing on the Connecticut librarians locked in a room to watch their own trial, which is shrouded in court-ordered and Patriot Act decreed secrecy even as Congress hears lies that no civil rights have ever been violated under the heinous act.

One of the librarians, an outspoken leading opponent of the act, is effectively prohibited from speaking against it, as his former verbal sparring opponent (who calls the act his "mistress!" and brags that it has allowed no violations of rights,) has him gagged, in a most bizarre way, using the act itself.

Also included are a Government Scientist barred by the Bush White House from announcing an observed temerature rise, and many others.

Tech Notes

(Version 2.0) This mix is intended for moderate playback levels in a sonically reflective environment. It includes lots of lively audience response, and runs a minute or two short, after a few sentences and flubs, and lots of noises (dozens of occurences of lectern-banging, several audience coughs, repititions, flubs, false starts. etc. ) were dimmed, masked or snipped. This ProTools LE 6 edit comes from a 2-channel recording. (1 lectern, 1 ambient)

Some "gating" effect is apparent. This comes, not from automated dynamic expansion, but from the thousands of manual tweaks. It's necessary to accustom the ear to the "gating" in order to facilitate less obvious snipping, and this also hides the rather disrtacting breathing sounds. Vox has strong bass cut, slight treble boost, and some compression.)

-Please advise on spectral balance, as my monitors/room are real thumpy.

One error nobody found before I fixed was errant applause, accidentally displaced when moving tracks around. (Extra tracks are used for various tricks, mostly for cleaning.)

About the Book

The award-winning sister-brother team of Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!, and investigative journalist David Goodman traveled the country to detail the ways in which grassroots activists have taken politics out of the hands of politicians. Standing Up to the Madness tells the stories of everyday citizens who have challenged the government and prevailed. (more...buy)

Amy Goodman Stands up to The Madness

...with Boston Activists Arredondo, Madden and Soldz

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