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Breaking The Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman
Haymarket Books, November 30, 2008, $16.00

Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now! launched her new book Breaking The Sound Barrier at an event co-hosted by community radio stations CJSF, Co-op Radio and CiTR in Vancouver, B.C. last night. Despite being detained by Canadian border services delaying her book launch by over an hour Amy Goodman delivered an impassioned lecture to a standing room only audience.

Goodman’s 90-minute lecture touched on topics including the U.S. health care debate, the recent death of her mother, her arrest at the Republican National Convention, the importance of independent media, the upcoming summit in Copenhagen and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In this excerpt from her lecture, Amy Goodman discusses her detention at the Canadian border, Kiefer Sutherland and the American series 24, the grandfather of Canadian health care and the U.S. health care debates.


The audio of Goodman’s complete lecture is now featured in the book lounge.

Reporters with the Media Co-op captured Mordechai Briemberg’s announcement of Amy Goodman’s detention on video last night.

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Alex Samur

Alex Samur

Alexandra Samur was’s managing editor from 2010 to 2012, books and blogs editor from 2007 to 2012. Alex’s career in independent media spans more than a decade and includes stints...