I was interested in her background; how had she gotten in journalism? where did she grow up? what was her family like? how is she able to do what she does?
I got to interview her, my first interview ever! I borrowed a colleague's tape recorder (you read that right, it had a cassette in it!) and ended up in a heavy metal cafe (who has ever heard of such a thing? Only at Wesleyan I guess). It was so unbearably loud in there, but I persevered, asking all the questions I could think of, as the owner of the tape recorder listened and occasionally moved the tape recorder closer to Goodman's low voice. After the interview was over, my colleague put the tape recorder next to his computer and made a faint digital recording of the interview, which i now have. The file is huge and hard to hear, but if I can manage, I'll post it. A friend of mine had a proper digital voice recorder, but after half a day of journalism workshops, it was out of battery and not an option. To get the interview, I basically caught Goodman off guard, in the bathroom, after she first arrived on campus. Before speaking to us, she darted into the restroom to freshen up, and I happened to walk in as she was standing there at the sink. I was so surprised to see her in person, but I instantly asked if I could interview her after her lecture. She agreed and said that this is definitely the way to get an interview- catch someone off guard and ask them for info/an interview/cooperation. I was hugely complimented that she said yes and was gracious enough to turn my potential faux pas into a journalistic strength. After the interview, we all had dinner, and I was sitting at the same table as her. I remember that the year before, upon hearing that a friend's grandmother was close to Goodman, I commented that I know I'll have made it when I get to have dinner with Amy Goodman. I clearly haven't made it yet, but thank God for gifts delivered early! It was an awesome day.