Normally, I don't really do heroes and heroines. The cult of celebrity has become an obnoxious sideshow in modern life, so that things that really matter are often smothered by tittle tattle about nobodies like the Kardashians.
However, over the past year or so I have become quite a fan of an American political reporter called Amy Goodman. She heads up a show called "Democracy Now!" which puts a very different slant on political, social and environmental happenings - principally though not exclusively in The United States. I find it very refreshing.
This show is the obverse of "Fox News". It investigates police shootings, environmental disasters and of course shadows the latest moves of the Trump administration. Interviewees are given time to explain themselves properly because "Democracy Now!" isn't looking to muster trite soundbites. Instead, it seeks to get at the truth.
Amy Goodman has a calm, pleasant and dignified manner but underneath that you detect someone who is passionate about social and environmental justice. In her questioning she can be like a dog with a bone but she is always respectful of those she quizzes.
"Democracy Now!" has taught me a lot about ordinary American life behind the gloss, putting a different slant on things. I usually watch it on our local TV channel - "Sheffield Live" but it is also available to view over the internet. Go here. To see the latest show go to "Daily Shows" on the top bar.