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Between The Lines' 25th Anniversary

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Between The Lines Presentation at the Left Forum 2016

"How Do We Build A Mass Movement to Reverse Runaway Inequality?" with Les Leopold, author of "Runaway Inequality: An Activist's Guide to Economic Justice," Sunday, May 22, 2016 from 10 a.m.- to 12:15 p.m., Room 8.61, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York, 860 11th Ave. (Between 58th and 59th), New York City. Between The Lines' Scott Harris and Richard Hill moderated this workshop. Listen to the audio/slideshows and more from this workshop.

Can Bernie recreate the Rainbow Coalition?

Kevin Alexander Gray, civil rights and labor organizer, author and commentator, questions Bernie Sanders' ability to mobilize minority support given his early missteps and failure to build bridges to marginalized communities before launching his campaign. Gray also assesses the state of the Black Lives Matter movement and speculates on its prospects for broadening its agenda to include the full spectrum of progressive. (MP3 audio, 54:14) Please note: Raw audio, static between 3:50-5:55.

How sustainable is the recent wave of positive change?

Robert Borosage, director of Campaign for America's Future ( addresses the question: Do the recent waves of positive events represent a sea change that will continue to gather momentum? Or are they an anomaly that will be blown away in a blast of right-wing outrage? Interview conducted by Richard Hill. (MP3 audio, 28:49)

Only Activism Can Challenge America's Rigged System to Reverse Inequality and Restore Democracy

Interview with Hedrick Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning former foreign correspondent, editor and Washington Bureau chief for The New York Times (MP3 audio, 21:47)

Hedrick Smith talks about how we can restore democracy, reduce inequality and rebuild the power of the people. He is also author of many books, his latest titled, "Who Stole the American Dream?"

Between The Lines' Coverage of Ralph Nader's Convocation of the American Museum of Tort Reform in Winsted, CT Sept. 26, 2015

Convcation speeches (MP3 audio - 2.5 hours)

Patti Smith's People Have the Power (QuickTime movie-download only (raw video)

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Between The Lines' Coverage of the 2015 Left Forum

Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine held a Left Forum panel discussion:

"Successes and Challenges of Human Rights Campaigns for Publicly Financed Health Care in the U.S." on May 30, 2015

Newly added video of the health care panel

Listen to audio of the plenary sessions from the three-day weekend.

"The TPP: Capitalism on Steroids,"

MP3Economics professor Richard Wolff compares socialist and capitalist economic models, presents a new paradigm for socialist transition and debunks mainstream pundits' consignment of socialism to the "ash heap of history." He then deconstructs the argument for so-called "free trade" and analyzes the threats to working people everywhere and what is left of the American middle class by the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Interview with Between The Lines' Richard Hill on May 5, 2015.

"More Lies. More War? The Truth Behind the Iran Nuclear Scare,"

MP3Gareth Porter, award-winning investigative journalist, deconstructs the web of half-truths and outright deceptions that have tainted the debate over negotiating a peaceful resolution to the Iran nuclear issue. Interview with Between The Lines' Richard Hill, on April 7, 2015.

"Mentor, Friend and Supporter Danny Schechter Will Be Missed"

Reflections on the extraordinary life of activist, author, news analyst, documentary filmmaker and Between The Lines' friend Danny Schechter, "The News Dissector," who died on Thursday, March 19, 2015

"A Conversation with Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras on Her Documentary Film, 'CITIZEN FOUR'"

Edward Snowden via video link from Moscow joined Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras discussing Poitras' new Academy Award-nominated documentary film, "Citizen Four," at a TimesTalk event Feb. 12, 2015. Listen to an audio recording of the entire one-hour event.

"TECHNO-UTOPIANISM and the Fate of the Earth"

Selected Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine audio recordings from: The International Forum on Globalization's conference, Oct. 25, 2014, Cooper Union, New York City

"UNSTOPPABLE": Ralph Nader talk, interview July 26, 2014

Listen to Ralph Nader's 75 min. talk and interview about his new book, "Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State" at Barnes and Noble, Milford, Connecticut. Nader makes a compelling case for left-right alliances on majoritarian issues that progressives and conservatives agree on, acknowledging that individuals feel all too often that they are powerless against the big power structure. He notes that issues such as school prayer, reproductive rights and gun control are issues that the power structure depends on to keep the majority divided. The minimum wage, breaking up the big banks, Pentagon audits, health care, campaign finance reform, corporate tax inversions, Net Neutrality, fracking and GMOs are just a few examples of left-right issues discussed with the audience. He says just a fraction of the left and right – working together – can make a huge "unstoppable" political realignment in passing legislation, despite the "ick factor" of working with those whose other views they don't always agree with.

Listen to Ralph Nader's short interview on current events with Scott Harris before the booksigning.

Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine was at the Left Forum, May 30 - June 1, 2014, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York

Audio recordings from the Left Forum here.

PETE SEEGER (1919-2014): "Folk Music's Granddad Plays It Green"

Read a partial interview transcript with Pete Seeger conducted by Between The Lines' Scott Harris on June 5, 1994 and published in E: The Environmental Magazine in December 1994

Listen to the entire 30-minute interview here.

JEREMY SCAHILL: Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker "Dirty Wars"

Listen to the full interview (30:33) with Jeremy Scahill, an award-winning investigative journalist with the Nation Magazine, correspondent for Democracy Now! and author of the bestselling book, "Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army," about America's outsourcing of its military. In an exclusive interview with Counterpoint's Scott Harris on Sept. 16, 2013, Scahill talks about his latest book, "Dirty Wars, The World is a Battlefield," also made into a documentary film under the same title, and was nominated Dec. 5, 2013 for an Academy Award in the Best Documentary Feature category.

NOAM CHOMSKY: Obama Threat Against Syria Based on Maintaining U.S. 'Credibility'

Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine at the Left Forum, June 7-9, Pace University, New York City

Between The Lines' Left Forum audio coverage (more forthcoming):

Bill McKibben, environmental activist and founder of talks about the next steps in the climate change campaign

An address by Bill McKibben, founder of the grassroots climate campaign, upon receiving the annual Gandhi Peace Award from the New Haven-based group Promoting Enduring Peace on April 18 in Hamden, CT

Bill McKibben, Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College and author of a dozen books about the environment, beginning with "The End of Nature" in 1989, which is regarded as the first book for a general audience on climate change. The group he founded,, has coordinated 15,000 rallies in 189 countries since 2009. The Boston Globe said in 2010 that he was "probably the country’s most important environmentalist."

Alexis Tsipras, leader of Greece's Left Party Coalition, on "Anti-Austerity Politics in Greece, Europe and Beyond"

A talk recorded on Jan. 25, 2013 at The City University of New York, in a program sponsored by CUNY's Center for the Study of Culture, Technology, and Work.

Alexis Tsipras, a member of the Hellenic parliament, president of the Synaspismos political party since 2008, head of the SYRIZA parliamentary group since 2009, and leader of the Opposition since June 2012. SYRIZA currently leads in Greek opinion polls. Listen to the audio here.

Listen to Scott Harris Live on WPKN Radio

Between The Lines' Executive Producer Scott Harris hosts a live, weekly talk show, Counterpoint, from which some of Between The Lines' interviews are excerpted. Listen every Monday evening from 8 to 10 p.m. EDT at (Follows the 5-7 minute White Rose Calendar.)

Counterpoint in its entirety is archived after midnight ET Monday nights, and is available for at least a year following broadcast in WPKN Radio's Archives.

You can also listen to full unedited interview segments from Counterpoint, which are generally available some time the day following broadcast.

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Between The Lines Blog  BTL Blog

"Mentor, Friend and Supporter Danny Schechter Will Be Missed" by Scott Harris, March 27, 2015

"A Travesty of Reporting," by Reginald Johnson, March 22, 2015

"GOP senators defend CIA cannibalism program," by Samuel Schmaltz, Dec. 13, 2014

"Demanding Justice for Michael Brown," by Reginald Johnson, Nov. 25, 2014

"Shut Down a Cold War Relic," by Reginald Johnson, Oct. 7, 2014

"U.S. breaking the law? Who cares?" by Reginald Johnson, Sept. 2, 2014

"Warsaw Ghetto 1943 and Occupied Gaza 2014: No Valid Comparison, but Several Haunting Parallels," by Scott Harris, July 31, 2014

"Drifting Towards War?" by Reginald Johnson, May 23, 2014

"Media on Ukraine: What Happened to Journalism?" by Reginald Johnson, May 2, 2014

"Dismantling the Corporate State," by Reginald Johnson, April 8, 2014

"Talking Tough on Russia," by Reginald Johnson, March 20, 2014

"Those Lying Russians," by Reginald Johnson, March 6, 2014

Special Programming Special Programming

MP3: Glenn Greenwald delivers a keynote address at "A Conference in Defense of Civil Liberties and to End Indefinite Detention" at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain on Dec. 8, 2012.

Glenn Greenwald is a columnist on civil liberties and US national security issues for the Guardian newspaper. He's a former constitutional lawyer, and until 2012 was a contributing writer at Greenwald is the author of "With Liberty and Justice For Some: How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful."

Read his column at The Guardian (UK)
Between The Lines' executive producer Scott Harris conducted an interview with Glenn Greenwald at the conference.

Noam Chomsky is linguistics and philosophy professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Author of nearly 100 books, Chomsky is one of the world's most widely read progressive dissident intellectuals. He talks about his new book, "Occupy," about the Occupy Wall Street movement and the wider issues of class warfare in the America today.
Listen to this interview (June 6, 2011)

MP3: Nathan Schneider ( has been reporting on the OWS movement from its first days in August, 2011. In this April 3, 2012 interview, Richard Hill asks him to assess the on-going debate in the movement between those espousing a strict adherence to non-violence principles and practices and those advocating a 'diversity of tactics', Interview conducted by Richard Hill, WPKN

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GOP Governors Blocking Affordable Care Act's Medicaid Expansion Exacerbate Racial Disparity in U.S. Health Care

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Posted Jan. 22, 2014

Interview with Brian Miller, executive director of United for a Fair Economy, conducted by Scott Harris


This year’s holiday honoring the life and work of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. comes as a national debate is gathering momentum on how to address growing income inequality. Although Dr. King is widely known for his accomplishments on civil rights and his famous "I have a dream" speech, what many Americans don't know is this American social justice champion was also a leader in supporting union rights, challenging corporate power and government policies that exacerbated poverty and economic inequality. King also took an uncompromising and controversial stand in opposition to the Vietnam War and Cold War militarism.

In a new report published on this year’s Martin Luther King holiday, the group United for a Fair Economy examined racial disparities in American’s health care outcomes. The report, “State of the Dream 2014: Healthcare for Whom? Enduring Racial Disparities,” is the group’s 11th annual MLK Day report which documents the “heavy toll that continued racial segregation and concentrated poverty takes on people's health.” The report looks at impoverished community’s inadequate healthcare facilities, full-service grocery stores, green spaces and disproportionate exposure to toxic chemicals and industrial pollutants.

Between The Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with Brian Miller, executive director of United for a Fair Economy, and author of the State of the Dream report, who focuses on the decision by 25 state governors to oppose expansion of the Medicaid program under the Obamacare health reform law, denying health insurance to nearly 5 million citizens, disproportionately people of color.

BRIAN MILLER: I think it's no great mystery to the listeners of your show that the Tea Party wing and the Republicans in general have done everything they can to undermine the Affordable Care Act, which is also commonly known as Obamacare. They shut down the federal government last year in an effort to dismantle the program. They failed. But they're succeeding at the state level in undermining the plan. In particular, the Supreme Court ruling last year gave states the option of – it basically stated they did not have to expand their Medicaid program. And as a result, the right-wing has been organizing governors and state assemblies to oppose expansion of Medicaid at the state level. In 25 states, as of now, have rejected the Medicaid expansion, including the entire South, with the exception of Arkansas, and a bunch of states in the northern mountains in the Dakotas, and so on, and a few other stragglers, including Maine and New Hampshire, actually, in our neck of the woods.

The impact of this is that, generally speaking, any rejection of Medicaid is going to disproportionately hit people of color, because people of color are lagging behind in insurance coverage to begin with. But in particular, because all the states in the South, with the exception of Arkansas, again – and if you know anything about demographics, there's what people call the black belt. It stretches from Virginia down to Georgia and across to Louisiana and Arkansas, where you've got massive numbers of counties in places where the counties are 25 to 50 percent of more African American. So you have large sections of the country where African Americans live, that are rejecting health care expansion for low-income families in their state. As a result, African Americans represent only 13 percent of the nation's population, but they're 27 percent of the people who are going to lose health care because of the GOP's 25-state coverage gap.

Similarly, Latinos are impacted, particularly because Texas and Florida have rejected Medicaid expansion. And as a result, Latinos, 15 percent of the population – once you take out undocumented immigrants who aren't covered in the original ACA. Yet they account for 21 percent of those who fall into this 25-state coverage gap. Part of the reason Latinos aren't hit as hard is because, fortunately, states like New Mexico, Arizona, California have expanded their Medicaid program. Nonetheless, Latinos still are disproportionately impacted by this decision or these decisions, I should say.

BETWEEN THE LINES: How does the rejection from these 25 states of the expansion of Medicaid disproportionately affecting people of color – how does it affect our society as a whole? The fabric of our society, given that this is a wide swath of the country that's being affected.

BRIAN MILLER: One of the things we talked about in the report is health – in addition, to being a fundamental moral issue, there's a great quote I think I mentioned by Dr. King: "Of all forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane." There's moral implications to lack of health insurance. There's also significant economic impact with the lack of health care insurance both for society – because when people show up at the emergency room, they're still going to get covered and the cost gets passed on. But more importantly in this case, for the people, because you know, when people don't have health insurance, what happens is they mount up medical debt, which leads to bankruptcy, which leads to greater wealth loss, and these are communities that are already suffering, that already are getting kicked. And so it fuels this vicious cycle.

And one of the things we talk about in the report is a way to understand the way patterns of racial inequity have been ingrained in our society, and one system impacts the other system, impacts the other system. One could argue there's nothing inherently racist about an employer-based health care system. But, now we could argue a whole lot of reasons that it's terrible, but from a race standpoint, you could also argue there's nothing inherently racist about it. Nonetheless, it generates highly racialized outcomes because it's based on an employment sector where there's well-documented racial discrimination, where there's well-documented disparities in employment. So, as a result, 29 percent of Latinos lack health insurance, 19 percent of African Americans lack health insurance, vs. 11 percent of whites. So you have these vast disparities of health care.

As long as this health care system depends upon the employment system to determine who gets health care and who doesn't, we're going to have these disparities. And that's why in the report we really make the case for a single-payer system which breaks out of that paradigm. And if you look at those 65 and older, there's no disparities in health insurance by race. None. Ninety-nine point five percent of whites have health insurance; 99 percent of blacks have health insurance of those 65 and older. Why? Because we have a single-payer system for seniors in this country. And we make the case for a universal single-payer system. Obviously, the Affordable Care Act stops short of that. But what it does do is – a lot of folks are familiar with the health insurance exchanges that get all the media, that's for really the middle-income and lower middle-income families that don't get health care through their work. The other provision of the Affordable Care Act is expanding the Medicaid program for low-income families up to 138 percent of poverty. That one program right there would extend health care to 10 million Americans if it were allowed to be fully implemented. Fully half of those who would have gotten insurance are no longer going to get it because of this state-by-state GOP assault. And that's what we really talk about, one of the many things we talk about in this year's State of The Dream report, which your listeners can download at

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