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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.



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    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):

    SPECIAL AUDIO RECORDING:
    Bill McKibben, environmental activist and founder of 350.org talks about the next steps in the climate change campaign


    An address by Bill McKibben, founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org, 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, 350.org, 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."



    SPECIAL AUDIO RECORDING:
    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 www.WPKN.org (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.

    Subscribe to Counterpoint bulletins via our subscriptions page.


    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 Salon.com. 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 (www.wagingnonviolence.org) 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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    Largest Civil Rights Protest in the South Since 1965 Selma to Montgomery March: A Hopeful Message to America

    Posted Feb. 19, 2014

    MP3 Interview with Isaiah Poole, Campaign for America’s Future blog editor, conducted by Scott Harris

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    Feb. 8 witnessed the largest civil rights gathering in the South since the 1965 Selma to Montgomery march in Alabama. The march and rally of 80,000 people at North Carolina’s state Capitol in Raleigh was organized to respond to the extremist policies of North Carolina’s Republican party, which since 2010 controls the governor’s seat and the state legislature for the first time since 1896.

    Among the issues that brought a broad coalition of groups and tens of thousands of activists together from North Carolina and 42 other states: the passage of one of the nation’s harshest voter suppression laws; new anti-abortion regulations; the cut-off of unemployment benefits to 170,000 state residents; rejection of federal funding to expand Medicaid coverage to half a million working poor families under the Affordable Care Act and an increase in taxes on North Carolina’s low-income residents while lowering the tax burden on the state’s wealthiest citizens.

    The primary organizer of the march was the Rev. William J. Barber, president of the North Carolina NAACP, who has built a growing grassroots movement by staging “Moral Monday” protests and engaging in nonviolent civil disobedience actions at the state capital since April 2013. Between The Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with Isaiah Poole, Campaign for America’s Future blog editor and director of the group’s online communications. Here, he talks about his recent article, “A March in North Carolina For The Soul of America," describing the significance of the Feb. 8 march and the broader issues relating to the agenda of today's progressive movement.

    ISAIAH POOLE: It of course starts with the takeover of the state by the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party, the arch-conservative wing. They won total control of the state legislature, and began to immediately to enact a series of very draconian laws, that restricted voting rights, cut funding to public education, limited women's right to access to abortion services. They rejected Medicaid funding that they would have received under Obamacare, which meant that hundreds of thousands of low-income citizens of the state would not get access to health care.

    It was very sweeping, and the result of that, the reaction to that, was a series of demonstrations that were organized by Rev. William Barber, who’s the head of the North Carolina NAACP, that were done at the state Capitol at Raleigh, on Monday when the legislature was in session. And these rallies began to build over time, and women’s trade groups, lesbian and gay rights groups, labor, environmental organizations — all of these groups came together, every Monday, and marched. Rev. William Barber insisted that the march not be partisan, but a march, a series of demonstrations, based on the morality or immorality of what the state was doing to its citizens. And the culmination of that was the event on Feb. 8, that as you said, according to the organizers, attracted about 80,000 people, demonstrating together with the hope that it would not only add momentum to what has been happening in North Carolina (sort of the pushback against this extremist right-wing agenda) but would also energize movements in Georgia and South Carolina and in other states around the country.

    BETWEEN THE LINES: Isaiah, I wanted to ask you this question. What are the lessons that you see in this vibrant, exciting, new civil rights and social rights economic justice movement in North Carolina for the rest of the country?

    ISAIAH POOLE: One of the things, first of all, Rev. Barber is right to say that this is not about which political machine wins. This is much bigger than that; it is about what kind of America do we want for our children. Do we want an America where only a handful of people succeed, or do we want an America in which everyone succeeds, and has a possibility of succeeding, and has a stake and is awarded for the work they put in to America?

    Right now, we have millions of people who are working harder than ever, and yet they are earning less. The middle class has been decimated even though they’re putting in more hours. We have people who, if you could get a job, some of us are working two or three jobs just to make ends meet. We have to ask ourselves, is this the America we want, or do we want the America in which work is rewarded, people are treated with dignity, that we respect the value of each and every human being, and that the systems that we create embody those principles?

    BETWEEN THE LINES: Isaiah, tell us a little about Rev. William Barber. What’s his profile? How has he been so successful in organizing such a powerful coalition inside North Carolina, and attracting people from all over the country to his movement? There have been comparisons made to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I’m not sure that is something that you hold to, but tell us about Rev. Barber, the head of the North Carolina NAACP.

    ISAIAH POOLE: He is incredibly dynamic, he is very smart. I think the comparison to Martin Luther King, although it sounds kind of outlandish, I think actually in terms of the rhetorical gift that he has — his ability to frame social issues in religious terms, I think, is very similar — I mean, he comes out of that tradition, of theology that connects the progressive social imperative to gospel. I think that what he has done is, I think, given up the picture of a person of faith who is very deeply connected to the plight of ordinary people, and he’s very committed to the idea that all people are children of God regardless of their race, or their gender or their sexual orientation, or the faith that they adhere to — that we all have value. And he’s very committed to respecting that in everything he does. And I think that is a very important key to his success.

    For more information on Campaign for America’s Future visit OurFuture.org.

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