This Week on Between The Lines

Posted May 4, 2011 for week ending May 13, 2011


Come Join Ralph Nader and Friends at Between The Lines' 20th Anniversary Celebration, Saturday,
May 14, 2011

Citizen activist and former presidential candidate RALPH NADER will speak on "Overcoming Plutocracy by Forging the Power of the People - 2012?" at Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine's 20th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, May 14 in New Haven, Connecticut. Nader will address the topic of corporate dominance of the U.S. political system and the fight now underway in Wisconsin and around the country to restore democracy. A booksigning and reception with Ralph Nader will follow the evening event.

Suggested contribution for Ralph Nader's talk is $10 advance/$15 at the door; reception at the home of Charlie Pillsbury, $50. *** Please RSVP for the reception by this Saturday, May 7. ***

Information on event location, times and tickets available here.

Listen to the entire program using these links, or to individual interviews via the links appearing prior to each segment description below.

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How Will Bin Laden's Death Affect the U.S. War in Afghanistan?

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Interview with Mel Goodman, former CIA analyst and senior fellow at the Center for International Policy, conducted by Scott Harris


The nation and world were caught by surprise on May 1, when President Obama unexpectedly appeared on television networks to announce that a special U.S. Navy Seal assault team had raided a compound in Pakistan, killing al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. The news of bin Laden’s death came almost 10 years after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York’s World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon and a crashed airliner in Pennsylvania, resulting in nearly 3,000 deaths. In cities around the country, thousands of Americans took to the streets to cheer the news of Osama bin Laden’s death.  Story continues

NOW: GOP Assault on Middle Class is a 'War on Women'

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Interview with Terry O'Neill, president of the National Organization for Women, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


With Republicans in leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives and a majority of states in the hands of Republican governors and legislatures, budget cuts and policy changes are being proposed -- and in many cases, passed -- that disproportionately impact women, especially women of color. At the federal level, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., won passage in the House of his 2012 budget proposal that would convert Medicare from a program in which the government pays medical bills of senior citizens over 65 years of age --- into a voucher system that provides inadequate subsidies to purchase private insurance coverage. The GOP budget would also make major cuts to social safety net programs, such as food stamps, and impose a 35 percent cut on Medicaid and turn the program into state-administered block grants. In contrast to the deep cuts, Ryan’s budget reduces the tax burden on the nation’s wealthiest citizens and big corporations.  Story continues

Nuclear Adviser Resigns over Japanese Government's Increase in Allowable Level of Radiation Exposure for Children

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Interview with Michio Kaku, theoretical physicist and author of "Physics of the Future" , conducted by Scott Harris


The March 11 Japanese earthquake and tsunami that killed 14,700 people and left an estimated 11,000 missing also destroyed the Fukushima nuclear power plant complex in the north of the country. On April 21, the Japanese government evacuated residents living within a 20-kilometer radius of the disabled nuclear complex -- and barred them from returning to their homes due to increased levels of radiation.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

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