This Week on Between The Lines

Posted April 2, 2014 for week ending April 11, 2014


"The polls are moving in the direction of what Edward Snowden did. And that's because more and more of the American people are realizing that he tore away the curtain that covered some pretty bad unconstitutional, illegal practices by the federal government."

– Interview with Ralph Nader, citizen activist, author and former presidential candidate

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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Ralph Nader: Government Dragnet Surveillance, Collection of Personal Data Threatens Civil Liberties and Democracy Itself

MP3 Interview with Ralph Nader, citizen activist, author and former presidential candidate, conducted by Scott Harris


In a public video conference on March 10th, former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden fielded questions from an audience at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival, an annual 10-day music, culture and tech conference in Austin, Texas. Speaking through a video link from Russia where he’s been granted temporary political asylum, Snowden emphasized the need to secure the Internet to protect against the invasion of privacy by the U.S. and other governments around the world. He said, “They’re setting fire to the future of the Internet. And the people who are in this room now, you guys are all the firefighters. And we need you to help us fix this.” These were Snowden’s first remarks made directly to the American people since he left the country last June.  Story continues

'Angola 3' Prisoner Robert King's Survival Story: 29 Years in Solitary Confinement for a Crime He Didn’t Commit

MP3 Interview with Robert King, one of the “Angola 3" prisoners, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


Robert Hillary King, known as one of the “Angola 3,” was imprisoned for 31 years – 29 in solitary confinement spent in a six-by-nine-foot cell at Louisiana’s Angola State Penitentiary for a crime he didn't commit. He was released in 2001 when the state overturned his conviction.  Story continues

Environmental Group Targets NPR for Misleading Coverage of Fracking Issue Linked to Corporate Sponsors

MP3 Interview with Drew Hudson, executive director of Environmental Action, conducted by Scott Harris


It’s no secret that money wields influence in the corporate world and in politics. And it’s also true that in journalism, be it newspapers, television or radio, that a media outlet’s owner and their financial interests can determine what stories will be covered, which will be ignored and the point of view their coverage conveys. Therefore it was not surprising that when National Public Radio, NPR, started accepting corporate sponsorship from the American Natural Gas Alliance, those funds could influence how the radio network covered issues that the Alliance cared about.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon


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