This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Jan. 21, 2015 for week ending Jan. 30, 2015


"I think everyone really agrees that it's not possible to prevent acts of terrorism simply by having this massive database. And in fact, it probably makes it more difficult, because if you add hay to a haystack and you're looking for a needle it makes it even more difficult with all these names and pieces of data that are of innocent people."

– Interview with Coleen Rowley, former FBI special agent and 9/11 whistle-blower, on the push for expanded surveillance in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre in France

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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FBI 9/11 Whistle-blower Coleen Rowley: Post-Charlie Hebdo Massacre Rush to Expand Warrantless Surveillance Counterproductive

MP3 Interview with Coleen Rowley, former FBI special agent and 9/11 whistle-blower, conducted by Scott Harris


Europe is still on edge after two brutal terrorist attacks in France that claimed the lives of 17, including 12 at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and four at a kosher food market. Law enforcement agencies across the continent launched investigations into the links between the terrorist Kouachi brothers and Amedy Coulibaly, who were killed in France, and other groups of violent extremists. Two armed men were killed and 13 others were held for questioning after a raid on an apartment in Belgium, where officials say a local extremist group was planning an imminent attack. Dozens more suspected terrorists and supporters were arrested or detained in France, Germany and Greece.  Story continues

Minority Communities Excluded, Marginalized from U.S. Banking System

MP3 Interview with Mike Leyba, communications director of United for a Fair Economy, conducted by Scott Harris


As the nation celebrated the holiday honoring the life and work of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. this year, disturbing signs of rising income inequality were evident in a number of important economic indicators. The top one percent of households now owns 42 percent of all wealth in the U.S. As the country is experiencing the highest rate of inequality since the Gilded Age, the middle class is eroding. A recent report found that the majority of U.S. public school students now qualify for subsidized lunch programs, calling attention to the fact that more than 16 million children in America, or roughly one in five, were living in poverty.  Story continues

Remembering the 1965 Selma to Montgomery Civil Rights March

MP3 Interview with John Pawelek, professor at the Yale University School of Medicine, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


The new movie "Selma" reconstructs the historic 1965 civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, organized to press for voting rights. The film has generated a lot of buzz, though no major Academy Award nominations. Realizing that younger generations know little about the civil rights era, several black business leaders got together to support the distribution of hundreds of thousands of free movie tickets to middle and high school students across the country.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon


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