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Counterpoint September 26, 2022

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Many Counterpoint interviews are excerpted for broadcast on the nationally syndicated “Between The Lines” radio newsmagazine at Btlonline.org

Iran Explodes with Protest as Nuclear Talks Continue

Interview with Ryan Costello, Policy Director with the National Iranian American Council, conducted by Scott Harris

Russia’s Expected Annexation of Ukraine’s Donbas Region Could Lead to Dangerous War Escalation

Interview with John P. Willerton Ph.D, Professor of Political Science at the University of Arizona, conducted by Scott Harris

Too Many US Corporate Criminals Escape Prosecution and Accountability

Interview with Russell Mokhiber, editor of the Corporate Crime Reporter, conducted by Scott Harris

Lawsuit Filed Against Ron DeSantis for Exploiting Asylum Seekers as Political Props

Interview with Jake Love, a staff attorney with Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights in Boston, conducted by Scott Harris

Last Week on Counterpoint

Threat to Democracy Looms as the Supreme Court Hears the Moore v. Harper Case

Dan Vicuña discusses the Moore v. Harper case from North Carolina that will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court this fall that could...

Wall Street Billionaires are Funding the GOP’s Culture War

Matthew Cunningham-Cook discusses his important new article, "How Wall Street Is Funding the Culture War," which investigates the Wall Street billionaires who are funding...

17 States Criminalize Protests Targeting Fossil Fuel Infrastructure Projects

Emma Fisher discusses her group's recent report: "17 States Pass Anti-Protest Laws to Suppress Fossil Fuel Infrastructure Opposition." These laws, which may charge protesters...

Climate Activists Protest Manchin Senate Mountain Valley Pipeline Deal

Melinda Tuhus talks about the September 8th protest in Washington, D.C. where climate activists descended on Capitol Hill to lobby their elected officials and...

Special Feature

‘The Right-Wing Is Going All Out to Unravel Our Democracy’

Resistance Roundtable panel interviews Adam Eichen, executive director of Equal Citizens, about his recent article in In These Times, "The Right Wing Is Going All Out to Unravel Our Democracy."
Panel: Ruthanne Baumgartner, Richard Hill and Scott Harris

The way things are going these bastards will probably appeal the new corporate minimum tax law to the Supreme Court where the extremist right wing majority will likely overturn the law for their rich pals! https://t.co/or78LybXP6
Here’s what the @GOP don’t want you to know:

- 8 of the 10 states with the highest murder rates are Republican states

- CA actually has lower middle class tax rates than TX

- The gun death rate in Texas is 67% higher

@WagnerTonight https://t.co/H3wy77Gipi
A lot of Florida Republicans are going to need socialism this weekend.

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Ukraine: the History, the Context

Henry Lowendorf, director of the Greater New Haven Peach Council, dlscusses the war in Ukraine and provides the history and context that is absent...

Do Labor’s Recent Victories Portend a New Era of Worker Militancy?

The Roundtable panel interviews labor historian and economist Michael Zweig about the successful union organizing campaigns at Amazon, Starbucks and various universities. Professor Zweig...

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Counterpoint, hosted by Scott Harris, is heard every Monday night on WPKN 89.5 FM, Bridgeport, CT between 8:00 – 9:30 pm ET. Webstreaming and audio archive at http://wpkn.org

1) Professor Jason Stanley, Jacob Urowsky professor of philosophy at Yale University and author of “How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them,” talks about the Republican Party's embrace of "white replacement theory," WRT’s fascist origins, why Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has become a role model for much of the GOP -- and the dangerous rise of rightwing extremist political violence in the US.

2) Cody Hounanian, Executive Director of the Student Debt Crisis Center discusses his group's response to President Biden's announced plan to address student loan debt, which includes forgiving up to $20,000 for millions of borrowers and extending the payment freeze one final time until the end of the year.

3) Jenna Grande, Press Secretary with Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) discuss CREW's recent article, "Big Oil Has Given $1 Million to Fuel Seditionists," and related issues of Big Oil's influence on US energy, environment and climate policy.

4) Liz Dupont-Diehl, Associate Director of the Connecticut Citizen Action Group discusses her group's recent reporting on CT based health insurance companies that are requesting double-digit premium increases for individuals and small businesses, as they spend billions on stock buybacks and excessive executive salaries, and lobbying.

Some segments featured on Counterpoint are edited for re-broadcast on the syndicated Between The Lines radio news magazine. Visit their web site at http://www.btlonline.org for free subscriptions to mp3 - podcast audio files, program summaries and interview transcripts. An archive of current and past Counterpoint interviews are accessible for free at our Counterpoint Radio web site: http://counterpointradio.org The full 2-hour unedited program can be accessed for a 2 week period after the show, at the WPKN Radio archives: http://archives.wpkn.org/bookmarks/search/counterpoint
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Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine
"The details contained in an affidavit and related memo underscore the high stakes and unprecedented nature of an ongoing criminal probe into whether Trump and his aides took secret government papers and refused to return all of the material — even in the face of repeated demands from senior law enforcement officials.

The affidavit suggests that if some of the classified documents returned from Mar-a-Lago to the National Archives in January had fallen into the wrong hands, they could have revealed sensitive details about human intelligence sources, or how spy agencies intercept the electronic communications of foreign targets."
Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine
Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine
This week's Between The Lines radio newsmagazine podcast

• Investigative reporter and author Greg Palast: New Georgia GOP Voter Suppression Scheme

• Assistant professor of labor studies at Empire State College in New York City: Starbucks Engages in Lawless National Anti-Union Campaign

• Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont: Healthcare Program and Climate Policies

• Bob Nixon's Under-reported News Summary
- Chinese military ship docks in Sri Lanka over India, U.S. objections
- DRC journalist remains behind bars after release of U.S. reporter
- Defense contractor Lockheed Martin's recruiting on college campuses

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Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine
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Counterpoint, hosted by Scott Harris, is heard every Monday night on WPKN 89.5 FM, Bridgeport, CT between 8:00 – 9:30 pm ET. Webstreaming and audio archive at http://wpkn.org

1) Greg Palast, known for his investigative reports for The Guardian newspaper, Democracy Now and author of several New York Times bestsellers including "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy," talks about his new film, "Vigilante: Georgia’s Vote Suppression Hitman," produced by Martin Sheen, which is scheduled to be released soon.

2) Eric S. Tars, Legal Director with the National Homelessness Law Center talks about his group's research into the criminalization of homelessness across the U.S., as discussed in NHLC's recent "Study of State Laws Criminalizing Homelessness."

3) Jeff Schuhrke, Assistant Professor of Labor Studies at the Harry Van Arsdale Jr. School of Labor Studies at State University of New York's Empire State College in New York City. He'll talk about his recent Jacobin magazine article, "Starbucks Is on a National Union-Busting Crime Spree," as well as assessing the new energy and victories in union organizing across the U.S.

4) Pilar Marrero, Disinformation Monitor for the Algorithmic Transparency Institute and Associate Editor for Ethnic Media Services. Pilar, an independent journalist and author, discusses political misinformation targeting the Latino community ahead of this November's midterm election campaign.

Some segments featured on Counterpoint are edited for re-broadcast on the syndicated Between The Lines radio news magazine. Visit their web site at http://www.btlonline.org for free subscriptions to mp3 - podcast audio files, program summaries and interview transcripts. An archive of current and past Counterpoint interviews are accessible for free at our Counterpoint Radio web site: http://counterpointradio.org The full 2-hour unedited program can be accessed for a 2 week period after the show, at the WPKN Radio archives: http://archives.wpkn.org/bookmarks/search/counterpoint
Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine
Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine
This week's Between The Lines

• Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security President Joseph Gerson: Rising Tensions Between U.S. & China Over Taiwan Risks Miscalculation or Accident

• Author and World Mental Health Coalition President Dr. Bandy Lee: Donald Trump and Republican Party’s Dangerous Embrace of Political Violence

• Adirondack Voters for Change memberPhyllis Sinclair: Activist Group Launches Campaign to Educate Voters on NY Rep. Stefanik’s Extremist Voting Record

• Bob Nixon's Under-reported News Summary

- Pro-democracy activists in Brazil fear possible Bolsonaro coup
- Conservation of UNESCO sites has forced evictions of Indigenous peoples
- Secretive GOP attempt to convert minorities into Republicans
Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine
Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine
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