Selected Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine audio recordings from: The International Forum on Globalization's conference, Oct. 25, 2014, Cooper Union, New York City
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.
Audio recordings from the Left Forum here.
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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.
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.
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."
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.
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"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
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Posted Jan. 25, 2012
Interview with Kevin Alexander Gray, writer and activist, conducted by Scott Harris
As candidates for the Republican party nomination for president battle each other in primary states this year, the nation is reminded of the party’s longtime history of appealing to racial hatred. Since President Johnson signed civil rights legislation 40 years ago, many politicians within the GOP have embraced racial politics to win over white voters, especially in the South, where the majority of whites had been loyal Democrats since the New Deal era of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. President Richard Nixon’s exploitation of racial division to win votes in southern states is referred to as the GOP’s “Southern Strategy.”
With this November’s presidential election where Barack Obama, America’s first black president will be campaigning for re-election, issues of race are never too far below the surface. On the primary campaign trail, Newt Gingrich claimed that Obama is America’s "greatest food stamp president in history," and also urged that 9-year-old inner city youth be hired as janitors to clean toilets, instilling a work ethic they lack. Rick Santorum attempted to cover up a highly charged statement where he declared, “I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money.” Ron Paul’s history of racist rhetoric can be read in his newsletters, in which one article made this observation about the 1992 Los Angeles riots: “Order was only restored in L.A. when it came time for the blacks to pick up their welfare checks….”
The Republican party’s contemporary hero, Ronald Reagan, very consciously launched his 1980 national campaign for the presidency in Philadelphia, Miss., the town where civil rights workers Michael Henry Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney were murdered in 1964 by members of the Ku Klux Klan and the local sheriff’s office. At the campaign stop in 1980, Reagan advocated the restoration of “state’s rights,” interpreted by many in the South as advocating a return to pre-civil rights laws that banned segregation. Between The Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with writer, activist and South Carolina native Kevin Alexander Gray, who examines the long history of the Republican party’s appeal to race hatred in U.S. election campaigns, and the GOP primary election in South Carolina.
Find a link to Kevin Alexander Gray's articles at Kevin Alexander Gray's blog: The New Liberator.