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"UNSTOPPABLE": Ralph Nader talk, interview July 26, 2014

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.

Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine was at the Left Forum, May 30 - June 1, 2014, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York


Audio recordings from the Left Forum here.



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PETE SEEGER (1919-2014): "Folk Music's Granddad Plays It Green"

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.


JEREMY SCAHILL: Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker "Dirty Wars"

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.




NOAM CHOMSKY: Obama Threat Against Syria Based on Maintaining U.S. 'Credibility'



Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine at the Left Forum, June 7-9, Pace University, New York City


Between The Lines' Left Forum audio coverage (more forthcoming):

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Bill McKibben, environmental activist and founder of 350.org talks about the next steps in the climate change campaign


An address by Bill McKibben, founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org, upon receiving the annual Gandhi Peace Award from the New Haven-based group Promoting Enduring Peace on April 18 in Hamden, CT

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."



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Alexis Tsipras, leader of Greece's Left Party Coalition, on "Anti-Austerity Politics in Greece, Europe and Beyond"


A talk recorded on Jan. 25, 2013 at The City University of New York, in a program sponsored by CUNY's Center for the Study of Culture, Technology, and Work.

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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"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

"Fighting Back Against NSA Spying," by Reginald Johnson, Feb. 28, 2014

"Pete Seeger - 1919-2014," by Reginald Johnson, Feb. 28, 2014

"Nov. 22, 1963: A Turning Point for America," by Reginald Johnson, Nov. 22, 2013

"Demanding Action on Fukushima," by Reginald Johnson, Nov. 18, 2013

"Fukushima -- A Global Threat," by Reginald Johnson, Nov. 4, 2013

"Impeach Obama," by Reginald Johnson, Sept. 5, 2013

"America Attacks Again," by Reginald Johnson, Aug. 28, 2013

"Keeping WBAI Alive," by Reginald Johnson, Aug. 21, 2013

"WBAI in Crisis," by Reginald Johnson, July 25, 2013

"Restore the Fourth!" by Reginald Johnson, July 10, 2013

"Sustainable Business Models: A Third of All States Have Benefit Corporation Laws," by Anna Manzo, June 30, 2013

"Making War on Syria," by Reginald Johnson, June 14, 2013

"Syria in the Gunsights," by Reginald Johnson, May 9, 2013

"Curbing Gun Violence," by Reginald Johnson, April 4, 2013

"Fighting the Pipeline," by Reginald Johnson, March 26, 2013

"Downgrading Ed Schultz," by Reginald Johnson, March 17, 2013

"Rand Paul: Making a Point," by Reginald Johnson, March 8, 2013


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MP3: Glenn Greenwald delivers a keynote address at "A Conference in Defense of Civil Liberties and to End Indefinite Detention" at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain on Dec. 8, 2012.

Glenn Greenwald is a columnist on civil liberties and US national security issues for the Guardian newspaper. He's a former constitutional lawyer, and until 2012 was a contributing writer at Salon.com. Greenwald is the author of "With Liberty and Justice For Some: How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful."

Read his column at The Guardian (UK)
Between The Lines' executive producer Scott Harris conducted an interview with Glenn Greenwald at the conference.


Noam Chomsky is linguistics and philosophy professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Author of nearly 100 books, Chomsky is one of the world's most widely read progressive dissident intellectuals. He talks about his new book, "Occupy," about the Occupy Wall Street movement and the wider issues of class warfare in the America today.
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"Climate Impacts Day" Connects Dots Between Global Climate Change and Extreme Weather

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Posted May 16, 2012

Interview with Laura Bozzi, an organizer with Connecticut 350.org, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

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On May 5, all around the world, environmental activists held what they called “Connect the Dots” events to draw a link between recent extreme weather events and climate change. The “Climate Impacts Day” action was a project of 350.org, the climate organization that is pushing to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million – from the current 392 parts per million. Climate scientists assert that 350 is the upper limit above which life on earth will fundamentally change.

Among the many Connect the Dots actions on May 5, was an event held in New Haven, Conn., the city among many Connecticut municipalities which suffered through Tropical Storm Irene last August and, two months later, a freak fall snowstorm that devastated trees and brought down power lines, leaving hundreds of thousands of residents in the dark, many for more than a week.

Between The Lines’ Melinda Tuhus spoke with Laura Bozzi, an organizer with the Connecticut chapter of 350.org who helped put the New Haven event together. She describes her group's goals and some of the activities that were offered to Connect the Dots event participants.

BETWEEN THE LINES: This is a very visual event. You're across from the biggest farmers' market in New Haven, which is over on Wooster Square, and you're here in the park. And you've got a lot of really very powerful photos that are strung along string and sending people to various stations. So how did you come to organize this particular action?

LAURA BOZZI: So this is part of an international day of action with 350.org, which is meant to connect the dots between extreme weather and climate change – that it's climate change that's driving the spike in extreme weather we're seeing, from droughts to hurricanes to increased storms. So we wanted to connect the dots for people in a way that was visual and that also brought it close to home. So we decided to have photos that are from here in New Haven, like a photo of this park where we're at, Wooster Square, right after Hurricane Irene with all the trees down. We have a photo of that. We have a photo of other events that have happened here in Connecticut ... fires, and then also ones that link out to the rest of the country and around the world that show human and environmental impacts of extreme weather. So we wanted people to see those and also to learn about the science and some of the statistics, but also to drive people to action. So as they're walking through the station, then we wanted them to see these things and to feel like they want to do something, but rather than just put in a different light bulb, we wanted them to get involved in local campaigns, and we also wanted to help them learn how to do that. So one of our stations is on state legislation on energy efficiency. So we actually have some help for them to call their state legislator, so they can, at that booth, call the legislator and practice. Maybe they've never called a state legislator before and it seems scary, but you can do it at the station and realize, "Oh, that's a way I can get involved in local politics at home." So we have a variety of different ones like that.

We also tried to get creative. There's a photo petition that's going to be put up online. So different ways for people to get involved, and we wanted to highlight the different state campaigns 350CT is working on. And then a big part of 350.org is doing a group photo. So we took a group photo and then that's going to go up on the website with photos from all around the world from events like this, so we're part of something bigger.

BETWEEN THE LINES: So, I know one of the stations is about the Bridgeport power plant, which is a coal-fired plant. Tell me about that.

LAURA BOZZI: It's the last coal-fired power plant in Connecticut, so if we shut it down, we're a coal-free state, and there are very few states that can say that. And there are very few states that can say they've had coal and that they've shut down all those power plants, so it would be a really big deal for us to close it down. And it was also ranked as the Number 8 environmental justice offender in the country – this Bridgeport Harbor Station – because of the pollution it creates right within communities in Bridgeport.

BETWEEN THE LINES: So you have this Jeopardy game called Energy Jeopardy, and it's about all the different subsidies that dirty energy and clean energy and renewables get – and the big winners, of course, are the dirty energy ones. But who came up with all those questions? Is that local, or did it come from national and you just made the physical game board here?

LAURA BOZZI: No, that was the amazing creativity of one of our members, Vrinda. So we wanted to do something interactive about subsidies, and that was completely her idea. The facts are from reliable sources, but she invented the project. And we have a subsidies table. It's not a current campaign, but it's something that 350.org is starting to bring attention to, and they're actually bringing a bill to Congress on. It's going to be introduced by Bernie Sanders on May 10, I think, to eliminate all fossil fuel subsidies. So it's something there's going to be increased attention to and so we wanted to start getting people to think about it.

BETWEEN THE LINES: Now that it's over – you've had your three hours out here – how would you sum it up? Was it a success?

LAURA BOZZI: Yeah, it's been a great success. It's a lot of fun to get to meet new people and have conversations with them about ways that climate change has affected them and what they can do about it. And it's fun to do something that's creative, and that gets us thinking outside of just facts and figures and also telling our stories and telling about how it's affected us locally and making personal connections. So it's been a really great day.

BETWEEN THE LINES: Is one of these places a place where people can actually sign up to be part of 350CT?

LAURA BOZZI: Yeah, we're hoping this brings in a bunch of new members. We're an all-volunteer organization so we're as strong as our membership base is, so that's really important for us.

Learn more about “Climate Impacts Day” and the work of 350.org by visiting 350.org.

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