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    Between The Lines' Coverage of the 2015 Left Forum

    Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine held a Left Forum panel discussion:

    "Successes and Challenges of Human Rights Campaigns for Publicly Financed Health Care in the U.S." on May 30, 2015

    Newly added video of the health care panel

    Listen to audio of the plenary sessions from the three-day weekend.

    "The TPP: Capitalism on Steroids,"

    MP3Economics professor Richard Wolff compares socialist and capitalist economic models, presents a new paradigm for socialist transition and debunks mainstream pundits' consignment of socialism to the "ash heap of history." He then deconstructs the argument for so-called "free trade" and analyzes the threats to working people everywhere and what is left of the American middle class by the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Interview with Between The Lines' Richard Hill on May 5, 2015.

    "More Lies. More War? The Truth Behind the Iran Nuclear Scare,"

    MP3Gareth Porter, award-winning investigative journalist, deconstructs the web of half-truths and outright deceptions that have tainted the debate over negotiating a peaceful resolution to the Iran nuclear issue. Interview with Between The Lines' Richard Hill, on April 7, 2015.

    "Mentor, Friend and Supporter Danny Schechter Will Be Missed"

    Reflections on the extraordinary life of activist, author, news analyst, documentary filmmaker and Between The Lines' friend Danny Schechter, "The News Dissector," who died on Thursday, March 19, 2015

    "A Conversation with Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras on Her Documentary Film, 'CITIZEN FOUR'"

    Edward Snowden via video link from Moscow joined Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras discussing Poitras' new Academy Award-nominated documentary film, "Citizen Four,"at a TimesTalk event Feb. 12, 2015. Listen to an audio recording of the entire one-hour event.

    "TECHNO-UTOPIANISM and the Fate of the Earth"

    Selected Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine audio recordings from: The International Forum on Globalization's conference, Oct. 25, 2014, Cooper Union, New York City

    "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):

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

    An address by Bill McKibben, founder of the grassroots climate campaign, 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,, 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, 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.

    Listen to Scott Harris Live on WPKN Radio

    Between The Lines' Executive Producer Scott Harris hosts a live, weekly talk show, Counterpoint, from which some of Between The Lines' interviews are excerpted. Listen every Monday evening from 8 to 10 p.m. EDT at (Follows the 5-7 minute White Rose Calendar.)

    Counterpoint in its entirety is archived after midnight ET Monday nights, and is available for at least a year following broadcast in WPKN Radio's Archives.

    You can also listen to full unedited interview segments from Counterpoint, which are generally available some time the day following broadcast.

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    Between The Lines Blog  BTL Blog

    "Mentor, Friend and Supporter Danny Schechter Will Be Missed" by Scott Harris, March 27, 2015

    "A Travesty of Reporting," by Reginald Johnson, March 22, 2015

    "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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    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 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.
    Listen to this interview (June 6, 2011)

    MP3: Nathan Schneider ( has been reporting on the OWS movement from its first days in August, 2011. In this April 3, 2012 interview, Richard Hill asks him to assess the on-going debate in the movement between those espousing a strict adherence to non-violence principles and practices and those advocating a 'diversity of tactics', Interview conducted by Richard Hill, WPKN

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    Posted Jan. 8, 2014 for week ending Jan. 17, 2014


    "The economic system we have set up that allows corporations to make billions of dollars doing something which is so destructive, we have to stop that, enough of that. ... We can't expect oil companies to stop on their own. They're just corporations; they're just money-making machines. They're not going to do it. We've got to tell them. That's what we're attempting to do."

    – Interview with Peter Wilcox, captain of the Greenpeace ship, "Arctic Sunrise", on their nonviolent direct action protest designed to draw attention to the environmental hazards of drilling for fossil fuels in the Arctic. Wilcox and his crew recently spent two months in a Russian prison as a result of their attempt to board and scale a Russian-owned Gazprom oil drilling rig in the Arctic Ocean.

    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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    After 2 Months in Russian Prison, Greenpeace Captain Vows to Stay in Fight Against Climate Change

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    Interview with Peter Wilcox, captain of the Greenpeace ship, "Arctic Sunrise", conducted by Scott Harris


    On Sept. 18, members of the environmental activist group Greenpeace boarded and attempted to scale a Russian-owned Gazprom oil drilling rig in the Arctic Ocean. The Russian military responded to the nonviolent direct action protest – designed to draw attention to the environmental hazards of drilling for fossil fuels in the Arctic – by firing guns and brandishing knives. All 28 crew members of the Greenpeace ship, Arctic Sunrise, and two freelance journalists accompanying them were arrested by the Russian government. The activists and their ship were taken to the northern Russian city of Murmansk.  Story continues

    Responding to Nuns' Lawsuit, Supreme Court Blocks Obamacare Birth Control Provision

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    Interview with Sharon Levin, director of Federal Reproductive Health Policy with the National Women's Law Center, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


    Jan. 1, 2014 marked the start date for several important provisions of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, and, despite the shaky rollout of the federal website in the fall, more than 2.1 million Americans have signed up for private health insurance through the federal and state health exchanges. That's in addition to the 3 million young adults who have been able to retain health coverage under their parents' insurance policies, and the addition of 3.9 million Americans now eligible for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program in states that agreed to expand Medicaid eligibility paid for by federal funds. Several of the new health insurance provisions relate specifically to women.  Story continues

    One Year After Sandy Hook School Massacre, Newtown Action Alliance Continues Campaign to Strengthen Gun Safety Laws

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    Interview with Monte Frank, Newtown Action Alliance board member, conducted by Scott Harris


    It’s been a little over one year since the unspeakable violence that claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and 6 educators at Newtown, Conn.’s Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012. Not long after family members, friends and neighbors from Newtown and people across the country took time to mark that grim day, one year later, the Connecticut State police released a final report on their investigation into one of the nation’s most disturbing massacres – and new details about the gunman, 20-year-old Adam Lanza.  Story continues

    This week’s summary of under-reported news

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