Kevin Alexander Gray, civil rights and labor organizer, author and commentator, questions Bernie Sanders' ability to mobilize minority support given his early missteps and failure to build bridges to marginalized communities before launching his campaign. Gray also assesses the state of the Black Lives Matter movement and speculates on its prospects for broadening its agenda to include the full spectrum of progressive. (MP3 audio, 54:14) Please note: Raw audio, static between 3:50-5:55.
Robert Borosage, director of Campaign for America's Future (www.ourfuture.org) addresses the question: Do the recent waves of positive events represent a sea change that will continue to gather momentum? Or are they an anomaly that will be blown away in a blast of right-wing outrage? Interview conducted by Richard Hill. (MP3 audio, 28:49)
Interview with Hedrick Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning former foreign correspondent, editor and Washington Bureau chief for The New York Times (MP3 audio, 21:47)
Hedrick Smith talks about how we can restore democracy, reduce inequality and rebuild the power of the people. He is also author of many books, his latest titled, "Who Stole the American Dream?"
Convcation speeches (MP3 audio - 2.5 hours)
Patti Smith's "People Have the Power" YouTube.com (raw video)
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"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
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Economics 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.
Gareth 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.
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
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.
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.
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
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Perspectives on the economy and Occupy Wall Street, under-reported in corporate media, from Between The Lines' and Counterpoint archives, plus other resources (Updated March 17, 2012)
MP3: Interview with Bob Edgar, CEO of Common Cause
MP3: Interview with Gar Alperovitz, Lionel R. Bauman professor of political economy at the University of Maryland
MP3: Interview with Robert Scheer, editor-in-chief of Truthdig, author and former columnist with the Los Angeles Times, conducted by Scott Harris, Counterpoint, Dec. 5, 2011, on his recent article, "You Can't Arrest an Idea," about the nationwide police evictions and arrests of hundreds of Occupy Wall Street activists and his views on where the movement is going and its impact on U.S. politics.
MP3: Interview with Heidi Boghosian, National Laywers Guild executive director, conducted by Scott Harris, Counterpoint, Nov. 28, 2011. Boghosian on what appears to be a coordinated effort between the federal and local governments to suppress the Occupy Wall Street movement nationwide.
Transcript: "Occupy Wall Street Has Potential to be a Transformative Movement for Social Change," interview with Richard D. Wolff, conducted by Scott Harris, Between The Lines Nov. 23, 2011
Article: "Ralph Nader’s new book speaks to protesters," by Steven Levingston, Political Bookworm columnist, Washington Post, Nov. 9, 2011.
Transcript: "Ralph Nader on the Threat Posed by Occupy Wall Street to U.S. Political and Economic Status Quo," interview conducted by Scott Harris, Between The Lines Nov. 7, 2011.
MP3: Interview with Michael Zweig, professor of economics and director of the Center for the Study of Working Class Life at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, conducted by Scott Harris, Counterpoint, Oct. 17, 2011. Zweig discusses labor's role in the Occupy Wall Street movement.
MP3: Interview with Andy Kroll, conducted by Scott Harris, Counterpoint, Oct. 10, 2011. Kroll is a reporter with Mother Jones magazine's Washington, D.C. bureau and associate editor with TomDispatch.com, discusses his recent article, "Flat-Lining the Middle Class, Economic Numbers to Die For" -- and how the current economic quagmire relates to the rapid growth of the Occupy Wall Street movement nationwide.
Transcript: "GOP and Big Winners of Trickle-Down Policies Now Charge They are Victims of 'Class Warfare,'" Interview with Richard Wolff, professor of economics at New School University, conducted by Scott Harris, Between The Lines, Sept. 28, 2011.
MP3: Interview with Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Global Exchange, long time peace and social justice activist, conducted by Scott Harris, Counterpoint, Oct. 10, 2011. Benjamin discusses the long-planned and now launched D.C. Freedom Plaza occupation -- and the significance of the wider Occupy Wall Street movement spreading from NYC like wildfire.
MP3: Interview with Michael Ratner, civil liberties attorney and former president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, conducted by Scott Harris, Oct. 10, 2011. Ratner talks about his new book, "Hell No," relating to the issues of dissent, liberty, while examining examples of police violence we see at the Occupy Wall Street protest actions across the U.S.
MP3: Interview with Chris Hedges, Pulitzer prize-winning former New York Times foreign correspondent, on Occupy Wall Street, conducted by Scott Harris, Counterpoint, Sept. 26, 2011.
MP3: "The Continuing Economic Crisis: Why Bailouts Failed, What Needs to be Done!" Sept. 23, 2010 New Haven, CT Green party event with Richard D. Wolff, economics professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, on the severity of the economic crisis -- what's caused it, the structural failures of capitalism, and what needs to be done.
"U.S. Workers' Stories Illuminate Intensifying Struggle for Dignity," Interview with Tom Juravich, professor of labor studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, conducted by Scott Harris, for The Week Ending Aug. 6, 2010.
MP3: Aug. 2, 2010 Counterpoint interview with Richard D. Wolff, economist at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, on why taxing people who earn $1 million on their investments 15% of their income would have raised $1.7 trillion and eliminated the need for bailouts, stimulus funds and austerity measures.
"The Win-Win Solution: How Fixing The Housing Crisis will Create 1 Million Jobs," The New Bottom Line report, Sept. 14, 2011. Big banks should be held accountable for their mortgage fraud abuses. Any settlement the 50 state attorneys generals negotiate with the big banks should include rightdowns on principal balances of all underwater mortgages to their current market value. Over $70 billion per year would be pumped back into our economy, millions of families would be able to stay in their homes, and over 1 million jobs would be created.
"Money is Not Speech": Amend2012.org by CommonCause.org
"State-by-State Campaign Working for Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United Decision," Interview with Bob Edgar, CEO of Common Cause, conducted by Scott Harris, Between The Lines, Feb. 1, 2012
"Who Killed Economic Growth?" by Richard Heinberg, Post Carbon Institute
Gar Alperovitz's #OccupyTheFuture pamphlet series
Econ4: Economics 4 the People, 4 the Planet, 4 the Future - econ4.org
Michael Moore blog: Where Does Occupy Wall Street Go From Here? www.MichaelMoore.org, Nov. 22, 2011.
Robert Reich blog: "Stop the Austerity Train Wreck,"www.RobertReich.org, Nov. 18, 2011.
KPFK interview transcript: "Some Modest Proposals for Reforming the U.S. Financial and Tax System," by Michael Hudson, neweconomicperspectives.blogspot.com, Nov. 17, 2011.
Editorial: "The New Progressive Movement," by Jeffrey D. Sachs, New York Times, Nov. 12, 2011.
Editorial: "Now is the Time for an Economic Bill of Rights," by Ellen Brown, Truthout.org, Nov. 10, 2011.
MP3: Interview with Ellen Brown, president of the Public Banking Institute, conducted by Scott Harris, Counterpoint, Oct. 17, 2011.
MP3: Interview with Sarah van Gelder, co-founder and executive editor at YES! Magazine, conducted by Scott Harris, Counterpoint, Sept. 12, 2011 (20:17).
Transcript: "North Dakota's State-Owned Bank a Viable Alternative Model to For-Profit Banking System," interview with Ellen Brown, conducted by Scott Harris, Between The Lines, Oct. 19, 2011. Brown examines the connection between the anger being expressed against the U.S. banking system seen in the growing Occupy Wall St. movement -- and the solutions offered by her group, the Public Banking Institute.
The Real News Network transcript: Interview with Michael Hudson, Oct. 7, 2011
Transcript: "Communities Adopt New Cooperative Models to Cope with High Unemployment," Interview with Sarah van Gelder, co-founder and executive editor at Yes! Magazine, conducted by Scott Harris, Between The Lines, Sept. 14, 2011.
MP3: Michael Moore, speaker at the Left Forum, March 17. Introduction by Richard D. Wolff, economist
MP3: Interview with Justin Molito, an original organizer with the Occupy Wall Street encampment in New York City, conducted by Scott Harris, Dec. 5, 2011, on future organizing projects, protest actions/events, and the general mood and momentum of the 99% movement.
MP3: Interview with Eric, a member of the OWS direct action working group, on the past week's momentous demonstrations and future agenda of OWS, conducted by Richard Hill at Zuccotti Park, New York City, Between The Lines, Nov. 19, 2011.
MP3: Interview with Kristin Wartman and Erica Latti on the threat to the roots of our democratic society posed by the corporate food industry, conducted by Richard Hill at Zuccotti Park, New York City, Between The Lines, Nov. 19, 2011. Occupy Big Food (www.occupybigfood.wordpress.com) formed recently to confront the stranglehold that huge multinational corporations have on the US and global food production and distribution systems.
Between The Lines interview: "Occupy Wall Street Movement Employs New Tactics to Confront Increased Police Violence," interview with Arun Gupta, a founding editor of New York City's Indypendent newspaper, conducted by Scott Harris, Between The Lines, Nov. 2, 2011.
MP3: Interview with Aimee Allison of RootsAction, conducted by Scott Harris, Counterpoint, Oct. 17, 2011. Allison discusses violations of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution seen in police violence, suppression and arrests of hundreds of protesters participating in occupation encampments inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement across the U.S, resulting in some of those encampments being forcibly dismantled.
MP3: Interview with Sima Cunningham, New York City, college student, activist since she was 11, conducted by Scott Harris, at Zuccotti Park, New York City, Oct. 15, 2011.
MP3: Interview with Jeff Smith,occupier since Sept. 17,from New York, conducted by Scott Harris, at Zuccotti Park, New York City, Oct. 15, 2011.
MP3: Interview with Alexa O'Brien, organizer of the ongoing Occupy Wall Street action in New York, conducted by Scott Harris, Oct. 3, 2011. She discusses how the protest encampment came into being, activists' goals, police harassment and the unique process in which participants are using open democracy to make a wide range of decisions.
MP3: Interview with Nina Bednarski, Occupy Wall Street protester from Madison, Wis., conducted by Scott Harris at Zuccotti Park, New York City, Oct. 1, 2011.
MP3: Interview with Michael Levitin, Occupy Wall Street participant, conducted by Scott Harris at Zuccotti Park, New York City, Oct. 1, 2011.
MP3: Interview with Jose Antonio Ramos, Occupy Wall Street participant, conducted by Scott Harris at Zuccotti Park, New York City, Oct. 1, 2011.
MP3: Interview with Frances Golden, 80-year-old Occupy Wall Street participant, conducted by Scott Harris at Zuccotti Park, New York City, Oct. 1, 2011.
MP3: Interview with Aurelio Muraca, Occupy Wall Street participant, conducted by Scott Harris at Zuccotti Park, New York City, Oct. 1, 2011.
Transcript and MP3: Interview with Joe Hill, co-founding organizer with Occupy Wall Street in New York, conducted by Scott Harris, Oct. 1, 2011. He discusses the early days of organizing Occupy Wall Street, and hopes to inspire non-violent action for social justice. This interview was conducted shortly before the march a police escort led marchers onto the roadway of the Brooklyn Bridge and 700 people were arrested.
"For You, 'The Protester,' Time Magazine's Person of the Year," by Anna Manzo, Dec. 14, 2011
"Occupy Everything, Part Two," by Anna Manzo, Dec. 9, 2011
"Occupy Everything, Part One," by Anna Manzo, Dec. 4, 2011
"To Be Thankful for this Thanksgiving Weekend," by Anna Manzo, Nov. 25, 2011
"Extending Thanks," by Reginald Johnson, Nov. 23, 2011
"OWS: It Just Keeps on Coming..." by Richard Hill, Nov. 21, 2011
Reading Between The Lines blog: "Why is the Occupy Wall Street movement growing so fast?" by Anna Manzo, Oct. 4, 2011.
Reading Between The Lines blog: "The NYPD led protesters onto the Brooklyn Bridge roadway," by Hank Hoffman, Between The Lines' newswire editor, Oct. 2, 2011.
Reading Between The Lines blog: "Time to Take a Stand," by Reginald Johnson, Sept. 30, 2011.
Reading Between The Lines blog: "Part Three: An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Occupy Wall Street Solidarity Growing," by Anna Manzo, Sept. 30, 2011.
Reading Between The Lines blog: "Part Two: An Idea Whose Time Has Finally Come: "And Occupy Wall Street Will Spread,"" Anna Manzo, Sept. 27, 2011.
Reading Between The Lines blog: "Part One: An Idea Whose Time Has Finally Come: "Nobody Can Predict the Moment of Revolution,"" Anna Manzo, Sept. 27, 2011.
Selected audio of speeches, songs and poems:
Interview with Alessio Rastani, a trader, BBC, Sept. 26, 2011
PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet, fightforthefuture.org/pipa
A message from Occupy Wall Street beamed onto the Verizon building in lower Manhattan.
A video from Day 5 of Occupation Wall Street in Zuccotti Park, New York City
The original video to raise funds for "The Occupied Wall Street Journal," which is raising funds on Kickstarter.com