This Week on Between The Lines

Posted July 26, 2017 for week ending Aug. 4, 2017

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"It really was white America that became a middle-class economy with massive government investment in the New Deal and in programs related to World War II, like the GI Bill."

– Dedrick Asante-Muhammad, director of the Corporation for Enterprise Development’s Racial Wealth Divide Initiative, on the growing divide between the wealth of white, African-American and Latino families since the Great Depression and how minority groups missed those opportunities


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America's Growing Racial Wealth Divide Endangers Nation's Future Economic Health

MP3 Interview with Dedrick Asante-Muhammad, director of the Corporation for Enterprise Development’s Racial Wealth Divide Initiative, conducted by Scott Harris

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[This interview was originally broadcast on Aug. 24, 2016.] With a succession of sometimes shocking smart phone videos revealing widespread police violence targeting people of color across America and the parallel rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, U.S. corporate media has focused new attention on the issue of America's racial divide in policing and criminal justice. But rarely do journalists or politicians address the critical and related issue of racial wealth inequality.  Story continues

Climate Change's Rising Ocean Temperatures Bleaching and Killing Earth's Vital Coral

MP3 Interview with Steve Palumbi, professor in Marine Sciences at Stanford University, director of the Hopkins Marine Station and senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

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[This interview was originally broadcast on Jan. 4, 2017.] Coral reefs worldwide have been experiencing some of the most visible signs of climate change, as coral formations struggle to adapt to warmer ocean water. A recent bleaching event devastated the northern area of the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia. Corals are an extremely important part of their ecosystems, as they are home to a great diversity of fish that provide food for other species, including humans. Due to bleaching events and other problems, scientists estimate that coral populations today are only 30 to 50 percent of what they were a century ago.  Story continues

Scandinavian Economic Model Provides Blueprint for a More Egalitarian Society

MP3 Interview with George Lakey, author of “Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians Got it Right and How We Can Too,” conducted by Scott Harris and co-produced with Anna Manzo

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[Editor's note: This interview was originally broadcast on Jan. 11, 2017] During the 2016 Democratic presidential primary campaign, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders defied predictions to become a wildly popular candidate, with passionate grassroots support and who almost beat former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In the end, Sanders supported Clinton in her unsuccessful bid for the White House, but along the way, the independent “democratic socialist” pressured the former senator and first lady to adopt key policy positions including: support for free public college tuition, advocating for a public healthcare option and opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade agreement.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

 

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