This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Oct. 25, 2017 for week ending Nov. 3, 2017

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"Right after (Google's) algorithms were changed, a total decrease of 85 percent in search traffic for sites like Alternet, Democracy Now! and Commondreams. Global Research and Truthout also saw pretty significant declines ranging from 49 to 71 percent."

– Journalist Julianne Tveten, on how Google and Facebook have responded to critiques of their complicity in disseminating "fake news" and how long-standing nonprofit, independent, left-leaning media outlets have suffered.


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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Battle Against 'Fake News' Marginalizes Progressive Media Outlets

MP3 Interview with Julianne Tveten, journalist, conducted by Scott Harris

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As congressional committees and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation seeks information and evidence on charges that Donald Trump’s presidential campaign had colluded with Russian government operatives to win the White House, independent journalism has emerged as an unlikely victim of the probe.  Story continues

Dramatic Increase in Western U.S. Wildfires Linked to Climate Change

MP3 Interview with Leroy Westerling, co-director of the Sierra Nevada Research Institute at the University of California, conducted by Scott Harris

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The early October wildfires that swept six northern California counties, including Napa, Lake, Sonoma, Mendocino, Butte and Solano, constitute the deadliest fires in California history. Officials reported that multiple blazes across the state killed 42 people and hospitalized nearly 200 others. The wildfires destroyed at least 8,400 homes and other structures – burning more than 200,000 acres, roughly the size of New York City.  Story continues

Simply Too Hot: The Desperate Science and Politics of Climate

MP3 Excerpt of Yale University speech by Bill McKibben, author, writer and climate activist, founder of climate activism organization 350.org, recorded and produced by Melinda Tuhus

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Writer and activist Bill McKibben spoke at Yale University on Oct. 10, addressing the urgency of taking action to slow down climate chaos. In the wake of many recent disasters predicted by climate scientists – including the deadliest forest fires in California history and three of the strongest hurricanes ever to hit the U.S. mainland and Caribbean – McKibben talked about the pace of climate change and the people's and politicians' response to it.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

 

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