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Between the Lines

A four-time winner of the Connecticut Associated Press Broadcast Award for Best Feature in the non-commercial category, this syndicated, half-hour program provides a platform for individuals and spokespersons from progressive organizations generally ignored or marginalized by the mainstream media.

Between the Lines covers a wide range of political, economic and social topics. Each program begins with a five-minute summary of some of the week’s under-reported news stories gathered from the alternative press. This summary is followed by three five-minute interview segments focusing on significant international, national and regional issues.

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Palestine, Population, Sinclair
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April 13, 2018 | 9:00 am

"Immediately after Palestinians announced that there would be this big civil disobedience campaign and peaceful rally, Israel responded by pre-positioning more than 100 snipers along the fence with Gaza, announcing its intentions to shoot to kill anyone who came within 300 meters of the fence." – Josh Ruebner, policy director, U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, on what happened after Palestinians in the Gaza Strip announced that they would hold a six-week, nonviolent campaign over their Palestinian refugees' right of return


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V.A., Fossil Fuel Investments Increase, U.S. Census
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April 6, 2018 | 9:00 am

"He was fired because he wasn't cooperating with those in Congress and the Koch brothers and Steven Cohen, who see that they can make quite a profit for themselves if they can privatize the VA." – Mark Foreman, board member of Veterans for Peace, on why David Shulkin, former secretary of the Veterans Affairs department, was terminated from his job and whom President Trump wants to replace with White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson


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Bolton, March For Our Lives, Cambridge Analytica March 30, 2018 | 9:00 am

"John Bolton puts many neoconservatives somewhat on the defensive. He believes strongly in military solutions to political problems. He doesn't like the idea of nation-building ... "

– Jim Lobe, founder and editor of LobeLog.com and former Washington, D.C. bureau chief for Inter Press Service on President Donald Trump's appointment of John Bolton as national security adviser, whom many critics call a "hawk's hawk" or "warmonger"


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Korea, Our Children’s Trust, NRA
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March 16, 2018 | 9:00 am

"They've said previously that they would negotiate around their nuclear capabilities only after the U.S. had ended what they call its 'hostile policy': military exercises which take place twice a year, nuclear threats and nuclear weapons aimed at North Korea for decades and sanctions ... "

– Tim Shorrock, journalist and author of the book, “Spies for Hire: The Secret World of Intelligence Outsourcing“ on North Korea's major concession to discuss eventual denuclearization in face-to-face talks with President Donald Trump


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Syria, Black Lung, AFSCME
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March 9, 2018 | 9:00 am

"It's a completely man-made ... devastating humanitarian crisis, one created directly as a result of the tactics employed in this war."

– Noah Bonsey, senior analyst on Syria with the International Crisis Group, on the military siege of eastern Ghouta in Syria

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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Trump Budget, Kansas Boycott Law, New Poor People’s Campaign February 23, 2018 | 9:00 am

"Fifty-four percent of the funds they allocated will go the Pentagon and nuclear weapons, while the remaining 46 percent will go to everything else. So, clearly the priority that Congress places is that a military solution trumps – pardon the expression – everything else."

– Lindsay Koshgarian, program director of the National Priorities Project, on how the Republican-Trump military budget's spending level in recent years keeps the U.S. in the range of spending more than the next eight to 10 countries in the world combined


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Trump, Minnesota Tar Sands
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January 19, 2018 | 9:00 am

"It's fair to say that we have a racist president. So then, the place to place our attention is on those who surround him. Those who have the power to check and balance his presidency, to direct it in a better way. Or, if necessary, to initiate the steps that must be taken to remove him from office."
– John Nichols, national affairs correspondent with the Nation magazine and author, discussing President Donald Trump's controversial repeated use of "shithole countries" comments in a meeting on immigration


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Korea, Iran, Judiciary January 12, 2018 | 9:00 am

"So I would emphasize here that the onus of not messing up – it shouldn't be on President Moon. I think it really needs to be on the U.S."
– Catherine Killough, Ploughshares Fund Roger L. Hale fellow, on the progress South Korean Mood Jae-in has made in tamping down tensions with North Korean President Kim Jong-un, during talks about the Winter Olympics. The onus is on the U.S. to provide kind of security assurance to North Korea that the U.S. is not going to topple their regime.


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Civil Rights, Social Inequity, Public Education
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January 5, 2018 | 9:00 am

"The Supreme Court had found that the 14th Amendment prohibited the jailing of individuals without a consideration of their ability to pay debt. ... It set out very clearly that the courts could not send people to jail for nonpayment of fines and fees unless the courts had first found that that nonpayment was willful."

– Myesha Braden, Criminal Justice Project director with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, on how Trump's Department of Justice has rolled back 25 guidance letters, some of which restored civil rights protections that were being violated in Ferguson, Missouri and other municipalities.


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Tax “Reform”, Blue Green Alliance, Net Neutrality December 8, 2017 | 9:00 am

"(Republicans) will turn around next year without any embarrassment, any shame and they will say, 'Well, all of a sudden because of the tax cuts we passed last year, the deficit now isn't 75 percent of Gross Domestic Product, it's now 90 percent of Gross Domestic Product. And so we're going to have to cut a trillion or two from the places where you can actually get the money, which is Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.'"
– Frank Clemente, executive director of Americans for Tax Fairness, on why the Republican Congress is ignoring deficit expansion as part of their agenda to give big tax breaks to the wealthy and corporations and then gut the social safety net.


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