Squeaky Wheel Productions
Squeaky Wheel Productions, Inc. is a nonprofit community media organization whose mission is to promote and foster public awareness of points of view, news and information — generally ignored or marginalized in the corporate media — in order to encourage a more just, democratic and sustainable global community.
Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine
In-Depth, Timely Progressive Analysis
Nonprofit Squeaky Wheel Productions primarily produces and distributes the half-hour, weekly syndicated Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine (BTLonline.org), in addition to organizing educational events examining such topics as the importance of independent, non-commercial media to strengthen democracy; American foreign policy; wealth and inequality; the need for establishing universal health care in the U.S., and the urgency of repairing America's broken political and economic system.
Since 1991, Between The Lines, produced by an all-volunteer staff, has been made available for broadcast to non-commercial radio stations at no cost, and distributed as a free podcast on iTunes since 2006. Each week, more than 50 non-commercial radio stations broadcast Between The Lines.
A message from Between The Lines' executive producer, Scott Harris
Dear Between The Lines Listeners:
Like many of you, I didn't sleep election night. All evening long as the vote totals were coming in, a familiar nausea was setting in that I remembered feeling only one other time in my life. That sensation I remembered from election night 2000, when George W. Bush received less votes than his Democratic Party opponent, and after weeks of turmoil, was appointed to the presidency via an illegitimate Supreme Court ruling.
In the weeks following this election, Trump has shown that he has no intention of unifying the nation. On the contrary, he's made nominations and appointments of political operatives identified with racism, militarism, climate change denial, torture, voter suppression and the privatization of Social Security, Medicare and public education.
As John Weaver, a Republican campaign strategist, observed about the naming of Breitbart News executive Stephen Bannon as Trump's chief White House strategist: "The racist, fascist extreme right is represented footsteps from the Oval Office."
With all three branches of government soon to be under the control of Donald Trump's Republican Party, progressives will be fighting defensive battles to protect the hard-fought gains made on many fronts in recent decades, and to beat back extremist initiatives that will further erode civil liberties and human rights.
The next four years are going to be very perilous for the U.S. and the world, like nothing we've ever seen before. Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine will be a place people can turn to find voices of resistance and learn how to effectively engage in the existential fights ahead to defend our democratic values and shield the nation's most vulnerable from the attacks that are sure to come – attacks inspired by racism, hatred and fueled by ignorance.
Between The Lines' Radio Newsmagazine, celebrating our 25th year on the air in 2016, is one of a relatively small handful of independent progressive broadcast outlets in the U.S. that operates in the interest of countering the blatant propaganda of the right. One of our most important goals, especially critical now, is to reach low-information voters with timely, in depth progressive analysis and commentary on major issues of the day, and to act as a bulwark against cynical manipulation by immoral, unprincipled and shameless right-wing politicians and their propagandists.
Without your financial support, Between The Lines would not exist. So please consider making a contribution to support the work our all-volunteer team does every week. The funds you provide help us pay the bills, allowing us to maintain and expand our presence on the radio, Internet and across social media platforms. For your donation, we have thank you gifts (see below).
Or, you can mail us a check, addressed to:
Squeaky Wheel Productions
P.O. Box 110176
Trumbull, CT 06611
Thanks for all your past and continued support -- hoping we can contribute to a more peaceful and just world in 2017!
For more information, we can be reached at contact @ btlonline.org or (203) 268-8446.
Scott Harris, Executive Producer, Between The Lines
Squeaky Wheel Productions
and the rest of the Between The Lines crew - Melinda, Bob, Elaine, Richard, Leslie, Anna, Jeff, Susan, Denise, Nigel and Hank
Special Thank You Gifts for Your Donation*:
Trump Resisters: For donations of $10 and over, you can receive a Trump "Resist Trump/Resist Hate" car window decal (market value $5)
Orwellian Times T-shirt: For donations of $45 and up, you can receive a Between The Lines T-shirt with George Orwell's quote: "Speaking Truth in Times of Universal Deceit is a Revolutionary Act". Click on the image to see a larger version! Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL (MV: $20)
The Informed Activist: For donations of $75 and over, choose one of the following books:
- Les Leopold's book, "Runaway Inequality: An Activist's Guide to Economic Justice" (MV: $15)
- Thomas Frank's book, "Listen Liberal: Or, Whatever Happened to the Party of the People?" (MV: $25)
- Award-winning journalist and 2014 Academy Award nominee Jeremy Scahill's "Assassination Complex" (MV: $15)
The Educated Organizer: For donations of $100 and over, any two books above.
The Knowledge is Power Agitator: For donations of $200 donations and over, the three books above, plus links to talks and videos by the authors.
After you make your online donation, please email contact @ btlonline.org, with your preferred gifts, including T-shirt sizes, as well as your shipping address.
If you are sending a check, please remember to include your thank you gift choices.
Depending on demand, not all gifts can be guaranteed by Christmas delivery.
* Please note that the tax-deductible portion of your donation is reduced by the market value of your gift(s), should you choose to have one or more sent to you.
Squeaky Wheel Productions-Sponsored Public Forums, Panel Discussions, and Special News Coverage
Community Forum:Between The Lines' 25th Anniversary with award-winning investigative journalist, author and Oscar-nominated docummentary filmmaker Jeremy Scahill Oct. 8, 2016
Award-winning author, a founding editor of The Intercept and filmmaker for the Oscar-nominated documentary, "Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield" Jeremy Scahill was the keynote speaker at Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine's 25th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2-4 p.m. in New Haven, CT. Scahill's speech, "Drones, Terrorism and The President," addressed America's endless wars, "targeted assassinations" and the critical policy decisions facing our next president, issues largely ignored by U.S. corporate media. Scahill held a booksigning for his latest book, "The Assassination Complex," which has a foreword by Edward Snowden and afterword by Glenn Greenwald.
Panel discussion: "How Do We Build A Mass Movement to Reverse Runaway Inequality?" a panel discussion on U.S. inequality, Left Forum, May 22, 2016
Panelists: Les Leopold, author of "Runaway Inequality: An Activist's Guide to Economic Justice". Between The Lines' Scott Harris and Richard Hill moderated this workshop.
Special News Coverage: "Rage, Rebellion, Revolution, Organizing Our Power"
Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine audio recordings from the 2016 Left Forum conference May 20 - 22 2016, at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York City. Includes plenary speeches, roundtable discussions and interviews with Chris Hedges, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author; Medea Benjamin, co-founder of peace group CODEPINK and the co-founder of the human rights group Global Exchange; Tariq Ali, a British Pakistani writer, journalist, and filmmaker. and others. Visit our archive to hear selected speeches and interviews.
Panel discussion: "Successes and Challenges of Human Rights Campaigns for Publicly Financed Health Care in the U.S." a panel discussion exploring state campaigns to establish single-payer health care," Left Forum, May 30, 2015
Panelists: Traven Leyshon, Vermont Workers Center; Karim Sariahmed, Put People First PA; Anja Rudiger, National Economic and Social Rights Initiative (NESRI); Scott Harris, chair, Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine.
Special News Coverage: "No Justice, No Peace: Confronting the Crises of Capitalism and Democracy"
Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine audio recordings from the 2015 Left Forum conference May 29 - 31 2015, at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York City. Includes plenary speeches, roundtable discussions and interviews with Laura Flanders, executive producer and host of the Laura Flanders Show; Kristin Lawler, Left Forum board of directors; Seattle Councilwoman and economics professor Kshama Sawant; Syriza, Podemos, Black Lives matter activists and others. Visit our archive to hear selected speeches and interviews.
Panel discussion: "Shadows of Liberty: The Urgency of Media Reform as an Essential Element of Restoring Democracy," Left Forum, June 1, 2014
Panel discussion on the documentary film "Shadows of Liberty," with the film;apos; director, producer and writer Jean-Philippe Tremblay; investigative reporter, media critic and former CBS/CNN producer Kristina Borjesson; and author, journalist and documentary filmmaker, Danny Schechter. Moderated by Scott Harris, executive producer, Between The Lines radio newsmagazine. Listen to the panel discussion.
Special News Coverage: "Reform and/or Revolution: Imagining a World with Transformative Justice"
Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine audio recordings from the 2014 Left Forum conference May 30 - June 1, 2014, at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York City. Includes plenary speeches, roundtable discussions and interviews with actor Harry Belafonte, activist and professor emerita Angela Davis, Seattle Councilwoman and economics professor Kshama Sawant, professors Cornel West and Richard D. Wolff, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges and others. Visit our archive to hear selected speeches and interviews.
Panel discussion: "Toward Building a Strategic Alliance Between the Worker Cooperative and Progressive Social Movements," Left Forum, June 8, 2013
Panel discussion with political economist Gar Alperovitz, Working World President Brendan Martin, EDGE Funders Alliance's Leah Hunt Hendrix and assistant professor of economics, Maliha Safri. This workshop provided an overview of the potential of the cooperative movement in the U.S. and around the world, while examining the ways in which a strategic alliance between the worker cooperative and progressive movements could advance the development and expansion of cooperatives through the active promotion of government preferential treatment and incentives as well as the establishment of new institutions to provide capital resources and technical support. Moderated by Scott Harris, executive producer, Between The Lines radio newsmagazine. Visit our archive to hear these panelists.
Special News Coverage: "Mobilizing for Ecological and Economic Transformation"
Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine audio recordings from the 2013 Left Forum conference June 7-9, at Pace University, New York City. Select Plenary Session Speeches by 2012 Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and MIT professor, Noam Chomsky. Visit our archive to hear these speeches.
Panel discussion: "Occupying in Latin America: Social Movements Taking Over Land, Factories and Schools," Left Forum, March 17, 2012
Panel discussion with NACLA Report on the Americas editor Michael Fox, Friends of the MST (Brazilian Landless Workers Movement) Esneider Arevalo and WagingNonviolence.org editor Nathan Schneide. Moderated by Scott Harris, Between The Lines executive producer. Visit our archive to hear these panelists.
Panel discussion: "Evolution to Revolution: The Path to Systemic Change in American Society," Left Forum, March 17, 2012
Panel discussion with political economists Gar Alperovitz and Chris Rude, Occupy organizer and attorney Amin Husain, Occupy organizer and journalist Laura Gottesdiener. Moderated by Richard Hill, Between The Lines producer. Visit our archive to hear these panelists.
Special News Coverage: "Occupy The System: Confronting Global Capitalism"
Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine audio recordings from the 2012 Left Forum conference March 16-18, at Pace University, New York City. Includes plenary speeches, and panel discussions with filmmaker Michael Moore, National Nurses United Executive Director Rose Ann DeMoro, founding editor of the Indypendent magazine and was a founding editor of the Occupy Wall Street Journal Arun Gupta, sociologist John Holloway, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges, executive director of the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School Elaine Bernard and others. Visit our archive to hear these speeches.
Citizen activist and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader was the keynote speaker at Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine's 20th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, May 14, 2011 in New Haven, Connecticut. Nader's speech, "Overcoming the Power of the Plutocrats by Forging the Power of the People," addressed the topic of corporate dominance of the U.S. political system and the fight under way in Wisconsin and around the country to restore democracy.
The event will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. at the United Church on the Green, 270 Temple St., New Haven, CT (corner of Temple and Elm Streets). Suggested contribution: ($10 advance, $15 at the door).
In addition to Ralph Nader's talk and booksigning, Between The Lines will present its "Democracy in Action" awards to two Connecticut groups that embody the best of grassroots progressive activism: The Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut and Council 4 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees - AFSCME.
SPRING 2010: "DEMOCRACY vs. the Propaganda State? Why We Must Support Independent Media and Build a Real Alternative to Corporate Power," public forum with John Nichols, co-author of the book, "The Death and Life of American Journalism: The Media Revolution that will Begin the World Again"
FALL 2009: "Capitalism Hits the Fan: The Global Economic Crisis and What to Do About It," film screening and forum with Richard D. Wolff, economics professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and consultant on Michael Moore's film, "Capitalism: A Love Story"
WINTER 2009: Sneak Preview Screening: "Combatants for Peace and the Billboard from Bethlehem", 1-hour film documentary featuring former Israeli soldiers and former Palestinian fighters, followed by a talk and reception with Producer/Director Bruce Barrett of IWagePeace.org and former Israel Defense Forces paratrooper Elik Elhanan
FALL 2008: Pre-Election Forum: Oil, War and the Future of American Foreign Policy, with Michael T. Klare at the documentary screening of "Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America's Dependency on Foreign Petroleum"
SUMMER 2008: "Eyewitness Reports on Iran, Palestine and Israel," presentation with peace activists Rev. Allie Perry, Patty Nuelsen, and Between The Lines' producer Melinda Tuhus
FALL 2007: "Health Care: A Basic Right or Privilege?" panel discussion with Dr. Stephanie Woolhandler, Physicians for a National Health Program, State House Majority Leader Rep. Christopher G. Donovan (D-Meriden); David Benfer, president and CEO of St. Raphael Healthcare System; Melissa Bailey, New Haven Independent managing editor; Crystal Emery, documentary producer, healthcare consumer and advocate
SPRING 2007: "American Fascists," Pulitzer Prize-winning author Chris Hedges discusses his book,"American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America"
SPRING 2007: "Energy Wars: Popular Movements At Home and Abroad," panel discussion with TowardFreedom.com Editor Ben Dangl and Connecticut activists Frank Panzarella and Bruce Crowder
FALL 2006: Between The Lines' 15th Anniversary Event Series "Democracy in Danger: Oil Wars, Corporate Power, Terrorism and the Struggle to Defend Liberty and Justice," forum with Greg Palast and Jeff Cohen
SUMMER 2006: Between The Lines'15th Anniversary Event Series, "Troubadours for Truth," music benefit, featuring The Furors, the Sawtelles, Hygiene Wilder, James Velvet with Johnny Memphis, Shellye Valauskas and Hank Hoffman
SUMMER 2006: "The Case for Impeachment of President George W. Bush" public forum, co-authors journalist David Lindorff and Center for Constitutional Rights attorney Barbara Olshansky on their book, "The Case for Impeachment: The Legal Argument for Removing President George W. Bush from Office "
FALL 2005: "The Iraq War and The Bush Administration's Pursuit of Global Domination," public forum, former U.S. Marine veteran and former U.N. weapons inspector Scott Ritter
SUMMER 2005: "Weapons of Mass Deception," a screening of this award-winning documentary followed by a discussion with director Danny Schechter
FALL 2004: "Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear and the Selling of American Empire," Media Education Foundation documentary: documentary screening and forum with economist Max Wolff
SPRING 2003: "Who Profits from War on Iraq?" public forum with BBC-TV reporter Greg Palast, author of the New York Times best-selling book, "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy"
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