At an event celebrating Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine’s 25th Year on the air Award-winning author, investigative journalist, Democracy Now! Correspondent, Oscar-nominated filmmaker and a founding editor of The Intercept, Jeremy Scahill will be the keynote speaker at Between The Lines’ Radio Newsmagazine’s 25th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 2-4 p.m. at the United Church on the Green, 270 Temple St. in New Haven, CT.
Scahill’s talk, “Drones, Terrorism and The President,” will address America’s endless wars, “targeted assassinations” and the critical policy decisions facing our next president, issues largely ignored by U.S. corporate media.
The event will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 8 at the United Church on the Green, 270 Temple St., New Haven (corner of Temple and Elm). Suggested contribution $10 in advance and $15 at the door. For tickets and information, visit www.Squeakywheel.net, www.BTLonline.org or call (203) 268-8446.
At the event, Between The Lines will present its “Democracy in Action” awards to a long-time social justice advocate and two Connecticut groups that embody the best of grassroots activism: Barbara Fair, Unidad Latina en Acción and Dragonfly Climate Collective (formerly known as Capitalism vs. the Climate) Jeremy Scahill’s talk will be followed by a book signing – and a post-talk reception and silent auction that will take place at the home of local activists Rev. Allie Perry and Charlie Pillsbury, two-time Green Party 3rd District congressional candidate.
“Between The Lines,” a half-hour radio newsmagazine celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2016, was founded at WPKN Radio in Bridgeport, CT in the lead-up to the 1991 Persian Gulf war to probe the causes and conduct of the conflict that other media outlets failed to cover. Between The Lines continued production after the conclusion of the Gulf War, but with a broader focus: providing a platform for journalists, activists and spokespersons from progressive organizations generally ignored or marginalized by the corporate media. Over the last 25 years the program, which is now heard on more than 60 radio stations across the U.S., has covered a wide range of issues including: the ongoing U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, drone warfare, international grassroots resistance to corporate-led globalization and free trade economic policies; growing income inequality in the U.S.; efforts to repair America’s health care system; challenges to voter suppression, activism addressing climate change and post-9/11 assaults on the U.S. Constitution, Geneva Conventions and other international treaties.
Community co-sponsors of the Oct. 8 event are the Progressive Roundtable, the Greater New Haven Peace Council, the Middle East Crisis Committee and Promoting Enduring Peace.
Net proceeds benefit Squeaky Wheel Productions, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit distributor of Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine.
Bio from various sources: Jeremy Scahill is an award-winning investigative journalist, war correspondent and one of the three founding editors of The Intercept, a digital magazine dedicated to producing fearless adversarial journalism. The other founders are former Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald and documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras, who won the 2015 Academy award for the documentary Citizenfour – the story about whistle-blower Edward Snowden and exposing thousands of documents relating to U.S. government mass surveillance.
Scahill’s work has sparked several congressional investigations and won some of journalism’s highest honors. He is author of the international bestselling books Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield and Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army. He has served as the national security correspondent for The Nation and Democracy Now!, and was twice awarded the prestigious George Polk Award for foreign reporting and for Blackwater. As a co-producer and writer of the award-winning film Dirty Wars, the documentary was nominated for a 2014 Academy Award. His latest book is The Assassination Complex.
He has reported from Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, Nigeria, the former Yugoslavia – and elsewhere across the globe – through the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations. In his book, Dirty Wars, Scahill takes readers inside America’s new covert wars, in which foot soldiers operate globally and inside the U.S. with orders from the White House to do whatever is necessary to hunt down, capture, or kill individuals designated by the president as enemies.
Widely viewed as one of the world’s leading experts on privatized warfare, Scahill has testified before Congress on the use of mercenary forces in U.S. war zones and his reporting has been used in numerous congressional investigations. He has appeared as a commentator on many news programs and networks, including CBS Evening News, ABC World News Tonight, NBC Nightly News, CNN, MSNBC, Bill Moyers Journal, The Daily Show, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, NPR’s “Fresh Air,” BBC World News, Counterpoint Radio and Between The Lines.
He has also reported from Nigeria, where he and Democracy Now! colleague Amy Goodman exposed the role of the Chevron oil corporation in the killing of protesting villagers in the oil-rich Niger Delta. Traveling around the hurricane zone in the wake of Katrina in 2005, Scahill exposed the presence of Blackwater mercenaries in New Orleans and his reporting sparked a congressional inquiry and an internal Department of Homeland Security investigation.
He was among the only reporters to gain access to the Abu Ghraib prison when Saddam Hussein was in power and his story on the emptying of the prison won a Golden Reel for Best National Radio News Story. He also worked in 2000 as a producer for Michael Moore’s series The Awful Truth on the Bravo network. In addition to The Nation, he has written for The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, O magazine, Z magazine, In These Times, The Progressive, and many other publications.