Alternative Radio

Alternative Radio, established in 1986, is a weekly one-hour public affairs program offered free to all public radio stations in the US, Canada, Europe and beyond. AR provides information, analyses and views that are frequently ignored or distorted in other media.

Our program is carried by over 125 radio stations and heard by millions of listeners. It is produced by David Barsamian in Boulder, Colorado.

Alternative Radio is sustained by donations and by your purchases of season subscriptions, recordings and transcripts. You can make a donation, including a recurring amount charged to your credit card each month, from our donations page.

Because Alternative Radio is a syndicated program, we don't have the permissions from them to post their audio files or transcripts. If you go to the Alternative Radio website, you can download their interviews and lectures for a very low price, and help support their work.

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Episode Archive

Rob Larson on Fossil Fuelishness

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Tue, 06/30/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Rob Larson on Fossil Fuelishness

Rob Larson teaches economics at Tacoma Community College. He is the author of Bleakonomics. His articles appear in Dollars and Sense.

Ussama Makdisi - Sectarianism in the Middle East

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Tue, 06/23/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Ussama Makdisi - Sectarianism in the Middle East

Ussama Makdisi is Professor of History and the first holder of the Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair of Arab Studies at Rice University. He is the author ofFaith Misplaced: The Broken Promise of U.S.-Arab Relations and The Culture of Sectarianism.

David Korten - A New Story

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Tue, 06/16/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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David Korten - A New Story

David Korten was an insider in the development establishment for several decades. He worked for the Ford Foundation and USAID and taught at Harvard University's Graduate School of Business. Having severed his ties to the past, today he is a leading voice for economic and social justice.

Naomi Klein — Atmospheric Consequences

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Tue, 06/09/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Naomi Klein — Atmospheric Consequences

Naomi Klein of Canada is an award-winning journalist, author and filmmaker. Her articles appear in major newspapers and magazines all over the world. She is the author of the bestsellers No Logo, The Shock Doctrine and This Changes Everything.

Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela — Forgiving the Unforgivable

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Tue, 06/02/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela — Forgiving the Unforgivable

Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela is a clinical psychologist and Senior Research Professor at the University of the Free State. She served on the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) as coordinator of victims’ public hearings in the Western Cape.

In that role, she participated in, and facilitated encounters between family members of victims of gross human rights violations and perpetrators responsible for these human rights abuses. Since serving on the TRC, and witnessing some of the unexpected outcomes of the TRC’s public hearings process and public dialogue about the past, she has been interested in this question: what features of the TRC process were effective in opening up the possibility of transformation?

Robert Scheer - Free Thought & Self-Censorship

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Tue, 05/26/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Robert Scheer - Free Thought & Self-Censorship

Robert Scheer is the former editor of Ramparts magazine,. A veteran investigative journalist, he is the editor-in-chief at TruthDig.com. He is author of They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies are Destroying Democracy.

Howard Zinn on Against War

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Alternative Radio
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Tue, 05/19/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Howard Zinn on Against War

Howard Zinn, professor emeritus at Boston University, was perhaps this country's premier radical historian. He was born in Brooklyn in 1922. His parents, poor immigrants, were constantly moving to stay, as he once told me, "one step ahead of the landlord." After high school, he went to work in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. During World War II, he saw combat duty as an air force bombardier. After the war, he went to Columbia University on the GI Bill. He taught at Spelman, the all black women's college in Atlanta. He was an active figure in the civil rights movement and served on the board of SNCC, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He was fired by Spelman for his activism. He was among the first to oppose U.S. aggression in Indochina.

Noam Chomsky - "It's In Your Hands"

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Fri, 05/15/2015 - 9:00am - 10:30am
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Noam Chomsky on Alternative Radio

An effective propaganda system encourages people to be discouraged. Hey! Worry about the Kardashian's latest news. Leave the complicated matters of domestic and foreign affairs to the smart guys. This is a recipe for disaster because the ruling class will attend acutely to its interests at the expense of everyone and everything else including the planet. This indifference to the 99% and the environment was dramatically revealed in a 2015 poll of CEOs at Davos. Every year the so-called "masters of the universe" meet in the Swiss Alps. The poll asked them to list their major concerns. They had 19. Climate change was not one of them.

Glenn Greenwald - Why Privacy Matters

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Tue, 05/12/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Glenn Greenwald - Why Privacy Matters

In democratic societies some things have long been considered sacrosanct. Such as the right to privacy. Not any more. It is violated on a routine and systematic basis. States scream: national security or terrorism to justify their expansion of surveillance. In terms of the sheer scope of spying the USA puts the old USSR to shame. Without privacy there is neither freedom nor democracy. There has to be a space where you can express your innermost thoughts, emotions and vulnerabilities. The cameras, microphones, and drones eliminate that possibility. Thanks to Edward Snowden and a handful of courageous journalists and filmmaker Laura Poitras we have learned much of how our fundamental rights are being undermined. In this Orwellian world, Big Brother is omnipotent and omniscient.

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor - From Black Power to the New Jim Crow

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Alternative Radio
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Tue, 05/05/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor - From Black Power to the New Jim Crow
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is active in local housing struggles in Chicago and is an organizer with the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign. Her articles appear in CounterPunch, The Black Commentator, Black Agenda Report and New Politics. She is on the editorial board of the International Socialist Review and a columnist for Socialist Worker.org. She is the author of Rats, Riots and Revolution: Black Housing in the 1960s.

Comments

"Alternative Radio" broadcast 04-Aug-09 9-10am Portland

Hello,

I would like to get an MP3 copy of your Alternative Radio broadcast of 04-Aug-09, 9-10am. It is one of the best talks I have ever heard on the progression of our economic system. Is it available?

Thanks,
Steve Brandt

Hi!   Is there a way to

Hi!

 

Is there a way to listen to the show today on "Alternative Radio"?  It was on from 9am-10am Sept. 22, 09.  I was in my car, but was unable to listen to the entire program.

 

Thank you.

 

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