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Airs at: Tue, 09/24/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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A weekly one-hour progressive radio show featuring lectures & interviews with progressive thinkers.

Every Tuesday from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM.

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.
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Beyond Money

Airs at: Tue, 09/17/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Money, you know, is the root of all evil. The pursuit of it no matter the consequences has led to us, as the New York Timesdescribes it, “speeding toward environmental catastrophe.” Unregulated predatory capitalism and its obsession with generating profits no matter the ... Read more

Fixing Democracy

Airs at: Tue, 09/10/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Around the world democracy is in trouble. Autocrats have come to power. In the U.S. democracy is compromised by a political system awash in money, gerrymandering, voter suppression and that absurd relic, the electoral college. One of the principal designers of the U.S. s... Read more

Pushing Back at Amazon

Airs at: Tue, 09/03/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Amazon, the retail behemoth, is named after the giant river in South America. The company began in the Seattle area in 1994. Since then it has not just grown and expanded but has transformed marketing. Consumers are attracted to in some instances, lower prices but overwh... Read more

The Working Class

Airs at: Tue, 08/27/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Warren Buffett, the much-admired genius investor and one of the world’s richest men said, “There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.” And who are the losers? The working class, people who work for an hourly... Read more

Second Thoughts on the First Amendment

Airs at: Tue, 08/20/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  “Congress shall make no law…abridging freedom of speech.” There it is. Plain and simple. The First Amendment to the Constitution. But since 9/11 that amendment has been under sustained attack. Whistleblowers John Kiriakou, Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden,... Read more

Origins of Radical Right-Wing Power

Airs at: Tue, 08/13/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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The history of the anti-government and anti-democratic politics that have transformed the U.S. in recent years is largely obscured from view. The radical right’s agenda includes: suppression of voting rights, privatization of everything from schools to Medicare to Social Se... Read more

Climate Disruption

Airs at: Tue, 08/06/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Ralph Nader points out the term climate change is a vast understatement and does not convey the gravity of what we are facing. He says, climate disruption is more accurate. Study after study, report after report make it clear that human activity is transforming our planet. ... Read more

How Hitler Happened

Airs at: Tue, 07/30/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  The post-WW1 Weimar Republic in Germany was the height of European civilization. Its scientists and scholars led the world. Its Bauhaus architecture was the rage. Its arts featured such luminaries as Fritz Lang, Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill and Thomas Mann. Yet, out of thi... Read more

Surveillance Capitalism

Airs at: Tue, 07/23/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Surveillance Capitalism is a global architecture of behavior modification which poses profound threats to society. It was invented at Google, duplicated at Facebook, and has moved almost seamlessly into virtually every economic sector. Vast wealth is accumulated in an om... Read more

Economic Inequality Kills

Airs at: Tue, 07/16/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Given that people in the U.S. spend more money on health care than the rest of the world combined, then logic would dictate that we have the best health outcomes. Well, we don’t. Why? Increasing evidence from epidemiologists— the scientists who study the health of popula... Read more