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.

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​Richard Wolff - The Market: A Paragon of Virtue

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​Richard Wolff - The Market: A Paragon of Virtue

Program: 
Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Tue, 10/21/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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​Richard Wolff - The Market: A Paragon of Virtue

Richard Wolff is Professor of Economics Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and currently a visiting professor at the New School in New York. The New York Times calls him "America's most prominent Marxist economist." He is the author of numerous books including Democracy at Work and Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism with David Barsamian.

Michael Brune - Clean Energy Victories

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Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Tue, 10/14/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Michael Brune - Clean Energy Victories

Michael Brune, an environmental activist, was an organizer for Greenpeace. Later, he headed up the Rainforest Action Network. He is currently the Executive Director of the Sierra Club. He spearheaded the Beyond Coal Campaign. He is author of Coming Clean: Breaking America's Addiction to Oil and Coal.

Rebecca Solnit - Breaking Stories

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Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Tue, 10/07/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Rebecca Solnit - Breaking Stories
Rebecca Solnit - Breaking Stories

Writer, historian, and activist Rebecca Solnit is the author of fifteen books about environment, landscape, community, art, politics, the power of stories. Her most recent is comic, scathing essay called “Men Explain Things to Me.
Other books include The Faraway Nearby; Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas, A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster; A Field Guide to Getting Lost; Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities; Wanderlust: A History of Walking; and River of Shadows, Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West (for which she received a Guggenheim, the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism, and the Lannan Literary Award).

Bruce Schneier - The Internet, Privacy & Power

Program: 
Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Tue, 09/30/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Bruce Schneier - The Internet, Privacy & Power

Edward Snowden's remarkable revelations leave no doubt. Big Brother is here. The National Security Agency's PRISM program is a clandestine mass electronic surveillance and data mining system. In plain English: it enables state spying on citizens. The American Civil Liberties Union says, "The things we do and say online leave behind ever-growing trails of personal information. With every click, we entrust our conversations, emails, photos, and much more to Facebook, Microsoft, Google and Yahoo. But what happens when the government asks these corporations to hand over their users' private information?" What happens to our rights and expectations of privacy?

Arundhati Roy – Gandhi & Caste

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Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Tue, 09/23/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Arundhati Roy – Gandhi & Caste

States have their iconic heroes. Founding Fathers. Jinnah in Pakistan, Ataturk in Turkey, George Washington in the U.S., Gandhi in India. To criticize them is risky business as they have been elevated to god-like status. Gandhi is no exception. He is revered and honored. His portrait hangs in many buildings and homes. His statue graces many public squares. And he is on the rupee note. The adulation extends outside of India. The British government recently announced that his statue would be placed in Parliament Square.

Deepa Kumar & Arun Kundnani - Racism & Surveillance

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Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Tue, 09/16/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Deepa Kumar & Arun Kundnani - Racism & Surveillance

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has a long history of spying on African Americans including Nobel Prize winner Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The great writer Richard Wright, who was also snooped on, wrote the poem "The FB Eye Blues:" Woke up this morning/FB Eye under my bed/Said I woke up this morning /FB eye under my bed/Told me all I dreamed last night, every word I said. Racism and surveillance are closely intertwined. Today, state security agencies and police departments profile and target Muslims. Their organizations and mosques are infiltrated. If your name is Hussein or Fatima you might be asked questions at airports. A broad net is cast. Civil liberties are tossed aside.

Mohamad Elmasry - Egypt: From Pharaoh to Pharaoh

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Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Tue, 09/09/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Mohamad Elmasry - Egypt: From Pharaoh to Pharaoh

Egypt's latest pharaoh is Field Marshall Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. He orchestrated a coup toppling the democratically elected government of Mohamed Morsi on July 3, 2013. The U.S. refused to call it a coup, rather it lauded the action as "restoring democracy." About a year later Sisi became president in a farcical election where he got 97% of the vote. Ever since Anwar Sadat, another military dictator, signed the Camp David agreement with Israel in 1979, Egypt has been a key part of U.S. policy in the Middle East. For playing ball, the generals in Cairo have been amply rewarded with billions. In August 2014, Human Rights Watch officials were denied entry into Egypt after issuing a report documenting a series of mass killings carried out under Sisi.

Chris Giannou - Understanding the Middle East

Program: 
Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Tue, 09/02/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Chris Giannou - Understanding the Middle East

Large parts of the Middle East today are engulfed in violence. Why? What historical factors shape the current conflicts? Take Iraq for example, a country in chaos. The U.S. has been intervening in Iraq non-stop for decades. What has it produced? Sectarianism and strife. Death and destruction. Actual U.S. policy in the Middle East is buried in a blizzard of propaganda about democracy and human rights while in practice Washington backs feudal and repressive regimes like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and the Emirates as well as dictatorships like Egypt. Justification for U.S. military bases, invasions and occupations are cloaked in the garb of altruism and noble intent. It’s always been that way for imperial powers.

David Cay Johnston - Societal Impact of Inequality

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Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Tue, 08/26/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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David Cay Johnston - Societal Impact of Inequality
The U.S. has the dubious distinction of being the most unequal of all developed countries. The gaps between rich and poor have not been seen since the Gilded Age over a century ago. The one-tenth of one percent is loaded with stocks, bonds, hedge funds, cash and property. The respected business journalist Martin Wolf writes, "An out-of-control financial sector is eating out the modern market economy from inside, just as the larva of the spider wasp eats out the host in which it has been laid." Inequality is corroding democracy. While the upper crust has been lining their pockets the working class, if they even have a job, has been pauperized. Food and rent take up much of their paltry take home pay. Tens of millions are dependent on food stamps.

Paul Ehrlich - Distress Signals from Earth

Program: 
Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Tue, 08/19/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Paul Ehrlich - Distress Signals from Earth

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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