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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Chris Giannou - Understanding the Middle East

Episode Archive

David Cay Johnston - Societal Impact of Inequality

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Alternative Radio
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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

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Tue, 08/19/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Paul Ehrlich - Distress Signals from Earth

Chris Hedges - Captain Ahab & U.S. Empire

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Tue, 08/12/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Chris Hedges - Captain Ahab & U.S. Empire
Chris Hedges - Captain Ahab & U.S. Empire

Chris Hedges is an award-winning journalist who has covered wars in the Balkans, the Middle East and Central America. He writes a weekly column for Truthdig.org and is a senior fellow at The Nation Institute. He is the author of War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning, American Fascists, Empire of Illusion, Death of the Liberal Class, The World As It Is, and with Joe Sacco, Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt.

Sandra Steingraber on Contamination Without Consent

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Alternative Radio
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Tue, 08/05/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Sandra Steingraber on Contamination Without Consent
Sandra Steingraber on Contamination Without Consent

Sandra Steingraber is a biologist, professor, writer and environmental health expert. In the tradition of Rachel Carson she is a leading voice alerting the public to toxic trespassing and the dangers posed by fracking. She is the author of Living Downstream: An Ecologist Looks at Cancer and the Environment and Raising Elijah.

Vandana Shiva - Seeds & Freedom

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Alternative Radio
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Tue, 07/29/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Vandana Shiva - Seeds & Freedom

What's in a seed? Life itself. Ten thousand years ago, Iraq, Egypt and India were the sites of the earliest sowing and harvesting of plants that had previously been gathered in the wild. It was a revolutionary development and made civilization possible. Since then humans have been able to grow food and feed themselves. Today, that freedom embodied in seeds is threatened. Multinational corporations, like Monsanto, have radically changed the agricultural landscape. The imposition of intellectual property rights and patenting have been ways corporations have devised to put a price tag on seeds and to undo what has been for millennia a shared heritage. Around the world there is backlash and resistance to the corporate hijacking of seeds.

Lester Brown - The Future of Civilization

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Tue, 07/22/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Lester Brown - The Future of Civilization

When it comes to climate change the operative word is "hot" with "record" and "unprecedented" closely following. UN conferences on climate do little beyond the powerful issuing grandiose proclamations about how green they are and then it's back to their destructive policies. The Guardian, captures the hypocrisy, "governments turned their backs on the living planet, demonstrating that no chronic problem, however grave, will take priority." Rome is burning. The eco-crisis includes rising temperatures and sea levels, deforestation and species extinction, drought and soil erosion, and water and food shortages. In the not so distant future the ecological crimes against the Earth will come home to roost.

Glenn Greenwald - Unmasking the NSA

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Alternative Radio
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Tue, 07/15/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Glenn Greenwald - Unmasking the NSA

Imagine a gigantic vacuum cleaner scooping up all electronic communications. That's what the National Security Agency does. Think you are safe from NSA snooping? That you can hide behind clever passwords? Think again. The Agency has the capability to generate one billion password guesses per second. On top of that it can remotely activate your cell phone and computer and use them as eavesdropping and tracking devices. The NSA is at the center of a system of monitoring and control beyond the wildest dreams of the greatest tyrants in history. The so-called War on Terror has unleashed a war on civil liberties. White House claims of national security justify massive abuses. We have to give up freedoms in order to preserve them we are told.

Paul Cienfuegos - Community Rights

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Alternative Radio
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Tue, 07/08/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Paul Cienfuegos - Community Rights

Paul Cienfuegos is a regional leader in the Community Rights movement, which works to dismantle corporate constitutional so-called "rights" and assert the people's inherent right to self-government. He founded Democracy Unlimited of Humboldt County in 1995, co-founded CommunityRightsPDX.org in 2011, and is helping to establish the Oregon Community Rights Network which launched in 2013. He is based in Portland, Oregon. 

Richard Wolff - Naked Capitalism

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Alternative Radio
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Tue, 07/01/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Richard Wolff - Naked Capitalism


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 called him "America's most prominent Marxist economist." He is the author of numerous books including Democracy at Work and Occupy the Economy.

Noam Chomsky - State of Insecurity

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Alternative Radio
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Tue, 06/24/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Noam Chomsky - State of Insecurity

Noam Chomsky, by any measure has led a most extraordinary life. In one index he is ranked as the eighth most cited person in history, right up there with Aristotle, Shakespeare, Marx, Plato and Freud. The legendary MIT professor practically invented modern linguistics. In addition to his pioneering work in that field he has been a leading voice for peace and social justice for many decades. The New Statesman calls him, "The conscience of the American people." Chris Hedges says he is "America's greatest intellectual" who "makes the powerful, as well as their liberal apologists, deeply uncomfortable." At 85, he still gives lectures all over the world.

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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