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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Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela — Forgiving the Unforgivable
Naomi Klein — Atmospheric Consequences

Episode Archive

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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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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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.

Paul Cienfuegos - Local Governance

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Tue, 04/28/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Paul Cienfuegos - Local Governance

Paul Cienfuegos is a 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, and co-founded Community Rights PDX in 2011. His radio commentary and podcast plays weekly and can be accessed at CommunityRightsPDX.org/podcast  More info at PaulCienfuegos.com.

Robert Fisk / Araxie Barsamian - The Armenian Holocaust

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Tue, 04/21/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Robert Fisk / Araxie Barsamian - The Armenian Holocaust
This special program marks the centenary of the Armenian Genocide, April 24, 1915, "Armenian Martyrs' Day."

In 1915, the Turkish government launched a premeditated organized campaign to eliminate the millennia-old Armenian people from their traditional homeland in what is now southeastern Turkey. The Turkish officials responsible for the genocide were never brought to account. This was not lost on Adolf Hitler. Just days before launching World War Two he told his generals, "Who today, after all, speaks of the annihilation of the Armenians?" What makes this genocide unique is that Turkey refuses to acknowledge it ever happened. And that denial is the final stage of genocide: closure and justice is denied to the victims and their descendants.

Wes Jackson on Restoring Earth Island

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Tue, 04/14/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Wes Jackson on Restoring Earth Island

Wes Jackson is a plant geneticist and a leading voice for agrarian reform away from domesticated agriculture. He is the author of New Roots for Agriculture and many books. He is founder of The Land Institute and a member of the World Future Council.

Public interest in dystopia is prevalent everywhere. Look at the popularity of films such as The Day After Tomorrow, Children of Men, The Hunger Games. Rarely are utopian visions articulated in contemporary culture, much less pursued in earnest. Artists and policymakers alike risk being labeled unrealistic, impractical, delusional. But the conjuring of utopia serves a vital function. Have a vision, then act to realize it.

Chris Hedges on Moral Imperatives

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Tue, 04/07/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Chris Hedges on Moral Imperatives
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 many books including Empire of Illusion, Death of the Liberal Class, The World As It Is, and, with Joe Sacco, Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt.

Marjorie Cohn on Death from Above: Drones

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Tue, 03/31/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Marjorie Cohn on Death from Above: Drones

Marjorie Cohn is a professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego. She is the former president of the National Lawyers Guild. She is the author of many books and she is the editor of Drones and Targeted Killing. Cohn is a recipient of the Peace Scholar of the Year Award from the Peace and Justice Studies Association.

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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