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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Josh Reubner - Shattered Peace: Israel-Palestine

Episode Archive

Michelle Alexander - Race & Caste in America

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Tue, 11/25/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Michelle Alexander - Race & Caste in America
 Michelle Alexander - Race & Caste in America

Michelle Alexander is a professor of law at Ohio State University and holds a joint appointment at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. Formerly the director of the ACLU’s Racial Justice Project in Northern California, she served as a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun. She is the author of the bestseller The New Jim Crow.

Naomi Klein - Capitalism vs. the Climate

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Tue, 11/18/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Naomi Klein - Capitalism vs. the Climate

Naomi Klein 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.

Erica Chenoweth speaks on Non-Violence Works

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Tue, 11/11/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Erica Chenoweth speaks on Non-Violence Works
Erica Chenoweth speaks on Non-Violence Works

Erica Chenoweth is Associate Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver and an Associate Senior Researcher at the Peace Research Institute of Oslo. An internationally recognized authority on political violence and its alternatives, Foreign Policy magazine ranked her among the Top 100 Global Thinkers in 2013 for her efforts to promote the empirical study of civil resistance. Chenoweth received the 2014 Karl Deutsch Award, which the International Studies Association gives annually to the scholar under the age of 40 who has made the greatest impact on the field of international politics or peace research.

Noam Chomsky - ISIS, the Kurds & Turkey

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Tue, 11/04/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Noam Chomsky - ISIS, the Kurds & Turkey

Noam Chomsky speaks on ISIS, the Kurds & Turkey

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. Chris Hedges says he is “America’s greatest intellectual” who “makes the powerful, as well as their liberal apologists, deeply uncomfortable.” He is the author of scores of books, including Hopes & Prospects, Masters of Mankind, How the World Works, and Power Systems with David Barsamian.

James Bopp & David Cobb - Citizens United Debate

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Tue, 10/28/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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James Bopp & David Cobb - Citizens United Debate

James Bopp, (pictured left), is a campaign finance attorney. He has served as legal counsel to Bush v. Gore, the National Right to Life, and the historic Citizens United v. FEC.

David Cobb, (pictured below), a lawyer and activist, was the Green Party presidential candidate in 2004. He is a leading voice in the Move to Amend campaign, which seeks to repeal corporate rights.James Bopp & David Cobb - Citizens United Debate.

​Richard Wolff - The Market: A Paragon of Virtue

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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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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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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

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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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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.

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"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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