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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​Richard Wolff - The Market: A Paragon of Virtue

Episode Archive

Alternative Radio on 06/19/12

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Tue, 06/19/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Cornel West – Occupy Democracy (lecture)

Cornel West – Occupy Democracy (lecture)

When language has been mutilated and drained of meaning how are we to understand democracy? Its mere invocation by politicians and their media echoers generates a chorus of hosannas. The reality is different. Democracy has been reduced to elections, awash in money, where there are marginal choices. Sometimes the candidates are so bad one can say: Pick your poison: cyanide or arsenic. The Great Recession has shaken things up. From the cradle of democracy: Greece, to the self-proclaimed beacon of it today: the U.S., people are asking fundamental questions. Democracy has been off-stage and in the wings for decades as corporations, enabled by political elites, have amassed unprecedented power.

Alternative Radio on 06/12/12

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Tue, 06/12/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Chris Williams – Ecology & Socialism (lecture)

Chris Williams – Ecology & Socialism (lecture)

Fifty years ago Rachel Carson wrote “Silent Spring.” It gave birth to the environmental movement. Within a few years there was Earth Day, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act and the Environmental Protection Agency. Those were heady days but that was then. Today, around the world the threat to our environment is acute and growing. The majority of solutions on offer, from driving a hybrid, to recycling plastic, to using efficient light bulbs, focus on individual lifestyle choices of mostly privileged people. Yet the scale of the crisis requires a far deeper and fundamental transformation.

Alternative Radio on 06/05/12

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Tue, 06/05/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Richard Heinberg - The End of Growth

Richard Heinberg - The End of Growth (lecture)

There is almost a mystical belief in growth. Nature’s bounty was there to be exploited by man. There is endless palaver about growth as an economic panacea that will cure all ills. Economists have long postulated that growth is normal and natural and could go on forever. But can it? Conventional views of growth are incompatible with the capacity and well being of the planet. The Earth Policy Institute says, we are “on an economic path that is environmentally unsustainable, a path that is leading us toward economic decline and collapse.

Alternative Radio on 05/29/12

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Tue, 05/29/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Peter Balakian – Genocide & Modernity (lecture)

Peter Balakian – Genocide & Modernity (lecture)

Alternative Radio on 05/22/12

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Tue, 05/22/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Andrew Nikiforuk talks about Tar Sands: Canada’s Mordor

Andrew Nikiforuk – Tar Sands: Canada’s Mordor  (interview)

Mordor is the realm of the evil Sauron in “The Lord of the Rings.”

Alternative Radio on 05/15/12

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Tue, 05/15/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Michael Shuman on Local Dollars, Local Sense

Michael Shuman speaks on Local Dollars, Local Sense. His newest book is "Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Shift Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity--A Resilient Communities Guide" (from Chelsea Green.)

Alternative Radio on 05/08/12

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Tue, 05/08/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Professor William Black speaks on "Banks, Fraud & Looting"

William Black - Banks, Fraud & Looting (lecture)

Bankers brought the world's economy to the brink of collapse and then as the Occupy slogan says, “We got sold out, they got bailed out.” In many ways Goldman Sachs, one of the largest and most important investment banks, epitomizes all that is wrong with the economic system. Its CEO modestly announced that they were doing “God's work.” There was a big brouhaha when Greg Smith, an executive director at Goldman Sachs, quit the firm with a blistering “New York Times” op-ed. Smith, said it had become “morally bankrupt” and he decried the "toxic and destructive" environment at the bank that put profits ahead of ethics. "It makes me ill,” he said, how callously people [at the bank] talk about ripping their clients off.

Alternative Radio on 05/01/12

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Tue, 05/01/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Filmmaker and activist Michael Moore speaks on "Get Up, Stand Up"

Michael Moore – Get Up, Stand Up (lecture)

Bob Marley sang this song,
Get up, stand up, stand up for your rights
Get up, stand up, don't give up the fight
You can fool some people sometimes
But you couldn't fool all the people all the time
And now you see the light, stand up for your rights
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Alternative Radio on 04/24/12

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Tue, 04/24/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A New Economic Paradigm

Gar Alperovitz – A New Economic Paradigm (interview)

When something doesn’t work you either get it fixed or replace it. Makes sense right? Take capitalism. It careens from crisis to crisis. It has systemic structural problems. The traditional remedies, such as legislative reform, don’t work or if they do they are soon outflanked by power brokers who know how to game the rules. The Great Recession continues. Discontent and anger are growing. The Occupy movement has illuminated how deeply the deck is stacked against the ordinary citizen. It is past time to look at alternatives in how the economy is organized. Fundamental changes are required. It may take a long time but seeds are now being sown.

Alternative Radio on 04/17/12

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Tue, 04/17/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Thomas Frank on "Ideology Over Reality"

Thomas Frank – Ideology Over Reality (lecture)

Ideology is a set of doctrines or beliefs that form the basis of a political and economic system. It can evolve in strange ways to the point where evidence and facts are not only irrelevant but are treated with scorn and derision. In its distorted form, its followers adopt rigid fundamentalist positions. Anyone who challenges the groupthink is a heretic, a non-believer. In the United States for example, the dominant narrative is that its foreign policy is altruistic and based on good intentions. When things go wrong, it’s the people we are trying to help, like those ungrateful Afghans, who mess things up. Domestically the so-called free market takes on near theological trappings. Reality is replaced by fantasies.

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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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