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.

Episode Archive

Alternative Radio on 03/06/12

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Tue, 03/06/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Noam Chomsky on Unconventional Wisdom, Part 1 of a 2-Part Interview

Noam Chomsky – Unconventional Wisdom, Part One (interview)

Conventional wisdom is a term one often hears. It is the generally accepted belief, opinion, or judgment, about a particular matter. In the U.S., the ruling political class and the media are major propagators of conventional wisdom. For example, when it comes to international law the U.S. exempts itself while holding its enemies to account. Or bombing and invading another country. Washington reserves that right for itself and its allies. It’s just a given. There is one set of rules for the master and his close friends and another for everybody else. All of these notions are presupposed and embedded. They are so deeply rooted that they don’t even come up for discussion.

Alternative Radio on 02/28/12

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Tue, 02/28/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Bobby Seale - The Black Panther Party (lecture)

Bobby Seale - The Black Panther Party (lecture

In the sixties and seventies, the Black Panther Party captured the imagination of millions in the U.S. and around the world with its iconic black power salutes and revolutionary rhetoric. The organization also attracted the attention of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. J. Edgar Hoover's FBI launched a sustained counterintelligence program to infiltrate, disrupt and destroy the Panthers. The media and popular history have focused on gun-toting Panther militancy and ignored the group's dedication to community organizing and providing much-needed social services. Education and information were key aspects of their work.

Alternative Radio on 02/21/12

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Tue, 02/21/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Beena Sarwar – Pakistan: A Journalist’s View

Beena Sarwar – Pakistan: A Journalist’s View (interview)

Alternative Radio on 02/14/12

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Tue, 02/14/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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John Bonifaz – Fighting Corporate Personhood (lecture)

John Bonifaz – Fighting Corporate Personhood (lecture)

John Bonifaz, recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship, is a lawyer and activist. He is co-founder and director of Free Speech For People (www.freespeechforpeople.org), a national nonpartisan campaign working to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling and the corporate rights doctrine.

Alternative Radio on 02/07/12

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Tue, 02/07/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Angela Davis- Prison Industrial Complex (lecture)

Angela Davis- Prison Industrial Complex (lecture)

The U.S. has more people in jail than any other country. The General Accounting Office says the number of inmates has tripled since 1980. In this program, recorded in Colorado Springs, Angela Davis discusses how race, class and gender issues intersect with the drug war and the fast-growing prison industry.

Alternative Radio on 01/31/12

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Tue, 01/31/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Susan Herman on "The War on Liberties" (lecture)

Susan Herman – The War on Liberties (lecture)

Voltaire said, “It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.”

Alternative Radio on 01/24/12

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Tue, 01/24/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Morris Berman speaks on Dark Ages in the U.S

Morris Berman – Dark Ages in the U.S (lecture)

From the boarded up storefronts to foreclosed homes to the homeless and unemployed, the signs of decay in the U.S. are all too apparent. The political class pretending to care about the 99% have little to offer beyond boilerplate rhetoric. We hear about the virtues of hard work. If only there was work to be had. From the White House to the state house citizens are treated to a smorgasbord of slogans all capped with God Bless America.

Alternative Radio on 01/17/12

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Tue, 01/17/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Writer Mohamad Junaid on Inside Kashmir (interview)

Mohamad Junaid – Inside Kashmir (interview)

Kashmir, renowned for its incredible beauty, is the site of a decades long military occupation mostly hidden from worldview. Adjectives like “intractable” and “protracted” often precede Kashmir. What do the Kashmiri people want? The answer usually is “Azaadi. Freedom. Angana Chatterji, the noted scholar, in her essay “Kashmir: A Time for Freedom,” writes, “Freedom” represents many things across India-ruled Kashmir. These divergent meanings are united in that freedom always signifies an end to India’s authoritarian governance. In the administration of brutality, India, the postcolony, has proven itself coequal to its former colonial masters.

Alternative Radio on 01/10/12

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Tue, 01/10/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Richard Wolff - Occupy Wall Street & the Economic Crisis (interview)

Richard Wolff - Occupy Wall Street & the Economic Crisis (interview)

By any standard, 2011 was a historic year of protest and revolution. In Tunisia and Egypt seemingly invulnerable regimes were toppled. In Wisconsin, citizens outraged over attacks on public workers, stayed at the state capitol building and camped and marched in the freezing cold. In August, more than 1,000 demonstrators were arrested protesting the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, in the largest act of civil disobedience in decades. As a result of popular pressure, the project has been put on hold. Then, on September 17, in the heart of economic power, the Occupy Wall Street movement was born. Since then, it has spread and taken different shapes and forms. OWS has changed our vocabulary.

Alternative Radio on 01/03/12

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Tue, 01/03/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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David Korten - Wall Street or the Common Good (lecture)

David Korten - Wall Street or the Common Good (lecture)

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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