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.

Coming Soon

Chris Giannou on Understanding the Middle East
Rashid Khalidi on Armenia, Kurdistan & Palestine: Unhealed Wounds of World War I

Episode Archive

Alternative Radio on 04/03/12

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Tue, 04/03/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Michael Parenti speaks on "The Pathology of Wealth"

Michael Parenti speaks on "The Pathology of Wealth" (lecture)

As the planet moves closer to environmental catastrophe, the captains of industry, the robber barons of the age, could hardly be bothered. They have more important matters to consider. Making money. And they better be on the ball and deliver those dividends because if they don’t they will soon be replaced. Profits uber alles is the guiding mantra. Environment. Schvironment. It gets in the way. Sure they’ll recycle paper and glass but forget about doing anything substantial. Pursuing new corporate earning opportunities and wealth accumulation are in capitalism’s DNA. The owners of the economy, the 1%, are operating from the tar sands in Alberta to fracking in Pennsylvania.

Alternative Radio on 03/27/12

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Tue, 03/27/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Economics Professor Richard Wolff discusses The Tax Code: Class Warfare

Richard Wolff: The Tax Code: Class Warfare (interview)

People dread taxes. The tax code is a labyrinth few citizens dare to enter save for the rich and powerful who hire lawyers and accountants to figure out ways to game the system. One corporation paid $26,000 a year to maintain a post office box in Bermuda as its legal HQs. That little trick saved them $40 million in corporate taxes. Not bad. Taxes on the wealthy used to be high. During the Eisenhower years in the 1950s, a fairly conservative period which saw tremendous economic growth, the tax rate for the haves was 91%. Today it’s a third of that and few actual pay that much. In true Orwellian fashion if you raise these issues you are accused of class warfare. There is class warfare all right.

Alternative Radio on 03/20/12

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Tue, 03/20/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Dark deep secrets of Indian rule in Kashmir

Angana Chatterji – Kashmir: Buried Evidence (interview)

Among the many issues plaguing South Asia none is as violent and deeply contested as Kashmir. The major unresolved issue of the disastrous British partition of India in 1947, Kashmir has been the site of wars and the threat of wars, and probably the world’s longest and most extensive military occupation. India brooks no international meditation to address the problem.

Alternative Radio on 03/13/12

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Tue, 03/13/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Noam Chomsky interview on Unconventional Wisdom, Part Two

Noam Chomsky – Unconventional Wisdom, Part Two (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 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.”

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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