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 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)

Alternative Radio on 12/27/11

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Tue, 12/27/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Paul Cienfuegos – We the People (lecture)

Paul Cienfuegos – We the People (lecture)

Paul Cienfuegos has been passionate about social change all his life and has devoted most of his adult life to this important work. In 1995, he founded Democracy Unlimited of Humboldt County (DUHC), which works to dismantle corporate constitutional so-called "rights" and strengthen the rights of communities to govern themselves. He moved to Portland in April in order to greatly expand the work of this critical new movement across the state of Oregon. You can connect with his extensive writings, speeches and workshops at PaulCienfuegos.com or on facebook.

Alternative Radio on 12/20/11

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Tue, 12/20/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Arundhati Roy on "With the Maoists in India" (lecture)

Arundhati Roy on "With the Maoists in India" (lecture)

Recorded in New York, NY on November 09, 2011.

Alternative Radio on 12/13/11

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Tue, 12/13/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Stephen Bezruchka – Toward a Healthy Society (lecture)

Stephen Bezruchka – Toward a Healthy Society (lecture)

It’s no secret. The poor get the short end of the stick in multiple ways. They live shorter lives and suffer from almost every social problem from lack of decent housing to lousy food to no healthcare to being isolated and reviled. Poverty results in toxic levels of stress. Among the countries in the world, the U.S. ranks in the “top” five in measurable stress, according to an ongoing Gallup survey. Consumerism and the so-called good life are elevated to an almost idyllic plain. But selfish me tooism lead a lot of people to an emotional dead end. It’s time to move beyond vacuous slogans such as Looking Out for Number One. Cooperation and collaboration are salubrious.

Alternative Radio on 12/06/11

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Tue, 12/06/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Tariq Ali - World in Crisis - Part Two of a special two part program (interview)

On December 17, 2010 Muhammad Bouazizi, a street vendor in a small town in Tunisia, burned himself to death. He was protesting harassment and mistreatment by state authorities. His death fueled a revolt in Tunisia which toppled the Ben Ali dictatorship. The spark spread to Egypt and within weeks the decades old Mubarak regime was overthrown. The so-called Arab Spring rocked the entrenched old order. Those revolutionary currents have stirred the waters elsewhere. The economic collapse is shaking things up in the U.S. Witness the Occupy Wall Street movement. Americans, fed up and struggling to make ends meet, watch their military bomb and occupy countries from Pakistan to Yemen, are taking to the streets. Citizens are challenging and questioning the status quo.

Alternative Radio on 11/29/11

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Tue, 11/29/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Tariq Ali - World in Crisis - Part One of a special two part program (interview)

On December 17, 2010 Muhammad Bouazizi, a street vendor in a small town in Tunisia, burned himself to death. He was protesting harassment and mistreatment by state authorities. His death fueled a revolt in Tunisia which toppled the Ben Ali dictatorship. The spark spread to Egypt and within weeks the decades old Mubarak regime was overthrown. The so-called Arab Spring rocked the entrenched old order. Those revolutionary currents have stirred the waters elsewhere. The economic collapse is shaking things up in the U.S. Witness the Occupy Wall Street movement. Americans, fed up and struggling to make ends meet, watch their military bomb and occupy countries from Pakistan to Yemen, are taking to the streets. Citizens are challenging and questioning the status quo.

Alternative Radio on 11/22/11

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Tue, 11/22/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Jodie Evans speaks on "Disturbing Power the CODEPINK Way"

Rocking the boat is never an easy task but you can accomplish meaningful things and have some fun along the way. Playing ball with the rich and powerful of course has its rewards. You're in the golden rolodex. You get invited to all the right parties. People nod at you when you enter a room. Your name gives you entrée to inner circles. In politics the president or the secretary of state may even smile at you and call you by your given name. But all of that adds up to what exactly? Not much. That kind of fame is fleeting. Better to shake things up and fight for human rights and justice. Even if you don't succeed every time you can look in the mirror and feel good about yourself.

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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