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 09/27/11

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Tue, 09/27/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Harry Edwards speaks on "The Fire this Time"

Harry Edwards – The Fire This Time (lecture)

“People are practical,” Howard Zinn said. “They want change but feel powerless, alone. They do not want to be the blade of grass that sticks up above the others and is cut down. They wait for a sign from someone else who will make that first move. And at certain times in history there are certain intrepid people who take the risk that if they make that first move others will follow quickly enough to prevent their being cut down. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don't have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”

Alternative Radio on 09/20/11

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Alternative Radio
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Tue, 09/20/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Veteran activist Jodie Evans talks about "Disturbing Power the CODEPINK Way"

Jodie Evans – Disturbing Power the CODEPINK Way (interview)

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.

Alternative Radio on 09/13/11

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Tue, 09/13/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Robert McChesney speaks on The Future of Journalism & Democracy

Robert McChesney The Future of Journalism & Democracy (lecture)

Remember that old song “Love and Marriage?” “Goes together like a horse and carriage. You can’t have one without the other.” It’s kind of that way with journalism and democracy. It’s long been axiomatic that a feisty and vibrant press is essential to the healthy functioning of democracy. Journalists are the public’s eyes and ears as they monitor the activities of the powerful. Their inquiries, investigations and reporting are vital to what the Founders of the country called an informed citizenry. Jefferson and Madison never thought freedom of the press would be the private preserve of a handful of rich media barons such as Rupert Murdoch.

Alternative Radio on 09/06/11

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Alternative Radio
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Tue, 09/06/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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David Barsamian interviews Himanshu Kumar

Himanshu Kumar on Gandhian Activism  (interview)

Alternative Radio on 08/30/11

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Alternative Radio
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Tue, 08/30/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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The Economic Crisis & the Tea Party

Arun Gupta speaks on "The Economic Crisis & the Tea Party."

You've played by the rules. Went to work every day. Paid your bills and taxes. When your country summoned you to fight in its wars you were proud to serve. You've worked hard all your life and now what do you get? Bupkis as they say in Yiddish. Goat droppings. Your job was outsourced overseas. Your house has been foreclosed. You're in debt. Meanwhile, the big banks are sitting pretty on tons of cash. The stock market and corporate profits are up. GE made billions in 2010 and didn't pay a dime in taxes. With this backdrop in walks the Tea Party. They got the answers. You know why you are getting shafted? It's the immigrants, gays, uppity women, minorities, liberals, unions, and public service workers.

Alternative Radio on 08/23/11

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Alternative Radio
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Tue, 08/23/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Chris Hedges - Death of the Liberal Class (lecture)

Chris Hedges - Death of the Liberal Class (lecture)

The gradual corruption and demise of the liberal class has occurred without much comment. For decades it was a modest curb against the worst excesses of power. Once the pillars of this class, the Democratic Party, the unions, and the liberal church, collapsed, the poor, the working class, and even the middle class no longer had a defender, thus creating a vacuum that is increasingly filled by opportunists and charlatans. The electoral process, flooded with money, is heavily influenced by corporations. The Supreme Court votes for the powerful.

Alternative Radio on 08/16/11

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Alternative Radio
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Tue, 08/16/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Robert Jensen on The Anguish of the American Dream

Robert Jensen on The Anguish of the American Dream

Robert Jensen is professor of journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of "Citizens of the Empire," "The Heart of Whiteness," and "All My Bones Shake: Seeking a Progressive Path to the Prophetic Voice."

Alternative Radio on 08/09/11

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Alternative Radio
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Tue, 08/09/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Helen Caldicott - Hiroshima to Fukushima (lecture)

Helen Caldicott - Hiroshima to Fukushima (lecture)

The disaster at Fukushima  has thrust the dangers of nuclear power back in people’s consciousness. The idea of an industry renaissance had been carefully orchestrated by corporations that stand to make tons of money. Politicians, ever mindful of who funds their campaigns, have gone along. It was hailed as a clean and safe solution to addressing climate change and energy issues. An irony of the still unfolding tragedy is that it occurred in Japan, the only country to be attacked by nuclear weapons. The fallout from the fallout has spread around the world. Germany is planning to phase out nuclear power. What would happen if a tornado or some other extreme weather phenomenon hits a reactor? The U.S.

Alternative Radio on 08/02/11

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Alternative Radio
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Tue, 08/02/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Gar Alperovitz on Hiroshima: New Facts & Old Myths

Gar Alperovitz on Hiroshima: New Facts & Old Myths, Recorded in Ames, IA on November 07, 1994

Gar Alperovitz is one of the most highly regarded experts on Hiroshima and U.S. policy. He is professor of political economy at the University of Maryland. His articles appear in the Washington Post, Tikkun, The Nation and Dollars & Sense. His books include Atomic Diplomacy and America Beyond Capitalism. His award-winning book. The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb, is a classic.

Alternative Radio on 07/26/11

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Alternative Radio
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Tue, 07/26/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Stephen Bezruchka on Dying Younger Than We Should

Stephen Bezruchka - Dying Younger Than We Should (lecture)

Over and over U.S. citizens are told,” We have the best health care system in the world.” That would be great if it were true but the facts, baldly stated, don’t support the claim. Not only is it far and away the most expensive system, the U.S. spends half the world’s health bill, it fails to produce outstanding outcomes. For example, in one basic index, all of us in this country die younger than we should. A really healthy society does not have the radical disparities in wealth and income the U.S., one hesitates to use the word, “enjoys.” One in seven Americans are officially in poverty, the highest levels in decades. Evidence demonstrates that people in more egalitarian societies have healthier and happier lives.

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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