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

Sandra Steingraber on Contamination Without Consent
Chris Hedges - Captain Ahab & U.S. Empire

Episode Archive

Alternative Radio on 04/26/11

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Tue, 04/26/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Physicist and activist Vandana Shiva discusses "War on Earth"

Vandana Shiva  - War on the Earth  (interview)

The predatory practices of corporations are increasingly turning our fragile garden into a junkyard. Citizens are told by their political masters and the corporados who pay them that there is no alternative. That’s true if one’s only concern is profits. That approach is fast turning our planet into a toxic waste dump. The landscape of environmental devastation extends from radiation leaks in Japan to drilling in the Alberta tar sands to hydofracking in Pennsylvania and New York to leveling mountains in West Virginia to more drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. However in India, the site of some of the worst corporate abuses, there is tremendous popular resistance.

Alternative Radio on 04/19/11

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Tue, 04/19/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Robert Fisk/Araxie Barsamian - The Armenian Holocaust (lecture)

Robert Fisk/Araxie Barsamian - The Armenian Holocaust (lecture)

In 1915, the Turkish government launched a premeditated organized campaign to eliminate the millennia-old Armenian people from their traditional homeland in what is now southeastern Turkey. The Turkish officials responsible for the genocide were never brought to account. This was not lost on Adolf Hitler. Just days before launching World War Two he told his generals, "Who today, after all, speaks of the annihilation of the Armenians?" What makes the 20th century's first holocaust unique is that Turkey refuses to acknowledge it ever happen. And that denial is the final stage of genocide: closure and justice is denied to the victims and their descendents.

Alternative Radio on 04/12/11

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Tue, 04/12/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Manning Marable on By Any Means Necessary: Malcolm X

Manning Marable – By Any Means Necessary: Malcolm X (lecture)

Manning Marable died on April 1st of this year. He was 60 years old. At the time of his death, Marable had completed a biography of activist Malcolm X, entitled Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention. In the book he outlines why the investigation should be reopened. The book claims the New York Police Department knew Malcolm X's life was in danger but turned the other way in the face of threats. Police deny a cover-up. In his last interview, Marable told CBS News he wanted the Justice Department to reopen the case.

Alternative Radio on 04/05/11

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Tue, 04/05/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Kathy Christison speaks on Settlements: Obstacles to Peace

Kathy Christison - Settlements: Obstacles to Peace (lecture)

There are some 500,000 Israelis living in settlements on what is almost universally regarded as Palestinian land. The first houses went up in the late 1960s and have continued under both Labor and Likud governments. They are the “facts on the ground” Israeli leaders said they wanted to create. There are freezes, partial freezes, and temporary halts in construction. But the trend in more and more building continues. The stalled peace process goes off track. Road maps are redrawn. The Obama administration vetoes UN resolutions condemning Israeli policy.

Alternative Radio on 03/29/11

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Tue, 03/29/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Beyond Vietnam

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Beyond Vietnam (lecture)

Every year, almost like clockwork around his birthday, Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" gets airplay. The charismatic orator is frozen on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in August 1963.

No doubt it was a great and historic presentation, profoundly moving and full of dazzling poetry and inspiring images. But he was to give another very significant speech that is often obscured.

Alternative Radio on 03/22/11

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Tue, 03/22/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Indian-controlled Kashmir

Parvaiz Bukhari on "Dateline: Kashmir" (interview)

Host David Barsamian speaks with Parvaiz Bukhari, an independent journalist reporting from Indian-controlled Kashmir. His articles appear in major South Asian newspapers, journals and magazines as well as "The Nation."

Alternative Radio on 03/15/11

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Tue, 03/15/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Interview with Arundhati Roy, celebrated author of “The God of Small Things"

Arundhati Roy: Revolts & Rebellions (interview)

Beyond the hoopla of robust growth rates and hype about the world’s largest democracy, India is beset by major revolts and rebellions over a vast area. Some, like the one in Kashmir, are for independence. Others, like the multiple uprisings in what the media call the “Red Corridor” are for the overthrow of the government. These various movements are in response to serious economic and social problems and the racism of Hindu nationalism. The seizure of land, water, and minerals by corporations chaperoned and sanctioned by the state has caused the poorest of the poor to say: No More. They are pushing back. Washington ignores India’s internal realities.

Alternative Radio on 03/01/11

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Tue, 03/01/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Chris Hedges - Death of the Liberal Class

Chris Hedges - Death of the Liberal Class (lecture)

Alternative Radio on 02/22/11

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Tue, 02/22/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Solutions: Israel/Palestine Ilan Pappe

We have a schedule change for Alternative Radio today. The previously scheduled talk by Chris Hedges on "The Death of the Liberal Class" will be heard next Tuesday (March 1st) at 9AM.  We apologize for the error in our schedule.

Today's speaker is Ilan Pappe, professor of history at the University of Exeter. For many years he taught at the University of Haifa and was chair of the Touma Institute for Palestinian and Israeli Studies in Haifa. John Pilger calls him, "Israel's bravest, most principled, most incisive historian." He is the author of many books including "The Modern Middle East," "The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine," and "Gaza in Crisis."

Alternative Radio on 02/15/11

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Tue, 02/15/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Whistleblower Wendell Potter on Whistleblowing: Health Insurance

Wendell Potter - Whistleblowing: Health Insurance (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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