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

Justin Lewis - Media & Consumer Capitalism
Chris Giannou on Understanding the Middle East
Rashid Khalidi on Armenia, Kurdistan & Palestine: Unhealed Wounds of World War I

Episode Archive

Alternative Radio on 07/05/11

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Tue, 07/05/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Michael Parenti on "Superpatriotism," a classic talk

Michael Parenti on "Superpatriotism"

Samuel Johnson in the 18th century said, "Patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels." Maybe it is, maybe it isn't. But for certain today, patriotism is a battleground. Being labeled unpatriotic or anti-American have become routine terms of abuse. Somehow the state has been invested with some extraordinary power and people are to be silent and obey in respectful awe. As Martin Luther King, Jr said in his great Riverside Church speech in 1967, "Even when pressed by the demands of inner truth, citizens do not easily assume the task of opposing their government's policy, especially in a time of war." Perhaps true patriotism would be to raise uncomfortable questions that challenge the official story.

Alternative Radio on 06/28/11

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Tue, 06/28/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Chris Hedges - Empire Abroad, Tyranny at Home (interview)

Chris Hedges - Empire Abroad, Tyranny at Home (interview)

Host David Barsamian interviews the brilliant Chris Hedges, one of the foremost societal critics in the country today.

Chris Hedges is an award-winning journalist who has covered wars in the Balkans, the Middle East and Central America. He writes a weekly column for Truthdig.com and is a senior fellow at The Nation Institute. He is the author of "American Fascists," "Empire of Illusion," and "Death of the Liberal Class." His latest book is The World As It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress, a collection of original Truthdig columns.

Alternative Radio on 06/21/11

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Alternative Radio
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Tue, 06/21/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Robert Jensen - The Anguish in the American Dream

Robert Jensen - The Anguish in the American Dream (lecture)

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 06/14/11

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Tue, 06/14/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Arun Gupta - Economic Crisis & the Tea Party

Arun Gupta - Economic Crisis & the Tea Party (lecture)

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 06/07/11

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Tue, 06/07/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Helen Caldicott - Hiroshima to Fukushima

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.

Alternative Radio on 05/31/11

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Alternative Radio
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Tue, 05/31/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Bill Moyers – Organize! Honoring Howard Zinn

Bill Moyers – Organize! Honoring Howard Zinn (lecture)

Joe Hill, born in Sweden, emigrated to the United States in 1902, where he became a migrant laborer. When he was a dockworker in California, Hill joined the Industrial Workers of the World, the IWW. He traveled widely, writing political songs, making speeches and organizing workers under the IWW banner.

Alternative Radio on 05/24/11

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Alternative Radio
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Tue, 05/24/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Howard Zinn – Just & Unjust Wars (lecture)

Howard Zinn – Just & Unjust Wars (lecture)

From ancient Athens to 21st century America, the rhetoric is the same. When "the dogs of war" are set loose, there is a cascade of jingoistic platitudes and cliches. We want peace. When we fight a war, it is just. We are good. The enemy is evil. We are victims seeking justice. We are making the world safe for democracy. And if they were honest they'd add, We are making the world safe for lexical and moral hypocrisy. Erasmus, the great 16th century philosopher monk, said of war, "There is nothing more wicked, more disastrous, more widely destructive, more loathsome." He then added that war was useful to a government for it enabled it to extend its power over citizens.

Alternative Radio on 05/17/11

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Alternative Radio
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Tue, 05/17/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Glenn Greenwald – Shredding the Constitution

Glenn Greenwald – Shredding the Constitution (lecture)

Alternative Radio on 05/10/11

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Tue, 05/10/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Brian Tokar on Climate Justice

Brian Tokar – Climate Justice (lecture)

Earth Days come and go. Wonderful speeches are made. Corporations, the biggest polluters, take out ads assuring the public they are green and are dedicated to preserving the environment. And then it’s plunder and exploit business as usual. Planet Earth, the ship we are all passengers on is gradually going down. Moving deck chairs around is no solution. Given the urgency of the situation and the level of threat to humankind the lack of an urgent response is astonishing. The climate crisis is a justice issue, not an esoteric debate among scientists. Will the super rich survive inside a bubble-enclosed, fortified, gated community while the rest of humanity faces the consequences of climate change?

Alternative Radio on 05/03/11

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Alternative Radio
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Tue, 05/03/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Simon Johnson on Megabanks: Too Big to Save (lecture)

Simon Johnson on Megabanks: Too Big to Save (lecture)

It was an unusual moment at the 2011 Oscars. Charles Ferguson, director of the award-winning documentary "Inside Job," told the audience, "Forgive me, I must start by pointing out that three years after our horrific financial crisis caused by financial fraud, not a single financial executive has gone to jail, and that's wrong." There was some applause. Imagine if you or I drove away without paying for gas or stole a pizza. We’d be arrested. But if you commit a huge financial fraud you walk away with tons of money. The robber barons of the age are laughing as hapless citizens watch in dismay as they are taken to the cleaners. Are these the values U.S. politicians keep extolling and insist the world emulate?

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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