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.

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Vandana Shiva - Radical Compassion

Episode Archive

Michael Eric Dyson - Malcolm X & the Politics of Race

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Alternative Radio
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Tue, 02/17/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Michael Eric Dyson - Malcolm X & the Politics of Race

Michael Eric Dyson has written with insight and depth about Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King. He is Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University. A dynamic political orator in his own right, Professor Dyson spoke at the University of Colorado in Boulder as part of Black History Month in 1995. 

Malcolm X's life represents an extraordinary evolution and transformation from street hustler and ex-con to an intellectual visionary with a race and class analysis. He went from being a narrow nationalist to incorporating a broad global perspective. He articulated a strong challenge to the system of power and privilege. Consequently, the FBI wiretapped Malcolm, read his mail, and kept him under surveillance.

Cornel West on Love and Justice

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Alternative Radio
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Tue, 02/10/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Cornel West on Love and Justice

Cornel West, University Professor of Religion at Princeton, has been called "the preeminent African American intellectual of his generation." With his preacher-like cadences and passionate delivery, he is much in demand as a speaker. A prolific author, his book Race Matters was a bestseller. His latest book is Democracy Matters.

Michelle Alexander on Incarceration Nation

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Alternative Radio
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Tue, 02/03/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Michelle Alexander on Incarceration Nation

Michelle Alexander is a professor of law at Ohio State University and holds a joint appointment at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. Formerly the director of the ACLU’s Racial Justice Project in Northern California, she served as a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun. She is the author of the bestseller The New Jim Crow.

Nadine Strossen - Spying, Secrecy & Suppression

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Alternative Radio
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Tue, 01/27/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Nadine Strossen - Spying, Secrecy & Suppression

Nadine Strossen is professor of law at New York Law School. She served as president of the American Civil Liberties Union from 1991 to 2008 and now sits on its National Advisory Council. She was twice named one of "The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America" by The National Law Journal for her work on constitutional law, civil liberties and international human rights.

Abdullah Al-Arian - Inside the Middle East

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Alternative Radio
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Tue, 01/20/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Abdullah Al-Arian - Inside the Middle East

Abdullah Al-Arian is Assistant Professor of History at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in Qatar.; He was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver. He is the author of Answering the Call: Popular Islamic Activism in Sadat's Egypt and co-editor of Jadaliyya's Critical Currents in Islam page. He is a contributor to Al-Jazeera English.

Tavis Smiley on The Hidden Dr. King

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Alternative Radio
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Tue, 01/13/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Tavis Smiley on The Hidden Dr. King

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr has been shrink-wrapped and formatted to be innocuous and non-threatening. Dream speeches, desegregation, voting rights, and Selma marches could be accommodated. But when he articulated a critique of the system as a whole then he became a danger to the establishment. That Dr. King has been largely obscured. At Riverside Church in New York he said the Vietnam War was “a symptom of a far deeper malady.” And then he added, “We as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a ‘thing-oriented’ society to a ‘person-oriented’ society. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial.

Rashid Khalidi on Armenia, Kurdistan & Palestine: Unhealed Wounds of World War I

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Alternative Radio
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Tue, 01/06/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Rashid Khalidi on Armenia, Kurdistan & Palestine: Unhealed Wounds of World War I

Rashid Khalidi is the Edward Said Chair of Arab Studies at Columbia University, where he directs the Middle East Institute. The Los Angeles Times calls him “arguably the foremost U.S. historian of the modern Middle East.” He is the author of many books including Resurrecting Empire, The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood and Brokers of Deceit.

Chris Giannou on Understanding the Middle East

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Alternative Radio
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Tue, 12/30/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Chris Giannou on Understanding the Middle East

Chris Giannou was chief surgeon for the International Committee of the Red Cross. He has worked in many war zones. He is the author of Besieged: A Doctor's Story of Life & Death in Beirut. He is a recipient of the Order of Canada.

Justin Lewis - Media & Consumer Capitalism

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Alternative Radio
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Tue, 12/23/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Justin Lewis - Media & Consumer Capitalism

Orchestrated wants driven by sophisticated advertising techniques have created a culture of consumption. Appetites for the latest hot thing are engineered. Media campaigns sell cool and sexy. Marketing is key. Data are collected. People are profiled, then targeted. Cell phones. Have to get the latest one with all new features, faster processor and design. We can't be left behind. More sales means more profits. The capitalist economic system is predicated on making money and barely considers the environmental effects down the road. That's somebody else's problem. In the U.S., consumerism is connected to ideology. Freedom is equated with the ability to buy things. But the pattern of endless consumption is not sustainable.

Vandana Shiva - Radical Compassion

Program: 
Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Tue, 12/16/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Vandana Shiva - Radical Compassion

Vandana Shiva is an internationally renowned voice for sustainable development and social justice. She's a physicist, scholar and social activist. She is Director of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Natural Resource Policy in New Delhi. She's the recipient of the Sydney Peace Prize and of the Right Livelihood Award, the alternative Nobel Prize. She is the author of many books, including Earth Democracy, Soil Not Oil and Making Peace with the Earth.

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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