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.

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Episode Archive

Journalists Robert McChesney and John Nichols speak on "Dollarocracy"

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Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Tue, 04/22/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Robert McChesney & John Nichols - Dollarocracy (lecture)


Robert McChesney (pictured at left) teaches at the University of Illinois. He is the author of many books including Digital Disconnect. He is co-author with John Nichols of Dollarocracy. He is a founder of Free Press, a national media reform organization. The Utne Reader listed him among their "50 visionaries who are changing the world." 

Sandra Steingraber on Contamination Without Consent

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Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Tue, 04/15/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Sandra Steingraber on Contamination Without Consent

Sandra Steingraber is a biologist, professor, writer and environmental health expert. In the tradition of Rachel Carson she is a leading voice alerting the public to toxic trespassing and the dangers posed by fracking. She is the author of Living Downstream: An Ecologist Looks at Cancer and the Environment and Raising Elijah.

Paul Ehrlich on Distress Signals from Earth

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Alternative Radio
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Tue, 04/08/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Paul Ehrlich on Distress Signals from Earth

Paul Ehrlich on Distress Signals from Earth

Paul Ehrlich is Bing Professor of Population Studies in the Department of Biology and president of the Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford University. He is a MacArthur Fellow, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and has received numerous honors including the Crafoord Prize of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, given in areas where the Nobel Prize is not awarded, the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, and the Blue Planet Prize. He is active in the Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere. He is author of over 40 books.

Rahul Mahajan and Snehal Shingavi on The Rise of the Hindu Right in India

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Alternative Radio
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Tue, 04/01/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Rahul Mahajan and Snehal Shingavi discuss The Rise of the Hindu Right in India

A constellation of Hindu fundamentalist organizations are threatening to shatter the image India has projected of being a secular state. The Bharatiya Janata Party, the BJP, is the political expression of Hindutva, right-wing Hindu nationalist ideology. It is poised to be the dominant party in what is often called the world’s largest democracy. The man likely to be India’s next prime minister is Narendra Modi. As Chief Minister of the state of Gujarat, he was in office in 2002 when there was a notorious massacre of Muslims. Modi has denied any responsibility. Washington was not convinced of his innocence and when he attempted to visit the U.S. in 2005 his visa request was turned down. But things may be changing with the political winds. Nancy Powell, the U.S.

Bryan Stevenson - Justice for Some (interview)

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Alternative Radio
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Tue, 03/25/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Bryan Stevenson - Justice for Some (interview)

Bryan Stevenson is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, a nonprofit organization based in Montgomery, Alabama. He is a professor at NYU School of Law. He has gained acclaim for his work challenging the U.S. legal system's biases against the incarcerated, the poor, and people of color.

Max Blumenthal on "Goliath Israel"

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Alternative Radio
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Tue, 03/18/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Max Blumenthal on "Goliath Israel" (lecture)

Max Blumenthal is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The Huffington Post, and other publications. He is the author of Republican Gomorrah and Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel

Chris Hedges on Captain Ahab & U.S. Empire

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Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Tue, 03/11/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Chris Hedges - Captain Ahab & U.S. Empire (lecture)

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.org and is a senior fellow at The Nation Institute. He is the author of War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning, American Fascists, Empire of Illusion, Death of the Liberal Class, The World As It Is, and with Joe Sacco, Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt.

Arundhati Roy - Reimagining the World

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Alternative Radio
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Tue, 03/04/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Arundhati Roy - Reimagining the World (lecture marking International Women's Day)

The news item was brief and buried in the back pages: "India: Maoists Ambush Patrol, Killing 7 Soldiers. The attack occurred in a rebel stronghold in Jharkhand State. Thousands of people have been killed in the past decade in violence involving Maoists, who claim they represent India's dispossessed, particularly indigenous tribal groups." You may wonder, What's going on? I thought India is a democracy. In India, the U.S. and other countries the actual functioning of democracy has largely been hollowed out. Yes, there are elections and people vote but the nexus of decision-making power lies elsewhere. Corporations dominate the political process. With their fistful of dollars they are able to exact outcomes that benefit them.

Sonia Nazario on The Courage of Immigrants

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Alternative Radio
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Tue, 02/25/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Sonia Nazario on The Courage of Immigrants

Emma Lazarus in her poem inscribed on the Statue of Liberty wrote: "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free." Bedros, my father might have seen those words in 1914 when he landed at Ellis Island and Araxie, my mother too, seven years later when she arrived. My parents were highly motivated to leave Armenia, their ancestral homeland in Eastern Turkey. Genocide does a lot to focus the mind on survival. For them, and millions of others, America was a safe haven. Today, violence. economic terror and hunger drive many to come to these shores. Immigration reform is talked about but little happens. NAFTA and rapacious capitalist policies have pauperized many people in Mexico and Central America. The trek north is dangerous.

David Barsamian on Media, KBOO Radio and the World

Program: 
Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Tue, 02/18/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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David Barsamian on Media, KBOO Radio and the World

Today we go straight to the source of Alternative Radio as we hear a special talk by Alternative Radio founder David Barsamian. He spoke at a small gathering in Portland in early December. He talked about media consolidation, middle east politics and positive developments in the global struggle for justice and democracy.

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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