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 12/29/09

Categories:
Program: 
Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Tue, 12/29/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

John Pilger – Imperialism in the Age of Obama  (lecture)
John Pilger is an internationally renowned journalist and documentary filmmaker. Born in Australia he's been based in London for many years. He's twice won British journalism's highest award, that of Journalist of the Year. His award-winning documentaries such as "Palestine is Still the Issue" and "The War on Democracy" are seen all over the world but rarely in the U.S. He is the author of numerous books including "The New Rulers of the World" and "Freedom Next Time."

 

Alternative Radio on 12/22/09

Categories:
Program: 
Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Tue, 12/22/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Stephen Bezruchka – Capitalism & Health (lecture)

Stephen Bezruchka teaches at the University of Washington. He worked for many years as an emergency room physician in Seattle. His particular areas of research are population health and societal hierarchy. He is author of numerous articles and essays. He is a contributor to "Sickness and Wealth," a book on the effects of global corporatization on health.

 

Alternative Radio on 12/15/09

Categories:
Program: 
Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Tue, 12/15/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Helena Norberg-Hodge – Thinking Outside the Box (lecture)
Helena Norberg-Hodge, a native of Sweden, is an internationally renowned environmentalist. She is a leading critic of conventional notions of growth and development. She is the recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, also known as the alternative Nobel Prize. She is founder and director of the International Society for Ecology and Culture and author of "Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh."
 

Alternative Radio on 12/08/09

Program: 
Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Tue, 12/08/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

John Bellamy Foster speaks on "Economy, Ecology & Empire"

John Bellamy Foster is editor of the independent socialist magazine Monthly Review and professor of sociology at the University of Oregon in Eugene. His writings have focused on political economy, environmental sociology, and Marxist theory. He is author of numerous books, most recently (with Brett Clark and Richard York) Critique of Intelligent Design: Materialism versus Creationism from Antiquity to the Present, (with Fred Magdoff), The Great Financial Crisis: Causes and Consequences, and The Ecological Revolution: Making Peace with the Planet.

 

Alternative Radio on 12/01/09

Categories:
Program: 
Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Tue, 12/01/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Howard Zinn  Three Holy Wars (lecture)

Howard Zinn, professor emeritus at Boston University, is perhaps this country's premier radical historian. He was born in Brooklyn in 1922. His parents, poor immigrants, were constantly moving to stay “one step ahead of the landlord.” After high school, he went to work in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. During World War II, he saw combat duty as an air force bombardier. After the war, he went to Columbia University on the GI Bill. He was an active figure in the civil rights and anti-Vietnam War movements. Today, he is in great demand as a public speaker. He's a regular contributor to "The Progressive" magazine. His masterpiece, "A People's History of the United States," continues to sell in huge numbers. His latest books are "A Power Governments Cannot Suppress" and "Original Zinn." His documentary “The People Speak” premieres on the History Channel, Sunday December 13, 8PM EST.

Alternative Radio on 11/24/09

Categories:
Program: 
Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Tue, 11/24/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Dahr Jamail – GI Resistance (lecture)

At Nuremberg the plea of, “I was just following orders” was not accepted by the tribunal. That raises the question: What are soldiers to do when faced with orders they know to be against international law and basic morality? Today, reports of U.S. troops refusing orders, of active duty soldiers refusing deployment and speaking out against the wars and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan have trickled into the mainstream media. What makes GIs deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan decide to resist, file for conscientious objector status, or even serve prison sentences to avoid taking part in these wars and occupations? There are devastating societal consequences beyond the many deaths and severe physical and psychological wounds. Suicide rates and domestic violence among returning vets are high. As the wars drag on more and more GIs are asking questions and are resisting.

Dahr Jamail is an award-winning independent journalist who went to Iraq to report on the war and occupation. His articles appear in “The Guardian,” “The Nation” and other journals and magazines. He is the author of “Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq” and “The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Alternative Radio on 11/17/09

Categories:
Program: 
Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Tue, 11/17/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Thomas Frank on Conservatism: Making Government Fail (lecture)

Thomas Frank is the author of What’s the Matter with Kansas? and One Market Under God. The founding editor of The Baffler and a contributing editor at Harper’s, he is also The Wall Street Journal’s newest weekly columnist. He has received a Lannan award and been a guest columnist for The New York Times. Frank lives in Washington, D.C.


 

Alternative Radio on 11/10/09

Categories:
Program: 
Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Tue, 11/10/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Norman Solomon – Afghanistan: Endless War (lecture)

Alternative Radio on 11/03/09

Categories:
Program: 
Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Tue, 11/03/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am
  What Do Afghans Want?: A Talk by Medea Benjamin

Afghanistan is "a war of necessity," Obama tells us. One of the justifications for the invasion was to liberate Afghan women from Taliban oppression. As Arundhati Roy of India commented, "We are being asked to believe the U.S. marines are actually on a feminist mission." Beyond puppets in Kabul, we hear little from Afghans themselves. Instead, there is a media parade of U.S. military, government officials, and think tank experts who talk about tactics. The right of the United States to invade and occupy other countries is never brought up much less challenged. So the discussions focus on: How many troops do we need? What should we do in Helmand Province? Are air strikes counterproductive? Does Gen. McChrystal have the right plans? In all of this Afghans barely count. What do they want and in particular what do Afghan women want?

Medea Benjamin
Medea Benjamin is co-founder of Global Exchange and CODEPINK. She frequently travels to and documents human rights violations in the Third World. She has lectured and written extensively on international issues and has been to Afghanistan a number of times.

Alternative Radio on 10/27/09

Categories:
Program: 
Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Tue, 10/27/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

 

Michael Pollan speaks on "In Defense of Food"

The Time magazine cover story, The Real Cost of Cheap Food, says, "Horror stories about the food industry have long been with us ever since 1906 when Upton Sinclair's landmark novel The Jungle exposed how America produces its meat. In the century that followed, things got much better, and in some ways much worse. Big agricultural can now produce unlimited quantities of meats and grains at remarkably cheap prices. But it does so at a high cost to the environment, animals and humans. Those hidden prices are the creeping erosion of our farmland, cages for chickens so packed that the birds can't even raise their wings and the scary rise of antibiotic resistant bacteria among farm animals. Add to the price tag the acceleration of global warming. Our energy intensive food system uses 19% of U.S. fossil fuels, more than any other sector in the economy. Since Americans are heeding such warnings and working to transform the way the country eats."

Michael Pollan
Michael Pollan, professor of journalism at the University of California at Berkeley, is a contributing writer to the "New York Times Magazine. He is the bestselling author of "The Omnivore's Dilemma" and "In Defense of Food."

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.

 

Copyright © 2012 KBOO Community Radio | Community Guidelines | Website Illustration & Design by: KMF ILLUSTRATION