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

Chris Giannou on Understanding the Middle East
Rashid Khalidi on Armenia, Kurdistan & Palestine: Unhealed Wounds of World War I

Episode Archive

Chris Hedges on Captain Ahab & U.S. Empire

Program: 
Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Tue, 03/11/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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

Program: 
Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Tue, 03/04/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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

Program: 
Alternative Radio
Air date: 
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
Short Description: 
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.

Jules Boykoff on The Olympics: Celebration Capitalism

Program: 
Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Tue, 02/04/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Jules Boykoff - The Olympics: Celebration Capitalism (lecture)

Jules Boykoff - The Olympics: Celebration Capitalism (lecture)

The Olympics are perhaps the crown jewels of sports. The pomp and circumstance, the pageantry and international competition make the games special. They began over 2,700 years ago in Olympia, Greece. They were held in honor of Zeus, king of the gods. Today, the gods are fame, fortune, and national pride. The Olympics are a multi-billion dollar extravaganza. Behind the spectacle of athletic prowess and the patina of global harmony, brass-knuckle politics and brute economics reign. One hears of public-private partnerships in financing the games but it is often the public holding the bag when costs skyrocket, as they often do. The 2016 Summer Games will be in Rio.

Vandana Shiva speaks on Seeds and Freedom

Program: 
Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Tue, 01/28/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Vandana Shiva - Seeds & Freedom (lecture)

Vandana Shiva - Seeds & Freedom (lecture)

Robert McChesney on The Internet, Capitalism & Democracy

Program: 
Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Tue, 01/21/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Journalist and author Robert McChesney speaks on The Internet, Capitalism & Democracy (lecture)

Remember the information superhighway and all the hype about the Internet? The wonders of the Digital Age would be liberating. A utopian bliss was at hand. Now it sometimes looks more like a dystopia. A handful of monopolies dominate the Internet. Google garners 97% of the mobile search market. Microsoft's operating system is used by 90% of the world's computers. Capitalism has colonized cyberspace, spurred the collapse of journalism, independent bookstores and many, many jobs. The sharp decline in antitrust enforcement of violations, the increase in patents on technology and proprietary systems, and massive subsidies have turned large parts of the Internet into an electronic shopping mall.

Sanho Tree - End the Drug War

Program: 
Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Tue, 01/14/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Sanho Tree - End the Drug War

Sanho Tree on End the Drug War Institute for Policy Studies Fellow Sanho Tree is director of the Drug Policy Project, which works to end the domestic and international “War on Drugs” and replace it with policies that promote public health and safety, as well as economic alternatives to the prohibition drug economy. Mr. Tree is also a former military and diplomatic historian and he has collaborated in the past with Dr. Gar Alperovitz on The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb and the Architecture of an American Myth (Knopf, 1995). From 1996-97, he assisted entertainer Harry Belafonte and continues to work as an occasional consultant for him on international issues. He was also associate editor of CovertAction Quarterly, an award-winning magazine of investigative journalism.

Lester Brown on "The Future of Civilization"

Program: 
Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Tue, 01/07/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Lester Brown on "The Future of Civilization", a lecture

The Future of Civilization Recorded in Seattle, WA on November 11, 2013.

Naomi Klein on The Shock Doctrine

Program: 
Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Tue, 12/31/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Naomi Klein speaks on The Shock Doctrine
The Shock Doctrine Recorded in Montreal, QC on September 05, 2007.

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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