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 09/25/12

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Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor on From Black Power to the New Jim Crow (lecture)

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor on From Black Power to the New Jim Crow (lecture)

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is a doctoral candidate in the department of African American Studies at Northwestern University. Taylor has been awarded the prestigious Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship and will also be a Northwestern University Presidential Fellow. She is active in local housing struggles in Chicago and is an organizer with the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign. Taylor has written for CounterPunch, The Black Commentator, Black Agenda Report, Gaper's Block, and New Politics among others. She is on the editorial board of the International Socialist Review and a columnist for Socialist Worker.org.

Alternative Radio on 09/18/12

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Tue, 09/18/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Medea Benjamin on Drone Warfare (lecture)

Medea Benjamin on Drone Warfare (lecture)

Activist Medea Benjamin, cofounder of CODEPINK and Global Exchange, was one of 1000 exemplary women from 140 countries nominated to receive the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of millions of women who do the essential work of peace worldwide. She has worked to stop the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and to promote a U.S. foreign policy respectful of human rights. Her work for justice in Israel/Palestine includes taking numerous delegations to Gaza after the 2008 Israeli invasion, organizing the Gaza Freedom March in 2010, participating in Freedom Flotillas, and opposing the policies of AIPAC.

Alternative Radio on 09/11/12

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Tue, 09/11/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Glenn Greenwald on "The Surveillance State"

Glenn Greenwald — The Surveillance State (lecture)

Snooping, prying, eavesdropping, call it what you want the government is doing it on a scale never before seen. Sophisticated new technologies allow for more intrusions into our private lives. Beyond the ever present cameras, there is deep data-mining, nano-second biometric identification and drone aircraft in the skies above. The invasive monitoring of public space and the simultaneous erosion of our rights has been largely a bi-partisan affair. State surveillance power, undermining basic freedoms in the name of protecting them, is growing relentlessly. The swelling domestic databases of the NSA and FBI may contain your personal information.

Alternative Radio on 09/04/12

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Tue, 09/04/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Brian Jones on Education: Separate and Unequal

Efforts to privatize all things public in the United States rely on a relentless refrain: “Nobody does it better than the private sector.” Yet evidence to the contrary appears in the news daily, be it about the privatization of prisons, elections, highways, or wars. The privatization of public education system is seen as a potential bonanza for corporations. Not surprisingly, we hear: if only government, teachers, and their unions would get out of the way, test scores would go up and the U.S. would not be 23rd in science and 17th in literacy. Accompanying the ideological assault are the budget cuts. Public schools are being starved for funds. Teachers are laid off. Those still with jobs are asked to teach more classes with more students.

Alternative Radio on 08/28/12

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Tue, 08/28/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Maude Barlow on "Not a Drop to Drink" (lecture)

Maude Barlow on "Not a Drop to Drink"  Recorded in Denver, CO on January 27, 2012

Maude Barlow is the National Chairperson of The Council of Canadians, Canada's largest public advocacy organization, and the co-founder of the Blue Planet Project, working internationally for the right to water. She is the recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, the alternative Nobel Prize and the Citation for Lifetime Achievement, Canada's highest environmental award. She served as the first Senior Advisor on water issues for the United Nations. She’s the author of Blue Gold and Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis.

Alternative Radio on 08/21/12

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Tue, 08/21/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Howard Zinn - Emma Goldman, Anarchism & War Resistance (lecture)

Howard Zinn - Emma Goldman, Anarchism & War Resistance (lecture)

Emma Goldman is largely an unknown figure today. She deserves wider recognition. She was born in Lithuania and died in 1940. She spent many years as an organizer in the United States. She was a major anarchist thinker and activist as well as a passionate advocate for women's rights. Anarchism today is mostly viewed negatively. It's seen as a synonym for disorder and chaos. Few recognize it as a political philosophy rooted in the ideals of the Enlightenment. Noam Chomsky calls it "the libertarian wing of socialism." Anarchism not only opposes the institutions of state coercion and violence, it questions the very legitimacy of the state.

Alternative Radio on 08/14/12

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Tue, 08/14/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Gore Vidal on "The Fall of the United States," an interview with David Barsamian

Gore Vidal on "The Fall of the United States," an interview with David Barsamian

Recorded in Los Angeles, CA on July 22, 2008.

Alternative Radio on 08/07/12

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Tue, 08/07/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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David Brower – Visions of the Environmental Movement (lecture)

David Brower – Visions of the Environmental Movement (lecture)

David Brower, the legendary environmentalist, died on November 5, 2000. His numerous achievements, over many decades, in defense of the environment are virtually unmatched. He was founder and chair of Earth Island Institute. He served as the Sierra Club's first executive director and later went on to establish Friends of the Earth and the League for Conservation Voters. He received the UN's Lifetime Achievement Award and was twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Alternative Radio on 07/31/12

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Tue, 07/31/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Michael Parenti speaks on "The Pathology of Wealth"

Michael Parenti – The Pathology of Wealth (lecture)

Michael Parenti is one of this country's foremost independent political analysts. He has taught at major colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad. He is the author of numerous books including the classic "Democracy for the Few," “The Face of Imperialism,” and the highly acclaimed "The Assassination of Julius Caesar."

Alternative Radio on 07/24/12

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Tue, 07/24/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Morris Berman speaks on Dark Ages in the U.S

Morris Berman – Dark Ages in America (lecture)

Morris Berman is a cultural historian and critic. He has taught at universities in North America and Europe. He is an award-winning author. Among his many books are “Twlight of American Culture,” “Dark Ages America,” and “Why America Failed.”

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"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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