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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Episode Archive

Alternative Radio on 11/20/12

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Russell Means on "Knowing Who You Are: Lessons from Native America" (lecture)

Russell Means speaks on "Knowing Who You Are: Lessons from Native America"

Russell Means, an Oglala Dakota and a prominent voice in the continuing struggle for indigenous rights, was a founding member of AIM and one of its leading spokespersons. He was Chief Executive Officer of the American Indian Anti-Defamation Council, an organization which monitors anti-Indian racism in the media and politics, and has organized and lectured throughout the world . Russell Means died on October 22nd at his ranch in Porcupine, S.D., on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. He was 72.

Alternative Radio on 11/13/12

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Tue, 11/13/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Michelle Alexander on "Incarceration Nation"

Michelle Alexander – Incarceration Nation (lecture)

Michelle Alexander is Associate Professor of Law at Ohio State University and author of "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness." She is a civil rights lawyer, advocate, and legal scholar. As an associate professor of law at Stanford Law School, she directed the Civil Rights Clinics and pursued a research agenda focused on the intersection of race and criminal justice.

Alternative Radio on 11/06/12

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Tue, 11/06/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Peter Neill – Sea to Shining Sea: The Water Crisis

Peter Neill – Sea to Shining Sea: The Water Crisis (lecture)

As the climate is getting warmer and the population is growing, many parts of the world are running out of water. The earth is rapidly drying up as demand far outstrips supply.  Global consumption of water is doubling every twenty years. A crisis is looming. According to the UN, by 2025 as many as 3.5 billion people will face water scarcity. The potential for war and conflict is all too obvious. From Australia to Spain record droughts have led to critical water shortages. A fraction of the planet’s water is fresh, all the rest is salty. How can we create a just and sustainable future based on the notion of water as a commons and a public trust, and not a commodity to be sold to the highest bidder.

Alternative Radio on 10/30/12

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Tue, 10/30/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Juliet Schor – Plenitude & the End of Business As Usual

Juliet Schor – Plenitude & the End of Business As Usual (lecture)

Juliet Schor is Professor of Sociology at Boston College. Before joining Boston College, she taught at Harvard in the Department of Economics. She is author of many books including The Overworked American, Do Americans Shop Too Much? and Plenitude:  The New Economics of True Wealth.

Alternative Radio on 10/23/12

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Tue, 10/23/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Paul Cienfuegos - Ending Corporate Rule (lecture)

Paul Cienfuegos - Ending Corporate Rule (lecture)

Modern corporations trace their origins to the trading companies of imperial Europe more than three centuries ago. Their rise in power and influence has been a steady trajectory to the point where today they are the dominant institution in society. Governments have freed corporations from legal constraints through deregulation, and granted them even greater power through privatization. The Supreme Court has declared corporations are people and money is free speech. The latter has turned Congress into, as one commentator put it, “a forum for legalized bribery.” Many citizens feel that pleading to corporations is insufficient and that it is time to examine the nature of this artificial institution.

Alternative Radio on 10/16/12

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Tue, 10/16/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Joseph Stiglitz – The Age of Inequality

Joseph Stiglitz – The Age of Inequality (lecture)

Joseph Stiglitz, University Professor at Columbia, is the recipient of the Nobel Prize in economics. He was chair of the Council on Economic Advisors under Clinton. He also served as senior vice president and chief economist of the World Bank. His efforts to move the bank in a more progressive direction got him fired. He is the author of Globalization and Its Discontents and The Roaring Nineties. His most recent book is The Price of Inequality.

Alternative Radio on 10/09/12

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Tue, 10/09/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Arundhati Roy - Capitalism: A Ghost Story

Arundhati Roy - Capitalism: A Ghost Story (lecture)

Arundhati Roy is the celebrated author of “The God of Small Things” and winner of the prestigious Booker Prize. “The New York Times” calls her, "India's most impassioned critic of globalization and American influence." She is the recipient of the Lannan Award for Cultural Freedom. She’s the author of many books including The Checkbook & the Cruise Missile,  Field Notes on Democracy: Listening to Grasshoppers, and Walking with the Comrades.

Alternative Radio on 10/02/12

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Tue, 10/02/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Arun Gupta – Beyond Occupy

Arun Gupta – Beyond Occupy (lecture)

The Occupy movement caught everyone by surprise. When the first tents went up on Wall Street on Sept 17, 2011, the experts and the media soothsayers and sages were befuddled. Who were these people? What did they want? After many years of class warfare waged by the haves, the have-nots, rose from their slumber and said, Enough. The widening gaps in income and wealth had become too acute to ignore. And there was a general sense that the system only works for the powerful and everyone else is left scrambling to survive. Deep-seated anger was epitomized in such slogans as, “We Got Sold Out. They Got Bailed Out.” The encampments, almost all of them razed to the ground by the police, are mostly memories now.

Alternative Radio on 09/25/12

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Tue, 09/25/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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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.

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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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