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

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz on The Other Side of Thanksgiving

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Tue, 11/24/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz on The Other Side of Thanksgiving

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is the author of the 2015 American Book Award-winning An Indigenous People’s History of the United States. Her expertise in Ethnic Studies, Women’s Studies, the Sioux Nation and other indigenous peoples of the Americas is recognized around the world.

Vandana Shiva - Recovery of the Commons

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Tue, 11/17/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Vandana Shiva - Recovery of the Commons

It is almost a given that the industrialized countries, the North, are the epitome of progress and wisdom. The South, the Third World, is a place of backwardness and ignorance, but it does have lots of resources. The North wants to use those resources to continue to enrich itself. Today parts of the South are redefining and challenging conventional notions of growth and development. There is resistance to the destructive effects of transnational corporations and global capitalism and a new awareness of the value of indigenous knowledge and centuries-old diverse agriculture.

Greg Grandin on "Kissingerism"

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Tue, 11/10/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Greg Grandin on "Kissingerism"

At age 92, Henry Kissinger is a legend. Over decades, he has assiduously cultivated and constructed the image of the sagacious elder statesman. Corporate journalists hang on his every word. Politicians seek his advice. But is the respect and reverence he receives deserved? He is one of most notorious characters of this or any other period in history. Just ask the Kurds, the East Timorese, the Bangladeshis, the Chileans. Ask them what they think of Dr. Kissinger? But since they are "unpeople," their opinions don't count. When he was Nixon's national security advisor, Kissinger displayed his kowtowing to power when he kept silent as his boss made anti-Jewish comments. When Nixon demanded that Cambodia be bombed, he conveyed the order like a good errand boy.

Ali Abunimah - Justice in Palestine

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Tue, 11/03/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Ali Abunimah - Justice in Palestine

Ali Abunimah is an internationally recognized Palestinian-American journalist. He is co-founder and director of the Electronic Intifada, an independent online news service on Palestine.

Edward Said - Culture & Imperialism

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Tue, 10/27/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Edward Said - Culture & Imperialism

Edward Said, internationally renowned Columbia University professor, practically invented the field of post-colonial studies. His great works Orientalism and Culture & Imperialism have been translated into many languages and is widely used in colleges and universities. The New York Times called him, "one of the most influential literary and cultural critics in the world." Noam Chomsky said of him, "Much of his immense effort and talent was dedicated to overcoming the insularity, prejudice, self-righteousness, apologetics that are among the pathologies of power and defending the rights of the victims." His two books of interviews with David Barsamian are The Pen & the Sword and Culture & Resistance.

Katha Pollitt on The Fate of Legal Abortion

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Tue, 10/20/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Katha Pollitt on The Fate of Legal Abortion


Katha Pollitt, an award-winning essayist, poet and critic, is best known for her column "Subject to Debate" in The Nation magazine. She is the author of Virginity or Death!and Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights. She is the recipient of a National Book Critics Circle Award for her volume of poetry, Antarctic Traveller.

Osagyefo Sekou - Faith, Ferguson & Nonviolent Resistance

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Tue, 10/13/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Osagyefo Sekou - Faith, Ferguson & Nonviolent Resistance

Osagyefo Sekou is an author, documentary filmmaker, public intellectual, organizer, pastor and theologian. He is the author of Gods, Gays, and Guns: Essays on Race, Religion, and the Future of Democracy. He has been active in Ferguson on behalf of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the country’s oldest interfaith peace organization. He has led trainings in nonviolent civil disobedience. Cornel West calls him “one of the most courageous and prophetic voices of our time.”  

Chris Hedges - Extraction Industries & Sexploitation

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Tue, 10/06/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Chris Hedges - Extraction Industries & Sexploitation

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 many books including Empire of Illusion, Death of the Liberal Class, The World As It Is, and Wages of Rebellion.

David Korten - A New Story

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Tue, 09/29/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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David Korten - A New Story

David Korten was an insider in the development establishment for several decades. He worked for the Ford Foundation and USAID and taught at Harvard University's Graduate School of Business. Having severed his ties to the past, today he is a leading voice for economic and social justice. He is co-founder and board chair of YES! magazine. He is the author of When Corporations Rule the World, The Great Turning and Change the Story, Change the Future

Tom Hayden on "A Climate Change"

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Tue, 09/22/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Tom Hayden on "A Climate Change"

Tom Hayden has been involved in many of America's social movements for decades. He was the main author of the 1962 Port Huron Statement, the manifesto of Students for a Democratic Society, the campus-based, activist movement. He went from street protests and being indicted by the Nixon Administration to holding office in Sacramento. He served eighteen years in the California State Assembly and State Senate. Among his many books are Voices of the Chicago Eight, Writings for a Democratic Society, and The Long Sixties: From 1960 to Barack Obama.

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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