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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Michelle Alexander - Race & Caste in America

Episode Archive

Richard Wolff - Naked Capitalism

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Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Tue, 07/01/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Richard Wolff - Naked Capitalism


Richard Wolff is Professor of Economics Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and currently a visiting professor at the New School in New York. The New York Times called him "America's most prominent Marxist economist." He is the author of numerous books including Democracy at Work and Occupy the Economy.

Noam Chomsky - State of Insecurity

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Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Tue, 06/24/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Noam Chomsky - State of Insecurity

Noam Chomsky, by any measure has led a most extraordinary life. In one index he is ranked as the eighth most cited person in history, right up there with Aristotle, Shakespeare, Marx, Plato and Freud. The legendary MIT professor practically invented modern linguistics. In addition to his pioneering work in that field he has been a leading voice for peace and social justice for many decades. The New Statesman calls him, "The conscience of the American people." Chris Hedges says he is "America's greatest intellectual" who "makes the powerful, as well as their liberal apologists, deeply uncomfortable." At 85, he still gives lectures all over the world.

Eduardo Galeano - A Calendar of Human History

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Alternative Radio
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Tue, 06/17/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Eduardo Galeano - A Calendar of Human History

Eduardo Galeano, from Uruguay, is one of Latin America's most distinguished writers. He is the recipient of many honors including the Lannan Prize for Cultural Freedom and the American Book award. His groundbreaking books, Open Veins of Latin America and the Memory of Fire trilogy changed the way we look at Latin America with its rich and complex cultures, traditions and political currents. His most recent book isChildren of the Days: A Calendar of Human History.

Kathy Kelly - Afghanistan: Beyond the Propaganda

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Alternative Radio
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Tue, 06/10/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Kathy Kelly - Afghanistan: Beyond the Propaganda

Kathy Kelly, a leading activist in the peace movement, is a multiple nominee for the Nobel Prize. She is co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence. She has been to Iraq, Afghanistan and other war zones scores of times. She is the author of Other Lands Have Dreams.

David Cay Johnston - Societal Impact of Inequality

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Alternative Radio
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Tue, 06/03/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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David Cay Johnston - Societal Impact of Inequality

The U.S. has the dubious distinction of being the most unequal of all developed countries. The gaps between rich and poor have not been seen since the Gilded Age over a century ago. The one-tenth of one percent is loaded with stocks, bonds, hedge funds, cash and property. The respected business journalist Martin Wolf writes, "An out-of-control financial sector is eating out the modern market economy from inside, just as the larva of the spider wasp eats out the host in which it has been laid." Inequality is corroding democracy. While the upper crust has been lining their pockets the working class, if they even have a job, has been pauperized. Food and rent take up much of their paltry take home pay. Tens of millions are dependent on food stamps.

Nomi Prins on "The Wall Street/White House Axis"

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Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Tue, 05/27/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Nomi Prins – The Wall Street/White House Axis (lecture)

When the financial history of this era is written it will scarcely be believed. Never have so many been ripped off by so few. There is an insidious alliance between Wall Street and the White House. It is a pernicious development in the annals of power. That partnership shapes and controls the economy. And should the big banks get into trouble, Washington comes to the rescue. The axis enables access. A salient feature of really existing capitalism is welfare for the financial Goliaths. Taxpayers cover their losses. It is bailouts for already rich speculators, high rollers and CEOs. The political response to placate the public after every financial crisis or scandal is the same: reforms. They’re good by definition, right?

Jeremy Scahill on The National Security Beast

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Alternative Radio
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Tue, 05/20/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Jeremy Scahill - The National Security Beast (lecture)
Jeremy Scahill - The National Security Beast (lecture)

5/6 - Pratap Chatterjee - Outsourcing the War on Terror

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Alternative Radio
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Tue, 05/06/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Pratap Chatterjee - Outsourcing the War on Terror

Pratap Chatterjee is an independent journalist and radio producer. His articles appear in the Financial Times, The Guardian and The Independent. He has won five Project Censored awards as well as a Silver Reel from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters for his work in Afghanistan, and the best business story award from the National Newspaper Association. He is the author of Halliburton's Army, Iraq Inc.: A Profitable Occupation and The Earth Brokers.

Martin Espada: Remembering Well & Raising Hell

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Alternative Radio
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Tue, 04/29/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Martin Espada: Remembering Well & Raising Hell

Martin Espada is a leading poet. His collection Imagine the Angels of Bread won the American Book Award. A former tenant lawyer, he teaches in the Department of English at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is the author of Zapata's Disciple, A Mayan Astronomer in Hell's Kitchen and Alabanza.

Journalists Robert McChesney and John Nichols speak on "Dollarocracy"

Program: 
Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Tue, 04/22/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Robert McChesney & John Nichols - Dollarocracy (lecture)


Robert McChesney (pictured at left) teaches at the University of Illinois. He is the author of many books including Digital Disconnect. He is co-author with John Nichols of Dollarocracy. He is a founder of Free Press, a national media reform organization. The Utne Reader listed him among their "50 visionaries who are changing the world." 

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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