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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Alternative Radio

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Wed, 06/10/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Ralph Nader - The Politics of Health Care  (lecture)

Ralph Nader has spent a lifetime fighting on behalf of ordinary people. He has run for president four times. "Life" magazine ranks him as one of the most influential Americans of the twentieth century. Founder of Public Citizen, he is a long-time advocate for consumer safety and workers' rights. He rose to fame in the 1960s when he took on General Motors and its unsafe Corvair car. His book "Unsafe At Any Speed" not only created a sensation but was instrumental in the enactment of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act. His efforts helped create the Environmental Protection Agency. He has exposed the misdeeds of the corporate sector as well as of the political system. In recent years he has been in the forefront of the struggles around NAFTA, the WTO, corporate welfare and single payer health care.

Alternative Radio on 06/03/09

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Wed, 06/03/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Paul Roberts - Food System in Danger (lecture)
Paul Roberts is a journalist and author. His articles appear in major newspapers and magazines. He's the author of The End of Oil. His latest book is The End of Food.

Parts of our food chain are toxic and dangerous. With increasing frequency in recent years outbreaks of food-borne bacteria have resulted in deaths and the sickening of many thousands. Pathogens appear in our beef, chicken, lettuce, peppers, spinach, tomatoes, pistachios and peanuts. What's next? The industrialized agribusiness model is fraying and is posing more and more health threats to the general population. Consumer confidence in the safety of our food
supply is waning. In addition to hygienic issues, food corporations make wild unsubstantiated claims about their products. For example, General Mills, the maker of Cheerios says the cereal is "clinically proven to help lower cholesterol." In response to the worsening situation, many citizens are turning to locally-based organic farmers
to provide them with nutritious food without pesticides and additives. Farmers markets are springing up everywhere.

Alternative Radio on 05/27/09

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Wed, 05/27/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Satya Sivaraman - Human Rights in India: Binayak Sen (interview)

Satya Sivaraman is an independent journalist, filmmaker and human rights activist based in New Delhi. He is the author of "Asia Sees America and other Rants." Touted as an emerging superpower and the world's largest democracy, India is a very complex country with enormous internal problems such as desperate economic inequality, hunger, racism, casteism and religious bigotry. There are pogroms of Christians in Orissa and Muslims in Gujarat. Not surprisingly, the oppressed are fighting back. There is a series of mini-wars and rebellions going in many parts of India. Human Rights Watch notes "a pattern of denial of justice" and holds New Delhi accountable for its "failure to protect women, children, and marginalized groups such as Dalits, tribal groups and religious minorities. Indian security forces are responsible for extrajudicial killings and arbitrary detention." In Kashmir alone, tens of thousands have been killed. This program looks at the case of Dr. Binayak Sen. It is in many ways a microcosm of the serious issues facing India.

Alternative Radio on 05/20/09

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Wed, 05/20/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Robert McChesney on "Journalism & the Crisis of Democracy" (lecture)

Robert McChesney is co-founder of the Free Press, a non-profit organization working to increase public participation in media policy debates. He is professor of communications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Author of numerous books including "Rich Media, Poor Democracy" and "The Problem of the Media," his latest is "The Political Economy of Media."

Alternative Radio

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Wed, 05/13/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Arun Gupta, (A-roon Goop-ta) journalist and activist, was founding editor of The Indypendent newspaper in New York. He's a regular contributor to Alternet and Z. He also appears on Democracy Now, GRIT TV, and Al Jazeera.

"We cannot rebuild this economy on the same pile of sand," declares the president. But it seems that's what going on. Obama's treasury secretary says, "We have a financial system that is run by private shareholders, managed by private institutions, and we'd like to continue to do our best to preserve that." That's the stated policy.

Alternative Radio on 05/06/09

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Wed, 05/06/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Frances Moore Lappe speaks on "The Work of Hope" (lecture)

Frances Moore Lappé is a democracy advocate and world food and hunger expert who has authored or co-authored 16 books. She is the co-founder of three organizations, including Food First: The Institute for Food and Development Policy and, more recently, the Small Planet Institute, which she leads with her daughter Anna Lappé. In 1987 she received the Right Livelihood Award (a.k.a, the “Alternative Nobel.”) Her first book, Diet for a Small Planet, has sold three million copies and is considered “the blueprint for eating with a small carbon footprint since long before the term was coined” [JM Hirsch, Associated Press].

Alternative Radio on 04/29/09

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Wed, 04/29/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Joe Allen - Vietnam (lecture)

Joe Allen is a contributor to the "International Socialist Review" and an activist in peace and justice movements. He is the author of "Vietnam."

Alternative Radio on 04/22/09

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Wed, 04/22/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

David Korten - Money or Life? (lecture) 

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" and "The Great Turning." His latest book is "Agenda for a New Economy."

Alternative Radio on 04/15/09

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Wed, 04/15/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Dave Zirin - A People's History of Sports in the U.S. (lecture)

Dave Zirin, winner of Press Action's Sportswriter of the Year Award, has been called "an icon in the world of progressive sports." His articles appear in "The Nation" and "The Progressive" magazines. He is the host of Edge of Sports Radio. He's the author of "What's My Name, Fool?" and "Welcome to the Terrordome." His latest book is "A People's History of Sports in the United States."

Alternative Radio on 04/08/09

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Wed, 04/08/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Richard Wolff - Casino Capitalism (lecture)

Richard Wolff is a well-known economist. After receiving his Ph.D. from Yale, he taught at the City College of New York from 1969 to 1973, and then began teaching at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he has been full professor since 1981. He is the author of numerous articles and books on economics.

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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