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.

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Episode Archive

Alternative Radio

Program: 
Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Wed, 04/01/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Arundhati Roy - Terrorism: No Easy Answers (interview)

Host David Barsamian speaks with Arundhati Roy, 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." Howard Zinn praises her "powerful commitment to social justice." She is the recipient of the Lannan Award for Cultural Freedom. Her latest books are "The Checkbook & the Cruise Missile," a collection of interviews with David Barsamian, and "An Ordinary Person's Guide to Empire."

There are myriad types of terrorism. But the focus is highly selective. 200,000 Indian farmers killing themselves because of debt or 4,000 children dying everyday around the world because of no access to clean water are not considered. Nor are massacres of Muslims in the Indian states of Gujarat and Maharashtra or of Sikhs
in New Delhi.  Nor are the tens of thousands of Kashmiris killed by the Indian military. The attention and emphasis is overwhelmingly on car bombings, 9/11 and Mumbai type of attacks. Massive state terrorism is not up for discussion unless the state is a designated enemy of Washington's such as Iran and Syria. America and its allies
such as Israel and India get a free pass. Can you imagine Charlie Rose or Wolf Blitzer asking Kissinger or Rice or other apparatchiks of the empire about state terrorism? Maybe when pigs fly.

Alternative Radio on 03/25/09

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Alternative Radio
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Wed, 03/25/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Tenzin Tsundue - Free Tibet (interview)

Tenzin Tsundue is a poet, writer, author and a noted activist for Tibetan freedom. He is widely regarded as a leading voice of the Tibetan exile community. His book "Kora" is in its fifth edition and has been translated into several languages. His poems and essays appear in the Indian media as well as various publications around the world.

Tibet is the inspiration behind the idea of Shangri la, paradise on earth. Scholars can debate the veracity of that. But today Tibet, in the words of the Dalai Lama, its spiritual leader, is "hell on earth" and "these 50 years have brought untold suffering and destruction to the land and people of Tibet. Today, the religion, culture, language and identity, which successive generations of Tibetans have
considered more precious than their lives, are nearing extinction." The Nobel Peace Prize winner spoke on March 10, 2009 in Dharamsala, India, the Himalayan hill town that is the seat of the Tibetan government in exile. Tibetans outside of China and their supporters held rallies around the world to mark the 50th anniversary of the failed revolt against Chinese rule. The Chinese military crushed the rebellion, forcing the Dalai Lama to flee to India.

Alternative Radio on 03/18/09

Program: 
Alternative Radio
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Wed, 03/18/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Michael Parenti - The Hypocrisies of Capitalism (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" and the highly acclaimed "The Assassination of Julius Caesar." His latest book is "Contrary Notions."

The "Newsweek" cover declares, "We are All Socialists Now." Some people have a different take on it. Paul Krugman, commenting on the bailout of banks and the giant insurance company AIG, says it's a classic example of what he calls "lemon socialism," that is, taxpayers bear the cost if things go wrong, but stockholders and executives get the benefits if things go right. Krugman, a Nobel Prize winner, is describing our economic system as it really is, not the fantasy tale spun for mass consumption by Alan Greenspan and his disciples. One salient aspect of the economic collapse is the focus on rotten apples like Bernard Madoff and Robert Allen Stanford. They are easy pickings. We can all be virtuous in denouncing them as cheats and swindlers. But what escapes scrutiny and discussion is the barrel itself. And that is the capitalist system.

Alternative Radio

Program: 
Alternative Radio
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Wed, 03/11/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Fatima Bhutto - Pakistan: Failed State or Failed Leaders? (interview)

Fatima Bhutto published her first book, "Whispers of the Desert," a collection of poetry, when she was 15. An independent journalist, her articles appear in the "New Statesman,"  the "Guardian,"  and "CounterPunch." Her latest book, "8.50 A.M. 8 October 2005" is about the devastating earthquake that hit Pakistan.

Almost since its inception in 1947 Pakistan has been in the orbit of U.S. power. Billions have flowed to a succession of military dictators and corrupt civilian regimes. Today, Pakistan, armed with nuclear weapons, is on the verge of economic and political collapse.
It is called "the next Somalia." American bombing of Pakistan is a bi-partisan affair. Obama continues the policy begun under Bush. And the prospect of expanding U.S. military intervention looms on the
horizon. You can hear it in the language coming from Washington and echoed in the media. Pakistan is a "safe haven" and a "sanctuary" used to "carry out cross-border" raids endangering our troops in
neighboring Afghanistan. Recall the rhetoric preceding the U.S. attack on Cambodia. It's almost identical. And on the ground? The level of anger among many Pakistanis toward the U.S. is palpably
growing.

Alternative Radio on 03/04/09

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Alternative Radio
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Wed, 03/04/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Nena Baker - The Body Toxic (lecture)
More than 4 decades ago Rachel Carson, in "Silent Spring," first warned that man-made chemicals were taking a deadly toll on birds and wildlife. Now we are recognizing that chemicals are effecting human
sexual development and reproduction and can cause central nervous system diseases, cancer, and liver disease. Everyone is carrying a dizzying array of chemical contaminants, the by-products of industry
that contribute to a host of health problems in ways just now being understood. These toxic substances, unknown to previous generations, accumulate in our fat, bones, blood, and organs as a consequence of womb-to-tomb exposure. Almost everything we encounter-from soap to soup cans and computers to clothing-contributes to a chemical load unique to each of us. Scientists refer to it as "chemical body burden." Chemical companies would rather consumers never knew about the potential dangers their products pose.

Nena Baker is a former staff writer for "The Arizona Republic," "The Oregonian," and United Press International. Her award-winning investigation of Nike's Indonesian factories led to numerous improvements for workers. She is the author of "The Body Toxic."

Alternative Radio on 02/25/09

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Alternative Radio
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Wed, 02/25/2009 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Howard Zinn - Against Discouragement (interview)
 

Host David Barsamian interviews Howard Zinn, professor emeritus at Boston University, and perhaps this country's premier radical historian. Zinn was born in Brooklyn in 1922. His parents, poor immigrants, were constantly moving to stay "one step ahead of the landlord." After high school, he went to work in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. During World War II, he saw combat duty as an air force bombardier. After the war, he went to Columbia University on the GI Bill. He was an active figure in the civil rights and
anti-Vietnam War movements. Today, he is in great demand as a public speaker. He's a regular contributor to "The Progressive" magazine. His masterpiece, "A People's History of the United States," continues to sell in huge numbers. His latest books are "A Power Governments Cannot Suppress" and "Original Zinn."

Alternative Radio on 02/18/09

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Alternative Radio
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Wed, 02/18/2009 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Vandana Shiva speaks on "Food Justice."

Vandana Shiva is an internationally renowned voice for sustainable development and social justice. A physicist, scholar, political activist and feminist, she is Director of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Natural Resource Policy in New Delhi. She's the recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, the alternative Nobel Prize. Author of many books, her latest are "Earth Democracy" and "Soil Not Oil." (Photo from www.rightlivelihood.org)



 

Alternative Radio on 02/11/09

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Alternative Radio
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Wed, 02/11/2009 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Manning Marable: By Any Means Necessary: Malcolm X (lecture)

Manning Marable, a renowned scholar, is professor of public affairs, political science, history and African American studies at Columbia University. His syndicated column "Along the Color Line" appears in over 400 newspapers and journals worldwide. He's the author of many books including "How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America" and "Living Black History." His latest is "Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention."

 

Alternative Radio on 02/04/09

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Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Wed, 02/04/2009 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Michael Eric Dyson on "Dr. King and the American Dream." (lecture)

Michael Eric Dyson is a professor at Georgetown University, where he teaches theology, English and African American studies. He is also an ordained Baptist minister and the author of sixteen books, including April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Death and How It Changed America and Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster.

Alternative Radio

Program: 
Alternative Radio
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Wed, 01/21/2009 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Richard Heinberg - Endless Consumption: The Party's Over (lecture)
Richard Heinberg, author, journalist and educator, is a leading expert on energy issues. He is Senior Fellow at the Post Carbon Institute. He is the author of "The Party's Over: Oil, War & the Fate of Industrial Societies," "Powerdown: Options & Actions for a Post-Carbon World" and "Peak Everything."
 

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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