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Alternative Radio is an "unembedded" weekly one-hour public affairs program offered free to all public radio stations in the US, Canada, Europe, South Africa, Australia, and on short-wave on Radio for Peace International. AR provides information, analyses and views that are frequently ignored or distorted in other media.

AlternativeRadio David Barsamian

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Alternative Radio is an "unembedded" weekly one-hour public affairs program offered free to all public radio stations in the US, Canada, Europe, South Africa, Australia, and on short-wave on Radio for Peace International. AR provides information, analyses and views that are frequently ignored or distorted in other media.

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4.7 out of 5
235 Ratings

235 Ratings

El Fontain ,

Step into the now, Mr. B

AR represents an absolute gold mine, decades worth of thought provoking interviews and speeches this country desperately needs to hear but, sadly, won’t because all but the carefully selected episode of the week is behind a paywall. David. Please. For the love of our democracy-in-name-only-but-maybe-one-day-the-people-will-rise-and-make-it-real, make this a normal podcast: Patreon, advertisers, listener donations, a rich uncle... etc The number of times I’ve heard a relevant nugget of wisdom and wanted to share it with friends and family... or the times I’ve recommended an episode but had to add, “...but you have to listen to it this week ‘cause, it like, disappears..”
Been a fan for years but it’s time to step yo game up, son

Mike_D_SBU ,

Actually Silenced Voices

When I was in college, I took a history course. The professor started his class by asking, “Why do we learn history?” A girl in my class raised her hand and replied, “because those who don’t learn history are doomed to repeat it.” The professor, visibly annoyed, begrudgingly agreed with her, but gave his own take - we learn history to put today into context. I have personally found today’s context to be sorely lacking. I feel that the history books I was given in grade school had this undertone that everything in them leads up to America being the greatest country in the world. No mention of the poverty that plagues our society or that our education and healthcare outcomes are far inferior to other countries.

AlternativeRadio puts today into context. The programs play recordings of people you are not going to see or hear on the mainstream media, unless they’re on for two minutes and can’t get a word in edgewise. The recordings are mostly of speeches - given at universities, community centers, churches, etc. The speeches are roughly an hour and their topics vary - from global warming to warfare to history/politics/economics to racism/sexism/imperialism, etc.

A couple things: (1) old programs are deleted after you play them, and are no longer accessible, assuming a new program is available; (2) if and when you bring up a point made in one of these talks, be prepared to be called a Russian bot. (Why anyone would believe a word of what the FBI <with its extended history of undermining civil rights, animal rights, and climate justice movements> says in regards to “Russian operatives” undermining the election, is beyond me.)

AstroGirlBunny ,

Where is 2018?

Giving it 3 stars because 2018 disappeared.

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