- Here are some weekly radio programs / podcasts of interest to those on the left: Alternative Radio http://www.alternativeradio.org is a weekly one-hour publicMessage 1 of 1 , Mar 1 8:12 PMView Source
Here are some weekly radio programs / podcasts of interest to those on the left:
http://www.alternativeradio.org is a weekly one-hour public affairs program offered free to all public radio stations in the U.S., Canada, Europe, South Africa, and Australia. Alternative Radio provides information, analyses and views that are frequently ignored or distorted in other media.
Established in 1986, Alternative Radio is dedicated to the founding principles of public broadcasting, which urge that programming serve as "a forum for controversy and debate," be diverse and "provide a voice for groups that may otherwise be unheard." The project is entirely independent, sustained solely by individuals who buy transcripts and tapes of programs.
Its headquarters, with three paid staff, are located in Boulder, Colorado. Alternative Radio reaches over 125 radio stations and millions of listeners. Alternative Radio is part of the non-profit Institute for Social and Cultural Change.
Here are the details of this week's episode, featuringspeaking on "The Death of the Liberal Class":
The gradual corruption and demise of the liberal class has occurred without much comment. For decades it was a modest curb against the worst excesses of power. Once the pillars of this class, the Democratic Party, the unions, and the liberal church, collapsed, the poor, the working class, and even the middle class no longer had a defender, thus creating a vacuum that is increasingly filled by opportunists and charlatans. The electoral process, flooded with money, is heavily influenced by corporations. The Supreme Court votes for the powerful. Dismayed citizens, fed a media diet of bread and circuses, lose their jobs, savings, homes and dignity thus becoming easy prey for demagogues who scapegoat and blame others for the problems facing the country.
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.com and is a senior fellow at The Nation Institute. He is the author of American Fascists, Empire of Illusion, and Death of the Liberal Class.
Between the Lines http://www.btlonline.org/ Since 1991, non-commercial, listener-supported WPKN Radio in Bridgeport, Connecticut, has produced a weekly, award-winning public affairs show called Between the Lines. A four-time winner of the Connecticut Broadcast Award for Best Feature in the non-commercial category, this syndicated, half-hour program provides a platform for individuals and spokespersons from progressive organizations generally ignored or marginalized by the mainstream media. Between the Lines covers a wide range of political, economic and social topics.
Each program begins with a five-minute summary of some of the week's under-reported news stories gathered from the alternative press. This summary is followed by three five-minute interview segments focusing on significant international, national and regional issues.
Building Bridges: Your Community Labor Report http://www.buildingbridgesonline.org/ Our beat is the labor front, broadly defined, both geographically and conceptually. We examine the world of work and workers on the job as well as where they live. We examine the issues that affect their everyday lives, with a particular sensitivity towards human rights abuses, environmental concerns and the U.S. drive for global domination. We record their global struggles and provide analysis of their efforts to empower themselves and transform society to provide greater democratic, human, social, political and economic rights. Each program consists of feature stories, generally interviews, within a historical context, often accompanied by sound from demonstrations, rallies or conferences, and complemented and enhanced by poetry and instrumental or vocal -- people's culture.
CounterSpin http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=5 is a weekly radio show hosted by Janine Jackson, Steve Rendall and . It is a project of FAIR, .
CounterSpin provides a critical examination of the major stories every week, and exposes what the mainstream media might have missed in their own coverage. Combining lively discussion and a thoughtful media critique, CounterSpin is unlike any other show on the dial.
CounterSpin exposes and highlights biased and inaccurate news; censored stories; sexism, racism and homophobia in the news; the power of corporate influence; gaffes and goofs by leading TV pundits; TV news' narrow political spectrum; attacks on free speech; and more.
Here are the details of the latest episode, featuring two speakers on the labor uprising in Wisconsin: Laura Dresser of the Center on Wisconsin Strategy, and on the phony "public employees' pension crisis":
This week on budget deficit, is being resisted in the streets of Madison, but not so much in the national media. Is the Wisconsin story part of a larger trend to make workers pay for an economic downturn caused by Wall St. and deregulators? We'll talk with Laura Dresser of the Center on Wisconsin Strategy about all that.: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's move to strip collective bargaining rights from state workers, because he says he need to close his state's looming $3.6 billion
Also on CounterSpin today, the fiscal crisis in Wisconsin, we're told, boils down to a hole in the budget caused by high salaries for government workers and cushy pensions that states can't afford. If anything, Wisconsin's problems are mild when compared to other states. But is the pension crisis really as dire as we're led to believe? Dean Baker of the Center for Economic Policy & Research will join us to talk about it.
Labor Express http://www.laborexpress.org/ is a production of the Chicago Committee for Labor Access that airs weekly on WLUW. It covers the labor movement locally, nationally, and internationally, including living wage campaigns, health care, education, immigrants’ rights, the environment, and issues of race and gender.
http://www.radioproject.org is a weekly radio program of the National Radio Project that focusses on criminal justice and prisons, the environment, globalization, labor issues, and women’s issues.
Here are the details of the latest episode, featuring Daniel Ellsburg, Clay Shirky, Roy Singham, Peter Thiel, Jonathon Zittrain, and Paul Jay discussing "Wikileaks, Free Speech, and the Future of the Internet":
The controversy over WikiLeaks has deep implications for the future of free speech in the Internet era. Beyond journalistic and national security issues that stem from the website, other concerns need to be considered as well.
On this edition, we take you to a panel discussion focused on the importance of WikiLeaks within a legal, business and technology framework. Does the public have the right to know the secrets of its government? Should private companies keep commercial interests ahead of public interest? What role does the Internet hold for whistleblowers?
The Progressive Radio http://www.progressive.org is a weekly half-hour radio show hosted by Matthew Rothschild, editor of The Progressive magazine. Since 2003, Rothschild has been interviewing activists, scholars, and artists who are making the world a better place.
The latest episode features Bill Fletcher, Jr. on the labor uprising in Wisconsin, and across the country.
Workers Independent News http://www.laborradio.org A nationwide news service focusing on issues that affect the daily lives of working people and their communities. News by and about working people. WIN producers gather news from labor unions and activists from across the country. WIN then packages the material for distribution to radio stations and for print publication. Our producers and reporters come from a diverse background encompassing all fields of media journalism, from print to radio, video to the Web. We share one common goal: to create media that puts people over profits and empowers citizens to become journalists in their own right.