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Alternative Radio (Aust)

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AR is a weekly one hour, award winning, unembedded, independently produced radio program heard exclusively on Community Radio throughout Australia. AR provides information, analysis and views that are ignored or distorted in most mainstream media.

AR is a weekly one hour, award winning, unembedded, independently produced radio program heard exclusively on Community Radio throughout Australia. AR provides information, analysis and views that are ignored or distorted in most mainstream media.
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Location:

Cowes, VIC

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AR is a weekly one hour, award winning, unembedded, independently produced radio program heard exclusively on Community Radio throughout Australia. AR provides information, analysis and views that are ignored or distorted in most mainstream media.

Language:

English

Contact:

PO Box 687 Cowes VIC 3922 Australia (03) 9376 4728


Episodes

170204 Medea Benjamin – The Saudi – US Sinister Alliance

12/24/2017
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The Saudi-U.S. relationship takes crucial shape in 1945 when FDR meets with Abdul Aziz ibn Saud, the king of Saudi Arabia, on a U.S. destroyer in the Suez Canal. The essence of the get together was to insure Saudi's vast oil reserves would be the special preserve of U.S. oil companies. In return Washington would guarantee the security of the kingdom. The agreement has generated a windfall of profits for the oil cartel. Politically it has had sinister consequences. The U.S. has basically...

Duration: 00:59:23


170202 Simone Campbell – From a Nun on a Bus

12/17/2017
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B.B. King sings, "Nobody likes you but your mama and she may be jiving you too." A lot of poor people may feel that way. They are stigmatized and demonized. If they'd only go away. What's wrong with them? Can't they find a job or a place to live? The persistence of poverty in the U.S., perhaps the richest country in history, is a national disgrace, a shanda as they say in Yiddish. Neoliberal economic policies have produced huge inequality. Who suffers the most? Children. Almost 15 million...

Duration: 00:58:49


170201 Wenonah Hauter – Smoke, Fumes and Big Oil

12/10/2017
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2016 will be the hottest year on Earth since data keeping began 136 years ago. Donald Trump says climate change is a hoax created by the Chinese. He says he will gut the Environmental Protection Agency and pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate change agreement. We can get out of this death spiral. There is an abundance of low-cost solar and wind renewable energy. Despite all the evidence that the planet is heating up, the corporado's addiction to fossil fuelishness continues. But there is...

Duration: 00:59:14


170101 Yassmin Abdel-Magied - Recognizing Bias

12/3/2017
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We all almost automatically think of ourselves as somehow evolved and enlightened and free from bias. Hey, I look at someone and judge that person on the merits of his or her character. Race, class, gender, age, sexual orientation, geographical origin, accent don't factor in at all. We might be kidding ourselves to think we are free from prejudice. Cognitive shortcuts, based on negative stereotypes, can cause problems when we are unaware of them and can lead to wrong decisions and...

Duration: 00:59:16


190704 Stephen Bezruchka – Making America Healthy Again

11/26/2017
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The U.S. pays more for health care than any other country yet has shamefully poor results. People are paying through the nose for their hospital stays, surgeries and prescription drugs. An MRI in the U.S. costs five times what it costs in Australia. Instead of quality affordable health care we are building absurdly expensive F-35s, submarines and aircraft carriers. And there is a cool trillion dollars for nuclear weapons. Our spending priorities are upside down. Every other industrialized...

Duration: 00:59:01


170903 Cynthia Kaufman – Capitalism: Getting Past It

11/19/2017
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The present phase of capitalism is a great success story for the uber rich. Torrents of wealth flow overwhelmingly to a sliver of the population. Millennials in large numbers are seriously questioning the existing economic order. They are even willing to, hold your breath, consider a socialist alternative. The Bernie Sanders campaign made a huge impact on many young people and sparked interest in socialism. When millennials hear the term capitalism they think about Wall Street bailouts,...

Duration: 00:59:01


170902 Jonathan Kozol – Humanising Public Education

11/12/2017
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The Austrian-born economist Friedrich von Hayek may be intellectual godfather of neoliberalism: present-day right-wing economics. His book, The Road to Serfdom, is considered to be the bible of anti-government, free market ideas and the privatization of just about everything. From war to prisons, a core goal of neoliberalism is: Let the private sector do it. And there are few bigger targets than public education. The 50 million students who attend public schools are viewed as products and...

Duration: 00:59:01


170901 Richard Wolff – Capitalism vs Socialism

11/5/2017
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The great radical historian Howard Zinn once told me, half in jest, that one of the greatest disasters to befall socialism was when the Soviet Union put it in the official name of the country: The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. I asked him to explain and he said, The USSR, which had little to do with socialism, it was an authoritarian state, wanted to capitalize on the almost universal good name that socialism had. And the capitalist countries played along by smearing socialism and...

Duration: 00:59:00


151003 Deepa Kumar - Imperialist Feminism

10/29/2017
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When you hear imperialists making claims about their concerns for women's rights then you know something is really rotten in Denmark. The plight of women has historically been mobilized to suit the goals of empire. That continues to the present. One of the pretexts of the U.S.–led invasion of Afghanistan was "rescuing Afghan women." Writing about that, noted author and activist Arundhati Roy of India observed, "We're being asked to believe that the U.S. marines are actually on a feminist...

Duration: 00:58:57


150703 Glenn Greenwald - Why Privacy Matters

10/22/2017
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In democratic societies some things have long been considered sacrosanct. Such as the right to privacy. Not any more. It is violated on a routine and systematic basis. States scream: national security or terrorism to justify their expansion of surveillance. In terms of the sheer scope of spying the USA puts the old USSR to shame. Without privacy there is neither freedom nor democracy. There has to be a space where you can express your innermost thoughts, emotions and vulnerabilities. The...

Duration: 00:58:22


150302 Michael Schwartz - Oil and Gas Wars

10/15/2017
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Gas prices are falling. The price of oil per barrel is at its lowest level in several years. Why? We're told the global economy is slowing down again. Europe is sluggish. Japan is in recession. China's growth rate is weakening. But there may be other factors. The U.S. is producing a huge amount of oil, particularly from shale. Prices are dropping because the market is flooded and production is outstripping demand. Reportedly, the U.S. got the Saudis, still the biggest producer, to quietly...

Duration: 00:58:55


150203 Naomi Klein - Capitalism vs The Climate

10/8/2017
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"Human beings and the natural world are on a collision course. Human activities inflict harsh and often irreversible damage on the environment and on critical resources. If not checked, many of our current practices put at serious risk the future that we wish for human society and the plant and animal kingdoms, and may so alter the living world that it will be unable to sustain life in the manner that we know. Fundamental changes are urgent if we are to avoid the collision our present...

Duration: 00:58:59


150103 Richard Wolff - The Market: A Paragon of Virtue

10/1/2017
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Myths die hard. Just as there are no unicorns, there is no free market. The myth is propagandized by its beneficiaries - the rich and powerful, the one percent. The oft-repeated line is the market is some neutral entity which fosters competition and people benefit as prices come down. Reality is slightly different. We don't have a really free market because there is massive government intervention to prop it up through bailouts and subsidies, tax breaks and loopholes. The system generates...

Duration: 00:59:03