Other Producers and Programs

Alternative Radio with David Barsamian: Alternative Radio, established in 1986, is an award-winning weekly one-hour public affairs program offered free to all public radio stations in the U.S., Canada, Europe and beyond. AR provides information, analyses and views that are frequently ignored or distorted in corporate media. Our program airs on over 260 radio stations. With headquarters based in Boulder, Colorado and with only two full-time and two part-time paid staff, AR airs on nearly 300 radio stations. Our project is sustained by donations and by your purchases of season subscriptions, recordings and transcripts.

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Background Briefing: Investigative journalism, exploring the issues of the day and examining society in a lively on-the-road documentary style.

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Between the Lines: Between The Lines is a weekly syndicated half-hour news magazine featuring progressive perspectives on national and international political, economic and social issues.

Because Between The Lines is independent of all publications, media networks or political parties, we are able to bring a diversity of voices to the airwaves. This award-winning program provides a platform for individuals and organizations generally ignored or marginalized in corporate media.

Each week, Between The Lines features:

  • A five-minute summary of some of the week’s under-reported news stories gathered from the alternative press and other sources.
  • Three in-depth interview segments focusing on significant international, national and regional issues.

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Big Picture Science:

Big Picture Science does more than interview top scientists and technology innovators. Our themed episodes connect those latest research ideas to identify emerging trends – and why they matter.

We address the “so what?” of science.

Seth Shostak (the scientist) and Molly Bentley (the science journalist) use smart and humorous storytelling. They won’t just keep you’re attention. They’ll grab it.

But there’s more.

Are you a doubting Thomas? We separate science from pseudoscience – and facts from the phony – in Skeptic Check, our monthly episode devoted to critical thinking.

So think bigger. Big Picture Science. A one-hour weekly radio show and podcast.

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Blues America: Blues America is where the blues talks. An hour-long weekly series featuring conversations with blues people who share their stories and music. Blues America is heard around the country on over 50 public radio stations and the podcast has been downloaded over 2 million times.  The series is independently produced at the Chico Chism Memorial Studio in Phoenix by award winning host, Drew Verbis. It is a featured “station” on the Living Blues Magazine radio-charts.

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Book Waves with Richard Wolinskl: Book reviews and interviews conducted by Richard Wolinsky.

Richard Wolinsky co-hosted and produced “Probabilities,” a program devoted to science fiction, mystery and mainstream fiction, from 1977 to 1995 on KPFA-FM. From 1995 through 2001, he co-hosted and produced the Thursday edition of “Cover to Cover,” taking the program solo in early 2002, and renaming the show “Bookwaves”.

Along the way, he has spoken with most of the English speaking world’s leading authors, including Peter Carey, Joseph Heller, William Kennedy, Margaret Atwood, Anne Rice, Gore Vidal, James Ellroy, Joyce Carol Oates, Norman Mailer, Salman Rushdie, E.L. Doctorow, and many others.

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Brad Cast with Brad Friedman: Independent, investigative journalism, broadcasting, trouble-making and muck­raking.

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Building Bridges:

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.

Over the years Building Bridges has produced a weekly one hour program, Mondays from 7-8 PM EST, covering local, national and international labor and community issues over radio WBAI-Pacifica 99.5 FM in New York. We also produce half hour version, Building Bridges National, which is distributed to over 40 broadcast and internet radio stations.

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Classical Tones: Classical music with a Latin connection with Spanish language commentary.

Counterspin: FAIR publishes Extra!, the newsletter of media criticism, and produces the weekly radio program CounterSpin, the show that brings you the news behind the headlines.

FAIR, the national media watch group, has been offering well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship since 1986. We work to invigorate the First Amendment by advocating for greater diversity in the press and by scrutinizing media practices that marginalize public interest, minority and dissenting viewpoints.

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David Pakman Show: The David Pakman Show started as a community radio show called Midweek Politics in the basement of WXOJ’s studio in Northampton, Massachusetts. Today, it is a daily internationally syndicated politics and news talk show airing on radio, television, and the internet, and on Free Speech TV via DirecTV and DISH Network, The program first aired in August 2005.

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The Deep Dive Radio Show: The Deep Dive Radio Show with Nick Espinosa is about all things Cybersecurity, Cyberwarfare and Technology related. Learn how to defend yourself online while we discuss hacking and tech news, both local and international, as well as taking a deeper look into serious issues around the world in terms of Cybersecurity, hacking, technology and more! Questions from the audience are always welcome too! (Website)

Democracy Now with Amy Goodman: Democracy Now! produces a daily, global, independent news hour hosted by award-winning journalists Amy Goodman and Juan González. Our reporting includes breaking daily news headlines and in-depth interviews with people on the front lines of the world’s most pressing issues. On Democracy Now!, you’ll hear a diversity of voices speaking for themselves, providing a unique and sometimes provocative perspective on global events.

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Economic Update: Economic Update with Richard D. Wolff begun on a single Pacifica station in March 2011. Today, it is played on 80+ stations nationwide and available for video streaming on YouTube and Facebook. Wolff’s specialty on this program is to take complex economic issues and make them understandable, empowering listeners with information to analyze not only their own financial situation but the economy at large. By focusing on the economic dimensions of everyday life – wages, jobs, taxes, debts, interest rates, prices, and profits – the program explores alternative ways to organize markets, and government policies.

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El Sur En El Norte: Spanish language news, information & entertainment.

First Voices Radio: A voice for indigenous issues, concerns, cultures, and customs.

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Flip Side Radio: Celebrating the people, music, and culture within the Chester, Pennsylvania community.

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Food Sleuth: Join Melinda Hemmelgarn, a registered dietitian and investigative nutritionist, for 28-minute, weekly interviews with national experts in food, health and agriculture. From physicians to film makers, writers, farmers, scientists and chefs, Food Sleuth Radio navigates our complicated food system. You’ll discover how farm and food policies impact our environment and public health, and learn the secrets to eating well. Provocative, practical and personal, Food Sleuth Radio helps us think beyond our plates to find “food truth.”

Award-winning Food Sleuth Radio ranks among the top national “green food radio shows.” If you care about what you eat, tune in!

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Hard Knock Radio with Davey D & Anita Johnson: We feature in-depth interviews and profiles with elected officials, community leaders, activists, authors, Hip Hop artists and musicians. We give voice to community concerns and offer a unique forum to explore issues relevant to the Hip Hop/urban community. We’ve covered a variety of subjects like; Hip Hop Appreciation Week, The War on Terrorism, The Prison Industrial Complex, Asian/ Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Domestic Violence, Teen Pregnancy and the Middle East Crisis to name a few.

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Latin Waves: Latin Waves can be listened to in a variety of ways, you can stream directly from this website or subscribe to our RSS feed for your convenience, You can subscribe to us oniTunes, Sticher, Player.FM,  Tunein,   blubrry or Blackberry networks. You can listen to  our  YouTube channel , or you can listen to and support one of the many radio stations that air our show on a regular basis.

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Letters and Politics: The program explores the history behind today’s major global and national news stories. Hosted by Mitch Jeserich. Mitch Jeserich is a veteran broadcast journalist. He got his start as KPFA’s California State Political Reporter in Sacramento before going to Washington DC to cover the White House, Congress and the Supreme Court between 2003 and 2006. In 2009 Mitch launched a pilot program called Letters from Washington, chronicling the first 100 days of the Obama administration, that would become Letters & Politics.

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Making Contact: Radio about social justice issues as they relate to agriculture, food, civil liberties, globalization, the economy, and education. Making Contact, is an award-winning, 29-minute weekly magazine/documentary-style public affairs program heard on 140 radio stations in the USA, Canada, South Africa and Ireland.

Making Contact is committed to in-depth critical analysis that goes beyond the breaking news. Showcasing voices and perspectives rarely heard in mainstream media, Making Contact focuses on the human realities of politics and the connections between local and global events, emphasizing positive and creative ways to solve problems.

  • In-depth reports on political and social issues, trends and events, contributed by journalists from around the globe.
  • Ordinary people talk about how public policy affects their daily lives, families and communities.
  • Speeches by social activists and advocates share a vision of a better world.
  • Special mini-series, such as How We Survive.

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Mayo Clinic Radio: With thousands of experts from Mayo Clinic campuses in Minnesota, Florida, Arizona and the Mayo Clinic Health System, “Mayo Clinic Radio” reaches listeners with an easy-to-understand, friendly approach. High interest topics include the latest news as well as information about exercise, nutrition, prevention and heart health. Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeon Tom Shives, M.D. has hosted the hour-long program for more than 25 years.

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Moccasin Tracks: Moccasin Tracks has a focus on Native American issues and events.

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Night Flight: Classic Reggae, R&B, Calypso and more!

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Oldies Time Machine: The show initially began with mostly familiar oldies from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, but at the suggestion of Sam Ward, the audioldies webmaster, in Toronto Canada the show was expanded to include rare tracks and “B” sides of records not normally played on commercial radio stations. In May 2015, Steve Relocated to Tennessee, and the show is currently being produced from his new home. You’ll discover plenty of familiar oldies from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s on the show but it’s the rare cuts that makes the show different!

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Peace Talk Radio: “Peace Talks Radio” connects listeners with people whose life’s work is to pursue peace and nonviolent conflict resolution. The show’s focus is often on day-to-day conflict scenarios: at home raising children; in schools with bullies; in the workplace with other employees; on the highways with “road-raged” drivers; in our political discourse. Other shows will spotlight citizens who place the message of peace at the core of their lives.

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Planetary Radio with Mat Kaplan: Under the leadership of its CEO, Bill Nye the Science Guy, the Planetary Society embraces its mission: Empower the world’s citizens to advance space science and exploration. Planetary Radio is our weekly, half-hour public radio series that features conversations with the men and women who are leading us into the final frontier. Regular commentary is also provided by Bill Nye and Senior Editor Emily Lakdawalla, while our What’s Up segment explores the current night sky, provides a Random Space Fact, remembers this week in space history, and offers the weekly space trivia contest. Our periodic Planetary Radio Live productions put the show in front of audiences throughout North America.

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Progressive Spirit: Explores the intersection of Spirituality and Social Justice through interviews of scholars, activists, social justice and spiritual leaders on a plethora of topics.

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Radio Curious: Over 600 half hour interviews on a curiously wide variety of topics prepared by host and producer Barry Vogel. Radio Curious is now in its 26th year on public radio stations. The show first aired on Mendocino County Public Broadcasting in 1991 and aired on many public radio stations in North America and other continents and is available on their website and the Pacifica Network and Public Radio Exchange.

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Rising Up with Sonali: Rising Up with Sonali is an all-women run Radio and Television show that brings progressive news coverage rooted in gender and racial justice to a wide audience. The radio program airs on Pacifica stations KPFA and KPFK, and several affiliate stations. The television show will soon begin airing on Free Speech TV (Dish Network, DirecTV, Roku).

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Rootstock Radio with Theresa Marquez: There is a dire need for honest—yet personable—education amidst the rampant apathy, ignorance and worse, denial about the true state of food and farming in our country today. As we face the plethora of rubber-stamped GMO releases, we need to amplify the hard truth with compassionate and honest voices, balancing the doom-and-gloom with solutions for contributing to a sustainable future.

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Sea Change Radio: Sea Change Radio is the primary project of Sea Change Media, is a weekly show covering the shifts to social, environmental, and economic sustainability. Sea Change Radio is nationally syndicated and podcast globally. Launched in January 2009, the show evolved from Corporate Watchdog Radio, founded by Bill Baue and Sanford Lewis in 2005.  Francesca Rheannon joined the CWR team in 2007 as Lewis phased out. Alex Wise took over as Host and Executive Producer in May of 2010.

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Sojourner Truth with Margaret Prescod: Sojourner Truth brings you news and views on local, national, and international policies and stories that affect us all. We draw out how those of us most impacted – women, communities of color and other communities are responding. We also discuss the inter-relationship between art and politics. At the start of our show we bring you the headlines of the day.

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Sprouts: Sprouts is a weekly program that features local radio production and stories from many radio stations and local media groups worldwide. It is produced in collaboration with community radio stations and independent producers across the country.

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State of Belief: State of Belief is based on the proposition that religion has a positive and healing role to play in the life of the nation. The show explains and explores that role by illustrating the vast diversity of beliefs in America – the most religiously diverse country in the world – while exposing and critiquing both the political manipulation of religion for partisan purposes and the religious manipulation of government for sectarian purposes.

Each week, the Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy offers listeners critical analysis of the news of religion and politics, and seeks to provide listeners with an understanding and appreciation of religious liberty. Rev. Gaddy tackles politics with the firm belief that the best way to secure freedom for religion in America is to secure freedom from religion. State of Belief illustrates how the Religious Right is wrong – wrong for America and bad for religion.

Through interviews with celebrities and newsmakers and field reports from around the country, State of Belief explores the intersection of religion with politics, culture, media, and activism, and promotes diverse religious voices in a religiously pluralistic world.

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The Approximately 20-Minute Variety Hour is written by Trina Kakacek and Michael John Kelly. Small Fish Radio Theatre Ensemble: Cat Dean, Michael Herzovi, Mark Kater, Michael John Kelly, Sharon Phillip, and Joy Thorbjornsen-Coates. Directing, music and sound design by Trina Kakacek. Small Fish Radio Theatre and Thespinarium is produced by Trina Kakacek and Michael John Kelly. Additional music by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) – Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 – http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ 

The Magical Mystery Tour

The Magical Mystery Tour: Each week The Magical Mystery Tour brings music, humor, interesting, inspiring and entertaining talks, interviews and live call-in discussions from leading edge science, neuroscience, psychology, education, parenting, healing, deep politics and economics, to spirituality and the mystical, with many other possibilities.

Hosted by Tonio.

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The Ralph Nader Show: Ralph Nader is a consumer advocate, lawyer, and author.

He was born in Winsted, Connecticut on February 27, 1934.

In 1955 Ralph Nader received an AB magna cum laude from Princeton University, and in 1958 he received a LLB with distinction from Harvard University.

His career began as a lawyer in Hartford, Connecticut in 1959 and from 1961-63 he lectured on history and government at the University of Hartford.

In 1965-66 he received the Nieman Fellows award and was named one of ten Outstanding Young Men of Year by the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce in 1967. Between 1967-68 he returned to Princeton as a lecturer, and he continues to speak at colleges and universities across the United States.

In his career as consumer advocate he founded many organizations including the Center for Study of Responsive Law, the Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), the Center for Auto Safety, Public Citizen, Clean Water Action Project, the Disability Rights Center, the Pension Rights Center, the Project for Corporate Responsibility and The Multinational Monitor(a monthly magazine).

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The Thom Hartmann Program: Thom Hartmann is a progressive national and internationally syndicated talkshow host whose shows are available in over a half-billion homes worldwide. He’s the New York Times bestselling, 4-times Project Censored Award winning author of 24 books in print in 17 languages on five continents.

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This Way Out: This Way Out is the volunteer-produced, multi-award-winning, internationally-syndicated weekly half-hour “magazine style” LGBTQ community radio program based in Los Angeles, currently heard on more than 200 local community radio stations across North America, in the Netherlands, the U.K., Australia, South Africa, India, and New Zealand; on satellite to home and cable outlets across Europe, the Middle East/Africa and Asia/Pacific regions via the London-based World Radio Networks.

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Train to Skaville: University of Michigan student run alternative broadcasting program featuring vintage Ska music.

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Trance-formational Music: Features Indian Classical, Gamelan, African Folk , East Asia and James Brown to Holy Modal hoedown.

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TUC Radio (Time of Useful Consciousness) with Maria Gilardin: Maria talks about the impact of big corporations on society. TUC Radio is a regular weekly program on over 60 radio stations and can be heard in many rural communities as well as in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Seattle, Cleveland, Houston, Taos, Buffalo, Philadelphia, Vancouver and many other cities – as far as Cape Town, South Africa and into North Africa via Milano, Italy.

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WINGS (Women’s International News Gathering Service): Women’s International News Gathering Service is a weekly half-hour program for noncommercial radio stations, produced by and about women around the world. The programs cover a wide variety of issues including feminism, economics, politics, peace, war, anti-violence, human rights, sexual rights, technology, history/herstory, and sometimes humor.

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With Good Reason with Sarah McConnell:

Each week on With Good Reason, our ever-curious host Sarah McConnell takes you along as she examines a wide range of topics with leading scholars. Featured guests have included Nobel Prize winning author Toni Morrison discussing race in America, Bruce Greyson sharing his study of near death experiences, Mike Seeger exploring American folk music, Aniko Bodroghkozy tuning in on sixties television, Bryan Caplan on the “myth of the rational voter,” Nikki Giovanni reading from her poetry, and .  You may discover the traditions of the samurai warrior, hear about the ways we pre-judge others based on their accents, or laugh at the surprising history of Hawaiian shirts.

With Good Reason is offered as both a half hour and hour show via Content Depot and PRX and Audioport.  It is produced by Virginia Humanities for the Virginia Higher Education Broadcasting Consortium and is broadcast on public radio stations across America.

With Good Reason has won five Gabriel Awards for Best Documentary or Public Affairs Programs and is also the recipient of top honors from the Public Radio News Directors, Radio and Television Digital News Association and the Virginia Association of Broadcasters.

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