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.
Alternative radio is carried by over 125 radio stations and heard by millions of listeners. The headquarters, with three paid staff, are located in Boulder, Colorado.
David Barsamian is the award-winning founder and director of Alternative Radio, the independent weekly audio series based in Boulder, Colorado. One of America's most wide-ranging and respected independent journalists, David Barsamian has altered the media landscape with his radio programs and books with Noam Chomsky, Tariq Ali, Howard Zinn, Arundhati Roy and others. His most recent books are "Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism" with Richard Wolff and a reissue of Chomsky classics, "How the World Works." His best-selling books with Chomsky have been translated into many languages.
Listen to Alternative Radio on KSKQ on Wednesdays at 10 am.
An Organic Conversation
Hosted by Organic Food Advocate Helge Hellberg, Produce Expert Mark Mulcahy and Holistic Chef Sitarini Brian, An Organic Conversation discusses innovative solutions to today’s environmental and social challenges, healthy living, and sustainable choices. The show masterfully places current food and organic agriculture topics within the context of inter-connectedness and relationships, spirituality, beauty, and life.
The show features entrepreneurs, visionaries and leaders in the organic food and holistic health movement who share their insight and stories, giving valuable information about key topics such as increasing the quality of school lunches for kids, buying local and seasonal produce, food justice, progressive approaches to global climate change, solutions for food waste and fostering eco-literacy amongst the general public.
An Organic Conversation with Helge Hellberg, Mark Mulcahy and Chef Sitarani Brian – a weekly inspiration for anyone who eats.
Saturdays, 8:30- 9:30 am.
Best of British Unsigned
Best of British Unsigned is a new syndicated music show on KSKQ. BoBU takes a stand against the manufactured pop monster that's destroying the music industry. They help unsigned musicians get the recognition, and the airplay, they deserve.
Best of British Unsigned is brought to you by presenter Matt from Southampton and producer Talia from Salford, Manchester. For more information check their website.
Tune in on Thursdays from 5 - 6 pm.
Big Picture Science
The world has changed since enterprising hominids chipped stones to use as tools. Today’s scientific and technological development moves faster than a speeding maglev train.
If you’re curious about where innovation is headed and delight in the wonders of scientific discovery, tune your ears to Big Picture Science. Science radio doesn’t have to be dull. The only dry thing about our program is the humor.
In one hour, Big Picture Science connects ideas about the origins, the behavior, and the future of life – and technology – on Earth in surprising and playful ways.
What came before the Big Bang? How does memory work? Will our descendants be human or machine? What’s the origin of humor? We ponder these questions daily… and expound on them weekly.
The show is hosted by Seth Shostak.Seth is the Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute, in Mountain View, California. He has an undergraduate degree in physics from Princeton University, and a doctorate in astronomy from the California Institute of Technology. For much of his career, Seth conducted radio astronomy research on galaxies, and has published approximately fifty papers in professional journals. He also founded and ran a company producing computer animation for TV.
Seth has written several hundred popular magazine and Web articles on various topics in astronomy, technology, film and television. He has edited and contributed to a half dozen books. His first popular tome, “Sharing the Universe: Perspectives on Extraterrestrial Life” appeared in 1998. He has also authored “Life in the Universe” (2006, 2nd edition, textbook, with Jeff Bennett) and “Cosmic Company” (2003, with Alex Barnett). His most recent book is “Confessions of an Alien Hunter” (2009).
Tune in on Fridays from 9 - 10 am.
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.
Building Bridges is produced and hosted by Mimi Rosenberg and Ken Nash.
Tune in to Building Bridges on Mondays, 10:30-11 am.
Calling All Cowboys
Sundays, 4 - 6 p.m.
Democracy Now! is a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program hosted by journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez.
Democracy Now!’s War and Peace Report provides the audience with access to people and perspectives rarely heard in the U.S.corporate-sponsored media, including independent and international journalists, ordinary people from around the world who are directly affected by U.S. foreign policy, grassroots leaders and peace activists, artists, academics and independent analysts. In addition, Democracy Now! hosts real debates–debates between people who substantially disagree, such as between the White House or the Pentagon spokespeople on the one hand, and grassroots activists on the other.
For true democracy to work, people need easy access to independent, diverse sources of news and information.
But the last two decades have seen unprecedented corporate media consolidation. The U.S. media was already fairly homogeneous in the early 1980s: some fifty media conglomerates dominated all media outlets, including television, radio, newspapers, magazines, music, publishing and film. In the year 2000, just six corporations dominated the U.S. media.
In addition, corporate media outlets in the U.S. are legally responsible to their shareholders to maximize profits.
Democracy Now! is funded entirely through contributions from listeners, viewers, and foundations. The show does not accept advertisers, corporate underwriting, or government funding. This allows them to maintain their independence.
Democracy Now! is broadcast on KSKQ Mondays - Fridays at 12 noon. The show is repeated Tuesdays - Fridays at 7 am.
Earthbeat Radio is an hour-long broadcast providing environmental news and views you won’t hear anywhere else. Syndicated to over 60 stations in the U.S. and Canada, and broadcast from our Washington, D.C., studios, Earthbeat takes on every aspect of the environmental crisis. Launched in 2003, we are an independent show produced out of Pacifica Radio’s flagship station WPFW 89.3 FM and out of The Real News Network’s studios in Washington.
Earthbeat features the politics and the people behind the efforts to defend the planet. Newsmakers join our host each week for fascinating, insightful, and informative talk radio. And now, in partnership with The Real News Network, we are launching occasional television broadcasts of Earthbeat.
Fridays, 11am - noon.
First Voices Radio
With nearly 70% of the Mother Earth's remaining natural sources (resources) on Indigenous lands, traditional Indigenous practices of biodiversity preservation have, ironically, made these lands targets for political juggling, rationalized "Green" movements, global corporations seeking the last forests, genetic and plant materials, oil, and minerals to feed their unsustainable growth. But Native peoples refuse to be victims. Their stories of resilience and growing success are inspirational; and a model for future sustainability.
Tiokasin Ghosthorse is from the Cheyenne River Lakota (Sioux) Nation of South Dakota and the bands of Itazipco/Mnicoujou and Oglala. He is the host of First Voices Indigenous Radio on WBAI NY - Pacifica Radio. Tiokasin has been described as “a spiritual agitator, natural rights organizer, Indigenous thinking process educator and a community activator.” One reviewer called him “a cultural resonator in the key of life.”
Tiokasin has had a long history in Indigenous rights activism and advocacy. He spoke, as a teenager, at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Ever since his UN work, he has been actively educating people who live on Turtle Island (North America) and overseas about the importance of living with each other and with Mother Earth. He is a survivor of the “Reign of Terror” from 1972 to 1976 on the Pine Ridge, Rosebud and Cheyenne River Lakota Reservations, and the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs Boarding and Church Missionary School systems designed to “kill the Indian and save the man.”
Mondays, 11 am - 12 noon.
Informativo Pacifica is a nationally syndicated 1/2 hour news program in Spanish.
Monday-Friday 6-7 am.
Law and Disorder
Law and Disorder is a weekly, independent radio program airing on several stations across the United States and podcasting on the web. Law and Disorder gives listeners access to rare legal perspectives on issues concerning civil liberties, privacy, right to dissent and the horrendous practices of torture exercised by the US government. This program examines the political forces and legislation that are moving the United States into a police state.
Three of the top progressive attorneys and activists: Michael Ratner is the president of the Center for Constitutional Rights Guantanamo: What the World Should Know. Michael has worked for decades, as a crusader for human rights both at home and abroad litigating many cases against international human rights violators resulting in millions of dollars in judgments for abuse victims and expanding the possibilities of international law. Heidi Boghosian is the executive director of the National Lawyers Guild, a progressive bar association established in 1937. She has published articles on policing, protest and the First Amendment including Punishing Protest and The Assault on Free Speech, Public Assembly, and Dissent. Michael Steven Smith is the author, editor, and co-editor of six books, mostly recently The Emerging Police State, by William M. Kunstler. He has testified before committees of the United States Congress and the United Nations on human rights issues.
Tune in on Mondays from 9-10 am.
Living on Earth
Living on Earth with Steve Curwood is the weekly environmental news and information program distributed by Public Radio International. Every week approximately 300 Public Radio stations broadcast Living on Earth's news, features, interviews and commentary on a broad range of ecological issues. The show airs in 9 of the 10 top radio markets and reaches 80% of the US.
Steve Curwood is Executive Producer and Host of Living on Earth. Steve created the first pilot of Living on Earth in the Spring of 1990, and the show has run continuously since April, 1991. Steve's relationship with public radio goes back to 1979 when he began as a reporter and host of Weekend All Things Considered. He also hosted NPR's World of Opera.
Fridays, 10-11 am.
National Radio Project produces Making Contact, 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.
National Radio Project distributes Making Contact to non-commercial radio stations and online listeners without charge. We train independent journalists and community members in radio skills, improving popular access to the media. Through our community collaborations, National Radio Project increases the media capacity of community groups and helps amplify the voices of those working and organizing for social justice.
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. Making Contact is FREE to noncommercial stations.
- 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.
Tuesdays, 11:30 am - noon.
Philosophy Talk is produced by Ben Manilla Productions, Inc. on behalf of Stanford University, as part of its Humanities Outreach Initiative.
This is not a lecture or a college course, it's philosophy in action! Philosophy Talk is a fun opportunity to explore issues of importance to your audience in a thoughtful, friendly fashion, where thinking is encouraged.
Hosts: Ken Taylor, Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University and John Perry, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of California at Riverside and Henry Waldgrave Stuart Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Stanford University.
Sundays, 11 am - noon.
Sea Change Radio
Sea Change Media’s mission is to make connections that advance the shift toward social, environmental, and economic sustainability. Sea Change Media is a solely-owned propietorship.
Sea Change Radio, 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.
Thursdays, 10-10:30 am.
Sierra Club Radio
Sierra Club Radio is a weekly half hour program produced by Sierra Club staff and hosted by Orli Cotel. Each week you'll hear in-depth interviews with politicians, authors, celebrities, artists, and activists inspired by nature. We also feature lifestyle tips from Sierra magazine, advice from the magazine's columnist, Mr. Green, and occasional commentary from Club Executive Director Michael Brune.
As the host of Sierra Club Radio, Orli Cotel has conducted more than 300 interviews with leading opinion makers, activists, CEOs and politicians -- ranging from Thomas Friedman of the New York Times, to Indigo Girls' singer Amy Ray. Orli first joined the environmental movement as a grassroots activist, running campaigns in New Orleans, Lake Tahoe, Cleveland, and Philadelphia. She later became the Sierra Club's National Publicist, searching out the most captivating environmental stories and heroes and pitching their tales to top media outlets. Born and raised in Manhattan, Orli got her start in radio as a child, recording jingles and voice-overs for national commercials. She now lives in San Francisco.
Tuesdays, 10-10:30 am.
Sprouts is a half-hour news magazine produced and broadcast by a growing list of community radio stations.
Our mission is to bring new voices to the airwaves, increase communication between this larger community of media producers of conscience, and encourage production collaboration across geographical distances via the Internet.
Every week Sprouts broadcasts stories from local communities with national significance. The features are produced independently, but are generally tied by a common theme. Recent shows have focused on the National Conference on Media Reform, the 2004 Election, and the history of Low Power FM.
We aim to bring unique voices from many individual parts of the country, joined together within the context of issues of national scope. We always welcome new members and provide support for to them via conference calls and other forms of communication. We seek diverse voices and viewpoints, new producers coming to the air, and the unique viewpoints from local areas.
Mondays, 10-10:30 am.
Talk Nation Radio
Progressive news and analysis from leading experts on human rights, journalists, scholars, and political activists.
Tuedays, 10:30-11 am.
The Grateful Dead Hour
The Grateful Dead Hour is a nationally syndicated radio program devoted to exploring the wide musical world of America's best-loved band. Produced and hosted by David Gans, it began in its present form in 1987 and is currently heard on more than 75 public, community, college and commercial radio stations from coast to coast. The program presents high-quality recordings of the band's live performances from analog and digital master tapes provided by the Grateful Dead, as well as interviews with band members, recordings by artists who influenced the Dead, other people's performances of Dead music, and so on. To support this show and keep it on the air, visit the show's website.
Tuesdays, 6-7 pm.
The Latin Alternative
"The Latin Alternative" is co-hosted by two of the genre’s leading experts, Josh Norek (co-founder of the Latin Alternative Music Conference and frontman of Latino-Jewish rap group Hip Hop Hoodíos) and Ernesto Lechner (contributing writer for Rolling Stone, LA Times, & Chicago Tribune and author of the book ‘Rock en Español: The Latin Alternative Rock Explosion’). The program focuses on crossover-friendly Latin rock, electronic, funk and hip-hop artists. Recent interviews have included GRAMMY-winning artists like Ozomatli & Jaguares, as well as buzz-heavy newcomers like Diego Garcia, Ana Tijoux and The Pinker Tones.
Saturdays, noon - 1 pm.
The Polka Carousel
Polka music recorded exclusively for KSKQ by host Ed Slomkowski.
Sundays, 6-7 pm.
This Way Out!
"This Way Out" is the award-winning internationally distributed weekly LGBT radio program, currently airing on over 175 local community radio stations around the world. The half-hour "magazine"-style program is produced in Los Angeles and distributed to stations via websites, satellite and even post-mailed CDs.
Despite the limitations of a "tattered shoestring budget", "This Way Out" programming has been honored with multiple awards from the U.S. National Federation Of Community Broadcasters and the Radio and Television News Association, by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), Parents, Families and Friends Of Lesbians and Gays (P-FLAG), the Los Angeles chapter of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA), and internationally by Tupilak (the organization of lesbian and gay cultural workers in the Nordic area).
"This Way Out" leads off each week with NewsWrap, a summary of some of the major news events in or affecting sexual minority communities, compiled from a variety of media outlets around the world. If you see a local news story that you think deserves coverage, please copy/paste the text into the body of an email message, including the name of the media source and the date, and send it to us! Thanks!
Tuesdays, 11-11:30 am.
WINGS: Women's International News Gathering Service is an all-woman independent radio production company that produces and distributes news and current affairs programs by and about women around the world. WINGS programs are used by non-commercial radio stations, women's studies, and individuals. Programs can be heard on local radio stations, on shortwave, on the internet, and on cassettes. The WINGS Mailing List provides updates on stories and new information about women's media.
Thursdays, 10:30-11 am.