Media Activists,

Alternative Radio info.

Beverley


Alternative Radio, 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.

This week’s episode features Stephen Bezruchka on "Dying Younger Than We Should": Over and over U.S. citizens are told," We have the best health care system in the world." That would be great if it were true but the facts, baldly stated, don't support the claim. Not only is it far and away the most expensive system, the U.S. spends half the world's health bill, it fails to produce outstanding outcomes. For example, in one basic index, all of us in this country die younger than we should. A really healthy society does not have the radical disparities in wealth and income the U.S., one hesitates to use the word, "enjoys." One in seven Americans are officially in poverty, the highest levels in decades. Evidence demonstrates that people in more egalitarian societies have healthier and happier lives.

Stephen Bezruchka is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington. He worked for many years as an emergency physician in Seattle. His particular areas of research are population health and societal hierarchy. He has spent over 10 years in Nepal working in various health programs, and teaching in remote regions. He is author of numerous articles and essays. He is a contributor to Sickness and Wealth, a book on the effects of global corporatization on health.


Between the Lines, 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 Associated Press 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, 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, www.fair.org/index.php?page=5, is a weekly radio show hosted by Janine Jackson, Steve Rendall and Peter Hart. It is a project of FAIR, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting.

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.


Labor Express, www.laborexpress.org, a production of the Chicago-based Committee for Labor Access, 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.


Making Contact, 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.


The Progressive Radio, 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.


Workers Independent News 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.