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David Barsamian: 'This is a moment where we cannot look away'

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Alternative Radio host David Barsamian

If you listen to David Barsamian’s long-running public affairs program Alternative Radio, you know his distinct voice, full of passionate analysis and notable raspiness. But while as host he always introduces his featured speakers, a who’s who of progressive thinkers, we don’t normally hear Barsamian himself at length.

Barsamian says he started Alternative Radio 32 years ago because “corporate media are largely weapons of mass distraction … You can't simply whine and complain. You need to come up with positive alternatives that give people hope."

Here, Barsamian talks about his new book of interviews with famed linguist, cognitive scientist and historian Noam Chomsky, “Global Discontents: Conversations on the Rising Threats to Democracy (The American Empire Project.)” He spoke at The Elliott Bay Book Company on February 21, 2018.

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