Louder than Bombs: Interviews from The Progressive Magazine

Overview

Media activist David Barsamian, dubbed the "Studs Terkel of our generation" by Howard Zinn, has been broadcasting voices of dissent from around the world for over a quarter of a century. Barsamian’s radical weekly radio program, "Alternative Radio" (or simply "AR" to his fans), has been a north star in the mass media wilder-ness for people across the country since 1986. Ralph Nader calls it "a ray of light in the media darkness, featuring voices of proposals to strengthen our ...

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Overview

Media activist David Barsamian, dubbed the "Studs Terkel of our generation" by Howard Zinn, has been broadcasting voices of dissent from around the world for over a quarter of a century. Barsamian’s radical weekly radio program, "Alternative Radio" (or simply "AR" to his fans), has been a north star in the mass media wilder-ness for people across the country since 1986. Ralph Nader calls it "a ray of light in the media darkness, featuring voices of proposals to strengthen our democracy."

Barsamian’s latest volume brings together over 20 interviews culled from The Progressive magazine. Here, he talks with luminaries of the left—activists, academics and progressive celebrities—about their areas of expertise, their hopes for the future and the biggest obstacles facing movements for radical change. With his well-informed questions and engaging manner, Barsamian encourages his subjects to reflect on their lives and the world. In turn, they open their hearts and minds to him, offering nuggets of both personal and political insight. Barsamian invites readers to listen in as he converses with some of the best minds of our time, and skillfully weaves their analyses and wisdom into a digest of the world’s most pressing issues. The lively and accessible conversations highlight the urgency of globalizing dissent, and remind readers of the power of dialog to inform and inspire.

While the people interviewed for this book are a diverse group, they share a common understanding that political change must be fundamental, not cosmetic. All of these thinkers have dedicated their lives to organizing for progressive change. None has lost faith in the capacity of working and poor people to change society, even in the face of the rapidly expanding corporatization of the world. Perhaps this is the book’s most inspiring message; there’s still reason enough to hope.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780896087255
  • Publisher: South End Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Pages: 170
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Edwidge Danticat 1
Kurt Vonnegut 11
Ahmed Rashid 19
Danny Glover 27
John Pilger 33
Tariq Ali 41
Edward Said 49
Amartya Sen 57
Arundhati Roy 69
Angela Davis 81
Haunani-Kay Trask 91
Juan Gonzalez 101
Ralph Nader 109
Noam Chomsky 119
Eduardo Galeano 135
Edward Said 147
Taylor Branch 163
Eqbal Ahmad 175
Vandana Shiva 189
Howard Zinn 199
Ben Bagdikian 211
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