David Barsamian

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David Barsamian
David Barsamian photographed in San Francisco, California on May 22, 2014
David Barsamian giving a lecture called 'The Twilight of Capitalism' at a ZOMTalks event in Lebanon hosted by ARF's Zavarian Student Association on February 23, 2016.[1]
Born 1945
Occupation Founder and Director of Alternative Radio
Website alternativeradio.org/pages/about-barsamian

David Barsamian (born 1945) is an Armenian-American radio broadcaster, writer, and the founder and director of Alternative Radio, a Boulder, Colorado-based syndicated weekly talk program heard on some 150 radio stations in various countries.[2]

Barsamian started working in radio in 1978 at KGNU in Boulder, Colorado and then KRZA in Alamosa, Colorado.[3]

Articles by (and interviews with) Barsamian have appeared regularly in The Progressive, The Nation, and Z Magazine. Barsamian also lectures on U.S. foreign policy, corporate control, the media, and propaganda. He is a member of the Campaign for Peace and Democracy.[4]

As a writer, Barsamian is best known for his series of interviews with Noam Chomsky, which have been published in book form and translated into many languages, selling hundreds of thousands of copies worldwide.


On 23 September 2011, Barsamian was deported from India.[5] After arriving on a flight at the Indira Gandhi International Airport he was refused entry and placed on a return flight.[6] Barsamian attributes this to his reportage on human rights abuses in Jammu and Kashmir.[7]


Year Title Publisher ISBN Notes
1992 Chronicles of Dissent Consortium Book Sales & Distribution ISBN 0-96288-388-3 Interviews with Noam Chomsky
Stenographers to Power: Media and Propaganda Common Courage Press ISBN 0-96288-385-9
1994 Keeping the Rabble in Line ISBN 1-56751-033-7 Interviews with Noam Chomsky
The Pen and the Sword Haymarket Books (2010 reprint) ISBN 1-93185-995-7 Interviews with Edward Said
Secrets, Lies and Democracy Odonian Press ISBN 1-87882-504-6 Interviews with Noam Chomsky; part of The Chomsky Trilogy (ISBN 1-87882-507-0); part of The Chomsky Quartet (ISBN 1-87882-516-X)
The Prosperous Few and the Restless Many ISBN 1-87882-503-8
What Uncle Sam Really Wants ISBN 1-87882-501-1
1996 Class Warfare Pluto Press ISBN 1-56751-092-2 Interviews with Noam Chomsky
1998 The Common Good Odonian Press ISBN 1-87882-508-9 Interviews with Noam Chomsky; part of The Chomsky Quartet
1999 The Future of History Common Courage Press ISBN 1-56751-157-0 Interviews with Howard Zinn
2000 Confronting Empire South End Press ISBN 0-89608-615-1 Interviews with Eqbal Ahmad
2001 The Decline and Fall of Public Broadcasting ISBN 0-89608-654-2
Propaganda and the Public Mind Pluto Press ISBN 0-74531-788-X Interviews with Noam Chomsky
9-11 Seven Stories Press ISBN 1-58322-489-0
Terrorism: Theirs and Ours ISBN 1-58322-490-4 Interviews with Eqbal Ahmad
2003 The Checkbook and the Cruise Missile South End Press ISBN 0-89608-710-7 Interviews with Arundhati Roy
Culture and Resistance Pluto Press ISBN 0-74532-017-1 Interviews with Edward Said
2004 Louder Than Bombs: Interviews from The Progressive Magazine South End Press ISBN 0-89608-725-5
2005 Imperial Ambitions: Conversations With Noam Chomsky On The Post-9/11 World Macmillan ISBN 1-42998-081-8
Speaking of the Empire and Resistance: Interviews with Tariq Ali New Press ISBN 1-56584-954-X
2006 Original Zinn: Conversations on History and Politics with David Barsamian HarperCollins (2009 reprint) ISBN 0-06175-141-3 Interviews with Howard Zinn
2007 Targeting Iran City Lights Books ISBN 0-87286-458-8 Interviews with Noam Chomsky, Ervand Abrahamian and Nahid Mozaffari
What We Say Goes: Conversations on U.S. Power in a Changing World Metropolitan Books ISBN 0-80508-671-4 Interviews with Noam Chomsky
2012 Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism City Lights Books ISBN 0-87286-568-1 Interviews with Richard Wolff
2013 Power Systems: Conversations on Global Democratic Uprisings and the New Challenges to U.S. Empire Macmillan ISBN 0-80509-616-7 Interviews with Noam Chomsky


Year Film Notes
1992 Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media Credited in the acknowledgments as a source for archival audio,[8] appeared onscreen as an interviewer[7]
2006 Independent Intervention
2013 Targeting Iran Interviewee in documentary based on his book of the same name[9]

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  1. ^ Reference from Aztag Daily, the daily newspaper of the Lebanese Armenian community.
  2. ^ "David Barsamian hits Calgary". FFWD – Calgary Blogs – The Howler. Retrieved April 19, 2010. 
  3. ^ "David Barsamian - Americans Who Tell The Truth". Americans Who Tell The Truth. Retrieved May 23, 2014. 
  4. ^ "David Barsamian - Progressive Voices". Progressive Voices. Retrieved May 23, 2014. 
  5. ^ Prasad, Ayyappa (25 September 2011). "US broadcaster deported from India". TruthDive. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  6. ^ Joshi, Rajesh (26 September 2011). "'In Free India I Was Denied Entry'". Outlookindia.com. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Roy, Arundhati (29 September 2011). "The dead begin to speak up in India". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "David Barsamian". IMDb. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "Targeting Iran (2013)". IMDb. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 

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