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]
Born1945 (age 76 to 77)
Occupation(s)Founder and Director of Alternative Radio

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 public affairs program heard on some 250 radio stations worldwide.[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 Sun and Z Magazine. Barsamian also lectures on U.S. foreign policy, corporate control, the media, and propaganda.

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.

Deportation from India[edit]

On 23 September 2011, Barsamian was deported from India.[4] After arriving on a flight at the Indira Gandhi International Airport he was refused entry and placed on a return flight.[5] Barsamian attributes this to his reportage on human rights abuses in Jammu and Kashmir.[6]


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
2017 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 The 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,[7] appeared onscreen as an interviewer[6]
2006 Independent Intervention
2013 Targeting Iran Interviewee in documentary based on his book of the same name[8]

See also[edit]


  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. ^ Prasad, Ayyappa (September 25, 2011). "US broadcaster deported from India". TruthDive. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
  5. ^ Joshi, Rajesh (September 26, 2011). "'In Free India I Was Denied Entry'". Outlookindia.com. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
  6. ^ a b Roy, Arundhati (September 29, 2011). "The dead begin to speak up in India". The Guardian. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
  7. ^ "David Barsamian". IMDb. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
  8. ^ "Targeting Iran (2013)". IMDb. Retrieved February 24, 2014.

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