About David Barsamian

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One of America’s most tireless and wide-ranging investigative journalists, David Barsamian has altered the independent media landscape, both with his weekly radio show Alternative Radio—now in its 34th year—and his books with Noam Chomsky, Eqbal Ahmad, Howard Zinn, Tariq Ali, Richard Wolff, Arundhati Roy and Edward Said. His latest books are with Noam Chomsky: Global Discontents: Rising Threats to Democracy and Edward Said: Culture and Resistance. He lectures on world affairs, imperialism, capitalism, propaganda, the media and global rebellions.

David Barsamian is the winner of the Media Education Award, the ACLU’s Upton Sinclair Award for independent journalism, and the Cultural Freedom Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. The Institute for Alternative Journalism named him one of its Top Ten Media Heroes. He is the recipient of Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center and the South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy. He has collaborated with the world-renowned Kronos Quartet in events in New York, London, Vienna, San Francisco and elsewhere.

Barsamian was deported from India due to his work on Kashmir and other revolts. He is still barred from traveling to “the world’s largest democracy.”

As a kid, David was a bit of a rebel and frequently played hooky from school. Growing up in New York in the shadow of the Armenian Genocide sparked an interest in history and politics. His first interview was with his mother, Araxie. He says, that interview was the most difficult he has ever done. He then went on to do a series of interviews with survivors.

He says he was further radicalized when his beloved Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team moved to Los Angeles. He said, “That’s all I needed to know about capitalism.”

The Boulder Weekly published this feature about him.

Upcoming Speaking Engagements


Your talk was very educational, thought-provoking and at times entertaining, just what the students needed! I myself learned a lot. Thank you again for speaking at Red Rocks!!!Simon, Professor, Red Rocks Community College, Denver, CO
Thank You David! I can't tell you how many fired-up people I've heard from since your talk. What a great evening!
Christie, manager of Gallery Bookstore in Mendocino, CA
Thank you David. You are a treasure for your ceaseless dedication and service so focused on exactly what the work needs . the voices of the most poignant luminaries of the world.
Ahni in Santa Fe
Thanks again for the interview David. Your enthusiasm for community radio is a huge boost to us.Sam at CKUW in Winnepeg
It was great to see you again at the CCA, always! Your presentation was as rousting as it was informative. Thank you for gracing our town with your insights and wisdoms in these challenging times.
Paulette in Santa Fe
I just read your May 17 piece at Counterpunch; it’s by far the the best of all I have looked at, with an excellent brief history and contemporary implications. Much appreciated.John Marciano, Historian in Talent, OR
We certainly were moved and informed by your talk and your enthusiasm and commitment.  We would love to have you back!Suzy Prez, Station Manager, KRFY Sandpoint, ID
I was very glad I was able to make the talk, which I thought was excellent. I was excited to hear your perspective, especially considering all your collaborations with such amazing thinkers. I was very pleased to see the terrific turnout, too.Cameron in Sandpoint, ID
Thanks for coming to Moscow with your important message. It was inspiring.Richard in Moscow, ID
Your talk at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs was absolutely fantastic. Thank you. Now to find effective ways to be an activist!
Natalie in Colorado Springs
I enjoyed your talk at the university immensely. Music to my ears.Danny in Colorado Springs, CO
So good seeing and hearing you the other night at the public library. Thanks for coming to Gilpin County!Virginia in Black Hawk, CO
I am so happy that I was present to hear David speak. As a journalism school graduate and on-and-off freelancer,  I can usually—eventually—find words to express a thought.  But even today,  many days after the event, I can still only say, WOW that was amazing!Angela in Vancouver, Canada
I am quite familiar with your program as I listen often to KUNM.  In fact it was your program that introduced me to Prof. Chomsky.  I am a very conservative individual and would never have bothered to read his "left wing screeds" but, captive in a car, I began listening to you and Amy Goodman and, lo and behold, I agreed with you and Prof. Chomsky.  Very effective medium, the radio.  Gets through the toughest barriers.J.C. in Albuquerque, NM
Thanks for coming to our community. That was a fab talk.
Lots of people lingered discussing what actions to take next, so definitely reignited the fire up here last night!
Jessie in Nederland, CO
If it weren't for you we wouldn't have heard of Chomsky. Thank you.Sally in LA
Saw a story about you on Democracy Now! I commend you for your vision, and for your courage. Please keep up your good work.Glenn in Denver
You are a rock star!  That was the best speech I've ever seen you deliver! The black cat wandering through the audience and going up to the podium was the icing on the cake.Laurie in Santa Fe, NM


Lecture Topics

  • Resistance in the Age of Trump
  • Trumponomics
  • Ecocide: The War on Nature
  • Capt. Ahab & U.S. Policy
  • Palestine: 50 Years of Occupation
  • The Rise of ISIS
  • Saudi Arabia, Jihad & Terrorism
  • Islamophobia: The Politics of Hate
  • Reform or Revolution?
  • Targeting Iran
  • Language & Politics: Orwell’s World & Ours
  • Media and Propaganda
  • Global Uprisings
  • The Twilight of Capitalism
  • Media & Democracy
  • Imperialism: Then & Now
  • War of the Words
  • U.S. Foreign Policy: Old Wine, New Bottles
  • India: Revolts & Rebellions
  • Kashmir: The Struggle for Freedom
  • Pakistan: Never Ending Disaster
  • Afghanistan & Pakistan
  • NPR & PBS – Decline & Fall
  • Palestine: Remembering Edward Said
  • History & Memory: Celebrating Howard Zinn
  • Eqbal Ahmad: The Engaged Intellectual
  • The Warfare State
  • Media & U.S. Empire
  • Imperial America: Last Tango in Waziristan
  • United States of Amnesia
  • Terrorism: Theirs & Ours
  • Worthy & Unworthy Victims
  • The Current Crisis in the Middle East
  • I Have a Drone
  • Capitalism & the Environment: Collision Course
  • Media, Capitalism & Climate Change
  • Turkey & the Armenian Genocide: Case Study in Denial