Help AR spread its progressive message to larger audiences at a time when it's particularly needed! We have no underwriters, government grants or advertising income. Radio stations receive our programming free of charge. We depend solely on you, our listeners, to sustain us.

We welcome your tax-deductible contributions for any amount. Send your check to RISE UP-Alternative Radio, PO Box 551, Boulder, CO 80306. Or just give us a call at (800) 444-1977, Monday–Thursday 8:30–4:30pm, Mountain Time.

DonateSubscribe Subscribe Monthly

Cultural Programs

Hafeez Ahmed Khan
Ghazal: Urdu Poetry

Recorded at a mehfil, a house concert where everyone takes their shoes off and sits on pillows and carpets. The informal atmosphere is quite different from a concert hall. In this recording,...

Amiri Baraka
Riffin' on Music & Language

The origins of key elements of African American culture, such as the blues and jazz, can be traced to traditional West African griot and djali musicians and performers. They were not just...

Kobla Ladzekpo
West African Music

master percussionist from Ghana, talks about West African music, with many musical examples, interview

Edward Dorn
Satirical Verses

Satire has long been a favorite device of artists seeking to subvert by making fun of those in power, be it church, state, king or landlord. If they are especially...

Bruce Cockburn
Lovers in a Dangerous Time

A dangerous time indeed. We are plagued by a surge of government and corporate corruption, human rights abuses, massive natural disasters, environmental destruction and seemingly endless war. In these dangerous...  

Amiri Baraka
Real Politics, Real Poetry

The role of creative people in society has long been debated. Should they focus on their art and stay away from politics? Poets, writers, painters, filmmakers, musicians, artists in general...  

Mahmoud Darwish
The Poetry of Palestine's National Poet

This program features some of Darwish's finest poems, including "Promises," "The Roses and the Dictionary," "My Mother" and "Passport." You will hear the poems in Arabic followed by English translation....

Peter Lamborn Wilson
What is Sufism?

Sufis and Sufism are terms bandied about. There are romantic images of whirling dervishes and mystics deep in esoteric practices. But who are they and what do they do? Sufis...

Simon Ortiz
From Sand Creek & Other Poems

This is a deeply evocative program. Simon Ortiz has a captivating voice and a subtle artistic sensitivity. He talks about his background and influences that have informed his worldview, poetry...

John Trudell
Native American Poetry and Perspectives

No description.

John Trudell
Indian Realities: Poetry and Viewpoints

Out of the thousands of FBI documents on John Trudell, the Bureau said this: “Trudell is an intelligent individual and eloquent speaker who has the ability to stimulate people into...

June Jordan
Childhood Memories, Poetry & Palestine

June Jordan talks about her early life and influences growing up in New York, the daughter of immigrant parents. Her mother was from Panama and her father from Jamaica. She...

: Audio sample available

(800) 444-1977