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About David Barsamian

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 33rd year—and his books with Noam Chomsky, Eqbal Ahmad, Howard Zinn, Tariq Ali, Richard Wolff, Arundhati Roy and Edward Said. His latest book with Noam Chomsky is Global Discontents: Conversations on the Rising Threats to Democracy. He lectures on world affairs, imperialism, capitalism, propaganda, the media, the economic crisis 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 the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center. In 2017 the South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy presented him with their Lifetime Achievement Award. He has collaborated with the world-renowned Kronos Quartet in events in New York, London, Vienna 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."

The Boulder Weekly published this feature about him. 

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

"I thought your lecture was the best ever. Very solid and informative, delivered with an even-handed thoughtfulness that inspires trust in your view of things." Gene in Santa Fe, NM

"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 for giving us your time. Hanging out with you, holding these events, and hearing you talk was an amazing and growing experience for us. The whole team feels very united after the past few days. They send their thanks and best wishes as well." Alireza Ghaseminejad, Vancouver, BC
"It is always fun having you here. You bring great information and spirit into all of our lives. I look forward to seeing you down the road." Jim Tarbell, Mendocino, CA
"It was informative/inspiring/touching to hear your thoughtful enthusiastic presentation." Stephanie, New York, NY
"Thanks so much for speaking to my class –  the several verbal comments after your departure were gratifying – they definitely appreciated your information and style and several made comments that because you  expressed hope at the end that they didn't feel depressed but motivated to find their individual  passion to work for change." Niels Schonbeck, University of Colorado, Denver
"I wanted to express my special thanks for the very interesting lectures you delivered in Yerevan earlier this month. I was present at two of the public events as an interpreter and was really very impressed by your talks." Lilit Khayrabedyan, Editor/Translator, Tert.am
"It was a pleasure to attend your talks in September at Worcester State. You are certainly an inspiration! I've enjoyed exploring the Alternative Radio site and look forward to following your work, particularly reading your new book.​" Morgan in Worcester, MA
"Thanks for your powerful observations, thoughts, quotations, and insights. I hope the best of your whirlwind tour goes well. BOL! What a great word." Barbara in Seal Rock, OR
"Thanks for your visit! You got the message out to a lot of people, and kept their attention throughout your presentation" Tom, Kansas City, MI
Thanks for a rousing talk at Gallery Books. Standing room only! It was a pleasure, as always. Michael in Mendocino, CA
I enjoyed your talk at the Gallery bookstore in Mendocino. You've been at it for a long time now and it was good to hear your long perspective and encouragement to keep working, and also to refresh ourselves with art. Janet in Mendocino, CA
I love listening to you, your succinctness and how well you bring things together for a better understanding and the big picture of consequences. Marie in San Diego, CA CO
I enjoyed your talk at the Gallery bookstore in Mendocino. You've been at it for a long time now and it was good to hear your long perspective and encouragement to keep working, and also to refresh ourselves with art. Janet in Mendocino, CA
You and Chomsky are always a shot in the arm. Lindsay in Vancouver, BC
Your talk: Always informative, insightful, and entertaining. We've been following your work for years. It's made a big difference in how we perceive the world, and has added depth and clarity to news reporting we get. You've done a great service to our culture, and Dianne and I are very grateful. Dennis and Dianne in Rollinsville, CO
You were awesome tonight! The best ever. So glad I got to see you in action. Paul in Glendale, CA
David Barsamian is one of Boulder's most important and influential local public intellectuals. He founded Alternative Radio more than 30 years ago and has been a linchpin of KGNU programming since its beginning. He has published books with the likes of Noam Chomsky and economist Richard Wolff. In fact he holds the distinction of interviewing Chomsky more times than any other person. He is also an excellent speaker and a shrewd and often hilarious political analyst with a wealth of experience traveling and interviewing at home and abroad. Carol in Boulder, CO
Your lecture was the best ever. Very solid and informative, delivered with an even-handed thoughtfulness that inspires trust in your view of things. Gene in New Mexico
David's passion, eloquence, and extensive knowledge is an inspiration to us all. Boulder Veterans for Peace

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
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