May 10

This Week: European Parliament Candidate Katerina Moutsatsou speaks to Dialogos!

moutsatsouThis week on Dialogos Radio, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature an interview with a pre-election flair, as we will be speaking with actress Katerina Moutsatsou, who is a candidate in this month’s European parliamentary elections with Greece’s United Popular Front (EPAM).  In this detailed and informative interview, Moutsatsou will speak about her candidacy and why she decided to officially enter politics, about EPAM’s positions on a number of important political and economic issues facing Greece and Europe, and will comment on the current economic, political, and social situation in Greece.

tsavarisIn addition to this interview, stay tuned for a second, bonus interview (in Greek) with Greek singer and songwriter Nikos Tsavaris, who will talk about his longstanding working relationship with the famous Greek singer Dimitris Mitropanos, his forthcoming collaboration with singer Themis Adamantidis, as well as his many experiences singing around the world for the Greek diaspora.

Hear these two special interviews, plus the past week’s Greek news roundup from The Press Project International, exclusively on this week’s broadcast of Dialogos Radio!

Apr 21

Transcript: Interview with Economist Ha-Joon Chang

ha-joonThe transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with economist and professor Ha-Joon Chang of the University of Cambridge, author of “23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism,” follows below. This interview aired on April 10-11, 2014. Find the podcast of this interview here.

MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series is the economist and professor Ha-Joon Chang of the University of Cambridge. He is a regular contributor to The Guardian and is also the author of a recent book titled “23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism.” Ha-Joon, welcome to our program today.

HJC: Thank you for inviting me.

MN: In your book, you debunk many of the myths about capitalism that we often hear in the media and in conventional teachings of economics, myths that are often seen as conventional wisdom. What are some of the biggest myths that you have identified?

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Apr 12

Our Interview with Economist Richard Wolff in Hot Doc Magazine!

HotDoc_Wolff_1We are excited to announce that Dialogos Radio’s recent interview with the renowned economist and professor Richard Wolff has been published in Hot Doc Magazine, Greece’s foremost investigative journalism magazine.  In this interview, Wolff discusses and analyzes the ongoing economic situation in Greece, Europe, and the United States, and he offers his proposal for a way out of the economic crisis through the establishment of a new, postcapitalist financial system.

Read this extremely interesting and insightful edition in issue #50 of Hot Doc Magazine, available in newsstands and kiosks throughout Greece, and online by clicking here!

Apr 06

This Week: Interview with Economist Ha-Joon Chang

Ha-Joon_Chang_profileThis week on Dialogos Radio, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature an informative and detailed interview with the renowned economist and professor Ha-Joon Chang of the University of Cambridge. Chang is also the author of a recently-published book titled “23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism.”

In this week’s interview, Chang will analyze the current economic situation in Greece, Europe, and worldwide, and he will also share his insights regarding what he identifies as some of the foremost myths regarding capitalism and the so-called free market.  In addition, he will reference the historical failure of policies of economic austerity, and he will talk about the new economic “bubble” that he sees in the economies of both Europe and the United States.

Tune in for this exclusive and extremely interesting interview, plus some great Greek music, this week only on Dialogos Radio!

Mar 22

Interview on Planned Dumping of Syrian Chemical Weapons off the Coast of Crete

syriachemicalweaponsThis week on Dialogos Radio, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature an interview with Vaggelis Pissias, a professor of water resource management at the Higher Technological University of Athens (TEI of Athens) and member of the International Initiative for Peace in Syria.  In this interview, Pissias will share details about the proposal put forth by the United Nations and by the United States to dispose of the chemical weapons from Syria in the Mediterranean Sea, off of the southern coast of the island of Crete. Pissias will discuss the potential ecological, environmental, and economic consequences of this planned dumping, and he will talk about the numerous ways in which the local community in Crete and the scientific community in Greece is mobilizing to prevent the disposal of the chemical weapons from taking place in the Mediterranean Sea. This is an issue that has received scant attention in the press and media, both in Greece and internationally, which will be analyzed in detail this week on Dialogos Radio.

portesAlso this week, tune in to hear the second edition of our new special feature, Portes Magazine Exclusives, produced by the Portes Magazine editorial team.  In this week’s feature, the internationally-acclaimed theatrical performance Socrates Now will be spotlighted, as well as director and actor Yannis Simonides.

Tune in for these two special features, plus some great Greek music, on this week’s edition of Dialogos Radio!

Mar 21

Transcript: Interview with Economist Richard Wolff

wolffThe transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with the economist Richard Wolff follows below. This interview aired on March 20-21, 2014. Find the podcast of this interview here.

MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series is the well-known economist Richard Wolff, and Richard, thank you first of all for joining us. To begin, let’s talk first about the current economic situation in Greece. We hear talk about how the situation in Greece is turning around, that the country now has a primary budget surplus, that the economy is recovering. How do you respond to this?

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Mar 15

This Week on Dialogos Radio: Interview with Economist Richard Wolff

richard_wolff_photoThis week on Dialogos Radio, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature an exclusive interview with the renowned economist and professor Richard Wolff.  Wolff is a visiting professor at the New School in New York City, and in the past, he has taught at Yale, athe University of Massachusetts, Amherst, at the City University of New York and at the Sorbonne I.  The author of several books, Wolff also hosts a popular weekly radio program where he analyzes economic news and issues.

In the interview we will air this week, Wolff will talk about the current economic situation in Greece, the Eurozone, and the United States, about the true causes of the global financial crisis, the real reasons why economic austerity measures are being implemented in Greece and in other countries, and he will share his insights and proposals for a new, post-capitalist economic system.

Hear this special and exclusive interview this week, only on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series!

Feb 01

Transcript: Interview with Economist Mark Blyth

markblythThe transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with Brown University professor and economist Mark Blyth, on the historical failure of economic austerity policies, follows below. This interview aired on January 30-31, 2014. Find the podcast of this interview here.

MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series is Mark Blyth, a professor of international political economy, and the author of a recent book titled “Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea.” Professor, thank you for joining us today.

MB: It’s very nice to be with you.

MN: To get us started, share with our listeners a few words about the history of the idea of economic austerity, of the theories, if you will, that this idea is based upon.

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Jan 29

This Week: Interview with Professor Mark Blyth on the Failures of Austerity

markblythThis week on Dialogos Radio, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature an interview with Brown University economics professor Mark Blyth, who is the author of a recently-published book titled “Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea,” which was named one of the best books of 2013 by the Financial Times. In this week’s interview, Mark Blyth will discuss the historical implementation of economic austerity policies and how they have failed, the flawed rationale of the European Union and the International Monetary Fund in enforcing such policies in Europe, the role of the banking industry in the economic decline in Europe, and he will share his analysis on what he believes are the true causes of the economic crisis in Greece and other European countries, plus his proposals for a solution to the economic crisis.

Tune in for this exclusive and enlightening interview, along with some great Greek music, on this week’s English-langauge edition of Dialogos Radio!

Jan 18

Transcript: Interview with Economist Albrecht Ritschl

ritschlThe transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with London School of Economics professor Albrecht Ritschl, on the topic of Germany’s unpaid World War II reparations towards Greece, follows below. This interview aired on January 17-18, 2014. Find the podcast of this interview here.

MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series is a professor of economic history from the London School of Economics, Albrecht Ritschl. Prof. Ritschl, thank you for joining us today on our program.

AR: My pleasure.

MN: To get us started, share a few words about yourself and your academic background.

AR: I’m originally from Germany, I’m an economist by training, veered off into economic history during my Ph.D., and have been working on this subject throughout my career. I’m a specialist on Germany’s interwar depression and to some extent on the Nazi economy of the 1930s and 1940s.

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Jan 12

This Week: Interview with Professor Albert Ritschl, on German War Reparations to Greece

ritschlThis week, Dialogos Radio returns with its first broadcast of 2014 and an interview with London School of Economics professor of economic history Albert Ritschl. In this week’s Dialogos Interview Series, Professor Ritschl will analyze the issue of unpaid German war reparations and war debts from World War II towards Greece.  He will share with our listeners a historical overview of the issue, the current political status of the reparations and war debts in Germany, and estimates regarding the value of these reparations and debts today. He will also discuss Germany’s history as one of the foremost “debt transgressors” of the 20th century.

In addition to this interview, we will broadcast a second interview with the editorial staff of Portes Magazine, regarding the magazine’s new on-air collaboration with Dialogos Radio.  And, of course, lots of great Greek music is in store as well.  Tune in for all this and more, on this week’s edition of Dialogos Radio!

Nov 20

NEW PODCAST: John Perkins on how Greece has Fallen Victim to “Economic Hit Men”

confessions-of-an-economic-hit-manThe podcast of our recent Dialogos Interview Series interview with John Perkins, author of such bestselling books as “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man” is now online!  Download and listen to this podcast to hear Perkins’ analysis on the economic crisis in Greece and his thoughts as to how Greece has become a victim of “economic hit men,” who work on behalf of international organizations such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and multinational corporations.

In addition to our original English-language interview with John Perkins, a second podcast of the interview is available with a Greek translation, for our Greek-speaking listeners!  Both podcasts are now available on our website and is also available in iTunes, TuneIn.com, the BlackBerry Podcast Directory, and on the official Dialogos Radio app for Android devices, which is freely available in the Google Play store!

Nov 15

Transcript: Interview with “Economic Hit Man” John Perkins

johnperkinsThe transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with “economic hit man” John Perkins follows below. This interview was published in Truthout on September 11, 2014 and is reprinted here.  This interview aired on November 14-15, 2013. Find the podcast of this interview here.

MN: In your book, you write about how you were, for many years, a so-called “economic hit man.” Who are these economic hit men, and what do they do?

JP: Essentially, my job was to identify countries that had resources that our corporations want, and that could be things like oil, or it could be markets, it could be transportation systems, there’s so many different things. Once we identified these countries, we arranged huge loans to them, but the money would never actually go to the countries, instead it would go to our own corporations to build infrastructure projects in those countries, things like power plants and highways that benefitted a few wealthy people as well as our own corporations, but not the majority of people who couldn’t afford to buy into these things, and yet they were left holding a huge debt, very much like what Greece has today, a phenomenal debt. And once bound by that debt, we would go back, usually in the form of the IMF, and in the case of Greece today, it’s the IMF and the EU, and make tremendous demands on the country: increase taxes, cut back on spending, sell public sector utilities to private companies, things like power companies and water systems, transportation systems, privatize those, and basically become a slave to us, to the corporations, to the IMF, in your case to the EU, and basically, organizations like the World Bank, the IMF, the EU, are tools of the big corporations, what I call the “corporatocracy.”

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Aug 17

New Piece in Truthout – “Greg Palast: Why Are the Greek People Agreeing to Their Own Destruction?”

truthoutOur first-ever piece in Truthout has been published, based on the recent Dialogos Radio interview with the New York Times bestselling author and investigative journalist Greg Palast.  Check out the piece, and the heated debate which it fostered, at the following location:

http://truth-out.org/news/item/18069-why-are-the-greek-people-agreeing-to-their-own-destruction

Jun 08

Transcript: Interview with Journalist and Bestselling Author Greg Palast

palastThe transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with best-selling author and investigative journalist Greg Palast, on the economic situation in Greece and the policies of the European Union and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), follows below. This interview aired on June 6-7, 2013. Find the podcast of this interview here.

MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series for the second time is Greg Palast. Greg is the author of the New York Times bestsellers “Billionaires and Ballot Bandits,” “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy,” “Armed Madhouse,” and the highly-acclaimed “Vultures’ Picnic.” Palast is an investigative journalist, he writes a weekly column for Vice Magazine, and also reports for the BBC and The Guardian, among others. He’s best known in the United States for uncovering Katherine Harris’ purge of black voters from Florida’s voter rolls in the year 2000. His reports are available at gregpalast.com.  Greg, welcome to our program. Recently, we’ve been hearing talk about how countries like Greece which have been suffering through an unprecedented economic crisis over the past two years, are finally on the road to recovery, thanks to the austerity measures and the policies that have been implemented all this time…

GP: That’s bull****, that’s complete bull****. I disagree with that. They haven’t been on the road to recovery. Greece is dying, Greece is dying, and austerity is one of the things that killed it. What are you talking about? That’s complete nonsense. Austerity has destroyed Greece, the Euro has destroyed Greece. Austerity is nonsense. Read Paul Krugman, Nobel Prize winner in economics. I have a degree in economics from the University of Chicago. Austerity in the middle of a recession is a death sentence. You have 26% unemployment in Greece. It is a death zone. If they don’t get out of the Euro, if they don’t cut this crap of going along with the German invasion, demanding austerity, it’s death for Greece. Greece will not be alive. It will be a suburb of Turkey within six months unless you get rid of the Euro and get off this austerity kick.

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