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 23

John Perkins Interview Featured in Greece’s Hot Doc Magazine!

Perkins2smallOur recent Dialogos Radio interview with John Perkins, the author of such books as “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man,” has now been featured in print!  Our interview has been translated and published in Greek in Hot Doc, Greece’s foremost investigative journalism magazine.  The magazine will be available for the next two weeks in newsstands throughout Greece, and an electronic version is also available for purchase here.  Check it out today!

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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Nov 06

This Week: Interview with Economist Costas Lapavitsas

lapavitsasThis week on Dialogos Radio, the Dialogos Interview Series will be featuring a detailed and informative interview with economist and University of London professor Costas Lapavitsas.  In this interview, Costas Lapavitsas will analyze the latest developments pertaining to the ongoing Greek crisis and the economic situation in Greece, including the rumors of new austerity measures and cuts that are to come, as well as the pressures on Greece to continue the massive privitization of state-owned utilities and resources. In addition, Costas will share with us his insights and opinions regarding whether or not Greece should remain in the Eurozone, what a departure from the Eurozone would mean for Greece, and his ideas as to how the Greek economy could begin to recover.  This interview will include questions that we solicited from you, our audience, via our social media platforms!

Tune in for this interview, as well as for some great Greek music, this week on Dialogos Radio!

Oct 22

This Week on Dialogos: Interview with Economist Kostas Vergopoulos

vergopoulosThis week on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series, we will be featuring an interview with the economist Kostas Vergopoulos, who is a professor of economics at the University of Paris VIII.  In this informative interview, Kostas Vergopoulos will analyze the ongoing financial crisis that Greece is experiencing and he will offer a critique of the policies of austerity that the Greek government, the International Monetary Fund, and the European Union are imposing on the country.  In addition, Vergopoulos will also offer his suggestions regarding the path that he believes that the Greek government (and the European Union) should take to overcome the economc crisis in Greece.  Finally, Vergopoulos will talk about his upcoming lecture tour in the United States, which is being sponsored by the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation.

Tune in for this timely interview on this week’s broadcast of Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series.

Sep 26

Dialogos Radio Returns to the Airwaves Next Week!

papadimitriouWe are excited to announce the return of fresh, new Dialogos Radio broadcasts beginning next week! Our summer hiatus is coming to a close, and Dialogos Radio will be returning to the airwaves beginning next week, and each week, we will present to you our award-winning Dialogos Interview Series, superb Greek music, and a number of new special features which we will soon be announcing!

To start off our new broadcast season, we will be featuring an interview with esteemed economist Dimitri B. Papadimitriou as part of the Dialogos Interview Series next week.  Born in Thessaloniki, Dr. Papadimitriou is Executive Vice President and Provost of Bard College in New York, where he also holds the position of Jerome Levy professor of Economics.  In addition, Dr. Papadimitriou is the president of the Levy Economics Institute, based at Bard College.  In this interview, Dr. Papadimitriou will discuss the latest regarding the Greek economic crisis, and will offer his insights and analysis as to the present economic situation in Greece and his proposals for how Greece can emerge out of the crisis.

This interview will air in English on our U.S.-based broadcasts, on WUSB and KVRX, and it will air in Greek on our Greek-based broadcasts.  Our broadcast dates and times are as follows:

In addition, you may listen to our broadcasts live during all of the above times (except our Tuesday broadcast) via the soon-to-be-revamped official Dialogos Radio app for Android devices, available for free in the Google Play Store!

We look forward to spending another broadcast season together with you, our listeners!  Stay tuned, as the best from Dialogos Radio is yet to come!

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:


Jul 11

Recent Dialogos Radio Interview with Greg Palast Published in Greece

HotDoc_Palast_2Dialogos Radio’s recent interview with the renowned investigative journalist and New York Times bestselling author Greg Palast has just been published in print form, in Hot Doc magazine, one of Greece’s foremost and most popular investigative journalism publications.  Highlights of our radio interview with Greg Palast were translated into Greek and published, and the interview is available in the issue of Hot Doc which reached newsstands throughout Greece today (July 11th).  An electronic edition of the magazine can also be purchased online, at the following website: http://www.hotdoc.gr/node/89.

The podcast of our recent radio interview with Greg Palast is available above, by clicking on the “podcasts” link in our menu, or in the recent podcasts box on the right-hand portion of our website.  Our podcasts can also be downloaded from iTunes, TuneIn.com, the BlackBerry Podcast Directory, our official Android app, and elsewhere.

An English-language published version of the interview will soon be available as well.  Stay tuned for details!

Jun 11

Dialogos Radio Statement on the Shutdown of ERT

ert1Dialogos Radio condemns the forced shutdown of ERT, Greece’s national public radio and television broadcaster. In a continuation of the austerity measures which have decimated Greece’s economy and social structure over the past three years, the Greek government announced, on Tuesday afternoon, the immediate shutdown of all of ERT’s radio and television broadcasts, as well as the firing of all 2,600 of ERT’s employees. This at a time when unemployment in Greece is dangerously close to 30% with no relief in sight, despite the government’s tall tales of a “success story” claiming the contrary. This decision was enforced and implemented within hours, with most of ERT’s transmitters and satellite feeds now off the air.

ERT, as a government-run broadcaster, was not without its (many) faults. But it also served as a bridge between Greece and the large Greek diaspora across the world, through its international radio service (The Voice of Greece) and through its international satellite television station, ERT World. Dialogos Radio, as an independent radio program and media group born and based in the diaspora, and speciflcally in the United States, respects this mission and these efforts, and indeed, we had the opportunity to be heard, on several occasions, via ERT’s broadcasts.

In addition, ERT maintained the richest online audiovisual archive of historic Greek radio and television programs, www.ert-archives.gr, a site which is as of now, inaccessible. Its programs also featured documentaries, travel programs, and other cultural programming which featured the rich and diverse culture and landscapes of Greece, something which is, unfortunately, rarely seen on private broadcast stations.

Over the past several hours, Dialogos Radio has taken the unprecedented (for us) step of using our Twitter account to publish a non-stop feed of what is really happening on the ground in Greece and with the efforts to permanently shut down ERT. We’ve pulled an all-nighter, as it is now daybreak in Greece, but we have no regrets, as we feel we lived up to our mission, which has been, from day one, to provide an accurate portrayal of what is taking place in Greece and to promote the efforts of those who, despite all odds, are working to build a better and more democratic country. We may not have been “on the air,” but we were online, and we hope that our Twitter updates were useful and informative for those who were following along this evening.

Recently, we announced that Dialogos Radio will be taking a summer hiatus. However, with the recent events that have transpired in Greece, we are reconsidering this decision, even if it only means a temporary extension of our broadcast season. We have *extremely* limited resources, both financially and otherwise, and cannot guarantee, during this stressful and hectic time, that we will be able to provide additional programming and interviews based on the latest events in Greece. We will, however, be reaching out to journalists and staff from ERT, as well as others who can speak about these important issues facing the country. And if we are able to secure an interview (or interviews), our listeners and followers will be the first to know. We recognize that we may not be “objective,” but what we do strive to provide our listeners is the “objective truth.” We will continue doing this in all of our future broadcasts, and via all of our other mediums of communication.

We would like to close out our message with three potentially historic podcasts from the archives of Dialogos Radio. These are the three interviews that have been broadcast on various ERT stations, which have featured Dialogos Radio and all of our efforts in the past. ERT’s official archive may be offline, but our archive is alive and kicking, and we’d like to share our own collection of our broadcasts on ERT with you:

Interview on Greek Public Radio – about Dialogos Radio and www.media.net.gr – An interview which aired on Greek Public Radio – ERT 3 95.8 FM in Thessaloniki – about Dialogos Radio and our sister website, www.media.net.gr, w/ Michael Nevradakis. Also features Lefteris Avramidis of radiofono.gr. Originally aired May 27, 2012 – http://www.media.net.gr/austinhellenicradio/podcastgen/podcastgen/?p=episode&name=2013-02-24_958_low.mp3

Interview featuring Dialogos Radio on The Voice of Greece – An interview featuring Dialogos Radio and its producer/host, Michael Nevradakis, which aired on The Voice of Greece on May 9, 2013. Interview is in Greek. – http://www.media.net.gr/austinhellenicradio/podcastgen/podcastgen/?p=episode&name=2013-05-13_voice_of_greece_interview_050913_podcast.mp3

Interview featuring Dialogos Radio on The Voice of Greece – “Faces of the Diaspora” program – An interview featuring Dialogos Radio and its producer/host, Michael Nevradakis, which aired on The Voice of Greece and the “Faces of the Diaspora” (Ta Prosopa tis Omogeneias) radio program on May 21, 2013. Interview is in Greek. – http://www.media.net.gr/austinhellenicradio/podcastgen/podcastgen/?p=episode&name=2013-05-26_voice_of_greece_interview_052113.mp3

Jun 10

New Podcast: Our Exclusive Interview with Greg Palast now available!

greg-palastThe podcast of our exclusive interview with New York Times bestselling author, investigative journalist, and economist Greg Palast is now available!  Listen to or download the podcast simply by clicking on “podcasts” on our menu above or on the right-hand side of our website, or via iTunes, TuneIn.com, the BlackBerry Podcast Directory, and the official Dialogos Radio app for Android devices!

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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Apr 15

New Podcast: Interview with Leonidas Vatikiotis

The podcasts of our interview with the well-known Greek economist Leonidas Vatikiotis are now available! Two versions of the podcast are available, one in Greek and one that has been translated into English. Listen to or download the podcasts from the “latest podcasts” box on the right-hand side of this page, or simply by clicking on “podcasts” on the menu above.  Our podcasts are also available in iTunes, in TuneIn.com, the BlackBerry podcast directory, on our mobile app for Android devices, and elsewhere!

Apr 13

This week on Dialogos Radio: Interview with Leonidas Vatikiotis

Courtesy telegraph.co.uk

Courtesy telegraph.co.uk

This week on our broadcast, the Dialogos Interview Series will be featuring an interview with the esteemed Greek economist Leonidas Vatikiotis.  In this interview, Vatikiotis will discuss the recent “haircut” imposed on large bank deposits in Cyprus and the subsequent “bailout” that the country received from the European Union and the IMF. Vatikiotis will analyze these developments, and their potential impact on the economies of Cyprus, Greece, and the Eurozone more broadly.

Oct 13

Transcript: Interview with Renowned Scholar Noam Chomsky

chomskyThe transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with the universally renowned scholar Noam Chomsky, on the latest political, economic, and social developments in Greece and in Europe, follows below. This interview aired on October 11-12, 2012. Find the podcast of this interview here.

MN: Professor Chomsky, thank you for joining us on Dialogos Radio. You have written and spoken extensively about the ongoing crisis in Greece and Europe, and about similar crises in the past. To begin, you’ve said in the past that the “troika”—the IMF, the European Union, and the European Central Bank—want to destroy Greece. Why do you believe Greece is the target, or the scapegoat if you will, when it represents such a small percentage of the world’s economy?

NC: Well, I’m sure I didn’t say “wants to destroy Greece,” I say that it’s policies are destroying Greece. What I presume they’re trying to do—actually, what was stated by the president of the ECB Mario Draghi—he didn’t state this as an intention, but as a description of what’s happening. He says the current policies will destroy the European social contract, the welfare state. That was in an interview in the Wall Street Journal. He wasn’t advocating it, he was describing it. And I think that’s probably pretty accurate. I don’t think they are picking on Greece specifically, it’s that Greece is the weakest link in the chain, so it will therefore suffer the most from these policies.

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