Jun 20

Special 90 Minute Broadcast on Greek Government’s Shutdown of ERT

logo-ertTune in this week as we break our summer hiatus and present a special 90 minute edition of Dialogos Radio, dedicated in its entirety to the recent sudden shutdown of ERT, Greece’s national public radio and television broadcaster, by the Greek government.  This broadcast contains interviews, in-depth reporting, and analysis of ERT’s shutdown, that you will hear nowhere else on the airwaves!  Tune in today (Thursday) at 1 PM ET/8 PM GR on WUSB 90.1 FM in the Long Island, NY area and online via www.wusb.fm.  Our broadcasts are also available via our website, www.dialogosmedia.org, as well as through the official Dialogos Radio app for Android devices.

Finally, be sure to also check out our recent piece which appeared in the Daily Kos as well, providing an in-depth look at the shutdown of ERT and at freedom of the speech and of the press in Greece!

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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Jun 02

This Week: Interview with Bestselling Author, Economist, and Investigative Journalist Greg Palast

greg-palastThis week on Dialogos Radio, we will be featuring, as part of the Dialogos Interview Series, a special and exclusive interview with New York Times bestselling author, economist, and BBC investigative journalist Greg Palast.  In this week’s interview, Greg Palast will talk about the latest economic and political developments in Greece and throughout the Eurozone, his recent encounter and interview with former Greek minister Theodoros Pangalos, about gold mining and privatization of land, utilities, and natural resources in Greece and elsewhere, and much more.  This will be the final episode of the 2012-13 broadcast season for Dialogos Radio, and we will be going out with a bang!

Tune in this week on our English-language broadcasts on WUSB on Thursday, and KVRX on Friday (broadcast times and information available on the right-hand side of our website).

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.

Jan 26

Transcript: Interview with Mehran Khalili of the Omikron Project

omikronThe transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with Mehran Khalili of the Omikron Project follows below. This interview aired on January 24-25, 2013. Find the podcast of this interview here.

MN: Tell us about Omikron Project and what it does.

MK: Omikron Project is literally a bunch of girls and guys in Greece who are making creative content that can be distributed online – images, video, etc. – for two reasons. First to address Greece’s international image problems, and second to show the untold side of what’s going on in this country.  We’re a grassroots project: we’re all volunteers, there’s no company behind us or anything like that. We’ve got zero budget. And we’re an open group – anyone can join.

MN: How did the idea for Omikron Project first come about and how did the project get started?

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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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