On this Holy Week, tune in for the special Easter edition of Dialogos Radio, a broadcast that will be dedicated to this most holy and significant of holidays for the Hellenic culture. This week on our broadcast, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature an interview with Anastasios Ntanos, a distinguished writer, poet, and professor at the Higher Technological University of Piraeus in Greece. In this interview, Ntanos will talk about Greek Easter, its significance and its traditions, about the role of religion and the Greek Orthodox church in the maintenance of the Greek language and culture, about the threats that Greek culture and the Greek langauge face today, and he will also share his own special message for the millions of Greeks of the diaspora.
In addition to this interview, our broadcast this week will also feature specially-selected music for the Greek Easter holiday. Best wishes to all of our listeners for a Happy Easter…Χρόνια Πολλά, Καλό Πάσχα και Καλή Ανάσταση!
Tune in for this special Easter broadcast this week, only on Dialogos Radio!
The transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with Paul Ioannidis, the honorary vice-president of the Onassis Foundation and author of “Destiny Prevails,” follows below. This interview aired on April 3-4, 2014. Find the podcast of this interview here.
MN: With us here on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series today is Paul Ioannides, the Honorary Vice-President of the Onassis Foundation’s Board of Directors and author of “Destiny Prevails” an autobiography chronicling his life and experiences fighting the Nazis during World War II as a rebel fighter in the Greek mountains. His later distinguished career as a pilot and executive for Olympic Airways, and his long relationship with the Onassis group and the Onassis family for over five decades. Paul, thank you for joining us today.
You were actually born in Germany in the interwar period but your family soon came back to Greece and you grew up in Athens. Ironically, though, it was your German birth certificate that got you out of trouble on a few occasions during war, I believe. Tell us about your early years.
PI: My father was born in Cyprus. He studied Medicine in France and attended post-graduate studies in Berlin where I was born. My mother died six months after I was born. I was in love with the sea ever since I could remember. I wanted to attend the Naval Academy in order to become an officer. I would not hear of anything else. By the end of 1942, seeing that the German troops were still on my home soil, I felt like I could not contain my anger and I decided that it was not time for studying but only for fighting. So I left home to take to the mountains and joined the Resistance the first days of 1943 with the Greek People’s Liberation Army, known as ELAS.
This 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.
Also 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!
This week on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series, we will present a special musical dedication and interview featuring the rembetiko music band Rembet Asker. Rembetiko is a style of music created by Greece’s urban poor in the early 20th century which has been described as “Greek blues.” In this week’s broadcast, we will feature several songs by the band, plus an interview with Rembet Asker’s lead singer, Christina Bethani, who will talk about the band and its music, their extensive research into the history and origins of rembetiko, the unique musical properties of rembetiko, and the modern-day significance of this music.
Stay tuned for this extra special musical dedication and broadcast, only on this week’s broadcast of Dialogos Radio!
We are excited to announce the expansion of Dialogos Radio’s broadcast network, with the addition of Hellenic Radio 1422 AM, which will begin airing our weekly Greek-language broadcasts each Thursday, from 1-2 pm local time, beginning Thursday, January 9! Based in Johannesburg, Hellenic Radio is South Africa’s only 24/7 Greek radio station, on the air since 1995 with programming for Johannesburg’s large Greek community.
Our broadcasts on Hellenic Radio begin on January 9 with one of the best programs from our archive, featuring our interview with the world-renowned athlete and “Ultramarathon Man” Dean Karnazes, and will continue again next week with another program from our archive. New broadcasts will begin on January 23, and we will soon be posting updates regarding the interviews and features we will air, on our website and our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Hellenic Radio becomes the seventh station to join the growing Dialogos Radio network, which now spans four continents. We look forward to welcoming the Greek community of South Africa to the growing community of Dialogos Radio listeners!
This week on Dialogos Radio, tune in for a special holiday broadcast which will close out 2013 in style! On our broadcast and the Dialogos Interview Series this week, we will be speaking with the renowned Greek-Canadian comedian and actor Angelo Tsarouchas. Known as “The Funny Greek,” Angelo’s comedy has been featured in numerous television specials, films, and in front of packed audiences all across the world, including recently in Athens, Greece! In addition, Angelo has also appeared on the big screen as an actor, having worked alongside such celebrity names as Robert DeNiro and Denzel Washington. In this week’s interview, Angelo will talk about his comedy and acting, what inspires his work, his recent appearance in Athens, and he will share a special message to the world about Greece.
In addition to the interview, we will also be featuring clips of some of Angelo’s best stand-up comedy performances, as well as some special music selected especially for the Greek holiday season.
Don’t miss this week’s broadcast and our interview and feature with Angelo Tsarouchas, only on Dialogos Radio!
The transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with the Ultramarathon Man Dean Karnazes follows below. This interview aired on December 12-13, 2013. Find the podcast of this interview here.
MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series is one of the world’s most remarkable athletes, the ultramarathon man Dean Karnazes. He has been named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine and has accomplished a number of incredible athletic feats. Dean, thank you for joining us today.
DK: It’s a pleasure to be here. I always enjoy doing your show.
MN: Dean, you’ve accomplished a number of incredible feats…you’ve run 50 marathons in 50 days in 50 states, you’ve run in the South Pole and in Death Valley, and yet, you weren’t always an athlete. You led what many would consider a normal life until you were around 30 or so. What changed and what led you to begin running?
This week on Dialogos Radio, tune in to hear a special interview which we will be featuring as part of this week’s edition of the Dialogos Interview Series. On our broadcast this week, we will be speaking with a Greek-American athlete whose athletic accomplishments have set records and stretched the limits of human strength and endurance: the Ultramarathon Man Dean Karnazes. Named one of the top 100 most influential individuals in the world by Time magazine, Dean will speak to Dialogos Radio about how he started running, about his athletic accomplishments, about his efforts to increase awareness of the dangers of childhood obesity and the health benefits of the Greek and Mediterannean diets, and about the Navarino Challenge: a set of marathons held in Greece which he organized and participated in, and which he hopes to turn into an annual event.
This interview is surely one that you will not want to miss. Tune in to hear the interview plus some wonderful music from Greece, all on this week’s broadcast of Dialogos Radio!
We are excited to announce that our radio program, Dialogos Radio, and its producer/host, Michael Nevradakis, will be featured on The Voice of Greece. This feature, which will focus on Dialogos Radio as well as Michael Nevradakis’ academic and journalistic work in Greece, and a discussion of the Greek diaspora in the United States, will air on the “O Taxydromos” radio program, hosted by Natassa Visarrionos, on Thursday, May 9th at 11 am GR (9 am GMT, 4 am Eastern).
The Voice of Greece can be heard through the following platforms:
- On 106.7 FM in the greater Athens region (and in much of Greece on 666 AM)
- Online via www.voiceofgreece.gr
- Via satellite all around the world, including via Dish Network in the United States on channel 9834
- Worldwide via shortwave radio
This week on our broadcast, as part of the Dialogos Interview Series, we will be featuring an interview with Nikolaos Kakavoulis, the founder and CEO of Daily Secret, a group of websites featuring interesting “secrets” and attractions in dozens of cities and countries throughout the world. Having begun purely as a project based in Athens, Greece, Daily Secret has since expanded well beyond Greece and is considered one of Greece’s entrepreneurial success stories of the past few years, in the midst of the economic crisis that the country–and much of the world–have both faced. This interview will air in Greek this week on our broadcasts in Thessaloniki and Rodos on City International 106.1 and Star Radio 104.6, respectively, and in English on our broadcasts in New York on WUSB and Texas on KVRX.
Reuters / Dan Lampariello
This week on our radio program, we will be featuring an interview with Heidi Gerostergios, a Greek-American nurse from the Boston area who was on active duty on the day of the bombings at the Boston Marathon. Heidi will discuss her experiences treating and observing injured patients who were taken to the hospital after the bombings, and will describe the first few hours following the attacks and the reaction both in the hospital and in the city of Boston more broadly. Hear this special interview this week on Dialogos Radio and our broadcasts in Thessaloniki, New York, Texas, Rodos, and Symi.