This week, Dialogos Radio is featuring its special holiday edition, for its final broadcast of 2016. The Dialogos Interview Series will present an interview with renowned Greek architect, author, and historian Konstantinos Staikos, who will speak to us about his distinguished architectural career, his books, and his recent, significant donation to the Onassis Foundation in Athens, which will soon comprise the Foundation’s library that will be opening to the public in the near future.
In addition, we will air an interview from our archives, with well-known Greek-American comedian and entertainer Yannis Pappas, who is also well-known for his Mr. Panos character. Pappas spoke to us about his career as a comedian, about his Greek roots, and how his heritage influences his comedic work.
Tune in for all this and more, on the special holiday edition of Dialogos Radio!
This week on Dialogos Radio, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature an exclusive interview with prominent international lawyer and University of Illinois professor of international law Francis Boyle. Boyle was part of the team of lawyers who charged George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Tony Blair, Donald Rumsfeld and other members of the United States and United Kingdom governments with war crimes and torture in an international court, resulting in their conviction in absentia on these charges.
In this week’s interview, Boyle will discuss the aftermath of this case and conviction, the foreign policy of the United States and NATO and its impacts in the Middle East and elsewhere, the upcoming presidential election in the United States, other issues pertaining to international law and human rights, while Boyle also shares with us his analysis on Greece’s national debt and its memorandum agreements with the so-called troika, and what international law has to say about these issues.
In addition this week, we will air a special feature with music written and performed by Greek and international artists, in solidarity with the refugees fleeing the Middle East and the Greek people in the Aegean islands who have helped the incoming refugees. This music will be accompanied by soundbites from the artists themselves, discussing their inspiration in producing this new music. Plus, we will air our commentary of the week segment.
Tune in for all this and more, this week exclusively on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series!
The transcript of Dialogos Radio’s special holiday interview with singer-songwriter Leonidas Balafas. This interview aired on our broadcasts for the week of December 17-23, 2015. Find the podcast of this interview here.
MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio for our special holiday broadcast is the talented young musician, artist, and lyricist Leonidas Balafas, who will speak to us today about his musical career, his recent hits, and much more. Leonidas, thank you first of all for joining us today.
LB: Thank you for inviting me!
MN: To get us started, share with us a few words about how you began your musical journey and how you made it all the way to the Fame Story reality show in 2006 and 2007.
This week, celebrate Christmas along with Dialogos Radio by tuning in to our special Christmas broadcast, featuring an interview and music with the talented young Greek singer-songwriter Leonidas Balafas!
Balafas will speak to us about his career and growing popularity, his musical inspirations, his latest hit songs, his live appearances in Athens and elsewhere in Greece, his future plans and upcoming album, and he will share with us his holiday wishes to our listeners and to the global Greek community. In addition, we will hear some of Balafas’ best music, hand-selected by Balafas, Dialogos Radio, and our listeners!
In addition, we will also air our final commentary of the week for 2015! Tune in for this exclusive interview and musical special, plus much more, all this week on Dialogos Radio!
By Michael Nevradakis
On October 28, Greeks around the world will commemorate the anniversary of Oxi Day, the day on which in 1940 the Greek government said “no” to the demands of Mussolini to pass his troops through Greece unimpeded. This no has become an annual commemoration in Greece and is remembered as a moment of great resistance for Greece and its people, despite the fact that it came from a fascist, far-right government in its own right.
Today though, the word “no” has been stripped of its significance in Greece. After the supposed referendum of July 5th, a referendum without a clear question posed to the voters and, despite the 62% that voted no, without a clear message on the part of the voters, as the events since then have shown, we have seen the word “no” converted to yes, yes, YES, yes to even harsher austerity measures and cuts than those which were purportedly rejected in the referendum. And in contrast with 1940, there is no longer any semblance of national pride or a national identity in Greece, no backbone to truly stand up to this onslaught.
Check out the recent feature of GreekTV.com on Dialogos Radio, including an interview with producer and host Michael Nevradakis, which was recently published! In this feature, Nevradakis discusses the history of Dialogos Radio and what inspired him to launch the program in 2010, the philosophy which guides Dialogos Radio’s programming, the use of new media and technological tools to expand the range of our broadcasts, and interesting moments from the show’s history.
Find this interview here: http://greektv.com/qa-with-michael-nevradakis/.
This week on Dialogos Radio, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature an exclusive and timely interview that you will not want to miss, with Déborah Berman-Santana, recently-retired professor of Geography and Ethnic Studies at Mills College in Oakland, California.
Berman-Santana, a native of Puerto Rico, spoke to us about the economic crisis which is impacting Puerto Rico at this time and the many similarities which exist with the crisis in Greece, including the similarities in which the crisis is being responded to on a political level, with the enforcement of harsh austerity measures, privatizations, and foreign technocrats. Furthermore, Berman-Santana will speak about the island’s colonial history and how the current crisis is deeply rooted in this history, how the people of Puerto Rico are responding, her thoughts on the current situation in Greece and her own interest in Greece and the Greek culture, including her current visit to Greece.
In addition to this interview, we will air our commentary of the week segment, plus some great Greek music and much more! Tune in this week, exclusively on Dialogos Radio!
This week on Dialogos Radio, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature an interview with scholar and author Mark Crispin Miller of New York University. Miller is the author of numerous books and articles, including “Boxed In: The Culture of TV,” “Cruel and Unusual: Bush and Cheney’s New World Order,” and “Fooled Again: The Real Case for Electoral Reform.”, and in this week’s interview, he will speak with us about the global spread of neoliberalism, its impact on democracy, elections, education, and freedom of speech and the press in the United States, Greece, and worldwide, and about the new “Forbidden Bookshelf” series of e-books which he is editing, books which focus on a number of controversial topics and which have, in the past, been targeted for censorship in various forms.
In addition to our interview, we will feature our commentary of the week segment and a response to all those who denounce any criticism of the SYRIZA-led coalition government in Greece.
Tune in for all this and much more this week exclusively on Dialogos Radio!
This week on Dialogos Radio, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature an interview with Greek-American journalist, blogger, and educator Irene Archos, adjunct professor at Nassau Community College and founder of greekamericangirl.com. In this week’s interview, Archos will speak to us about her blog and how it got started, as well as about pertinent issues facing families and particularly women of the Greek diaspora, such as the pressures to marry Greek and to raise children within the Greek culture, plus the difficulties which often exist when living between two or more cultures within a community of the diaspora. Finally, Archos will also discuss the new foundation which she aims to establish, which seeks to bring together Greek women all across the globe.
In addition, we will feature our commentary of the week segment, where we will analyze the latest moves by the Greek government to move forward with more austerity measures and privatizations of key state assets. Finally, we will also feature as part of this week’s broadcast a special musical tribute to renowned Greek singer Rena Koumioti.
Hear all this and much more this week, exclusively on Dialogos Radio!
This week on Dialogos Radio, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature an extremely timely interview with political scientist and historian Éric Toussaint, senior lecturer at the University of Liege in Belgium and spokesperson for the Committee for the Abolition of Third-World Debt (CADTM). Toussaint will speak to us about his recent meetings with members of the new Greek government and the establishment of a commission to conduct an audit of Greece’s public debt, which Toussaint will be a part of. Toussaint will talk about previous debt audit commissions that he has been part of and examples from other countries which Greece could follow, and he will also discuss the potential political ramifications of this audit of Greece’s debt.
In addition to this week’s interview, we will feature our commentary of the week segment, on the issue of national independence in light of Greece’s Independence Day on March 25th, and we will also feature a special musical tribute to the life and music of renowned Greek composer Yannis Markopoulos.
Tune in for all this and much more this week, exclusively on Dialogos Radio!
This week, Dialogos Radio returns after a one-week hiatus, where this week as part of the Dialogos Interview Series we will be speaking with educator Thanasis Gounaris, who is the president of the board of the Pirate Party of Greece. Gounaris will talk about the Pirate Party in Greece and in Europe, its history, and its positions on various key issues. In addition, Gounaris will share with us his analysis regarding the new Greek coalition government and its first weeks in office. Additionally, in his role as an educator, Gounaris will discuss the problems of bullying and malnutrition that are increasingly being observed in many Greek schools, and what is being done to combat this crisis.
Along with this week’s interview, we will feature our commentary of the week segment, where we will discuss the first weeks of the new SYRIZA-Independent Greeks government, and particularly the most recent statements of Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis. In addition, we will feature a special musical tribute to renowned Greek singer and musician Nikos Papazoglou.
Hear all this and much more, this week exclusively on Dialogos Radio!
This week on Dialogos Radio, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature a timely interview with John Hilary, the executive director of London-based anti-poverty charitable organization “War on Want,” which is leading an information and awareness campaign against the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which is currenty being negotiated in secret between the European Union and the United States. Hilary will share with us details about this proposed agreement, what it consists of, the secret negotiations that are presently in progress, and what TTIP’s adverse impacts might be on democratic governance, the economy, unemployment and job loss, and on matters ranging from food safety to the environment and climate change.
In addition to this interview, tune in this week to hear our commentary of the week segment on the latest political developments in Greece and the new SYRIZA-led coalition government, plus hear our special musical tribute to the late, great Greek composer and musician Giorgos Zambetas.
Hear all this and more this week, exclusively on Dialogos Radio!
This week on Dialogos Radio, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature an exclusive interview with the distinguished British economist Roger Bootle, who is the chairman and founder of Capital Economics in London, a specialist adviser to the British House of Commons Treasury Committee, a columnist for The Daily Telegraph, and the author of “The Trouble With Europe.” Bootle has been awarded the prestigious Wolfson Prize in Economics for his plan for how a Eurozone member-state could safely manage a departure from the common currency. Bootle will discuss this proposal and how Greece could proceed with a Eurozone exit in this week’s exclusive interview.
Also this week, hear our commentary of the week segment, where we will discuss the agreement of the Greek government made at the recent Eurogroup meeting, and the continued austerity and loan agreements which will follow. In addition, hear our special musical tribute to famous Greek singer and musician Manolis Mitsias.
Hear all this and much more, this week only on Dialogos Radio!
Recently, Michael Nevradakis, the producer and host of Dialogos Radio, was interviewed by The Real News Network on the latest political developments that are unfolding in Greece, on the first days of the new SYRIZA-Independent Greeks coalition government, and on the “flip-flopping” that has already been observed on the part of the two governing parties, in comparison to their pre-election promises and rhetoric.
Find this interview and read the full transcript here:
Read our latest article for GreekTV.com, which is based on our recent interview with Paul Ioannidis, the honorary vice-president of the Onassis Foundation and the author of the riveting autobiography “Destiny Prevails.” In this article, we review Ioannidis’ book and recount highlights from his fascinating life story, including his participation in the Greek resistance against the Nazis during World War II, as well as his longstanding professional relationship and friendship with Aristotle Onassis and his family.
Find this article here: http://greektv.com/greek-resistance-onassis-boardroom/.