Nov 06

This Week: Interview with Economist and Professor Stergios Skaperdas

skaperdas1This week on Dialogos Radio, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature an informative and timely interview with economist and professor Stergios Skaperdas of the University of California-Irvine. In this interview, Skaperdas will share with us his analysis of the current economic situation in Greece, about the economic policies which the current government along with the IMF and the European Union are continuing to enforce in Greece, about the recent economic proposals put forth by main opposition party Syriza, and finally, Skaperdas will provide us with his policy proposals and recommendations as to what he believes Greece should do to emritsos1erge from the crisis.  This is a highly detailed inteview which you will not want to miss!

In addition to this week’s interview, we will also feature a special segment with music that is derived from the poetry of renowned Greek poet Yiannis Ritsos, as well as our commentary of the week segment.  Hear all this, plus some great Greek music, this week only on Dialogos Radio!

Oct 24

Transcript: Interview with “Greek Food Guru” Diane Kochilas

kochilas_headshot-e1372350369574The transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with chef, author, and “Greek food guru” Diane Kochilas. This interview aired on our broadcasts for the week of October 16-23, 2014. Find the podcast of this interview here.

MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series is renowned chef and Greek food guru Diane Kochilas. The author of several books on Greek cuisine, Diane is also a consulting chef to many Greek restaurants across the world, and is also the host of “Ti Tha Fame Simera Mama”, a cooking show on Greek television. Diane, welcome, first of all, to our program.

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Oct 23

This Week: Interview with Member of the European Parliament Giorgos Katrougalos

katrougalos2This week on Dialogos Radio, the Dialogos Interview Series will be featuring an interview with the newly-elected member of the European Parliament and constitutional lawyer Giorgos Katrougalos, who will talk about the latest political, economic, and social concerns facing Greece, the climate towards Greece in Brussels, and who will share his positions, as well as those of the party he represents, Syriza, on a number of key issues.

In addition to this timely interview, we will feature a special commentary of the week segment and musical special dedicated to the commemoration of the October 28th holiday, also known as “Oxi Day,” in Greece.

Tune in to hear this exclusive interview, special feature, plus lots of great Greek music, this week only on Dialogos Radio!

Oct 16

This Week: Interview with Chef, Author, and “Greek Food Guru” Diane Kochilas

kochilas_headshot-e1372350369574This week, Dialogos Radio is excited to feature an interview with the world-renowned chef, author, and culinary expert Diane Kochilas, as part of the Dialogos Interview Series.  Kochilas, who is known as the “Greek Food Guru,” will discuss her latest endeavors, including her new book, “Ikaria: Lessons on Food, Life, and Longevity From the Island Where People Forget to Die,” her cooking classes in Ikaria, on the potential for Greek culinary products to succeed in the global marketplace, her cooking show on Greek television, “Ti Tha Fame Simera Mama,” and other topics pertaining to her career and to Greek cuisine.

IkariabookAs part of our special interview with Diane Kochilas, we are also offering copies of her new book, “Ikaria: Lessons on Food, Life, and Longevity From the Island Where People Forget to Die,” as part of our fall fund drive.  Show your support for Dialogos Radio and get a copy of her much-anticipated new book, or any one of the other exciting premiums that we are offering.  To see our premiums and make your pledge, simply click here!

Xatzidakis-MelinaIn addition to this week’s interview, we are also featuring a special musical segment dedicated to the life and music of one of Greece’s most renowned and beloved composers and musicians, Manos Hatzidakis, as well as our commentary of the week segment.

Tune in for all this and much more, exclusively on this week’s edition of Dialogos Radio!

Sep 09

Dialogos Radio to Serve as Media Sponsor for “Palikari” Documentary Screening Tour

palikariDialogos Radio is excited to be serving as the official media sponsor of the U.S. screening tour of the renowned Greek documentary Palikari: Louis Tikas and the Ludlow Massacre.  This gripping documentary chronicles the story of Greek immigrant Louis Tikas (born Ilias Anastasiou Spantidakis in Crete, Greece), who traveled to the United States and found work as a coal miner in Ludlow, Colorado, where he ended up leading a labor movement which protested the appalling working and living conditions at the mines.  The ongoing strike led to violent retaliation from the Colorado National Guard and by private agents hired by the mining company, resulting in the murder of Tikas and 18 others.  This served as a turning point in the history of American labor, leading to sweeping changes in working and living conditions for workers and immigrants.

Dialogos Radio will serve as the media sponsor for the first-ever U.S. screening tour for this documentary, which will take place in several cities across the United States in September and October.  The tentative screening schedule is as follows:

  • September 19th, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City. American Premiere.
  • September 21st, 3:00 p.m., Detroit, MI. Screening organized by the Cretans Association of Detroit. More information here.
  • September 27th, 3:00 pm, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Norfolk, VA. Flyer here.
  • October 3rd, San Francisco, CA, at San Francisco State University, as part of a special one-day colloquium titled “Revisiting Ludlow: Its Enduring Legacy.” More information available here.
  • October 5th, 5:15 p.m., Chicago, IL, at the Chicago Greek Film Festival.
  • October 8th, Kansas City, MO, at UCMO. Screening and Q&A.
  • October 27th, 7 p.m., Cinema Village, New York City, as part of the New York City Greek Film Festival.
  • More dates and cities are to be added to the above program as well once they are confirmed.

Producer Lamprini Thoma and director Nikos Ventouras will be present at the above screenings.

As part of Dialogos Radio’s sponsorship of the screening tour, our recent interview with Lamprini Thoma will be reair as part of our inagural program for the 2014-15 season, during our broadcasts for the week of September 11-18.

For more information about the film and to view a trailer, visit  To download our press release for the NYC premiere event, click here (.pdf file).

Jun 01

This Week: Interview with Filmmaker Lamprini Thoma (“Palikari: Louis Tikas and the Ludlow Massacre”)

palikariThis week on Dialogos Radio, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature a fascinating interview with journalist and filmmaker Lamprini Thoma, who will join us on our program for a second consecutive week, this time to discuss an acclaimed new documentary which she has written and produced, titled “Palikari: Louis Tikas and the Ludlow Massacre.”

This documentary chronicles the story of Greek-born immigrant Louis Tikas, who worked as a coal miner in Ludlow, Colorado in the early 20th century and who led a labor uprising calling for better working and living conditions, before being tragically murdered. Tikas’ story has been immortalized in the writings of Howard Zinn and the music of Woody Guthrie. In this interview, Thoma will discuss the documentary, Tikas’ story, and the upcoming North American screening tour that is scheduled for this fall.

In addition, stay tuned for some great Greek music, plus the weekly news roundup from Greece, brought to you exclusively for Dialogos Radio by the editorial staff of The Press Project International. All this week, on Dialogos Radio!

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 13

This Week: Special Easter Edition of Dialogos Radio!

pasxaOn 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!

Apr 05

Transcript: Interview with Paul Ioannidis of the Onassis Foundation

ioannidisThe 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.

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Mar 29

This Week: Destiny Prevails – An Interview with Paul Ioannidis

ioannidisThis week on Dialogos Radio, we will celebrate the recent Greek Independence Day holiday with a special broadcast.  On this week’s program, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature an interview with Paul Ioannidis, the honorary vice president of the Alexander S. Onassis Foundation and author of the recent autobiography titled “Destiny Prevails,” in an intriguing discussion that will touch upon the themes of fighting for freedom and independence.

In this interview, Mr. Ioannidis will share his recollections and experiences as a member of the Greek rebel forces which fought the Nazis during World War II, and how destiny led him to become a pilot, initially with the Hellenic Air Force and later with Olympic Airways.  It was at Olympic Airways that he met Aristotle Onassis, with whom he developed a longstanding professional relationship and friendship, which Mr. Ioannidis will discuss in detail in this week’s interview.

Tune in for this exclusive interview plus some great Greek music, this week 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!

Feb 22

This Week on Dialogos: Musical Special Featuring Rembet Asker!

rembetaskerThis 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!

Feb 14

This Week: Two Special Features on Dialogos Radio!

Professor Nikos Alexiou

Professor Nikos Alexiou

This week on our program, tune in to hear two special features which you absolutely will not want to miss! As part of this week’s Dialogos Interview Series, we will focus on a recent study-abroad program which brought several American college students to Greece for one month of studying and excursions.  We had the opportunity to speak with the students who participated in this unique program about their experiences and impressions from Greece, and we also had the opportunity to interview the two professors who organized this program, Nikos Alexiou of Queens College in New York City, and Dimitrios Apostolidis of the Hellenic American College in Athens.  The two professors spoke about this study abroad program that they helped organized and which was sponsored by their respective universities, about the importance of such programs for restoring Greece’s international image, and they also discussed issues pertaining to education, Greek culture, national identity, and immigration. Additionally, they also discussed the various academic programs that are offered by the Hellenic American University to Greek and foreign students.

portesIn addition, on this week’s broadcast we will launch our new radio feature, Portes Magazine Exclusives, which is produced in conjunction with the editorial staff of Portes Magazine, a Greek-American magazine which opens doors to the worldwide Greek community.  This feature will air regularly on our program and will present interviews and other content from the magazine, pertaining to Greek culture, notable Greek personalities, and the Greek diaspora.  In this week’s debut, Portes Magazine Exclusives and its editors, Vasiliki and Anthe Mitrakos, will feature a new Greek start-up which is attempting to make a difference in the field of volunteerism in Greece and abroad.

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