Dec 10

This Week: Interview with Ultramarathon Man Dean Karnazes

Greece 1This 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!

Dec 08

Transcript: Interview with Nantia Papadimitriou of the atenistas

atenistasThe transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with Nantia Papadimitriou of the atenistas follows below. This interview aired on December 5-6, 2013. Find the podcast of this interview here.

M.N.: Share a few words with us about the Atenistas, who they are, and how the organization first got started.

N.P. Atenistas is an open group of people living in Athens. We started back in 2010, and the people who inspired the launch of the team are the graphic designer Tasos Halkiopoulos and the journalist Nikos Rigopoulos. They started without really knowing what they wanted to do, just that they wanted to do something for the city they loved. They really thought that Athens has so many things to give to all of us and there are so many nice things we can enjoy in the city. We have existed for almost three and a half years and have completed more than 180 actions, most of them based in the city center, but also in some other neglected neighborhoods around the city center. The Atenistas have cleaned spots around the city, created public parks, have rejuvenated some playgrounds, we have also painted in bright colors schools around Athens, and we have organized a lot of cultural events, helping Athenians get to know their city better, feel safe in the city and to enjoy it. We have organized guided tours in some historic areas and in neighborhoods which are not so popular, and we have organized huge events, such as the concert of the National Opera of Greece in the Varvakeio Market, or the Tango Night at the former Peloponnese Train Station, and we also organized a Swing Night in Omonia Square. We also have another subteam that is working with people that are in need, collecting food, medicine, and clothes. This is what we do in general.

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Dec 03

This Week: Interview with Nantia Papadimitriou of the “Atenistas”

atenistasThis week on Dialogos Radio, we return to the airwaves after our Thanksgiving hiatus with a fresh new interview featuring Nantia Papadimitriou, a volunteer with the “Atenistas,” a citizens’ group based in Athens, Greece which organizes projects and gatherings which are aimed at improving the quality of life in Athens and introducing the positive and often unknown aspects of the city to its residents.  In this interview, Nantia Papadimitriou will introduce the Atenistas, discuss the history and development of the group, and talk about the many ways in which it engages with the citizens and residents of Athens, whether it is through organizing walking tours, theatrical performances, the planting of community gardens, or the painting of schools, all on an entirely volunteer basis.

Tune in for this interview plus some great Greek music, only on this week’s broadcast of Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series!

Nov 20

This Week: Interview with Christos Sideris of the Metropolitan Community Clinic of Elliniko

mkieThis week on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series, we will be featuring an interview that many of our listeners have requested over the past several months.  On this week’s broadcast, we will be speaking with Christos Sideris, a volunteer and one of the founding members of the Metropolitan Community Clinic of Elliniko, which was founded in 2011 in the Athens suburb of Elliniko, and which was the first health clinic in Greece which began to offer free medical services to those who were uninsured or who could not afford medical care.  In this interview, Sideris will talk about the clinic and its history, about the collapse of the Greek public health system as a result of the austerity measures that are being imposed in Greece, and about the many challenges the clinic has faced in its operations, including attempts at intimidation on the part of the otherwise “responsible” and “pro-European” government in Greece.

Tune in for this informative and timely interview on this week’s broadcast of Dialogos Radio!

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 10

This Week on Dialogos: An Interview with John Perkins, Author of “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man”

confessions-of-an-economic-hit-manThis week on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series, tune in to hear a special and exclusive interview with John Perkins, the author of the New York Times bestselling book “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.”  In this interview, Perkins will talk about “economic hit men,” working on behalf of organizations such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and multinational organizations, and the manner in which they target countries like Greece, indebting them and then forcing harsh austerity and privatization schemes upon those countries while exploiting their wealth and resources. Perkins draws upon his own experiences as an “economic hit man” and discusses how Greece has fallen victim to such economic hit men, creating and deepening the economic crisis in the country.  Perkins will also share his thoughts and analysis as to how Greece could follow alternative examples of economic development implemented by countries who resisted the policies imposed by economic hit men, in order to recover.

This exlcusive interview will air on this week’s edition of the Dialogos Interview Series, only on Dialogos Radio.

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:

http://truth-out.org/news/item/18069-why-are-the-greek-people-agreeing-to-their-own-destruction

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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May 08

Dialogos Radio to be featured on The Voice of Greece

vogWe 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
May 06

This Week: Interview with Nikolaos Kakavoulis, Founder & CEO of Daily Secret

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.

Apr 22

This week on Dialogos Radio: The Experiences of Greek-American Nurse Heidi Gerostergios following the Boston bombings

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.

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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