The transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with the economist Richard Wolff follows below. This interview aired on March 20-21, 2014. Find the podcast of this interview here.
MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series is the well-known economist Richard Wolff, and Richard, thank you first of all for joining us. To begin, let’s talk first about the current economic situation in Greece. We hear talk about how the situation in Greece is turning around, that the country now has a primary budget surplus, that the economy is recovering. How do you respond to this?
This week on Dialogos Radio, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature an exclusive interview with the renowned economist and professor Richard Wolff. Wolff is a visiting professor at the New School in New York City, and in the past, he has taught at Yale, athe University of Massachusetts, Amherst, at the City University of New York and at the Sorbonne I. The author of several books, Wolff also hosts a popular weekly radio program where he analyzes economic news and issues.
In the interview we will air this week, Wolff will talk about the current economic situation in Greece, the Eurozone, and the United States, about the true causes of the global financial crisis, the real reasons why economic austerity measures are being implemented in Greece and in other countries, and he will share his insights and proposals for a new, post-capitalist economic system.
Hear this special and exclusive interview this week, only on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series!
The transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with professor Savas Piperidis of the Technical University of Crete, who is part of the team which has created the Greek-made electric vehicle “Eco Racer” follows below. This interview aired on February 13-14, 2014. Find the podcast of this interview here.
ΜΝ: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series is Savas Piperidis of the Technical University of Crete. Mr. Piperidis, thank you for joining us today, and to begin, share with us a few words about the vehicle known as the Eco Racer, and how the idea for it first developed.
SP: Thank you for the invitation. This vehicle, the Eco Racer, developed out of our love for automobiles. In 2008, two laboratories here at the Technical University of Crete worked together with the goal of developing a single-seat vehicle which would have very low fuel consumption. That’s how the idea began, and since then this concept has developed, and today, after three different models that we developed, we have created our current model, which is an electric vehicle which runs on hydrogen.
This week on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series, we will be featuring an interview with professor Savas Piperidis of the Technical University of Crete in Greece, who is part of a team of researchers and students who have developed an entirely Greek-made environmentally-friendly electronic vehicle by the name of Eco Racer. The Eco Racer has earned numerous awards and distinctions in international competitions, and in this interview, Piperidis will talk about the unique technological innovations and technical characteristics of the Eco Racer, the competitions that the Eco Racer has participated in, and the difficulties that the team has faced in manufacturing and marketing the vehicle to the general public, due to the Greek bureaucracy.
Tune in for this extremely interesting interview plus some great Greek music, only on this week’s broadcasts of Dialogos Radio!
We are excited to share the news about a new feature that we have recently added to our website, dialogosmedia.org: full transcripts of some of the best interviews which have aired on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series! Now you can read the full text of some of the best interviews that we have aired on our broadcasts right here from our website, in addition to downloading the podcasts of these interviews! Simply click on the “transcripts” tab above to get started! And remember, Dialogos Radio is always open to volunteers who would be willing to help us out by transcribing one or more of our interviews!
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!
The transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with Brown University professor and economist Mark Blyth, on the historical failure of economic austerity policies, follows below. This interview aired on January 30-31, 2014. Find the podcast of this interview here.
MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series is Mark Blyth, a professor of international political economy, and the author of a recent book titled “Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea.” Professor, thank you for joining us today.
MB: It’s very nice to be with you.
MN: To get us started, share with our listeners a few words about the history of the idea of economic austerity, of the theories, if you will, that this idea is based upon.
This week on Dialogos Radio, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature an interview with Brown University economics professor Mark Blyth, who is the author of a recently-published book titled “Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea,” which was named one of the best books of 2013 by the Financial Times. In this week’s interview, Mark Blyth will discuss the historical implementation of economic austerity policies and how they have failed, the flawed rationale of the European Union and the International Monetary Fund in enforcing such policies in Europe, the role of the banking industry in the economic decline in Europe, and he will share his analysis on what he believes are the true causes of the economic crisis in Greece and other European countries, plus his proposals for a solution to the economic crisis.
Tune in for this exclusive and enlightening interview, along with some great Greek music, on this week’s English-langauge edition of Dialogos Radio!
This week on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series, we will be featuring an interview with the Greek-American writer and filmmaker Elias Kulukundis, author of “The Amorgos Conspiracy,” among other books. Elias will talk about his life and experiences growing up amongst three different worlds, about his writing and filmmaking, will offer some commentary on the present-day situation in Greece, and will talk about his experiences working in the world of shipping.
Stay tuned for this excellent interview, plus lots of great Greek music, on this week’s broadcast of Dialogos Radio!
The transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with London School of Economics professor Albrecht Ritschl, on the topic of Germany’s unpaid World War II reparations towards Greece, follows below. This interview aired on January 17-18, 2014. Find the podcast of this interview here.
MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series is a professor of economic history from the London School of Economics, Albrecht Ritschl. Prof. Ritschl, thank you for joining us today on our program.
AR: My pleasure.
MN: To get us started, share a few words about yourself and your academic background.
AR: I’m originally from Germany, I’m an economist by training, veered off into economic history during my Ph.D., and have been working on this subject throughout my career. I’m a specialist on Germany’s interwar depression and to some extent on the Nazi economy of the 1930s and 1940s.
This week, Dialogos Radio returns with its first broadcast of 2014 and an interview with London School of Economics professor of economic history Albert Ritschl. In this week’s Dialogos Interview Series, Professor Ritschl will analyze the issue of unpaid German war reparations and war debts from World War II towards Greece. He will share with our listeners a historical overview of the issue, the current political status of the reparations and war debts in Germany, and estimates regarding the value of these reparations and debts today. He will also discuss Germany’s history as one of the foremost “debt transgressors” of the 20th century.
In addition to this interview, we will broadcast a second interview with the editorial staff of Portes Magazine, regarding the magazine’s new on-air collaboration with Dialogos Radio. And, of course, lots of great Greek music is in store as well. Tune in for all this and more, on this week’s edition of Dialogos Radio!
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!
The 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.