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.

Oct 28

Dialogos Radio Playlist – October 24-25, 2013

Here are the songs which aired on Dialogos Radio for our October 24-25, 2013 broadcast:

1. Litsa Diamanti – Sinnefies
2. Giorgos Dalaras – Taxidi sta Kithira
3. Viki Mosholiou – Den Xero Poso S’Agapo
4. Stelios Kazantzidis – As Eitane O Ponos Ena Tsigaro Dromos
5. Fotini Darra – Se Vlepo Sto Potiri Mou
6. Manolis Lidakis – Den Metaniono
7. Dionysis Theodosis – Etsi S’Agapisa
8. Haris Alexiou – Tora Kai Ego Tha Ziso
9. Dimitra Galani – Se Opoion Aresei
10. Dimitris Mitropanos & Lakis Papadopoulos – Gia Na Se Ekdikitho
11. Alkistis Protopsalti – Kykloforo Kai Oploforo
12. Xaris & Panos Katsimihas – Nihtose Nihta

Oct 22

Dialogos Radio Playlist – October 17-18, 2013

Here are the songs which aired on the Dialogos Radio broadcast of October 17 and 18, 2013:

  1. Manolis Mitsias – Erotiko
  2. Marinella – Anixe Petra
  3. Lefteris Mitilinaios – Lipis Esi Lipi I Zoi Mou
  4. Rena Koumioti – Proti Fora
  5. Eleni Vitali – Pente Ellines sto Adi
  6. Babis Tsertos – Apopse Siopili
  7. Glykeria & Kostas Makedonas – I Koursara
  8. Pantelis Thalassinos – Den Ftaio Ego Pou Megalono
  9. Eleni Tsaligopoulou – Einai Entaxi Mazi Mou
  10. Nikos Papazoglou – Pote Voudas Pote Koudas
  11. Giannis Kotsiras – To Tragoudi tis Erimou
Oct 16

Dialogos Radio Playlist – Week of October 3, 2013

Here is the music that aired on the first Dialogos Radio episode of the 2013-2014 broadcast season, on the week of October 3rd.  This broadcast included our musical tribute to the recently-departed Poly Panou, one of the legendary names in Greek music.

  1. Poly Panou – Pira tin Strata tin Kakia
  2. Giannis Poulopoulos – Irthes Epses
  3. Poly Panou – Tis Amartias to Strati
  4. Poly Panou – Ena Sfalma Ekana
  5. Gerasimos Andreatos – Karavia sti Steria
  6. Giannis Parios – To Simadi
  7. Pix Lax – Monaxia Mou Ola
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:

Jun 22

New Playlists: What We Played on Dialogos Radio On Our Past Two Broadcasts

Here are the Dialogos Radio playlists from our prior two broadcasts:

June 20th-21st, 2013:

  1. Grigoris Bithikotsis – Ena to Helidoni
  2. Giannis Kotsiras – Tis Dikaiosinis Ilie Noite
  3. Nikos Xylouris – Pote Tha Kanei Xasteria (unannounced, extra track!)

June 6th-7th, 2013:

  1. Melina Mercouri – Na Me Thimasai
  2. Giorgos Dalaras – To Vouno
  3. Athina Morali – Ta Limania
  4. Gerasimos Andreats – Oti Arhizei Oraio
  5. Eleftheria Arvanitaki – Ta Kormia Kai Ta Mahairia
  6. Giannis Kotsiras – Tora Klais, Giati Klais
  7. Nikos Papazoglou – Kaneis Edo Den Tragouda
  8. Manolis Lidakis – To Teleftaio Potiraki
  9. FATME – To Kalokairaki
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  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 27

Dialogos Radio Playlist: Week of May 23, 2013

Here is the Dialogos Radio playlist for our broadcast from the week of May 23, 2013, which contained a strong flavor of the Greek diaspora, complementing our interview with Professor Nikos Alexiou:

  1. Giorgos Zambetas – I Vroha
  2. Spiros Zagoraios – Stis Larisis to Potami
  3. Ari San – Dam Dam
  4. Cafe Aman America – Giati Glyko Mou Sweetheart
  5. Giannis Parios – To Vlemma Mou to Katharoaimo
  6. Glykeria & Thanassis Polykandriotis – Ti Ekana Gia Party Sou
  7. Giota Vei – Sto’pa kai sto xanaleo
May 13

Dialogos Radio Playlist: Week of May 9, 2013

Here is the playlist for the Dialogos Radio broadcast which aired during the week of May 9, 2013:

1. Rita Sakellariou – Mia Zoi Plirono
2. Giannis Kalaitzis – Delfini Delfinaki
3. Lydia Giota – I Poio Megali Ora
4. Eleni Vitali – Kai Mbikame Sta Xronia
5. Dimitris Mitropanos – Mia Stasi Edo
6. Dimitris Basis – Spasmeno Karavi
7. Haris Alexiou – Ximeroni
8. Nikos Papazoglou – Fisikse o Vardaris
9. Giannis Kotsiras – Pos Mboro
10. Giannis Savvidakis – Deka Magisses
11. Melina Aslanidou – To Lathos
12. Manolis Lidakis & Eleni Tsaligopoulou – Ximeroma 1hs Ianouariou 2000

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
  • 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.

May 06

Dialogos Radio Playlist: Week of May 2-3, 2013

This past week, we aired the Dialogos Radio Easter Music Special, with appropriate songs selected for the most significant holiday in the Greek and Greek Orthodox cultures.  Here are the songs we played on our broadcast:

  1. Vangelis Papathanasiou & Irini Papa – O Glyki Mou Er
  2. Dimitris Zahos – Mia Voskopoula Agapisa
  3. Alkionos Ioannidis – Megali Pempti
  4. Giorgos Dalaras – Otan Anthizoun Pashalies
  5. Domna Samiou – Mai Mou Me Ta Louloudia
  6. Pantelis Thalassinos – Itan Anixi Kai Pasha
  7. Glykeria – I Zoi En Tafo

The full recording of this past week’s broadcast is available via the “on demand” link at the top of this page, or via the “most recent broadcasts” box on the right-hand side of our website.

Apr 30

Dialogos Radio Playlist – Week of April 25, 2013

It was a music-filled broadcast this week on Dialogos Radio.  Here is the full Dialogos Radio playlist for our broadcast which aired during the week of April 25, 2013:

  1. Zoe Fitousi – Ta Dakria Mou Einai Kafta
  2. Giannis Vogiatzis – Sou To Pa Mia Kai Duo Kai Treis
  3. Tzeni Vanou – Agapi Pou’ Gines Dikopo Mahairi
  4. Viky Mosholiou – Pai Pai
  5. Giannis Poulopoulos – File Mou
  6. Eleftheria Arvanitaki – To Kokkino Foustani
  7. Pantelis Thalassinos – I Perdika
  8. Eleni Tsaligopoulou – San Tis Vrohoulas To Nero
  9. Giorgos Dalaras – Mia Vradia sto Leverkouzen
  10. Miltiadis Pashalidis – Iraklio Kalamata
  11. Alkistis Protopsalti – Zita Mou Oti Thes
  12. Xaris & Panos Katsimihas – An Eisai Theos
  13. Notis Sfakianakis – Treli Vrohi
  14. Antonis Remos – Rita Ritaki