Alternative media – For when the mainstream isn’t doing it for you.

Alternative Media

Have you been left wanting a bit more from your news and analysis than the BBC/Guardian et al are offering? Read on to find out about a few alternative media sources that might give you a more diverse, nuanced, insightful (and sometimes very funny) take on the world than the mainstream media are offering.

Know of any other great news sources? Let the community know in the comments below.

Podcasts

Sustainababble

Sustainababble – “A podcast about the environment. But with jokes.”

Let Dave and Ollie guide you through the world of environment policy from governments and corporations, with a focus on the “the most egregious eco-guff out there” – the nonsense people in power say to justify the crimes against nature they are committing in the name of profit or political expediency. Very well informed and entertaining. Watch out for the occasional dad joke.

Weekly Economics Podcast – Excellent podcast exploring economics from a people-centred perspective.

Brought to you by the New Economics Foundation, these short podcast episodes discuss the issues of the day, but also explore the opportunities there are to do things differently. Topics include Universal Basic Income, feminist economics, and energy democracy. Also explore their back catalogue for a series on Neoliberalism which is essential listening if you want to better understand the state of the world right now.

Talking Politics – An academic take on those crazy ups and downs since the 2015 general election.

From the depths of Cambridge University, very clever people discussing the causes and effects of a tumultuous year in politics. Maybe slightly detached from the realities of most people’s lives, but a good historical perspective and I set of voices with views worth considering.

Novara FM – Our first contribution from the Novara Media team – youthful, radical view on politics and social issues.

In contrast to what might be considered the academic establishment’s view of the world from Talking Politics, we hear from a younger and more diverse cohort of academic thinkers on the issues of the day. While still exploring big stories such as Brexit, Novara also take a look at race, gender, sexuality and class. There tag line is “Media for a new kind of politics” – which might give you a clue as to their political leanings.

YouTube

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The Young Turks – Opinionated and principled news from the US.

The Young Turks, and the TYT Network has become a huge online news source. Certainly on the left, but highly critical of the whole political class in the US. They are actively campaigning to get big money out of US politics.

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Democracy Now! – Essential quality reporting from the states and around the world.

“Democracy Now!’s War and Peace Report provides our audience with access to people and perspectives rarely heard in the U.S.corporate-sponsored media, including independent and international journalists, ordinary people from around the world who are directly affected by U.S. foreign policy, grassroots leaders and peace activists, artists, academics and independent analysts. In addition, Democracy Now! hosts real debates–debates between people who substantially disagree, such as between the White House or the Pentagon spokespeople on the one hand, and grassroots activists on the other.”

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Novara – Regular videos mainly about the UK political landscape. Radical politics – refreshing alternative from the MSM.

Like Novara FM, but a shorter, more honed message, in video format. Aaron Bastani is particularly engaging.

The Trews – Russell Brand is back.

Whatever you think of Russell Brand, The Trews opened a lot of people’s eyes to alternative views that could well have laid the ground work for the raise of a new left politics in the UK, including Corbyn.

And something more lighthearted (if that’s possible after Trump…)

Trevor Noah

The Daily Show – Trevor Noah has a South African view of US politics which has stepped up a gear since the US election.

When Jon Stewart stepped down after 16 years of hosting the Daily Show, Trevor Noah had big boots to fill. He doesn’t disappoint. Noah uses his position as an outsider to American politics to great satirical effect. Check out his stand up routines too.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert – After years playing a conservative caricature, Colbert is now free to be himself.

Another Comedy Central stalwart, now on CBS, Stephen Colbert’s show is entertaining and hilarious. If President Trump starts locking up political dissidents, Colbert might be one of the first…

 

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