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Most of these stations are operating remotely with shows taped in advance.

There are many good podcasts and links to other radio shows. 

Truth and Justice Radio maintains a list of places where it draws content from. 

Radio 4 All has an interesting variety of shows

Work week Radio is highly recommended. 

As is Project Censored

WMBR, Cambridge 88.1 FM  (Last 2 Weeks Archived)


WMBR NIGHTLY NEWS -News and in-depth analysis from independent journalists around the country, and local news reports focusing on struggles for social and economic justice in Greater Boston.

Mondays: Between the Lines A weekly radio news magazine since 1991

Tuesdays: Making Contact 

Wednesdays: Counter Spin FAIR’s weekly radio show, produced and hosted by Janine Jackson

Thursdays: Radio Ecoshock the cutting edge with top scientists, authors and activists.

Fridays: Locally Produced News by WMBR
Weekdays 5:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Sundays 8-10 am
A Hatian creole/french public affairs program.

RADIO with a VIEW        Alternate Sundays 10 – 11 AM

Hosted by: Marc Stern

Economic democracy, human rights, and other idealistic visions of the world. Truth and reconciliation and music to get your mind and body in sync.

WMBR Local News Show        Alternate Sundays 10 – 11 AM

Hosted by: Linda Pinkow

Hosted by: Chuck Rosina, Bruce Sylvester
An eclectic journey through traditional and contemporary roots music reaching back to the 1920s: Blues, bluegrass, and classic '50s rockabilly, R&B, and country. Roots music without bounds or barriers.

Chuck Rosina has temporarily taken over for the Troubadour show during the pandemic.   He has added more political songs into the mix.


Fridays 6 to 7 PM

Hosted by: Linda Pinkow

An audio collage of psychedelic, neo-psychedelic, quasi-psychedelic, and pseudo-psychedelic music (with a dash of poetry and related noises) of many eras and genres. Open that mind, peer in and look out.

WZBC, Newton 90.3 FM  (Last 2 Weeks Archived)


Democracy Now! With Amy Goodman
Weekdays 12 - 1:00 p.m.    Listen Anytime on the Web

(See below for cable tv showing times)

SOUNDS of DISSENT with John Grebe
Saturdays 11 am - 1:00 p.m. (Sometimes to 3 when the students are gone)

Caribbean Forum 7-10 PM  (Listen)

The Caribbean Forum seeks to inform, educate, and entertain our audience. We conduct interviews with numerous newsmakers, experts, leaders, and artists. We also thoroughly research different topics suggested by our listeners and subsequently share our conclusions with them in lively on-the-air discussions.

First hour in English and the rest in Haitian creole



Four hours of spirited examination of warmaking, empire, corrupt justice, engineered poverty, lying politicians, jingoism, corporate criminality, media disinformation, and orchestrated chaos.”

Sundays 6 - 10 am  since 2005.

Current voices: Bob Funke, John Roberts, Stan Robinson

Special award-winning feature: This Week in Palestine, 8:00am to roughly 8:45. Our website, truthandjusticeradio.org, links to permanent archives of all past episodes of this feature back through 2008.

The same website also links to our permanent playlist postings for most weeks back through 2005. These playlists provide descriptions and clickable links to most of our aired material.

The same website also links to WZBC's hour-by-hour audio archives going back two weeks, and to a list of some of our sources.

WMFO, Medford 91.5 FM Last Show Archived

Check back soon.

WUMB, UMass Boston 91.9 FM


WBCA 102.9 FM a partnership between Boston Neighborhood Network and the City of Boston
BNN's low-power (LPFM) community radio station
Programs are scheduled daily from 6:00 pm to 2:00 am
WBCA live streaming: Listen Now

Programming currently features a mix of local news and talk programming with a range of topics, from education and technology to multi-language programming and sports.

Every day Monday through Friday at 6pm and 9:30pm you can hear Boston Neighborhood Network News. Monday through Friday at 10pm you can hear Democracy Now!

WBCA strives to focus on local artists, bands, musicians, poets, and performers.  WBCA Presents, a show that will feature local musicians and bands from all genres with a mix of live, in studio performances and interviews.

Cambridge Cable Access


The Struggle Channel 10 
Sunday at 10 PM

WUML 91.5 FM Lowell


Thinking Out Loud
Weekdays 9 AM
  to noon       Listener Line - 508-753-2284

WCUW 91.3 FM Worcester


A variety of alternative programming

Democracy Now! With Amy Goodman
Weekdays 1 - 2 PM

WXOJ-lp Valley Free Radio  Keeping the airwaves free with locally produced shows
& independent news sources

Pacifica Affiliate Stations A number of stations around New England pick up some of the Pacifica Networks Programming.  

Chomskyan You Tube Site (locally produced)

These programs can now be seen on BNN-TV, ., on channels 23 for Comcast viewers and channel 83, for RCN subscribers.  It can also be viewed on the BNN-TV website.  See BNN website for replay scheudule. 

The Struggle (Middle East Issues)  

News and views about Middle East human rights and struggles.

The Struggle Website

African Ascent (locally produced)

Cultural Expression produced by  Dr Teodros Kiros

  Democracy Now! Also on these cable TV stations

Boston Neighborhood Network TV (BNN) 8 a.m., M-F

Community Access Programs on Comcast Channel 9 or

 RCN Channel 15

Cambridge CCTV Ch. 9 8 a.m., 9 p.m., M-F  Live Stream

 Somerville SCAT Ch 3 8 a.m. M-F. 4 p.m. T, 11:30 p.m. M (by request)

 Also in Beverly, Brookline, Cape Cod, Chelmsford, Lowell, Natick, Needham, Newton, Reading, Worcester and more.

See the website for information and a complete list of stations in MA.

If they don't have it request that your cable system carry it.

 Also on Free Speech TV, channel 9415 of the DISH network (satellite TV), Link TV, channel 375 Direct TV and channel 9410 DISH network

  Listen Anytime on the Web

Free Speech TV on Boston Cable Channel from midnight to 9 AM.

Free Speech TV is not part of the Basic Cable Access Package in Boston but is picked up by one of  Boston’s cable access stations overnight (most of the time).

The schedule includes Democracy Now from 8 to 9 AM and rebroadcast the following midnight.

Free Speech TV Schedule

BNN operates Boston Public, educational, and government access (PEG) cable tv channels: BNN's News & Information Channel on Comcast 9 and RCN Cable 15

BNN Website

Wikipedia entry on Boston Neighborhood Network

Watch on the Web


Listen to a selection of events from the past that you heard about on Act-MA at the 492 Cafe by FreemanZ

Pacifica Radio on the Web  including  WBAI FM NY  KPFA FM SF

Setting Up a VCR to Record a Program

Not able to listen to you favorite radio programs when they are on.  Check to see if they are archived, if not here’s a way to use a VCR to record the programs.

PLEASE NOTE:  This is an attempt to provide detailed instructions intended to cover more than one configuration.  Adaptation may be required.  We assume VCR is monophonic.  We assume all programmed recording is from the same radio station.]

(1)  Learn the procedure to make your VCR select external or “line” input (versus a selected channel number).  (On an RCA VR344 this is done by pressing the "input" button, achieving display of the misleading word "video" in lieu of a channel number.)

 (2)  Obtain a shielded audio cable with an RCA pin plug at each end (to convey audio signal from radio equipment to VCR).  Connect one end to the external audio input jack on back of VCR. 

(3)  Connect the other end to standard audio output jack of radio tuner (or if necessary, to the "record" output jack of associated amplifier).  If monophonic mode is unavailable, use a 1F-2M Y-adapter to join right and left channels.

(4)  Turn on TV and VCR and select external input (see #1 above).  Turn on radio tuner and bring in desired station; its audio will play (monophonically) on TV.

(5)  Set the VCR's clock-calendar and program it to record from external input (see #1 above) during the desired time period(s) at an appropriate tape speed.  Select super-long-play speed to record all four hours of No-U-Turn Radio.  For music, select standard-play speed (fills the usual videocassette in two hours).

(6)  Insert a suitable videocassette.  Turn off TV and VCR. Leave radio tuner powered on or control its power with a separate timer.  (If you have programmable radio equipment, or a remote control with built-in timers [for example Radio Shack #15-1901A], go ahead and schedule power-on, power-off, and station selection.  Still, this won't reposition your antenna.)

(7)  Later, the videocassette can be played back like any other.  On TV, picture will be blank.  Play on sound     equipment by connecting VCR's audio output to an input port on sound equipment (optionally with Y-adapter).  Use the other side of a stereo cable pair, or reconnect the single cable to do this.