Best Radio Lefty (2001)
Interviewer David Barsamian has turned the oddest of specialties -- interviews with liberal thinkers such as Noam Chomsky -- into a genuine career and a national reputation. His Boulder-based program, Alternative Radio, is syndicated on public-radio stations from coast to coast, and it's popularity among young tastemakers is exemplified by Keep Left, Vol. 1, an AR fundraiser/compilation CD featuring acts such as Olivia Tremor Control, Built to Spill and Pere Ubu. Barsamian's found a way to make intellectualism pay.