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Counterspin is FAIR’s weekly radio show, hosted by Janine Jackson, Steve Rendall and Peter Hart. It’s heard on more than 125 noncommercial stations across the United States and Canada. Counterspin provides a critical examination of the major stories every week, and exposes what the mainstream media might have missed in their own coverage.

Combining lively discussion and a thoughtful media critique, Counterspin is unlike any other show on the dial. Counterspin exposes and highlights biased and inaccurate news; censored stories; sexism, racism and homophobia in the news; the power of corporate influence; gaffes and goofs by leading TV pundits; TV news’ narrow political spectrum; attacks on free speech; and more.

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Steffie Woolhandler on Media Attacks on Single-Payer Healthcare February 2, 2016 | 6:30pm

We should care what media are saying about single payer—as a lesson in policing possibilities, even apart from what it means for the presidential race.

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Chris Savage on Flint Water Poisoning January 26, 2016 | 6:30pm

Some children in the largely poor, largely black community have seen lead levels in their blood triple since the decision to take city tap water from the Flint River, but how that decision came to be made is fodder for more than the brief moment of sunlight corporate media generally afford.

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GOP’s Nikki Haley Stands Up for an Imaginary America January 19, 2016 | 6:30pm

“When you’ve got immigrants who are coming here legally,” Haley told reporters, “we’ve never in the history of this country passed any laws or done anything based on race or religion. Let’s not start that now.”

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Toby Craig Jones on Saudi Executions, Jake Johnston on Haitian Elections January 12, 2016 | 6:30pm

Barack Obama described beheadings by the extremist group ISIS as “an assault on all humanity,” but when US ally Saudi Arabia executed 47 people on January 2, many by beheading, the administration expressed “concern” and urged “restraint.”

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Best of CounterSpin 2015 January 5, 2016 | 6:30pm

Highlights of interviews with Keane Bhatt, Jim Naureckas, Carlos Miller, Felicia Kornbluh, Dean Spade and Laura Flanders

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Laquan McDonald Coverup December 15, 2015 | 6:30pm

The video that belied the official story of the police killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, along with an autopsy that also showed police’s initial story to be false, eventually came to light through the work of journalists—but not mainstream journalists;

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Jodi Jacobson on Colorado Springs and Reproductive Justice December 8, 2015 | 6:30pm

If media’s takeaway from the violent murders of three people at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic, by a man reportedly ranting about “baby parts,” is that “both sides” need to tone down their rhetoric, then women and women’s reproductive rights will be taking a step backward.

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Saru Jayaraman on Outlawing the Tipped Minimum Wage December 1, 2015 | 6:30pm

There’s a movement to outlaw the “tipped wage” — the idea that a minimum wage of $2.13 is OK, because waitstaff get enough in voluntary tips to make up for it.

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Jim Naureckas on ISIS Attacks, Janet Redman on Climate Conference Activism November 24, 2015 | 6:30pm

The Paris attacks by the group known as ISIS have dominated news outlets, but if the goal really is to prevent the recurrence of such violence, then reporting that eliminates political context can’t be the way forward.

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Holly Sklar on Minimum Wage Economics, Nicholas Kusnetz on State Government Transparency November 17, 2015 | 6:30pm

Media usually present the minimum wage issue as workers vs. business, but we’ll get a different angle from Holly Sklar of Business for a Fair Minimum Wage. Plus: What journalists can do about transparency and accountability in state government.

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