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Counterspin

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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Jane McAlevey on #MeToo & Labor, Art Way on Pot Recriminalization January 16, 2018 | 6:30pm

A little-noticed Supreme Court ruling may fundamentally undercut the ability of women (or anyone) to band together in the workplace to fight harassment, pay inequity and discrimination.


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Julio Lopez Varona on Puerto Rico’s Predators
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January 9, 2018 | 6:30pm

Different people have very different visions of the way forward for Puerto Rico—depending, to put it simply, on whether you think servicing debt matters more than human beings.


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Suyapa Portillo on Honduras Electoral Chaos, Rebecca Cokley on GOP ‘Tax on Disability’ December 12, 2017 | 6:30pm

The electoral chaos in Honduras—where a president has not been declared nearly two weeks after voting—requires media to connect the dots between a bipartisan US foreign policy that supports leaders deemed friendly to US “interests,” and the hardship and violence and voicelessness that pushes many to flee the countries run by those “friends.”


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Shireen Al-Adeimi on Yemen Crisis, Erin Shields on Net Neutrality Repeal
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December 5, 2017 | 6:30pm

Yemen is “a complicated story,” the Washington Post told readers. We look this week at what’s being left out of that story.


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Interviews with Kandi Mossett, Dan Zukowski, Marianne Lavelle and Jim Naureckas
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November 28, 2017 | 6:30pm

Climate disruption—and corporate media’s compromised and inadequate response: a special archival CounterSpin show.


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James Henry on Paradise Papers, Soraya Chemaly on Domestic Violence and Mass Killings
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November 14, 2017 | 6:30pm

The millions of leaked documents dubbed the Paradise Papers bring some sunlight to an arena where secrecy is the point: the world of “offshore financial centers,” where a melange of the world’s wealthiest stash money, bilk governments and generally betray any notion of a social compact.


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Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno on Opioid Crisis, Alyssa Peterson on Campus Sexual Assault
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November 7, 2017 | 6:30pm

Trump’s call for a “war” on opioid use and a “just say no” media campaign, sound like very old—and very discredited—ideas indeed. What’s going on, and what’s a better way forward?


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Alex Vitale on The End of Policing
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October 31, 2017 | 6:30pm

We may hear editorial calls for better training, or more data, or sometimes even convictions of individual officers. But somehow we never see the problem of policing whole, so the deeper reckoning necessary for real change is forestalled.


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Nusrat Choudhury on ‘Black Identity Extremists,’ Neil deMause on Amazon Bidding War
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October 24, 2017 | 6:30pm

The FBI has designated “black identity extremists” as a movement constituting a violent threat to public safety, and warranting the surveillance and scrutiny of the country’s “counterterrorism” forces.


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Azeem Ibrahim on Rohingya Ethnic Cleansing
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October 17, 2017 | 6:30pm

A human rights nightmare continues to unfold in Myanmar, as hundreds of thousands of Rohingya flee what a new UN report calls “coordinated and systemic” attacks by security forces.


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