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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.

Upcoming episodes

Nusrat Choudhury on ‘Black Identity Extremists,’ Neil deMause on Amazon Bidding War 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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Recent episodes

Azeem Ibrahim on Rohingya Ethnic Cleansing
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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Steven Rosenfeld on Gerrymandering, Dean Baker on Trump Tax Plan
October 10, 2017 | 6:30pm

The Supreme Court case of Gill v. Whitford, deciding whether the way Wisconsin Republicans redrew voting districts in 2011 amounted to “an aggressive partisan gerrymander,” touches on nothing less than whether the US can ever become the democracy so many hope for.

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Ed Morales on Puerto Rico’s Natural and Unnatural Crises October 3, 2017 | 6:30pm

Pointing out that Trump is behaving boorishly is not the same as digging into questions of displacement, privatization and what Naomi Klein has labeled “disaster capitalism”–or offering an alternative vision for Puerto Rico’s recovery.

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Dedrick Asante-Muhammad on the Widening Racial Wealth Gap September 26, 2017 | 6:30pm

If we don’t intervene to turn the racial wealth gap around, we are driving the country toward what a new report describes in no uncertain times as a “racial and economic apartheid state.”

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Murtaza Hussain on Iran Deal Sabotage, Chip Gibbons on Agricultural Censorship September 19, 2017 | 6:30pm

How should reporters cover White House maneuvers to depict Iran’s compliance as non-compliance, and make clear what’s at stake?

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Tina Vasquez on DACA, Shaye Wolf on Harvey’s Toxins September 12, 2017 | 6:30pm

While plenty of coverage is skeptical of Trump, are media really understanding what the DACA program does—and doesn’t—mean for recipients?

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Neil deMause on Hurricane Harvey, Sarah Anderson on Corporate Tax Cuts September 5, 2017 | 6:30pm

How will reporters covering Harvey treat climate change, as well as the role of poverty, racism and the gutting of infrastructure budgets—the things you explore when you want not just to report a disaster, but go some ways toward preventing future ones?

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Phyllis Bennis on Afghanistan, Marie Hicks on Women in Tech August 29, 2017 | 6:30pm

In all the chatter about Afghanistan, the idea that there are other ways for a country to show strength besides killing people, or threatening to, is the worldview that dare not speak its name.

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Adam Johnson, Keri Leigh Merritt on Charlottesville August 22, 2017 | 6:30pm

The horror of the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville—what led to it, and what could lead away from it?

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Kandi Mossett on Dakota Access Update, Craig Aaron on Sinclair Takeover August 15, 2017 | 6:30pm

Corporate media are wrong in their evident belief—if coverage is guide—that the fight over the Dakota Access pipeline is over. We have an update on a struggle that’s very much alive.

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