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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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Suyapa Portillo on Central American Refugees, Michael Ratner on Alberto Gonzalez May 24, 2016 | 6:30pm

In August of last year, El Salvador experienced one murder per hour. With Honduras and Guatemala, it’s among the most violent places in the world, which along with economic insecurity and government failures, spurs thousands of people to try and leave. Why is the US stepping up deportation of Central American families, sending them back to circumstances of hardship and danger?


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Marcia Gallo on Kitty Genovese May 17, 2016 | 6:30pm

The 1964 New York city murder of Kitty Genovese started as a personal tragedy and a tiny item on a New York Times back page. Within months, it had become an internationally known, emblematic tale about the neighbors, 38 of them, we were told, who reportedly watched Genovese die in the street but did nothing, didn’t come to her aid or call the police. But what if the tale we’ve all heard isn’t true?


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Karen Hansen-Kuhn on TTIP Leak, Josmar Trujillo on Bronx Police Raid May 10, 2016 | 6:30pm

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), like all such agreements, was being negotiated in secret–until Greenpeace Netherlands released classified documents revealing elements of the deal the EU and the US were moving merrily toward — now some say the pact may be scuttled.


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Brendan DeMelle on Exxon’s Climate Cover-Up May 3, 2016 | 6:30pm

Exxon knew decades ago that the increase in CO2 from burning fossil fuels posed a global threat. And it acted on that information–with a conscious and vigorous effort to sow uncertainty about climate science and to forestall regulation on its industry.


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Sheila Carapico on Saudi Arabia Visit, Maria Luisa Mendonça on Brazil Impeachment April 26, 2016 | 6:30pm

The friendship between the US and Saudi Arabia faces friction, media said—but not Saudi Arabia’s disastrous human rights record or anti-democratic government. Plus: is the situation in Brazil best summed up as “The People vs. The President,” as one pundit had it?


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James Henry on Panama Papers, Sanho Tree on Hiroshima April 19, 2016 | 6:30pm

We talk about using the Panama Papers to push for real change with investigative economist James Henry, and the dominant Hiroshima “narrative”—lamentable but necessary, ultimately saved more than it killed—with historian Sanho Tree


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Bruce Stanley on Coal-Industry Crime April 12, 2016 | 6:30pm

Media celebrated the sentencing of Don Blankenship as the first time such a high-level executive received jail time for a workplace safety violation. But shouldn’t we question why that is? And why was such a serious charge just a misdemeanor?


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asha bandele and Laura Carlsen on the War on Drugs April 5, 2016 | 6:30pm

CounterSpin talks about the War on Drugs with asha bandele of Drug Policy Alliance, and also with Laura Carlsen of the Americas Program of the Center for International Policy.


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Aviva Chomsky on Obama in Cuba, Mark Weisbrot on Argentina’s Right Turn March 29, 2016 | 6:30pm

We talk about what would really need to change to “normalize” US/Cuba relations. And in Argentina, a thrilled press corps tells us a new day is dawning with the election of “former businessman” Mauricio Mauri.


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Tom Tresser and the Deficit Mirage, Ben Bagdikian and Media Monopoly March 22, 2016 | 6:30pm

Is Chicago broke because experts say it is, or is there another way to look at it? We hear about the “mirage” of deficits. Plus a classic interview with author, journalist and media critic Ben Bagdikian, who died March 11 at age 96,


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