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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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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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Heather Ann Thompson on Prison Access August 8, 2017 | 6:30pm

Prisons are shielded from public view on purpose, and journalists have to work hard for access when it’s possible at all. The result is a media landscape that pairs relative silence about prison life with an absurdly outsized focus on crime

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Talia Buford on Environmental Justice, Josh Ruebner on BDS Ban August 1, 2017 | 6:30pm

For years, the existence of environmental racism, and the idea that it needs rectifying, had at least nominal government support; but now all bets are off.

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Sonali Kolhatkar on Afghan Women, Karl Grossman on Space Weapons, T.R. Reid on Healthcare Debate July 25, 2017 | 6:30pm

This week on CounterSpin: Media are celebrating the participation of girls from Afghanistan in a robotics competition in DC, after being denied entry twice by the State Department for reasons never explained, as somehow a feel-good story about America. No one seems to have pondered the irony of the denials, given that Afghan girls doing science is precisely the sort of PR moment the US pretended the 2001 invasion was about, and thus an opening to talk about what visiting decades of unending war on the country has actually done toward that ostensible goal. CounterSpin discussed the war as feminist storyline with author, activist and radio host Sonali Kolhatkar back in 2010. We’ll hear that conversation on this week’s show.

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Maurice Carney on Congo Crisis, Mara Verheyden-Hilliard on the Right to Protest July 18, 2017 | 6:30pm

The Democratic Republic of Congo is embroiled in economic crisis as well as the humanitarian disaster of violence between the government of Joseph Kabila and opposition forces. Plus: As more people go out in the street, states are rushing to criminalize that resistance.

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Vijay Prashad on Displaced People July 11, 2017 | 6:30pm

What’s the connection between displacement and the so-called war on terror? Climate disruption? Poverty? On displacement, If you aren’t telling the big, interconnected story, you aren’t telling the story.

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Rachel Meeropol on Illegal Detentions, Dan Zukowski on Climate Disruption July 4, 2017 | 6:30pm

The Supreme Court has just denied the right to sue officials for unlawful detentions. What does that mean for accountability when powerful people make unconstitutional policy?

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Ronnie Dunn on Philando Castile, Stacy Mitchell on Amazon/Whole Foods June 27, 2017 | 6:30pm

The release of police dash cam video of the killing of Philando Castile after the verdict finding the officer who killed him not guilty is just the latest turn in this bewildering and upsetting story, now sparking protests around the country. What does the Castile case tell us about the limits of the law in delivering justice for African-Americans killed by law enforcement, and what are some of the other fronts we need to fight on to push for that justice? We’ll talk with Ronnie Dunn, professor of urban studies at Cleveland State University.

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Trudy Lieberman on the Secret Healthcare Bill June 20, 2017 | 6:30pm

Senate Republicans are hiding in plain sight as they let everyone know they are crafting critically important healthcare legislation in secret, away from the scrutiny of even congressional colleagues, that they hope and expect to force through—over what they know would be public objections. It’s an obvious crisis for democracy, but elite media are used to taking their cues, for what to write about and how, from politicians. So how do they react when those politicians tell them outright to look the other way?

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Rebecca Vallas on WaPo vs. the Disabled, Holly Sklar on Livable Wages June 13, 2017 | 6:30pm

“She took the family to McDonald’s because they liked it, even though she knew they couldn’t afford to eat out. She went through more pain pills than she needed, and every few weeks, when those pills ran low, like today, she returned to the doctor for more.” That’s some of what the Washington Post thinks you should know about the mother in a family that relies on Social Security Disability Insurance. The paper is doing a series on disability benefits and so far it’s…exactly like that fragment suggests. And if you like bad data along with your mean-spirited anecdote, the Post has you covered there as well. We’ll talk with Rebecca Vallas of the Center for American Progress about the many problems and the potential impact of this kind of reporting.

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