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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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Howard Bryant on Black Athletes & Activism
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June 19, 2018 | 6:30pm

Before the anthem even started, players were involved in these types of social justice issues,” says the NFL’s Malcolm Jenkins. “And so for us, it’s staying on topic, doing the work, supporting those who are doing the work and pushing forward.”


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Joanne Doroshow on Forced Arbitration Ruling, Julio López Varona on Puerto Rico’s Predators June 5, 2018 | 6:30pm

The Supreme Court’s conservative majority has just ruled that workers can be forced to pursue complaints through arbitration sessions, behind closed doors and all alone.


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Kinsey Hasstedt on Reproductive Health Restrictions, Corey Hutchins on Denver Post Distress
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May 29, 2018 | 6:30pm

Corporate media report the Trump administration’s new rules, further controlling the reproductive healthcare that women reliant on federally funded family planning programs can receive, as a story about abortion–but proponents of such measures would tell you their designs are much, much bigger.


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Gaza & the US Press
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May 22, 2018 | 6:30pm

Cognitive dissonance has marked elite US media coverage of Gaza for many years. This week we revisit conversations with just three of the people that CounterSpin has heard from who are working to expand and deepen US audiences’ understanding of Gaza.


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Tim Karr on Net Neutrality Fight, Mark Trahant on Indian Country Today May 15, 2018 | 6:30pm

The FCC has posted notice that net neutrality rules—the ones that keep service providers from favoring websites that give them money, and slowing down or “throttling” your access to websites that don’t pony up—will disappear on June 11. Since abandoning the fight for an open internet is not an option, what do we do now?


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Ellen Schrecker on the New McCarthyism May 8, 2018 | 6:30pm

CounterSpin revisits our conversation with historian Ellen Schrecker, and its reminder that while not everything old is new again, we have been down this road before.


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Joe Emersberger on Venezuelan Elections, Dahr Jamail on Antarctic Ice
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May 1, 2018 | 6:30pm

The United States secretly pressured a Venezuelan opposition candidate not to run, so that the election can be discredited as having no viable opposition candidate.


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Greg Shupak on Syrian Airstrikes
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April 24, 2018 | 6:30pm

As corporate media talk about Syria, where a recent airstrike by the US, legality be damned, is meant to represent the US doing the right thing in the world, are the principles supposedly guiding US intervention in Syria really principles—in the sense of being universally applied?


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Peter Bibring on Excessive Force Law, Peggy Case on Right to Water
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April 17, 2018 | 6:30pm

The Supreme Court has just ruled that if a police officer doesn’t understand that they are violating your Constitutional rights–they aren’t.


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Phyllis Bennis on Gaza Massacre, Pam Vogel on Sinclair Propaganda
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April 10, 2018 | 6:30pm

US media seem to suggest that there’s an “Israeli” position and a “Palestinian” position, but no actual reality worth trying to discern.


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