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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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Saqib Bhatti on Wells Fargo, Jeremie Greer on Taxes and Inequality April 25, 2017 | 6:30pm

Activists are using the Wells Fargo scandal to call attention to a range of other problems at the bank—problems not addressed by a couple of top executives giving back some of their golden parachutes.


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Alex Vitale on De-Policing April 18, 2017 | 6:30pm

When elites get to define the problem, they get to decide what constitutes solving it—and for many people, that makes for too shallow a conversation when it comes to policing.


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Hyun Lee on North Korea, Jennifer Reisch on Women in the Workplace April 11, 2017 | 6:30pm

Corporate media’s cartoonish portrayal of North Korea doesn’t help as we try to understand how things came to this pass, and how to get out of it.


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Raed Jarrar on Mosul Bombing, Evan Greer on Internet Privacy April 4, 2017 | 6:30pm

More than 200 Iraqi civilians killed by a US airstrike in Mosul. But while media express concern, the idea that the deaths were a lamentable part of a nevertheless valiant effort to liberate the city from terrorists’ grip is not being questioned.


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Tony Romano on Housing Cuts, Robert Dreyfuss on Iraq War Intel March 21, 2017 | 6:30pm

Team Trump says that programs that support affordable housing for families, the elderly, and people with disabilities haven’t “justified their existence.” How do we fight back with a different vision of housing and community?


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Nancy Altman on Trumpcare, Kris Hayashi on Transgender Non-Ruling March 14, 2017 | 6:30pm

What do Trump-backed changes in healthcare mean for the millions of people with disabilities and senior citizens who rely on Medicare and Medicaid?


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Mizue Aizeki on Criminalizing Immigrants February 28, 2017 | 6:30pm

Resisting the viewing of immigration policy through a lens of criminality will be key in moving toward a humane vision of immigration.


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Jessica Gonzalez on FCC Chair Ajit Pai February 21, 2017 | 6:30pm

What’s ahead for the public interest under Ajit Pai, Trump’s choice for chair of the FCC? CounterSpin talks with Jessica Gonzalez, deputy director and senior counsel at the group Free Press.


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Kevin Kumashiro on Betsy DeVos, Amit Narang on Anti-Regulation Rule February 14, 2017 | 6:30pm

Now that Betsy DeVos is confirmed as Education secretary, media need to disrupt the set of myths that carried her through, despite an evident lack of experience or expertise: Myths to do with “school choice” and “accountability,” which corporate media rarely interrogate thoroughly, or contrast with different visions of education.


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Mara Verheyden-Hilliard on Inaugural Protest Arrests, David Turnbull on Pipeline Resistance February 7, 2017 | 6:30pm

Every day of the Trump administration brings new reasons to protest. But the mass arrest of hundreds of people protesting the inauguration, along with legal observers and journalists, tells us that the right to speak up still needs protection.


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