Tuesday at 6:30pm

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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David Alexander Bullock on Detroit Water, Ralph Nader on Export-Import Bank July 22, 2014 | 6:30pm

The UN says water is a human right, and if people are unable to pay, shutting off their water is a human rights violation. That puts the city of Detroit on the wrong side of international law, as well as human decency, with shut-offs affecting thousands of city residents. But the water shut-offs are only the latest attack on the poor and public resources in Detroit. We'll hear from an area activist, Pastor David Alexander Bullock.
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Yousef Munayyer on Gaza Attacks, Lee Fang on Marijuana Legalization July 15, 2014 | 6:30pm

Israeli airstrikes on Gaza have claimed dozens of Palestinian lives, including those of more than a dozen children. There are no Israeli casualties so far. The fact that US corporate media fail to note the unequal power and disproportionate suffering of Palestinians is just one of the ways middle east coverage is distorted. We'll talk with Yousef Munayyer of the Jerusalem Fund, about that.
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Dave Zirin on World Cup, Sarah Jaffe on Supreme Court July 8, 2014 | 6:30pm

Much of the world is tuned into the World Cup. And while the drama on the field is on our TV screens, what about the wrenching political and economic upheaval in host country Brazil that has inspired millions to protest? That's the World Cup story Dave Zirin has been reporting; he'll join us to talk about it.
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Murtaza Hussain on Iraq, Laura Carlsen on Immigration Crisis July 1, 2014 | 6:30pm

The crisis in Iraq has pundits talking about Al-Qaeda and ISIS and regional powers like Iran--but there's also the suggestion that this is merely the latest round in a 1,400-year-old war between Muslim sects. That lets the US off the hook, but does it fit with actual history? Writer Murtaza Hussain joins us to explain how it doesn't.
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Ross Caputi on Iraq, Brian Jones on Teacher Tenure June 24, 2014 | 6:30pm

According to US media, a brutal jihadi group known as ISIS has taken over large regions of Iraq in recent days. This has resulted in a parade of pundits discussing just how massive the US military response should be. We'll talk with Ross Caputi, a former Marine who served in Iraq and is a now a leader in the reparations movement, about what is really going on there.
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Jennifer Fiore on Gun Violence, Keane Bhatt on Human Rights Watch June 17, 2014 | 6:30pm

Another fatal school shooting, another round of media stories about what we as a society need to talk more or more honestly about. One effort now gaining ground says there are some things we can do besides talk. Jennifer Fiore is executive director of the Campaign to Unload. She'll join us to talk about divesting from gun violence.
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Janet Redman on EPA Rules, Trevor Timm on James Risen June 10, 2014 | 6:30pm

The EPA has proposed new rules limiting carbon emissions, and the outcry from industry -- lost jobs! higher energy costs! -- were completely predictable. But people concerned about climate change aren't exactly dancing in the aisles either. So are the new rules a bold step toward fighting climate change, or something much less? We'll hear from Janet Redman of the Climate Policy Program at the Institute for Policy Studies.
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Priyamvada Gopal on Indian Elections, Soraya Chemaly on Trigger Warnings June 3, 2014 | 6:30pm

India's new prime minister Narendra Modi is being well-received in the US press, with his neoliberal economic ideas in the foreground and his ties to Hindu extremism pushed further back, or glossed over, as with Time magazine referring to "the perception that he is ambivalent toward India's Muslim minority." We'll speak to University of Cambridge professor Priyamvada Gopal about Modi.
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Nikole Hannah-Jones on School Segregation, Lizbeth Gronlund on US Nukes May 27, 2014 | 6:30pm

Much of the media coverage of the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision outlawing segregated schools noted an ominous development: American schools are still segregated, some even more so than before Brown. We'll talk to Nikole Hannah-Jones of ProPublica, who has been tracking this for a series called "Segregation Now."
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Bronwyn Bruton on Nigeria, Ben Lilliston on Trade Policy & Climate May 20, 2014 | 6:30pm

The Bring Back Our Girls social media activism is an understandable response to the horrific kidnapping of hundreds of Nigerian school girls by the Boko Harum militant group. The story, ignored at first by the US press, is receiving wall-to-wall attention. We'll talk to Bronwyn Bruton of the Atlantic Council about some of the complexity often missing from that coverage.
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Dahlia Lithwick on Clayton Lockett, David Sirota on Journalists’ Survey May 13, 2014 | 6:30pm

When the state of Oklahoma screwed up the execution by lethal injection of death-row inmate Clayton Lockett, most of the attention went to the ghoulish spectacle of his protracted death. But there's much more to the story of what led up to Lockett's death.
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Craig Aaron on Net Neutrality, Anand Gopal on Afghan War May 6, 2014 | 6:30pm

Is the future of the open Internet in danger? We'll talk to Craig Aaron of Free Press about what the FCC might be doing on Net Neutrality—and what the public can do to stop it.
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Rafael Correa on Communications Law, Laila Al-Arian on Bangladesh April 29, 2014 | 6:30pm

A new communications law in Ecuador seeks to break up powerful media conglomerates, create new community and public media and promote diversity on the airwaves. To US critics, though, it's really a way for left-leaning president Rafael Correa to silence his detractors. He'll join us to talk about the law and the press in his country.
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Adam Gaffney on Obamacare Costs; Astra Taylor on ‘The People’s Platform’ April 22, 2014 | 6:30pm

It's an understatement to say that media characterizations of the Affordable Care Act vary wildly. But so much analysis is devoted to political football, when health insurance is an issue calling out for news that people can use. We'll talk about coverage with Adam Gaffney, a physician and writer at the Progressive Physician.
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Ralph Nader on GM, Liz Kennedy on McCutcheon April 8, 2014 | 6:30pm

GM executive Mary Barra is taking a grilling in a congressional hearing over dangerous defects in the company's Chevy Cobalt, and in its decision-making process. The press is on the story; are they asking all the right questions? We'll talk General Motors with Ralph Nader, author of the upcoming Unstoppable: The Emerging Left/Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State.
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Jodi Jacobson on Hobby Lobby, Kate Sheppard on Oil Spills April 1, 2014 | 6:30pm

25 years after the Exxon Valdez disaster in Alaska's Prince William Sound, the Sound is still not fully recovered and spills are still in the news: The latest are in Galveston Bay and Lake Michigan. What does this say about the state of regulation? We'll talk to Huffington Post environmental reporter Kate Sheppard.
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Sarah Jaffe on NY Charter Schools, Carla Murphy on FCC Diversity Study March 25, 2014 | 6:30pm

New York City tabloids are feeding happily off what's been described as a "tug of war" between Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo over charter schools. We'll speak with Sarah Jaffe from In These Times about deciphering New York's charter battle.
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Miguel Tinker Salas on Venezuela, Ali Abunimah on Palestine March 18, 2014 | 6:30pm

Venezuela's violent demonstrations, which began a month ago, have begun to wind down. Has anything been resolved between the largely middle- and upper-class opposition, and the democratically elected government they want to leave? We'll talk with Pomona College professor Miguel Tinker Salas.
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Shannon Young on ‘Mexican Moment,’ Ashley Gorski on NYPD Muslim Spying March 4, 2014 | 6:30pm

Glowing US coverage of Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto has some folks buzzing about the "Mexican Moment." But is privatizing the oil industry really the reform it's made out to be? We'll talk it over with independent journalist Shannon Young.
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Sue Sturgis on Moral March, Toni Gilpin on Skills Gap Myth February 18, 2014 | 6:30pm

Tens of thousands of "moral marchers" descend on Raleigh, North Carolina, the latest and most dramatic example of a social justice movement sweeping the state. The national press is mostly skipping the story; Sue Sturgis from the Institute for Southern Studies fills us in on what's happening
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Joel Berg on Food Stamps, Jules Boykoff on Olympics February 11, 2014 | 6:30pm

Congress passed the nearly trillion dollar farm bill on February 2—with more than $8 billion in cuts to food stamps, or the SNAP program, as it is now known. What does this mean for people dealing with food insecurity, and where did the rest of the money go? We’ll talk to Joel Berg, the director of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger.
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John Schmitt on State of the Union, Dominique Apollon on Race & the Media February 4, 2014 | 6:30pm

The president's State of the Union address was met with praise from liberal pundits and derision from conservatives, with precious little analysis of the content. Was it a turn real toward populism?
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Rashid Khalidi on Ariel Sharon, Drew Hudson on NPR and Fracking January 21, 2014 | 6:30pm

Ariel Sharon died on January 11th, and media send-offs included a lot about the former Israeli prime minister's historic role and his dedication to Israel's defense and security. But they often glossed lightly over the darker aspects of Sharon's record. We'll talk with Rashid Khalidi, Columbia University's Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies, about what was often missing in coverage of Sharon's death.
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Stephen Pimpare on War on Poverty, Carl Hart on Marijuana January 14, 2014 | 6:30pm

: The 50th anniversary of the launch of LBJ's War on Poverty is generating a lot of press coverage of an issue corporate media tend to mostly ignore. But what's missing from these conservations? We'll ask author and professor Stephen Pimpare.
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Best of Counterspin 2013 January 7, 2014 | 6:30pm

Every year around this time, we put together a mix of some of what we felt were the most important and compelling looks behind the headlines of the mainstream news. From NSA surveillance to Iran to the ongoing economic crisis, CounterSpin heard from an array of activists, commentators and journalists, all of whom had something to say about how corporate media covered these issues.
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Max Blumenthal on ‘Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel’ December 31, 2013 | 6:30pm

Today CounterSpin talks to Max Blumenthal, author of the new book Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel. He'll tell us about the larger story he is trying to tell in the book-- a story that he thinks goes mostly unreported in US media. And he'll explain what the reactions to the book tell us about our own political culture.
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Stephen Cohen on Ukraine, Jeff Chester on Corporate Surveillance December 24, 2013 | 6:30pm

Ukraine signed a deal with Russia on Tuesday, defying the advice of the US press and Western elites. But would Ukraine have been better off making a deal with Europe? And is the US media portrayal of Russia as the regional troublemaker accurate? We'll talk with Russia expert Stephen Cohen, professor emeritus from NYU and Princeton.
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Robin Kelley on Nelson Mandela, Dean Baker on Detroit December 17, 2013 | 6:30pm

Since his death, Nelson Mandela has been portrayed in the media largely as a beloved, almost saintly figure. But Mandela was once feared and despised by some US elites, and the press mirrored that. What changed?
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Azadeh Shashahani on Honduras, Esther Armah on Marissa Alexander December 10, 2013 | 6:30pm

Marissa Alexander is free on bond. But the Florida woman sentenced to 20 years for firing a warning shot in an altercation with her abusive husband still faces a retrial next year. How far has our legal system, and our society, really advanced in understanding domestic violence cases--and are media helping? We'll talk with journalist Esther Armah about that.
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Michael Dorsey on COP Climate Talks, Rick Perlstein on Tea Party December 3, 2013 | 6:30pm

The COP 19 climate talks in Warsaw were filled with intrigue, secret memos and walkouts by green groups and delegations from developing nations. What was accomplished at the summit?
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Anne Petermann on Climate Justice, Peter Maybarduk on TPP November 19, 2013 | 6:30pm

The monster storm that struck the Philippines has killed thousands and left hundreds of thousands homeless. This happened right before international climate change talks were getting underway. But are media making the connection between climate change and this catastrophe? We'll talk to Anne Petermann of the Global Justice Ecology Project.
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Maurice Carney on Congo peace; George Zornick on food stamp cuts November 12, 2013 | 6:30pm

The good news from the Democratic Republic of the Congo is that the bloody, Rwandan-backed militia M23 has laid down its arms, mostly due to pressure from the US. But what is US coverage of the story skewing, and what is it leaving out? We’ll talk with Maurice Carney of Friends of the Congo.
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Andrew Coates on Obamacare, Margareta Matache on Roma Coverage November 5, 2013 | 6:30pm

Media are full of reports on problems with the rollout with the Affordable Care Act; turns out insurance can be complicated. But what don't we talk about when we talk about healthcare? We'll talk to Andrew Coates of Physicians for a National Health Program about what's missing from the conversation.
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Yves Smith on JPMorgan Chase, Linda Gunther on Pandora’s Promise October 29, 2013 | 6:30pm

The Justice Department looks like it might pin a $13 billion fine on JP Morgan Chase for its role in the financial collapse and ensuing recession. But are they getting off easy? Wall Street media cheerleaders are saying Chase is being punished for things they didn't even do. But is that right?
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Simone Campbell on Shutdown, Jo Ellen Green Kaiser on ‘Where Is Your Plan B?’ October 22, 2013 | 6:30pm

The government shutdown may be over, but there's no cause to celebrate for those hardest hit–-people already reeling from earlier austerity measures. Despite what you may have heard, the pain was not restricted to political 'losers' and those turned away from monuments. We'll hear from Sister Simone Campbell of the Catholic social justice lobby Network.
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Rebecca Vallas on 60 Minutes & Disability, Jeremy Scahill on War on Whistleblowers October 15, 2013 | 6:30pm

60 Minutes joins the media crowd taking aim at disability benefits. What did they get wrong? We'll speak with disability advocate Rebecca Vallas.
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Imara Jones on Government Shutdown, Ryan Koronowski on IPCC Report October 8, 2013 | 6:30pm

The government shutdown has pundits lamenting the same old Beltway dysfunction. But who's actually to blame for the shutdown? And who's affected? We'll speak to Imara Jones from ColorLines.

Also on the show: The UN's latest climate report is out, and its findings are alarming. According to the scientists, they are as certain that we are causing warming as they are that cigarettes cause cancer, and the problem is not getting any better. So why are some outlets reporting the IPCC's findings as good news?

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Trudy Lieberman on Obamacare, David Swanson on Obama’s UN speech October 1, 2013 | 6:30pm

The centerpiece of the Affordable Care Act will launch October 1st, but do the millions of Americans who qualify for the insurance exchanges have any idea what they're facing? If they do, that's little thanks to media, who until lately have been underserving the consumer angle on this consumer story. We'll hear from health care journalist Trudy Lieberman of the Columbia Journalism Review.

Also on the program: To many in the corporate media, Barack Obama's UN General Assembly speech signaled a retreat from militarism. This interpretation seems largely based on Obama's softer, more diplomatic tone regarding US-Iran relations. But was diplomacy the gist of the president's UN speech? We'll talk to peace activist and author David Swanson about that.

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Mike Konczal on Economic Collapse, Hugh MacMillan on Fracking Study September 24, 2013 | 6:30pm

An analysis of the fifth anniversary of the economic collapse, as well as a discussion of a new study supporting fracking are highlighted this evening.
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Rania Khalek on Syria, Peter Ludlow on Barrett Brown September 17, 2013 | 6:30pm

The confusing debate over Syria and on-again, off-again U.S. military strikes leaves out a lot—like the work of non-violent activists inside the country. Journalist Rania Khalek joins us to talk about that—and some of what they have to say about the debate over U.S. bombing.
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Gareth Porter on Syrian Intelligence, Mary Bottari on Larry Summers September 10, 2013 | 6:30pm

The White House continues to push for military attacks against Syria, dismissing negotiations and inspections, and many corporate media outlets have cheered the prospect. But some independent journalists have been busy scrutinizing the administration's case for war, and, frankly, it seems to be falling apart. We'll talk with independent reporter and historian Gareth Porter about "How Intelligence Was Twisted to Support an Attack on Syria." Also on the program: The frontrunner for new chair of the Federal Reserve is Larry Summers.
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Phyllis Bennis on Syria, Harvey Wasserman on Fukushima September 2, 2013 | 6:30pm

The horrible images out of Syria have U.S. politicians and corporate media talking about U.S. as a matter of when, not if. Is it Iraq all over again? We'll talk with Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies.

Also on the show: Leaks of irradiated water at the Fukushima nuclear plant are far worse than previously acknowledged, and the utility says it's not sure it can stop them or even monitor them properly. But what will it take to take a technology with as many powerful friends as nuclear power off the table? We’ll talk with journalist and activist Harvey Wasserman about Fukushima and the anti-nuke movement.

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Gary Younge on ‘I Have a Dream,’ Susan Ohanian on Common Core August 26, 2013 | 6:30pm

Media are flooding with coverage commemorating the 1963 March on Washington and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s iconic 'I Have a Dream' speech. But corporate media's King says more about their own self-image and desire for 'post-racialism' than about King's actual ideas or the actual state of U.S. race relations. We'll separate myth from reality with Gary Younge, author of the new book, The Speech: The Story Behind Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream.

Also on CounterSpin today, media tell us that the new Common Core educational standards are opposed by a frightening coalition of critics on the left and right. Like many of the debates over public schools, Common Core is made to sound like common sense: Let's set higher standards and help America's schoolchildren succeed. But what’s obscured by that picture? We'll talk to education writer and activist Susan Ohanian.

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Heidi Boghosian on ‘Spying on Democracy,’ Laura Gottesdiener on Foreclosures August 19, 2013 | 6:30pm

Edward Snowden's NSA's surveillance disclosures have sparked a debate over privacy, spying and civil liberties. A new book tells the history of those issues, and warns about the threat to democracy posed by snooping government agencies and corporations. We'll talk to author Heidi Boghosian about her book 'Spying on Democracy.'

Also on the program: While headlines declare a housing ‘recovery,’ thousands of people are still losing their homes to bank-driven foreclosure. But then elite media think of housing as a ‘market’ issue, rather than a story about community and human rights. A new book explores how people are fighting back not just against foreclosures but against that worldview as well. Our guest is journalist Laura Gottesdiener, author of 'A Dream Foreclosed: Black America and the Fight for A Place to Call Home.'

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Trevor Timm on Bradley Manning, Darwin Bond Graham on Detroit August 5, 2013 | 6:30pm

The verdict in the trial of Bradley Manning came in—and so much of the corporate media finally covered the trial. Manning was found not guilty of aiding the enemy, which was taken as good news. But what else should concern press freedom advocates? We'll speak with Trevor Tim of the Freedom of the Press Foundation.
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Michael Smallberg on Revolving Door Regulators, Keane Bhatt on This (Central) American Life July 29, 2013 | 6:30pm

Michael Smallberg of the Project on Government Oversight talks about what it means when a powerful federal regulator leaves to join one of the entities he used to regulate. And NACLA's Keane Bhatt discusses what's missing in This American Life's coverage of Central America.
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Robin Kelley on Trayvon Martin, Jodi Jacobson on Abortion Rights July 22, 2013 | 6:30pm

The George Zimmerman not guilty verdict was upsetting to those who campaigned for justice for Trayvon Martin, but it wasn't necessarily surprising to those who have seen too many examples of similar killings of young people of color go unpunished. We'll speak with UCLA professor Robin Kelley about how the person on trial wasn't Zimmerman—it was Trayvon Martin.
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Kimberle Crenshaw on Affirmative Action, Tyson Slocum on Obama’s Climate Speech July 1, 2013 | 6:30pm

The Supreme Court is grabbing the front pages with rulings on marriage equality and the Voting Rights Act. But the Court's curious ruling on affirmative action raises plenty of questions—especially about where the discussion of that issue might be headed next. We'll speak to Kimberle Crenshaw of the African American Policy Forum about that.

And Barack Obama gave a major address on climate change. What it signaled, rhetorically or otherwise, was very much up for debate. The media discussion included plenty from Obama's critics in the fossil fuel industry, but what were the environmentalist critiques of the policy? We'll talk to Public Citizen's Tyson Slocum.

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Alexis Goldstein on Foreclosure Crisis; Deepa Kumar on NYPD Muslim Spying June 24, 2013 | 6:30pm

Big banks' troubling and sometimes illegal practices have turned what was supposed to be the government's fix of the previous scandal into yet another scandal. Plus a reminder that one segment of the U.S. population, Muslims, have been under widespread surveillance for more than 10 years.
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Snowden and the NSA & Ralph Nader’s Told You So June 17, 2013 | 6:30pm

Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden is either a whistleblower or a traitor, depending on whom you listen to. We'll hear from Kathleen McClellan of the Government Accountability Project about Snowden and the NSA. Also on CounterSpin: Veteran consumer rights activist Ralph Nader joins us to talk about his new book Told You So. He'll share his thoughts about a media system that too often silences the voices of dissent.
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Pardiss Kebriaei on Terror Speech, Bob McChesney on Digital Disconnect June 3, 2013 | 6:30pm

Did Barack Obama's National Defense University speech signal a sea change in White House terrorism policy? That depended on who was doing the listening. We'll talk with Pardiss Kebriaei of the Center for Constitutional Rights.

And BobMcChesney talks about his new book Digital Disconnect, and why understanding capitalism is essential to understanding the development of the internet.

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Tia Lessin on Citizen Koch, Karuna Jaggar on Breast Cancer May 27, 2013 | 6:30pm

PBS says no to Koch. Not the soft drink, but a documentary called Citizen Koch, about the billionaire right-wing political donors. We'll speak with Tia Lessin, the film's co-director, about what happened.
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Peter Hart on Syria and Sarin, Dilip Hiro on Afghan Corruption May 13, 2013 | 6:30pm

Peter Hart talks about Syria and chemical weapons claims, and author Dilip Hiro joins the show to talk about how stories about Afghan corruption fail to explain the U.S. role in creating that corruption.
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Mark Hertsgaard on BP Cover Up, Jamilah King on Obama Phones May 6, 2013 | 6:30pm

A whistleblower report confirms what many already sensed: In the wake of the disastrous Gulf of Mexico oil spill, BP was more interested in appearances than in the health and safety of people or ecosystems. Journalist and author Mark Hertsgaard is the environmental correspondent for The Nation magazine. He'll join us to discuss his article on the extent, and the impact, of BP's cover up.
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Beau Grosscup on Defining Terrorism, Hugh Kaufmann on Texas Explosion April 29, 2013 | 6:30pm

The Boston bombings were labeled as terrorist attacks almost from the start. But what does that label mean, and how is it used? We'll talk to Cal State University of Chico professor Beau Grosscup about how the term is used—and perhaps misused.

Also on CounterSpin today, much of the town of West, Texas was destroyed in an explosion at the West Fertilizer plant on April 18.Famed EPA whistleblower Hugh Kaufman joins us to critique media portrayals of the disaster as merely a matter of regulatory oversights.

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Nicole Woo on Chained CPI, Erin Grant on Gosnell case April 22, 2013 | 6:30pm

Millionaire pundits are celebrating cuts to Social Security benefits; we'll ask the Center for Economic & Policy Research’s Nicole Woo what the real world effects of that ‘tweak’ are likely to be. And the trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, wo ran an illegal abortion clinic in Philadelphia, has been covered in gruesome detail since Gosnell's arrest in 2011> But what's been missing from that reporting? We’ll hear from Erin Grant, a Philadelphia abortion provider, and contributor to RH Reality Check, about that.
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Laura Flanders on Margaret Thatcher, Pardiss Kebriaei on Guantanamo April 15, 2013 | 6:30pm

This week on CounterSpin: Margaret Thatcher's death brought a wave of gushing coverage of the former prime minister, who was credited for bring her country into the modern world—by vanquishing powerful and unions and privatizing inefficient public services. But journalist Laura Flanders remembers a different Thatcher legacy; she'll join us to talk about it.
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Tim Shorrock on North Korea, Lee Fang on ‘The Right Leans In’ April 8, 2013 | 6:30pm

If your only reference was U.S. media, you would think all the belligerence and provocation around the Korean peninsula, was coming from North Korea, whose leaders are too intransigent and irrational to even negotiate with. Luckily, we’ll be joined by Journalist Tim Shorrock, who grew up in Japan and South Korea, and reports on East Asia. He’ll tell us what the US media it missing in the North Korea story. Also on CounterSpin today, Republicans lost big in 2012; so why are movers and shakers in the conservative movement talking about their big election season wins?
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David Moon on Aaron’s Law, Beth Schwartzapfel on Prison Access April 1, 2013 | 6:30pm

Internet activists are trying to rein in abusive aspects of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, or CFAA, with a law dubbed "Aaron's Law"--named in honor of activist Aaron Swartz. But new developments in the House threaten to make the law even more abusive. We'll talk with David Moon from the group Swartz founded, Demand Progress. Also on the show: With millions of Americans in prison, and seemingly more each day, one might imagine that what goes on in prison would be a topic for sustained journalistic inquiry.
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Mark Weisbrot on Hugo Chavez, Kevin Gosztola on Bradley Manning March 11, 2013 | 6:30pm

This week on CounterSpin: Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez is dead but his independence and help for Venezuela's poor remains unforgiven in the US press. We'll talk to Mark Weisbrot of the Center for Economic and Policy Research about what media's portrayal of Chavez says about media.

Also on the show: Bradley Manning's trial took a dramatic turn.

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Nima Shirazi on Argo, Mitra Ebadolahi on Warantless Spying March 4, 2013 | 6:30pm

This week on CounterSpin: Controversy surrounded the movie Zero Dark Thirty which many felt distorted the efficacy of CIA torture. But what about the movie that won the Academy Award – Argo, 'based on' the true story of the Iranian hostage crisis? Just how far removed is it from that true story and why does it matter? We'll hear from Nima Shirazi of the blog WideasleepinAmerica about his piece, "Oscar Prints the Legend."
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Dan Beeton on Ecuador Election, Christine Hong on North Korea February 25, 2013 | 6:30pm

What is it about leftist Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa that U.S. media don't like? Dan Beeton from the Center for Economic and Policy Research explains. And what context and history would improve our understanding of North Korea? UC Santa Cruz professor Christine Hong has some ideas.
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Imara Jones on State of the Union, Dave Zirin on ‘Game Over’ February 18, 2013 | 6:30pm

Corporate media read calls for a focus on economic growth and investment in Barack Obama's State of the Union address as a sign he was "closing out the politics of austerity." Our guest says you only get that takeaway by not listening to most of what Obama said. Imara Jones is Economic Justice contributor for Colorlines.com.
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Counterspin will not be broadcast this week February 11, 2013 | 6:30pm

Due to our Winter Fund Dive, Counterspin will not be broadcast this week. If you'd like to show your financial support for this program, please go to http://www.kkfi.org/donate
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Maegan Ortiz on Immigration Reform; Will Potter on ‘Ag Gag’ laws February 4, 2013 | 6:30pm

This week on CounterSpin: Suddenly Washington is buzzing about comprehensive immigration reform. Republican opposition appears to be softening, and reporters seem downright relieved that the two parties might come together and get something done. But what do we know about the proposals being discussed? And who's being left out of the discussion? We'll ask journalist Maegan Ortiz of vivirlatino.
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Rose Aguilar on Roe at 40, Daphne Wysham on Climate Policy January 28, 2013 | 6:30pm

What are media missing as they mark the 40th anniversary of Roe v Wade Supreme Court? Journalist Rose Aguilar has a few ideas. And Barack Obama's comments on climate change in his inaugural address have generated a lot of coverage--and enthusiasm. We'll talk to Daphne Wysham of the Institute for Policy Studies about the policy side of that story.
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UMKC’s Bill Black on Jack Lew & The Real Story on Mali January 21, 2013 | 6:30pm

Barack Obama's nomination for Treasury Secretary, Jack Lew, has been celebrated in the financial community and corporate media, but scorned by many on the right who say he's too liberal or hostile to business. This could not be farther from the truth, says corporate criminologist, and author of The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One, William Black. He'll join us to talk about how the Lew nomination is just another brick in the Wall Street on the Potomac
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Diane Ravitch on Michelle Rhee, Siva Vaidhyanathan on Google January 14, 2013 | 6:30pm

This week on CounterSpin: Corporate education reformer Michelle Rhee is hard to avoid these days with news outlets abuzz over the "report cards" she issued thru her group StudentsFirst, grading state education systems, not on the quality of education they give their students, but on how thoroughly they've embraced corporate reforms. Rhee was also the subject of a recent Frontline documentary about her days as chancellor of Washington DC schools. We’ll talk with education historian and NYU researcher Diane Ravitch about "The Education of Michelle Rhee."
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Bob McIntyre on Tax Deal, Kevin McKinney on Corporate FM January 7, 2013 | 6:30pm

Kansas City Filmmaker, Kevin McKinney talks about his film, Corporate FM, the chronicling of the dissolution of local commercial radio, with emphasis on Kansas City's KY and Lawrence's The Laser
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Right to Work? December 17, 2012 | 6:30pm

A "Right to Work" law passes in Michigan-- what is missing from the press coverage? Labor writer and activist Jane McAlevey has some thoughts. And is Washington's focus on the "debt crisis" misguided? Mijin Cha thinks we'd be better off focusing on the jobs crisis.
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Gaza and The Silenced Majority November 26, 2012 | 6:30pm

Yousef Munayyer on Gaza

Amy Goodman on the Silenced Majority

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Fix the Debt November 19, 2012 | 6:30pm

This week on CounterSpin: You're going to be hearing a lot more from corporate America, declares one press account, about getting the nation's finances in order. That's due to the Fix the Debt campaign, a group of CEOs and business heads with supposedly moderate reasonable plans to cut the deficit. So for those concerned that we wouldn't be hearing enough from corporate America, worry not. What should we know about Fix the Debt and their plans? We'll hear from Sarah Anderson, director of the Institute for Policy Studies' Global Economy Project.
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Climate Change and Election Lessons November 12, 2012 | 6:30pm

Mark Weisbrot on election lessons,

Wen Stephenson on climate change

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Climate Catrasrophes with Bill McKibben and Education with Diane Ravitch November 5, 2012 | 6:30pm

Bill McKibben on climate catastrophes,

Diane Ravitch on education & the election

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Walmart Walkout & Venezuela Vote October 15, 2012 | 6:30pm

Josh Eidelson on WalMart Strike;
Keane Bhatt on Venezuela vote
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Chicago Teachers Strike & Poverty Reporting September 17, 2012 | 6:30pm

This week on CounterSpin: The biggest fight the striking Chicago Teachers Union face is with the school district and Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel. But the story has exposed, once again, that corporate media have little good to say about organized teachers. We'll talk to Kevin Kumashiro of the University of Illinois-Chicago about what the fight in Chicago is really about. Kevin Kumashiro on Chicago teachers' strike; Rose Aguilar on poverty reporting.
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The Media and the Debates September 10, 2012 | 6:30pm

George Farah on open debates, Muhammad Sahimi on IAEA Iran report
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Shawn Fremstad on Jason DeParle; Mattea Kramer on spending myths July 23, 2012 | 6:30pm

Shawn Fremstad on Jason DeParle; Mattea Kramer on spending myths
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Dave Enders on Syria, Kade Crockford on surveillance July 16, 2012 | 6:30pm

Dave Enders on Syria, Kade Crockford on surveillance
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