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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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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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Alvaro Bedoya on Facial Recognition and the Color of Surveillance March 15, 2016 | 6:30pm

Whether we are being watched by private companies or by law enforcement and the state, our guest says, not everyone is watched equally.

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Heidi Beirich on White Supremacy March 8, 2016 | 6:30pm

Media generally fail to take the body of ideas known as white supremacy seriously in a journalistic way, even when it’s connected to violence. How do we inform and change the conversation?

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Neema Singh Guliani on Apple vs. FBI, Stephen Zunes on Misremembering the Iraq War March 1, 2016 | 6:30pm

The FBI is demanding that Apple help it access the iPhone of San Bernardino attacker Syed Rizwan Farook. Why are privacy and civil rights advocates so alarmed by this case?

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