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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.

Upcoming episodes

Kandi Mossett on Native American Pipeline Protests August 30, 2016 | 6:30pm

For many people, what’s happening right now in North Dakota is a crucial story of a frontline fight of indigenous people against extractive industry—and on behalf of humanity, really, and the planet.

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Recent episodes

Felicia Kornbluh on the Politics of Welfare August 23, 2016 | 6:30pm

We’re told we’re in a moment of reconsideration, perhaps, of the notion that depriving needy people of assistance would lead to their gainful employment and well-being. A true reconsideration of the 1990s welfare overhaul would require a so-far invisible recentering of the people in its crosshairs: low-income women, particularly mothers raising children on their own

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Donna Murch on For-Profit Punishment, Patty Lovera on GMO Labeling August 16, 2016 | 6:30pm

One of the legacies of Michael Brown’s killing, two years ago this week, was the exposure of police departments like Ferguson, Missouri’s, that have a system for profiting from fines and fees for low-level infractions that targets African-Americans disproportionately.

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Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson on A Vision for Black Lives, William Hartung on US Arms Trade August 9, 2016 | 6:30pm

The Movement for Black Lives has never relied on corporate media to get their message out. But the coalition’s newly released policy platform does provide an opportunity for journalists—sometimes given to ponder what black activists are for—to engage those ideas.

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‘These Agreements Depend on Secrecy in Order to Pass’ CounterSpin interviews with Lori Wallach, Peter Maybarduk and Karen Hansen-Kuhn on trade pacts and corporate globalization August 2, 2016 | 6:30pm

“These are specific choices. Interests that wanted to pursue certain strategies for their maximizing of profits got their protections to help them offshore, put in specific instruments called NAFTA, WTO, that deliver a specific version of globalization.”

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Lori Wallach, Peter Maybarduk and Karen Hansen-Kuhn on Corporate Globalization July 26, 2016 | 6:30pm

Few ideas are as hard-wired into current corporate media as the notion that so-called “free trade” agreements of the sort we have are best for everyone. Given that the deals are not primarily about trade, and that what freedom they entail accrues to corporations and not people, you could say the very use of the term “free trade” implies a bias,

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Alex Vitale on Overpolicing, Cristina Jiménez on Immigration Ruling July 19, 2016 | 6:30pm

Media insist there is “nationwide soul-searching” going on on the problem of racist police brutality. Certainly there is pain and anger, but when it comes time to talk about how to change things, corporate media don’t seem to have a great deal to say.

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Phyllis Bennis on ISIS Attacks, Jessica Mason Pieklo on Abortion Ruling July 12, 2016 | 6:30pm

Some might say the recent attacks claimed by ISIS in Baghdad, in Istanbul and in Medina are proof that the US should invest more in the so-called “War on Terror.” What will it take to turn the conversation away from the idea of bombing our way to peace and safety?

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Joe Macare on Brexit, Rory O’Connor on the Danny Award July 5, 2016 | 6:30pm

UK politics are up in the air in the wake of a referendum calling for Britain to leave the European Union. The so-called Brexit campaign is drawing comparisons to that of Donald Trump, due to the nativism and racism that marked it, but what else is at work here?

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Nirej Sekhon on Illegal Searches, Jamila Michener on Expanding Voting Rights June 28, 2016 | 6:30pm

The defendant in Utah v. Strief is white, but the suspicionless stops at the case’s heart disproportionately affect black and brown and poor people, marginalized in media as elsewhere.

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Jorge Gutierrez and Soraya Chemaly on Orlando Massacre June 21, 2016 | 6:30pm

While corporate media talked about “radical Islam,” others worked to maintain focus on the victims, with things like a short video from the group Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement, featuring people talking about the killings and other violence they face.

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