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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.
Alternative Visions Revisited August 21, 2018 | 6:30pm
We think all of our interviews are special, but there are some that seem to strike a chord in listeners—maybe because they engage questions that aren’t often engaged, or encourage alternative visions. We revisit three of those conversations on this week’s show.
Trita Parsi on Trump’s Iran Threat, Dermot Murphy on Local News Cuts August 7, 2018 | 6:30pm
In addressing Donald Trump’s virulent threats to the president of Iran, media have, minimally, the responsibility to separate accusation from reality, and to talk openly about how to resist the degeneration of diplomacy.
Maha Hilal on Islamophobia, Brett Hartl on Endangered Species July 31, 2018 | 6:30pm
Like all discrimination, Islamophobia is political and personal, individual and institutional, subtle and not at all subtle.
Andrew Pulrang on Disability and the Election July 24, 2018 | 6:30pm
People with disabilities are “severely underrepresented in elected office,” which goes a way toward explaining why—in 2018—disabled people’s full inclusion in all aspects of social life is still largely framed as a matter of “accommodation” rather than rights.
Jacinta Gonzalez on Immigration Rights, Jocelyn McCalla on Haiti Uprising July 17, 2018 | 6:30pm
While outrage at family separation at the Mexican border is a fine starting point for a movement for change, it cannot be its end. We talk this week about bigger, positive visions on immigration.
Wayne Au on Gates’ Education Failure, Mara Verheyden-Hilliard on Criminalizing Protest July 10, 2018 | 6:30pm
A new report finds a big Bill Gates–backed education initiative is a bust.
Tracy Rosenberg on ICE’s Corporate Collaborators, Patty Lovera on the Undercovered Farm Bill July 3, 2018 | 6:30pm
The spotlight on the White House’s inhumane agenda on immigration and immigrants is exposing more than the devastatingly cruel practices in force at the border, but also the numerous big corporate and institutional players that are—often invisibly—enabling that agenda.
Nilay Patel on AT&T/Time Warner Ruling, Sam Menefee-Libey on J20 Update June 26, 2018 | 6:30pm
It’s true the government didn’t make much of a case, and that the judge doesn’t seem to understand how the internet works; but the deeper truth may be that we need to fundamentally rethink our antitrust approaches to a media/tech industry that is every day more influential.
Howard Bryant on Black Athletes & Activism 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.”
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.