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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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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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Jules Boykoff on Rio Games June 7, 2016 | 6:30pm

A coup and a corruption scandal, an economic crisis, and an outbreak of a dangerous mosquito-borne virus have not a few people asking how Brazil can possibly host a successful and safe Olympic Games in just…one month from now? Our guest suggests that Brazil’s unrest might actually distract from the myriad problems associated with hosting the Games even when they go “smoothly.”

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Suyapa Portillo on Central American Refugees, Michael Ratner on Alberto Gonzalez May 24, 2016 | 6:30pm

In August of last year, El Salvador experienced one murder per hour. With Honduras and Guatemala, it’s among the most violent places in the world, which along with economic insecurity and government failures, spurs thousands of people to try and leave. Why is the US stepping up deportation of Central American families, sending them back to circumstances of hardship and danger?

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Marcia Gallo on Kitty Genovese May 17, 2016 | 6:30pm

The 1964 New York city murder of Kitty Genovese started as a personal tragedy and a tiny item on a New York Times back page. Within months, it had become an internationally known, emblematic tale about the neighbors, 38 of them, we were told, who reportedly watched Genovese die in the street but did nothing, didn’t come to her aid or call the police. But what if the tale we’ve all heard isn’t true?

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Karen Hansen-Kuhn on TTIP Leak, Josmar Trujillo on Bronx Police Raid May 10, 2016 | 6:30pm

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), like all such agreements, was being negotiated in secret–until Greenpeace Netherlands released classified documents revealing elements of the deal the EU and the US were moving merrily toward — now some say the pact may be scuttled.

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