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.

Upcoming episodes

Mizue Aizeki on Criminalizing Immigrants February 28, 2017 | 6:30pm

Resisting the viewing of immigration policy through a lens of criminality will be key in moving toward a humane vision of immigration.


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Recent episodes

Jessica Gonzalez on FCC Chair Ajit Pai February 21, 2017 | 6:30pm

What’s ahead for the public interest under Ajit Pai, Trump’s choice for chair of the FCC? CounterSpin talks with Jessica Gonzalez, deputy director and senior counsel at the group Free Press.


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Kevin Kumashiro on Betsy DeVos, Amit Narang on Anti-Regulation Rule February 14, 2017 | 6:30pm

Now that Betsy DeVos is confirmed as Education secretary, media need to disrupt the set of myths that carried her through, despite an evident lack of experience or expertise: Myths to do with “school choice” and “accountability,” which corporate media rarely interrogate thoroughly, or contrast with different visions of education.


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Mara Verheyden-Hilliard on Inaugural Protest Arrests, David Turnbull on Pipeline Resistance February 7, 2017 | 6:30pm

Every day of the Trump administration brings new reasons to protest. But the mass arrest of hundreds of people protesting the inauguration, along with legal observers and journalists, tells us that the right to speak up still needs protection.


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Mara Verheyden-Hilliard on Inaugural Protest Arrests, David Turnbull on Pipeline Resistance January 31, 2017 | 6:30pm

Every day of the Trump administration brings new reasons to protest. But the mass arrest of hundreds of people protesting the inauguration, along with legal observers and journalists, tells us that the right to speak up still needs protection.


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The Media and Martin Luther King A CounterSpin special featuring Gary Younge, Rick Perlstein, Jim Naureckas and Brandi Collins January 24, 2017 | 6:30pm

Media’s traditional misremembering of Martin Luther King distorts his ideas and priorities, and rewrites the press’s own role in history; it also projects a distorted vision of what protest means and how social change happens—a clear view of which is much in demand right now.


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Russ Choma on Trump’s Conflicts, Megan Hustings on Food Sharing January 17, 2017 | 6:30pm

The question for the press corps is whether they will keep both feet in reality, or allow the perceived requirement to “include” the Trump camp’s spin “redefine” previous understandings beyond recognition


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Ellen Schrecker on the New McCarthyism January 10, 2017 | 6:30pm

Pretending that fearmongering and watchlists and looking the other way are all newly minted will not serve us. In fact, we can look to history to help us understand what’s happening, and what we can do to resist it.


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Best of CounterSpin 2016 January 3, 2017 | 6:30pm

This year’s “Best Of” includes Heidi Beirich on white supremacy, Chris Savage on Flint’s toxic water, Alvaro Bedoya on discriminatory policing, Brendan DeMelle on Exxon’s climate secrets, Josmar Trujillo on militarized “gang” raids, Shahid Buttar on civilian copwatching, Joe Macare on Brexit, Phyllis Bennis on Trump and the world, and Kelly Hayes on Dakota Access.


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Zorka Milin on Rex Tillerson, Ethan Nadelmann on Trump’s Drug War December 20, 2016 | 6:30pm

A strong contender for most worrisome Trump appointment is making Rex Tillerson, longtime CEO of Exxon Mobil, secretary of State. Plus: Donald Trump looks ready to restart a retrograde, punitive War on Drugs that the country looked to be beginning to shrug off.


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Greg LeRoy on Carrier Deal, Kelly Hayes on What’s Next for #NODAPL December 13, 2016 | 6:30pm

What if instead of getting lost in Trump’s machinations, media looked at what deals like the one that actually happened with Carrier actually wind up meaning for workers and local economies?


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