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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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Marjorie Cohn on Brett Kavanaugh, Neil DeMause on Amazon
October 9, 2018 | 6:30pm

Why are Republicans so set on pushing through a candidate opposed by a coalition of Christian churches, as well as thousands of law professors, as well as anyone concerned with sexual assault? And beyond his “temperament,” what ought we know about Kavanaugh’s record as a judge?

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Hannah Hetzer on New War on Drugs, John Conroy & Jamie Kalven on Chicago Police Violence
October 2, 2018 | 6:30pm

At a sort of glorified photo op, Trump announced a new plan for the “world drug problem” that reflects a return to inhumane and disproven approaches.

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Dean Baker on Bank Bailout, Nathan Schneider on the Next Economy September 25, 2018 | 6:30pm

Looking back and looking forward on the financial crisis.

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Richard Kim on Brett Kavanaugh, Jamil Dakwar on John Bolton
September 18, 2018 | 6:30pm

“Americans don’t want it, but it’s happening anyway; next!” seems to be corporate media’s approach to the nomination of arch-conservative Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

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Shireen Al-Adeimi on Yemen Crisis, Alyssa Peterson on Campus Assault Rules September 11, 2018 | 6:30pm

Images—like those from August of Yemeni schoolchildren on a field trip killed by bombs employed by the Saudi-led coalition, but made and sold by the US—have touched many Americans’ hearts. But what’s the bridge from concern to change?

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John Powers on Voting Rights, Karen Dolan on School Safety September 4, 2018 | 6:30pm

Do elections represent the public will? Does everyone who wants to vote get to? How can we ensure that our voting process reflects the principles of democracy that are so insistently invoked?

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Karl Grossman on Space Force, Evan Greer on Net Neutrality Cyber Fraud August 28, 2018 | 6:30pm

We’ll talk about the prospect of war in space with longtime FAIR associate Karl Grossman, journalism professor at SUNY/Old Westbury, and author of the book Weapons in Space.

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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.

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Media Econ 101
August 14, 2018 | 6:30pm

There are certain economic ideas and values that corporate media either leave unchallenged or aggressively promote

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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.

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