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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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Sumi Cho and Alicia Garza on Election and Intersection, James Loewen on Misreporting History November 29, 2016 | 6:30pm

Social justice advocates are getting together to share strategies for protecting vulnerable communities and resisting the predations on our civil rights.

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Kica Matos on Immigration, Sue Udry on Civil Liberties–Under Trump November 22, 2016 | 6:30pm

Donald Trump spent his entire campaign demonizing immigrants as dangerous, job-stealing criminals. While denouncing that, media sometimes dismissed it as mainly campaign rhetoric. Will they take the story seriously enough as a Trump administration tries to turn those ideas into policy?

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What Now? Post-Election Special November 15, 2016 | 6:30pm

What now for electoral reform and congressional diversity? For the environment? For Muslim-Americans and others made vulnerable by the so-called “War on Terror” in its domestic and international fronts?

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Brandi Collins on Black Lives Surveillance November 1, 2016 | 6:30pm

Corporate journalists rely on the First Amendment, but it’s increasingly unclear if the First Amendment can rely on them. The relative lack of interest in the impact of spying on activists—a practice with a long and disturbing history given new power by technology—is the latest example.

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Ari Berman on Rigging Elections, Dean Baker on the Debt Bogeyman October 25, 2016 | 6:30pm

Donald Trump is now claiming that if he doesn’t win, the thing must be rigged. It’s concerning that his supporters may believe that, but also concerning that others might imagine that the fact that Trump mentions the idea of voting improprieties must mean there is no such thing.

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Mark Trahant on Dakota Access, Tess Borden on Criminalizing Drug Use October 18, 2016 | 6:30pm

The standoff over the Dakota Access pipeline is not a “harbinger” of the fight to make “Keep It in the Ground” more than a slogan; harbingers are about the future, and climate disruption and the people on its frontlines are stories of today. So who’s telling that story?

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Dahr Jamail on Climate Disruption, Richard Phillips on Trump’s Taxes October 11, 2016 | 6:30pm

From vanishing ice to animal die-offs to increasing wildfires, scientists use words like “unprecedented” and “staggering” to describe the evident impacts of human-driven climate disruption. Elite media say they take it all very seriously…. How far are they from taking it seriously enough?

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Alice O’Connor on the Politics of Poverty October 4, 2016 | 6:30pm

We talk about the limits of how we talk about poverty with Alice O’Connor. She’s a professor of history at the University of California/Santa Barbara and author of Poverty Knowledge: Social Science, Social Policy and the Poor in 20th Century US History.

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Sep 23 2016 Mario Murillo on Colombian Accord, Kevin Miller on Gender Wage Gap September 27, 2016 | 6:30pm

After more than a half century of bloody conflict that saw more than 200,000 mostly poor civilians killed, Colombia has a chance at a peace accord between the government and the FARC, the region’s oldest insurgent movement.

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Noelle Hanrahan on National Prison Strike, William Black on Wells Fargo Fraud September 20, 2016 | 6:30pm

You wouldn’t know it from corporate press, but what may have been the largest prison labor strike in the country’s history happened September 9. This country is supposedly taking a bipartisan “fresh look” at mass incarceration; so what does elite media’s collective yawn say about their actual interest in what happens to people once they are behind bars?

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