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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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Jim Naureckas on ISIS Attacks, Janet Redman on Climate Conference Activism November 24, 2015 | 6:30pm

The Paris attacks by the group known as ISIS have dominated news outlets, but if the goal really is to prevent the recurrence of such violence, then reporting that eliminates political context can’t be the way forward.

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Holly Sklar on Minimum Wage Economics, Nicholas Kusnetz on State Government Transparency November 17, 2015 | 6:30pm

Media usually present the minimum wage issue as workers vs. business, but we’ll get a different angle from Holly Sklar of Business for a Fair Minimum Wage. Plus: What journalists can do about transparency and accountability in state government.

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Ari Berman on Voting Rights, Joanne Doroshow on Forced Arbitration November 10, 2015 | 6:30pm

CounterSpin discusses the first presidential race in 50 years without the full protections of the Voting Rights Act. Plus: Just what do you sign away in those fine print contracts now necessary for everything from buying a cellphone to getting a job?

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Kimberle Crenshaw on School Assault, Yousef Munayyer on Israel/Palestine Narratives November 3, 2015 | 6:30pm

Many people were outraged by video evidence of a police officer violently assaulting a young black woman in her classroom—an incident that highlights the marginalization of black girls and women in conversations about state violence.

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Chase Madar on Prosecuting Police October 27, 2015 | 6:30pm

It looks unlikely that the officer, Timothy Loehmann, who shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice will face any prosecution at all for the killing. If the justice system won’t bring justice, what could?

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Michele Jawando on Criminal Justice Reform, Beverly Bell on Food Sovereignty October 20, 2015 | 6:30pm

Taking the Black Lives Matter movement seriously has to mean more than prompting presidential candidates to say the words aloud. CounterSpin talks about some potential elements of an actual criminal justice reform agenda.

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Phyllis Bennis on US Bombing of Afghan Hospital October 13, 2015 | 6:30pm

The hospital attack is not the first of its kind, nor—if we take the advice of generals that the incident means the US should increase its military presence in the country—will it likely be the last. After 14 years of war on Afghanistan, what has the US achieved?

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Rebecca Vallas on Welfare Shaming, David Baron on Air Polluters October 6, 2015 | 6:30pm

The growing number of people, many with jobs, relying on some form of aid isn’t enough to shake the notion that economic need is something you can shame people out of. And media recite the protests of polluting industries without interrogating them.

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Raed Jarrar on Syrian Refugee Crisis, Tim Karr on Net Neutrality Trickery September 15, 2015 | 6:30pm

If heartbreaking images of refugees fleeing Syria drive you to want to know more, don’t expect much help from US media, who are not that interested to get at the roots of the situation. Plus: Why are we now seeing op-eds declaring net neutrality in jeopardy?

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Nima Shirazi on Iran Deal, Mark Trahant on Native Americans September 8, 2015 | 6:30pm

The debate over the Iran deal has featured a wealth of misinformation about Iran and the pact itself. Plus: If indigenous people are, as the New York Times said, an “important political constituency,” why do we see so little news about them?

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