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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.

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Amin Husain on Decolonizing Museums, Nikole Hannah-Jones on School Resegregation May 14, 2019 | 6:30pm

Cultural institutions are important sites of public conversation, but the public doesn’t have much say in who gets to lead that conversation, or the stories they tell.


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Tina Vasquez on Covering Immigration, Sina Toossi on Iran Sanctions
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April 30, 2019 | 6:30pm

The immigration beat is multi-faceted, and media choices about what to look at, who to listen to, may be impactful, as the White House looks set to make its war on immigrants a key piece of Trump’s reelection drive.


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Amee Chew on Philippines Under Duterte
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April 23, 2019 | 6:30pm

Corporate media don’t talk much about the Philippines, much less about the US responsibility there.


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Deborah Vagins on Gender Pay Gap, Nusrat Choudhury on the New COINTELPRO
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April 16, 2019 | 6:30pm

When the subject is the fact that women continue to be paid less than men for the same work—and women of color still less—such a lot of the conversation is not about how we can fix the problem quickly and concretely, but about whether the numbers really say what they seem to.


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Shireen Razack and Tawal Panyacosit Jr. on Inclusion in TV Writing
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April 9, 2019 | 6:30pm

Year after year, we see people with disabilities, people of color, women and LGBTQ people un- and underrepresented in the rooms where ideas are generated. And, year after year, Hollywood pledges to “do better.”


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Carey Gillam on Monsanto Lawsuit
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April 2, 2019 | 6:30pm

How much power we will grant profit-driven corporations to determine not just what we’re exposed to, but what we’re permitted to know about it?


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Robert Dreyfuss and Diana Duarte on the Media’s Role in Iraq War
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March 26, 2019 | 6:30pm

Corporate media’s role in the lead up to and the ongoing aftermath of the war on Iraq.


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Diane Archer on Medicare for All
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March 19, 2019 | 6:30pm

The Partnership for America’s Health Care Future (PAHCF), a coalition of drugmakers, insurance companies and private hospitals, is lobbying hard to sink the popular Medicare for All proposal. Which side are corporate media on?


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Venezuela in the US Press
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March 12, 2019 | 6:30pm

the history of coverage of Venezuela is illustrative of what it looks like when elite media work strenuously to maintain the storyline on an “official enemy.” Interviews with Chesa Boudin, Dan Beeton, Laura Carlsen, Mark Weisbrot, Miguel Tinker Salas and Alfredo Lopez.


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Tim Shorrock on Korea Summit, Jon Schwarz on Elliott Abrams
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March 5, 2019 | 6:30pm

The last thing you’ll get from US media’s assessment of the prospect of peace on the Korean peninsula? What Koreans think.


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