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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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Greg Shupak on Syrian Airstrikes
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April 24, 2018 | 6:30pm

As corporate media talk about Syria, where a recent airstrike by the US, legality be damned, is meant to represent the US doing the right thing in the world, are the principles supposedly guiding US intervention in Syria really principles—in the sense of being universally applied?


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Peter Bibring on Excessive Force Law, Peggy Case on Right to Water
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April 17, 2018 | 6:30pm

The Supreme Court has just ruled that if a police officer doesn’t understand that they are violating your Constitutional rights–they aren’t.


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Phyllis Bennis on Gaza Massacre, Pam Vogel on Sinclair Propaganda
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April 10, 2018 | 6:30pm

US media seem to suggest that there’s an “Israeli” position and a “Palestinian” position, but no actual reality worth trying to discern.


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Karen Hobert Flynn on Census & Citizenship, Jeff Cohen on Cable News April 3, 2018 | 6:30pm

The administration that has announced and acted on its intention to root out, harass and deport black and brown non-citizens wants to add the question “Are you a US citizen?” to the census. The list of problems with that is long.


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Mike Elk on West Virginia School Workers Strike
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March 13, 2018 | 6:30pm

Media will need to shake up their reporting on how workers fight, because it looks like West Virginia won’t be the end of this sort of action.


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Mary Bottari on Silencing Unions, Margaret Flowers on Undermining Single-Payer
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March 6, 2018 | 6:30pm

The ability of workers to build collective power is central in Janus v. AFSCME, a case currently before the Supreme Court. We talk about how efforts to weaken workers’ voice masquerade as efforts to strengthen it, and how we can see through them.


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Lee Drutman on Gun Control Politics, Pat Elder on School Militarization February 27, 2018 | 6:30pm

If Americans really want to stop being “the only country where this happens,” which keeps officially claiming there’s “no way to prevent” it, it will require not just deep examination of the multiple roots of mass violence of this sort, but also an approach to political processes that keeps its eye on the prize of real change.


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Christine Hong on North Korean Peace Threat, Lee Fang on Opioid Lobby February 20, 2018 | 6:30pm

What do you do with a press corps that pauses from raising alarms about North Korea’s warmongering to raise alarms about North Korea’s peacemongering?


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Richard Wolff on Questioning Economic Fundamentals
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February 13, 2018 | 6:30pm

With all eyes on the stock market, we’ll take a questioning look at some economic fundamentals with Richard Wolff, emeritus professor of economics at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and visiting professor at The New School. He’s also founder of Democracy at Work and host of the weekly tv and radio program Economic Update. His most recent book is Capitalism’s Crisis Deepens: Essays on the Global Economic Meltdown.


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Raul Garcia on Trump Infrastructure Plan, Robert Parry on ‘Why We Write’ February 6, 2018 | 6:30pm

It should now surprise no one that Trump’s infrastructure plans—promoted in his State of the Union—have more to do with private riches than with public works.


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