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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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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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Mark Weisbrot on Brazilian Overthrow, Shahid Buttar on Copwatcher Retaliation September 13, 2016 | 6:30pm

Many Brazilians are calling the ouster of President Dilma Rousseff a coup, but the official US position is, what now? Plus: We talk about the importance of legal—and journalistic—defense of citizen journalists.

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Labor Day Special: Workers and Corporate Media September 6, 2016 | 6:30pm

It’s fitting that the Labor Day holiday remind us of the struggles as well as the advances of US workers, who face today some of the same problems as workers in 1894—including distant and disconnected owners, whose self-enriching, anti-worker policies are enabled and, if need be, enforced by government.

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Kandi Mossett on Native American Pipeline Protests August 30, 2016 | 6:30pm

For many people, what’s happening right now in North Dakota is a crucial story of a frontline fight of indigenous people against extractive industry—and on behalf of humanity, really, and the planet.

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Felicia Kornbluh on the Politics of Welfare August 23, 2016 | 6:30pm

We’re told we’re in a moment of reconsideration, perhaps, of the notion that depriving needy people of assistance would lead to their gainful employment and well-being. A true reconsideration of the 1990s welfare overhaul would require a so-far invisible recentering of the people in its crosshairs: low-income women, particularly mothers raising children on their own

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Donna Murch on For-Profit Punishment, Patty Lovera on GMO Labeling August 16, 2016 | 6:30pm

One of the legacies of Michael Brown’s killing, two years ago this week, was the exposure of police departments like Ferguson, Missouri’s, that have a system for profiting from fines and fees for low-level infractions that targets African-Americans disproportionately.

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