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CounterSpin, FAIR’s weekly radio show, provides a critical examination of the major stories every week, and exposes what the mainstream media might have missed in their own coverage.
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Darcey O’Callaghan on Water Crisis, Natalia Abrams on Student Debt

5 hours 7 min ago
Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: March 22 was World Water Day, meant to call attention to the crisis in world water supply and sanitation that makes lack of access to clean water far and away the leading cause of death for children under 5. Headlines about “taking shorter showers” suggest mainstream media didn’t dive that deeply into the crisis’ environmental, economic or political context. We talk about water with Darcey O’Callaghan, International Policy Director at Food & Water Watch. Also on the show: You may have heard that the Class of 2014 is the most indebted ever, or that […]

Alfredo Lopez on Venezuelan 'Threat,' Jeff Biggers on Mountaintop Removal

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 09:36
Is Venezuela really a threat to the security of the United States, as the White House has declared? And after years of activism, are we about to see an end to one of the most damaging aspects of the coal industry--mountaintop removal?

Deborah Vagins on Voting Rights, Justin Elliott on Red Cross

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 08:51
We'll talk about the fight over voting rights and black people's access to basics of democracy--as an ongoing story, not just a historical one--with the ACLU's Deborah Vagins. Plus: ProPublica's Justin Elliott on the Red Cross's secret disaster.

Murtaza Hussain on Netanyahu Speech, Carlos Miller on Photographing Police

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 09:50
Are media asking fundamental questions about what Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu actually said in his speech to Congress? Plus: The right of citizens to record police is embraced vehemently by those concerned about police abuses.

Nazgol Ghandnoosh in Criminal Justice Racism, Stephanie Simon on Pearson

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 06:57
Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: FBI director James Comey received praise for saying that police officers should recognize their own racial biases. But a new report says eliminating racism in criminal justice is about more than what's in a cop's mind. We'll speak with the report's author, Nazgol Ghandnoosh of the Sentencing Project. Also on the show: How does a company become wildly profitable and market-dominant--with little or no evidence that its products and services are effective? And the business it's in is...testing students and teachers? We'll talk to Stephanie Simon, senior education reporter at Politico, about the power […]

Marjorie Cohn on ISIS AUMF, Laura Flanders on Worker Co-Ops

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 10:03
Would an Authorization of Use of Military Force actually make attacks against ISIS legal? And are such attacks really the solution to the crisis? Plus we'll discuss a different way of organizing work in our increasingly unequal society.

James Henry on HSBC, Mary Bottari on Scott Walker

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 09:33
Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: two stories featuring bad news, but good journalism. First up: HSBC is a recidivist criminal actor, so how exactly is it still the second-biggest commercial bank in the world? The latest revelation--thanks to a whistleblower working with a number of media outlets–-is that HSBC has been helping millionaires and billionaires hide money from tax authorities. What's the impact of HSBC's actions and--once more with feeling--what will it take to put a banker in jail? We'll hear from journalist James Henry on that. Also on the show: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said it was just […]

Craig Aaron on FCC Reclassification, Kimberle Crenshaw on Black Girls Matter

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 10:25
Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: The head of the FCC has just announced new rules protecting the openness of the Internet. The vote is still weeks away, but if agency chair Tom Wheeler's proposal goes through, it would mean real Net Neutrality, maintaining the even playing field that makes the Internet what it is. And it would be a landmark victory for regular folks over industry titans. We'll talk about what it all means with Craig Aaron of the group Free Press. Also on the show: The Black Lives Matter movement has put a spotlight on real-world racism in […]

Mark Weisbrot on Greek Elections, Amanda Marcotte on Abortion & Congress

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 09:47
We'll talk to Mark Weisbrot about the Greek elections: Could it be that what elite media fear isn’t that Syriza will fail—but that it might succeed? And Amanda Marcotte on how shallow cover of abortion and the new Congress threatens women's rights.

Keane Bhatt on State of the Union, Daniel Denvir on Silencing Mumia Act

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 10:00
What's the public to make of the exercise in political theater known as the State of the Union Address and the media's morning-after tea leaf-reading? And why aren't more journalists up in arms about a law that muzzles them as well as convicts?

Laura Carlsen on Mexican Violence, Jim Naureckas on 'Selma'

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 09:26
We'll talk about Coverage of the recent state visit from Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, the desaparacidos and the nature of violence in Mexico. Plus: What high-profile criticisms of the movie 'Selma' say about the critics.

Robert Weissman on New Congress, Jamie Kalven on Police Abuse Records

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 11:06
We're told the recent midterm elections were the "most expensive in US history," but who was buying? And what do they expect in return? And what does it all mean for the relatively unmoneyed, namely most of us? We talked with Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, about the 114th Congress. Also on the show: A reairing of an interview from July 2014 with Chicago journalist and activist Jamie Kalven about adding information to the story of police policy.

Best of CounterSpin 2014

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 08:00
Each week CounterSpin brings you a look behind the headlines of the mainstream news. At year's end we take a look back and revisit some of the stories it's been our privilege and pleasure to bring you. We call it "best of," but the truth is we always work to shine a light on angles or perspectives on events we think you might not hear elsewhere ,and insights into why and how corporate media coverage comes to look the way it does.

Rebecca Gordon on Torture, David Sirota on Pensions

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 08:00
his week on CounterSpin, what does the CIA torture report say about torture-- and about us? We'll talk with Rebecca Gordon, author of the book Mainstreaming Torture, about the big questions we should be asking. wall-street-june-9-2014Also this week: When you read or hear about pensions in the corporate media, one thing comes through loud and clear: There's no money to pay for workers' retirement. We'll talk to journalist David Sirota, who's been reporting a different pension story altogether-- one about how Wall Street investors and hedge fund managers see public pension plans as cash cows.

David Dayen on Citibank and Cromnibus, Ladd Everitt on Gun Control

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 08:42
Progressive Democrats launched an unexpected attack on a Congressional spending bill, leaving some pundits complaining once more about nasty Beltway polarization. But legislators were trying to do something substantive: Stop an attempt to roll back an important part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law. Journalist David Dayen will join us to explain what was at stake. Also this week: It was two years ago that 10 first graders and 6 adults were killed by a troubled young man with an assault rifle. Media were transfixed by the disaster at Sandy Hook Elementary School, but did it affect the way they report on gun control? We'll talk about guns and the press with Ladd Everitt, communications director at the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.

Baher Azmy on Torture, Mel Goodman on Ashton Carter

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 08:33
This week on CounterSpin: It's hard to think of a time when a free press is more necessary than when the public needs to know about crimes committed in our name. So the release of a Senate report on CIA torture is a test for US media. We'll talk about the report and the media response with Baher Azmy, legal director at the Center for Constitutional Rights. Also this week: Ashton Carter will likely be the next Secretary of Defense. Press coverage tells us he's a Rhodes Scholar, a physicist, and an 'uber wonk.' But else should we know about him, and what does his selection mean for US military policy? Author and military analyst Mel Goodman will join us to discuss that.