Mar
27
2015

Darcey O’Callaghan on Water Crisis, Natalia Abrams on Student Debt

Drinking fountain

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 […]

Mar
20
2015

Alfredo Lopez on Venezuelan ‘Threat,’ Jeff Biggers on Mountaintop Removal

Venezuelans protest Obama's 'threat' declaration

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?

Mar
13
2015

Deborah Vagins on Voting Rights, Justin Elliott on Red Cross

ACLU's Deborah Vagins promoting voting rights on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma.

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.

Mar
06
2015

Network TV Continues Giving Climate Change Cold Shoulder

FAIR study finds Northeast cold eclipses West's record heat

NBC Nightly News: selling Boston snow

Focusing on the cold Northeast winter, network TV has almost completely ignored the West’s record-shattering winter warmth–and failed to discuss the human-caused climate disruption the connects the two phenomena.

Mar
06
2015

Murtaza Hussain on Netanyahu Speech, Carlos Miller on Photographing Police

Netanyahu at the UN

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.

Feb
27
2015

Nazgol Ghandnoosh on Criminal Justice Racism, Stephanie Simon on Pearson

Pearson as Pacman

Eliminating racism in criminal justice is about more than what’s in a cop’s mind. Plus: How does a company like Pearson dominate the market for educational testing with little or no evidence that its products are effective?

Feb
20
2015

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

Obama (image: NBC News)

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.

Feb
19
2015

Op-Ed on Venezuela Slips Past NYT Factcheckers

Caracas protests (photo: Meredith Kohut/NYT)

A February 15, 2015, New York Times op-ed on Venezuela by Enrique Krauze includes numerous false statements and errors, which should have been caught by the Times’ factcheckers.