Jul
25
2014

Alex Kane on US Weapons in Gaza; Jamie Kalven on Police Abuse Records

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The US press doesn't talk much about where Israel gets its weapons--or other aspects of the US role in the Gaza conflict. And a recent legal victory in Chicago could help expose police brutality in poor communities of color.

Jul
18
2014

David Alexander Bullock on Detroit Water, Ralph Nader on Export-Import Bank

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The UN says water is a human right, and if people are unable to pay, shutting off their water is a human rights violation. That puts the city of Detroit on the wrong side of international law, as well as human decency, with shut-offs affecting thousands of city residents. But the water shut-offs are only the latest attack on the poor and public resources in Detroit. We'll hear from area activist, Pastor David Alexander Bullock.
Also this week: Something called the Export-Import Bank started getting some press once Tea Party activists and Republican lawmakers started criticizing it as corporate welfare. Pundits say the critics don't know what they're talking about and could threaten American jobs. But our guest, consumer advocate Ralph Nader, thinks the bank deserves some scrutiny—and that it's an issue that resonates beyond the Tea Party right.

Jul
16
2014

Who Gets to Speak on Cable News?

The identity of the whitest, malest show we found may surprise you

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A survey of major cable news discussion programs shows a stunning lack of diversity among the guests.

Jul
11
2014

Yousef Munayyer on Gaza Attacks, Lee Fang on Marijuana Legalization

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Israeli airstrikes on Gaza have claimed dozens of Palestinian lives, including those of more than a dozen children. There are no Israeli casualties so far. The fact that US corporate media fail to note the unequal power and disproportionate suffering of Palestinians is just one of the ways middle east coverage is distorted. We'll talk with Yousef Munayyer of the Jerusalem Fund, about that.

Also on the show: For the first time, Gallup reports a majority of Americans support the legalization of marijuana. Of course many things can stand between popular opinion and legislation, and in this case one of those things is a powerful industry, though you don't hear much about it in debates around pot. Lee Fang of the Nation institute will join us to talk about his piece, The Real Reason Pot Is Still Illegal.

Jul
04
2014

Dave Zirin on World Cup, Sarah Jaffe on Supreme Court

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Much of the world is tuned into the World Cup. And while the drama on the field is on our TV screens, what about the wrenching political and economic upheaval in host country Brazil that has inspired millions to protest? That's the World Cup story Dave Zirin has been reporting, he'll join us to talk about it.

Also this week: The Supreme Court rulings in Hobby Lobby and Harris, though reportedly narrow, may have far-reaching impacts. Particularly as both almost exclusively affect working women. We'll talk with Sarah Jaffe of In These Times.

Jul
01
2014

The Assault on Organics

Ignoring science to make the case for chemical farming

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A massive PR effort tries to convince people not to care about pesticides, antibiotics, hormones or GMOs in food.

Jul
01
2014

The One-Sided Culture War Against Children

Left and right unite against ‘kids who want it all’

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On topics related to children, even liberals tend to hold positions whose premises are deeply conservative.

Jun
27
2014

Murtaza Hussain on Iraq, Laura Carlsen on Immigration Crisis

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This week on CounterSpin: The crisis in Iraq has pundits talking about Al Qaeda and ISIS and regional powers like Iran -- but there's also the suggestion that this is merely the latest round in a 1400 year old war between Muslim sects. That lets the US off the hook, but does it fit with actual history? Writer Murtaza Hussain joins us to explain how it doesn't.

Also this week: Are the increasing numbers of children migrants from Central America "refugees who need asylum or illegal gold-diggers who need to go home?" Not clear whom the Christian Science Monitor thought it was helping with such inhumane framing of what the White House is now calling an 'urgent humanitarian situation'. We'll talk about the more complicated pushes and pulls behind this child migration with Laura Carlsen of the Americas Program of the Center for International Policy.