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Robin Kelley on Nelson Mandela, Dean Baker on Detroit


This week on CounterSpin: Since his death, Nelson Mandela has been portrayed in the media largely as a beloved, almost saintly figure. But Mandela was once feared and despised by some US elites, and the press mirrored that. What changed? We’ll speak with UCLA professor Robin D.G. Kelley about Mandela.

Also on the show: Detroit asked for bankruptcy, because it's $18 billion in debt, due largely to bloated public sector pensions. That might be the basic shape of the story you've heard; listeners won't be surprised to hear that every part of it is wrong. We'll talk with economist Dean Baker about the causes of Detroit's problems and the problems with the solutions.


Dean Baker on Social Security, Laila Al-Arian on Homeland and Islamophobia


Dean Baker cuts through the media spin on the "fiscal cliff" and Social Security cuts. And is the hit Showtime drama "Homeland" a deeply Islamophobic show? Laila Al-Arian joins us to discuss her recent piece for


Laura Dresser on Wisconsin, Dean Baker on pension crisis


Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's move to strip collective bargaining rights from state workers, because he says he need to close his state's looming $3.6 billion budget deficit, is being resisted in the streets of Madison, but not so much in the national media. Is the Wisconsin story part of a larger trend to make workers pay for an economic downturn caused by Wall St. and deregulators? We'll talk with Laura Dresser of the Center on Wisconsin Strategy about all that. Also on CounterSpin today, the fiscal crisis in Wisconsin, we're told, boils down to […]


Peter Stone on campaign financing, Dean Baker on TARP


Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: Reporters can always find many themes in election season, but some are saying this time around there's really only one and that’s money. A new study from the Center for Public Integrity examines the fundraising going into the midterm elections; what impact is the Supreme Court's Citizen United ruling having on the already prepossessing flow of dollars to candidates and their PR? We'll hear from the study's author, Peter Stone, the head of Center for Public Integrity's Money and Politics team. Also on the show: The economic meltdown and the government response to it […]


Phyllis Bennis on Obama Iraq policy, Dean Baker on Social Security


Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: On August 31, President Obama announced the end of U.S. combat operations in Iraq in a speech from the Oval office. While in a palace in Baghdad the commander of those combat operations, General Ray Odierno, announced that his job was over, proclaiming that in Iraq, "hope has replaced despair." This was all noted with little challenge by corporate media. We'll talk with Phyllis Bennis, of the Institute for Policy studies about the changing U.S. role in Iraq. Also on the show: Are Americans on the verge of losing one of the most popular […]


Sam Husseini on Gaza Freedom March, Dean Baker on WaPo & Fiscal Times


Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: It had the elements of a nightly news story: Protestors, including some Americans, being abused by officials in an Arab country. But this story was a non-starter with U.S. media. We'll talk to Sam Husseini of the Institute for Public Accuracy, who just left Egypt where a delegation of human rights activists were abused by Egyptian police when they protested that country’s refusal to let them cross the Egyptian border into Gaza for a Freedom March. Also on the show: The Washington Post has been on the deficit hawk beat for some time, so […]


Dean Baker on stimulus package, Michael Ratner on torture 'loopholes'


Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: After several weeks of media debate, the House passed a nearly 900 billion dollar economic stimulus package. White House efforts to reach out to Republicans resulted in exactly zero GOP voters, leaving some in the media to wonder if Obama was failing to deliver on his promises of bipartisanship. But what about the stimulus debate was entirely off-the-mark? We'll talk to economist Dean Baker. Also on CounterSpin today: President Obama's executive order said to ban torture, hasn't settled the issue for many commentators. Some on the right and in the corporate media seem to […]


Dean Baker on the financial crisis, Keith Poole on Voteview


Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: The crisis in the U.S. housing market is big news, but media coverage of what to do about it seems to feature the same experts and consequently the same sorts of ideas that created the problem in the first place. What ways forward are we not hearing about? And what should progressives make of what could be a real "teachable moment" about the workings of the U.S. economy? We'll hear from economist Dean Baker from the Center for Economic and Policy Research. Also on the show: Recent stories in the New York Times and […]