Counterspin - FAIR's weekly radio show

CounterSpin is FAIR's weekly radio show, hosted by Janine Jackson. CounterSpin is heard on more than 150 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.

Feb 11 2016

Aviva Chomsky on Immigrant Workers & the Newspaper Business

Boston Globe delivery workers rally (photo: North Shore Labor Council)

A labor disruption at the Boston Globe by the paper’s deliverers broached the dividing wall between reporters and the people whose difficult and undercompensated labor brings those reporters’ work to much of the public.

Feb 5 2016

Talia Buford on EPA and Environmental Racism, Carey Gillam on Food Coverage Conflicts

Houston (photo: Goldman Environmental Prize)

The government has a responsibility to address the disproportionate infliction of environmental harms on communities of color, from the spraying of toxic pesticides to the siting of polluting factories. But do they do it, and if not, why not?

Jan 29 2016

Steffie Woolhandler on Media Attacks on Single-Payer Healthcare

Single Payer Now! (cc photo: Michael Fleshman)

We should care what media are saying about single payer—as a lesson in policing possibilities, even apart from what it means for the presidential race.

Jan 22 2016

Chris Savage on Flint Water Poisoning

Flint, Michigan, water

Some children in the largely poor, largely black community have seen lead levels in their blood triple since the decision to take city tap water from the Flint River, but how that decision came to be made is fodder for more than the brief moment of sunlight corporate media generally afford.

Jan 15 2016

Laura Carlsen on the Arrest of ‘El Chapo,’ Omar Shakir on Closing Guantanamo

Sean Penn with El Chapo Guzman (photo: Rolling Stone)

If the reason the arrest of Mexican drug kingpin “El Chapo” Guzman is so significant is its impact on the war on drugs—what, really, is that impact?

Jan 8 2016

Toby Craig Jones on Saudi Executions, Jake Johnston on Haitian Elections

Execution in Saudi Arabia

Barack Obama described beheadings by the extremist group ISIS as “an assault on all humanity,” but when US ally Saudi Arabia executed 47 people on January 2, many by beheading, the administration expressed “concern” and urged “restraint.”

Dec 31 2015

Best of CounterSpin 2015

Highlights of interviews with Keane Bhatt, Jim Naureckas, Carlos Miller, Felicia Kornbluh, Dean Spade and Laura Flanders

Janine Jackson

Selections from interviews from the year just gone that illustrate the practices and policies of elite news media that make it an unlikely arena for a full, vital debate on issues that matter.

Dec 26 2015

Robin Kelley, Malkia Cyril, Richard Rothstein: Do Black Lives Matter to Media?

Black Lives Matter protest (cc photo: The All-Nite Images)

From community rallies around the country to the presidential election, the Black Lives Matter movement has changed the conversation. This week’s CounterSpin revisits a few of our conversations on corporate media’s role in issues of racial justice.