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

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 13 2015

James Henry on HSBC, Mary Bottari on Scott Walker

HSBCProtest

HSBC is a recidivist criminal actor, so how exactly is it still the second-biggest commercial bank in the world? Plus: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed budget called for the evisceration of the central philosophy guiding the state’s university system.

Feb 06 2015

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

FCC chair Tom Wheeler (photo: Brendan Smialowski/etty Images

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 […]