May 15 2015

Tiffany Finck-Haynes on Bee Collapse, Michelle Chen on Nail Salon Workers

Honeybees

Are pesticide-makers’ PR efforts affecting government research into massive bee die-offs? And are occasional blockbuster stories like the NYT piece on labor conditions in nail salons the best media can do for workers rights issues?

May 08 2015

Richard Rothstein on Baltimore Segregation, Sue Sturgis on Offshore Drilling

Baltimore Redlining

“Baltimore…has experienced a century of public policy designed, consciously so, to segregate and impoverish its black population,” says Richard Rothstein. And Sue Sturgis says the close relationship between industry and government is behind the push for offshore drilling.

May 01 2015

Marjorie Cohn on Drones, Beverly Bell on Honduran Environmental Resistance

Berta Caceres & COPINH members (photo: Goldman Environmental Prize)

As some US media re-engage the drone debate, the discussion is over how and where drones should be used—not whether they should be. Plus: Honduran indigenous rights leader Berta Caceres and the group COPINH are fighting not just governments but some of the world’s most powerful corporations to protect their land and livelihood.

Apr 24 2015

Karen Hansen-Kuhn on TPP, James Henry on HSBC

Seattle TPP Protest (cc photo: Alex Garland)

More useful than corporate media’s “battling soundbites” approach to covering TPP would be journalism that got outside the Beltway and talked to people about what the fallout from these corporate-centered international agreements really looks like.

Apr 17 2015

Abdi Ismail Samatar on Al Shabab, Katherine Gallagher on Abu Ghraib Lawsuit

US guards at Abu Ghraib abusing a prisoner.

After horrific attacks in Kenya and Somalia by the Somalia-based Al Shabab, what needs to happen in Somalia and elsewhere to help that country move forward? And will those who committed atrocities under cover of war at Abu Ghraib face justice?

Apr 10 2015

Sheila Carapico on Yemen, Malkia Cyril on Surveillance of Black America

Eye of Surveillance (Heath Hinegardner)

What should we look for in media coverage of the current Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen? Plus: When pushing for an alternative to “indiscriminate” data collection by the NSA, we should bear in mind who usually gets “targeted.”

Apr 03 2015

Jennifer Wagner on Indiana Law, Darnell Hunt on Race in Hollywood

Freedom Indiana: All Hoosiers Deserve Freedom From Discrimination

How can media cover the backlash against the so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act just passed in Indiana without resorting to “some say, others differ”? Plus: The Hollywood press argues that white actors are now being discriminated against.

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 […]