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Aug 20 2015

‘People With Disabilities Are Telling Their Own Stories’

CounterSpin interview with Beth Haller on disability rights

Beth Haller

When 2,000 people gathered on the White House lawn on July 26, 1990, for the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, it was largest gathering ever of journalists for a disability story—though most of them missed the fact that the White House itself lacked the accessible restrooms mandated by the act. Twenty-five years on, how much has changed?

Aug 13 2015

Dean Spade on Trans Justice


Exploring the particular struggles that affect gender non-conforming people requires asking some difficult questions, not just about this country’s attitudes toward gender but about its respect for human rights. How deep are media willing to go?

Aug 07 2015

Jodi Jacobson on Planned Parenthood, John R. Platt on Animal Extinction

Planned Parenthood "sting" video

Two recent stories that are hard to miss, but about which some might say most media are missing the point. First, an anti-abortion group is releasing ‘sting’ videos claiming to show that Planned Parenthood profits from the sale of fetal body parts, but rather than focus on sorting facts from flame-fanning, media are spending time scoring the grandstanding match among Republican politicians. Jodi Jacobsen of RH Reality Check will join us to talk about who might profit most from this story.

Also on the show: The killing of the popular African lion known as Cecil by a bounty hunter led some into an unhelpful parlor game of lions vs. people: which do you care about? Journalists could move the conversation off that dime with a thoughtful examination of the state of animal preservation and the impact of extinction on us all. What might that look like? We’ll hear from journalist John R. Platt, who writes about extinction as well as other environmental issues for Scientific American among other outlets.

Aug 04 2015

China’s Cyberspying Is ‘on a Scale No One Imagined’–if You Pretend NSA Doesn’t Exist

NSA headquarters

The New York Times notes that the US has its own “intelligence operations inside China”—but pretends these are purely defensive, referring to “the placement of thousands of implants in Chinese computer networks to warn of impending attacks.”

Aug 03 2015

‘Puerto Rico Is an Artificial Economy’

CounterSpin interview with Ed Morales on Puerto Rican debt crisis

Ed Morales

“Economically, Puerto Rico is almost like a wholly owned subsidiary of the US economy, and various laws inhibit it from making decisions to develop their own economy.”

Jul 31 2015

Ed Morales on Puerto Rican Debt Crisis, Beth Haller on Disability Rights

Protesting government shutdown in Puerto Rico

The debt crisis has already meant closing schools, losing jobs and shutting off healthcare options, so what does it mean that on the mainland, what’s happening in Puerto Rico is just a business story?

Jul 28 2015

‘You Can Legally Bribe a Government Official’

CounterSpin interview with Lee Fang on Washington's revolving door

Lee Fang (image: David Feldman Show)

“If a politician helps a bank or an oil company, that oil company can’t directly buy them a boat or give them a million-dollar check. But if they wait until that official retires from office…then they can accept a multi-million-dollar payday.”

Jul 27 2015

‘There Is Effectively No Limit on Money in Politics’

CounterSpin interview with Brendan Fischer on Wisconsin campaign corruption

Money in politics (cc image: DonkeyHotey)

Wisconsin Club for Growth and Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, the two groups that Scott Walker is accused of coordinating with and that were parties to this case, are also the dominant spenders on Wisconsin Supreme Court elections.