Mar
01
2013

Nima Shirazi on Argo, Mitra Ebadolahi on Warrantless Spying

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Argo won the Best Picture Academy Award. The film claims to be 'based on' the true story of the Iranian hostage crisis. But just how far removed is it from that true story, and why does it matter? We'll hear from Nima Shirazi of the blog WideasleepinAmerica.

Also on the show: The Supreme Court has determined that the government doesn't have to reveal who it's targeting with its domestic spying programs, but civil liberties groups can't challenge the spying because... they can't prove they’ve been targeted. Mitra Ebadolahi of the ACLU's National Security Project will explain.

Dec
07
2012

Michael Ratner on Bradley Manning Hearing, Joe Torres on FCC

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What happened at the Bradley Manning hearings this week? Corporate media don't seem interested; Michael Ratner tells us what they missed. And big media getting... bigger? Joe Torres on the latest at the FCC.

Mar
02
2012

Sonali Kolhatkar on Afghanistan, Kevin Gosztola on WikiLeaks and Stratfor

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: The burning of copies of the Koran by US military in Afghanistan touched off a week of protests, including attacks on US soldiers. While US media have by and large denounced the Koran burning as unacceptably stupid, they still seem to be having trouble placing the current violence within the context of the larger decade-long violence that is the US/NATO occupation. We'll talk to Sonali Kolhatkar of the Afghan's Women Mission and KPFK's Uprising radio show about what the Washington Post calls "saving the Afghan strategy." Also on CounterSpin today: Elite media have always […]

Feb
24
2012

Yousef Munayyer on Khader Adnan, Dana Frank on Honduras

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: Palestinian hunger striker Khader Adnan provided a real-life example of something many corporate pundits say they've longed to see: A Palestinian activist pursuing non-violent resistance. And yet his 66 day hunger strike to protest Israel's policies of detaining Palestinians for months at a times without charge didn't draw much media attention. We'll talk to Yousef Munayyer of the Palestine Center about that. Also on CounterSpin today, US media are calling the fire that killed at least 360 people in an overcrowded Honduran prison a tragic accident. Our guest calls it "only the latest deadly […]

Jan
06
2012

Glenn Greenwald on NDAA, Corynne McSherry on SOPA

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: President Obama's signing of a defense bill including authorization for the indefinite detention of terror suspects--including U.S. citizens-- has been condemned by leading civil liberties voices. But the outrage has been somewhat obscured by a general confusion about what the bill means and the president’s intentions. Salon columnist and former constitutional litigator Glenn Greenwald will sort that out for us. Also on CounterSpin today, Big Media companies have lined up to support the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, a bill that its supporters say will finally do something about the problem of online […]

Nov
25
2011

Charles Kurzman on 'Missing Martyrs,' Amy Goodman on arresting journalists

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: The coverage of the recent arrest of a would-be Muslim terrorist ready to carry out attacks here at home had a we've-been-here-before feel. Whatever questions might surround this particular case, most media consumers are by now accustomed to the general presumption that Muslim terrorism is a serious, prevalent danger. University of North Carolina Islam scholar Charles Kurzman argues exactly the opposite in his recent book, The Missing Martyrs: Why There Are So Few Muslim Terrorists. He'll join us to talk about that. Also on CounterSpin today, some have been shocked to see that police […]

Nov
04
2011

Costas Panayotakis on Greece, Nusrat Choudhury on FBI mapping

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: This is how ABC anchor Diane Sawyer explained the Greek crisis: "The Dow down nearly 300 points, so, what changed? Well, blame it on the country of Greece, long criticized for being undisciplined and now threatening American retirements." With the EU bailout of Greek in danger and the government calling for a referendum, corporate media in this country are back to bashing pampered Greek workers and demanding austerity as the cure for the country's fiscal woes. NY City College of Technology professor Costas Panayotakis will join us to talk about that. Also on CounterSpin […]

Sep
30
2011

Allison Kilkenny on Occupy Wall Street, Moshe Adler on U.S. Postal Service

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: Yes, the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations aren't being covered much in the corporate media. But then when papers like the New York Times come down to take a look, one might wish they hadn't. We'll talk to Allison Kilkenny of Citizen Radio about the quality and quantity of media coverage of Occupy Wall Street. Also on the show: "We all know why the Postal Service is hemorrhaging cash," says the Chicago Tribune. Corporate media are clear on the causes of the Post Office's financial crisis: no one sends mail since the internet, and postal […]