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 28 2016

‘The Most Epically, Horribly Bad Thing That Could Happen Under an Emergency Manager’

Chris Savage about the Flint, Michigan, water-poisoning

Michigan 2016: White and Colored drinking fountains

“It was basically an abridgement of democracy. It was taking away power from elected officials and handing it over to a single person who’s appointed by the governor, and that person made all of the decisions.”

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.

Oct 7 2015

‘Polluter Interests Have Been Spending Millions on Disinformation Campaigns’

CounterSpin interview with David Baron about air polluters

David Baron

“It’s sad that an issue of this importance, that affects literally all Americans, has gotten so little attention from our mainstream press.”

Oct 2 2015

Rebecca Vallas on Welfare Shaming, David Baron on Air Polluters

Air pollution (cc photo: Craig Nagy)

The growing number of people, many with jobs, relying on some form of aid isn’t enough to shake the notion that economic need is something you can shame people out of. And media recite the protests of polluting industries without interrogating them.

Aug 7 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.

Jul 9 2015

BP Deal: Path to a ‘Cleaner Gulf’–or Guaranteed Future Disasters?

Oil slick (photo: Richard Perry/NYT)

“BP Deal Will Lead to a Cleaner Gulf” is the headline the New York Times put over an editorial that, in its tone and substance, makes a pretty good illustration of why it almost assuredly won’t.

Jun 19 2015

Kevin Zeese on Fast Track Activism, Wenonah Hauter on Fracking Study

Stop the TPP (photo: John Zangas)

It hasn’t been probing media coverage that’s roughened the road for the corporate power grab known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership; public interest activism is the missing piece in much top-down media coverage. Plus: To hear media tell it, the EPA found that fracking doesn’t pose any widespread harm to drinking water. Is that really what the science said?