Dec 24 2010

Trudy Lieberman on health care law, Lee Stranahan on Pigford settlement


Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: Following a federal court ruling in Virginia finding the individual mandate provision of the 2010 healthcare act unconstitutional, there was some solid coverage of the Constitutional issues involved in a policy that will, if ultimately upheld, require every American to purchase private insurance. But what about coverage before the bill was passed? We’ll talk with the Colombia Journalism Review’s Trudy Lieberman about media coverage of the mandate, before and after its passage. Also on CounterSpin today, if you’ve caught any media coverage of the Pigford settlement, it probably sounds like good news: Black farmers […]

Nov 19 2010

Wenonah Hauter on GE salmon, Rose Aguilar on Native Americans


Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: The FDA is on the verge of approving genetically engineered salmon in spite of opposition by the public, scientists and consumer groups. On November 15 the group Food & Water Watch released internal documents from Fish & Wildlife Service scientists expressing misgivings about the safety of the altered salmon and the legality of the FDA’s procedures. We’ll talk to Wenonah Hauter, the executive director of Food & Water Watch. Also on the show: A one-minute commentary by a cable TV host brought a swell of public awareness, political attention and money to a snowstorm-devastated […]

Apr 16 2010

Ben Lilliston on genetically engineered foods, Barbara Miner on Teach for America


Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: A New York Times report gives the impression that the debate over genetically engineered foods is largely over; the paper’s writeup of new research says that, despite some caveats and critics’ warnings, GE crops are good for the environment and the economy. Others come away with more questions than answers though. We’ll hear from Ben Lilliston of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. Also on CounterSpin today: On the surface, Teach for America sounds like a great idea: sending bright young college grads into needy schools to teach. But there’s much more to […]

Jul 10 2009

Sasha Abramsky on ‘Breadline USA’, Jim Naureckas on the future of journalism


Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: Some 25 million Americans, nearly 9 percent of the population–rely on food pantries. But with rare exceptions, and despite its devastating impact, big media just don’t seem to find a reportable story in chronic hunger. A new book hopes to make the issue more visible, by actually talking to people. It’s called Breadline USA: The Hidden Scandal of American Hunger and How to Fix It; we’ll speak with author Sasha Abramsky. Also on the show: Hard times and decreasing ad revenues have prompted a spate of seminars and discussion about the future of journalism […]

Nov 01 2008

The Food Crisis and the Fear of Scarcity

Media binders blind us to real food solutions

Photo Credit: Flickr Creative Commons/Mike_tn

Media binders blind us to real food solutionsThe rising cost of food was all over the news in the spring of 2008, from Fox News (“Food Prices Soaring World-wide,” 3/24/08) to CNN (“Rising Food Prices and Rising Concerns,” 4/21/08) to CBS (“Price of Rice Skyrockets,” 4/23/08). Everyone was covering the story. Many will never forget news clips of desperate Haitians rioting in anger and even forced to eat dirt to stave off hunger. Then in September came the grim U.N. assessment: The number of hungry people worldwide had shot up in one year by 75 million people—reaching 925 million at […]

Jul 18 2008

Charles Knight on Iraq withdrawal, Diana Duarte on global food crisis


Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: The idea that we should get U.S. troops out of Iraq is, to hear the media tell it, becoming less attractive by the day. The corporate press also seems to buy the argument that withdrawing U.S. troops would lead to a bloodbath in Iraq. But what would, or could, a withdrawal actually look like? We’ll ask Charles Knight of the Project on Defense Alternatives; he’s helped organize the Task Force for a Responsible Withdrawal from Iraq, which has produced a report laying out one plan. Also on CounterSpin today: World leaders at the recent […]

Apr 18 2008

Eric Holt-Giménez on food crises, Mark Schapiro on environmental toxins


Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: Recent reporting on food shortages around the world points to rising fuel costs, droughts, a conversion from food crop planting to fuel crop planting, even meat eating, as the reasons for the problem. But is their more to the story? We’ll speak with Eric Holt-Giménez of Food First about coverage of the food shortages. Also on the show: Many people are no doubt shocked by a new government report saying that a chemical to which virtually every American is exposed may cause cancer and other disorders. Our guest says “there’s an assumption in the […]

Jul 29 2005

Scott Lipscomb on Iraq Body Count, Charlie Cray on ‘America’s Heartland’

Download MP3 Today on CounterSpin: Counting the dead in Iraq. A new report from the group Iraq Body Count is perhaps the most exhaustive attempt to document the impact of the Iraq War on that country’s civilian population. So how has the press responded to this research? And how has the media’s willingness to talk about civilian deaths changed? We’ll ask assistant research Scott Lipscomb. Also on the show: the producers are calling it a “Celebration of America’s Farmers,” but at least one critic calls a proposed new public TV series perhaps the latest attempt to sell Americans a pile […]