Apr
18
2014

Adam Gaffney on Obamacare Costs; Astra Taylor on 'The People's Platform'

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This week on CounterSpin: It's an understatement to say that media characterizations of the Affordable Care Act vary wildly. But so much analysis is devoted to political football, when health insurance is an issue calling out for news people can use. We'll talk about coverage with Adam Gaffney, a physician and writer at theprogressivephysician.org.

Also on the show: It wasn't that long ago that many people believed the Internet would be a kind of utopia; today many still hold that if only everyone had a way to get on line, it could be a truly democratic town square. A new book interrogates that idea, and shows how in many ways the net is anything but revolutionary. It's called The People's Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age. We'll speak with author Astra Taylor.

May
31
2013

Pardiss Kebriaei on Terror Speech, Bob McChesney on Digital Disconnect

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Did Barack Obama's National Defense University speech signal a sea change in White House terrorism policy? That depended on who was doing the listening. We'll talk with Pardiss Kebriaei of the Center for Constitutional Rights.

And Bob McChesney talks about his new book Digital Disconnect, and why understanding capitalism is essential to understanding the development of the internet.

Jan
11
2013

Diane Ravitch on Michelle Rhee, Siva Vaidhyanathan on Google

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PBS Frontline took a look at the record of "school reformer" and media darling Michelle Rhee. We'll get a reaction from Diane Ravitch. And a government anti-trust investigation of Google seems to be over. Siva Vaidhyanathan talks about the company's dominance--and what it means.