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CounterSpin is the weekly radio show of the media watch group FAIR. CounterSpin provides a critical examination of the major stories every week, and exposes what the mainstream media might have missed in their own coverage. Combining lively discussion and a thoughtful media critique, CounterSpin is unlike any other show on the dial.
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DATE: Fri, 01 Oct 2010
SIZE: 12.8 MB
Rick Ayers on Waiting for Superman, Vivian Stockman on Appalachia Rising

This week on CounterSpin: The media accolades heaped on the new documentary Waiting for Superman would be the envy of any filmmaker. The movie's stirring endorsement of corporate-backed education reform makes it an easy sell in the corporate media. But education professor and author Rick Ayers calls Waiting for Superman a 'slick marketing piece full of half-truths and distortions.' He'll join us to explain. Also on the show today, you wouldn’t know it from the corporate press, but thousands of people were in Washington DC September 25 - 27 to call for an end to mountaintop removal mining. The series of actions, called Appalachia Rising, hoped to raise awareness of the devastating environmental and community impacts of the process that the industry contends is necessary to preserve jobs and keep the country from depending on 'foreign oil.' Vivian Stockman is project coordinator with the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition. She'll join us to talk about the message of Appalachia Rising.

DATE: Fri, 24 Sep 2010
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Reza Aslan on Turkey, Todd Tucker on free trade agreements

This week on CounterSpin: Turkey voted on a package of constitutional reforms this month. The message you heard in much of the media coverage is that the victory for the ruling Islamic party, Justice and Development, is more evidence that Turkey is drifting in the wrong direction, shunning the West and playing to its Islamic majority. But does this analysis make sense? We'll talk to author and professor Reza Aslan. Also on the show: More so-call free trade agreements are on the White House agenda; Obama says they're the way to increase exports which is the way to create jobs. He won’t get any pushback on that from the corporate press corps who never met a free trade deal they didn’t love, but what if the whole 'FTAs lead to export growth' idea is flawed? Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch has a new report that says just that. We'll hear from its co-author Todd Tucker.

DATE: Fri, 17 Sep 2010
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Amitabh Pal on French austerity protests, Hye Jihn Rho on Social Security

This week on CounterSpin: As French protestors take to the streets against proposed austerity measures, the U.S. media have taken sides. Expressing scorn for spoiled French workers; and cheering the grown up, responsible attitudes of those, like French President Sarkozy who seek to cut promised retirement benefits. How are these same battles covered back home in the US? We'll talk to Amitabh Pal, columnist and managing editor of the Progressive magazine. Also on CounterSpin today, when pundits talk about solutions to the country's long-term debt and deficit problems, one apparently simple solution is to raise the retirement age. Sure that means we'd all have to work a little longer, but as many a pundit will tell you, it's about time people started sacrificing. But who would be most affected by this policy? Hye Jihn Rho of the Center for Economic & Policy Research will join us to talk about that.

DATE: Fri, 10 Sep 2010
SIZE: 12.8 MB
Josh Ruebner on Mideast peace talks; Diane Ravitch on grading teachers

This week on CounterSpin: The theme in coverage of the current Mideast peace negotiations going on in Washington between Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas appears to be skepticism. But does being critical of this process mean you don’t want peace? We'll hear from Josh Ruebner, the national advocacy director for the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. Also on the show: Grading teachers based on how well their students perform on tests is a popular practice with so-called education reformers, White House policy makers, and journalists. You almost wouldn’t know that the controversial policy has many critics and even sparked demonstrations against the Los Angeles Times, when it published the rankings of 6000 primary school teachers. We'll talk to education researcher Diane Ravitch, a contributor to a new report on teacher ratings from the Economic Policy Institute, and the author of "The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education."

DATE: Fri, 03 Sep 2010
SIZE: 12.8 MB
Phyllis Bennis on Obama Iraq policy, Dean Baker on Social Security

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DATE: Fri, 27 Aug 2010
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Pratap Chatterjee on Task Force 373, Timothy Karr on net neutrality

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DATE: Fri, 20 Aug 2010
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Hannah Gurman on Iraq, Norman Solomon on Petraeus and Afghanistan

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DATE: Fri, 13 Aug 2010
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Rick Steiner on oil spill; Stephan Salisbury on "Ground Zero Mosque"

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DATE: Fri, 06 Aug 2010
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Sonali Kolhatkar on Afghan War & women, Laura Carlsen on Venezuela & Colombia

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DATE: Fri, 30 Jul 2010
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Daniel Ellsberg on WikiLeaks; A.C. Thompson on New Orlean police shootings

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Excellant Show !

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An indispensable source for news analysis

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