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Counterspin - April 29, 2005 at 3:30pm
Christy Harvey on Senate Filibuster, Ross Gelbspan on Climate Change...

Counterspin - April 22, 2005 at 3:30pm
Sam Zia-Zarifi on Marla Ruzicka & Jeff Chester on CPB This week on CounterSpin: Marla Ruzicka, whose mission was documenting and securing compensation for civilian victims of U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, was honored in the U.S. press this week after she was killed by a car bomb in Baghdad. But will the same press corps that didn't raise a peep when a military leader declared that the US army "don't do body counts," now honor Ruzicka's work as well? We'll talk with Sam Zia-Zarifi of Human Rights Watch, the group for whom Ruzicka prepared her last report. Also on the show: There are big changes at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, or CPB. Earlier this month, president of the CPB appears to have been force out and replaced by a more conservative overseer, and the CPB, which is suppose to shun politics, has hired two ombudsmen to monitor for objectivity and balance. We'll talk about these changes with Jeff Chester, the executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy.

Counterspin - April 15, 2005 at 3:30pm
David Swanson on Bankruptcy Bill, Sarah Posner Low-Power Radio As we record this week's show, the House is voting on bankruptcy legislation that's been under discussion for week. Our guest says despite the quantity of coverage, the public still may be confused about what the changes would actually do -- and not do -- and that media have to take some blame for that. We'll hear from David Swanson of on that story. Also on the show: when the FCC legalized low power radio back in 1999, media activists saw it as a real challenge to the media giants, and a return to radio's localism roots. But something else happened too-- right-wing Christian broadcasters figured out how to take local programming national. Reporter Sarah Posner will join us to explain how it all happened.

Counterspin - April 8, 2005 at 3:30pm
Emily Whitfield on Torture Memos, John Prados on Intelligence Commission This week on CounterSpin: New memos about the Bush administration's torture and interrogation policies in Iraq have come to light. There's big news here, but you wouldn't know it by the media's indifference to the story. What is actually in these new torture documents? And why aren't journalists picking up on the story? We'll ask Emily Whitfield of the American Civil Liberties Union. Also this week: The presidential commission assigned to look into intelligence failures in Iraq and elsewhere, delivered a report placing nearly all the blame for bad information about Iraq's weapons on the CIA and the intelligence community-and none on senior Bush administration officials. We'll talk to John Prados of the National Security Archives about the commission and its report.

Counterspin - April 1, 2005 at 3:30pm
Bob McChesney on FCC and Indecency, Daniel Ellsberg on Whistleblowers...

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