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    Hear Rep. Bill Otto and "the Lineball Sisters" discuss all manner of smalltown life in Kansas in the second hour after these news stories.


    Program Summary: 26 Jan. 2015


    Counterspin (30 min.)


    Description: This week on CounterSpin: After the State of the Union address, one paper's headline was "Obama Pulls No Punches," but another said the speech consisted of "modest proposals," while a third deemed it "A Bold Call to Action Even if No Action Is Likely." What's the public to make of this exercise in political theater and the media's morning-after tea leaf-reading? We'll talk with journalist and activist Keane Bhatt.


    Free Speech Radio News (30 min.)


    Description: President and Prime Minister of Yemen resign in apparent coup by Houthi rebels; Austerity measures take center stage in Greek elections; Boko Haram claims responsibility for major attack in Nigeria; CIA whistle-blower case goes to jury; Pennsylvania governor’s inauguration draws opponents of fracking; U.S. Supreme Court hears state judicial campaign financing case; #ReclaimMLK actions vindicate King’s legacy of civil rights protests.  Also on the show: A proposed Pennsylvania law aimed at silencing Mumia Abu-Jamal targets our right to hear as much as his right to speak. Why aren't more journalists up in arms? We'll talk to one who is: Daniel Denvir, senior staff writer at Philadelphia City Paper.


    Co-hosted during the second hour with Rep. Bill Otto, formerly of the 9th district, in the Kansas legislature listen in to conversations with "Traditional Republicans" who have lived small town life in Kansas across the generations.

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    Program Summary date: Jan. 19, 2015 Hear Rep. Bill Otto and "the Lineball Sisters" discuss all manner of Kansas smalltown life in the second hour after these news stories.


    Counterspin (30 min.) Produced by FAIR.


    Description: This week on CounterSpin: Coverage of the recent state visit from Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto didn't avoid mention of violence in Mexico, including the disappearance of 43 student teachers in September. But the explanations of that violence (and of the US relationship to it) hid more than they revealed. We'll talk with Laura Carlsen from the Americas Program and the Center for International Policy about the desaparacidos and the nature of violence in Mexico.


    Also on the show: Before the movie even opened, there were high-profile criticisms of the movie Selma, particularly around the well-received film's depiction of Lyndon Johnson.


    Free Speech Radio News (30 min.)



    As many as two thousand feared dead after Boko Haram attack on Nigerian town

    Cross-border Boko Haram attacks displace students in Cameroon’s Far North Region

    Senate set to pass Keystone XL bill; Obama vows to veto

    Previously defeated cyber-surveillance bill is back before Congress

    New York City to reform policies on solitary confinement for prisoners

    Gaza engineer has a plan for rebuilding homes without scarce cement and steel


    Co-hosted during the second hour with Rep. Bill Otto, formerly of the 9th district, in the Kansas legislature listen in to conversations with "Traditional Republicans" who have lived small town life in Kansas across the generations.

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    Program Summary JAN. 12, 2015


    Hear Rep. Bill Otto and "the Lineball Sisters" discuss all manner of smalltown life in Kansas in the second hour after these news stories.


    Counterspin (30 min.)


    Description: This week on CounterSpin: We're told the recent midterm elections were the "most expensive in US history," but who was buying? And what do they expect in return? And what does it all mean for the relatively unmoneyed, namely most of us? We talked with Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, about the 114th Congress.


    Free Speech Radio News (30 min.)


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    Suspects in Charlie Hebdo massacre dead after Paris-area standoffs
    Survivors of Peshawar school attack grapple with severe trauma
    St. Louis County grand juror seeks to remove lifetime gag order on Ferguson case
    FBI investigates explosion outside NAACP office in Colorado Springs
    Gay couples wed in Florida, now the 36th state to legalize same-sex marriage
    Anti-torture campaigners press for closure of Guantanamo Bay detention facility
    Relatives of missing Mexican students deepen ties with Zapatistas, Obama reaffirms support for Peña Nieto


    Co-hosted during the second hour with Rep. Bill Otto, formerly of the 9th district, in the Kansas legislature listen in to conversations with "Traditional Republicans" who have lived small town life in Kansas across the generations.

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    Program Summary Oct. 6, 2014:


    1st Hour: Free Speech Radio News returns to RFK! (30 min.)


    SPECIAL 76th District, Kansas debate sponsored by League of Women Voters with incumbent Rep. Peggy Mast (R); candidate Teresa Briggs (D); former Rep. Bill Otto (Independent) Emporia, Sept. 30, 2014. Courtesy You Tube Jonita Otto, producer.


    2nd Hour Join the discussion about smalltown life in Kanas with former state Rep. Bill Otto, a lifelong educator and administrator and "the Lineball Sisters", Kay and Sondra.

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    Program Summary date


    Hear Rep. Bill Otto and "the Lineball Sisters" discuss all manner of smalltown life in Kansas in the second hour after these news stories.


    Counterspin (30 min.)


    Description: Each week CounterSpin brings you a look behind the headlines of the mainstream news. At year's end we take a look back and revisit some of the stories it's been our privilege and pleasure to bring you. We call it "best of," but the truth is we always work to shine a light on angles or perspectives on events we think you might not hear elsewhere ,and insights into why and how corporate media coverage comes to look the way it does.


    The aim is to help you not just Not Believe Everything You Read but to show that on every issue there are groups and individuals who don't make the nightly news but have something important to say.


    Free Speech Radio News (30 min.)


    Description:



    AirAsia 8501 recovery efforts continue in stormy weather, high seas
    Holidays bring generations together at “Black Lives Matter” demonstrations
    Sand mining: One of the lesser-known environmental impacts of fracking
    Hindu fundamentalists in India carry out controversial group conversions with alleged support of ruling party
    Ebola rages on in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea while Nigeria offers lessons


    Co-hosted during the second hour with Rep. Bill Otto, formerly of the 9th district, in the Kansas legislature listen in to conversations with "Traditional Republicans" who have lived small town life in Kansas across the generations.

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    Program Summary date: 22 DEC 2014


    Hear Rep. Bill Otto and "the Lineball Sisters" discuss all manner of smalltown life in Kansas in the second hour after these news stories.


    Counterspin (30 min.)


    Description: This week on CounterSpin: Progressive Democrats launched an unexpected attack on a congressional spending bill, leaving some pundits complaining once more about nasty Beltway polarization. But legislators were trying to do something substantive: stop an attempt to roll back an important part of the Dodd/Frank Wall Street reform law. Journalist David Dayen will join us to explain what was at stake.


    Free Speech Radio News (30 min.)


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    US and Cuban leaders announce thaw in Cold War-era diplomatic relations
    More mass kidnapping in northern Nigeria; Boko Haram suspected
    Taliban militants slaughter almost 150 children at a Peshawar school
    Israel showcases drone technology as the world’s top exporter
    Wichita outfits all police with body cameras, L.A. and Houston announce similar plans
    New York environmentalists celebrate first-ever statewide fracking ban
    New Zealand opens coastal waters to deep sea drilling


    Co-hosted during the second hour with Rep. Bill Otto, formerly of the 9th district, in the Kansas legislature listen in to conversations with "Traditional Republicans" who have lived small town life in Kansas across the generations.

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    Program Summary date


    Hear Rep. Bill Otto and "the Lineball Sisters" discuss all manner of smalltown life in Kansas in the second hour after these news stories.


    Counterspin (30 min.) Description: This week on CounterSpin: It's hard to think of a time when a free press is more necessary than when the public needs to know about crimes committed in our name. So the release of a Senate report on CIA torture is a test for US media. We'll talk about the report and the media response with Baher Azmy, legal director at the Center for Constitutional Rights.


    Free Speech Radio News (30 min.) Description:



    Section of CIA torture report declassified; brutal torture tactics revealed
    Demonstrations calling for police accountability continue around the U.S.
    Recount confirms defeat of Oregon ballot initiative to mandate labeling of GMOs
    Turkish police raid and shut down community center squat in Istanbul
    Gaza farmers face low yields after fields damaged during Israeli offensive
    Indigenous leaders face risks for environmental defense of Amazon Basin


    Co-hosted during the second hour with Rep. Bill Otto, formerly of the 9th district, in the Kansas legislature listen in to conversations with "Traditional Republicans" who have lived small town life in Kansas across the generations.

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    Hear Rep. Bill Otto and "the Lineball Sisters" discuss all manner of smalltown life in Kansas in the second hour after these news stories.


    Counterspin (30 min.)


    Description: This week on CounterSpin: A Rolling Stone account of a shocking gang rape at the University of Virginia got wide attention in the media for shining a spotlight on campus sexual assaults. But now critics are saying the magazine's approach was flawed, and some wonder if the whole thing is a hoax. Investigative reporter Lindsay Beyerstein joins us to talk about the piece and what the critics are missing.


    Free Speech Radio News (30 min.)


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    Protests grow nationwide after no charges in Eric Garner police choke hold death
    UN climate talks open in Lima, activists hold parallel summit
    Opponents of LNG export terminal at Cove Point say FERC rubber-stamps projects
    A visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Rwanda
    Colorado apologizes 150 years after the Sand Creek Massacre
    Florida judge issues ruling in favor of Food Not Bombs feedings


    Co-hosted during the second hour with Rep. Bill Otto, formerly of the 9th district, in the Kansas legislature listen in to conversations with "Traditional Republicans" who have lived small town life in Kansas across the generations.

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    Program Summary: Nov. 24, 2014


    1st Hour: Free Speech Radio News, an ear to the ground, a global voices, grassroots radio news.


    Segment Notes:


    Counterspin from Fairness and Accuracy Investigative Reporting (fair.org) the weekly audio version of EXTRA magazine.


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    2nd Hour: Meet former Rep. Bill Otto of the Kansas state legislature, lifelong public school teacher and administrator. "The Lineball Sister" Kay and Sondra two lifelong supporters of smalltown living.


     

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    Program Summary: Nov. 10, 2014


    1st Hour: Free Speech Radio News, an ear to the ground, a global voices, grassroots radio news.


    Segment Notes:



    Liberal ballot initiatives pass across country even as conservative candidates prevail
    Republicans win majority in U.S. Congress
    Q&A: Is the fracking boom a bubble that’s about to pop?
    San Francisco becomes latest city to regulate Airbnb-type space sharing
    Azerbaijan cracks down on pro-democracy advocates and NGOs
    Indian Sikhs mark 30th anniversary of deadly riots with calls for justice


    Counterspin from Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting (fair.org) the weekly audio version of EXTRA magazine.


    Segment Notes: This week on CounterSpin: The disappearance of 48 student activists in Mexico has brought hundreds of thousands of activists to the streets, demanding accountability from the US-allied president who just months ago was being cheered by Time magazine as the man who would save Mexico. We'll talk to journalist Roberto Lovato about the crisis in Mexico and the reasons the story isn't getting enough coverage in the US press.


    2nd Hour: Meet former Rep. Bill Otto of the Kansas state legislature, lifelong public school teacher and administrator. "The Lineball Sister" Kay and Sondra two lifelong supporters of smalltown living.


     

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    Program Summary: Nov. 17, 2014


    1st Hour: Free Speech Radio News, an ear to the ground, local voices, global stories..


    Segment Notes:


    U.S. House votes on the Keystone XL pipeline; Senate to do same next week
    U.S. & China announce carbon emissions deal;  the non-binding agreement is sparse on specifics
    Mexican president leaves country as news of apparent massacre deepens political crisis
    Suicide attacker poses as student in northeast Nigeria; nearly 50 students killed
    Visual storytelling emerges as a medium to decode Holy Land conflict
    Protestors challenge ban on sharing food in public in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
    Tomas Young: 1979 – 2014


    Counterspin from Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting (fair.org) the weekly audio version of EXTRA magazine.


    Segment Notes: This week on CounterSpin: Bipartisanship and free trade are two of corporate media's favorite things, so when the Washington Post editorial expressed the post-midterm media consensus, "Now that Republicans have gained control of Congress, no policy area is riper for bipartisan action than trade," you can believe they were happy to do it. But should we be happy? And is it even true? We'll hear from Lori Wallach of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch.


    2nd Hour: Former Rep. Bill Otto of the Kansas state legislature, lifelong public school teacher and administrator, will discuss tax codes with attorney-at-law Bob Brookens..

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