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Original Aired:
2012-05-14 20:08:00

1 hour, 54 minutes

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Episode: 05.14.12: Counterpoint host Scott Harris discusses Wisconsin's June 5th recall election; the Eurozone crisis & resistance to austerity; Obama's endorsement of gay marriage ; CT's new campaign finance reform law

Counterpoint, hosted by Scott Harris, is heard every Monday night on WPKN 89.5 FM, Bridgeport, CT between 8:00 - 10:00 pm ET. Webstreaming and audio archive at http://wpkn.org

Matthew Rothschild, editor of the Progressive Magazine, discusses Wisconsin's upcoming June 5th recall election where Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett will be challenging Governor Scott Walker, and what's at stake in this historic election for the state and the nation.

Doug Henwood, editor and publisher of Left Business Observer and a contributing editor at The Nation magazine, assesses the significance of recent election results in France and Greece, and the growing popular resistance to austerity policies with the European Union and elsewhere around the world.

John Lewis, legal director with the group, Marriage Equality USA, discusses President Obama;s historic endorsement of same gender marriage and the political and societal impact of his announcement.

Adam Smith, communications director with Public Campaign, talks about his group's effort to pressure Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy to sign HB 5556, that requires increased transparency for outside groups spending money in CT elections, mandating boards of directors to approve funds spent on campaigns and public disclosure of who is paying for campaign media advertisements. He'll also touch on national campaign finance issues, i.e. state-by-state efforts to overturn the Supreme Court Citizens United decision.

Some segments featured on Counterpoint are edited for re-broadcast on the syndicated Between The Lines radio newsmagazine. Visit their web site athttp://www.btlonline.org for free subscriptions to mp3 - podcast audio files, program summaries and interview transcripts. An archive of Counterpoint programs are accessible for free at http://www.wpkn.org

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