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Original Aired:
2010-03-29 20:07:00

Duration:
1 hour, 54 minutes




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Episode: 03.29.10: Counterpoint Host Scott Harris interviews Eric Boehlert of Media Matters on US media's coverage of the health care reform debate; Vic Fingerhut talks about the need for action on job creation; Union organizer Aaron Chappell on immigration reform


Counterpoint, hosted by Scott Harris heard every Monday on WPKN 89.5 FM,Bridgeport, CT and WPKM 88.7 FM Montauk, NY between 8:00-10:00 pm ET. Webstreaming at http://wpkn.org

1) Eric Boehlert, senior fellow at Media Matters for America, examines corporate media coverage of the health care reform debate and the acts of violence and threats by right wing activists targeting the supporters of the bill which was signed into law by President Obama on March 23rd.

2) Vic Fingerhut a political polling and media consultant, who worked for Hubert Humphrey and Walter Mondale presidential campaigns, and Australia's Labour Party and Canada's New Democratic Party, talks about his article,"Obama and the State of Democrats: We Ignore the Lesson of 1931, 1948, 1984 and 1988 at our Peril," which examines policy prescriptions for the U.S. unemployment crisis.

3) Aaron Chappell, political and community organizer with the Laborer's International Union of North America talks about the current campaign pushing for Congressional action on Immigration reform legislation.

4) Frances Padilla, acting President of the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connnecticut discuses how the recently passed federal health care reform legislation may affect Connecticut's SUSTINET health care plan signed into law on July 9, 2009.

Some segments of Counterpoint are edited for re-broadcast on the syndicated Between The Lines radio newsmagazine. Visit their web site at http://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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