"A collusion crisis. Barr says Mueller says he found no proof of a Russia/Trump Campaign conspiracy to undermine US democracy. Oh no! How are cable companies going to keep their ratings up with an audience that’s collusion-hooked?"
The F-Word, Laura Flanders' commentary.
Just days before the anniversary of activist Marielle Franco's assassination in Brazil, prosecutors there charged two former police officers with her murder. Those arrests may provide a partial answer to the question of who killed her but many other questions, including who ordered her killing and why, remain unanswered. This week, we talk with Yifat Susskind of MADRE and K.K Verdade of ELAS about the current fight for human rights in Brazil, and the right-wing hate campaign against feminist so-called "gender ideology" worldwide. Music Spotlight: “Marielle Franco (Desabafo)” by MC Carol featuring Heavy Baile
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The State of Washington has declared a public health emergency due to spreading outbreaks of Measles. The World Health Organization credits "Vaccine Hesitancy" as a cause of the resurgence. And Trump tops it off by tweeting his doubts about vaccines and what he's called doctor inflicted diseases—it looks like more than just the measles are contagious!
The F-Word, Laura Flanders' commentary.
The media layoffs are here. It's new media’s sky-is-falling moment. Instead of the promised golden age, we're seeing rolling cutbacks and massive layoffs at digital darlings like Vice and Buzzfeed. Is that it, for workers rights? Are unions any match for advertising pressure from Google and Facebook? Music Featured: “The Awakening” by 4 Hero featuring Ursula Rucker. Support theLFShow!
CDFIs grew from church basements and kitchen tables to number more than 1,000 institutions with billions of dollars of capital. Joining us to explain just how CDFI’s make a difference - from inner cities to Native American reservations, is Clifford Rosenthal, an internationally recognized developer of programs to provide financial access for low-income and underserved people, and author of the new book "Democratizing Finance: Origins of the Community Development Financial Institutions Movement" that traces the roots of community development finance over two centuries, situating CDFIs within the long history of institutions that seek to provide access to capital for communities previously denied access to it. They are a great development model. Help us thrive not just survive...Support theLFShow!
Regulation, degradation, shaming, blaming - enough! Is it time for sexual liberation yet? We talk a lot about sex but not often enough about pleasure, On today's show we try to make up for that and hear from some bloggers, activists and educators who are practicing very positive consent. Music Featured: Allies And Enemies by Zara McFarlane on Brownswood Music; Free by Ultra Naté. Support theLFShow!
The same miserable mob that mauled main street banks has plundered and pillaged newspapers across the country. Pursuing only profits, private hedge funds bought and stripped even long-lived legacy papers leaving them for dead. One in five local papers has shut up shop in the last 10 years, according to a recent report from the Knight Foundation.
Check out Laura Flanders report for the Next System, "Next System Media: An Urgent Necessity" and more coverage at our website in our archives.
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Days of wonder, days of rage. We're living through an information revolution as profound as any since Gutenberg and the printing press, but are we the people, the so-called "users", using the technology or is the technology using us and for what ends? How can we harness this particular transformation for good? That’s the question, and we have some answers. Guests: Douglas Rushkoff, Team Human; Chancey Fleet, Data & Society Fellow; Nabil Hassein, School For Poetic Computation and Code Ecologies. Music Featured: TQX with “Do Not React” featuring Invenio Singers, from the album "Global Intimacy". Support theLFShow!