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The Laura Flanders Show

On her weekly TV, podcast and radio program, author and journalist Laura Flanders interviews forward-thinking people from the world of politics, business, culture and social movements. The Laura Flanders Show produces 28 minute episodes on a weekly schedule. Recent guests include author/activist Naomi Klein, agrarian reformer Shirley Sherrod, novelist Arundhati Roy, economists Richard Wolff, Michael Hudson and ’Next System” theorist Gar Alperovitz.
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The Laura Flanders Show currently produces 25 minute episodes on a weekly schedule featuring in-depth conversations with forward-thinking people from the worlds of politics, art, entrepreneurship as well as special reports on people working to reduce inequality and shift power, for radical change.  The Laura Flanders Show reaches over 400k viewers weekly on LinkTV and  Free Speech TV, on Dish Network and DIRECTV, as well as on cable stations nationwide and online. The show is distributed weekly on multiple platforms in a variety of formats, including audio, video, and text.

Mar 26, 2020

Since October 2019, people in Lebanon have been protesting corruption, climate denial, big finance, and government ineptitude. Where does that work stand now? Laura talks with Lebanese activist/artist Dayna Ash who runs one of the few safe spaces for LGBTQI+ people and women in the region about her experience of organizing in a melt-down. Music in the Middle: “Drown Out the Other”, featuring Danya Ash and her collaborator Nour Sokhon courtesy of the artists. Support by becoming a member today https://Patreon.com/theLFShow

Mar 26, 2020

Acclaimed “Race Traitor” author, Mab Segrest, takes Laura through deep south to trace the racist roots of American psychiatry. They explore the infamous state mental hospital in Milledgeville, Georgia and visit with Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama to consider how our society’s mental and political health relate to history. Segrest’s newest book is “Administrations of Lunacy: Racism and the Haunting of American Psychiatry at the Milledgeville Asylum” due out April 2020. Music Featured in the Middle: “The Drums Call You” by Carlos Mena and Osunlade courtesy of Ocha Records.

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Mar 4, 2020

In this episode, Laura interviews the founder of One Billion Rising and VDay, Eve Ensler, world renowned playwright, author and activist, along with activist, singer, songwriter Taína Asili about One Billion Rising 2020, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls by organizing public demonstrations rooted in music and dance. They discuss the role that joyous public movement and song can and must play in soothing trauma, raising awareness, and building solidarity among women across the world.  Music in the Middle: "We Are Rising" by Taína Asili, the #1BillionRising's 2020 Anthem. 

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Feb 28, 2020

::The latest Laura Flanders commentary, The F-Word ::

"Here we are again, ending Black History Month, starting Women’s History month. ...Do we need more months?  We certainly need more intersectionality." 

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Feb 26, 2020

In this episode, Laura interviews author and Yale historian Greg Grandin about his new book The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America. They explore how America's foundational myth of progress has given way to protectionism. Will opposition to the wall finally force us to reckon with the white supremacist conquest the frontier myth has always but thinly veiled? And what can we do to replace destructive myths with productive truths?  Music in the Middle:  “Gold Action” by Life On Planets, courtesy of Lamb and Wolf Records.

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Feb 19, 2020

In an era when companies spend hundreds of millions of dollars on diversity and inclusion programs, the proportion of African Americans in tech, media, and business leadership roles is stagnating. In her new book, Diversity, Inc. The Failed Promise of a Billion-Dollar Business, award-winning journalist and New York University professor Pamela Newkirk describes the gap between the rhetoric and the reality where racial equity and inclusion are concerned. She calls us to go beyond lip service and radically reevaluate how we make organizations more diverse. Music in the Middle of the podcast: “Self-Love” by Joe Armon-Jones Featuring Obongjayar from his album, A Turn to Clear View, courtesy of Brownswood.

Become a member and unlock audio extras.  The latest, Laura in conversation with Eve Ensler about her new book "The Apology".  And Staceyann Chin's performs poetry from her first anthology.

Feb 14, 2020

"The 2020 presidential race didn’t get decided this week but the choice before us did. More democracy or less of it. That’s the decision we are facing and if the Democrats manage to foul this up, they may not get another chance." - The latest Laura Flanders commentary.

Become a member and unlock audio extras.  The latest, Laura in conversation with Eve Ensler about her new book "The Apology".  And Staceyann Chin's performs poetry from her first anthology.

Feb 12, 2020

From Austria to Chile, Lagos to London, people are demanding policies that democratize economies and keep public resources in public hands. In just the last decade, more than 2,400 cities in 58 countries have brought privatized resources back under public control. In this episode, Laura reports from Amsterdam at The Future is Public, a conference that brings together hundreds of organizers, scholars, and government officials who are working to democratize their municipal and national economies. If the future is indeed public, the people Laura speaks with in Amsterdam are among those working to make it happen in the present. Music In the Middle: “Precious Energy, A Homage to Leon Thomas and Pharaoh Sanders by Barney McAll, courtesy of the artist.

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Feb 5, 2020

The U.S. economy, weak or strong, is the question at the heart of the election. But it doesn't get to the reality which is that, whatever else it may be, the U.S. economy is not democratic or good for the planet. But it could be. Marjorie Kelly and Ted Howard of the Democracy Collaborative say how in their new book The Making of a Democratic Economy.  Music in the Middle:  “The Offering” by Mark de Clive-Lowe from his album Heritage courtesy of Mashi Beats.

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Jan 31, 2020

Down-home democracy rests on down-the street media when it comes to covering the Iowa Caucuses 2020.

February 3rd 7pm-Midnight (EST) you will be able to follow the livestream of KHOI'S caucus coverage hosted by Laura Flanders at our Facebook page and through Laura's live posts on Twitter the night of. For more details goto LauraFlanders.org

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Jan 29, 2020

In this episode, Laura interviews British comedian and activist Jess Thom, TourettesHero, about her performance of Samuel Beckett’s play “Not I”. Thom’s work reveals how neurodiversity makes theater, society—everything!— richer.

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Jan 22, 2020

Award-winning poet, performer, novelist, and activist Staceyann Chin has just published her first anthology of poems.  In this episode, Laura interviews Award-winning poet, performer, novelist, and activist Stacyann Chin about her long awaited anthology, Crossfire, and her relationship to a cannon dominated by white men. Despite her success, Chin says that until recently she didn't see herself as a real poet, a poet worthy of an anthology, because her work centers her experiences as a lesbian and a Jamaican national of mixed Chinese and African descent.

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Jan 17, 2020

"Given a choice between covering tit-for-tat tweets and reporting on voting rights or publicly-owned generic drugs, the brought-to-you-by-Big-Pharma News Networks will always go where it’s easiest. "

The F-Word, Laura Flanders' bi-weekly commentary.

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Jan 15, 2020

What most Americans know about Puerto Rico is based on a colonial fantasy, says journalist and Columbia University professor, Ed Morales. This fantasy, and the reality it obscures, is the subject of his new book, Fantasy Island. In this episode, Laura interviews Morales and scholar/activist Rosa Clemente about the personal and political implications of the island's ongoing debt crisis, recovering from Hurricane Maria, and #RickyRenuncia, the intersectional protest movement that led to the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rosselló in the summer of 2019. Exploitation, corruption, and neglect may be business as usual in the United States' relationship with Puerto Rico but Morales and Clemente suggest that new movements provide some hope for change.

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Jan 6, 2020

This year at the Progressive Strategy Summit members of Congress and progressive change makers came together to build a movement that won’t only win back the  White House in 2020 but also create long term systemic change. Laura interviewed activists and congresswomen to understand how they see this critical moment when business-as-usual politics simply won’t cut it. Will a movement led by women of color—inside and outside Congress—transform the government so that it truly serves the diverse people it purports to represent? Laura also interviewed actor and activist Jane Fonda at a Fire Drill Friday climate crisis rally before they both got arrested as part of an act of civil disobedience.  Featured Music in the Middle:  “Save It Or Lose It” by Funk Rimini, part of the EARTH NIGHT 2019 compilation curated by DJs for Climate Action courtesy of EarthNight.org, a global initiative harnessing the power of music and nightlife to celebrate and support climate action.

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