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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.

Oct 9, 2019

This week the People’s Republic of China celebrates its 70th anniversary as months of pro-democracy demonstrations continue in Hong Kong. The historic demonstrations began in June as a response to the proposal of an extradition agreement with Mainland China. Concerned that the bill would further erode the civil liberties they enjoy under the one country two systems principle, many Hong Kongers took to the streets. All these months later, the city’s chief executive Carrie Lam has withdrawn the bill but the demonstrations have continued - the issues have become a lot bigger getting to the heart of the meaning of democracy and Chinese Imperialism.  Music in the Middle:  “Chaos” by DJ Sun from his album Qingxi courtesy of Soular Productions. 

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Guests:

Michelle Chen, Journalist/Labor Historian CUNY and Co-Producer of the Belabored podcast.

Joy Ming King, Student Organizer/Member, Lausan Collective

Oct 7, 2019

"In a system that's unequal, corruption is not just the way we swim, it’s the water we swim in..."

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

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Oct 2, 2019

New York, NY...its a city with close to 100 billion dollar budget every year and 1 deputy mayor with some pretty creative plans for how to spend it.  What can one city do? And what's it gonna take to create a non-racist democracy? An in-depth interview with J. Phillip Thompson, NYC Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives, on his priority initiatives, with particular emphasis on his role in expanding the city’s investment in minority and women-owned businesses, housing and economic development, and economic democracy initiatives.  Music Featured, “Be The Change”  by Mr. V featuring Michelle Rivera & Jaeden part of the EARTH NIGHT '19 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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Sep 26, 2019

Roughly 40 million people live in poverty in the USA. Can you imagine living under $24,000 a year for a family of four? If you can’t, why not? Surely the media should help. This week, why mainstream media are so poor at covering poverty – and what one project, the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, is doing about it.  Music feature:  "Be Love" by the Alexis P. Suter Band, courtesy of HipBone Records.

Guests featured from the Economic Harship Reporting Project include David Wallis, Managing Director;  Yoruba Richen, Board Member and filmmaker;  and Joseph Rodriguez, Contributing Editor and photojournalist. 

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Sep 24, 2019

"Almost fifty thousand workers went on strike at General Motors Sept 16th, 2019, after management and United Auto Workers Union negotiators failed to agree on a new contract. GM has bounced back from recession thanks to a taxpayer bailout, government tax breaks and contracts and a brutal restructuring of the workforce. Now even though the company’s made $35 billion in the last few years - they want concessions, and yet more plant closures and layoffs."

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Sep 19, 2019

Gender-based violence – why are states so bad at making it stop? This week, in her first appearance since fleeing Brazil, women’s rights advocate Debora Diniz joins fellow activists and philanthropists to discuss what works and what doesn’t in stopping violence against women and girls.  Music featured: “Cause I’m a Woman” by Muted Soul Featuring Jess King courtesy of Muted Records.

GUESTS:  Debora Diniz, Deputy Director of Rights and Justice;  Terry McGovern, Chair of Population and Family Health, Columbia University Medical Center;  Kavita N. Ramdas,  Director of Women’s Rights Program, Open Society Foundations.

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Sep 11, 2019

No matter how we tackle climate change, cities are key. They emit massive amounts of carbon and they're ground zero for the climate crisis. But could they also prove to be the sites of our best climate solutions? Music featured: “City Life” by Marshall Jefferson and Joseph Long featuring Curtis McClain, and remixed by Victor Simonelli, from the ‘Shelter From the Streets Compilation,’ courtesy of West Side Records.

Featured guests:  Ashley Dawson, Professor of English, CUNY Graduate Center;  Mychal Johnson, Co-Founder, South Bronx Unite;  Aurash Khawarzad, Artist, Educator and Urban Planner.

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Sep 9, 2019

"I don’t know about you but I take a teeny weeny bit of offense when a guy in a glass house lobs a great big stone and expects me not to notice the sound of shattering."  

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Sep 4, 2019

Our city's economy – what is it for? New York's has been very good at piling up profits and building tall buildings. But all that private profit has come at a cost to public services and public trust. Could it be different? On this week's show, we talk about the new conversations that are happening between labor unions and community members. Between residents, workers, and employers about how everyone's economy can move forward.

GUESTS:

J. Phillip Thomson
Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives, City of New York

Roger Green
Executive Director, DuBois Bunche Center for Public Policy

Gladys Drew
Worker-owner, Cooperative Home Care Associates

Adria Powell
President and CEO, Cooperative Home Care Associates

Lynn Benander
President, Co-op Power

Rebecca Lurie
Coordinator, Community and Worker Ownership Project

Shilpa Nandwani
Co-founder, Khao'na Kitchen

Cole Carothers
Co-founder, Khao'na Kitchen

Sheila R. Foster
Professor of Law and Public Policy, Georgetown Law

the Resistance Revival Chorus

 

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Aug 27, 2019

This week, dance as world-changing movement with two artists who expand our ideas about beauty, risk, mobility, and inclusion. Wheelchair dancer and esteemed choreographer Alice Sheppard, and MacArthur Genius Award-winning action architect Elizabeth Streb. What difference does art make? Should art-making be a human right? What will it take to disable the limits society puts around “normal”?  These questions and more this week on the Laura Flanders Show.

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Aug 20, 2019

This week we talk about the way central banks steer world development and for whom. Former Goldman Sachs manager, Nomi Prins author of Collusion: How Central Bankers Rigged the World and public ownership researcher Thomas Hanna believe that banking, and development, could be very different. We're Storming the Federal Reserve this week on the LF Show.

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Aug 16, 2019

"One-two-three-four/ What are we waiting for? Fifty years on, after a night spent largely on that big wet, now commercialized field in Bethel, New York, I'm pondering what’s happened since. What’s taken so long?"

Take a listen to this week's podcast re-share of a popular interview with music producer Danny Goldberg about the Hippie Revolution – and a performance of Climbing Poetree. 

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Aug 15, 2019

Can music make a movement? This week, legendary music producer Danny Goldberg will reflect on 50 years since Woodstock and go in “Search of the Lost Chord”, his book about the hippie summer of 1967. Then, from today's movement music scene, Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman of Climbing Poetree talk about their album, “Intrinsic”, and perform for us in-studio.  Music Featured:  “Mantra” by Ram Dass and Kriese off the album ‘Cosmix’ courtesy of Waveform Records.

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Aug 7, 2019

Prisons, police and punishment through incarceration. Are they with us forever in the land of the free? Sustained campaigns for change are beginning to pay off. At the community level, it turns out that a whole lot of people and places already make peace without cops. Today, we imagine a world without prisons. It may be closer than we think.  Music Featured:  “If Everyone Were Blind”  by Victor Simonelli and Glenn Sweety G Toby, from the “Shelter From the Streets Compilation” courtesy of West Side and Stellar Records.

Guests:  Esteban Kelly, Executive Director, US Federation of Worker Cooperatives and a founder and core trainer with AORTA;  Kenyon Farrow,  Senior Editor, TheBody.com, and works with Queers for Economic Justice, Critical Resistance, and FIERCE!;   and Kerbie Joseph, Community Organizer, ANSWER (Act Now To Stop War and End Racism) & The Audre Lorde Project.

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Aug 1, 2019

Enjoy a panel discussion moderated by Laura Flanders and a key note address by Oskar Eustis, director of the famed Public Theater in New York, featuring artists as agents of change celebrating the work of Ben Barber, founder of the "Interdependence Movement". The artists, activists and scholars featured were chosen to represent the new and inspiring ways in which the arts, culture, and creativity in particular are giving voice to a new generation of activism, in engaging Barber’s Interdependence Movement philosophy.  Panelists included:  Cristal Chanel Truscott, Ruchira Gupta, Mohsin Mohi Ud Din, Arturo O'farrill.

The event took place this past April at New York University’s Skirball Hall and was promoted jointly by the Performing Arts Library, NYU, Asia Society, and Voices of a People's History. 

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Jul 31, 2019

There’s something sick about US Military spending. It’s certainly not keeping anyone safe. This week, why we the public spend billions on bad technology and what happens to service people who speak up about it. Then, Jodie Evans of CODEPINK, on a peace economy – what might it look like? Music feature:  "Cultural Verses" by Peace Bureau.  

Guests:  Phyllis Bennis, Fellow, Institute for Policy Studies; Pam Campos-Palma,Ex-Intelligence Analyst, US Air Force; Andrew Cockburn, Washington Editor, Harper’s Magazine;  Jodie Evans, Co-founder, CODEPINK.

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Jul 24, 2019

The great American housing crunch and what organizing can do about it. This week we discuss some of the challenges and victories in the campaign for green, affordable public housing.

Guests:
-Cea Weaver, Campaign Coordinator, Upstate Downstate Housing Alliance
-Daniel Aldana Cohen, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania
-Anita Long, Volunteer, CASA - Community Action for Safe Apartments 

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Jul 17, 2019

Can technology advance society if it doesn't include all of society? This week, we talk with three disability justice activists who have ideas about how tech can ensure design, technology, and art are accessible and equitable. Not just ideas, they're doing it, and they are sparking a movement.  Music Featured:  “Feel It” by Bosq featured on the ‘Love and Resistance’ album courtesy of Ubiquity Records.

Guests:
Laurel Lawson, Chief Technology Officer, CyCore Systems;   
Chancey Fleet, Data And Society Fellow
Vilissa Thompson, Founder and CEO, Ramp Your Voice

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Jul 15, 2019

This week's commentary comes by way of Jerome Roos, an LSE Fellow in international political economy at the London School of Economics and founding editor of ROAR Magazine. He paints a grim picture of a global finance system that's taken a gamble having sought to solve the problem of too much debt with even more debt. And this precarious pile-up of gambling chips might also point to another, less talked about reason, why President Trump has spent so much time and energy attacking the chairman of the Fed. He knows a crash is coming, and he wants someone to blame. This pile’s going to fall on someone—the question is, on whom?

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Jul 10, 2019

Red, blue, rich, poor, country, city, left or right. Chances are you probably fall into one of those categories. And you may be quite happy where you are. The people of Better Angels believe there's still value in talking, and they've come up with a way of doing it that actually seems to bring people together.  Music featured:  “The Positive And The Negative” by Minoru Muraoka, from ’Bamboo’, courtesy of Mr. Bongo Records.

Become a Patron at Patreon.  That's also where you'll find research materials related to this episode along with links and more on our guests. Write a podcast review at Apple Podcasts, share it via Twitter and include our tag @theLFShow, and you'll be entered in our raffle to win a pair of tickets to the July 28 boat party where proceeds will go to support this show.

Jul 3, 2019

We go in-depth with two feminist authors and a feminist bookstore. First to Barnard College for a talk with Chicana activist and author Cherríe Moraga about her 1st book release in eight years. Then, a unique kind of activism from adrienne maree brown, whose latest bestselling book is an examination of activist pleasure. Lastly, a landmark feminist bookstore turns 20 years old. Music featured:  “Universal Woman” by Dana Byrd  featuring Tantra Zawadi and Rescue Poetix, courtesy of Mikki Afflick’s Soul Sun Soul Music.  And music by Poddington Bear.

Become a Patron at Patreon.  That's also where you'll find research materials related to this episode along with links and more on our guests. Write a podcast review at Apple Podcasts, share it via Twitter and include our tag @theLFShow, and you'll be entered in our raffle to win a pair of tickets to the July 28 boat party where proceeds will go to support this show.

Jul 1, 2019

"Are rights things to be granted by the powerful to the deserving few, contingent on their obedience, someone’s convenience, and adherence to the prevailing rules and conventions? Or...."

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Jun 26, 2019

Don't remember the past? Does that mean you're condemned to repeat it? What does our country's past tell us about our present— and how can it help us imagine a better future? This week, two leading thinkers, Scot Nakagawa, ChangeLab and Astra Taylor, author & filmmaker, on the tricky challenges of democracy. What are the best tools— and even the best words we can use to create a better future?  Music Featured: "Freedom" by David Morales and Janice Robinson, courtesy of Diridim Records.

Become a Patron at Patreon.  That's also where you'll find research materials related to this episode along with links and more on our guests. Write a podcast review at Apple Podcasts, share it via Twitter and include our tag @theLFShow, and you'll be entered in our raffle to win a pair of tickets to the July 28 boat party where proceeds will go to support this show.

Jun 24, 2019

Laura interviewed Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and U.N. Special Envoy on Climate Change, at the Bellagio Women’s Leadership Forum. Robinson speaks on producing visionary women leaders and dismantling patriarchy, particularly as tools for achieving climate justice.

One of the biggest tasks we face in building a just transition to a habitable planet is, according to Mary, a huge shift in "the political will." Mary shares with us her convictions about who has the capacity to facilitate that shift. She brings their voices to the forefront in her new book ‘Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future.’
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Jun 20, 2019

Fifty years ago at The Stonewall Inn, gay pride took the form of a riot, not a parade. Today, the question remains as relevant as ever: Just how do we define "love is love," and what are we willing to do to defend one another? This week, we speak with a group of LGBTQIA+ leaders who each have a different relationship to being out and proud. We've come a long way they say, but in the next 50 years, we have a long way to go.  Here’s “Light of Love” by Lady Alma off her new full length album “Twilight”, a 9 track anthology, produced by Mark de Clive Lowe, released on Mashi-Beats

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GUESTS:  Scot Nakagawa, Senior Partner, ChangeLab;  Bri M., Creator and Producer of the podcast Power Not Pity; Kaz Mitchell, Co-Executive Director, Circle of Voices Inc.;  and Edafe Okporo, Director, RDJ Refugee Shelter.

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