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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.

Apr 17, 2019

Segregation in Education is as bad as ever, and no end appears to be sight. So what approaches might make a difference. What if Segregation, per se, wasn’t the problem? This week, educators speak out, and we visit an Afrocentric school in Brooklyn, where mindfulness and race are not a detail.  Music Feature:  “Plain Folks” by Alexis P. Suter and T.U.B.A., released on HipBone Records.

Guests:
-Rafiq R. Kalam Id-Din II, Esq. ,Founder & Managing Partner Ember Charter Schools for Mindful Education, Innovation and Transformation
-Lurie Daniel-Favors, Esq. General Counsel, The Center for Law and Social Justice
-Matt Gonzales, Director of School Diversity, New York Appleseed

For our Patreon Community, you’ll find more in depth information on this weeks show, including research materials and additional links to explore. 

Apr 10, 2019

It’s time to start looking at conflict in a new and different way -- and women are at the forefront. A look into a new PBS film series with an all-female directors that is focusing attention on what we can learn from women who risked their lives for peace --  and changed history in the process.  Guests: Julia Bacha, a Peabody and Guggenheim award-winning filmmaker, and director of “Naila and the Uprising”. Gini Reticker, an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker who  directed “The Trials of Spring” and is also an executive producer of the Women, War, and Peace series.  Music Spotlight:  Blake Leyh’s film score for Gini Reticker’s “The Trials of Spring".

For our Patreon Community, you’ll find more in depth information on this weeks show, including research materials and additional links to explore. 

Apr 8, 2019

Trump’s hardline policies have all sorts of people asking how our immigration rules got to be so open to abuse - and what alternatives are out there? Is there any country that treats migrants right? And if so, what could we learn from them? Joining Laura to unpack these issues are Atossa Araxia Abrahamian, Senior Editor at The Nation magazine and author of “The Cosmopolites”, a book that focuses on the buying and selling of citizenship and John Torpey, Professor of Sociology and History and Director of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies at the Graduate Center, of the City Univeristy of New York. He’s also the author of “The Invention of the Passport: Surveillance, Citizenship, and the State” that details the history of the modern passport and why it became so important for controlling movement in the modern world.

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Apr 3, 2019

Legalizing cannabis, repairing the economy, that's this week on the Laura Flander's Show. The fight for legalization of marijuana has never been easy and it's still not, as evidenced by the recent collapse of a month's long effort in New Jersey and the battle still raging in New York. A key issue in both is how to ensure that legalizing of cannabis doesn't just make for another privatized corporate monopoly. But instead repairs the harm that's been done by the war on drugs. Music in the middle:  “Us and Them” by Easy Star All Stars and remixed by Dreadzone from their tribute album to Pink Floyd titled ‘Dubside of the Moon’ released on Easy Star Records. 


Guests: 

Kassandra Frederique, NY State Director, Drug Policy Alliance
Mary Pryor, Founder & CEO, Cannaclusive
Raybblin Vargas, Communications Coordinator, Green Worker Cooperatives
*All guests are a part of a Coalition - Start Smart New York

For our Patreon Community, you’ll find more in depth information on this weeks show, including research materials and additional links to explore. 

 

 

Mar 28, 2019

"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.

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Mar 27, 2019

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

For our Patreon Community, you’ll find more in depth information on this weeks show, including research materials and additional links to explore. 

Mar 22, 2019

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.

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Mar 20, 2019

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!

Guests:
Kim Kelly, Council Member, Writers Guild of America, East
Albert Samaha, Investigative Reporter, Buzz Feed News
Nastaran Mohit, Organizing Director, The NewsGuild of New York

 

Mar 18, 2019

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!

Mar 13, 2019

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!

Featured Guests and their Podcasts: Jaclyn Friedman Unscrewed; Tina Horn Why Are People Into That ;  Ericka Hart Hoodrat to Headwrap: A Decolonized Podcast

 

Mar 8, 2019

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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Mar 6, 2019

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!

Feb 27, 2019

Reinventing our cities and re-enchanting the world. Who gets a say in designing where they live? What if more of us did? This week, we visit Mary Miss, a Guggenheim fellow and celebrated artist, whose organization, The City as Living Laboratory, strives to empower people to create not the cliché of the sustainable city, she says, but places of living and breathing, creative sustenance. Then we speak to scholars Silvia Federici and Peter Linebaugh about the promises of "commoning" for our environment – and our social health.  Music Featured: "Harvest for the World" rework by Groove Junkies & ReelSoul featuring Nichelle Monroe, released on MoreHouse Records.

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Feb 22, 2019

"We need to take a long, hard look at the ideology that underpins what we call capitalism,"  Laura Flanders' commentary, The F-Word.

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Feb 20, 2019

Before the news broke of Amazon's pulling out of NYC's L.I.C. to build its HQ2, we looked at the resistance the plan provoked and why, and considered how development might be possible without displacement? Guests: Sasha Wijeyeratne, Executive Director of CAAAV organizing Asian communities, Juleon Robinson, Program Associate of the New Economy Project, and Maritza Silva-Farrell, Executive Director of ALIGN. And we tour the neighborhood with Bishop Mitchell G. Taylor, Senior Pastor of Center of Hope Church International and the co-founder & CEO of Urban UpBound, L.I.C., Queens.  Music Spotlight: Pete Seeger singing “Which Side Are You On?” written by Florence Reece in 1931.  Support theLFShow!

Feb 15, 2019

Like a macho man in the pre-feminist era, Amazon wanted things their way or no way. That’s how monopolies roll. Don’t ask questions, don’t consider options, and whatever you do, don’t conduct a background check.

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Feb 13, 2019

As the President sounds off about holy babies born and unborn, we talk about the ongoing criminalization of women who happen to get pregnant. What has been the media’s role and have they done enough to make amends? We’ll talk to Lynn Paltrow, one of the lawyers representing incarcerated women, media critic Janine Jackson, and Suzanne Sellers who fell afoul of one of those laws in the 1990s. Then, Lynn Paltrow on the threats to Roe and more. Music Featured: "Mr. President" by Kana Mota. The NYTimes Article and Apology

Feb 8, 2019

This week's F-Word is on the chilling reality of the US incarceration system which was amplified in New York recently, when the heat went off at Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center, leaving thousands of pre-trial detainees freezing in their cells for days on end.

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Feb 6, 2019

When you live in the rural South, your story rarely makes the news, but Southern activists are shaking things up, with their votes, and their broadband transmitter too. This week, Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson and Rev. Allyn Maxfield-Steele, the co-directors of the revered civil rights school, the Highlander Center, talk about blue waves, black women and broadband. And we revisit Detroit, where residents denied affordable internet meshed servers to serve their neighbors, one rooftop at a time.  “As the World Ends” by TQX featuring  Gian Slater and Pete Miser from the album Global Intimacy released on Extra Celestial ArtsSupport theLFShow!

Jan 30, 2019

Is the climate movement heating up? This week on the show, activists at all levels of the climate justice movement discuss how inter-generational, cross-coalition, and global organizing is taking control of the future without waiting for anyone. Can the U.S born Green New Deal learn from yellow-vested workers’ agitation in France? And who’s new Deal is it anyway? In this episode: Elizabeth Yeampierre, co-chair of the Climate Justice Alliance; Sean Sweeney,Director of Cornell Global Labor Institute’s International Program for Labor, Climate & Environment; and Varshini Prakash, co-founder of the Sunrise Movement.  Music featured:  "Leaving This Planet" Charles Earland re-make by Mark De Clive-Lowe featuring Sharlene Hector;  “Song for the Yellow Vests” by Birmingham, UK’s, Lee Brickley.

Jan 28, 2019

The following minicast features Laura in conversation with Thomas Hanna, research director at The Democracy Collaborative and author of “Our Common Wealth:  The Return of Public Ownership in the United States”.  They discuss public ownership. From banks and parking meters to water and electrical supplies, there's more of it in the US than you might think. Who’s afraid of it and what are they afraid of? For more, watch or take a listen to our recent episode, ‘Revolution at the Federal Reserve’ featuring former Goldman Sachs manager, Nomi Prins and Thomas Hanna in a conversation about the way that central bankers steer world development and how things could be different.  Support theLFShow! Become a member.

Jan 23, 2019

As the World Economic Forum takes place in Davos, Switzerland, we talk about the way central banks steer world development and for whom. Former Goldman Sachs managing director Nomi Prins, author of "Collusion: How Central Bankers Rigged the World," and public ownership researcher, Thomas Hanna, author of “Our Common Wealth: The Return of Public Ownership in the United States,” and Research Director at The Democracy Collaborative, believe that banking, and development, could be very different. Music featured: “You & Me” by Danny McGraw. Support theLFShow!

Jan 16, 2019

Soul Fire Farm’s Leah Penniman talks with Chris Hedges, author of America: The Farewell Tour, about environmental threats, societal breakdown, and how we might come back together as humans. Then, a glimpse of CAGED, a play written and conceived by Hedges’ writing students in a high-security prison in New Jersey.  Music featured: “Babylon Falling” by Thievery Corporation featuring Puma, released on Eighteenth Street Lounge Records.

Jan 9, 2019

Despite efforts over the last two years to curtail progress for trans people by the current administration, trans activism has gained momentum and become prominent within the movement for queer justice. Laura speaks with Imara Jones, a trans activist, former policymaker, and host of The Last Sip on Free Speech TV about her work to amplify transgender narratives, on and off the screen.  Music featured: Anohni of Antony & the Johnson's "Everything Is New" from the film “Turning” created in collaboration with Charles Atlas.  Support theLFShow, 10 Years of Making Power Through Media!

Jan 2, 2019

Holiday Rewind:  Since the 2008 financial crash, one thing we've learned is that there exist in the US not just one economy, but many, as well as many kinds of  economic actors. From platform cooperatives to cryptocurrency, people are building economic alternatives to climate devastation and capitalist extraction. So says Nathan Schneider, crusader for the internet of ownership and author of Everything for Everyone: the Radical Tradition That Is Shaping The Next Economy.  Plus, Virginia Eubanks on how government and corporations are erasing social services through unequal digital practices.  Music: “You Are the One the World Becomes” by Morley, from her new album ‘1000 Miles’. Support theLFShow, 10 Years of Making Power Through Media!

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