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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.

Nov 22, 2017

This week on The Laura Flanders Show former prosecutor Paul Butler talks about his book Chokehold: Policing Black Men. And the film Dispatches from Cleveland documents the community organizing that changed the prosecutor's office in Cleveland in the wake of the killing of Tamir Rice.  All that and Laura's weekly commentary don’t believe the Democrat hype about Election Night 2017.

Nov 21, 2017

Laura Flanders' weekly commentary the 'F-word'.  

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Nov 9, 2017

This week a special report covering Trans National Institute's (TNI) gathering earlier this year in South Africa where participants exchanged thoughts and ideas in order to discover a New Politics. Laura Flanders has been part of an initiative promoted by the TNI incorporating activists and organizers from all over the world in a conversation about what many are calling "new politics." We're talking about alternatives, negotiating the space between Soviet-style socialism and Wall Street capitalism. This episode is a co production of theLFShow and TNI.

 

 

Nov 1, 2017

This month marks one year since the election of Donald Trump. The Laura Flanders Show released a special report at that time in which we asked our guests to reflect on social change. How it happens, how it doesn't, what they planned to do the day after the election to keep resistance movements alive and what they do to support their own spirits. One year later those questions matter more than ever, and our guests this week have their own take. Our studio guest is Reverend Jacqui Lewis of Middle Collegiate Church, she was a contributor to the 2017 collection Faith and Resistance in the Age of Trump. Then Adrienne Maree Brown, whom we caught up with in Detroit. She's the author of Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds.  Music featured: “Love On High’ by Juan Hoerni ft. Terry Dexter, the title track of Hoerni’s sophomore album and Look Ahead’ by Honey Dijon, Tim K, and Sam Sparro from Honey’s debut album “The Best of Both Worlds”

Oct 25, 2017

This week, distinguished professor David Harvey joins us in the studio to talk about the spirals of capitalism and his new book Marx, Capital, and the Madness of Economic Reason. Then we meet with filmmaker Pau Faus who captured in his film Ada for Mayor the unlikely, successful, campaign of Barcelona's Ada Colau, from activism to governance.  And Catalan Crisis or Capitalist Crisis? What’s happening in Spain is not only about ancient history. Music featured: El Run Run, by Ivan Lagarto ft'ing Ada Colau, Voces en Guerra by Opoloh featuring Diego Pedragosa and Cant de Batre by Maria Arnal & Marcel Bagés

Oct 18, 2017

This week on the show, Patri Ramirez Gonzalez from the Puerto Rico/Detroit Solidarity Exchange Network talks about grassroots plans to save family farmers and the ecosystem in Puerto Rico, and Trishala Deb, Asia regional director for Thousand Currents, a grant-making organization with partners across the world, shares hard won lessons from grassroots activists in Asia. Then from food justice and grassroots brilliance we'll hear from David Galarza Santa, a labor and community activist, about a Puerto Rican plan to recover, revitalize and resist calls for electricity privatization by building back different.  Music Featured: Living on the Frontline, VJS & Keith Thompson, Corporate Cannibal, Grace Jones.

Oct 16, 2017

Laura Flanders' weekly commentary the 'F-word'.

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Oct 11, 2017

A urgent conversation about media diversity and our lack of it. With guests Joe Amditis, assoc. director, Center for Cooperative Media & Dru Oja Jay, media activist and hacker. And then, from Detroit, a special report on the work grassroots media activists are doing, telling new stories, and creating their own media networks. Music featured: Weapons of Mass Distraction by Thievery Corporation, 18th Street Lounge Records & Alternative Facts by Mikki Afflick, Soul Sun Soul Music.

Oct 4, 2017

Going beyond the headlines of the Ferguson story. We'll talk with one of the directors of the documentary Whose Streets?. As the news cameras left Ferguson, Missouri, after the police killing of Michael Brown, Sabaah Folayan and her team stayed on to document what happens to people subjected to police violence as a matter of routine. And an F Word from me on surveillance. If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention and if you are, well the feds know about it.  Music featured:  selctions from Samora Pinderhughes’ album ‘The Transformations Suite’.

Sep 27, 2017

From taking power to making power. This week on The Laura Flanders Show, a special report from Athens, Greece where many are asking if progressives in government can change much at all if people don’t first change society. In 2015, anti-austerity Greeks were disappointed by the progressive left Syriza government, which they'd voted into office after the financial crisis, but the other things they did to meet society’s needs just might be sowing the seeds for transformation. Music featured:  "Hook or Crook" by Antibales and "Histoire De Molly" by Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal.  Please write a review where ever you subscribe to this podcast. 

Sep 20, 2017
Harvey on Harvey. Marxist geographer David Harvey weighs in on natural and not so natural disasters and how we might organize our cities better to avoid them. And Thanu Yakupitiyage from 350.org explains why climate justice requires that we make movements which will reverse our policies on refugees.  Music featured: "New York Minute" by Nickodemus feat. The Real Live Show, Sadat X, ILLspokinN and Rabbi Darkside and “If I told You What I Know” by Climbing PoeTree from their album Intrinsic.
Sep 13, 2017

This week dreams and defiance. Award winning playwright and essayist Wallace Shawn, discusses his new book Night Thoughts, meditations and speculative dreams for a better world. And Ed Whitfield, from The Fund for Democratic Communities in Greensboro, NC, on cooperatives, consumer politics and impeachments. And the fword, where are the monuments to the motley crew? Music featured: “Heart Seed” by DJ Sun featuring Leah Alvarez and Martin Perna and “Funk That” by Nickodemus featuring The Illustrious Blacks.

Sep 6, 2017

Anti-Trump is not enough! This week, Laura Flanders show comes to you from Berlin. In the lead up to the German elections, the German left is saying that opposing Trump is simply not enough. But the left has work to do too, as we'll see. Then, two guests join us in Cape Town, South Africa to discuss new governance from the left.  Music featured:  "Histoire De Molly" by Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Segal, "Gentrified Children" by Congo Sanchez, and Scott Hardkiss mix of "Revolution" by the Hardkiss Brothers.

Aug 29, 2017

Revisit:  We’re living in a time of economic babble, where politicians and economists throw out words like “reform,” “privatize,” and “austerity” to prop up corrupt capitalist opportunists. So says our guest this week, economist Michael Hudson, author of J is for Junk Economics. Plus, a report from Diverse Filmmaker’s Alliance on the Yemeni bodega workers who went on strike in New York to protest the Muslim Ban. Music featured: Antibales "Dirty Money" Daptone Records & Balkan Beatbox "Money" Crammed Discs.

Aug 17, 2017

Laura speaks with Aaron Tanaka, founder and director of the Center for Economic Democracy (CED) about his longtime advocacy and visionary work for the next system of solidarity economics. To change the circumstances of injustice, we have to build our communities’ governance power to take control of their economic resources -- so says Tanaka. Tanaka and the CED are one of the many organizations behind Boston’s Ujima program, which is funneling the discourse of democratic economics into the practice we need and helping communities of color direct their resources into the ideas they believe in, through a cooperative model of community budgeting. Music featured comes by way of Tenderflex ft. Dynasty Electric, Ayler Young, Jay Rodriguez  and by George Martinez & The Global Block Collective released on Occupy This Album.

Aug 8, 2017

Can music make a movement? This week, legendary music producer Danny Goldberg takes us back to a time when "All You Need is Love" was not meant to be ironic, and we talk about his new book, In Search of the Lost Chord about the hippie summer of 1967. Then, from today's movement music scene, Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman celebrate the release of their new album, Intrinsic and perform for us in studio. Music featured: Climbing Poetree, and Kriece & Ram Dass.

Aug 2, 2017

Throw out what you think you know about economics. This week, self-described “renegade economist” Kate Raworth of Oxford University, explains how to think like a reality based economist, and two eco-feminists, one from South Africa, the other Mauritius, share a chat under a tree, about Marx, feminism and life on the planet. All that and a few words from me on Venezuela and the President's obsession with Blood. Music featured: "Democrazy" by Chaka Khan & “I.P.C.C.” by Baba Brinkman from his album The Rap Guide to Climate Chaos.  Please rate and write a review wherever you get this podcast. Thanks!

Jul 25, 2017

No is not enough', says Naomi Klein, so if no isn't sufficient, what might be? This week, ​Laura talks with author/activist Gar Alperovitz, co-chair of the Next System Project (a framework for imagining 'the next system' of governance, democracy, and security). From the gloom of today he sees the principles of a Pluralist Commonwealth emerging. Then a video from Local Futures, counts down the many changes that can come from investing locally. All that and a commentary from Laura on the Diggers and feeding while rebelling. Featured music comes by way of Bluey from Incognito, off his album "Life Between the Notes" on Shanachie Records. 

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Jul 19, 2017

The GOP's anti-Obamacare push is defeated for now. But what if the debate over healthcare was as much about human and community health as it is about partisan politics? This week on the LF Show, health crusaders Loretta Ross and Lynn Paltrow explain why reproductive justice requires racial and class equity and Laura celebrates Oregon's new Reproductive Health Equity Act which moves everyone forward, together, regardless of income, citizenship status, and gender identity. Music featured: "New World In My View" King Britt presents Sister Gertrude Morgan, Rope a Dope Records and "Near the Black Forest" Vanessa Daou featuring the words of Erica Jong, from "Welcome to My Blues, Anthology", Daou Music & Kid Recordings.

Jul 11, 2017

Although cities across the country have announced themselves as sanctuaries, the queer and trans communities who defined this movement have been routinely failed by those same cities' adherence to regressive policing tactics. This week, Jennicet Gutiérrez, of La Familia Trans Queer Liberation Movement, and Hamid Khan, of the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition, join Laura to take measure of the contradictions found in state sanctioned surveillance of so-called sanctuary communities. All that and Laura's weekly commentary on Hell in Hamburg and how the G20 could have been worse’. Music included "Soil" ft Ursula Rucker & "Place Delight" ft Mary Griffin comes from Stephen Emmers' Home Ground project.  iTunes subscribers please write a review and rate this podcast 

Jul 4, 2017

Organizing in a Trump and Amazon World -- new concentrations of power are bringing forth new models of resistance. This week on the show, Cathy Albisa and Sabino Milian discuss the targeting of activists in immigration sweeps. Those ICE raids aren't that random they say. And as Amazon gets ever bigger, what happens to the workers behind your mouse-click? We’ll hear how low-wage warehouse workers are Raising the Floor from Sophie Zaman. Music comes by way of Eljuri from her album La Lucha.  iTunes subscribers please write a review and rate this podcast

Jun 20, 2017

Money media keep telling us that Trump voters are sticking by him, but are they? And what do so-called swing voters really want? Working America, the community organizing affiliate of the A.F.L.-C.I.O., took to the streets of Ohio to find out. Matt Morrison, the deputy director of Working America, shares the findings of the Front Porch Focus Group, and we hear from some of the canvassers who knocked on all those doors. Plus, an F-word from Laura on why it’s business as usual for the Koch brothers in the states. Right wing funders know power shifts from the bottom up, not Trump-down. Sadly, the same can’t be said of our media.  

Music featured in this weeks episode includes Magical Connection” by Sarah Vaughn from the ‘Feeling Good- Supreme Sounds of  Bob Shad’ collection and “He Wants to Live Like You” by Diggs Duke from the Brownswood 10 Year Collection.

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Jun 14, 2017

A May Day Special Report from the Laura Flanders Show features the mass mobilization of the people on International Worker's Day 2017!  May Day urges us to dream bigger, to set aside conservative notions of what is feasible and focus instead on what is just.  This episode follows organizers as they present their visions of a better world - and what they're doing to build it. They raise the question: how can we work together to build the future available to everyone, meaning trans people, immigrants, workers, indigenous people, veterans, people of color, and women? From the broad based #BeyondtheMoment coalition uniting movements under the banner of Black liberation and anti-militarism, to the Day without Immigrants, which paints a chilling portrait of what our communities could become, this day is about what we'll build to exist 200 hundred years from now. Featuring Thaís Marquis (Movemiento Cosecha), UPROSE Brooklyn (Grassroots Global Justice Alliance), the New Sanctuary Coalition NYC, Agunda Okeyo (Hater Free NYC), Claude Copeland (Iraq Veterans Against the War), and more. 

As always, we're forward-thinking media, looking to uplift solutions and solvers to a higher stage.

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Jun 7, 2017

This week, from the promises of Syriza in Greece to the demands of Brexit in the U.K: how two landmark events in Europe help to forecast the direction of its left. Helena Sheehan is the author of new book, "The Syriza Wave," chronicling what she calls the failure of Greece's radical left to deliver on its campaign. She's joined by Natalie, co founder of Matters of the Earth and organizer with Black Lives Matter UK. Ahead of the British general election, both guests gauge the temperature of a continental Left that could move away from austerity, incarceration, and xenophobia. 

Music featured in this weeks episode includes "Danger" by afro-beat Nigerian soul sisters Lijadu Sisters from their 1979 album "Horizon Unlimited" and "Babylon Falling" by Thievery Corporations from their latest album.

Watch the Laura Flanders Show on KCET LinkTV (Dish 9410 and DirecTV 375);
Free Speech TV (Dish 9415 and DirecTV 348); CUNY Tv and Manhattan Neighborhood Network-HD MNN Ch34;  Roku Channel store.  Episodes are also released on our Youtube channel

Listen to the Laura Flanders Show on Pacifica Radio Network Stations across the country including:  WBAI, WLRI, WKPN, WOOL, KVOY, KCEI, WFTE, KAYQ, KGHI, WPPM, KFZR, KKRN, KRFP, KSVR, KSOW, KAOS, KMUD, KGNU, Global Community Radio, Equality Broadcast and more.

May 24, 2017

A new world based on community and collaboration is closer than you think. We can steward resources together, in fact, millions of people are doing just that. And not just in the history books. This week, from Kingston, NY, author and activist David Bollier, Co Founder of the Commons Strategy Group, explains what it means to Think Like A Commoner. Then, two activists engaged in Commons projects right now, talk about two very distinct but complementary Commons strategies -- one digital in Barcelona, the other rural, in Mozambique. Graca Samu is the director of the Global March of Women and Mayo Fuster is on the faculty of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University and a researcher at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. The commons are no tragedy, say our guests, they're an opportunity to model ourselves on creativity and shared resources, instead of enclosure.

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