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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.

Dec 4, 2019

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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Dec 3, 2019

The following minicast features excerpts from Laurie Anderson’s lecture “The Size of the Con” commissioned by the Brooklyn Public Library as part of a series “Message from the Library” providing a forum for great minds as they reflect on the most pressing issues of our time.

Laurie Anderson’s entire 30minute lecture is available to patrons of the Laura Flanders Show. Help us reach our goal of 100 patrons by year end, by becoming a member today at https://LauraFlanders.org/donate.

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Nov 27, 2019

Author and activist Naomi Klein discusses her new book, On Fire, in which she argues that addressing the climate crisis requires more than simply reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Through a series of essays, Klein makes the case for a Green New Deal that tackles the causes and impacts of climate change while confronting racial and economic inequality. We cannot, she says, address one without the other. Music in the Middle: "Wake Up" by Dawn Drake & ZapOte, produced by Chico Mann and Geoff Mann, courtesy of PMX Records.

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Nov 20, 2019

Social change and systems change go hand-in-hand. Movements for democracy and human rights are most effective when they aim to transform unjust, inequitable economic systems. In this episode, Laura travels to Spain to learn how people in two of the regions most brutally repressed under the dictatorship of Francisco Franco built the worlds’ largest worker-owned co-ops. From the Basque Country to Barcelona, she speaks with co-op members who explain how humanist models of business helped their parents and grandparents survive dictatorship. She also explores how these models are transforming under contemporary circumstances, including the emergence of digital platforms, the renewal of the regional independence movements, and the growth of the Spanish rightwing.  Music in the Middle: "IDN” by Catalan pianist Albert Marquès courtesy of the artist and thanks to Arturo O’Farrell.

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Nov 15, 2019

"I was thinking about impeachment when a bird fell out of the sky.  ......Dazed, on the sidewalk, she stood perfectly still, protected by gentle cops and generous yards of yellow caution tape... It happened to be the same week, five years ago, that Tanisha Anderson died on the street in front of her home, when she was having one of her bad days." 

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

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Nov 13, 2019

In her new film, The Edge of Democracy, director Petra Costa tells the story of how Brazil went from a rising star among free nations to a democracy on the verge of collapse. With unprecedented access, Costa documents the rise and fall of Brazil’s Workers Party and its charismatic leader Lula da Silva, the impeachment of Brazil’s first female president, Dilma Rousseff, and the rise of President Jair Bolsonaro who has ushered in, as Costa puts it, a new era of rule by the bible, the bullet, and the banks. In this very personal conversation, Laura and Petra discuss life and politics in the U.S. and Brazil—nations built on land theft, genocide, and extraction. They wonder if democracy can survive in states that fail to reckon with their pasts.  “Baiana (A Girl Born in Bahia)” by Gaby Hernandez from her album Spirit Reflection courtesy of Mr. Bongo Records.

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Nov 6, 2019

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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Oct 30, 2019

The people of Newark, New Jersey—the majority of whom are black and brown—are grappling with a lead contamination crisis that has drawn comparisons with Flint, Michigan. There, the state took control of the city’s water after municipal officials and a private management company failed to provide clean water.  In Newark, local residents want to keep their water in public hands. Why? This week, Laura interviews activists working to fix their city’s water through more robust democratization rather than privatization. Music in the Middle:  “For the Courageous” by Climbing PoeTree from their album Intrinsic, courtesy of Climbing PoeTree.

Goal, reach 100 Patrons by end of year.  You down?  Become a member for as little as $3 a month support, be a part of our crowd.

Guests: 

•Sabre Bee and Anthony Diaz, Co-Founders of the Newark Water Coalition

•Yvette Jordan, a Teacher at Central High School in Newark, New Jersey

Oct 23, 2019

How do you revitalize a city without gentrifying it? In this episode of the Laura Flanders Show, Laura goes to Buffalo, New York, where years of post-industrial stagnation have recently yielded to new economic growth. She interviews grassroots activists working to make sure that this local renaissance leaves their city more inclusive and equitable—not less. She explores how progressive, intersectional organizations are helping to create affordable housing and provide job training while fighting for social and environmental justice. Music featured in the middle: “Keep It Moving” by Lady Alma from her album Twilight, courtesy of MashiBeats.

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Oct 16, 2019

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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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."  

Help us thrive and not just survive, by becoming a member you'll unlock the full transcript of Jerome Roos' interview along with additional audio extras and more. Patreon.com/theLFShow

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.

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.

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. 

Help us thrive and not just survive, by becoming a member you'll unlock the full transcript of Jerome Roos' interview along with additional audio extras and more. Patreon.com/theLFShow

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

You'll find more information and a link where you can watch the event in its' entirety at Patreon.

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