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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.

Jan 31, 2018

What difference does it make when some people are left out of the picture? When police don’t keep data on queer women, for instance - or when the culture looks all white. Activist attorney Andrea Ritchie returns with her book, Invisible No More and Deborah Willis and Hank Willis Thomas - 2 generations of picture makers talk about mothers, sons and radical art. Thanks to TED Women for their collaboration on this report.  Plus V20 call to action “My Revolution Lives In This Body” by Eve Ensler ft. Rosario Dawson from a film short directed by Deborah Anderson. For $30 off your first week of HelloFresh, visit HelloFresh and enter  promo code: LAURA30

Jan 30, 2018

Laura Flanders' weekly commentary the 'F-word'.  
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Jan 25, 2018

Can sanctuary exist in a state that still insists on broken windows policing? This week on the Laura Flanders Show, Ravi Ragbir and Sara Gozalo of The New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City describe pushing back state pressure and creating real sanctuary, communally, through partnering not policing.

Jan 23, 2018

We re-visit Laura's F-Word from 11 months ago on how the Trump administration has launched a Soviet era, McCarthyist witch hunt to catch "illegal" immigrants, that's not really about immigrants at all.

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Jan 17, 2018

Before #TimesUp, a history of successful collaboration between grassroots activists and celebrities was already realized. Laura talks to Eve Ensler, who will be returning to Broadway with a new play titled "In The Body of the World," about why our bodies must be connected to our politics. Then, an interview with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, of the hit show 'Grace and Frankie,' alongside Saru Jarayaman, president of Restaurant Opportunities Center United. Laura spoke to them in Detroit after they went to canvas door to door for a ballot initiative that seeks not only to win a single fair minimum wage, but to help build a broad progressive agenda in Michigan statewide.  +Music featured by Maya Azucena.

Jan 10, 2018

theLFShow partnered with Project South covered the 2017 annual gathering of the Southern Movement Assemblies -- a living experiment in popular democracy and local self governance. Plantation politics, monopoly capitalism, incarceration instead of peace: a lot of the worst of the American experience has it roots in the US South, but so does much of the best, from slave revolts, to abolition, to organized labor and civil rights. If the country goes as the South goes, what grassroots progressives do here matters. Featuring music by Deep Seedz Collective.

Jan 8, 2018

Enjoy a minicast featuring several revolutionary poets who have performed on theLFShow including Cynthia Dewi Oka featured in revolutionary mothering an anthology giving voice to mothers of color and marginalized mothers, Janani Balasubramanian of Dark Matter, a trans gender south asian performance duo, Aja Monet author of “My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter” and from the movement music scene, Climbing Poetry.

Jan 3, 2018

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.

Dec 20, 2017

Enjoy our 'Year End Review'. Than, Equality Lab's Thenmorzi Soundararajan. Basic digital security measures can limit the impact of up to 85-90% of mass surveillance. Worried about your email getting hacked? Or annoyed by ads that know where you shop? Or an activist who wants to learn to encrypt their communications? Teach yourself how to secure your iphone or Android, network, identity, and communications against potential leaks, hacks, and more. Part of our digital security tutorial series. Support theLFShow!

Dec 11, 2017

Laura Flanders' weekly commentary the 'F-word'.  
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Dec 6, 2017

This week's Laura Flanders Show comes from Whitakers, North Carolina and the annual gathering of the Southern Movement Assemblies -- a living experiment in popular democracy and local self governance. Plantation politics, monopoly capitalism, incarceration instead of peace: a lot of the worst of the American experience has it roots in the US South, but so does much of the best, from slave revolts, to abolition, to organized labor and civil rights. If the country goes as the South goes, what grassroots progressives do here matters. For this special episode we partnered with Project South, an anchor organization of the Southern Movement Assemblies, and Laura was joined by co-host LaDie Mansfield.  Music featured comes by way of Deep Seedz Collective

Dec 4, 2017

Laura Flanders' weekly commentary the 'F-word'.  
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Nov 29, 2017

This week on the Laura Flanders Show, Riane Eisler, author of the groundbreaking book The Chalice and the Blade, and The Real Wealth of Nations, discusses partnership and post-industrial economics. And Laura's weekly commentary, 'Wanted, This Christmas, A Media-Monopoly Bust Up'.  Music featured includes "Matter of Time" by Sharon Jones & the Daptones, on Daptone Records and "Riding for 1,000 Years" by Surreal from Deep Seedz Collective.

Nov 15, 2017

This week on the show, resistance and revolutionary poetry: Aja Monet talks about free-speech, accountability, the poet June Jordan and the fight for Palestinian liberation. All that, and her new book My Mother was a Freedom Fighter.

Nov 7, 2017

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

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Oct 30, 2017

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

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Oct 6, 2017

Laura Flanders weekly commentary the 'fword'. This week, Surveillance. If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention and if you are, well the feds know about it.  

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Aug 22, 2017

This week we revisit a show from the archives, Adaku Utah, founder of healing collective Harriet's Apothecary, and J Bob Alotta, executive director of the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, which supports grassroots LGBTQ efforts across the globe. Utah and Alotta discuss what healing and healing justice would look like for communities under attack and in particular, for trans women of color and gender non conforming people. It's not enough to fund direct action or leadership training, say our guests; activist organizations have a responsibility to help their concerned communities heal from trauma, and to empower them towards fellowship and autonomy. Adaku Utah is a master herbalist, educator, and artist who is "armed with the legacies of a long line of healers, witches, priestesses and fearless women who refused to shut up." J Bob Alotta is a filmmaker, global activist, and one of the organizers of the Women's March on Washington.

Jun 27, 2017

The lines between politics and branding have been blurred, not just in recent years, but in a gradual effort by corporations to commodify media and politics. So says our guest this week, Naomi Klein, joining Laura to discuss her most recent book No Is Not Enough. How will the movements of resistance and creation challenge a “reality tv politics?,” and where is it already happening? Klein sets out the map. Plus, a short report on water protector Red Fawn Fallis, who faces an imprisonment for life sentence as a result of her participation in the Standing Rock protests of 2016. And an F-word from Laura on the manifestos, Labour and Leap -- how their forward-looking ideas can guide us to alternative models of energy, economy, and equity.  Music featured comes by way of Selan and Raye Zaragoza entitled "Water Is Life".

Jun 1, 2017

If, in the twenty-first century, credit is the new capital , what are the implications for our finances, but also our relationships?  This week, Laura talks with Ivan Ascher, author of a new book on The Portfolio Society, and debt activist Pam Brown, about the implications of a society based on risk rather than labor. And we hear from Mandy Cabot, CEO of Dansko shoes who chose her workers over a corporate buyout. She's joined by Richard Eidlin, co-founder of the American Sustainable Business Council.

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May 10, 2017

How can we collaborate across skills, communities, and history to build new spaces? On this week's show, we talk to Pamela Shifman and Iris Bowen, two of the minds behind the Women's Building project, which is transforming a former New York women's prison into a space for activism, community, and reclamation. Plus, an interview with Yoav Litvin, author of 2Create, a book which documents the possibilities of creative collaboration for social and systemic change.

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Mar 24, 2017

Laura is joined by celebrated academic, organizer, and advocate Professor Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, who is perhaps best known for coining the term intersectionality. And later in the show Laura is joined by Tarso Ramos of Political Research Associates, a  human rights think tank that studies threats to democracy coming from various right wing sources, to discuss what all of us need to know about the women’s agenda of the Alt Right, and what sets the alt-right apart from other conservative factions. The answer might surprise you.

Music featured in this weeks show includes "Human Family" by Maya Angelou from her final album "Caged Bird Songs released on Smooth Music inc;  "Make It Better" by Raul Midon from his album entitled "Don't Hesitate" released on Mac Avenue Records;  and "Jungle Fever" by Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band from their album "55" released on Brooklyn's Big Crown Records.

Mar 9, 2017

Donald Trump's tweets and divisiveness on Capitol Hill tend to draw the money media in and hold them there, but if progressives and the Left focus only on the beltway and the binary party debate, we'll never escape.

In this episode, Laura interviews organizers about going beyond Trumpism and Trump, with Color of Change director, Rashad Robinson; immigrant rights advocate Kica Thomas, and anti-war activist Medea Benjamin. Why not paper over our differences, if it will result in unity? What's happened to the anti-war movement? Where's the more expansive vision of the Left? And what's it got to do with immigration, trade and sanctuary? Rashad Robinson is the executive director of Color of Change, the nation's largest online racial justice organization (also featured in Ava DuVernay's film "13th." ) Kica Matos is the Director of the Immigrant Rights & Racial Justice program at Center for Community Change | Medea Benjamin is the co-founder of Code Pink, an NGO for peace movement working to challenge militarism, end U.S. funded wars and occupations. Her book, "Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection" is out now. The Laura Flanders Show brings you in-depth interviews with forward-thinking people, working to create radical change and shift power. Donate at www.lauraflanders.com/donate.

Mar 2, 2017

With the Trump administration embracing private prisons, and a crackdown on all crimes, how police departments operate will come under scrutiny.  We treasure what we measure so why do police metrics count captures and kills but not conflicts resolved? Could a change in metrics change police practice? And is "progressive policing" an oxymoron with no place in a radical agenda?

 

Laura sits down with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman, and Professor Emerita Judi Komaki to discuss lowered crime rates, a decline in Stop and Frisk policing, and changing practices around drug arrests. A model can exist where there are trusting relationships between the public and police, but it needs data, training, and a change in attitudes -- on both sides, say our guests.


After serving as an NYPD police officer and New York State Senator, Eric Adams became the first Africa-American man to be the Brooklyn Borough President in 2013. | Donna Lieberman has been the executive director of the NYCLU since December 2001, during which time the organization has been a vocal critic of Stop and Frisk. | Judi Komaki is a professor emerita of organizational behavior, whose work focuses on how good data can improve organizations' policies.

Feb 22, 2017

The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) is 25 years old, and yet, the shadow of a Trump administration looms over its vision to advance a progressive agenda. In this seemingly discouraging time, what does the CPC offer, and how does it stay progressive? In the ramp-up to the DNC Chair nomination, for which Keith Ellison (D-MN), chair of the CPC, has hotly campaigned, Laura travels to the 2017 Progressive Congress to speak to progressive leaders.

Joining Laura this week are CPC First Vice Chair Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI); CPC Vice Chair Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA); CPC Vice Chair Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY). Pocan and Lee bring to us an optimistic forecast for how progressive organizing will take on authoritarian and isolationist legislation. Jayapal and Clarke echo this sense of confidence in their caucus and constituents ability to organize. And all four celebrated Congresspeople reaffirm their belief in Keith Ellison’s ability to direct the Democratic party further left.

Rep. Mark Pocan was the first to introduce a bill to impeach Trump on the House floor; Rep. Barbara Lee has introduced a bill to protest Steve Bannon’s appointment to the National Security Council; Pramila Jayapal is the first Indian-American woman to serve in the House of Representatives, known for her leadership in FightFor$15 Seattle; Rep. Yvette Clarke has sponsored a bill to prohibit the use of federal funds to support the Muslim Ban executive order.

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