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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.

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.

Jun 13, 2019

'No matter the result of the elections, Barcelona's Ada Colau and Barcelona en Comú continue to put principles into practice.' Support theLFShow!

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Jun 12, 2019

Someone turns 65 every 8 seconds in this country, and as our elderly population grows, so does the need to build an economy around our future selves. In this episode, three leaders in the age justice movement share their ideas about how we can age with dignity, power, and change our society to reflect just that. Then we visit the largest home care cooperative in the U.S. to take a look at age justice, and worker justice, in practice. Music featured “A Minute” by Janine Lyons from her album “Epiphany” released on Honeycomb Music.

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Guests: Alice Fisher- The Radical Age Movement; Rachel McCullough- NY Caring Majority; Penny Cook- Pioneer Network; Ashton Applewhite Author, The Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism; Adria Powell- Cooperative Home Care Associates; Gladys Drew, Cooperative home Care Associates

Jun 5, 2019

400 years since the first enslaved Africans arrived in Jamestown, many people agree reparations are due, but what would they look like? How about affordable property put into Black hands, in perpetuity? Could community land trusts be one way of making repairs? A lawyer, a policy advocate and an organizer with homeless New Yorkers explain what’s possible, and what’s being done. Music Featured:  "Waiting For The Sun" by Meltonix, released on Kid Recordings.

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May 30, 2019

"Eighty years ago, this April, Spain fell under a thirty year dictatorship after right beat left in a brutal civil war. History feels acutely alive to me today and not just because for the first time in my life, I’m in Spain."

The F-Word, Laura Flanders' commentary.

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May 29, 2019

This week, we’re happy to share with you a podcast we love and enjoy called ‘Building Local Power” produced by the Institute For Local Self-Reliance and hosted by ILSR staff members Chris Mitchell, Stacy Mitchell and John Farrell.    The podcast offers new ideas for breaking the hold of corporate monopolies and expanding the power of communities to chart their own future. The following episode is titled “Shining a Light on Anti-Competitive Behavior”.  They discuss the AT&T and Timer Warner merger; how New Mexico’s Energy Transition Act is not in the public interest, and other anti-competitive corporate actions and state policies that might have slipped under the radar. 

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May 23, 2019

In the upcoming 2019 Barcelona elections, Mayor Ada Colau of Barcelona en Comú is up for re-elections. BCN en Comú is a part of a network of municipalist movements that calls themselves Fearless Cities. We will hear from Debbie Bookchin author and activist, based in New York; Rodgrigo Conejo of WikiPolitico based in Mexico; Kali Akuno of Operation Jackson based in Jackson Mississipi, Gala Pin of Barcelona en Comú. They share some of their challenges and successes in their projects, and what they have learned from building municipalist networks in their respective territories.

For suggested reading, research and links to our guests and issues featured in this episode, go to: Patreon.com/theLFShow

May 22, 2019

"white nationalists have been targeting bookstores and libraries across the country for a while"....."It’s not the hate that’s new. It’s the apparent sense of entitlement. ....they’re out in plain sight, and not just in the media’s backwaters but in the nation’s capital...." The F-Word, Laura Flanders' commentary.

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May 22, 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.

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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
•Live performance by the Resistance Revival Chorus at the close of the show

May 15, 2019

This week, 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”?  Music Featured:  “How Do You Feel?” by Vanessa Daou from her “Welcome to My Blues:  Anthology (1994-2017)” released on Daou Music in conjunction with Kidd Recordings.

 

For suggested reading, research and links to our guests and issues featured in this episode, go to: Patreon.com/theLFShow  That's where you can become a member. Our goal is to sign up 25 new members during our May Day to Memorial Day Membership Drive,  

May 8, 2019

Art organizations and sponsorship dollars have gone hand in hand for decades. But with backlash and protests over donors ethics, should cultural institutions begin looking into new funding streams? We look at the role of private dollars vs. public good in cultural art institutions.  PLUS, A AUDIO EXCLUSIVE:  The conversation continues with guest Jonathan H. Marks  We discuss his new book “Perils of Partnership.”  Music Featured:  Reverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Choir, a radical activist performance community, with “Beatitudes”, from their premiere album “The Shopocalypse.”

Guests: L.A. Kauffman, activist and member of Sackler P.A.I.N and Author, HOW TO READ A PROTEST

Professor Jonathan H. Marks Director of the Bioethics Program at Penn State University, and affiliate faculty in law and international affairs.  And author of a new book “Perils of Partnership”

Jess Worth, Activist, co-founder of “BP or not BP”and the Art Not Oil coalitions and currently is the co-director of Culture Unstained

 

For suggested reading, research and links to our guests and issues featured in this episode, go to: Patreon.com/theLFShow

May 6, 2019

"The Attorney General’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee and his standoff with the House may be important. Something, sometime,  may come of it. But let’s consider the opportunity cost of all that one-note coverage."

The F-Word, Laura Flanders' commentary.
Support the LFShow!  You'll receive a copy of Laura Flanders' Izzy Award acceptance speech on independent journalism and additional audio extras and more by becoming a member for as little as $2 a month.

May 1, 2019

A suspicious fire and a white power symbol at a legendary leadership school in the U.S. South. And a brutal backlash to a women’s rights march in Pakistan. This week, leaders who are resilient under violence, with the co-executive directors of the Highlander Center, Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson and Rev. Allyn Maxfield-Steele join us from Chattanooga and attorney and activist Nighat Dad founder and Executive Director of Pakistan’s Digital Rights Foundation.  Music Featured:  "Power Justice and Love" by Morley from her album 1000 Miles released on Six Degrees Records.

For suggested reading, research and links to our guests and issues featured in this episode, go to: Patreon.com/theLFShow

Apr 29, 2019

"None of the Above: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Public Schools Cheating Scandal, Corporate Greed, and the Criminalization of Educators", by Shani Robinson, a teacher who was charged in the case and Anna Simonton, journalist. They aim to correct the record on the story and draw attention to the broader issue of how our system has failed both educators and students and how a grab by corporate interests from public housing to charter schools is at play putting profits over people.

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Apr 24, 2019

Far more than an escape, comics can pack a political punch, and so do our guests. First up, Mohammad Saba’aneh describes how he transposed his lived experience to the page, exposing the cruelties of Israeli occupation and celebrating popular resistance as the path forward. And, Nate Powell uses his craft of political comics to break down a specifically American phenomenon – the creep of fascist aesthetics into our police and consumer choices. Music in the Middle:  “The Burning City” by Q Burns Abstract Message from his album “Audio Totem Pole”, released on 8D-Industries.

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Apr 22, 2019

"These days, establishment journalists spend inordinate amounts of time, bemoaning their own welfare and the state of their beleaguered industry. but it’s rarely been journalism fed and watered by the establishment that’s asked anything uncomfortable and McKee called for us to have uncomfortable conversations."

The F-Word, Laura Flanders' commentary.
Support the LFShow!  You'll receive a copy of Laura Flanders' Izzy Award acceptance speech on independent journalism and additional audio extras and more by becoming a member for as little as $2 a month.

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!

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