Since October 2019, people in Lebanon have been protesting corruption, climate denial, big finance, and government ineptitude. Where does that work stand now? Laura talks with Lebanese activist/artist Dayna Ash who runs one of the few safe spaces for LGBTQI+ people and women in the region about her experience of organizing in a melt-down. Music in the Middle: “Drown Out the Other”, featuring Danya Ash and her collaborator Nour Sokhon courtesy of the artists. Support by becoming a member today https://Patreon.com/theLFShow
Acclaimed “Race Traitor” author, Mab Segrest, takes Laura through deep south to trace the racist roots of American psychiatry. They explore the infamous state mental hospital in Milledgeville, Georgia and visit with Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama to consider how our society’s mental and political health relate to history. Segrest’s newest book is “Administrations of Lunacy: Racism and the Haunting of American Psychiatry at the Milledgeville Asylum” due out April 2020. Music Featured in the Middle: “The Drums Call You” by Carlos Mena and Osunlade courtesy of Ocha Records.
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In this episode, Laura interviews the founder of One Billion Rising and VDay, Eve Ensler, world renowned playwright, author and activist, along with activist, singer, songwriter Taína Asili about One Billion Rising 2020, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls by organizing public demonstrations rooted in music and dance. They discuss the role that joyous public movement and song can and must play in soothing trauma, raising awareness, and building solidarity among women across the world. Music in the Middle: "We Are Rising" by Taína Asili, the #1BillionRising's 2020 Anthem.
Become a member and unlock audio extras. The latest, Laura in conversation with Eve Ensler about her new book "The Apology". And Staceyann Chin's performs poetry from her first anthology.