The Laura Flanders Show

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By: Laura Flanders

Award winning host, author and journalist Laura Flanders interviews forward-thinking people from the world of politics, business, culture and social movements. The show explores actionable models for creating a better world by reporting on the people and movements driving systemic change. We spotlight the solutions of tomorrow, today. The show airs on PBS stations in over 80% of the US market, and airs on 40+ community radio stations, and is available on YouTube and as a podcast. Online subscribers receive lots of video and audio web exclusives. Recent specials include "Indigenous People's Power", "James Baldwin: Lessons for the US", "Building Public Trust...

Stimulus Checks Every Month
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 Thousands of Americans recently received direct payments from their government as part of the Biden Administration’s American Rescue Plan to address unemployment and poverty exacerbated by the Covid Pandemic. But what if direct payments like those came every month as a way to combat structural inequality? For a group of people in two California cities, that’s not just an idea, it’s a reality thanks to an innovative experiment. The Compton Pledge in Compton is paying 800 local women $300 to $600 per month, to give them a leg up. The money, which until now has been privately raised, is deposit...


Uncut Interview: We Will Not Cancel Us, adrienne maree brown
04/13/2021

How do we deal with our differences differently? adrienne maree brown joins us from Detroit to discuss her intimate and meaningful manifesto.   Elections are by their definition polarizing. Not that we’re one happy family before, but every election year we see partisanship soar to new heights - or depths - after which we the people are supposed to make nice with one another and the elected officials who’ve just spent months disparaging their opponents get grief for failing to agree. It's always bad, but today all these tendencies are worse. So what can we learn from a woman...


Armed with Art: Taking Down the Wall of Whiteness
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04/09/2021

“It's time to disrupt this wall of whiteness,” says interdisciplinary artist Favianna Rodriguez this week on the LF Show. From BLM and MeToo to colonial violence at the border and on indigenous lands, activist artists are at the heart of our social justice movements. Laura talks with Hip Hop artist and former Earth Guardians youth director Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, interdisciplinary artist and social justice activist Favianna Rodriguez, and activist poet Aja Monet of VDay, about how to build a just and sustainable world. This episode also features excerpts from Laura’s interview with renowned author and Pleasure activist adrienne maree brown...


F-Word: Arm our Cities with Military Grade Healthcare, not Weapons
04/08/2021

"The VA may not be perfect, but in contrast to the rest of our health sector,  instead of being fragmented, fractious, profit driven and poorly prepared, the VA is national, integrated, non-profit, and relatively effective."

 

The F-Word is released bi-weekly featuring timely commentaries by Laura Flanders and guests. Support theLFShow with your media muscles by becoming a monthly sustaining member for $3, $5, $12 or more, goto https://Patreon.com/theLFShow


US Healthcare After Covid: What’s Next & How Could It Be Better?
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04/02/2021

You'll find a link to watch this special, “US Healthcare After Covid: What’s Next & How Could It Be Better?,” and episode notes posted at Patreon.com/theLFShow  along with an invitation to join guests and Laura for a live premiere and chat event to view this week’s episode . 

The Medicare for All Act was reintroduced into the U.S. House in March with a record number of cosponsors and public support. But while the idea of a public single payer system has never been more popular, the relationship of Americans to their healthcare has never been more...


Vaccine Hesitancy: Building Public Trust For Public Health
03/26/2021

The Biden administration has promised to make Covid-19 vaccines available to all US adults by May 1st, but getting a vaccine to those who need them most is still an uphill battle. Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Pacific Islander Americans are more than twice as likely to die from Covid-19, but they’re not the ones getting the vaccine.. In this episode, Laura interviews three public health experts about the challenges of eradicating Covid-19 in the face of widespread vaccine hesitancy. Why are some Americans resisting vaccination, and what is being done to change their minds? Are public health officials li...


F word: A Culture of Violence? The US Can Switch
03/25/2021

"Culture of violence, culture of violence. If I hear that phrase wheeled out one more time to excuse a mass shooter, I’ll scream. That doesn’t mean I’ll head to the gun shop."

The F-Word is released bi-weekly featuring timely commentaries by Laura Flanders and guests. Support theLFShow with your media muscles by becoming a monthly sustaining member for $3, $5, $12 or more, goto https://Patreon.com/theLFShow


Cristina Jiménez Moreta, Co-Founder and former Executive Director, United We Dream
03/19/2021

In a recent episode called Unforget, Dream, Build, we featured two Latinx Americans whose work flies in the face of the idea that immigrants are a problem or immigration a threat. We spoke with Roberto Lovato, about his memoir “Unforgetting” and with MacArthur genius award-winner, Cristina Jiménez, co-founder of United We Dream who talked powerfully about how her generation experiences the good as well as the bad of immigration activism. Cristina spoke so powerfully that it broke our hearts not to be able to share more of it. So here we release the almost uncut version of that conve...


Pandemic Economy: Robert Reich, Esteban Kelly, Mary Kay Henry, Stephanie Kelton
03/12/2021

The economic collapse unfolding before our eyes is much bigger than it appears and the solution isn’t simply to “build back better.” COVID-19 didn’t create the challenges we face. It laid bare flaws that have long existed at the foundation of our system. That is particularly true for Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color. What kind of reconstruction effort would truly reflect the scale of the problem? What should we rebuild and what should we abandon? To answer these questions, Laura interviews Professor Robert Reich, economist Stephanie Kelton, community organizer Esteban Kelly and Service Employees International Union pr...


F-Word: Royalty, Racist? Really?
03/09/2021

"In the context of the Divine Right of Kings, the who-said-what-to-Harry and Meghan question. is most certainly missing the white supremacist forest for the trees."

 

The F-Word is released bi-weekly featuring timely commentaries by Laura Flanders and guests. Support theLFShow with your media muscles by becoming a monthly sustaining member for $3, $5, $12 or more, goto https://Patreon.com/theLFShow


You Can't Deal With Capitalism Unless You Deal With Patriarchy, Vijay Prashad
03/05/2021

Achieving social justice is going to take much more than reforming our criminal justice system. Valuing all lives equally is going to require a profound reckoning with every system of “othering” that lies at the heart of our economy. “You can't deal, for example, with capitalism unless you deal with patriarchy, “ says political historian Vijay Prashad. The question of women’s unrecognized labor, care labor and so on is central to the reproduction of the system, says Prashad. Executive Director of the Tri-continental Institute for Social Research,  Vijay Prashad talked with Laura for “The Economics of Abolition” episode of the Laura Fland...


Not Everyone is a Jerk: Rutger Bregman on Humankind
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02/26/2021

Life gives us plenty of reasons for cynicism but best-selling author Rutger Bregman (Utopia for Realists) summons a wealth of evidence that humankind can do better. Bregman’s the guy who took down Tucker Carlson and whose suggestion they pay taxes made the tax dodgers uncomfortable at Davos. Could a new understanding of our species—based on psychology, evolutionary biology, and political economic history—help us see ourselves in a new light and guide us toward a kinder future? Laura has her doubts — which makes for a great discussion. And we hear about The Correspondent, a Dutch news platform owned an...


F-Word: In Indian Country, It’s Not the Weather, It’s the Racism That’s Leaving Thousands In the Dark
02/23/2021

 "Seeking energy independence, groups like Native Renewables have been advancing off-grid solar solutions to Navajo people cut-off the grid whether local government is supporting them or not."

 

The F-Word is released bi-weekly featuring timely commentaries by Laura Flanders and guests. Support theLFShow with your media muscles by becoming a monthly sustaining member for $3, $5, $12 or more, goto https://Patreon.com/theLFShow


Indigenous People’s Power
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02/19/2021

You'll find a link to watch this special, “Indigenous People's Power,” and episode notes posted at Patreon.com/theLFShow  along with an invitation to join guests and Laura for a live premiere and chat event to view this week’s episode . 

“Standing Rock was our Ferguson,” indigenous activist and author Edgar Villanueva tells Laura Flanders in this week’s timely episode. 2020 was a watershed year for indigenous peoples’ movements. Native American organizers made great strides when it comes to elections, mutual aid and protests, but the Covid pandemic also took its toll, and nowhere more grievously than on Native Americ...


Uncut Interview: Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Housing is a Human Right
02/17/2021

Princeton Professor and author Keeanga-Yamata Taylor. You can find more information on her new book, "Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Home Ownership" and a link to watch this special,  “Housing is a Human Right”, at Patreon.com/theLFShow.  That’s also where you’ll find a list of suggested readings and related episodes


Special: Housing is A Human Right
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02/12/2021

You can find a link to watch this special, “Housing is a Human Right” and find a post with suggested readings and related episodes, along with an invitation to join us for a live premiere and chat event to view this week’s episode with me and guests.  Go to Patreon.com/theLFShow.  That’s also where you can make a difference by becoming a monthly supporter.

Before 2020, America was already in a housing crisis. The Covid-19 pandemic, high unemployment, and a recession have only made things worse. A record level of evictions have created record levels of homeles...


F-Word: Impeaching Racism Needs to Happen Everywhere
02/10/2021

"The second impeachment trial of Donald Trump began just as we were learning of the death, on February 7, of the bold and brilliant labor leader, Karen Lewis."

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Baldwin's Lessons for the US
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02/05/2021

James Baldwin was one of the 20th century’s most incisive thinkers and writers. In our own era, as political rhetoric, state violence, and popular uprising bring racism into stark relief, many Americans have been turning to Baldwin’s work for insights from the Civil Rights Movement and the years that followed. In his most recent book, Princeton African American Studies Department chair Professor Eddie Glaude brings Baldwin’s wisdom to today’s challenges. In this episode, Laura spends the full half-hour in conversation with Professor Glaude about his book, Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our...


Vaccine Hesitancy: A Rights Based Approach for the Most Vulnerable (Full Uncut Interview)
02/01/2021

The following is the full uncut interview with Dr. Olajide Williams.  Portions of his interview were featured in our recent episode "Building Public Trust For Public Health".  The episode is airing on Public Television or you can watch  it  HERE or Listen and Download as a podcast.

 

The Covid-19 vaccine has emergency FDA approval, but how effective will it be if there is no public trust in our public health system?  In this exclusive interview, Columbia University professor and neurologist Dr. Olajide Williams offers one solution to fill this gaping trust deficit — culturally adapted message science...


Building Public Trust For Public Health
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01/29/2021

This week, The Laura Flanders Show premieres ‘Building Public Trust for Public Health’ on the challenges of the Covid-19 vaccine rollout across the country. While states have initiated vaccine distribution, many still are struggling to reach their targets. President Biden declared 100 million doses in 100 days but what of those who hesitate to get the vaccine? In this episode, Laura and her guests explore the roots of vaccine hesitancy, discover methods for rebuilding public trust in public health and how hip hop is a tool for outreach to vulnerable communities devastated by Covid-19.  Music in the Middle:  "Process (the truth)" by Sam...


F-Word: Time to Take the Mittens Off!
01/27/2021

" Like or loathe memes, it’s time for Sanders, and more to the point, Sanders-ism, to take its mittens off."

 

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Rep. Karen Bass to Activists: Continue to Push!
01/27/2021

The following is the full uncut interview with US Rep. Karen Bass.  

Downballot victories in the 2020 November elections gave a fresh class of movement organizers across the country a seat at the national level. Incoming Congress members Cori Bush and Jamaal Bowman among others represent the rising trend of activists of color who intersect with elected office. In this extended interview, Laura speaks with longtime organizer and U.S. Representative Karen Bass to discuss this growing trend and shares her experience from the January 06 Capitol insurrection and what this means for the work ahead.

 

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Inauguration 2021: Democracy Demands a Democratic Economy
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01/22/2021

A new administration takes office in the midst of an ongoing public health catastrophe and an economic crisis, on the heels of one of the most polarizing presidencies in U.S. history. The day of the inauguration, Laura brings together reverend and community organizer Ronnie Galvin with author, activist and documentary filmmaker Astra Taylor for a lively conversation about what it’s going to take for the Biden Administration—and Americans in general—to address the challenges at hand. This episode also features excerpts from Laura’s interview with U.S. Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA).  Music in the Middle:  “Vida” by Kik...


Barn Raising For a Better America
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01/15/2021

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In the aftermath of the January 6th siege of the Capitol by a mob of Trump supporters, Laura convenes a panel of pro-democracy activists to discuss the fate of the nation. What really led to the events of January 6th and how should we move forward? How do we go from insurrection to cooperation in a multi-racial, multi-ethnic democracy? Is building a healthy political ecosystem and humane economy even possible in the America we have today? And can the Biden/Harris administration solve what ails us? Panelists Scot Nakagawa, Senior...


F-Word: Learn From Georgia
01/12/2021

"The answer to the mobster who riles up the lynch mob is media that’s moral, which is not what we have. What we have is media that’s motivated by money. And money, as we also saw this week, has no morals."

 

The F-Word is released bi-weekly featuring timely commentaries by Laura Flanders and guests. Support with your media muscles by becoming a monthly sustaining member for $3, $5, $12 or more, goto https://Patreon.com/theLFShow


Unforget, Dream, Build
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01/08/2021

The Trump years have seen a doubling-down on the immigrants-as-problem narrative in which migrants are accused of bringing gang violence, crime, and disease to the United States, and of “stealing” jobs. Reformers often play into another problem narrative, emphasizing the tragic circumstances that drive people to leave their home countries with little emphasis on individual experiences. In this episode, Laura speaks with Latinx Americans whose work flies in the face of those narratives. They are “unforgetting” histories suppressed, advocating for immigration policy reform, and building community infrastructure in the face of ICE crackdowns and Covid-19. Featuring in-depth conversations with award-wi...


The Pandemic Economy
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12/31/2020

The economic collapse unfolding before our eyes is much bigger than it appears and the solution isn’t simply to “build back better.” COVID-19 didn’t create the challenges we face. It laid bare flaws that have long existed at the foundation of our system. That is particularly true for Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color. What kind of reconstruction effort would truly reflect the scale of the problem? What should we rebuild and what should we abandon? To answer these questions, Laura interviews Professor Robert Reich, economist Stephanie Kelton, community organizer Esteban Kelly and Service Employees International Union pr...


The Economics of Abolition
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12/24/2020

“Defund the police” became a rallying cry in the summer of 2020 as demonstrators flooded streets across the United States to demand an end to police brutality in the wake of the deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd at the hands of the police. In the months since, hundreds of city councils nationwide have voted to reallocate what amounts to hundreds of millions of dollars away from law enforcement to a broader array of services that support public safety. But these shifts amount to only a fraction of the money we spend on law enforcement—not to mention incarceration and th...


The Economics of Abolition
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12/21/2020

“Defund the police” became a rallying cry in the summer of 2020 as demonstrators flooded streets across the United States to demand an end to police brutality in the wake of the deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd at the hands of the police. In the months since, hundreds of city councils nationwide have voted to reallocate what amounts to hundreds of millions of dollars away from law enforcement to a broader array of services that support public safety. But these shifts amount to only a fraction of the money we spend on law enforcement—not to mention incarceration and th...


Transportation Is A Human Right
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12/18/2020

The U.S. transportation system has long been rife with inequality, making it more difficult for low-income people, people of color, and people with disabilities to get where they need to go. When Covid19 hit, ticket revenues shrank, workers got sick, and services were cut, even as low-income “essential workers” disproportionately depended on public transit to get to work as other Americans did, to get to grocery stores, food pantries and health services. In rural communities where public transit was already sparse and unreliable, owning a car literally became a matter of life and death. In this episode, Laura cons...


F-Word: The Times They Ain’t a Changing
12/15/2020

"... sing as he might about The Times They are A-Changing, Dylan’s deal, worth an estimated $300 million to him, changed nothing about anything.  But it could have been different."

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Growing Farm Workers to Farm Owners
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12/11/2020

Where do racial justice and food justice meet? Perhaps at the point where long time farmworkers are able to buy their own land. In the United States today, 83 percent of farmworkers are Latinx but Latinx people own only three percent of the farms. Latinx farmers bring a wealth of knowledge to the US food system in terms of fresh produce, healthy techniques and a cooperative management style born out of years working as laborers—but they face unique challenges accessing the resources and aid they need to buy their land. As a generation of white family farmers ages out of...


Tracing the Racist Roots of American Psychiatry
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12/04/2020

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Acclaimed white anti-racist scholar Mab Segrest, author of the influential book Memoir of a Race Traitor, takes Laura through the US South to trace the racist roots of American psychiatry. Together, they explore the infamous state mental hospital in Milledgeville, Georgia, once the largest “insane” asylum in the world, 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 our nation’s history. Segrest’s...


Okwui Okpokwasili: Visibility for the Invisible, Centering Black Women's Experiences in Performance
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11/27/2020

Can dance and song offer insight into a person’s experience, and provoke curiosity, even empathy across national identity, race and gender? In this episode, Laura interviews MacArthur Genius Award-winning choreographer Okwui Okpokwasili about her groundbreaking experimental work to communicate the lived experiences of African and African American women through movement. Okpokwasili explains how she uses pain, action, gesture, and character-play to bypass audiences' preconceived notions and bring visibility to identities rendered invisible by mainstream culture and Laura stumps her with her own question: what do you carry and how does that carry you?

 

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Food Justice: A new way of Thinking about the Most Basic Stuff of Life
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11/20/2020

Food justice is the notion that everyone should have access to healthful food as well as the opportunity to grow, market and serve it. It’s also the idea behind a rising movement in the US, looking at how federal state and local policies have, or have not served everyone’s food needs. In this episode, Laura talks with farmers, workers, organizers, and seed keepers who seldom get much attention from the mass media. Then she visits with Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm near Albany, New York, and author of a groundbreaking book “Farming While Black”, what Penniman calls a...


F-Word: The Media’s Quadrennial Eclipse
11/17/2020

"All this how’s-he-doing coverage is par for the course as we transition to the next administration, but someone’s missing from this picture of our politics. It’s us."  

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Whose Economy? An Equitable Model For All
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11/13/2020

What is a city’s economy for? New York City’s economy has been very good at piling up private wealth and building tall buildings but it’s done less well, especially recently, when it comes to maintaining public services and public trust. In this episode, Laura attends an historic gathering at the School for Labor and Urban Studies at the City University of New York (CUNY) and talks with the city’s Deputy Mayor Phillip Thompson among others, about the way a city like New York might change its economic model going forward, in a way that would share we...


Nobody Left out, Creating the New Normal: SEIU President Mary Kay Henry
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11/05/2020

While the election results are still undecided well hear from Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union, or SEIU, about how one of the nations largest unions is addressing the ongoing impact of Covid-19, pandemic poverty and the systemic inequities that no single election can fix. We need a new normal says Henry. How do we get there?   Music in the Middle:  “Born Ready” by Tef Poe and Rebel Diaz featuring The Reminders from their “Multiply, Volume 2 E.P.”, courtesy of Rebel Diaz.

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F-Word: Remember Those We've Lost
11/02/2020

Election day is upon us.  Reading of the names of those who died due to the coronavirus pandemic. "This list needn't expand any longer.  Vote in favor of our public health."

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Pre-Election Special with Noam Chomsky
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10/29/2020

While this program explores the possibilities that go well beyond what can be achieved by one candidate or with one vote — elections do matter and the US 2020 elections are no exception. This week Laura Flanders checks in with one of the leading social critics of our time, MIT professor emeritus, Noam Chomsky. He dives into what's stake in this election — in a time he views as the most dangerous moments in our human history — and stresses the importance of steady activism as a means to progress. Music in the Middle features “Day Dream” by Bryony Jarman-Pinto, remixed by Fish Factory Ses...