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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 200+ US markets, and airs on 50+ community radio stations, and is available on YouTube and here 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 for Public Health", "Countering the Coup From the Grassroots Up". Recent special guests include Representative Karen Bass, environmental activist Jane Fonda, economist Robert Reich, author/activist Naomi Klein, agrarian reformer Shirley Sherrod, novelist Arundhati Roy, economist Michael Hudson and ’Next System” theorist Gar Alperovitz.

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    • 4.9 • 127 Ratings

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 200+ US markets, and airs on 50+ community radio stations, and is available on YouTube and here 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 for Public Health", "Countering the Coup From the Grassroots Up". Recent special guests include Representative Karen Bass, environmental activist Jane Fonda, economist Robert Reich, author/activist Naomi Klein, agrarian reformer Shirley Sherrod, novelist Arundhati Roy, economist Michael Hudson and ’Next System” theorist Gar Alperovitz.

    Full Conversation- Stephanie Flanders on A Trump Economy & What to Watch in The Ultimate Election Year

    Full Conversation- Stephanie Flanders on A Trump Economy & What to Watch in The Ultimate Election Year

    While our weekly shows are edited to time for broadcast on Public TV and community radio, we offer to our members and podcast subscribers the full uncut conversation. The following is from our episode featuring Stephanie Flanders, on A Trump Economy & What to Watch in The Ultimate Election Year. These audio exclusives are made possible thanks to our member supporters.

    Just in time for election season, Laura invites her sister Stephanie back to the program. Stephanie is the head of Economics and Government at Bloomberg News and head of Bloomberg Economics. Sixty-four countries (plus the European Union) — nearly half of the world’s population — are facing an election this year. Some are calling 2024 “The Ultimate Election Year”, but what should we look out for? Stephanie Flanders says now is the time journalists and voters are called upon to think about the long-term issues facing their country and the world, and consider what each candidate might propose. With Donald Trump, a lot is guesswork, but Bloomberg's been running the numbers on inflation and debt - both of which are predicted to go up under the former president. Meanwhile, what exactly is Bidenomics? “Voternomics”, the newly-rebooted “Stephanomics” podcast has just launched. It will be looking at the intersection of geopolitics and the economy. In this insightful one-on-one discussion taped at the CUNY TV studios in NYC, Stephanie and Laura Flanders talk economics, elections, and a little bit about tug-of-war.  All that, plus a commentary from Laura.  Laura Flanders & Friends becomes Laura Flanders & Family this time.

    These audio exclusives are made possible thanks to our member supporters. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter for a few dollars a month… go to https://Patreon.com/LauraFlandersandFriends

    • 41 min
    Maurice Mitchell & the Working Families Party: Voting is a Chess Move

    Maurice Mitchell & the Working Families Party: Voting is a Chess Move

    Both President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump have serious problems. How do we square the contradictions when casting our vote, and how should we think about elections altogether? As National Director of the Working Families Party, what is Maurice Mitchell’s advice in this critical election year? For starters, he says “supporting a candidate is a chess move.”

    Guests:
    Maurice Mitchell: National Director, Working Families Party
    Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis (Co-host): Senior Minister of Public Theology & Transformation, Middle Church, NYC

    JUNE 17th 7pm ET - MEMBER SUPPORTERS ARE INVITED TO A VIRTUAL EVENT WITH LAURA FLANDERS AND GUEST JOSH PAUL, FORMER STATE DEPT OFFICIAL. Learn what we can do to end the genocide!
    If you’re a member supporter you will have just received an exclusive invitation to a rare insider briefing on US - Israel arms sales from former state department official , Josh Paul. Paul, as you may remember quit the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs after a long career last year over accelerated US arms sales to Israel in violation of us Human Rights law. He continues to call for a change in United States Policy and an end to the bloodshed and on June 17th he’ll be offering us an expert briefing on the concrete requests we can make of our elected officials. We all want to stop the stop the dying and killing and hostage taking., urgently. Paul will help tell us how. You can find our award winning interview with Josh Paul from last year in our archives at LauraFlanders.org. And if you’re not yet a member, but want to attend the briefing, it’s not too late. Lauraflanders.org is also where you can make a donation, and we’ll send you an invitation to register for the event. That briefing’s coming up June 17th, 7pm ET — Don’t miss it.

    • 29 min
    The Defund Movement in 2024: Frontline Reporters Separate Myth from Reality

    The Defund Movement in 2024: Frontline Reporters Separate Myth from Reality

    Corporate media claim that voters have turned on “defunding the police" — the movement to shift public resources away from policing and into other approaches to improving public health and safety. But what is fact and what is fiction when it comes to this issue, and where does the 'defund' movement stand?

    Guests:
    •. Cerise Castle: Journalist
    •. Kelly Hayes: Host, Movement Memos; Co-Author, Let This Radicalize You
    •. Lewis Raven Wallace: Author, The View from Somewhere; Abolition Media Fellow, Interrupting Criminalization

    VIRTUAL EVENT WITH LAURA FLANDERS AND GUEST JOSH PAUL, FORMER STATE DEPT OFFICIAL
    If you’re a member supporter you will have just received an exclusive invitation to a rare insider briefing on US - Israel arms sales from former state department official , Josh Paul. Paul, as you may remember quit the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs after a long career last year over accelerated US  arms sales to Israel in violation of us Human Rights law.  He continues to call for a change in United States Policy and an end to the bloodshed and on June 17th he’ll be offering us an expert briefing on the concrete requests we can make of our elected officials. We all want to stop the stop the dying and killing and hostage taking., urgently.  Paul will help tell us how. You can find our award winning interview with Josh Paul from last year in our archives at LauraFlanders.org. And if you’re not yet a member, but want to attend the briefing, it’s not too late. Lauraflanders.org is also where you can make a donation, and we’ll send you an invitation to register for the event.  That briefing’s coming up June 17th — Don’t miss it.

    • 30 min
    Full Conversation- Domestic Violence Survivor & Homeless Too? A CA Cohort Shows What Can Be Done

    Full Conversation- Domestic Violence Survivor & Homeless Too? A CA Cohort Shows What Can Be Done

    While our weekly shows are edited to time for broadcast, we offer to our members and podcast subscribers the full uncut conversation. The following is from our episode Domestic Violence Survivor & Homeless Too? A CA Cohort Shows What Can Be Done. This July VOCA (the federal Victims of Crimes Act) which funds services for people who find themselves homeless due to domestic violence is slated to lose 45% of its funding. In this episode we address what can be done. For this, Laura is joined by two survivors of domestic violence-related homelessness, who are now policy advocates. Teniecka Drake is with Rainbow Services and Yenni Rivera Martinez, with the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence. Also joining us is Krista Colon, Senior Director of Public Policy & Communications Strategies for the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence. These audio exclusives are made possible thanks to our member supporters. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter for a few dollars a month… go to https://Patreon.com/LauraFlandersandFriends

    JUNE 17TH 7PM - VIRTUAL EVENT WITH LAURA FLANDERS AND GUEST JOSH PAUL, FORMER STATE DEPT OFFICIAL
    Donate today and you’ll receive an invitation to an exclusive, insider briefing with Josh Paul, the state department official who resigned last fall in protest of escalating U.S. arms sales to Israel, and has been advocating for change ever since. If you’re already a donor, check your email inbox for your invitation. If you’re not a donor, there’s still time to chip in and join us.

    • 37 min
    Genesis Be & Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis: Building Collective Freedom with a Poet & Preacher

    Genesis Be & Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis: Building Collective Freedom with a Poet & Preacher

    In a time of division, how do we create a sense of collective freedom? It’s a question that peace activist, artist and poet Genesis Be grapples with in all her work. Genesis Be joins Laura Flanders and co-host Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis, the Senior Minister for Public Theology and Transformation at Middle Church, to discuss how to reject stigmas and advance liberation.

    Guests:
    Genesis Be: Poet, Peace Activist, Artist; Author, People Not Things: Love Poems & Paintings for Humanity
    Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis (Co-host): Senior Minister of Public Theology & Transformation, Middle Church, NYC

    This show is made possible by you! To become a sustaining member go to https://LauraFlanders.org/donate Thank you for your continued support!

    • 29 min
    BIPOC Press for the People: Bursting the Corporate Media Bubble

    BIPOC Press for the People: Bursting the Corporate Media Bubble

    It is a cliché to say that the richest corporate media operate inside a bubble of their own making, but it's largely true. Today’s guests are breathing new life into the world of journalism by covering people, places and perspectives beyond the conventional enclaves of power. How do we break media bubbles? Join us for that conversation.
    “Movement journalism is journalism that is in service of liberation . . . We are very intentional about historically oppressed communities. Folks from those communities should be doing reporting on those communities and building relationships with community members and organizers on the ground.” - Neesha Powell-Ingabire

    “. . . Look at the history of the Black press. We didn't have the luxury to report and somehow separate that from advocacy. When you have people reporting while slavery is still legal, all kinds of Black people are being targeted in various kinds of violence. We have a long tradition of advocacy journalism.” - Chenjerai Kumanyika

    “Nothing has made me feel less optimistic about climate change and our ability to stop it, to mitigate it, to deal with it than the genocide and Gaza. If we cannot come together to say that is wrong and that should stop, then I have so little faith in our ability to stop ecocide.” - Mary Annaïse Heglar

    Guests:
    •. Mary Annaïse Heglar: Author, Troubled Waters; Podcaster, Spill
    •. Chenjerai Kumanyika: Audio Journalist, Empire City, Uncivil & Seeing White; Assistant Professor Journalism, NYU
    •. Neesha Powell-Ingabire: Author, COME BY HERE: A Memoir in Essays from Georgia’s Geechee Coast; Director Popular Education, Press On

    We’re in the midst of our spring membership drive. We're asking you to join us in raising $25,000. Please contribute by making a one-time donation or make it monthly, goto https://lauraflanders.org/donate As Angela says, "when vast numbers of people come together . . . this is how change happens." Please come together with us now! Thanks for listening and thanks for your continued support.

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127 Ratings

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Intelligent, unique, and fun show

Laura covers interesting and important subjects that you will not find anywhere else.

She brings the best out of her guests, and her own analysis is always incisive

Highly recommend this show to anyone interested in the world, politics, and progress.

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The Laura Flanders Show covers a wide range of important topics: from the importance of culturally grounded education to cooperative economics. Hear from guests that do the work on the ground, the slow building of a democratic and radical society. Truly a worthwhile listen each and every time.

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TLFShow is so good at connecting the big picture to the concrete actions it takes to create the change we need. Highlighting problems is relatively easy but finding people doing the real work is hard and that is precisely where this show shines.

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