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On her weekly TV 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, economist Michael Hudson and ’Next System” theorist Gar Alperovitz.

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    • 4.8 • 93 Ratings

On her weekly TV 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, economist Michael Hudson and ’Next System” theorist Gar Alperovitz.

    Countering the Coup: From the Grassroots Up

    Countering the Coup: From the Grassroots Up

    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 Partner at Change Lab, Ash-Lee Henderson, Co-Executive Director of the Highlander Center, and Eric Ward, Executive Director at the Western States Center, discuss all this and more. Music in the Middle: “Dancefloor Democracy” by FSQ featuring George Clinton, Trey Lewd and Billy ‘Bass’ Nelson courtesy of Soul Clap Records.

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    • 28 min
    F-Word: Learn From Georgia

    F-Word: Learn From Georgia

    "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

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    Unforget, Dream, Build

    Unforget, Dream, Build

    From the entire team here at the LF Show, thanks to all of you who rose to the occasion in making our Holiday Membership Drive a success! Join the team at https://Patreon.com/theLFShow

    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-winning journalist Roberto Lovato, MacArthur genius award-winner and co-founder of United We Dream, Christina Jiménez, and a visit to the New Immigrant Community Empowerment organization in Jackson Heights, Queens.

    • 28 min
    The Pandemic Economy

    The Pandemic Economy

    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 president Mary Kay Henry about their visions for a recovery that will enable us to build a new economy that is equitable, reparative and sustainable.  Music in the Middle: “Stepping Back In Time” by Basel and the Supernaturals from their album “Smoke & Mirrors”.

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    • 31 min
    The Economics of Abolition

    The Economics of Abolition

    “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 the military. Will the new abolition movement succeed in transforming how we invest public resources? And what really are the economic underpinnings of the system this movement aims to change? Laura investigates the economics of abolition in conversation with historian Vijay Prashad, Black Lives Matter Los Angeles co-founder Dr. Melina Abdullah, Los Angeles City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson, and prison abolitionist Andrea James. Music in the Middle: “Big Man” by Captain Planet featuring Shungudzo, from his album No Visa, courtesy of Bastard Jazz Records.

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    • 32 min
    Transportation Is A Human Right

    Transportation Is A Human Right

    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 considers the history; a century ago, fears of a communicable disease helped turn the tide against public transportation for decades. Today the climate crisis requires that we not brand public transport unsafe for another generation. What alternatives exist? And what if we consider not just new ‘modes’ of transport and new infrastructure, but the principle of “mobility”. Could new technology and better information sharing solve our transportation challenges? Laura looks at existing models.  Music in the Middle: "Ride Ride" by Alexis P. Suter Band, from their “Hat Trick, The Essential Recordings” compilation.

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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
93 Ratings

93 Ratings

ND#33 ,

Tried and True

I have always enjoyed listening to Laura Flanders from her time on Counterspin and Free Speech TV. I am glad to be able to tune into her podcasts. She is cogent, intelligent and provides down to earth topics that are so important in these times more than ever.

Tommaso Tomato ,

Best place for solutions

I love the emphasis on systems change. There are plenty of podcasts out there talking about why things need to be different, but they never explain how that could actually happen. The LF Show actually explains what the alternatives are, how they can work, and who is working to make them happen. It's both informative and uplifting.

gary 1953 ,

A review for Laura Flanders

I saw and heard Laura Flanders on (I think) both Free Speech TV and Link TV. Both are favorites of mine. I contribute to both on the regular. I was at The Peace Ball in DC a few years back with My youngest Son and a bunch of Revolutionary Sheroes and Heroes. Laura was/is one of those.

I’m a retired Baltimore City firefighter (28 yrs of service- retired 5/2019). Laura has done work around the world including My town (which I call Tubman City - after Harriet Tubman). I was fighting fire five years ago April 27, 2015 near where Freddie Gray was fatally injured. We called it - The Uprising. Most called it a riot. Laura did some activist journalism here just like she and her team does around the globe. It was great work.

A couple of weeks ago I was watching Laura do an interview with Mab Segrest who wrote ‘Memoir of a Race Traitor’ & ‘Administrations of Lunacy’. In that 30 minutes I learned so much. I have both those books and have almost finished’Memoir’. That one was written 25 years ago. Mab is a heckuva writer and I’m so glad that Laura and her show turned me on. The work that she does is some of the radical, fundamental work that MLK Jr. told us was needed in this world if humanity was to have a chance at surviving.

I could go on but this is a review and not an essay. I’ll suffice it to say that The Laura Flanders Show is da Bomb! Support her and her ilk. We need all of us on board! SOLIDARITY Y’ALL!✊🏿

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