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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 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 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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    • 4.8 • 105 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 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 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 Uncut Conversation- Greenpeace at 50: The Climate Crisis is a Fight Not an Argument

    Full Uncut Conversation- Greenpeace at 50: The Climate Crisis is a Fight Not an Argument

    (This full conversation is from the episode 'Greenpeace at 50: The Climate Crisis is a Fight Not an Argument' released April 18th, 2022)
    In this special feature for Earth Day, we focus on just one group: Greenpeace, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The environmental group has been in the headlines again, confronting Russian oil tankers in many ports. They've attracted lots of attention and scored many victories in the years they've been in existence. But it's not enough. The climate crisis is more urgent than ever, the world's not on track to get off fossil fuels in the time we need, and the most vulnerable are paying the heaviest price. In this special, we spend the program with the leadership of Greenpeace, including co-executive Directors, Annie Leonard and Ebony Twilley Martin, the first African American woman to head a "Big Green" group. The changes the group has made to embed racial justice and equity across their organization are going to take time, they admit, but without them, they'll never shift the power structure that's proven so intransigent up to this point. What's it going to take to shift power internally, avoid false solutions, and make the sort of transformation we need, as a nation, and as a group? They say there is no choice. The changes they’re making now are essential. We can't bring about a greener, more equitable future with shortcuts.

    Music Featured in the Middle of the Podcast: Humpback Mix of “Hope Bay ” by Dazzle Drums, from the Climate Soundtrack project, produced by DJ’s for Climate Action, where producers from around the world were asked to create original music from a ‘climate sample pack’ of field recordings gathered during years of Greenpeace expeditions and activism across the globe.

    Guests:
    Tefere Gebre, Chief Program Officer, Greenpeace USA
    Annie Leonard, Co-Executive Director, Greenpeace USA
    Ebony Twilley Martin, Co-Executive Director, Greenpeace USA

    Full episode notes including related articles and LFShow episodes to watch and/or listen to are posted at https://Patreon.com/theLFShow. Patreon Members receive access to the entire library of FULL UNCUT CONVERSATIONS from the weekly podcasts. The show is listener supported and originates as a TV Show airing weekly on over 300+ PBS stations across the U.S. and on 50+ community radio stations.

    • 36 min
    For-Profit Business of Training Guns-for-hire is Literally Booming In Rural America

    For-Profit Business of Training Guns-for-hire is Literally Booming In Rural America

    The last US soldier to leave Afghanistan returned home this August, but private security personnel long outnumbered US troops in that war, and the for-profit business of training guns-for-hire is booming -- literally -- in the backyards of many rural Americans. In this special episode, The Laura Flanders Show travels to the tiny town of Hoffman in Richmond County, NC, where residents live next to a loud private training ground.They have real concerns about who is receiving training there and why, especially after the January 6th Insurrection at the Capitol. Laura interviews Hoffman’s Mayors and one of the County Commissioners who approved the permit for Oak Grove Technologies’ tactical training site. They regret that approval now. And we travel to nearby Hoke County, where a diverse coalition of local stakeholders — and an all-POC County Commission — were able to stop the expansion of Reservoir International, another training outfit seeking to expand its footprint near the county seat of Raeford. “The latter is an example of the power of community organizing,” says Serena Sebring of Blueprint NC. Blueprint is partnering with a statewide network of veteran ant-racist, anti-militia organizers to pool information and lift up local strategies for making communities safer. 


    “I don't think it's worthwhile for the county period. And it's really not good for the town of Hoffman. [We need to tell these private paramilitary training groups that]. We don't need you anymore…  Go back to the military, go back to camp McCall, go back to Fort Bragg... Don't let the civilians takeover military. We don't need it. “ 
    Don Bryant


    Guests
    Donald Bryant, Richmond County Commissioner
    Tommy Hart, Mayor Hoffman, NC
    Daniel Kelly, Mayor Pro Tempore, Hoffman, NC
    Danielle Purifoy, Assistant Professor, Dept of Geography, UNC Chapel Hill
    Harry Southerland, Chairman, Hoke County Board of Commissioners
    Christina Davis McCoy, Former Executive Director, North Carolinians Against Racist and Religious Violence
    Jim Davis, Former Sheriff, Hoke County, NC
    Serena Sebring, Executive Director, BluePrint NC

    NOTE: This podcast originally aired Fall of 2021. Listen to our most recent episode as a follow up: 'The Forgotten Coup, January 6th & the Small Town Americans on the Frontlines of Democracy'

    • 30 min
    URL - 50 Years After Roe, Is Reporting on Abortion Still Too White?

    URL - 50 Years After Roe, Is Reporting on Abortion Still Too White?

    Forty percent of those who get abortion services in the U.S. are African Americans. Would you know it from the media coverage of the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe vs Wade? S. Mitra Kalita and Sara Lomax-Reese of URL Media join Laura for this month’s “Meet the BIPOC Press” to consider what has changed in the coverage — and the organizing — around reproductive justice in the years since Roe. Are abortion seekers of color still a sidebar in reporting or has journalism finally reached a tipping point on inclusion? What difference are BIPOC-owned-and-operated media making in this moment, to our understanding of what's been lost, and to the debate over what is needed now? Our hosts are joined by Assemblymember Jessica González-Rojas, from Queens, NY, and La’Tasha D. Mayes, Democratic Nominee for the Pennsylvania Statehouse from Pittsburgh.

    Your support makes it possible for us to continue uplifting the hard work of community organizers like you heard today who’s work benefits us all. It takes a lot to keep this reporting available to millions on public television, community radio and as a podcast. Go to Patreon.com/theLFShow and join today as a monthly contributor, or go to LauraFlanders.org/donate for more options. Thanks for listening!

    • 30 min
    Reforming Prosecutor Power - Especially After Roe

    Reforming Prosecutor Power - Especially After Roe

    Prosecutors are immensely powerful, especially now, after the overthrow of Roe. They decide which cases to bring, what charges to make and what sentences to ask for. Until this year, only internal committees could investigate misconduct, even after hundreds of exonerations and allegations of abuse. After years of grassroots effort, New York now has an independent commission, but the process was hard, and there's still no power to punish. In this episode, reporter Kizzy Cox reports on how New York's new Independent Commission on Prosecutorial Misconduct came to be, and Laura talks with Andrea James, executive director for the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls, and Sakira Cook, Co-Interim Vice President at Color of Change, about what prosecutors can do, or not do, especially when it comes to implementing new abortion bans. Featured ‘Music in the Middle’ of the Podcast: “I Believe” from Shari Cabral & JIVA, from their forthcoming album to be released on Splash Blue.

    Your support makes it possible for us to continue uplifting the hard work of community organizers like you heard today who’s work benefits us all. It takes a lot to keep this reporting available to millions on public television, community radio and as a podcast. Go to Patreon.com/theLFShow and join today as a monthly contributor, or go to LauraFlanders.org/donate for more options. Thanks for listening!

    • 30 min
    Full Uncut Conversation- Congressman Jamie Raskin On January 6th: After a Failed Coup, a Successful One?

    Full Uncut Conversation- Congressman Jamie Raskin On January 6th: After a Failed Coup, a Successful One?

    Season 3, Episode 307: Congressman Jamie Raskin On January 6th: After a Failed Coup, a Successful One?
    (Full conversation from the episode released May 16th) The January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol, intended to stop the certification of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States of America, “was as close to fascism as I ever want to see our country come,” says Jamie Raskin, Democratic Congressman from Maryland. And he should know -- Raskin is a Constitutional scholar as well as a long-time law school professor, and in the hours after the assault on the Capitol, he was chosen to head up the second impeachment investigation of Donald Trump. He’s also a member of the House Select Committee currently investigating the January 6 attack, now set to hold publicly televised hearings next month. "The political scientists tell [us] that the key indicator of a successful coup is a recently failed coup where the coup plotters can diagram the deficiencies in the incumbent regime," says Rep. Raskin. In this exclusive interview, Raskin talks with Laura about the strengths and weaknesses in US democracy and how best to address them now.

    Featured ‘Music in the Middle’ of the Podcast: “Fear of an Equal Planet (Scrimshire remix)” featuring Abby Oliviera, by Warriors of the Dystotheque’s from their upcoming album “Anthropause” soon to be released on the Republic of Music record label courtesy of the artist.

    • 30 min
    F-Word: Democracy is under Seige in Small Town USA

    F-Word: Democracy is under Seige in Small Town USA

    "'It would be easier for people to understand what could have happened on January 6th in DC, if they knew what actually happened on November 10th, in 1898, in Wilmington,' Cedric Harrison told me"

    The F-Word is released bi-weekly featuring timely commentaries by Laura Flanders and guests. Flex your media muscles, become a monthly sustaining member for $3, $5, $12 at https://Patreon.com/theLFShow Independent Media! Advertising free!

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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
105 Ratings

105 Ratings

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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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