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.
Okwui Okpokwasili: Visibility for the Invisible, Centering Black Women's Experiences in Performance
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
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 “love song for the earth and her peoples.”
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F-Word: The Media’s Quadrennial Eclipse
"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
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 wealth - and power - more democratically, as the city tackles climate change and a public health crisis. This episode also features a report on Cooperative Home Care Associates, the largest worker-owned cooperative in the US, based in the Bronx.
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Nobody Left out, Creating the New Normal: SEIU President Mary Kay Henry
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: Remembering Those We've Lost
Election day is upon us. A 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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Pandemic Death Toll https://Worldometer.com
"Those We've Lost" NYTimes
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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.
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.
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!✊🏿