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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 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 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.

The Laura Flanders Show Laura Flanders

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 96 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 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 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.

    Heather McGhee: Racism Costs Everyone

    Heather McGhee: Racism Costs Everyone

    Color of Change board chair Heather McGhee talks with Laura about her New York Times best-selling book, The Sum of Us, What Racism Costs Everyone and How we can Prosper Together. She shows how inequality saps the economy, hierarchies damage public health, and short term greed wreaks havoc on the ecosystem.

    We also take a close look at The American Rescue Plan, which breaks with much of the bipartisan consensus of recent decades and represents a historic step forward for a newly effective coalition of multi-racial forces at work in Washington, says McGhee. How far does it go towards refilling what McGhee calls the “drained pool of public goods,” and what can everyday people do to uproot zero-sum thinking and embed a different set of values in their communities?

    We just kicked off our May Day to Memorial Day fund drive to raise $25,000. While mainstream media or money media keeps you in a bubble, we’re committed to popping that bubble by continuing to bring you radical, intersectional media! Can we depend on you to chip in? Go to LauraFlanders.org/donate and join our team by making a donation today. Thanks

    • 29 min
    Uncut Conversation: Sylvia Bugg, PBS

    Uncut Conversation: Sylvia Bugg, PBS

    For the podcast fans of full uncut interviews, dive into Laura Flanders' interview with Sylvia Bugg Chief Programming Executive and General Manager of General Audience Programming.

    It’s a new day, and the nation’s most trusted media institution has some new direction. Sylvia Bugg was named the Chief Programming Executive and General Manager of General Audience Programming in winter 2020. She will take on PBS’s programming strategy for broadcast to focus on PBS’ role as a provider in service of the people. PBS is currently facing criticism for a lack of diversity in content which Bugg acknowledges and insists, “PBS content should be reflective of the audiences that we serve’. Will Bugg’s leadership address the need for more inclusive programming and how will Congress budget their values when it comes to PBS’ future? Investing in public media as a public good could signal a new day for PBS’s future.

    We just kicked off our May Day to Memorial Day fund drive to raise $25,000. While mainstream media or money media keeps you in a bubble, we’re committed to popping that bubble by continuing to bring you radical, intersectional media! Can we depend on you to chip in? Go to LauraFlanders.org/donate and join our team by making a donation today. Thanks

    • 38 min
    F-Word: A New Deal for Democracy? Invest in Public Media

    F-Word: A New Deal for Democracy? Invest in Public Media

    "While every other wealthy nation spends around $100 per citizen for public media of different kinds, the US government spends just over $1.00 on public broadcasting."

    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

    • 3 min
    A New Day for Public Television?

    A New Day for Public Television?

    It’s a new day, and the nation’s most trusted media institution has some new direction. Sylvia Bugg was named the Chief Programming Executive and General Manager of General Audience Programming in winter 2020. She will take on PBS’s programming strategy for broadcast to focus on PBS’ role as a provider in service of the people. PBS is currently facing criticism for a lack of diversity in content which Bugg acknowledges and insists, “PBS content should be reflective of the audiences that we serve’. Will Bugg’s leadership address the need for more inclusive programming and how will Congress budget their values when it comes to PBS’ future? Investing in public media as a public good could signal a new day for PBS’s future.

    You'll find a link to watch this episode along with a reading and resource list and an invitation to join Laura for a live premiere and chat event to view this week’s episode via our YouTube channel, Sunday's 11:30am, at Patreon.com/theLFShow

    • 29 min
    F-Word: January 6, A Local Perspective

    F-Word: January 6, A Local Perspective

    "IndependentMedia bring issues to the boil, mainstream media inhale the steam."

    Listen / Download the podcast "Black Pain White Media: Introducing URL Media, a new, BIPOC network" to hear about URL Media, Scalawag Magazine and more. Or watch it on your local PBS TV station, or on our YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/user/lauraflanders

    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

    • 3 min
    Black Pain White Media: Introducing URL Media, a new, BIPOC network

    Black Pain White Media: Introducing URL Media, a new, BIPOC network

    If Black Lives Matter, how are journalists and media organizations considering Black pain in their coverage? And how are journalists and editors across the full spectrum of our media thinking about this? This week, we're introducing some new colleagues, Sara Lomax Reese and S. Mitra Kalita as the founders of URL Media, a new network of Black and Brown-owned and led community media organizations. Their members covered the murder of George Floyd and the trial of Derek Chauvin differently, and they're covering different stories, as far as possible “from a place of triumph.” 

    Cierra Hinton, Executive Director-Publisher of Scalawag, a publication covering the south. She says Scalawag’s reporting comes from a “place of triumph.” Lomax Reese is the owner of WURD Radio in Philadelphia - one of the few Black family-owned talk radio stations in the US. Kalita is the co-founder and publisher of Epicenter-NYC, a newsletter innovating new models of journalism founded to support New Yorkers navigate vaccine registration during the worst of the COVID pandemic.

    Music in the Middle: “Breathe Through the Pain” featuring Connie Stevie by the Guitars Over Guns Organization, or GOGO, from their premiere album “The Rain May Be Pouring”.

    You'll find a link to watch this episode, check out the episode notes posted along with an invitation to join guests and Laura for a live premiere and chat event to view this week’s episode via our YouTube channel, Sunday's 11:30am, at Patreon.com/theLFShow

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
96 Ratings

96 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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