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Laura Flanders

On her weekly TV and radio program, author and journalist Laura Flanders interviews of forward-thinking people from the world of politics, business, culture and social movements. The Laura Flanders Show produces 28 minute episodes on a weekly schedul...Show More
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Minicast Exclusive: Municipalism 101: Fearless Cities 2018

18:41 | May 23rd

In the upcoming 2019 Barcelona elections, Mayor Ada Calou of Barcelona en Comu is up for re-election. BCN en Como is a part of a network of municipalist movements that calls themselves Fearless Cities. We will hear from Debbie Bookchin author and act...Show More
Podcast Share: Building Local Power - Shining a Light on Anti-Competitive Behavior

46:34 | May 29th

This week, we’re happy to share with you a podcast we love and enjoy called ‘Building Local Power” produced by the Institute For Local Self-Reliance. This episode features a discussion on AT&T and Timer Warner merger; how New Mexico’s Energy Transit...Show More
Special Report: Whose Economy Is It? Ours

29:03 | May 22nd

New York's economy has been very good at piling up profits and building tall buildings. But all that private profit has come at a cost to public services and public trust. Could it be different? On this week's show, we talk about the new conversation...Show More
F-Word: Can It Happen Here?

03:00 | May 20th

"white nationalists have been targeting bookstores and libraries across the country for a while"....."It’s not the hate that’s new. It’s the apparent sense of entitlement. ....they’re out in plain sight, and not just in the media’s backwaters but in ...Show More
Dance as World-Changing Movement: Alice Sheppard and STREB

30:32 | May 15th

This week, two artists who expand our ideas about beauty, risk, mobility, and inclusion. Wheelchair dancer and esteemed choreographer Alice Sheppard, and MacArthur Genius Award-winning action architect Elizabeth Streb. What difference does art make? ...Show More
Standing Up To The Sacklers

42:09 | May 8th

Art organizations and sponsorship dollars have gone hand in hand for decades. But with backlash and protests over donors ethics, should cultural institutions begin looking into new funding streams? We look at the role of private dollars vs. public go...Show More
F-Word: The Opportunity Cost of Trump TV

03:30 | May 6th

"The Attorney General’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee and his standoff with the House may be important. Something, sometime, may come of it. But let’s consider the opportunity cost of all that one-note coverage." Support the LFS...Show More
Chatanooga to Karachi: Resilient Under Violence

29:40 | May 1st

A suspicious fire and a white power symbol at a legendary leadership school in the U.S. South. And a brutal backlash to a women’s rights march in Pakistan. This week, leaders who are resilient under violence, with the co-executive directors of the Hi...Show More
Minicast Exclusive: Teachers on Trial

16:36 | Apr 29th

"None of the Above: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Public Schools Cheating Scandal, Corporate Greed, and the Criminalization of Educators", by Shani Robinson, a teacher who was charged in the case and Anna Simonton, journalist. They aim to correct ...Show More
Drawing Comix At The Margins

30:27 | Apr 24th

Far more than an escape, comics can pack a political punch, and so do our guests. Mohammad Saba’aneh describes how he transposed his lived experience to the page, exposing the cruelties of Israeli occupation and celebrating popular resistance as the ...Show More
F-Word: Lyra McKee, Shot Dead In Derry, Reported on the Uncomfortable

03:00 | Apr 22nd

These days, establishment journalists spend inordinate amounts of time, bemoaning their own welfare and the state of their beleaguered industry, but it’s rarely been journalism fed and watered by the establishment that’s asked anything uncomfortable ...Show More
Integration Won't Solve Racism in Schools

29:50 | Apr 17th

Segregation in Education is as bad as ever, and no end appears to be sight. So what approaches might make a difference. What if Segregation, per se, wasn’t the problem? This week, educators speak out, and we visit an Afrocentric school in Brooklyn, w...Show More
Are Women Better at Waging Peace?

28:00 | Apr 10th

A look into a new PBS film series with an all-female directors that is focusing attention on what we can learn from women who risked their lives for peace --  and changed history in the process.
Minicast Exclusive: Citizenship Inc: History of the Passport

12:20 | Apr 8th

Is there any country that treats migrants right? And if so, what could we learn from them? Joining Laura to unpack these issues are Atossa Araxia Abrahamian, Senior Editor at The Nation magazine and author of “The Cosmopolites”, a book that focuses...Show More
Can Marijuana Create a Path to Justice?

31:00 | Apr 4th

Legalizing cannabis, repairing the economy, that's this week on the Laura Flanders Show.
F-Word: Collusion is in Plain Sight

04:00 | Mar 29th

Oh no! How are cable companies going to keep their ratings up with an audience that’s collusion-hooked?
Gender Ideology: A Pretext for Murder in Brazil

28:47 | Mar 27th

This week, we talk with Yifat Susskind of MADRE and K.K Verdade about the current fight for human rights in Brazil, and the right-wing hate campaign against feminist so-called "gender ideology" worldwide.
F-Word: The Anti-Vaxx Epidemic

03:00 | Mar 22nd

"Two decades after measles was officially declared eliminated in the US, outbreaks are national news."
New Media, Old Problems: Buzzfeed, Vox, and Vice Unionize

29:58 | Mar 20th

The media layoffs are here. It's new media’s sky-is-falling moment. Instead of the promised golden age, we're seeing rolling cutbacks and massive layoffs at digital darlings like Vice and Buzzfeed. Is that it, for workers rights? Are unions any match...Show More
Exclusive Minicast: Clifford Rosenthal “Democratizing Finance: Origins of the Community Development Financial Institutions Movement”

10:15 | Mar 18th

Joining us to explain just how CDFI’s make a difference - from inner cities to Native American reservations, is Clifford Rosenthal, an internationally recognized developer of programs to provide financial access for low-income and underserved people...Show More
Sex, Pleasure, and Liberation: Desire in A World Transformed

32:09 | Mar 13th

Regulation, degradation, shaming, blaming - enough! Is it time for sexual liberation yet? We talk a lot about sex but not often enough about pleasure, On today's show we try to make up for that and hear from some bloggers, activists and educators who...Show More
F-Word: Making American Journalism Great and Different

04:00 | Mar 8th

The same miserable mob that mauled main street banks has plundered and pillaged newspapers across the country. Pursuing only profits, private hedge funds bought and stripped even long-lived legacy papers leaving them for dead. One in five local pape...Show More
Tech: Existential Threat or Life Support?

28:16 | Mar 6th

Days of wonder, days of rage. We're living through an information revolution as profound as any since Gutenberg and the printing press, but are we the people, the so-called "users", using the technology or is the technology using us and for what ends...Show More
Commoning Our Cities: Mary Miss, Silvia Federici, Peter Linebaugh

28:29 | Feb 27th

Reinventing our cities and re-enchanting the world. Who gets a say in designing where they live? We visit artist Mary Miss's organization, The City as Living Laboratory and one of their projects Van Cortlandt Park. Then scholars Silvia Federici and...Show More
NYC Organizers Say #NOHQ2 and Win

30:11 | Feb 20th

Before the news broke of Amazon's HQ2 pulling out of NYC's L.I.C., we looked at the resistance the plan provoked and why, and considered how development might be possible without displacement? Guests: Sasha Wijeyeratne, Executive Director of CAAAV ...Show More
F-Word: An End to Amazon’s Two-Bit Romance. No Low-Rent Rendez-Vous

03:00 | Feb 15th

The Amazon corporation’s walked out in a huff. On Valentine’s Day the retailer announced that its romance with New York was off.
The Pregnancy to Prison Pipeline: Media Matters

30:14 | Feb 13th

As the President sounds off about holy babies born and unborn, we talk about the ongoing criminalization of women who happen to get pregnant. What has been the media’s role and have they done enough to make amends? Featured guests: Lynn Paltrow- Nat...Show More
F-Word: In Prison, the Power’s On But There’s No Accountability

03:00 | Feb 8th

This week's F-Word is on the chilling reality of the US incarceration system which was amplified in New York recently, when the heat went off at Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center, leaving thousands of pre-trial detainees freezing in their cell...Show More
By Every Means Necessary: Southern Progressives Are Shaking Up Politics

29:36 | Feb 6th

Southern activists are shaking things up, with their votes, and their broadband transmitter too. This week, Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson and Rev. Allyn Maxfield-Steele, the co-directors of the revered civil rights school, the Highlander Center, talk abo...Show More
Green New Deal, Yellow Vests

28:49 | Jan 30th

This week on the show, activists at all levels of the climate justice movement discuss how inter-generational, cross-coalition, and global organizing is taking control of the future without waiting for anyone. Guests: Elizabeth Yeampierre, co-chair ...Show More
Minicast Exclusive: Who’s Afraid of Public Ownership?

09:18 | Jan 28th

Thomas Hanna, research director at The Democracy Collaborative and author of “Our Common Wealth:  The Return of Public Ownership in the United States”.  Public ownership, who’s afraid of it and what are they afraid of?
Revolution at the Federal Reserve and Public Banking: Nomi Prins & Thomas Hanna

29:30 | Jan 23rd

As the World Economic Forum takes place in Davos, Switzerland, we talk about the way central banks steer world development and for whom. Former Goldman Sachs managing director Nomi Prins, author of "Collusion: How Central Bankers Rigged the World," a...Show More
American Decline: A Case for Optimism

30:23 | Jan 16th

Soul Fire Farm’s Leah Penniman talks with Chris Hedges, author of America: The Farewell Tour, about environmental threats, societal breakdown, and how we might come back together as humans. Then, a glimpse of CAGED, a play written and conceived by He...Show More
Transgender Narratives Are Expansive: Imara Jones

28:00 | Jan 9th

Laura speaks with Imara Jones, a trans activist, former policymaker, and host of The Last Sip on Free Speech TV about her work to amplify transgender narratives, on and off the screen.
Economic Alternatives to Extractive Capitalism: Nathan Schneider and Virginia Eubanks

30:40 | Jan 2nd

From platform cooperatives to cryptocurrency, people are building economic alternatives to climate devastation and capitalist extraction. So says Nathan Schneider, crusader for the internet of ownership and author of Everything for Everyone: the Radi...Show More
From Farm To Coop To Table: Food Justice in Urban Agriculture

30:34 | Dec 26th, 2018

Food — from where it grows, to where it goes, all of it matters to our bodies and our communities. A conversation about how farmers are creating equitable food systems inside cities, from urban agriculture to worker-owned cooperatives.
Hallelujah Farewell: Chris Hedges and Reverend Billy

28:47 | Dec 19th, 2018

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Chris Hedges explains why President Donald Trump is just the predictable end of a long sad history of American avarice and greed. Then, hear what happened when Reverend Billy and his partner Savitri D. did bid farewell t...Show More
F-Word: In the French Yellow Vests Murdoch Finds a Movement to Like

02:30 | Dec 12th, 2018

"By many accounts Macron's paying the price not so much for taxing carbon as for ignoring inequality and passing tax breaks for the rich, while pushing more austerity on people already at breaking point."
Showing Up for Racial Justice and Arts Activism at the US-MX Border

31:58 | Dec 12th, 2018

Looking back on the midterm elections, we ask the tough questions about white women voters and race, then get introduced to the hi-pinky salute across the border. We meet the co-founders of SURJ, Showing up for Racial Justice, and speak with Grammy A...Show More
Food Justice Is About Everything We Do

29:39 | Dec 5th, 2018

However you put it, food is as political as it gets. Today, we'll hear from farmers, organizers, workers, and seed-keepers who all attended the NESAWG conference on food justice in late October. Then, Leah Penniman whose beautiful new book, Farming W...Show More
F-Word: HUD Official to Move into Public Housing?

03:00 | Dec 4th, 2018

Laura's commentary this week turns a spotlight on the vexatious buffoonery of Lynne Martine Patton, Trump aid and federal housing official responsible for the New York City region.
Building Power Through Media: Radio Kingston and DeRay Mckesson

29:01 | Nov 27th, 2018

This week, we re-visit radio Kingston, a station connecting communities and lifting up voices. Than joining Laura in studio, activist DeRay Mckesson, 'Pod Save the People' host and author of ‘On the Other Side of Freedom’. Support theLFShow, make a y...Show More
Divest to Decolonize: Michelle Cook and Hartman Deetz

29:04 | Nov 21st, 2018

We’ll hear from Native American activists Michelle Cook and Hartman Deetz about the ongoing struggle for autonomy and environmental protection. Then our report on the thousand people in attendance at the American Museum of Natural History on Indigeno...Show More
F-Word: From Voting to Wealth Building for Native Americans

03:30 | Nov 20th, 2018

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Catastrophes, Cooperatives, and Capital

31:15 | Nov 14th, 2018

Six years later, in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, something unexpected rose up out of the devastation in the Rockaways-- worker-owned businesses.
The F-Word: WTF White Women?

03:30 | Nov 9th, 2018

Tuesday, November 6th, white women rained all over that new day dawning. Our goal is to thrive, not just survive. By becoming a member, you sustain our independent, and grassroots-driven content!
Resistance: The Ballot and The Bullhorn

29:44 | Nov 7th, 2018

From no, I won't to yes, we will. Over a hundred women, more women than ever, were voted in including New Mexico’s Deb Halland and Sharice Davids, the Congress’ first 2 Native American women, and Davids is the first out lesbian Native American too. ...Show More
F-Word: Hate Speech at Homeland Security

03:00 | Nov 2nd, 2018

Someone scrawled KILL N@%gers on the African Burial Ground National Monument in New York this week, not thirty five feet from the headquarters of the Department of Homeland Security, ICE and the FBI. Laura Flanders' weekly commentary.
Can a Progressive Candidate Win in Rural America?: Anthony Flaccavento

28:36 | Oct 31st, 2018

Anthony Flaccavento is running for the US House seat in Virginia's 9th district, a large, sparsely populated region in the southwestern corner of the state. We'll meet the people working on his grassroots campaign, a coalition of farmers, miners, stu...Show More
F-Word: Is Donald Trump Responsible For Violence? Absolutely

03:30 | Oct 26th, 2018

Is Donald Trump responsible for unhinged violence against innocent people? Absolutely. You only have to look at Yemen to see that.
Kingston Calling: Making Media Into Action

28:00 | Oct 24th, 2018

This week, we visit a local, innovative radio station in Kingston, NY and talk to Pod Save the People's DeRay Mckesson, activist and author, about how he's turned social media into social justice.
The Next Economy: Worker-Led, for Public Interest

30:40 | Oct 17th, 2018

10 years since the financial crash we've learned that there exists in the US not just one economy, but many. From platform cooperatives to cryptocurrency, people are continuously building economic alternatives. So says Nathan Schneider, author of "Ev...Show More
F-Word: Fighting Chance in Virginia’s Fighting 9th

04:00 | Oct 12th, 2018

"For a while last week, I thought I was in the wrong place. While the nation’s eyes were on the Kavanaugh hearings, I was in southwest Virginia, with a congressional campaign in rural America that big donors and DC Democrats don’t seem to care that m...Show More
Food Justice in Urban Agriculture

30:34 | Oct 10th, 2018

Food --- from where it grows, to where it goes, all of it matters to our bodies and our communities. We begin October with a conversation about how farmers are creating equitable food systems inside cities, from urban agriculture to worker-owned coop...Show More
Transformative Cities: Crisis and Opportunity in Amsterdam

28:00 | Oct 3rd, 2018

"Cities accumulate capital, people, aspirations, and power. But, whose power? Whose aspirations? How can we find in the city a place of possibility?" These are the questions from Laura Flanders' opening statements at the Transnational Institute's con...Show More
F-Word: It’s Time to call #TimesUp on Standing Alone

03:00 | Sep 28th, 2018

"September 28, when a woman, Ana Maria Archila, stuck her foot in the door of an elevator and gave Republican Jeff Flake, a potential swing voter, a talking-to, and kept that foot in that door so that another woman, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, could d...Show More
Imara Jones: Transgender Narratives Are Expansive

28:00 | Sep 26th, 2018

Despite efforts over the last two years to curtail progress for trans people by the current administration, trans activism has gained momentum and become prominent within the movement for queer justice. Laura speaks with Imara Jones, a trans activist...Show More
F-Word: 10 Years on, The End of Capitalism is Easier to Imagine

03:30 | Sep 21st, 2018

'Not long after the financial crash of 2008, I heard someone say, “It’s easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism.” Is it?' Our goal is to thrive, not just survive. By becoming a member, you sustain our independent, and grassr...Show More
Unsung: Puerto Rican People's Power #1YearAfterMaria

28:00 | Sep 19th, 2018

The Trump administration claims its response to Hurricane Maria was a "tremendous," "unsung" success. Yet, what has been truly tremendous since the hurricane is the will of Puerto Ricans building, organizing, and recovering .  Reporting from CommonBo...Show More
F-Word: Inclusive Design and Me

03:00 | Sep 14th, 2018

"This particular plaque for my father made me think about something else too. If it wasn't for inclusive design, I literally would not exist." Check out our SPECIAL REPORT: Ableism Out, Independent Living Now!   Our goal is to thrive, not just surviv...Show More
Education Activists Back To School With A Test for Devos

28:00 | Sep 12th, 2018

2018 has been a year of upheaval for students, in and out of the classroom. Educators and education activists talk about educational justice, teaching in Trump times, and taking stock of the current state of education. Guests: Natasha Capers- NYC Coa...Show More
SPECIAL REPORT: Ableism Out, Independent Living Now!

28:15 | Sep 5th, 2018

On the 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Thousands of disability activists, including many of those who made this civil rights landmark a reality, convened at the National Council on Independent Living’s (NCIL) 2018 Confe...Show More
Democratizing Wealth, Expanding Power - The Preston Model

28:42 | Aug 28th, 2018

A transatlantic experiment in cooperative community wealth building.  In Preston, Lancashire, England, a formerly industrial city, the birthplace of the industrial revolution in many ways, they’ve seen ten years of austerity and partly out of need, a...Show More
Outsider Power Shifts Insider Politics, Maurice Mitchell, Working Families Party

28:37 | Aug 22nd, 2018

Social movements and party politics - inherently at odds or natural allies? This week, in his first in-depth TV appearance, Maurice Mitchell, the new National Director of the Working Families Party, joins us in studio. Laura and Maurice discuss his a...Show More
Should Activists Run for Congress?

28:00 | Aug 15th, 2018

Seattle Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA-7th) and Baltimore activist Dominique Stevenson discuss activism, political involvement and why leaders should consider running for office. Then Stevenson takes us on to a community farming project in Balti...Show More
Monopoly Capitalism: At The Breaking Point?

30:35 | Aug 8th, 2018

Monopoly capitalism may be on its last legs! Economist Michael Hudson joins us to say his predictions on the Trump budget have come true and seem to suggest, more than ever, that capitalism is not only a disservice to the people, but it's also unsucc...Show More
Ferguson to Detroit: Community Building from the Barbershop to the Polls

30:50 | Aug 1st, 2018

Community wealth building. We visit activist and musician Tef Poe's barbershop, Frontline Stylz, spurred by the Ferguson uprising. Then, journalist Salaam Green on #BlackVotersMatter in Alabama, a movement led by grassroots coalition organizing, led ...Show More
F-Word: Ominous Silence on the Anniversary of the ADA

03:30 | Jul 27th, 2018

The American with Disabilities Act turned 28 this July.Traditionally, Capitol Hill marks the day.  The first two years of the Trump administration are the first,  that the anniversary’s passed without official anything.    Our goal is to thrive, not ...Show More
Decolonizing Wealth Through Indigenous Leadership

28:00 | Jul 25th, 2018

Edgar Villanueva, one of the very few indigenous people working in grant-making and author of "Decolonizing Wealth". They discuss what he thinks Native American traditions have to teach philanthropy. Then, a special report from the ‘United Nations Pe...Show More
F-Word: Cooperatives, From Brooklyn to Brattleboro

03:30 | Jul 20th, 2018

Socialism is as close as your closest coop.    Our goal is to thrive, not just survive. By becoming a member, you sustain our independent, and grassroots-driven content!
Special Report: Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party's Radical Rise

28:00 | Jul 18th, 2018

What difference does a Party make? We talk about what's happening in the UK where one of the two main parties is picking up many of the radical demands coming out of movement groups seeking to transform the economy and society. In 2017, mainstream me...Show More
Telling Stories of the Syrian Civil War: Marwan Hisham and Molly Crabapple

28:00 | Jul 11th, 2018

Our wars abroad and our wars at home. This week on the show, acclaimed graphic artist Molly Crabapple and Syrian journalist Marwan Hisham join Laura to talk about their collaborative book “Brothers of the Gun.” Then, a report by Jonathan Klett on a c...Show More
F-Word: Jeff Sessions Sets Back The Clock

03:00 | Jul 7th, 2018

Pay no attention to what the media say about how undermined Jeff Sessions is. POTUS may bait him publicly via tweet. In private, at the DOJ, Sessions is a man on a mission to roll back civil rights and that’s just what he’s doing.  Our goal is to thr...Show More
All Families Belong Together: Immigration & Incarceration

29:28 | Jul 5th, 2018

Families torn apart at the border and through our prison system. Can we use this moment of public awareness to create change? Emani Davis, a long-standing advocate for children of incarcerated parents and Color Of Change's Rashad Robinson are this we...Show More
Minicast: Election 2018 Special, Young Voters and the Progressive Path Forward.

10:00 | Jul 2nd, 2018

This minicast features highlights from an Election special on Young Voters Hosted by Laura Flanders.  The event took place prior to the NY Democratic Congressional primary election where Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defeated 19 year-incumbent Joseph Crow...Show More
Bodies, Borders, Resistance, Rebirth: Arundhati Roy

28:09 | Jun 27th, 2018

India in the throes of a fascism that echoes what we have in America. The country is undergoing a political upheaval with PM Modi at its front, and fueled by increased violence towards Muslims, queers, Dalits, women, and more. Our guest, Arundhati Ro...Show More
F-Word: National Suicide Point?

03:30 | Jun 22nd, 2018

"Smash society and you create craven people. Craven, from the early English word meaning crushed, defeated, overwhelmed." Our goal is to thrive, not just survive. By becoming a member, you sustain our independent, and grassroots-driven content!
Democratizing Wealth, Expanding Power - The Preston Model

28:37 | Jun 20th, 2018

Coproduced with the Democracy Collaborative and theLFShow, Laura reports on a transatlantic experiment in cooperative community wealth building.  In Preston, Lancashire, England, a formerly industrial city, the birthplace of the industrial revolution...Show More
F-Word: Bottom Up Wins In Virginia’s Primaries

03:00 | Jun 15th, 2018

A certain handshake in Singapore dominated the news June 12, so you may have missed Virginia’s Democratic primaries.  Our goal is to thrive, not just survive. By becoming a member, you sustain our independent, and grassroots-driven content!
A Public Bank For Public Good!

28:00 | Jun 13th, 2018

What would students in debt, worker coops, and entrepreneurs stand to gain from a public bank?  This week, Deyanira del Río- New Economy Project, Linda Levy, Lower East Side People's Federal Credit Union & Cindy Martinez-Enlace on why it's more neede...Show More
F-Word: Liberal and Establishment Media Thwarting Populist Politics

03:30 | Jun 12th, 2018

This is an excerpt taken from our online-only interview with Chomsky, where the famed linguist analyzed the state of geo-nuclear politics, the crisis of climate change, and the need for international solidarity against proliferation. Check out all ou...Show More
Outsider Power Shifts Insider Politics: Working Families' Maurice Mitchell

28:00 | Jun 6th, 2018

Social movements and party politics - inherently at odds or natural allies? This week, in his first in-depth TV appearance, Maurice Mitchell, the new National Director of the Working Families Party, joins us in studio. Laura and Maurice discuss his a...Show More
F-Word: Throwing Shade not Light on Youth Voting

03:00 | Jun 1st, 2018

For the first time, 18-35 year-old "millennials" and their even younger counterparts, “generation z” will be America’s single largest voting block – with power to swing the result, if they actually turn out to cast a ballot. The perennial  question i...Show More
Should activists run for Congress? 

27:59 | May 30th, 2018

Seattle Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA-7th) and Baltimore activist Dominique Stevenson discuss activism, political involvement and why leaders should consider running for office. Then Stevenson takes us on to a community farming project in Balti...Show More
F-word: After Brexit, Blexit: Putting Your Money Where Your Life Is

03:00 | May 24th, 2018

Public banks serving public interests.  Find out more about BLEXIT at and learn about the Banking for Justice campaign at and watch the Laura Flanders Show.  Please write a review in iTunes.  Our goal is to thrive, not ...Show More
Making Data Shift Power: Bex Hong Hurwitz and Rashida Richardson

28:00 | May 23rd, 2018

It seems like the only tech headlines we have are about disasters. But what about the original promise of tech to innovate and empower? Bex Hong Hurwitz-Data & Society fellow and Rashida Richardson-AI Now Institute, join Laura to discuss the subversi...Show More
Minicast: Indigenous Women Speak Out At UNPFII

06:23 | May 22nd, 2018

In this minicast, we speak to indigenous women leaders at the 17th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) at the UN, New York.  The Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office, together with the international women’s ...Show More
Communities Over Commodities: How to Get There?

29:12 | May 16th, 2018

This week on the show, Monique George of Picture the Homeless and Gianpaolo Baiocchi from NYU's Urban Democracy Lab argue that a truly just housing policy requires a shift in power. Then [00:22:16], from our TED Women series, 2 architects who are com...Show More
Hujar, Wojnarowicz: Art, AIDS & Challenge of Retrospection

29:31 | May 9th, 2018

1980’s art both personal and political arose out of the AIDS epidemic. Two major NYC art exhibits – Peter Hujar: Speed of Life (Morgan, thru May 20) and David Wojnarowicz: History Keeps Me Awake.   What do the lives of these masterful artists have to...Show More
F-Word: What if Ida B. Wells Depended on Facebook?

03:30 | May 4th, 2018

"Would Well’s Free Speech have made it into my news feed on Facebook? I doubt it, because Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced in a meeting with media executives May 1, that his company had started ranking news organizations by trust. News sources ...Show More
Taking Down the Confederacy - One Monument At A Time

28:00 | May 1st, 2018

Many are protesting Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant's proclaiming April as Confederate Heritage Month, the last state banner to feature confederate iconography. The movement to change it has become a klaxon for the greater movement to take down Confeder...Show More
F-Word: Water, Profit and Public Trust in Michigan

03:00 | Apr 27th, 2018

Two hundred dollars a year, to make private profits off public water is little for Nestle Water Company in the state of Michigan. When it’s what residents in Flint Michigan are paying every month to drink private water because the public supply’s bee...Show More
Bringing the Public to Public Art

28:39 | Apr 25th, 2018

When it comes to the heart of the matter of art in New York City, what does a more equitable landscape for art and culture look like? Laura speaks with 3 guests who make it their job to figure out how we’ll democratize access to art and art making pl...Show More
F-Word: U.S. Led Strike on Syria More of a Show of Weakness

03:30 | Apr 20th, 2018

“Politicians and pundits tend to get excited about war, but the US-led strike on Syria of April 14th, was more of a show of weakness than of strength, veteran Middle East correspondent, Patrick Cockburn tells Laura Flanders.“ Patrick has reported on ...Show More
Workers, Wildcats & New Models for Labor Organizing

29:24 | Apr 18th, 2018

Laura talks to SEIU International President, Mary Kay Henry (of the Service Employees) and labor journalist Sarah Jaffe about worker wins, challenges, and some new models for organizing. Then, a conversation with Palak Shah and Michelle Miller on a n...Show More
USA on Human Rights Has a Double Standard on Palestine and Syria

08:00 | Apr 13th, 2018

As Israeli forces kill unarmed demonstrators for a third week in Gaza and while the US simultaneously prepares to strike Syria over human rights abuses, I spoke to Lana Abu Hijileh, Country Director-Global Communities,  a Palestinian humanitarian and...Show More
After Maria: Puerto Rican Self Determination

30:53 | Apr 11th, 2018

While the money media shifts to emerging social crises, many continue to struggle for basic supplies, medical care, and services including electricity.  Our guests Edna Benitez and Damaris Whittaker Middle Collegiate and Ft Washington Collegiate Chur...Show More
F-Word: We Need Local Media For Our Health

03:00 | Apr 6th, 2018

Related articles referenced: "When towns lose their newspapers, disease detectives are left flying blind" and How America's Largest Local TV Owner Turned It's News Anchors Into Soldiers In Trump's War Against the Media Please take the time to write a...Show More
Monopoly Capitalism: At The Breaking Point?

30:47 | Apr 4th, 2018

Monopoly capitalism may be on its last leg! Economist Michael Hudson's predictions on the Trump budget have come true and seem to suggest, that capitalism is not only a disservice to the people, but it's also unsuccessful. Then, Stacy Mitchell and Jo...Show More
F-Word: Sesta Doesn't Make Us Safer

03:00 | Mar 30th, 2018

March 21st, 2018 the Senate approved the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act, or SESTA.  Sex trafficking is terrible. No one’s for it. Everyone’s against it. What’s awful is what SESTA does, which is encourage big-tech companies to robo-police the inte...Show More
U.S. Democrats and the European Left - Do They Connect?

30:39 | Mar 28th, 2018

Xenophobia, austerity, and an activated constituency -- there's a lot in common across int'l progressive fronts. From the Progressive Caucus Center Strategy Summit 2018: Raúl Grijalva, co-chair,Democrats' Progressive Caucus, Diane Abbott, Labour Part...Show More
F-Word: An Exception to the Rule In Rio

03:30 | Mar 23rd, 2018

#SayHerName: Marielle Franco, assassinated last Wednesday, advocated for the rights of Afro-Brazilian woman. “She was executed because she was a black favela dweller who fought against the murder of black favela dwellers.” Please take the time to wri...Show More
Healthcare Isn't Big Business Or Big Philanthropy! Ben Palmquist & Dr. Steffie Woolhandler

30:11 | Mar 21st, 2018

Over 30million Americans are uninsured, and even more are sickened by the sky-high costs. While Congress seems sunk in a partisan fight over the Affordable Care Act, & Bernie Sanders Medicare for All bill nowhere near becoming law- though popular, mi...Show More
Minicast: Voices From the 2018 NYC Int'l Women's Strike

06:39 | Mar 20th, 2018

This year's unifying themes included an end to gender violence, a demand for adequate universal social services, the fight for labor rights, and the need for an anti-racist, anti-imperialist feminism. Guided by the tenets of a renewed radicalism, sol...Show More
Women Lead On Screen: Helen Clark & Gaylene Preston

28:00 | Mar 14th, 2018

Women's leadership on the screen, in the streets and on the world stage. This week, New Zealand's former prime minister, Helen Clark and filmmaker Gaylene Preston regarding their documentary, "My Year With Helen," about Clark's foiled bid to become t...Show More
F-Word: West Virginia Workers And the Taste of Solidarity

02:30 | Mar 9th, 2018

Laura Flanders' weekly commentary the 'F-word'.  Write to Laura, And please take the time to write a review in iTunes or wherever you get this podcast. Thank you! Why does independent media matter? Find out why. Our goal is t...Show More
Women's History Makes The Future - Blanche Wiesen Cook

28:50 | Mar 8th, 2018

"Some of us have too much of this world’s goods​... and we are thereby separated too widely from each other," ​wrote Eleanor Roosevelt, the subject of Blanche Wiesen Cook's 3-volume biography​. ​For Women's History​ ​Month, Laura speaks to Cook about...Show More
Racial Literacy and Rural Solidarity! - Lou Murrey & Jessica Campbell

29:42 | Feb 28th, 2018

Racial Literacy and Rural Solidarity featuring two pairs of young activists. Jessica Campbell of the Rural Organizing Project and Lou Murrey of Stay Together Appalachia share tips on combating the right in rural communities. Then, Winona Guo and Priy...Show More
F-Word: Smear's the Thing (March for our Lives)

03:00 | Feb 23rd, 2018

Go to March For Our Lives for more information on the March 24th march. Laura Flanders' weekly commentary the 'F-word'.  Write to Laura, she'd love to hear from you Please take the time to write a review in iTunes, Stitcher or...Show More
Divesting Is The First Step: Daniel Zarrilli & Clara Vondrich

29:23 | Feb 21st, 2018

Power politics and the politics of power - this time on the show, we talk with New York City’s Chief Resilience Officer, Daniel Zarrilli, about the decision to divest from fossil fuels and Clara Vondrich of Divest/Invest, one of the activist groups t...Show More
Trump Year 2: What's Next?

29:09 | Feb 15th, 2018

What lies ahead for change makers in 2018, the right and the rest. Laura talks politics, culture, and economics with Tarso Luis Ramos, executive director of Political Research Associates, and Sarah Ludwig, co-founder of the New Economy Project. Plus,...Show More
F-Word: Dr. King and the Ram

02:30 | Feb 8th, 2018

Laura Flanders' weekly commentary the 'F-word'.  Write to Laura, she'd love to hear from you Please take the time to write a review in iTunes, it helps spread the word. Thank you! Make a one time donation or become a sustainin...Show More
How Cities Respond To Climate Change

28:16 | Feb 7th, 2018

Architect Carl Anthony and activist Ashley Dawson dialogue on the confluence of economic and racial inequality, and new forms of extreme weather. In the urbanscape, they argue, more inequality equals less resilience against climate disaster. [00:19:0...Show More
F-Word: America’s New Fossil Fuel Moment

02:30 | Feb 2nd, 2018

Laura Flanders' weekly commentary the 'F-word'.  Write to Laura, she'd love to hear from you Please take the time to write a review in iTunes, it helps spread the word. Thank you! Make a one time donation or become a sustainin...Show More
Invisible No More: Andrea Ritchie on the Policing of Black Women and Women of Color

28:42 | Jan 31st, 2018

What difference does it make when some people are left out of the picture? When police don’t keep data on queer women, for instance - or when the culture looks all white. Activist attorney Andrea Ritchie returns with her book, Invisible No More and D...Show More
F-Word: Who Needs DeNeuve When We Have Judge Aquilina?

03:00 | Jan 30th, 2018

Laura Flanders' weekly commentary the 'F-word'.   Write to Laura, she'd love to hear from you Please take the time to write a review in iTunes, it helps spread the word. Thank you! Make a one time donation or become a sustaini...Show More
Immigrants Dream of Sanctuary: Ravi Ragbir and Sara Gozalo

31:44 | Jan 25th, 2018

Can sanctuary exist in a state that still insists on broken windows policing? This week on the Laura Flanders Show, Ravi Ragbir and Sara Gozalo of The New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City describe pushing back state pressure and creating real san...Show More
F-Word: Trump's Wetbacks Are Us

03:00 | Jan 23rd, 2018

We re-visit Laura's F-Word from 11 months ago on how the Trump administration has launched a Soviet era, McCarthyist witch hunt to catch "illegal" immigrants, that's not really about immigrants at all. Make a one time donation or become a sustaining ...Show More
Star Power for People Power

29:11 | Jan 17th, 2018

Before #TimesUp, a history of successful collaboration between grassroots activists and celebrities was already realized. Laura talks to Eve Ensler, who will be returning to Broadway with a new play titled "In The Body of the World," about why our bo...Show More
Revisit - Special Report: Self Governance - The Southern Movements Way

28:16 | Jan 10th, 2018

The 2017 annual gathering of the Southern Movement Assemblies -- a living experiment in popular democracy and local self governance. Plantation politics, monopoly capitalism, incarceration instead of peace: a lot of the worst of the American experien...Show More
Minicast: Revolutionary Poetics

13:08 | Jan 8th, 2018

Enjoy a minicast featuring several revolutionary poets who have performed on theLFShow including Cynthia Dewi Oka featured in revolutionary mothering an anthology giving voice to mothers of color and marginalized mothers, Janani Balasubramanian of Da...Show More
100 Years of Russian Revolution: A New Politics of Liberation

28:10 | Jan 3rd, 2018

A special report covering Trans National Institute's (TNI) gathering earlier this year in South Africa where participants exchanged thoughts and ideas in order to discover a New Politics. Laura Flanders has been part of an initiative promoted by the ...Show More
SPECIAL REPORT: GREECE - Taking Power vs Making Power

28:11 | Dec 27th, 2017

A special report from Athens, Greece where many are asking if progressives in government can change much at all if people don’t first change society. In 2015, anti-austerity Greeks were disappointed by the progressive left Syriza government, which th...Show More
Year End Review +Standing Up to Big Brother

35:32 | Dec 20th, 2017

Enjoy our 'Year End Review'. Than, Equality Lab's Thenmorzi Soundararajan. Basic digital security measures can limit the impact of up to 85-90% of mass surveillance. Worried about your email getting hacked? Or annoyed by ads that know where you shop?...Show More
F-Word: Life or Death to the FCC

03:00 | Dec 18th, 2017

Laura Flanders' weekly commentary the 'F-word'.   Write to Laura, she'd love to hear from you Please take the time to write a review in iTunes, it helps spread the word. Thank you! Tis the season to support theLFShow, make a o...Show More
Immigrants Dream of Sanctuary: Ravi Ragbir and Sara Gozalo

29:49 | Dec 13th, 2017

Can sanctuary exist in a state that still insists on broken windows policing? Ravi Ragbir and Sara Gozalo of The New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City describe pushing back state pressure and creating real sanctuary, communally, through partnering...Show More
F-Word: From Washington to Jerusalem - It’s not Reckless. It’s a wreck

02:30 | Dec 11th, 2017

Laura Flanders' weekly commentary the 'F-word'. Write to Laura, she'd love to hear from you Please take the time to write a review in iTunes, it helps spread the word. Thank you! Tis the season to support theLFShow, make a one...Show More
Special Report: Self Governance - The Southern Movements Way

28:16 | Dec 6th, 2017

From the annual gathering of the Southern Movement Assemblies (SMA), in partnership with Project South. SMA, a living experiment in popular democracy & local self governance. Plantation politics, monopoly capitalism, incarceration nation: a lot of th...Show More
F-Word: Wanted, This Christmas, A Media-Monopoly Bust Up

03:00 | Dec 4th, 2017

Laura Flanders' weekly commentary the 'F-word'.   Write to Laura, she'd love to hear from you Please take the time to write a review in iTunes, it helps spread the word. Thank you! Tis the season to support theLFShow, make a o...Show More
Riane Eisler: Partnerships in the Post Industrial Economy

30:06 | Nov 29th, 2017

This week on the Laura Flanders Show, Riane Eisler, author of the groundbreaking book The Chalice and the Blade, and The Real Wealth of Nations, discusses partnership and post-industrial economics. And Laura's weekly commentary, 'Wanted, This Christm...Show More
Chokehold: Policing Black Men + Dispatches From Cleveland

28:20 | Nov 22nd, 2017

This week on The Laura Flanders Show former prosecutor Paul Butler talks about his book Chokehold: Policing Black Men. And the film Dispatches from Cleveland documents the community organizing that changed the prosecutor's office in Cleveland in the ...Show More
F-Word: Election Night - Dems Divided Down Progressive Fault Lines?

03:00 | Nov 21st, 2017

Laura Flanders' weekly commentary the 'F-word'   Write to Laura, she'd love to hear from you Note to our podcast subscribers, you will receive weekly the F-Word in addition to the weekly show.  Please take the time to write a ...Show More
Resistance and Revolutionary Poetry: Aja Monet

28:28 | Nov 15th, 2017

This week on the show, resistance and revolutionary poetry: Aja Monet talks about free-speech, accountability, the poet June Jordan and the fight for Palestinian liberation. All that, and her new book My Mother was a Freedom Fighter.
100 Years of Russian Revolution: A New Politics of Liberation

28:10 | Nov 9th, 2017

This week a special report covering Trans National Institute's (TNI) gathering earlier this year in South Africa where participants exchanged thoughts and ideas in order to discover a New Politics. Laura Flanders been part of an initiative promoted b...Show More
F-Word: Weinstein Suggests It's Time For a Shared Power Index For Companies

03:00 | Nov 7th, 2017

Laura Flanders' weekly commentary the 'F-word'.   Write to Laura, she'd love to hear from you Note to our podcast subscribers, you will receive weekly the F-Word in addition to the weekly show with your free subscription or yo...Show More
Tracing the Arc of Justice

29:11 | Nov 1st, 2017

We released a special report 1 year ago in which we asked our guests to reflect on social change, and what they planned to do the day after the election to keep resistance movements alive and what they do to support their own spirits. 1 year later th...Show More
F-Word: Catalan Crisis or Capitalist Crisis?

03:30 | Oct 30th, 2017

Write to Laura, she'd love to hear from you Note to our podcast subscribers, you will receive weekly the F-Word in addition to the weekly show with your free subscription or you can subscribe to the F-word via itunes directly....Show More
Seeking Reason During Chaos: David Harvey and Pau Faus

28:17 | Oct 25th, 2017

This week, professor David Harvey talks about the spirals of capitalism and his new book Marx, Capital, and the Madness of Economic Reason. Then filmmaker Pau Faus who captured in his film Ada for Mayor the unlikely, successful, campaign of Barcelona...Show More
Paths to Just Recovery in Puerto Rico

32:01 | Oct 18th, 2017

Patri Ramirez Gonzalez, Puerto Rico/Detroit Solidarity Exchange Network on grassroots plans to save family farmers and the ecosystem, and Trishala Deb, Asia regional director for Thousand Currents, shares hard won lessons from grassroots activists in...Show More
F-Word: Absolute Media Power Corrupts Absolutely

03:30 | Oct 16th, 2017

Laura Flanders' weekly commentary the 'F-word'. Write to Laura, she'd love to hear from you Note to our podcast subscribers, you will receive weekly the F-Word in addition to the weekly show with your free subscription.  Pleas...Show More
Building a People’s Media Ecosystem

29:39 | Oct 11th, 2017

A urgent conversation about media diversity and our lack of it. With guests Joe Amditis, assoc. director, Center for Cooperative Media & Dru Oja Jay, media activist and hacker. And then, from Detroit, a special report on the work grassroots media act...Show More
F-Word: First They Came For the Immigrants

03:00 | Oct 6th, 2017

Laura Flanders weekly commentary the 'fword'. This week, Surveillance. If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention and if you are, well the feds know about it.  Write to Laura, she'd love to hear from you Note: weekly ...Show More
Whose Streets? Going Beyond the Headlines of the Ferguson Story

28:29 | Oct 4th, 2017

Going beyond the headlines of the Ferguson story. We'll talk with one of the directors of the documentary Whose Streets?. As the news cameras left Ferguson, after the police killing of Michael Brown, Sabaah Folayan and her team documented what happen...Show More
SPECIAL REPORT: GREECE - Taking Power vs Making Power

28:11 | Sep 27th, 2017

From taking power to making power. A special report from Athens, Greece where many are asking if progressives in government can change much at all if people don’t first change society. In 2015, anti-austerity Greeks were disappointed by the progressi...Show More
Planning for Climate Disaster

30:54 | Sep 20th, 2017

Harvey on Harvey. Marxist geographer David Harvey weighs in on natural and not so natural disasters and how we might organize our cities better to avoid them. And Thanu Yakupitiyage from explains why climate justice requires that we make move...Show More
Riots, Impeachments & Night Thoughts

27:33 | Sep 13th, 2017

This week dreams and defiance. Award winning playwright and essayist Wallace Shawn, discusses his new book Night Thoughts, meditations and speculative dreams for a better world. And Ed Whitfield, from The Fund for Democratic Communities in Greensboro...Show More
The German Left Leans Forward

27:31 | Sep 6th, 2017

Anti-Trump is not enough! This week, Laura Flanders show comes to you from Berlin. In the lead up to the German elections, the German left is saying that opposing Trump is simply not enough. But the left has work to do too, as we'll see. Then, two gu...Show More
In the Time of Economic Babble: Michael Hudson on the Capitalist Way

27:00 | Aug 29th, 2017

Revisit:  We’re living in a time of economic babble, where politicians and economists throw out words like “reform,” “privatize,” and “austerity” to prop up corrupt capitalist opportunists. So says our guest this week, economist Michael Hudson, autho...Show More
Restore, Renew and Reparations

26:30 | Aug 22nd, 2017

We revisit a show from the archives featuring Adaku Utah, founder of Harriet's Apothecary, and J Bob Alotta, exec. director, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice. Utah and Alotta discuss what healing justice would look like for communities under at...Show More
Cooperative Economics for a POC-Led Future: Aaron Tanaka

27:00 | Aug 17th, 2017

Laura speaks with Aaron Tanaka, founder and director of the Center for Economic Democracy (CED) about his longtime advocacy and visionary work for the next system of solidarity economics. To change the circumstances of injustice, we have to build our...Show More
Music, Spirit & Protest: The Hippie Idea & Climbing Poetree

29:26 | Aug 8th, 2017

Can music make a movement? Legendary music producer Danny Goldberg takes us back to a time when "All You Need is Love" was not meant to be ironic, and we talk about his new book, In Search of the Lost Chord about the hippie summer of 1967. Then, from...Show More
Reality-Based Economics

29:37 | Aug 2nd, 2017

Throw out what you think you know about economics. This week, self-described “renegade economist” Kate Raworth of Oxford University, explains how to think like a reality based economist, and two eco-feminists, one from South Africa, the other Mauriti...Show More
Pluralism vs Authoritarianism

31:01 | Jul 25th, 2017

​Laura talks with author/activist Gar Alperovitz, co-chair of the Next System Project. From the gloom of today he sees the principles of a Pluralist Commonwealth emerging. Then a video from Local Futures, counts down the many changes that can come fr...Show More
Making Health Care About People, Not Partisan Politics

31:30 | Jul 19th, 2017

The GOP's anti-Obamacare push is defeated for now. But what if the debate over healthcare was as much about human and community health as it is about partisan politics? This week on the LF Show, **health crusaders Loretta Ross and Lynn Paltrow** expl...Show More
What's A Sanctuary With Jails?

29:28 | Jul 11th, 2017

Although cities across the country have announced themselves as sanctuaries, the queer and trans communities who defined this movement have been routinely failed by those same cities' adherence to regressive policing tactics. This week, Jennicet Guti...Show More
Whose Dissent is Putting Them In Danger?

29:32 | Jul 4th, 2017

Organizing in a Trump and Amazon World -- new concentrations of power are bringing forth new models of resistance. This week on the show, Cathy Albisa and Sabino Milian discuss the targeting of activists in immigration sweeps. Those ICE raids aren't ...Show More
Yes to the People's Movement: Naomi Klein

26:46 | Jun 27th, 2017

The lines between politics and branding have been blurred, not just in recent years, but in a gradual effort by corporations to commodify media and politics. So says our guest this week, **Naomi Klein** , joining Laura to discuss her most recent book...Show More
Can Trump's Base Survive? Working America Surveys Ohio

27:47 | Jun 20th, 2017

Money media keep telling us that Trump voters are sticking by him, but are they? And what do so-called swing voters really want? Working America, the community organizing affiliate of the A.F.L.-C.I.O., took to the streets of Ohio to find out. Matt M...Show More
May Day Special Report Revisited: 100+ Movements Go Beyond the Moment

27:11 | Jun 14th, 2017

A May Day Special Report from the Laura Flanders Show features the mass mobilization of the people on International Worker's Day 2017!  May Day urges us to dream bigger, to set aside conservative notions of what is feasible and focus instead on what ...Show More
Can The European left save itself?

28:01 | Jun 7th, 2017

This week, from the promises of Syriza in Greece to the demands of Brexit in the U.K: how two landmark events in Europe help to forecast the direction of its left. Helena Sheehan is the author of new book, "The Syriza Wave," chronicling what she call...Show More
Debt That Lasts Forever: Can't Cash In On Credit

28:02 | Jun 1st, 2017

If, in the twenty-first century, credit is the new capital , what are the implications for our finances, but also our relationships?  This week, Laura talks with Ivan Ascher, author of a new book on The Portfolio Society, and debt activist Pam Brown,...Show More
New Economy Models: The Victory of the Commons

28:38 | May 24th, 2017

A new world based on community and collaboration is closer than you think. We can steward resources together, in fact, millions of people are doing just that. And not just in the history books. This week, from Kingston, NY, **author and activist Davi...Show More
Black and Queer Around the World: What Does Solidarity Look Like?

26:36 | May 16th, 2017

Systematic problems don't limit themselves to just the countries we know and hear about; racism, occupation, profiteering, these are global problems and the solutions, too, must look to the world. In our first interview of this week, Cazembe Jackson,...Show More
Former Women's Prison Becomes a Community Space

28:59 | May 10th, 2017

How can we collaborate across skills, communities, and history to build new spaces? On this week's show, we talk to Pamela Shifman and Iris Bowen, two of the minds behind the Women's Building project, which is transforming a former New York women's p...Show More
May Day Report: 100+ Movements Go Beyond the Moment

26:26 | May 5th, 2017

A May Day Special Report from the Laura Flanders Show features the mass mobilization of the people on International Worker's Day! Before May Day 2017, we talk to organizers about what they imagine will come from this year's day of springtime resistan...Show More
After the Protests, Community Building and Sustainability

26:57 | Apr 28th, 2017

On this week's episode, a question of how we can use direct action to create and sustain long-range, inclusive and effective movements with guests L.A. Kauffman and Jesse Myerson and later in the show Looking for leadership towards a just transition?...Show More
Ireland's New Rising: An Exclusive Report from The Laura Flanders Show

27:46 | Apr 21st, 2017

With the news around Brexit, we revisit an episode filmed last year in Ireland and reflect upon the Easter Rising of 1916. The question of Irish sovereignty still looms large. New challenges face the Irish in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, an...Show More
Restore, Renew and Reparations: Adaku Utah and J Bob Alotta on Healing Justice

26:30 | Apr 14th, 2017

The chorus for radical action demands a versatile effort: it needs people power, initiative, and funding, but if we're caught between offense and defense, how do we take time to insure the well-being of our most vulnerable communities?   ...Show More
Policy with a Conscience: Angela Glover Blackwell

25:03 | Apr 6th, 2017

This week, Angela Glover Blackwell, executive director of PolicyLink and former Obama advisor, has a long history of using policy for progressive, radical, change. Blackwell says this is a moment to protect and resist, certainly, but also a time to r...Show More
Cheat, Lie and Steal: Michael Hudson on the Capitalist Way

24:45 | Mar 31st, 2017

We’re living in a time of economic babble, where politicians and economists throw out words like “reform,” “privatize,” and “austerity” to prop up corrupt capitalist opportunists. So says our guest this week, economist Michael Hudson, author of J is ...Show More
Intersectionality & Movements. And Exploring the Alt Right

25:30 | Mar 24th, 2017

Laura is joined by celebrated academic, organizer, and advocate Professor Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, who is perhaps best known for coining the term intersectionality. And later in the show Laura is joined by Tarso Ramos of Political Research Associa...Show More
Women's Solidarity Strikes Back

26:16 | Mar 15th, 2017

When feminism has come so far, how do modern day strikes, marches, and protest reflect the evolving and complex aspects of the movement, as well as its radical herstory? Featuring Jodeen Olguín-Tayler (Demos), Sarah Leonard (The Nation) + Cinzia Arru...Show More
Trumpism, Warfare and Fixing Fissures in the Left

26:09 | Mar 9th, 2017

Donald Trump's tweets and divisiveness on Capitol Hill tend to draw the money media in and hold them there, but if progressives and the Left focus only on the beltway and the binary party debate, we'll never escape. In this episode, Laura int...Show More
Making the Police Count

25:36 | Mar 2nd, 2017

With the Trump administration embracing private prisons, and a crackdown on all crimes, how police departments operate will come under scrutiny.  We treasure what we measure so why do police metrics count captures and kills but not conflicts resolved...Show More
Progressive Congress and Progressive Confidence

25:50 | Feb 22nd, 2017

The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) is 25 years old, and yet, the shadow of a Trump administration looms over its vision to advance a progressive agenda. In this seemingly discouraging time, what does the CPC offer, and how does it stay progre...Show More
Standing Up to Big Brother: Thenmozhi Soundararajan

24:00 | Feb 16th, 2017

Trump has been critiqued, among other things, as the troll-in-chief. His presidential win can be credited to the rise of alt-right internet 'trolls,' complex bots, and the online harassment of his opponents. Our guest this week, Thenmozhi Soundararaj...Show More
Uber's Trumpian Business Model: New York Taxi Worker Alliance's Bhairavi Desai

25:01 | Feb 8th, 2017

​On the night that Donald Trump's Muslim Ban executive order was announced, thousands headed to airports to protest the detention of refugees who had arrived after the order went into effect. The same night, taxi workers across New York City famously...Show More
A Vision For The Progressive Left

25:26 | Feb 1st, 2017

Guest host Bhaskar Sunkara (editor of Jacobin Magazine) engages political voices Kate Aronoff and Jonah Birch in a conversation about the future of the Left: were the election results a testament to the decline of the Left, or is this a moment for a ...Show More
Cooperative Economics for a POC-Led Future: Aaron Tanaka

25:38 | Jan 26th, 2017

Under the Trump regime, we’ll certainly have to be on the defense to protect the communities most likely to be attacked -- but we’ll also have to build powerful, alternative models where POC, Muslim, undocumented, disabled, and queer folks have leade...Show More
Capitalism, Raced & Gendered: Rick Wolff & Farah Tanis

25:48 | Jan 12th, 2017

Capitalism looks different to those who were once commodities, and that has implications for how we build a future not based in domination.
Holiday Special Pt. 2: Facing Race – Kim Diehl + Tarso Luís Ramos

26:48 | Dec 29th, 2016

Supposedly, the far right have won. So what now? We ask our guests this week the same question, taking from a mixed pot of loss and success. Whether it's about the fight for reproductive justice in the South, or a movement for rural agency in progres...Show More
Holiday Special: Facing Race – Rural Organizing Project + Eesha Pandit

25:42 | Dec 22nd, 2016

Supposedly, the far right have won. So what now? We ask our guests this week the same question, taking from a mixed pot of loss and success. Whether it's about the fight for reproductive justice in the South, or a movement for rural agency in progres...Show More
Not Trickle Down, But Bottom Up: Anthony Flaccavento

21:15 | Dec 16th, 2016

At the Laura Flanders Show, we want to find the common ground that unites Americans, stories of progress, equity, and resilience -- to discover that there is more evidence of congress, than of division. Our guest this weeks speaks to some ways he has...Show More
Facing Race: Stephanie Guilloud + Suzanne Pharr

25:54 | Dec 8th, 2016

The Facing Race conference, coordinated by Race Forward this November in Atlanta, brought together some of the most noteworthy names in progressive organizing right now. This week on the show, we have a special compilation of interviews from the conf...Show More
Bridging Fascist Divides: Arlie + Adam Hochschild

24:41 | Dec 1st, 2016

In the aftermath of the election, much has been said about what liberal government, media, businesses failed to do: contextualize his rise to office and connect with his voters to change their minds. In this episode, Laura interviews Adam and Arlie H...Show More
After the Election

23:54 | Nov 28th, 2016

On this week's episode, a special call to action against post-election complacency. Although many of us affected by this election will be embittered and jaded by the "nightmarish" election season, our guests this week, activists ranging from many bac...Show More
Don't Feed the Racist Patriarchy!

24:30 | Nov 9th, 2016

2016 is an exciting -- and precarious -- time to be an entrepreneur, particularly when you’re queer women. Serafina Palandech and her wife Jennifer Johnson, the founders of organic food startup, Hip Chick Farms, had to deal with a lot when they wante...Show More
Movement-Building Politics: Pramila Jayapal and Chase Iron Eyes

22:51 | Nov 4th, 2016

At the Laura Flanders Show, we say we talk with “tomorrow’s heroes today.”  One of those could well be forward-thinker [Pramila Jayapa](, Washington State Senator, now running for Congress. If elected, Jayapal be th...Show More
People Power and the U.S. Elections: Ralph Nader

24:18 | Nov 2nd, 2016

Are we stuck in a two-party gridlock, or is there still room for democracy? Ralph Nader, former presidential candidate and famed political maverick, joins us to discuss what really constitutes “people power” when it comes to this election. Known for ...Show More
We Gon' Be Alright - Really! Jeff Chang / #StandingRock

24:50 | Oct 20th, 2016

It may seem at times like theres a thousand movements to be a part of, a thousand and one tragedies in the news. How do we keep ourselves accountable to the communities we truly care about? Is "diversity" enough? And how do we stop ourselves from pan...Show More
Fiscal Feminism: Pavlina R. Tcherneva

25:16 | Oct 14th, 2016

This week, we are joined by economist and professor Pavlina R. Tcherneva, who says the current practice of gender-blind and race-blind fiscal policy lacks visions and helps no one. Congress, according to Tcherneva is focusing on the wrong things. A s...Show More
A Special Report From #StandingRock: Part 1

26:59 | Oct 3rd, 2016

Part 1 of our field reports from the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ, or Seven Council Fires Community, at [#StandingRock]( in Cannonball, North Dakota. Representatives from hundreds of nations have travelled to [#St...Show More
Is A Socialist Future Possible?

22:52 | Sep 26th, 2016

Few words have had as little presence in the 2016 election as “socialism,” which was raised briefly in one of the earliest primary debates. Yet socialism could have a future in America, our guests this week argue, if we just think about it differentl...Show More
Free The Land

25:00 | Aug 17th, 2016

The struggle for Black economic independence: Not a lot of people, particularly people of color, have had a chance to design a new community, to be different and equal, co-owned by its residents. In 1969, Shirley Sherrod co-founded a collective farm ...Show More
Continuing Revolution

25:03 | Aug 11th, 2016

What the mainstream media didn't show you.
White People in Solidarity Against Racism

22:51 | Aug 3rd, 2016

A social justice group that invites white people to fight racism is spreading like wildfire in the US. From 12 to 150 chapters in two years. Clearly a whole lot of white people are interested in fighting systemic injustice. But how? This week's guest...Show More
Uninvited to the Party: The 2016 Republican National Convention

25:02 | Jul 25th, 2016

In this special episode, the Laura Flanders is at the scene of the Republican National Convention -- but while the party is on inside Quicken Loans Arena, much of Cleveland is still grieving. The 2014 death of Tamir Rice still rests in the minds of m...Show More
Bernie’s Revolution: Socialism and the People's Struggle Against Capitalism

25:00 | Jun 21st, 2016

Bernie's success as a mainstream, socialist presidential candidate has taken most commentators by surprise; even after he'd been mathematically counted out of the Democratic nomination race, support for Bernie Sanders kept coming in. One per...Show More
A New Economy for Whom?

25:56 | Jun 15th, 2016

Palak Shah discusses The Good Work Code, an attempt to bring comprehensive worker’s rights to Silicon Valley. And Yochai Benkler asks why the people who create all the content on Facebook - you and me - don’t own it. All that and a commentary from La...Show More
No More Debt for Puerto Rico

24:38 | Jun 13th, 2016

3.5 million Americans in Puerto Rico are in dire crisis. The island territory is mired in debt and facing imminent default. Media coverage has blamed the last twenty years - when tax breaks were rolled back and loans extended. But this week’s guests ...Show More
Ireland's New Rising

24:53 | Jun 6th, 2016

One hundred years after the Easter Rising of 1916, the question of Irish sovereignty still looms large. New challenges face the Irish in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, and slashes to public spending in the North have ignited fresh waves of re...Show More
Rising up Against Empire: Jeremy Scahill and the Easter uprising

24:56 | May 24th, 2016

Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill talks about the secrets he’s learned about our government’s assassination programs, and how our military policies are leading to more oppression at home as well. Then, Laura visits Ireland for the anniversary o...Show More
Union Banking and Progressive Ice Cream

24:32 | May 20th, 2016

A bank founded by a garment workers union, and a global ice cream company founded by a couple of hippies from Brooklyn. Keith Mestrich, President & CEO of Amalgamated Bank, talks about running a big bank with a social justice mission. Ben Cohen and J...Show More
Eat the Rich? Raphaële Chappe & Nick Hanauer

24:46 | May 12th, 2016

Can the wealthy save the rest of us from themselves? Venture capitalist Nick Hanauer tells us what’s wrong with rich people, and former Goldman Sachs Vice President Raphaele Chappe tells us about her work to even the playing field between the 1% and ...Show More
Revolutionary Mothering

24:58 | May 4th, 2016

On this special Mother’s day episode, guest host Alexis Pauline Gumbs explores revolutionary mothering with a panel of guests including China Martens, Mai’a Williams, Victoria Law, and Cynthia Dewi Oka. Self-described Queer Black troublemaker and Bla...Show More
The Incomplete and Wonderful History of May Day: Peter Linebaugh & Avi Lewis

24:28 | Apr 27th, 2016

Author and professor Peter Linebaugh discusses his new book, The Incomplete, True, Authentic, and Wonderful History of May Day. Later in the show filmmaker Avi Lewis discusses worker-owned factories in Argentina, and Laura focuses on the intersection...Show More
Historian Eric Foner on the Face of Racism Today

23:56 | Apr 19th, 2016

This Week: Making sense of the election season with a historian. From Confederate monuments to election politics to utopian communities, Eric Foner discusses today’s politics through the legacy of the past, and Laura takes a new look at a hundred-yea...Show More
The Southern Reverend Taking on the Right: Rev. William Barber of Moral Mondays.

24:06 | Apr 12th, 2016

The Moral Mondays Movement in North Carolina is building a powerful, grassroots, struggle against the right wing. Laura talks with Reverend Dr. William J Barber II, the architect of that movement about Moral Mondays, Reconstruction, #BlackLivesMatter...Show More
Building a Movement Beyond the Elections: Jesús “Chuy” Garcia, Dan Cantor & Steve Phillips

24:21 | Apr 5th, 2016

Jesus “Chuy” Garcia is the progressive Chicago politician who forced conservative Democrat Rahm Emanuel into the first run-off in that city’s history. Dan Cantor is the cofounder and national director of the Working Families Party. Before co-launchin...Show More
What’s Missing from the Debates: Rep. Keith Ellison & Phyllis Bennis

25:10 | Mar 29th, 2016

Single Payer Health Care, Free College for all and an end to subsidies for fossil fuel - if Bernie Sanders’ agenda sounds more progressive than his opponents', why have so few Progressive Congress people endorsed him? Laura asks Minnesota Congressman...Show More
Sarah Schulman, Lupe Fiasco and Paying for Church

24:56 | Mar 22nd, 2016

Author, activist Sarah Schulman, cofounder of the Act-Up Oral History Project, is out with a new novel, The Cosmopolitans, in which a group of mid-century East Villagers pull together to survive gentrification and modern life. Meanwhile, musician Lup...Show More
Food, Housing and Time for a Sick-Out: Craig Willse, Imani Henry & Soul Fire Farms

25:18 | Mar 15th, 2016

Author Craig WIllse and organizer Imani Henry discuss housing, homelessness and the role of nonprofits in change-making (or not). Plus, an exclusive report from an upstate New York farm that's feeding people while fighting the school-to-prison pipeli...Show More
Right to the City: From Policing to Planning, Putting People in Charge.

23:37 | Mar 8th, 2016

_Can residents determine how their cities change? They can certainly have an impact, say Aaron Bartley and John Washington of People United for Sustainable Housing (P.U.S.H.) in Buffalo, New York. PUSH Buffalo brings people together to create sustain...Show More
Public Banking, Public Water: Who's in Control? Gwendolyn Hallsmith and Rep. Brenda L. Lawrence (D-MI)

25:00 | Mar 1st, 2016

_From poisoning Flint to bankrupting Main Street, can residents regain a say in what happens in their communities? In this episode, Laura discusses race, gender, and banking with Gwendolyn Hallsmith, the author of Vermont Dollars, Vermont Sense,_ _an...Show More
Pirates, Hackers, and the Sharing Economy: Alexa Clay, Micky Metts, and Janelle Orsi

24:55 | Feb 23rd, 2016

Laura Flanders and guest host Pamela Brown learn from pirates, hustlers and hackers about how to build economic alternatives right here, right now. Alexa Clay is a co-author of The Misfit Economy: Lessons in Creativity From Pirates, Hackers, Gangster...Show More
Poetry and Trans Politics: Darkmatter

25:00 | Feb 16th, 2016

Trans South Asian art duo Darkmatter is comprised of Alok Vaid-Menon and Janani Balasubramanian. They are deeply engaged in the connection of art and social justice, and have been performing to sold-out crowds in New York and internationally.
Swoon: From the Streets to the Galleries

25:00 | Feb 9th, 2016

Caledonia Curry, also known as Swoon, is one of the most recognized street artists in the world. She has brought her art from the streets to galleries and museums. Among her recent projects include [creating musical houses in New Orleans](http://www....Show More
Tony Kushner: Hollywood and Socialism

29:05 | Feb 3rd, 2016

Can a socialist choose Hillary over Bernie? Playwright and screenwriter Tony Kushner discusses Socialism, Zionism, Hollywood, and the 2016 elections. Tony Kushner has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, an Emmy Award, two Tony Awards, two Acad...Show More
Viggo Mortensen: Empires and Justice in the Middle East

25:00 | Jan 26th, 2016

This week Laura and Viggo Mortensen​ discuss heroes, outlaws, empires and justice in the Middle East. Academy Award-nominated actor Viggo Mortensen has appeared in scores of movies, including The Lord of the Rings Trilogy​, one of the highest grossin...Show More
Zillah Eisenstein and Damayan: Race, Gender and Socialism

25:21 | Jan 19th, 2016

Laura, discusses race, gender, feminism, and socialism with author Zillah Eisenstein. And an exclusive report from the Damayan Cleaning Cooperative, the first Filipina migrant worker-owned cooperative in the US. And a few words from Laura on the path...Show More
Molly Crabapple: Drawing Blood

24:51 | Jan 12th, 2016

From sex workers in the US to prisoners in Guantanamo, artist and journalist Molly Crabapple has been there. Her bold and powerful work has also taken her to Abu Dhabi's migrant labor camps, and with rebels in Syria. Her new memoir, _Drawing Blood_, ...Show More
Antony Loewenstein and M. Jacqui Alexander: Disaster Capitalism and Spiritual Feminism

25:00 | Jan 5th, 2016

Six years ago this month, Haiti was hit by a devastating earthquake. Billions of dollars in aid were pledged but little made it to the people in need. Why did that happen? Today on The Laura Flanders Show, Antony Loewenstein talks about Disaster Capi...Show More
Naomi Murakawa & #BlackLivesMatter: Liberals, Guns and the Roots of the U.S. Prison Explosion

25:55 | Dec 15th, 2015

Today on The Laura Flanders Show: Naomi Murakawa indicts liberals for growing the system of mass incarceration, and we take a look back at our coverage of the Black Lives Matter movement. All that and a few words from me on mandatory minimums in 1790...Show More
Race, Gender, and Work: Lola Smallwood-Cuevas with Domestic Workers United:

24:59 | Dec 8th, 2015

The Laura Flanders Show in in Los Angeles talking about women and work. Lola Smallwood-Cuevas shares about her work with the Black Workers Center, and we visit with domestic workers who marched to Washington to meet with the pope. All that and a few ...Show More
Connecting the Grassroots and the Global: Eric Mann and Pedro Páez

24:19 | Dec 2nd, 2015

Eric Mann from The Los Angeles Bus Riders Union talks about why working people from LA are attending the climate talks in Paris. And Ecuador's former Finance Minister Pedro Páez on when they renegotiated loans, cut debt payments and reinvested in the...Show More
Jalal Sabur & Raymond Figueroa, Jr: Food, Land, and Freedom

23:36 | Nov 24th, 2015

Land and food has been used as a weapon to keep people of color in second class status, in this episode Laura looks at the ways it can be used as a tool for liberation. Laura speaks with Jalal Sabur & Raymond Figueroa, who ** ** are using fresh food ...Show More
The Surveillance-Industrial Complex and Columbia Prison Divestment

27:06 | Nov 17th, 2015

The “surveillance-industrial complex” has profound, but poorly understood impacts on our political, structural, economic, and cultural lives, says Hamid Khan, director of the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition, board member of the National Network for Immigr...Show More
Donna Schaper & Matthew Stinchcomb: Can etsy change the world?

24:26 | Nov 10th, 2015

Can one of the founders of the craft website []( - valued in the billions of dollars - lead a change in the way we do business? is the world’s largest certified socially responsible business, and they have now launched [Etsy...Show More
Laurie Anderson & Mohammed el Gharani: Habeas Corpus

24:58 | Nov 3rd, 2015

Like all men held at Guantanamo Bay, Mohammed el Gharani, who was imprisoned at the age of 14, is barred from entering the USA. But American artist Laurie Anderson found a way to bring him to the states, via telepresence. Laura talks with Anderson ab...Show More
Avi Lewis: This Changes Everything

25:09 | Oct 27th, 2015

The climate crisis is our best chance to build a better world - and the people most affected by the destruction are in the forefront of coming up with alternatives. We'd better listen to them. That's the message of a new film from this week's guest, ...Show More
End Mass Incarceration: Bryan Stevenson

24:49 | Oct 20th, 2015

Mercy - more and more people are talking about it in the context of the masses of Americans incarcerated. but is mercy enough? Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, has done a lot to push this debate to the front. Al...Show More
Tim Wise: Under the Affluence

24:09 | Oct 13th, 2015

How does race and racism affect in your life? Anti-racist activist and writer Tim Wise is the author of six books, most notably his highly acclaimed memoir: White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son. His latest book, Under the Affluenc...Show More
Greg Grandin: Empire and Resistance in Latin America, and Beyond

19:01 | Oct 6th, 2015

Professor and author Greg Grandin talks about the enduring influence of Henry Kissinger's bloody and brutal foreign policy. Greg Grandin has been examining Empire in all its forms across seven books, including his latest, _Kissinger’s Shadow, _out th...Show More
Peter Frase and Boots Riley on The Future of Social Change

18:25 | Sep 29th, 2015

Will the future be better or worse for workers? Peter Frase says with more tech tools, there's more leisure in our future, as there should be. He also is convinced that capitalism will end. Peter Frase is an editor of the magazine Jacobin, and has a ...Show More
Ellen & Rachel Meeropol and Boots Riley on Art and Resistance

24:30 | Sep 22nd, 2015

Fighting government repression through art and action: Laura interviews Ellen and Rachel Meeropol, a mother and daughter each seeking change -- one through the litigation and one through fiction. Ellen Meeropol is the author of two novels that deal w...Show More
Breaking Our Gun Addiction: Marlon Peterson

24:39 | Sep 15th, 2015

How do we break America's addiction to guns and gun violence? We talk with a young man who served ten years in prison on a gun-related crime and hear from cultural critic Jeff Chang about the cultural changes that have and haven't transformed America...Show More
Black Land Matters: Mark Scott and Tia Powell Harris

25:00 | Sep 8th, 2015

A look at the historical and present-day connections between democracy, land, housing and economic development. The history of the US is packed with people of color and poor people who’ve been stripped of their rights - to vote, to wages, to housing ...Show More
Labor, Bernie Sanders, and Direct Action: Larry Hanley w/Morrigan Phillips

24:38 | Sep 1st, 2015

Will labor endorse Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, or someone else? Larry Hanley began driving a bus in 1978, at age 21, in Brooklyn, NY, and attended his first union meeting soon after. He’s now international president of the Amalgamated Transit Un...Show More
New Orleans: The Economics of Recovery: Oliver Thomas and Sunni Patterson

24:48 | Aug 26th, 2015

Ten years since the flooding of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, we look at the recovery, what worked and what didn't, with an extended interview with a former insider turned outsider. Oliver Thomas was city council president at the time of Hurri...Show More
Police Violence & Reparations: Opal Tometi, Joey Mogul & Darrell Cannon

26:07 | Aug 4th, 2015

What might a global Black Lives Matter movement look like? A discussion with Black Lives Matter co-founder Opal Tometi, a Black feminist writer, communications strategist, cultural organizer, and co-founder of the BlackLivesMatter Network. She is als...Show More
Cornel West and Richard Wolff talk about Capitalism and White Supremacy

24:22 | Jul 29th, 2015

A conversation about capitalism with two brilliant minds, Cornel West and Richard D. Wolff, together in a rare joint appearance. Richard D. Wolff is Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, and author most recently of Capitalism’...Show More
Andrew Cockburn: Modern War

24:12 | Jul 21st, 2015

This week's episode focuses on modern warfare and US imperialism. Is drone warfare here to stay? It’s one of the few things Republicans and Democrats agree on. Andrew Cockburn has been a rare critical voice on the subject. He is the Washington editor...Show More
Keller Easterling: Shaping Our Future Right Now

25:36 | Jul 7th, 2015

How do we shape our future, right now? Author and architect Keller Easterling discusses the role architects should take to shape a better world, and the invisible systems used by corporate power to exert control over populations. Also in this episode...Show More
Beyond Disability Rights; Disability Justice: Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

24:44 | Jun 30th, 2015

Safety: every law enforcement officer and every politician tells us that they're for it. And yet for many, police are a problem in their communities, and today's policies are only making things worse. If what we're doing isn't the answer. What is? We...Show More
Michelle Alexander: Beyond Black Spring

21:15 | Jun 2nd, 2015

Protests against police violence continue across the US, and this week's episode continues our exclusive reporting on the movement behind the protests. How are the legacies of the eras of slavery, reconstruction, and Jim Crow still with us today? Lau...Show More
Taking on the Sheriff with Art and Activism: Patrisse Cullors & Kai Lumumba Barrow

24:44 | May 20th, 2015

How is the Black Lives Matter movement reshaping models of social movement leadership? We continue our ongoing conversation on Black Lives Matter with another of the movements cofounders, Patrisse Cullors. Patrisse is an artist, organizer and freedom...Show More
Boycott From Within: Ronnie Barkan and Haidar Eid

25:45 | May 12th, 2015

**T** he two state solution has been declared dead too many times to count. But have we turned a corner? In the last Israeli elections, Prime Minister Netanyahu raised alarm about Palestinian citizens voting, and declared his opposition to a two stat...Show More
#Blackgirlsmatter: Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw and a new #homecare documentary, Care

23:56 | May 5th, 2015

In 2014, a 12 year old Georgia girl faced expulsion and criminal charges after writing on a locker room wall of her Middle School. A Detroit honors student was suspended for her entire senior year for bringing a pocket knife to a football game. In 20...Show More
Walidah Imarisha & adrienne maree brown & Mumia Abu-Jamal: Decolonizing the Mind

15:45 | Apr 30th, 2015

Many people know of Mumia Abu-Jamal as a journalist and political prisoner. But did you know he’s also a Star Trek fan? That’s one of the many revelations in the new book Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements, a colle...Show More
From Local to Global: Esteban Kelly and Stacy Mitchell

24:27 | Apr 14th, 2015

This week is US tax week, a good time to ask what will it take before we have a mass movement in the US offering economic alternatives. We explore this question with two guests who are in the trenches of the new economy movement. Stacy Mitchell is co...Show More
Learning Politics and Cooperation from Theater: Kathleen Chalfant

23:34 | Apr 7th, 2015

Where do art and social justice meet? From early roles in films like Bob Roberts and Five Corners to her award winning roles in plays including Wit and Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, to her current starring role in the award-winning Showti...Show More
The Education Uprising You Want to Know About: Jesse Hagopian

24:04 | Mar 31st, 2015

Jesse Hagopian is part of a movement challenging the regime of high stakes testing in U.S. schools. Global Warming, war, poverty, violence against women, disease... None of these problems can be solved by A B C or D thinking, he writes in a new book,...Show More
Building Movements Without Shedding Differences: Alicia Garza

24:36 | Mar 24th, 2015

Alicia Garza is the co-creator of Black Lives Matter, and also Special Projects Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance. She helped start "Black Lives Matter" as a call to action for Black people after the killing of 17 year old Trayvon M...Show More
What WIll It Take To End the War on Drugs? Johann Hari on #GRITtv | The Laura Flanders Show

24:31 | Mar 10th, 2015

With marijuana legalization passing around the US, are we finally entering the last days of the War on Drugs? Johann Hari had an early start as an op-ed columnist for The Independent at 23. Since then, he has written for the New York Times, the LA Ti...Show More
Capitalism, Imperialism, Feminism: Monique Wilson & Agnes Pareyio | #GRITtv

23:56 | Mar 3rd, 2015

In celebration of International Women's Day, GRITtv featuring leaders of the global women's movement, Agnes Pareyio and Monique Wilson plus a look at women of color's fight for rights with Standing on My Sister's Shoulders and Hillary Clinton's White...Show More
Prepping for the Elder Boom: Ai-jen Poo on Building Domestic Care

23:29 | Feb 26th, 2015

Ai-jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and Co-director of the Caring Across Generations campaign, has been organizing immigrant women workers since 1996. In 2000 she co-founded Domestic Workers United, the New York orga...Show More
Uber: Wal-Mart on Wheels? - Bhairavi Desai on #GRITtv

24:23 | Feb 17th, 2015

The US media has been breathlessly reporting the spin about Uber, the $40 billion dollar car service that until recently was called "ride-sharing" by the AP. Bhairavi Desai, co-founder and Director of the Taxi Workers Alliance, presents the other sid...Show More