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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.

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    How Critical Race Theory Changed an Election & What Dems Could Do About It

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 32:03

    Will you help us meet our goal to raise $5,000 that will be matched, but only if we meet our goal?  Donate at https://LauraFlanders.org/donate  We do not accept advertisements or government funding.  We are media for the people!From the contest for governor of Virginia to school board races across the country, opposition to Critical Race Theory proved an effective tactic for Republican candidates to defeat Democrats in this November's election. Does that justify the conclusions drawn by many in the media that Democrats need to stop talking so much about racism, history, and structural inequality? Must progressives face electoral reality, as many editorials have recently suggested, and tone down the so-called woke agenda? Or are there other ways to report the CRT story, and different conclusions to draw from November's elections? Can the media go beyond the horserace? In this month's “Meet the BIPOC Press” episode of The Laura Flanders Show, Laura leads a roundtable conversation exploring all of the above with URL Media co-founders Sara Lomax-Reese and Mitra Kalita and Editor-in-Chief at The Real News Network, Maximillian Alvarez.  Music in the Middle:  Jacques Renault's remix of “Keep It Working” by The Pendeltons from the collection '20 Years of Bastard Jazz' courtesy of DJ DRM's own Bastard Jazz Records.  Full Episode Notes are posted at Patreon.com/theLFShow for members and non-members.  Support the show by becoming a member as a monthly supporter at https://Patreon.com/theLFShow We do not accept corporate or government funding. We rely on you! 

    Red Road to the Future: Native Sovereignty is Key to Climate Justice

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 29:05

    Support the show by becoming a member as a monthly supporter at Patreon.com/theLFShow  We do not accept corporate or government funding.  We rely on you!  Full Episode Notes are posted at Patreon.com/theLFShow for members and non-members.In the midst of a national reckoning with white supremacy and colonial history, Indigenous people are demanding a new relationship with DC — honoring the traditional, legal, and moral rights of native nations. Earlier this year, a group of Native organizers traveled with a 25-foot totem pole from the Lummi Nation in Washington State to Washington D.C. stopping for ceremonies in communities under threat and gathering messages for the Biden Harris administration. In DC they held a historic meeting with Interior Secretary Deb Haaland. In this episode, we hear what happened in that meeting, how Native movements are changing, among other myths, the thanksgiving story, and where a Red Road to the future might lead us - if we followed it. November is National American Indian Heritage Month, but as Judith LeBlanc, executive director of the Native Organizers Alliance put it, “the past and the future meet in the present. What are we doing today that will make our descendants proud of their ancestors?”“How do we begin to really shift the narrative and help Americans understand that when native peoples are taking a stand—whether it's no DAPL at Standing Rock or, you know, the Keystone XL Pipeline and thinking about Fort Belknap Indian Community or the Rosebud Sioux Reservation—it's not just a Native American issue. We're defending the water and the land for tens of millions of Americans.”GUESTS:Judith LeBlanc, Director, Native Organizers AllianceCrystal Echo Hawk,  IllumiNative, Founder & CEOAnahkwet/Guy Reiter, Executive Director, Menīkānaehkem Community Rebuilders;  Water Protector, Menominee Indian TribeMari Margil, Executive Director, Center for Democratic and Environmental RightsFaith Spotted Eagle,  Ihanktonwon Dakota Elder & Brave Heart Society Kunsi MemberDeb Haaland, U.S. Secretary of the Interior 

    Climate Change Journalism: Moving Frontline Communities from the Sideline to the Center

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 29:06

    Support the show by becoming a member as a monthly supporter at Patreon.com/theLFShow  We do not accept corporate or government funding.  We rely on you!  Full Episode Notes are posted at Patreon.com/theLFShow for members and non-members.Could a city reduce violent crime by planting more trees? How will the culture of work adapt to the climate crisis? What will increased flooding in the Global South do to U.S. immigration patterns? In this month's edition of Meet the BIPOC Press, guest hosts Sara Lomax Reese and Mitra Kalita from URL Media are back with a panel of journalists whose reporting explores these questions and more. They center Black and Brown people in their reporting on the environment and the climate crisis. From Philadelphia, to Haiti, to Bangladesh, to the American Gulf Coast, their conversation draws connections among a vast array of frontline communities, the crises they face, and the tools they're using to respond. Then, Laura joins Sara and Mitra to reflect on how integrating the environment into policy could give us better solutions to society's biggest challenges. Guests:S. Mitra Kalita (Co-Host), CEO & Co-Founder, URL Media; CEO and Publisher of Epicenter, NYCSara Loma-Reese (Co-Host), Co-Founder, URL Media;  President and CEO of WURD RadioKo Bragg, Race & Place Editor, ScalawagGarry Pierre-Pierre, Founder and Publisher of The Haitian TimesCharles Ellison, Managing Editor of ecoWURD and Executive Producer/Host of “Reality Check” on WURD

    F-Word: What Does It Take to Imagine the Future? Ask a Nic Unit Nurse

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 4:01

    The F-Word is released bi-weekly featuring timely commentaries by Laura Flanders and guests."Changing the Future with India Walton... Buffalo drew attention this election season after first-time candidate, long-time activist, India Walton won the Democratic primary, positioning her to become this Democratic city's first African American woman and first Democratic Socialist mayor."Flex your media muscles, become a monthly sustaining member for $3, $5, $12 

    In Buffalo with India Walton: An Insurgent Candidate Runs for Mayor

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 29:35

    Support the show by becoming a member as a monthly supporter for $3 $5 or more at https://Patreon.com/theLFShow  We do not accept corporate or government funding.  We rely on you!  Full Episode Notes are posted at Patreon.com/theLFShow for members and non-members.Eyes across the nation are on the mayoral election in Buffalo, New York, where insurgent candidate India Walton could become the first Black woman—and first Democratic Socialist—to lead the city. Laura Flanders first interviewed Walton in 2019 as part of a profile of community organizations in that city. Two years later in June 2021, Walton shocked the Democratic establishment when she won Buffalo's Democratic primary. Supporters say her win speaks to the strength of grassroots organizing around the city's plans for its economic future  and signals a shift in power at the local level. But Buffalo's four-term incumbent Byron Brown, also a Democrat, challenged Walton's primary victory, and ran as a write-in candidate. Will the election prove to be a referendum on centrist versus progressive Democrats? And what has it been like to be Walton, in this campaign? Flanders returned to Buffalo for an interview with Walton just as the first time candidate was receiving support from Rep Ocasio Cortez and Senators Schumer and Gillebrand but the state party chairman had just compared her to David Duke and Democratic Governor Hochul had refused to take a position. What is the significance of this election?Guests:India Walton, Mayoral Candidate, Democrat, Buffalo, NYJesse Myerson, Communications Director, India Walton CampaignDrisana Hughes, Campaign Manager, India Walton CampaignChristopher P. Scanlon, South District Council Member, Buffalo, New YorkLouisa Pocheco, Chair of Western New York Chapter, Working Families PartyDivya Sundaram, New York Working Families PartyJay Jacobs, New York State Democratic Committee Chair

    Uncut Full Conversation: AOC & Noam Chomsky Full 1hour Uncut Interview

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 57:40


    Portions of this historic interview are featured in this week's radio show & podcast, and  Public TV & YouTubeIn this historic, inter-generational meeting of minds, Laura Flanders brings together New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY Representative 14th District) and MIT professor emeritus Noam Chomsky—for the first time ever—to discuss the way forward for people, politics, and the planet. From labor strikes to racial uprisings to climate action to the Great Resignation, they reflect on the renewed power of collective organizing and the changing tide in economic thinking and electoral politics. Their insights demand that we think differently about everything from our nation's history and its place in the world, to who can run for office in America and win. In their first face-to-face conversation, the mutual admiration is palpable. Laura closes with some thoughts on thinking the unthinkable.“We're now having one of the major strikes in American history when workers are simply saying, ‘We're not gonna go back to the rotten, oppressive jobs, or precarious circumstances, with no health[care].' The one-sided class war of the last 40 years is becoming two-sided…” —Noam Chomsky, Scholar, Activist, Author“cynicism is the tool that is given to us to hurt ourselves ” —AOC, D-NY Representative 14th District•Watch this episode on  YouTube & PBS World Channel and on over 200 PBS stations check your local   Public TV schedule for airdate and time•Episode Research & Reading List to dive deeper into the episode.•Noam Chomsky's latest *book:  "The Precipice, Neoliberalism, the Pandemic and the Urgent Need for Radical Change" - Purchase(*Bookshop is an online bookstore with a mission to financially support local, independent bookstores. The LF Show is an affiliate of bookshop.org and will receive a small commission if you click through and make a purchase.   )


    AOC & Noam Chomsky: The Way Forward

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 32:18


    Check out the full episode notes and become a member at Patreon.com/theLFShowIn this historic, inter-generational meeting of minds, Laura Flanders brings together New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and MIT professor emeritus Noam Chomsky—for the first time ever—to discuss the way forward for people, politics, and the planet. From labor strikes to racial uprisings to climate action to the Great Resignation, they reflect on the renewed power of collective organizing and the changing tide in economic thinking and electoral politics. Their insights demand that we think differently about everything from our nation's history and its place in the world, to who can run for office in America and win. In their first face-to-face conversation, the mutual admiration is palpable. Laura closes with some thoughts on thinking the unthinkable. “We're now having one of the major strikes in American history when workers are simply saying, ‘We're not gonna go back to the rotten, oppressive jobs, or precarious circumstances, with no health[care].' The one-sided class war of the last 40 years is becoming two-sided…” —Noam Chomsky“There are already communities actively experimenting and developing solutions… What I work on is not how we find solutions but how we scale [them] to transform our society.” —AOC GuestsNoam Chomsky, Professor Emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez, U.S. Representative, NY-14th District, Socialist Democrat, Progressive Caucus


    Community Safety in a Time of Insurrection

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 29:46

    Join us live Sunday October 24th 7pm ET for a online screening & discussion of this week's episode, Register, for more Info and full episode notes goto=>  Patreon.com/theLFShowThe last US soldier to leave Afghanistan returned home this August, but private security personnel long outnumbered US troops in that war, and the for-profit business of training guns-for-hire is booming -- literally -- in the backyards of many rural Americans. In this special episode, The Laura Flanders Show travels to the tiny town of Hoffman in Richmond County, NC, where residents live next to a loud private training ground.They have real concerns about who is receiving training there and why, especially after the January 6th Insurrection at the Capitol. Laura interviews Hoffman's Mayors and one of the County Commissioners who approved the permit for Oak Grove Technologies' tactical training site. They regret that approval now. And we travel to nearby Hoke County, where a diverse coalition of local stakeholders — and an all-POC County Commission — were able to stop the expansion of Reservoir International, another training outfit seeking to expand its footprint near the county seat of Raeford. “The latter is an example of the power of community organizing,” says Serena Sebring of Blueprint NC. Blueprint is partnering with a statewide network of veteran ant-racist, anti-militia organizers to pool information and lift up local strategies for making communities safer.  “I don't think it's worthwhile for the county period. And it's really not good for the town of Hoffman. [We need to tell these private paramilitary training groups that]. We don't need you anymore…  Go back to the military, go back to camp McCall, go back to Fort Bragg... Don't let the civilians takeover military. We don't need it. “ Don BryantGuestsDonald Bryant, Richmond County CommissionerTommy Hart, Mayor Hoffman, NCDaniel Kelly, Mayor Pro Tempore, Hoffman, NCDanielle Purifoy, Assistant Professor, Dept of Geography, UNC Chapel HillHarry Southerland, Chairman, Hoke County Board of CommissionersChristina Davis McCoy, Former Executive Director, North Carolinians Against Racist and Religious ViolenceJim Davis, Former Sheriff, Hoke County, NCSerena Sebring, Executive Director, BluePrint NC 

    F-Word: A Paramilitary Industrial Complex is Growing in Americans' Backyards

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 4:01

    The F-Word is released bi-weekly featuring timely commentaries by Laura Flanders and guests."Veteran activists organizing across this state [North Carolina], are concerned about a seemingly unmonitored flow of military grade weapons, training, and white warrior ideology out of the state's privatized military and into civilian lives."Flex your media muscles, become a monthly sustaining member for $3, $5, $12 at Patreon.com/theLFShow

    Building Concrete Ecological Solutions That Go Beyond Concrete

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 29:03


    Check out the full episode notes and become a member at Patreon.com/theLFShowIn the midst of yet another year of climate catastrophe, the U.S. Senate is negotiating a $3.5 trillion infrastructure package.  President Biden, among others, is calling for extensive investment to lower emissions and combat the effects of climate change. But what sort of investment? In this episode, Laura interviews environmental lawyer Colette Pichon Battle in Louisiana about the strategies organizers there have developed since Hurricane Katrina for equitable green development and climate justice. Then, she speaks in depth with MacArthur “Genius” award-winning landscape architect Kate Orff about her innovative work on oyster reefs, living breakwaters and regenerative infrastructure. Recently profiled in the New Yorker Magazine, Orff insists that ecology is the infrastructure of the future. Her work restores and harnesses—rather than resists—natural systems to ensure the livability of our rapidly changing world. Plus, Laura shares some thoughts about community vs. concrete.  Music in the Middle:  “Makin' Waves” by Baba Brinkman featuring  Gaia's Eye, from his album The Rap Guide to Climate Chaos.Guests:-Colette Pichon Battle, Founder and Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy, co-chairs the national Water Equity and Climate Resilient Caucus with PolicyLink and anchors the five-state, multi-issue initiative Gulf South for a Green New Deal.-Kate Orff, Founding Principal of SCAPE; And Director & Professor, Urban Design Program, Columbia University.  SCAPE creates positive change in communities by combining regenerative living infrastructure and new forms of public space.  She is also the Director of the Urban Design Program, Co-Director of the Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes (CRCL), and Professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP). 


    Uncut Full Conversation: Sunny Red Bear, NDN Collective's Director of Racial Equity

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 32:27

    The following audio exclusive  features the entire uncut interview with NDN Collective's Director of Racial Equity, Sunny Red Bear of the Lakota Nation.  Excerpts of this interview were included in our recent special  “LANDBACK! A Tipi Town Approach to Healing & Homelessness”.   In this special feature, Laura traveled to the sacred Black Hills of South Dakota where NDN Collective is reclaiming ancestral lands to address homelessness, addiction and violence against Native Americans.  Laura reported on  Camp Mniluzahan, a tipi village built on tribal trust land, that welcomed hundreds of unhoused Indigenous people and others in the Rapid City area in the dead of winter last year.   Catalyzed in 2020, by an action in which Land Defenders blocked former President Donald Trump's road to Mount Rushmore, this Landback campaign is about reclaiming, along with stolen land, native ceremonies, spirituality and traditions of community care. If you're a listener or a viewer, you spend time with us. Many of you have for years. So how about taking a few minutes to give us the support we need to keep doing what we do… Only a few minutes from you, pledging $3 or $5 or $12 a month, will keep us going all year. Go to Patreon.com/theLFShow and join our media team and support movement building.  Thanks!

    LANDBACK! A Tipi Town Approach to Healing & Homelessness

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 29:12

    Check out the full episode notes, along with an invitation to join guests from the episode with Laura for a live premiere and chat event to view this week's episode via our YouTube channel, Sundays 11:30am EDT, at Patreon.com/theLFShow  On Indigenous Peoples' Day, Laura reports from “He Sapa‘', the sacred Black Hills of South Dakota where NDN Collective is reclaiming ancestral lands to address homelessness, addiction and violence against Native Americans. Catalyzed in 2020, by an action in which Land Defenders blocked former President Donald Trump's road to Mount Rushmore, this Landback campaign is about reclaiming, along with stolen land, native ceremonies, spirituality and traditions of community care. In this special feature, Laura reports on Camp Mniluzahan, a tipi village built on tribal trust land, that welcomed hundreds of unhoused Indigenous people and others in the Rapid City area in the dead of winter last year.  Laura's guests, Oglala Lakota activists Nick Tilsen, Krystal Two Bulls, Sunny Red Bear and Hermus Bettelyoun of NDN Collective.  Music in the Middle:  “Stadium Pow Wow” by A Tribe Called Red featuring Black Bear from their album We Are the Halluci-Nation, released on Radicalized Records.[Camp Mniluzahan] is... a teaching moment [about] what could happen. We're envisioning what could be if we actually had control of our lands and what it would mean to have land back.-Sunny Red Bear, Director of Racial Equity, NDN Collective; Lakota from the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation GuestsHermus Bettelyoun, Racial Equity Organizer, NDN Collective; Oglala LakotaSunny Red Bear, Director of Racial Equity, NDN Collective; LakotaAmy Sazue, Education Equity Organizer, NDN Collective; Sicangu & Oglala LakotaNick Tilsen, President & CEO, NDN Collective; Oglala LakotaKrystal Two Bulls, Director of LANDBACK Campaign, NDN Collective; Northern Cheyenne/Oglala Lakota If you're a listener or a viewer, you spend time with us. Many of you have for years. So how about taking a few minutes to give us the support we need to keep doing what we do… Only a few minutes from you, pledging $3 or $5 or $11 a month, will keep us going all year. Go to Patreon.com/theLFShow and join our media team and support movement building. Thanks!

    F-Word: Worker Co-ops Coped with Covid. Why Can't Others?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 3:01

    The F-Word is released bi-weekly featuring timely commentaries by Laura Flanders and guests.October is National Co-op Month.  "Worker co-ops like New Era demonstrate that it's certainly possible to run a successful business while prioritizing safety and treating workers like fellow humans."Flex your media muscles, become a monthly sustaining member for $3, $5, $12 at https://Patreon.com/theLFShow

    Covid Couldn't Stop Worker Owned Co-ops

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 30:32

    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  When homecare workers at Cooperative Homecare Associates in the Bronx ran short of masks in the early days of the Covid pandemic, the worker-owners of Opportunity Threads in Morganton, North Carolina stepped up, retooling to make PPE for New York caregivers. Collaboration and democratic decision making is just part of how worker owned businesses, or co-ops, fared better than other companies during the pandemic. By and large they survived, even thrived, and today they're less likely to experience the labor shortages many businesses face as the economy reopens. “That's no coincidence,” say Laura's guests for this episode. Worker owned co-ops have long provided people the opportunity to create more just, resilient, and inclusive workplaces. To kick off International Co-op month, we hear from a journalist who's been covering this story, a law professor who advises co-ops, and one of the worker-owners of ChiFresh Kitchen, a Chicago-based co-op owned and operated mostly by formerly incarcerated women. Started during Covid, ChiFresh Kitchen continues to distribute tens of thousands of healthy meals a day to people who need them, and provide living wages to workers who are shut out elsewhere. All that plus Laura on two very different businesses in Chicago: El Milagro Tortilla and the New Era Windows cooperative.  Music in the Middle: “Self Love” by Joe Armon-Jones featuring Obongjayar from his album Turn to Clear View released on Brownswood Recordings. If you're a listener or a viewer, you spend time with us. Many of you have for years. So how about taking a few minutes to give us the support we need to keep doing what we do… Only a few minutes from you, pledging $3 or $5 or $11 a month, will keep us going all year. Go to Patreon.com/theLFShow and join our media team and support movement building. Thanks!

    Do Black Lives Matter to Big Banks?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 29:52

    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  A national uprising in the wake of the murder of George Floyd pressured corporations and big banks to acknowledge their own roles in systemic racism. Many made sweeping promises to support Black-owned businesses, but now, over one year later, have they kept those promises? In this episode, a co-production of The Laura Flanders Show and URL Media, co-hosts Mitra Kalita and Sara Lomax-Reese interview guests to discuss the widening racial wealth gap in America, the role banks play in perpetuating systemic racism, and how community development financial institutions (CDFIs) can help communities of color build wealth and prosperity. Laura chimes in with her closing thoughts on the importance of media that follows up on critical stories.  Music in the Middle:  “Masters of Greed” by Rebel Tumbao featuring Ruben Rodriguez and Anthony Carrillo, released on Sacred Rhythm Music.GuestsS. Mitra Kalita (Co-Host), CEO & Co-Founder, URL MediaSara Loma-Reese (Co-Host), Co-Founder, URL MediaMadhusmita Bora, Freelance Writer, Co-Director Sattriya Dance CompanyNicole Ndumele, Vice President of Racial Equity and Justice at the Center for American ProgressWayne W. Williams, Assistant Professor of Accounting, Temple University Fox School of Business If you're a listener or a viewer, you spend time with us. Many of you have for years. So how about taking a few minutes to give us the support we need to keep doing what we do… Only a few minutes from you, pledging $3 or $5 or $11 a month, will keep us going all year. Go to Patreon.com/theLFShow and join our media team and support movement building.  Thanks!

    Uncut Full Conversation: Colette Pichon Battle, Climate Activist and Lawyer

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 23:07

    The following is the full uncut conversation with Colette Pichon Battle, Lawyer & Founder and Executive Director, Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy, from our episode "Ecology: The Infrastructure of the Future?" In the midst of yet another year of climate catastrophe, the U.S. Senate is negotiating a $3.5 trillion infrastructure package.  President Biden, among others, is calling for extensive investment to lower emissions and combat the effects of climate change. But what sort of investment? In this episode, Laura interviews environmental lawyer Colette Pichon Battle in Louisiana about the strategies organizers there have developed since Hurricane Katrina for equitable green development and climate justice. Then, she speaks in depth with MacArthur “Genius” award-winning landscape architect Kate Orff about her innovative work on oyster reefs, living breakwaters and regenerative infrastructure. Recently profiled in the New Yorker Magazine, Orff insists that ecology is the infrastructure of the future. Her work restores and harnesses—rather than resists—natural systems to ensure the livability of our rapidly changing world. Plus, Laura shares some thoughts about community vs. concrete.  Music in the Middle:  “Makin' Waves” by Baba Brinkman featuring  Gaia's Eye, from his album The Rap Guide to Climate Chaos. If you're a listener or a viewer, you spend time with us. Many of you have for years. So how about taking a few minutes to give us the support we need to keep doing what we do… Only a few minutes from you, pledging $3 or $5 or $11 a month, will keep us going all year. Go to Patreon.com/theLFShow and join our media team and support movement building.  Thanks!

    F-Word: Build Back Green, Not Gray

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 3:31

    The F-Word is released bi-weekly featuring timely commentaries by Laura Flanders and guests. "MacArthur 'genius award'winning landscape designer Kate Orff  believes that gray infrastructure, like levees and flood gates and sea walls, can only take us so far." Flex your media muscles, become a monthly sustaining member for $3, $5, $12 at https://Patreon.com/theLFShow

    Ecology: The Infrastructure of the Future?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 30:35

    In the midst of yet another year of climate catastrophe, the U.S. Senate is negotiating a $3.5 trillion infrastructure package.  President Biden, among others, is calling for extensive investment to lower emissions and combat the effects of climate change. But what sort of investment? In this episode, Laura interviews environmental lawyer Colette Pichon Battle in Louisiana about the strategies organizers there have developed since Hurricane Katrina for equitable green development and climate justice. Then, she speaks in depth with MacArthur “Genius” award-winning landscape architect Kate Orff about her innovative work on oyster reefs, living breakwaters and regenerative infrastructure. Recently profiled in the New Yorker Magazine, Orff insists that ecology is the infrastructure of the future. Her work restores and harnesses—rather than resists—natural systems to ensure the livability of our rapidly changing world. Plus, Laura shares some thoughts about community vs. concrete.  Music in the Middle:  “Makin' Waves” by Baba Brinkman featuring  Gaia's Eye, from his album The Rap Guide to Climate Chaos.If you're a listener or a viewer, you spend time with us. Many of you have for years. So how about taking a few minutes to give us the support we need to keep doing what we do… Only a few minutes from you, pledging $3 or $5 or $11 a month, will keep us going all year. Go to Patreon.com/theLFShow and join our media team and support movement building.  Thanks!

    Democracy: A National Temperature Check

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 29:59

    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   Disinformation, polarization, growing economic inequality, attempts to undermine elections and the rights of women and racial minorities—all of these are turning up the heat on American democracy. At the same time, pro-democracy movements are also on the rise. So is this the darkness before the storm or before the dawn? “That all rests on what we're doing right now,” says guest Adrienne Evans. In this episode, Laura and returning guest co-host, Scot Nakagawa, speak with three national organizers who share tools and strategies for building democracy and countering Right-Wing, authoritarian movements. They're reaching across the political divide and organizing at the margins to shift narratives, empower everyday citizens, and bring people together. What's working and where are we headed? Find out in this episode.GUESTS:• Co-Host Scot Nakagawa, Co-Founder and Senior Partner, ChangeLab; Project Director, 22nd Century Initiative• Rachel O'Leary Carmona, Executive Director, Women's March• Adrienne Evans, Executive Director, United Vision for Idaho, the state's only multi-issue, progressive coalition.• Rinku Sen, Executive Director, Narrative Initiative.  She's the former Executive Director of Race Forward and Publisher of their award-winning news site Colorlines.

    The Complete Picture of Our Work Culture

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2021 3:01

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

    These Films Keep People Out of Prison

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 29:45

    For full episode notes including related episodes from our archives, a research and reading list and more  goto:  https://Patreon.com/theLFShowWhat if judges could know a person more completely before sentencing them to prison? An organization called Complete Picture uses the power of film and storytelling to give judges an in-depth, humanizing look at the lives of defendants facing prison for non-violent crimes. All of Complete Picture's films have resulted in a sentence reduction and half of their clients received no prison time at all. In this episode, Laura speaks with the project's founding filmmakers, whose own experience of incarceration inspired the project. She interviews a defense attorney who's seen the impact on judges and talks with two defendants about how these video portraits changed their lives—and not just in the courtroom. Could films like theirs help transform the justice system across the country? Find out how in this episode.  Music in the Middle:  “Fight The Power” by Brownout, from their album “Fear of a Brown Planet”, it's a musical manifesto inspired by Public Enemy's music and revolutionary spirit. 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? Become a Patreon partner by committing to a monthly donation today, https://Patreon.com/theLFShow ...Thanks

    Audio Exclusive: The Fight to Save Our Stages, NIVA Mobilizes

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 3:41


    The National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) formed during the pandemic to support independent performance venues and promoters. NIVA now encompasses over 3,000 independent venues in 50 states including Washington D.C. They've pressured the Small Business Administration to act. By the end of 2020, the Small Business Association (SBA) signed the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant, the largest arts funding program in history with $16 billion dollars allocated for independent venues. It took months of lobbying to get the federal government's attention, and in early June, when only 100 venues had received aid, the lobbying continued. In this audio exclusive, correspondent Janet Hernandez, an intern for The Laura Flanders Show, interviews Stephen Chilton, NIVA's vice president and owner of the independent venue Rebel Lounge in Phoenix, AZ. What's at stake when venues can't reopen, and how will NIVA support the industry post-pandemic? While mainstream media or money media keeps you in a bubble, we're committed to popping that bubble by continuing to bring you listener sponsored radical, intersectional media! Can we depend on you to chip in? Go to https://LauraFlanders.org/donate and join our team by making a donation today. Thanks


    BIPOC Media, Uplifting and Serving Communities From the Grassroots

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2021 29:02

    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   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 of the Podcast:  “Breathe Through the Pain” featuring Connie Stevie by the Guitars Over Guns Organization, or GOGO, from their premiere album “The Rain May Be Pouring”. GOGO is a non-profit based in Miami and Chicago, that delivers unique after-school, arts-based youth mentorship programs designed to creatively engage and empower vulnerable youth to take control of their life paths.  

    Uncut Full Conversation: V, award winning Playwright and Author formerly known as Eve Ensler

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2021 17:34


    The following is the full uncut conversation from our TV, Radio & Podcast episode:  "Gender Justice Requires more than Money say the Feminists Taking on Philanthropy during Covid"Note:  Full episode notes are available to members and non-members at Patreon.com/theLFShowMacKenzie Scott, ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, recently made a splash by donating nearly $3 billion to more than 280 nonprofits working in historically underfunded sectors - her third such drop in a year. But while Scott has repeatedly made headlines, the media has largely overlooked the impact that women and feminists are making on philanthropy during a pandemic that has created a global crisis for women and girls. How does feminism change the field of philanthropy in general, and how does it change the landscape for social justice movements specifically? In this episode, Laura interviews the writer and activist V, formerly known as Eve Ensler, about the effects of what she calls “disaster patriarchy.” Then, Laura goes in depth with Teresa Younger, CEO of the Ms. Foundation and member of the White House Gender Policy Council, to explore how tying the intersections of race and gender into philanthropy could make a better world for us all. Plus, Laura makes some predictions about the Right and the new Child Tax Credit…  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


    The Future of Energy is Indigenous: Water Protectors v.s. Enbridge's Line3 Pipeline

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021 28:01


    For full episode notes including related episodes, research and reading links  goto:  https://Patreon.com/theLFShowAs Canadian oil giant Enbridge defies orders to shut down their dangerous Line 5 pipeline in Michigan, indigenous environmental activists gain momentum in their fight to end reliance on fossil fuels. In Minnesota, Enbridge plans to build another pipeline, violating treaties and threatening the Mississippi Watershed. The company says its new pipeline is essential to our energy system. That's big oil's vision for the future. What is the indigenous one? What would the world look like if community, ecology, and sustainability were the guiding principles of our energy sector? In this episode, Laura is joined by guest co-host Judith LeBlanc a citizen of the Caddo Tribe of Oklahoma and director of the Native Organizers Alliance.  They speak with indigenous activists who have answers, and not just in theory: for years, they've been developing programs for solar power and sustainable resource management so that future generations can thrive.  Released on Earth Day 2021 via Rock the Cause Records, Here's “No More Pipeline Blues (On this Land Where We Belong)”, produced and composed by Larry Long featuring  the Indigo Girls, Winona LaDuke, Bonnie Raitt and First Native American poet laureate Joy Harjo. as well as Waubanewquay, Day Sisters, Mumu Fresh, Pura Fe, Soni Moreno, and Jennifer Kreisberg. Proceeds from this song go to Honor the Earth, a nonprofit founded by LaDuke with the Indigo Girls, fighting to stop Enbridge's Minnesota “Line 3” tar sands oil pipeline.GUESTS:Judith LeBlanc Director, Native Organizers AllianceWinona LaDuke, Executive Director, Honor the EarthTaysha Martineau, Anishinaabe Water Protector and Founder, Camp MigiziJason Goward, Anishinaabe Water Protector and Whistleblower, Former Enbridge Employee 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? Become a Patreon partner by committing to a monthly donation today, https://Patreon.com/theLFShow ...Thanks


    Heather McGhee: The Sum of Us, What Racism Costs Everyone and How we can Prosper Together

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2021 28:01

    For full episode notes including more on Heather McGhee, her book, a suggested reading list and additional related episodes to explore go to https://Patreon.com/theLFShowColor 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?

    Guaranteed Income Initiatives, Combatting Structural Inequality

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2021 29:44

    Full episode notes are at https://Patreon.com/theLFShowThousands of Americans recently received direct payments from their government as part of the Biden Administration's American Rescue Plan to address unemployment and poverty exacerbated by the Covid Pandemic. But what if direct payments like those came every month as a way to combat structural inequality? For a group of people in two California cities, that's not just an idea, it's a reality thanks to an innovative experiment. The Compton Pledge in Compton is paying 800 local women $300 to $600 per month, to give them a leg up. The money, which until now has been privately raised, is deposited via direct debit card, Venmo, direct deposit or whatever works best and doesn't replace any other supplements they might get from the government. So far, unemployment is down 50% since the program started and the idea, which has deep roots in American history, is paying off for recipients and the community they're in. It's also getting serious attention well beyond California as we'll hear. In this episode, Laura meets some of the women who are receiving the funds and speak with Compton's mayor, Aja Brown, as well as former Stockton mayor, Michael Tubbs, founder of Mayors for a Guaranteed Income, who was the first big city mayor to experiment in this way. We'll also hear from Nika Soon-Shiong Executive Director of the Fund for Guaranteed Income.Could direct cash payments go national and be sustained? Should they?  “Time For A Dialogue” by Soul Clap featuring Rich Medina released, from their album World Transformation Force or W-T-F, it's a call for radical love and radical hope, courtesy of Fools Gold Records.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 https://LauraFlanders.org/donate and join our team by making a donation today. Thanks

    Black Candidates, BIPOC Media: Making Coverage Complex—and Better

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2021 29:46


    Full episode notes are at https://Patreon.com/theLFShowNew York City will likely elect its second African American mayor in November. Eric Adams, currently the Brooklyn Borough President, was declared the winner of the Democratic primary in July. A former police officer who was himself beaten by the cops as a teenager, Adams campaigned against police brutality while positioning himself as a law and order candidate. Though much of the mainstream media has attempted to simplify Adams' story, he's a complex candidate who isn't easily boxed in. What are the national implications of all this? In this episode, a co-production of The Laura Flanders Show and URL Media, co-hosts Mitra Kalita and Sara Lomax-Reese interview guests about covering Black candidates as Black and Brown media. Plus: reflections from Laura on the January 6th Capitol insurrection hearings and why it matters whom we hear from in the media.  Music in the Middle:  “Negro Sobre Blanco” by Grammy nominated Latinx artist Sofia Rei from her album Umbral. Guest hosts:Sara Lomax-Reese, co-founder of URL Media, a new network of Black and Brown-owned and led community media organizations.   And President and CEO of WURD, Philadelphia's black owned radio stationMitra Kalita, co-founder of URL Media, and CEO and Publisher of Epicenter, NYCGuests:Charles D. Ellision, is the executive producer and Host of WURD Radio's “Reality Check”;  and he's the publisher of The BeNote covering politics and policies and a Contributing editor at The Root and The Philadelphia CitizenJulissa Ferreras-Copeland, is the founder and Partner at Hollis Public Affairs.  She held office as a New York City Councilwoman from 2009 to 2017.Felipe De La Hoz, Independent Journalist, co creator of Border Lines, a immigration policy newsletter.  He's contributed as a independent journalist to The Intercept, The Washington Post, and The Nation to name a few. 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 https://LauraFlanders.org/donate and join our team by making a donation today. Thanks


    F-Word: Big Pharma v.s. The People

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2021 3:31

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

    Big Pharma vs The People: The Fight to Save America's Largest Generic Drug Manufacturer

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 23, 2021 29:21

    Full episode notes are at https://Patreon.com/theLFShowThis July, America's largest remaining generic drug manufacturing plant is set to close its doors forever in Morgantown, West Virginia. Its parent company, Viatris (formerly known as Mylan), plans to relocate operations to India and Australia leaving more than 1,400 workers without jobs in the country's sixth poorest state. Economist Michael H. Shuman estimates the closure will cost West Virginia hundreds of millions of dollars. “It's the economic equivalent of a nuclear bomb going off,” he says. But moving affordable drug manufacturing offshore is bad for public health too. So why aren't the state's governor or senators, or the Biden Administration, stepping in? Could the plant, the jobs, and domestic manufacture of affordable drugs be protected? What other choices could be made if we put local economies and public health before profits for Big Pharma? Laura travels to Morgantown, WV to speak with workers, organizers, and community members calling on the Biden Administration and state officials to keep the Mylan Viatris plant open.  Music In the Middle:  “Homesick” feauturing Mish,  by the Guitars Over Guns Organization, or GOGO, from their premiere album “The Rain May Be Pouring”.  Guitars Over Guns is a nonprofit based in Miami and Chicago, serving to empower and create safe spaces for youth to express themselves through music.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 https://LauraFlanders.org/donate and join our team by making a donation today. Thanks

    Uncut Full Conversation: Teresa C. Younger, CEO of the Ms. Foundation

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2021 25:13


    The following is the full uncut conversation from our TV, Radio & Podcast episode:  "Gender Justice Requires more than Money say the Feminists Taking on Philanthropy during Covid"Note:  Full episode notes are available to members and non-members at Patreon.com/theLFShowMacKenzie Scott, ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, recently made a splash by donating nearly $3 billion to more than 280 nonprofits working in historically underfunded sectors - her third such drop in a year. But while Scott has repeatedly made headlines, the media has largely overlooked the impact that women and feminists are making on philanthropy during a pandemic that has created a global crisis for women and girls. How does feminism change the field of philanthropy in general, and how does it change the landscape for social justice movements specifically? In this episode, Laura interviews the writer and activist V, formerly known as Eve Ensler, about the effects of what she calls “disaster patriarchy.” Then, Laura goes in depth with Teresa Younger, CEO of the Ms. Foundation and member of the White House Gender Policy Council, to explore how tying the intersections of race and gender into philanthropy could make a better world for us all. Plus, Laura makes some predictions about the Right and the new Child Tax Credit… 


    Gender Justice Requires More Than Money Say the Feminists Taking on Philanthropy During Covid

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 16, 2021 29:30


    Full episode notes are at https://Patreon.com/theLFShowMacKenzie Scott, ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, recently made a splash by donating nearly $3 billion to more than 280 nonprofits working in historically underfunded sectors - her third such drop in a year. But while Scott has repeatedly made headlines, the media has largely overlooked the impact that women and feminists are making on philanthropy during a pandemic that has created a global crisis for women and girls. How does feminism change the field of philanthropy in general, and how does it change the landscape for social justice movements specifically? In this episode, Laura interviews the writer and activist V, formerly known as Eve Ensler, about the effects of what she calls disaster patriarchy. Then, Laura goes in depth with Theresa Younger, CEO of the Ms. Foundation and member of the White House Gender Policy Council, to explore how tying the intersections of race and gender into philanthropy could make a better world for us all. Plus, Laura makes some predictions about the Right and the new Child Tax Credit. Music Spotlight:“Water Me Down” by Vagabon, that's part of the new 'Red + Hot & Free' project produced by Bill Coleman of Peace Bisquit.  Red + Hot is a not-for-profit dedicated to fighting AIDS through pop culture since 1990.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 https://LauraFlanders.org/donate and join our team by making a donation today. Thanks


    F-Word: The Disability Revolution

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2021 3:31

    Check out the episode "Did a Summer Camp Help Spark a Disability Revolution?", the full episode notes https://Patreon.com/theLFShow"Living free, with equality, dignity, equity and justice - requires more than law, it requires systemic change."The F-Word is released bi-weekly featuring timely commentaries by Laura Flanders and guests.  Flex your media muscles by becoming a monthly sustaining member for $3, $5, $12 at http://Patreon.com/theLFShow

    Did a Summer Camp Help Spark a Disability Revolution?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 9, 2021 29:45

    Full episode notes are at https://Patreon.com/theLFShowCrip Camp is a Peabody Award-winning documentary from Netflix and Higher Ground Productions that tells the story of Camp Jened, a summer camp in the 1960s where disabled youth could be themselves. The film follows several former campers who went on to be leaders of the Disability Rights Movement. Laura speaks with the directors and producers of Crip Camp about how they are using the film to advance the next step in the revolution: Disability Justice, a movement that centers the leadership of disabled queer, trans, Black, Indigenous, and people of color. If the inclusive culture of Camp Jened could help transform American society in the second half of the 20th century, what could a truly intersectional Disability Justice Movement change for us all today? Plus thoughts from Laura on interdependence.   Music Spotlight:  “Badass and Blind” the title track of Raul Midon's album released on Mack Avenue Records.  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 https://LauraFlanders.org/donate and join our team by making a donation today. Thanks

    Uncut Full Conversation: Prof. Kimberlé W. Crenshaw, Calling Out the Media on Critical Race Theory

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2021 29:13

    The following is the full uncut conversation from our TV, Radio & Podcast episode:  "Prof. Kimberlé W. Crenshaw and Soledad OBrien Call Out the Media on Critical Race Theory"Note:  Full episode notes are available to members and non-members at Patreon.com/theLFShowThe right wing has found its newest racist wedge issue: Critical Race Theory. This decades-old movement in legal scholarship has suddenly become a talking point for GOP activists, and a widely misused term in mainstream media. The topic is bringing tension to school board meetings across the country ahead of elections and putting educators under scrutiny for even mentioning white supremacy in their classrooms. As of filming, 6 states have passed laws that stem from the furor and numerous teachers have been fired. And yet the people doing most of the talking on Critical Race Theory are not the lawyers and scholars who invented the term, or anyone who seems to know much about it. So what is Critical Race Theory actually? Why are some people so obsessed with it? And how could journalists and the media companies they work for do a better job of correcting all the disinformation? To answer those questions, Laura speaks with UCLA and Columbia Law Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw, broadcast journalist and producer Soledad O'Brien, and Kyle Simox, a young man who is organizing to support his former high school teacher who was allegedly fired as part of the push to ban Critical Race Theory in Tennessee public schools. 

    Kimberlé Crenshaw & Soledad O'Brien Call Out the Media on Critical Race Theory

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 2, 2021 29:20


    Full episode notes are at https://Patreon.com/theLFShow The right wing has found its newest racist wedge issue: Critical Race Theory. This decades-old movement in legal scholarship has suddenly become a talking point for GOP activists, and a widely misused term in mainstream media. The topic is bringing tension to school board meetings across the country ahead of elections and putting educators under scrutiny for even mentioning white supremacy in their classrooms. As of filming, 6 states have passed laws that stem from the furor and numerous teachers have been fired. And yet the people doing most of the talking on Critical Race Theory are not the lawyers and scholars who invented the term, or anyone who seems to know much about it. So what is Critical Race Theory actually? Why are some people so obsessed with it? And how could journalists and the media companies they work for do a better job of correcting all the disinformation? To answer those questions, Laura speaks with UCLA and Columbia Law Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw, broadcast journalist and producer Soledad O'Brien, and Kyle Simox, a young man who is organizing to support his former high school teacher who was allegedly fired as part of the push to ban Critical Race Theory in Tennessee public schools.  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 https://LauraFlanders.org/donate and join our team by making a donation today. Thanks 


    F-Word: Buffalo's Next Mayor Is Putting Electeds on Notice

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 25, 2021 3:31

     If you missed our show you can listen/download the podcast or watch our feature on Making Buffalo Our City at our YouTube channel, just search Laura Flanders and Buffalo. And if your local public TV or local radio radio station's not yet one of the 270 or so that's carry our program, ask them to add it to their schedule. We have more stories like Walton's every week. More information at Lauraflanders.org.   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

    Black, Latinx Media: Cause for Celebration & Critique

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 25, 2021 29:10

    Full episode notes are at https://Patreon.com/theLFShowThe subversive, healing, and celebratory powers of music and media are at the heart of this week's conversation, featuring Saida Pagán, a contributor to Palabra, a journalism site run by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and Dr. Guthrie Ramsey, a music historian, jazz musician and composer recently interviewed on WURD radio in Philadelphia. Pagán shares her take on the new hit movie In the Heights and the progress Latinx media is making in Hollywood; Guthrie reflects on Black joy as expressed through Black music.  “Meet the BIPOC Press” is a monthly feature of the Laura Flanders Show. This celebration for Black Music Month is hosted by Sara Lomax-Reese and Mitra Kalita, founder/directors of URL Media, a network of Black and Brown community news outlets that share content and revenue. The panel also addresses concerns about colorism in Latinx movie casting — and more! “Music, and the arts, has always been a way to express our full humanity and it's always been our safety valve.” - Dr. Guthrie RamseyWhile 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 https://LauraFlanders.org/donate and join our team by making a donation today. Thanks

    Uncut Full Conversation: Mariame Kaba,

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2021 48:03

    The following is the full uncut conversation from our TV, Radio & Podcast episode:  "Rooting Out Our Culture of Harm".Note:  Full episode notes are available to members and non-members at Patreon.com/theLFShow In this inspiring Juneteenth conversation, abolitionist Mariame Kaba joins Laura and the Reverend Dr. Jacqui Lewis, to discuss how each of us—parents, children, elders—can be part of building a society where harm is addressed, people's needs are met, and accountability doesn't require punishment. “Everything worthwhile is done with other people,” writes Kaba. She is the Founder/Director of Project NIA, which seeks to end the incarceration of children and young adults, and the author of the New York Times best selling book, We do This ‘Til We Free Us: Abolitionist Organizing and Transforming Justice. Kaba's vision places the collective—and not the individual self—at the heart of freedom. Abolition of the prison industrial complex is essential, she says, but freedom also takes getting to know your neighbors, thinking about how we can help each other, and building an entire society that roots out our culture of harm.  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

    Mariame Kaba: Rooting Out Our Culture of Harm

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 18, 2021 29:58

    Full episode notes are at https://Patreon.com/theLFShowIn this inspiring Juneteenth conversation, abolitionist Mariame Kaba joins Laura and the Reverend Dr. Jacqui Lewis, to discuss how each of us—parents, children, elders—can be part of building a society where harm is addressed, people's needs are met, and accountability doesn't require punishment. “Everything worthwhile is done with other people,” writes Kaba. She is the Founder/Director of Project NIA, which seeks to end the incarceration of children and young adults, and the author of the New York Times best selling book, We do This ‘Til We Free Us: Abolitionist Organizing and Transforming Justice. Kaba's vision places the collective—and not the individual self—at the heart of freedom. Abolition of the prison industrial complex is essential, she says, but freedom also takes getting to know your neighbors, thinking about how we can help each other, and building an entire society that roots out our culture of harm.  Music in the Middle Spotlight:  “U Try Livin' (Pressure)” by Black Guy White Guy and Eight Oh Eight BEACH feat Anelisa Lamola, that's part of the new 'Red + Hot & Free' project produced by Bill Coleman of Peace Bisquit.  Red + Hot is a not-for-profit dedicated to fighting AIDS through pop culture since 1990.  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

    F-Word: Take Pride in Desire

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2021 3:01

    The Podcast episode "Laverne Cox, Sam Feder:  Trans Lives Depend on Owning Our Stories"  and the full uncut conversation  are all available in our podcast feed.  Episode notes are available to members and non-members at  Patreon.com/theLFShowThe 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

    Uncut Full Conversation: Trans Lives Depend on Owning Our Stories

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2021 39:00

    The following is the full uncut conversation from our TV, Radio & Podcast episode:  "Trans Lives Depend on Owning Our Stories".Note:  Full episode notes are available to members and non-members at Patreon.com/theLFShowTrans liberation is the latest frontline in the struggle for civil rights. In their new documentary, Disclosure, director Sam Feder and producer Amy Scholder use over a century's worth of film to show that trans identities have long been at the center of our collective cultural history. They join four-time Emmy nominated actress and Emmy winning producer Laverne Cox in a groundbreaking conversation with Laura on how trans people are reclaiming their stories and transforming the power structures in Hollywood. They describe the experience of assembling the first majority trans film crew and interviewing an incredible range of trans actors and media critics to understand how media shapes attitudes, behaviors, and laws about gender and trans lives. With film history as a background, Laura and guests explore what's next for trans liberation — and the bearing it has on the continuing struggle for human rights for all.  Music in the Middle, “Free” by Ultra Naté and produced by Ultra Naté and Mood 2 Swing, courtesy of the artist.

    Laverne Cox, Sam Feder: Trans Lives Depend on Owning Our Stories

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 11, 2021 29:08

    Full episode notes are at https://Patreon.com/theLFShowTrans liberation is the latest frontline in the struggle for civil rights. In their new documentary, Disclosure, director Sam Feder and producer Amy Scholder use over a century's worth of film to show that trans identities have long been at the center of our collective cultural history. They join four-time Emmy nominated actress and Emmy winning producer Laverne Cox in a groundbreaking conversation with Laura on how trans people are reclaiming their stories and transforming the power structures in Hollywood. They describe the experience of assembling the first majority trans film crew and interviewing an incredible range of trans actors and media critics to understand how media shapes attitudes, behaviors, and laws about gender and trans lives. With film history as a background, Laura and guests explore what's next for trans liberation — and the bearing it has on the continuing struggle for human rights for all.  Music in the Middle, “Free” by Ultra Naté and produced by Ultra Naté and Mood 2 Swing, courtesy of the artist. 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

    Uncut Interview: Minneapolis The Long Road to Defund the Police

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2021 35:32

    A portion of this interview  was featured in our episode "MINNEAPOLIS: NOT GIVING UP ON POLICE ABOLITION".  Full episode notes are available to members and non-members at Patreon.com/theLFShowAndrea Jenkins made history in 2017 as the first African American openly trans woman to be elected to office in the United States. Today, she serves as the Vice-President of the Minneapolis City Council and personally pledged to defund the police in 2020 after the murder of George Floyd. One year later as the community strives to heal, what is the city's vision to reimagine public safety & enact measures to fulfill Jenkin's commitment? In this uncut interview, Jenkins provides context for the long road to defund the police department and insight for the future of George Floyd Square. (NOTE) This interview was recorded just days before an attempted clearing of George Floyd Square, which Councilmember Jenkins supported.

    Minneapolis: Not giving up on police abolition

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 4, 2021 29:49

    Full Episode Notes are posted at Patreon.com  Available for non-member and member supporters.  Show Description: In the wake of the police murder of George Floyd, expectations were high that if  systems-change around policing were possible anywhere, it might be in the progressive city of Minneapolis, Minnesota. On the anniversary of Floyd's death, there have been many heartfelt memorials but fewer in-depth investigations into what's happening on the abolition front. So what's the reality? In this episode, Laura takes a look beneath the headlines, to speak with the Minneapolis activists and city council members at the heart of the story. The problem of police racism—and of police at all—has been with us for generations, they say. It'll take more than a year to fix it. Music in the Middle:  “Which Side Are You On?” by Rebel Diaz featuring Lah Tere, from their album release, “The 15 year Anniversary Album”, released 20 years ago, courtesy of the artist.Guests:  Andrea Jenkins, Council Vice President, and representing Ward 8;  Arianna Nason, Anishinaabe healing justice facilitator, abolitionist, and disability activist;  Cam Gordon, Council member representing Ward 2;  Kandace Montgomery, Co-founder and Co-executive director of Black Visions and Lead organizer Black Lives Matter

    Uncut Interview: Winona LaDuke, An Indigenous Roadmap for a Just Transition From Fossil Fuel

    Play Episode Listen Later May 28, 2021 22:39

    Here's the entire interview with Winona LaDuke who we recently featured in our episode “The Future of Energy is Indigenous (and it won't involve pipelines!)” .  She's the Director of Honor the Earth, a platform she co-founded with the Indigo Girls.  She's a resident of the White Earth Reservation in Northern Minnesota where she founded the White Earth Land Recovery Project, one of the largest reservation based non profit organizations in the country, and a leader in the issues of culturally based sustainable development strategies, renewable energy and food systems. She breaks down what a just transition from a fossil fuel economy looks like with indigenous people leading the way. 

    F-Word: Remembering the Black roots Of Memorial Day and the Revolutionary Holiday that Might Have Been

    Play Episode Listen Later May 28, 2021 2:31

    "Different stories told differently matter. Consider Memorial Day and the holiday that could have been if white media hadn't erased Black history."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

    BIPOC Journalists On Covering COVID and Racism

    Play Episode Listen Later May 28, 2021 29:55

    Full episode notes are at https://Patreon.com/theLFShowBIPOC journalists reflect on what it is to be veterans of two of the most devastating wars in recent history: the coronavirus pandemic and the centuries-long war on Black bodies through systemic racism and police brutality. In this media roundtable—a collaboration between The Laura Flanders Show and URL Media—we take a different approach to Memorial Day. One that centers the work of BIPOC journalists from the front lines. How are they responding to the needs of their communities, and where do we go from here?  Music in the Middle features “Prosper” by Inez Barlatier feat. St. James Valsin and produced by the Guitars Over Guns Organization.Our monthly media roundtable is hosted by URL Media co-founders Sara Lomax-Reese and S. Mitra Kalita and features Garry Pierre-Pierre, founder and publisher of The Haitian Times, and Mukhtar Ibrahim, editor and executive director of Sahan Journal. We are coming to the finish line of 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

    The Future of Energy is Indigenous (and it won't involve pipelines!)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 21, 2021 48:06


    For full episode notes including related episodes, research and reading links  goto:  https://Patreon.com/theLFShowAs Canadian oil giant Enbridge defies orders to shut down their dangerous Line 5 pipeline in Michigan, indigenous environmental activists gain momentum in their fight to end reliance on fossil fuels. In Minnesota, Enbridge plans to build another pipeline, violating treaties and threatening the Mississippi Watershed. The company says its new pipeline is essential to our energy system. That's big oil's vision for the future. What is the indigenous one? What would the world look like if community, ecology, and sustainability were the guiding principles of our energy sector? In this episode, Laura is joined by guest co-host Judith LeBlanc a citizen of the Caddo Tribe of Oklahoma and director of the Native Organizers Alliance.  They speak with indigenous activists who have answers, and not just in theory: for years, they've been developing programs for solar power and sustainable resource management so that future generations can thrive.  Released on Earth Day 2021 via Rock the Cause Records, Here's “No More Pipeline Blues (On this Land Where We Belong)”, produced and composed by Larry Long featuring  the Indigo Girls, Winona LaDuke, Bonnie Raitt and First Native American poet laureate Joy Harjo. as well as Waubanewquay, Day Sisters, Mumu Fresh, Pura Fe, Soni Moreno, and Jennifer Kreisberg. Proceeds from this song go to Honor the Earth, a nonprofit founded by LaDuke with the Indigo Girls, fighting to stop Enbridge's Minnesota “Line 3” tar sands oil pipeline.GUESTS:Judith LeBlanc Director, Native Organizers AllianceWinona LaDuke, Executive Director, Honor the EarthTaysha Martineau, Anishinaabe Water Protector and Founder, Camp MigiziJason Goward, Anishinaabe Water Protector and Whistleblower, Former Enbridge Employee We are coming to the finish line of 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


    F-Word: United Action To Keep Workers Down

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2021 3:31

    "Besides, if an extra $300 a week enables some to make ends meet without that stinking $7/hr job at the Dollar Store. Is that so bad? "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 TRANSCRIPT:United Action To Keep Workers Down Just six percent of private sector workers belong to a union, but that doesn't mean we're short of union style action on our economy. For weeks now, employers and their lobbies have been unified in their lament that a scarcity of workers is the result of overly generous federal unemployment benefits. People would rather stay home, and get rich off the public purse, they say, and the stories run everywhere, with the help of the Chamber of Commerce. As a result, Republican Governors in state after state are cutting off the federal aid. They'd rather turn away free money, than relieve pressure on the poor.  Employers and their lobbies act as one all the time to keep workers desperate. Take the last few months, after a millions-strong majority voted a new administration into office in part on a pledge to raise wages, the opposition was so strong that a hike wasn't even tried. United opposition's kept the federal minimum wage stuck at $7.25 since 2009, and wages for tipped, teenage and disabled workers even lower. Now the Biden administration's facing united resistance in Congress to passage of the American Jobs Plan. There may be bosses who back better bridges and airports for their products, but they're not about to invest billions in childcare or elder supports for their workers. And if you think the anti-affordable child care lobby's strong, you haven't met the mob opposing universal health care, even after a deadly pandemic. Are workers staying home because they can? It's possible. But three separate studies of the Care Act (which was twice as generous) say the impact on employment was negligible. Far more likely, it's that lack of child care, and public transport, and affordable healthcare and continuing fear of Covid that are keeping people home when humanly possible. That, more than laziness, certainly seems to explain why tens of thousands of women have exited the workforce. Besides, if an extra $300 a week enables some to make ends meet without that stinking $7/hr job at the Dollar Store. Is that so bad?  Even with the bonus, which is due to end in a few more months, workers aren't getting rich. But their employers are, as long as they keep wages down and benefits skimpy. One for all, and all for one - for them, it works.  Just don't let anyone pass that pro-union PRO Act.  You can watch the Laura Flanders Show on a public television station near you, or on YouTube or listen on radio. Catch it this week, for a conversation among labor reporters of labor's pregnant-with-possibility moment. Find out more at lauraflanders.org

    Labor Looks Up After Amazon Union Vote

    Play Episode Listen Later May 14, 2021 29:33

    “The opportunities for labor right now are virtually limitless,” says Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, the country's largest labor federation. With Amazon workers in Bessemer, Alabama igniting the fight to unionize and the introduction of the PRO Act in Congress, widespread discontent with the economy has rendered this moment pregnant with new possibilities for workers. New Republic contributor Sarah Jaffe, author of Work Won't Love You Back, and Teen Vogue columnist Kim Kelly join Maximillian Alvarez, editor-in-chief of The Real News Network, to discuss how the labor struggle affects everyone — from coal miners, to gig workers, to domestic caregivers. Work won't love you back, but could we love ourselves, and each other, enough to bring better ways of working into the world?  Music in the Middle:  “Fall Like Rain” by Alixa García and BraveWater, and produced by David Williamson, courtesy of the artist and Sound Garuda.  Alixa describes the song as 'an anthem of inspiration for these hard times'. We are coming to the finish line of 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

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