Laura Flanders

Best-selling author and broadcaster Laura Flanders hosts the The Laura Flanders Show, where she interviews forward thinking people about the key questions of our time.  The LF Show airs weekly on KCET/LinkTV, FreeSpeech TV, and in English & Spanish in teleSUR. Flanders is also a contributing writer to The Nation and Yes! Magazine (“Commonomics”) and a regular guest on MSNBC. She is the author of six books, including The New York Times best-seller, BUSHWOMEN: Tales of a Cynical Species (Verso, 2004) and Blue GRIT: True Democrats Take Back Politics from the Politicians (Penguin Press, 2007). The Laura Flanders Show first aired on Air America Radio 2004-2008. You can find all her archives and more at Lauraflanders.com or via Twitter @GRITlaura

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Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 8:15am
Who Cares if Hillary is Warm? I Care About Her Wars
Primary season is in its prime and feels familiar in almost every respect. Eight years on, it’s the same candidate, the same point of contention. Is Hillary Clinton warm enough? I’m not debating that this is sexist stuff: all this focus on her warmth, her style, her smile. Come on. Why do women...
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Sunday, December 20, 2015 - 10:15am
The Solution Isn't Kindler, Gentler Prison
What got a person locked up – no matter what - in 1790? Piracy. Period. At the birth of the republic mandatory minimum sentences were a rare and targeted thing. Attacking and robbing ships at sea got you life, no ifs, ands or buts. What gets you a mandatory minimum sentence today? Any one of 261...
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Friday, November 20, 2015 - 11:00am
Who's Leading The Charge For Change? Women
Towards the end of the new movie, This Changes Everything , Naomi Klein, author of the book that inspired the film, notices something about who’s leading the charge for change. They come from sacrifice zones, the very same places the powers that be have written off for environmental or ecological...
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Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 3:15pm
Money Media Cover Change Makers Most When They're Dead
It’s amazing how money media cover activists, when they die. When radical philosopher and organizer Grace Lee Boggs passed away on October 5, she received long, respectful obituaries in just about every paper. "Activist and revolutionary", "trail blazer", "human rights advocate". Boggs, it was...
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Friday, August 28, 2015 - 12:00pm
New Orleans: Recovery or Removal?
Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, a new documentary from The Laura Flanders Show and teleSUR English explores the race, class and gender outlines of the reconstruction of New Orleans. At least seventy-one billion dollars in federal money has been spent. But has every opportunity been seized to...
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Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 9:15am
New Orleans’ Deadly Floodwaters: Now From Gentrification
It’s New Orleans remembrance time; that time where, for the last ten years at the end of August, public attention returns for a bit to the city that abandoned its poorest. Mostly black, in a majority black city, democracy failed as spectacularly as the public safety system. Not only the levees, but...
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Friday, July 24, 2015 - 9:45am
Will We Ever Stop the Drones?
Almost a year after the 2012 election, Florida congressman Alan Grayson decided to hold a hearing. The number of drone attacks were going up not down; sparse news reports from mostly military sources weren’t making much of an impact on the American public. In October 2013, Grayson decided to invite...
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Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 10:45am
Anti-Social Giving to Harvard and Yale
Not so long ago, Yale University received a $150 million gift. That looked like a lot until Harvard scooped up $400 million a few weeks later. Both gifts came from Wall Street speculators – Blackstone Group Founder and CEO Stephen Schwarzman and hedge fund executive John S Paulson. Paulson’s...
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Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 7:00am
This LGBT Pride, Let’s Celebrate Difference Not Sameness
It’s hard to imagine an American poet more celebrated than four-time Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Frost whose most famous poem concludes: "Two roads diverged in a wood and I —I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference." When the most celebrated poet’s most well-known...
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Friday, May 22, 2015 - 8:15am
From Belfast to Baltimore Bad Police Tactics Spread. So Can Justice.
It’s an old adage but it’s true, especially when it comes to policing: an injury to one really is an injury to all. That’s because like a bad movie, bad police tactics spread the globe. Accountability can go global too, but as in a recent case out of Ireland, justice moves more slowly. Shortly...
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