Laura Flanders

Laura Flanders

Laura Flanders interviews forward-thinking people about the key questions of our time on The Laura Flanders Show, a nationally syndicated radio and television program also available as a podcast. A contributing writer to The Nation, Flanders is also the author of six books, including The New York Times best-seller, BUSHWOMEN: Tales of a Cynical Species.  She is the recipient of a 2019 Izzy Award for excellence in independent journalism, the Pat Mitchell Lifetime Achievement Award for advancing women’s and girls’ visibility in media and a 2020 Lannan Cultural Freedom Fellowship for her reporting and advocacy for public media. lauraflanders.org

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Peek beneath the pull-quotes and you’ll find work that has often felt long and slow. (Photo by Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, June 09, 2020
Paradigms Take Years to Shift
Defund Police. Invest in Black Lives. What just weeks ago was a slogan is fast becoming law. In just the last week, the Minneapolis school board resolved to cut their contract with city police in the schools. The mayor of Los Angeles announced that his city was considering cutting the city’s police...
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A Memorial Day For Lies? Views
Sunday, May 24, 2020
A Memorial Day For Lies?
So which will it be? Will this disaster spark a shift for the better? Or will the deadly myths white Americans tell ourselves survive Covid-19? Memorial Day messaging bodes ill. I want to believe that after the coronavirus crisis, US society will emerge sobered, smarter and more aware of the ways...
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The future is up for grabs. Let’s not let the kingpins be the only ones reaching for it. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
The Future Is Up for Grabs
When it comes to cashing in on Covid-19, the race has just begun. Whether you’re talking about education or contact tracing or medicine or mind control, an anti-democratic, dystopian future is being charted while we the people are locked down, locked up and locked out. Google is grabbing our data,...
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Want to pay the WHO to fight pandemics and poverty around the world for a decade?  One man called Jeff could do it today and still be worth $114.5 billion as he was at the end of last year.  (Photo by Eric Baradat/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Friday, April 24, 2020
Covid By The Numbers
I was feeling better before I started this. How much better? Two, three, 500 times better? It’s hard to say. Numbers are blurring in my mind. Six is a number I’m clear about. Come Sunday, six is the number of weeks I will have spent in this place. Two, the number of people in my household. Two, the...
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Senator Bernie Sanders during an interview with the editorial board of The New York Times in February, 2020. (Photo: Screengrab/NYT) Views
Friday, April 10, 2020
Thank You, Bernie Sanders. Screw You, New York Times.
It is the essence of American liberalism to trash radical dreams and then dance on them. And that’s just what the New York Times did the day after Bernie Sanders bowed out of the Democratic race for the nomination. On that day, in a special editorial, the editors of the very same paper that...
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Americans lack a national health care system, the country’s pockmarked with healthcare deserts, and millions of what Truman called “normally self-supporting” people are just one layoff or one virulent virus away from disaster—as we’re now seeing. (Photo: Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Views
Saturday, March 28, 2020
Covid-19: Our Health Crisis Is Born of Bigotry
“A bridge is no stronger than its weakest part.” Former slave turned educator Anna Julia Cooper uttered those very contemporary-sounding words back in 1892. The US didn’t heed them then; we haven’t heeded them yet. The big question, brought home to us one more time by the Covid-19 crisis, is why...
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Billionaires Should Not Buy Elections" Views
Saturday, February 15, 2020
Democracy vs. Dictatorship: Don't Let Bloomberg Muddy That Choice
The 2020 presidential race didn’t get decided this week, but the choice before us did: more democracy or less of it. That’s the decision we are facing, and if the Democrats manage to foul this up, they may not get another chance. The very same day that New Hampshire held its primary, the president...
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Do we really want our reporting on Warren, Sanders or Klobuchar—all of whom support bills to defend local media and block media mergers—brought to you by the world’s biggest wealth-suckers? (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Views
Friday, January 31, 2020
Iowa Media Back to the Future
In the first week of February, every four years, coastal correspondents decamp to Iowa to cover the first-in-the nation nominating contest. Face-to-face, caucus by caucus, what the state lacks in demographics, it makes up for in down-home democracy, we’re told. And down-home democracy rests on down...
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JoAnn Conrad, a Bernie Sanders campaign volunteer, canvases a residential neighborhood on January 31, 2016 in West Burlington, Iowa. The 2020 Iowa caucuses will be on February 3.  (Photo: Michael B. Thomas / AFP via Getty Images) Views
Saturday, January 18, 2020
Voters in Iowa Care More About Key Issues Than Warren-Sanders Unity
It was a balmy 70 degrees in New York City last Saturday, and the excited green croci began tipping through the earth. Now, that same ground is icy, and those tips are frozen stiff, and I’ve been fearing that the same fate might befall hopeful progressive voters in the wake of the Warren/Sanders...
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37-year-old Tanisha Anderson, who suffered from mental health isues, was killed by police in 2014 after her family members call 911 for assistance. (Photo: Anderson Family) Views
Saturday, November 16, 2019
Tanisha Anderson, Impeachment, and a Hawk
I was thinking about impeachment when a bird fell out of the sky. I was thinking about quid pro quos and the using of the presidency for personal gain when I rounded a corner and saw a hawk, gray and crumpled. It was a bright blue day, and she seemed to have slammed herself into a window, mistaking...
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