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 "Bushwomen: How They Won the White House for Their Man" (2005).  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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U.S. Democratic Senate candidate Raphael Warnock (R) bumps elbows with Stacey Abrams (L) during a campaign rally with U.S. President-elect Joe Biden at Pullman Yard on December 15, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Views
Friday, January 15, 2021
We Should Learn From Georgia to Show Us the Way Forward
The answer to what happened in Washington last Wednesday is what happened in Georgia last Tuesday. The answer to the yell and the noose of white macho supremacy is the slow, hard labor of making society democratic. The debate over Amazon dropping Parler and Twitter and Facebook dropping Donald...
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Bob Dylan performs as part of a double bill with Neil Young at Hyde Park on July 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images for ABA) Views
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
The Times They Ain’t a-Changing
I’ve never been a Bob Dylan fan, and the Nobel Prize winner’s sale of his archive to Universal Music changed nothing about that. In fact, sing as he might about how The Times They are a-Changing, Dylan’s deal, worth an estimated $300 million to him, changed nothing about anything. But it could have...
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Neoliberalism didn’t just distort our economy, it dismembered our picture of our democracy. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
The Media's Quadrennial Eclipse
Whatever will he do next? The cable newscasters cry, eager to ply their audiences with more of the drip, drip that keeps advertisers hooked. If you’re feeling withdrawal from Disaster Don’s tweets, there are pictures of his golf cart and non-news of his non-lawsuits. And Joe, oh Joe, and the next...
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Money needs to move not just out of incarceration and into care, but into the hands of those people and communities whom our current system has harmed most. (Photo: Robyn Beck / AFP - Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
The US Spends More Than $80 Billion a Year Incarcerating 2.3 Million People
The US today spends more than $80 billion a year incarcerating 2.3 million people in state and federal prisons, local jails, youth facilities and deportation centers. That’s $80 billion that comes out of public coffers and goes into public confinement. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, many...
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It’s not his DNA, of which he’s so inordinately proud, it’s the DNA of our legal code that protects dangerous Donald.  (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, October 07, 2020
If the President Had HIV He Could Be in Prison
Could Donald Trump be charged with a crime for knowingly exposing others to an infectious disease? He could if that disease was hepatitis. If the Donald was a poor man, poorly defended and in poor health, there’s a good chance he’d be facing criminal charges. Under laws that Republicans have...
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An overview of Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Ga. (Photo: Google Maps) Views
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Mourn Justice Ginsburg and Fight to Close Irwin Detention Center
“Ruth Bader Ginsburg changed the way the law sees gender... She changed the course of American law... She touched the lives of generations of men and women... She pushed for a full and inclusive definition of equality." Those are just some of the ways people have described Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s...
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Saturday, August 01, 2020
Take On the Tech Mob Now or Perish
Six months into a global pandemic, the US economy just took its most grievous hit on record, while Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook only added wealth. In just three months, April through June, so many workers were furloughed, laid off or forced to work and school from home, that the economy...
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Nationally, Black Americans die at 2.5 times the rate of whites, and in the states seeing rising rates right now, the disparities are especially stark. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images) Views
Friday, July 17, 2020
As Trump Moves to Hide Covid-19, We Already Know Which Communities Are Suffering Most
Transparency, transparency, transparency. The word has become a battle cry in Trump times, and there was another skirmish this week when the administration ordered hospitals to send their Covid-19 data not to the Centers for Disease Control, where it’s publicly available, but rather to the...
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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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