Laura Flanders

Laura Flanders

Laura Flanders is a best-selling author and broadcaster who 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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John Lansing, now CEO of National Public Radio (NPR), talked about the operations of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the agency that oversees United States government-supported, civilian international news media such as Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio Marti, and Alhurra. He explained how he planned to reshape U.S. media operations to better fit the current media environment, including how to address propaganda by countries such as Russia and China and stateless actors suc Views
Sunday, September 15, 2019
From Voice of America to NPR: New CEO Lansing's Glass House
I don’t know about you, but I take a teeny weeny bit of offense when a guy in a glass house lobs a great big stone and expects me not to notice the sound of shattering. Which brings me to National Public Radio. When the ubiquitous news and public affairs network announced the appointment of a new...
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Lesbians and self-described dykes have, for many years, marched on the day before the big parade. The Dyke March is always a raucous, disobedient alternative to the staid and commercial official Pride Parade.  (Photo: Scott Barbour/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, July 02, 2019
Love and Rights: Contingent or Unconditional?
Kali Akuno asks an important question: where would we be as a world today if people of the left had been as organized in 2008 when the financial crash hit as they’d been in 1980 before thirty years of neoliberalism? Akuno, a co-founder and co-coordinator of Cooperation Jackson in Mississippi, asked...
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 'Barcelona en Comu' (Barcelona in Common) leader Ada Colau waves to wellwishers after her party won the municipal elections on May 24, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo: David Ramos/Getty Images) Views
Monday, June 17, 2019
In Barcelona, Being a Fearless City Mayor Means Letting the People Decide
Losing Barcelona. That was the headline on the story in Jacobin this week. A local vote in a far-off city; had I not just returned from Barcelona, I might have left it at that. possibilitiy The truth is, US media give us so little coverage of goings-on elsewhere, and so little context as to why...
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"I suppose you and I think the rich are going to sit quiet and—what’s the phrase—accept the verdict of the people? Like hell they are."(Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images) Views
Friday, May 31, 2019
Reporter in Spain
Eighty years ago this April, Spain fell under a thirty-year dictatorship after Right beat Left in a brutal civil war. That history feels acutely alive to me today, and not just because, for the first time in my life, I’m in Spain. General Franco’s rebels, backed by Mussolini and Hitler and the...
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Monday, May 20, 2019
Can It Happen Here?
Can it happen here? Absolutely it can. Even in a liberal bastion. A few weeks ago, a handful of white supremacists marched into a bookstore in Washington D.C., temporarily disrupting a talk by Jonathan Metzl, the author of Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America...
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There’s no shortage of evidence that the Trump administration colludes with enemies of democracy of every sort. (Photo: Mike Licht/Flickr/cc) Views
Friday, March 29, 2019
Collusion in Plain Sight
A collusion crisis. That’s what the money media are facing since the Attorney General released his summary of the Special Prosecutor’s report. Barr says Mueller says he found no proof of a Russia/Trump campaign conspiracy to subvert US democracy. Oh no! How are cable companies going to keep their...
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Activists rally in New York on February 26,  2017 over President Trump’s branding news that disagrees with him ‘fake news’. Photo: Alamy Stock Views
Saturday, March 09, 2019
Making American Journalism Great and Different
A great divide is shaping up in the newspaper business between those who want to make American Journalism “great again” and those who believe it has never been great but could be. It’ll come as no surprise to anyone where I fall. Local papers have taken a hit. There’s no debate about that. The same...
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 This hasn’t gotten more granular than asking candidates if they call themselves Democratic Socialists. We're going to have to do better than that. (Photo: Molly Adams/Flickr/cc) Views
Monday, February 25, 2019
Time For Socialist History Month?
It’s that time of year again—when we’re encouraged to celebrate Black history, and soon it will be Women’s History Month—the time when people like me ask, “What about the rest of the year?” This season, Black History Month coincides with the start of the presidential primary campaigns. On the...
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Friday, February 15, 2019
On Valentine's Day, An End to Amazon's Two-Bit Romance With New York
The Amazon corporation walked out in a huff. On Valentine’s Day, the retailer announced that its romance with New York is off. Faced with stiffer-than-anticipated resistance, the company announced February 14th that it is pulling out of its previously reported plan to build a gleaming corporate...
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Donald Trump’s first budget proposed zeroing out money for capital improvements and cutting money for public housing operations by 45%. (Photo: Harry Benson/Getty Images) Views
Friday, December 07, 2018
HUD Official to Move Into Public Housing?
The federal housing official responsible for the New York City region says she plans to move into public housing to spotlight inhumane conditions, but if she really wanted to spotlight inhumanity in housing, she’d move big money out of precious city housing stock. Longtime Trump aid Lynne Patton...
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