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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Police officers take position to shoot tear gas at the demonstrators in Downtown Los Angeles on May 30, 2020 in protest against the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died while while being arrested and pinned to the ground by the knee of a Minneapolis police officer. (Photo:  Apu GOMES / AFP via Getty Images) Views
Friday, April 09, 2021
Arm Our Cities With Military-Grade Healthcare, Not Weapons
American police are armed to the teeth with military-grade weapons, and the results are in. The more combat gear, the more combat. So how about we arm our cities with military-grade healthcare instead? The US Department of Veterans Affairs is part of the most generously funded institution in the...
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Does the US have a culture of violence? Not the United States of women. (Photo: Stock Photo/Getty) Views
Friday, March 26, 2021
Does the US Have a Culture of Violence? Not the United States of Women
" Culture of violence." If I hear that phrase wheeled out one more time to excuse a mass shooter, I’ll scream. That doesn’t mean I’ll head to the gun shop. Which is to say, when it comes to cultures, here in the USA, we’re lucky enough to be able to take our pick. Even a cursory scan of history...
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 In this handout image provided by Harpo Productions and released on March 5, 2021, Oprah Winfrey interviews Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on A CBS Primetime Special premiering on CBS on March 7, 2021. (Photo by Harpo Productions/Joe Pugliese via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Racism Among the Royals? Really?
Shock, horror! There is racism among the royals. I know sarcasm is the laziest form of humor, but is there something about a hereditary white monarchy that we don't yet understand? In what's being called a "hand grenade" interview with Oprah Winfrey on Sunday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex let rip...
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Dawn breaks over homes and sandstone formations near the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, which is closed until further notice on the Navajo Reservation on Sunday, May 24, 2020 in Oljato-Monument Valley, AZ. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
In Indian Country, It’s Not the Weather, It’s the Racism That’s Leaving Thousands in the Dark
Around 30,000 homes in Texas still have no power, and millions of Texans remain under a boil-water mandate days after a deadly winter storm wiped out that state’s weak water and energy systems. In Texas, president Biden has officially declared this scenario a disaster, and the state’s failed...
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Artist Jonas Never (@never1959) applies finishing touches to his mural of Senator Bernie Sanders in Culver City, California on January 24, 2021. Standing out in a crowd of glamorously dressed guests, Bernie Sanders showed up for the US presidential inauguration in a heavy winter jacket and patterned mittens—with an AFP photo of the veteran leftist spawning the first viral meme of the Biden era.  (Photo by CHRIS DELMAS/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, January 28, 2021
Time to Take the Mittens Off!
I like as good meme as much as the next person who likes memes, but I have my qualms about the Bernie mitten moment. For those who have been paying attention to something else, in the days after the Biden/Harris inauguration, a picture of Vermont’s Senator Sanders siting masked and in mittens went...
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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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