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The Laura Flanders Show stars forward looking people with reality-based strategies for realizing radical change. Watch on KCET/LinkTV, FreeSpeechTV and on YouTube, or subscribe to the free podcast.

The Laura Flanders Show stars forward looking people with reality-based strategies for realizing radical change. Watch on KCET/LinkTV, FreeSpeechTV and on YouTube, or subscribe to the free podcast.
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The Laura Flanders Show stars forward looking people with reality-based strategies for realizing radical change. Watch on KCET/LinkTV, FreeSpeechTV and on YouTube, or subscribe to the free podcast.








F-Word: In Barcelona, Being a Fearless City Mayor Means Letting the People Decide

'No matter the result of the elections, Barcelona's Ada Colau and Barcelona en Comú continue to put principles into practice.' Support theLFShow! Help us thrive and not just survive, by becoming a member


Aging Isn't a Problem, Ageism Is

Someone turns 65 every 8 seconds in this country, and as our elderly population grows, so does the need to build an economy around our future selves. In this episode, three leaders in the age justice movement share their ideas about how we can age with dignity, power, and change our society to reflect just that. Then we visit the largest home care cooperative in the U.S. to take a look at age justice, and worker justice, in practice. Support theLFShow by becoming a patron....


Community Land Trusts: A Model for Reparations?

400 years since the first enslaved Africans arrived in Jamestown, many people agree reparations are due, but what would they look like? How about affordable property put into Black hands, in perpetuity? Could community land trusts be one way of making repairs? Become a member at


F-Word: Reporter in Spain

"Eighty years ago, this April, Spain fell under a thirty year dictatorship after right beat left in a brutal civil war. History feels acutely alive to me today and not just because for the first time in my life, I’m in Spain." The F-Word, Laura Flanders' commentary. Support theLFShow! Help us thrive and not just survive, by becoming a member.


Podcast Share: Building Local Power - Shining a Light on Anti-Competitive Behavior

This week, we’re happy to share with you a podcast we love and enjoy called ‘Building Local Power” produced by the Institute For Local Self-Reliance. This episode features a discussion on AT&T and Timer Warner merger; how New Mexico’s Energy Transition Act is not in the public interest, and other anti-competitive corporate actions and state policies that might have slipped under the radar. Support theLFShow!


Minicast Exclusive: Municipalism 101: Fearless Cities 2018

In the upcoming 2019 Barcelona elections, Mayor Ada Calou of Barcelona en Comu is up for re-election. BCN en Como is a part of a network of municipalist movements that calls themselves Fearless Cities. We will hear from Debbie Bookchin author and activist, based in New York; Rodgrigo Conejo of WikiPolitico based in Mexico; Kali Akuno of Operation Jackson based in Jackson Mississipi, Gala Pin of Barcelona en Comú. They share some of their challenges and successes in their projects, and what...


Special Report: Whose Economy Is It? Ours

New York's economy has been very good at piling up profits and building tall buildings. But all that private profit has come at a cost to public services and public trust. Could it be different? On this week's show, we talk about the new conversations that are happening between labor unions and community members. Between residents, workers, and employers about how everyone's economy can move forward. Share your love for theLFShow by becoming a member at


F-Word: Can It Happen Here?

"white nationalists have been targeting bookstores and libraries across the country for a while"....."It’s not the hate that’s new. It’s the apparent sense of entitlement. ....they’re out in plain sight, and not just in the media’s backwaters but in the nation’s capital...." The F-Word, Laura Flanders' commentary. Support the LFShow! become a member during our May Day to Memorial Day membership drive.


Dance as World-Changing Movement: Alice Sheppard and STREB

This week, two artists who expand our ideas about beauty, risk, mobility, and inclusion. Wheelchair dancer and esteemed choreographer Alice Sheppard, and MacArthur Genius Award-winning action architect Elizabeth Streb. What difference does art make? Should art-making be a human right? What will it take to disable the limits society puts around “normal”? For suggested reading, research and links to our guests and issues featured in this episode go to


Standing Up To The Sacklers

Art organizations and sponsorship dollars have gone hand in hand for decades. But with backlash and protests over donors ethics, should cultural institutions begin looking into new funding streams? We look at the role of private dollars vs. public good in cultural art institutions. PLUS, A AUDIO EXCLUSIVE: The conversation continues with guest Jonathan H. Marks We discuss his new book “Perils of Partnership.” Music Featured: Reverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Choir, “Beatitudes.” For...


F-Word: The Opportunity Cost of Trump TV

"The Attorney General’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee and his standoff with the House may be important. Something, sometime, may come of it. But let’s consider the opportunity cost of all that one-note coverage." Support the LFShow!


Chatanooga to Karachi: Resilient Under Violence

A suspicious fire and a white power symbol at a legendary leadership school in the U.S. South. And a brutal backlash to a women’s rights march in Pakistan. This week, leaders who are resilient under violence, with the co-executive directors of the Highlander Center in Tennessee and attorney and activist Nighat Dad. Music Featured: "Power Justice and Love" by Morley from her album 1000 Miles released on Six Degrees Records. For suggested reading, research and links to our guests and issues...


Minicast Exclusive: Teachers on Trial

"None of the Above: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Public Schools Cheating Scandal, Corporate Greed, and the Criminalization of Educators", by Shani Robinson, a teacher who was charged in the case and Anna Simonton, journalist. They aim to correct the record on the story and draw attention to the broader issue of how our system has failed both educators and students and how a grab by corporate interests from public housing to charter schools is at play putting profits over people. To listen...


Drawing Comix At The Margins

Far more than an escape, comics can pack a political punch, and so do our guests. Mohammad Saba’aneh describes how he transposed his lived experience to the page, exposing the cruelties of Israeli occupation and celebrating popular resistance as the path forward. And, Nate Powell uses his craft of political comics to break down a specifically American phenomenon – the creep of fascist aesthetics into our police and consumer choices. Music in the Middle: “The Burning City” by Q Burns Abstract...


F-Word: Lyra McKee, Shot Dead In Derry, Reported on the Uncomfortable

These days, establishment journalists spend inordinate amounts of time, bemoaning their own welfare and the state of their beleaguered industry, but it’s rarely been journalism fed and watered by the establishment that’s asked anything uncomfortable and McKee called for us to have uncomfortable conversations


Integration Won't Solve Racism in Schools

Segregation in Education is as bad as ever, and no end appears to be sight. So what approaches might make a difference. What if Segregation, per se, wasn’t the problem? This week, educators speak out, and we visit an Afrocentric school in Brooklyn, where mindfulness and race are not a detail. Music Feature: “Plain Folks” by Alexis P. Suter and T.U.B.A., released on HipBone Records. Guests: -Rafiq R. Kalam Id-Din II, Esq. ,Founder & Managing Partner Ember Charter Schools for Mindful...


Are Women Better at Waging Peace?

A look into a new PBS film series with an all-female directors that is focusing attention on what we can learn from women who risked their lives for peace -- and changed history in the process.


Minicast Exclusive: Citizenship Inc: History of the Passport

Is there any country that treats migrants right? And if so, what could we learn from them? Joining Laura to unpack these issues are Atossa Araxia Abrahamian, Senior Editor at The Nation magazine and author of “The Cosmopolites”, a book that focuses on the buying and selling of citizenship and John Torpey, author of “The Invention of the Passport: Surveillance, Citizenship, and the State” that details the history of the modern passport.


Can Marijuana Create a Path to Justice?

Legalizing cannabis, repairing the economy, that's this week on the Laura Flanders Show.


F-Word: Collusion is in Plain Sight

Oh no! How are cable companies going to keep their ratings up with an audience that’s collusion-hooked?