The Laura Flanders Show

The Laura Flanders Show: Trump’s Wall and the End of the American Frontier

February 27, 2020

Historian Greg Grandin talks about his new book, “The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America.” Will the wall finally force us to reckon with the white supremacist conquest veiled by the frontier myth?

Laura Flanders Show: How the Diversity Industry is Failing

February 19, 2020

In an era when companies spend hundreds of millions of dollars on diversity and inclusion programs, the proportion of African Americans in tech, media, and business leadership roles is stagnating.

Laura Flanders Show: Touretteshero Does Beckett

February 3, 2020

In this episode, Laura interviews British comedian and activist Jess Thom about her performance of Samuel Beckett’s play “Not I”. Thom’s work reveals how neurodiversity makes theater, society—everything!— richer.

Laura Flanders Show: Poet Staceyann Chin on Her Journey

January 27, 2020

Award-winning poet, performer, novelist, and activist Staceyann Chin has just published her first anthology of poems. She has been featured on Broadway, HBO, and Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam and her latest one woman show, MotherStruck, was adapted for film and premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2019. In this episode, Laura interviews Chin…

Laura Flanders Show: Puerto Rico – Freedom From Fantasy

January 21, 2020

What most Americans know about Puerto Rico is based on a colonial fantasy, says journalist and Columbia University professor, Ed Morales. This fantasy, and the reality it obscures, is the subject of his new book, Fantasy Island. In this episode, Laura interviews Morales and scholar/activist Rosa Clemente about the personal and political implications of the…

Laura Flanders Show: Revolutionary Love

January 13, 2020

As 2019 comes to a close, Laura speaks with Rev. Dr. Jacqueline Lewis of Middle Collegiate Church in New York City’s East Village. Rev. Jacqui’s public theology focuses on social and environmental justice, community engagement, and the practice of what she calls “Revolutionary Love.” In their conversation, Laura asks if love really can sustain our…

Laura Flanders Show: The History of Abolition and Rebellion

December 16, 2019

In this episode, author and Cambridge professor Priyamvada Gopal discusses her latest book, Insurgent Empire, which examines the history of abolition and rebellion under colonial rule to demonstrate how these resistance movements served as active participants in their own liberation, while reshaping ideas around freedom and self-determination during the expansion of capitalism and empire. Liberty…

Laura Flanders Show: Mondragon’s Cooperatives and the Legacy of its Founder

December 2, 2019

In this episode, Laura learns about the culture of the Basque Country’s Mondragon Coop and the history of its founding by Catholic Priest José María Arizmendiarrieta’s. Catholic social doctrine, resisting Franco, and protecting Basque identity are all part of the story of the world’s largest cooperatively owned business. Follow Laura as she endeavors to understand…

Laura Flanders Show: Cooperation vs Authoritarianism in Spain

November 25, 2019

Laura Flanders travels to Spain to learn how people in two of the regions most brutally repressed under the dictatorship of Francisco Franco built the world’s largest worker-owned co-ops. From the Basque Country to Barcelona, she speaks with co-op members who explain how humanist models of business helped their parents and grandparents survive dictatorship.

Laura Flanders Show: The Rise of Authoritarianism in Brazil

November 19, 2019

A Conversation with Petra Costa the Director of the documentary “The Edge of Democracy.” It is the last film in a trilogy by Brazilian actor and filmmaker Petra Costa. Each film explores the personal and political dimensions of her life, her family, and her country. The Edge of Democracy, however, is by far the most…