The Laura Flanders Show

Laura Flanders Show: Democracy's Past, Present... and Future?

Laura Flanders Show: Democracy’s Past, Present… and Future?

July 1, 2019

Don’t remember the past? Does that mean that you’re condemned to repeat it? What does our country’s past tell us about our present— and how can it help us imagine a better future? This week, two leading thinkers on the tricky challenges of democracy. What are the best tools— and even the best words we…

Laura Flanders Show: Aging Isn't a Problem, Ageism Is

Laura Flanders Show: Aging Isn’t a Problem, Ageism Is

June 17, 2019

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…

Laura Flanders Show: Community Land Trusts - A Model for Reparations?

Laura Flanders Show: Community Land Trusts – A Model for Reparations?

June 5, 2019

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? A lawyer, a policy advocate and an organizer with homeless New Yorkers, explain…

Laura Flanders Show: Whose Economy Is It? Ours

Laura Flanders Show: Whose Economy Is It? Ours

May 29, 2019

Our city’s economy – what is it for? New York’s 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…

Laura Flanders Show: Dance as World-Changing Movement

Laura Flanders Show: Dance as World-Changing Movement

May 21, 2019

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”? These questions and…

Laura Flanders Show: Standing Up To The Sacklers

Laura Flanders Show: Standing Up To The Sacklers

May 13, 2019

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? This week on the Laura Flanders Show, we look at the role of private dollars vs. public good in cultural art institutions

Laura Flanders Show: Chattanooga to Karachi - Resilient Under Violence

Laura Flanders Show: Chattanooga to Karachi – Resilient Under Violence

May 6, 2019

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, persisting in the face of violence, with the co-executive directors of the Highlander Center in Tennessee and attorney and activist Nighat Dad.

Laura Flanders Show: Drawing Comix at the Margins

Laura Flanders Show: Drawing Comix at the Margins

April 29, 2019

Far more than an escape, comics can pack a political punch, as does the work of this week’s guests. First up, Mohammad Saba’aneh describes how he transposes his lived experience to the page, exposing the cruelties of Israeli occupation and celebrating popular resistance as the path forward. Then, Nate Powell uses his craft to break…

Laura Flanders Show: Integration Won't Solve Racism in Schools

Laura Flanders Show: Integration Won’t Solve Racism in Schools

April 22, 2019

Segregation in education is as bad as ever, and no end appears to be in 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

Laura Flanders Show: Are Women Better At Waging Peace?

Laura Flanders Show: Are Women Better At Waging Peace?

April 15, 2019

Making the future while surviving a war. In humanity’s never ending war stories, combat makes the news, but the macho gaze misses the complex reality and tends to ignore the role of women in war. To switch things up, we refocus the lens, with two of the award winning film makers behind the hit series,…