Is A Socialist Future Possible? Sarah Leonard & Bhaskar Sunkara

Few words have had as little presence in the 2016 election as “socialism,” which was raised briefly in one of the earliest primary debates. Yet socialism could have a future in America, our guests this week argue, if we just think about it differently. Joining us this week are Bhaskar Sunkara and Sarah Leonard, co-editors of of a new essay collection titled “The Future We Want: Radical Ideas for the New Century.”

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Laura is a best-selling author and broadcaster. After many years in public and commercial radio, she founded The Laura Flanders Show / GRITtv in 2008 to serve as an online channel for in depth conversations with forward-thinking people fromt he worlds of politics, economics, business and the arts. A primetime, daily broadcast, GRITtv with Laura Flanders aired for three years on Free Speech TV before moving to KCET/Linktv and teleSUR, as a weekly program. Flanders is a contributing writer to The Nation and Yes! magazine (“Commonomics”). She is also  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 aired nationally on Air America Radio (2004-2008) before which she was the founding host of Your Call, on public radio, KALW, and CounterSpin, the nationally-syndicated radio program from the mediawatch group FAIR. Flanders is a repeat guest on Real Time with Bill Maher and appears regularly on MSNBC. She’s also served as a substitute host for PBS veteran, Bill Moyers.

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Anna is an NYC-based artist and media educator working in film, installation, and live video performance. Barsan is the co-creator of documentary series Signified, a founding member of women's visual arts collaborative Elektric Breakfast, and a board member for activist organization, Queerocracy. Barsan's work has been presented at the Guggenheim Lab, Brooklyn Museum, and Leslie-Lohman Museum, among others. As a media educator, Barsan travels nationally and internationally to facilitate media literacy and advocacy workshops for journalists, educators, and political actors. She teaches film and media studies at SUNY Empire State.

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Jonathan is a documentary filmmaker and visual journalist.  Jonathan’s worked with The Kennedy Center Honors, Al Jazeera's Fault LinesRuptly (Russia Today), Frontline, Pivot TV, PBS Newshour, the 9:30 Club, and doc|UWM. You can see his work here. When not making movies with great teams, you can find him runnin' point, maneuvering local ordinances and taller individuals. 

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Monica Mohapatra is an organizer, illustrator, and generalist from Bangalore, India. She's passionate about merging the praxis of design for social innovation with the aim of creating sustainable, radical movements. Before joing the LF team, Monica was a student organizer with the Alliance for Social Change working on issues of gender-based violence and tuition reform; she's also worked with Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM) NYC; the History of Black Girhood forum; RAWR student magazine; The Virginia Literary Review; and the Virginia Film Festival. Monica has been published in 4; The Declaration; V Magazine; and The Wander Girls. She hopes to funnel radical processes towards building intimate narratives and uplifting versatile communities. www.cemicool.xyz

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Danica D'souza is a former Indian television producer with a background in advertising, videography, and video editing. She has worked with acclaimed international production houses such as MTV Networks, Fremantle Media, and BBC Worldwide before moving to New York to pursue a Masters in Media Studies at The New School. A brief stint at Parsons made her focus her efforts on designing and creating still and motion graphics. She joined The Laura Flanders show to use her design abilities to draw attention towards social, political, and economic issues plaguing society. She is also an avid cook, and in her spare time she loves to cook and share her recipes on her site.

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As a filmmaker and educator Marcelitte Failla, is committed to creating and collaborating on work that examines and complicates conversations around gender, race and sexuality. She is co-creator of the film and upcoming web-series Toasted Marshmallows which looks at what it means to be a mixed-race woman in North America today. In addition to being a member of the shows team, Marcelitte teaches feminism at Sadie Nash Leadership Project and film at SUNY Empire State College.

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