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The Laura Flanders Show leads the field in new economy media, reporting on the social critics, artists, activists, and entrepreneurs who are building tomorrow’s world today. Since 2008, The Laura Flanders Show has reached 3.1 million viewers on YouTube (over 150,000 people every month). The program is syndicated in the US on KCET/LINKtv and Free Speech TV for a combined reach of some 74 million homes, and internationally, in English and Spanish on the pan-Latin American network teleSUR, reaching an additional 180 million homes around the world.
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"The Laura Flanders Show is where you go to find out about the innovations that will help shape the future."
- Ai-jen Poo
Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance
Tomorrow's Heroes Today
"Laura has picked up on the movements, people, and places that are truly changing this country for the better."
- Saru Jayaraman
Executive Director, The Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC)
News in Context
"The LF Show covers the critical stories around racism and sexism, but even better, it brings an intersectional lens to all its reporting."
- Professor Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw
Director, The Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy studies at Columbia Law School
Creating media wealth for the New Economy
"Flanders doesn’t just talk about the problems... she broadcasts the actions that communities are taking to craft the solutions."
- Gopal Dayaneni
Executive Director Movement Generation
Lifts Radical Spirits
"Laura is enabling people to see the true value of what they are doing and the very real possibility of transformative change."
- Stacy Mitchell
Executive Director, The Institute for Local Self Reliance
"Laura Flanders is the real deal."
- Rev. William Barber
Architect, Moral Mondays Movement
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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.
Jordan Flaherty is an award-winning journalist, producer, and author. Before joining The Laura Flanders Show, he produced television documentaries and news reports for Democracy Now, Al Jazeera America, Al Jazeera English, teleSUR, as well as award-winning fiction films, documentaries, and music videos. His reporting and analysis has been published in several anthologies, including the South End Press books Live From Palestine and What Lies Beneath: Katrina, Race and the State of the Nation, and in dozens of publications, from the New York Times and Washington Post to ColorLines and The Nation. He has appeared as an actor in HBO’s television series Treme, playing himself. He has also appeared on CNN Morning, AndersonCooper 360, CNN Headline News, Keep Hope Alive With Reverend Jesse Jackson, News and Notes and the Alan Colmes Show on Fox. He is the author of Floodlines: Community and Resistance From Katrina to the Jena Six. You can find more of his work at jordanflaherty.org.
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Levi is a Kenyan entrepreneurial journalist, media educator, political organizer, and an aspiring "griot" -- the West African title for a wandering storyteller. He came to the show from Storyhunter and the Global Action Project in March 2016. Levi strives to empower silenced communities and individuals to tell their own stories and inspire critical reflection. In 2014, Levi won a grant for his project, "Sauti Yetu", or "Our Voice", to start a community-based, citizen journalism organization in Kenya. Levi's artistic work seeks to bear witness to the stories of marginalized communities in order to boldly imagine a better future.
What is the media systematically excluding? Laura discusses with author Winona LaDuke, editor of Extra! magazine Jim Naureckas, and filmmaker Eugene Jarecki about how conventional corporate media organizations select what news to produce and promote, how that lets them control the flow of information in the modern day, and how to recenter the media on the wants of the people.
This forms part of the day's theme "Breaking Through The Media" where leading authors, documentary filmmakers, journalists, cartoonists, new media content producers and other creative advocates discuss tactics to reform our communications landscape, and open the airwaves and internet up to serious and compelling content.
Part of the four-day "Breaking Through Power" conference organized to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the publication of Unsafe at Any Speed. To celebrate this milestone, and to reflect and renew our civic spirit and resolve we are convening an unprecedented gathering of public interest organizers, advocates, experts, and concerned citizens for four days at historic Constitution Hall in Washington DC.
Register soon to attend.
The 2016 Nation Student Journalism Conference
Although protest events make for dramatic news as they feature conflict visually — think Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter — there is considerable research suggesting that news stories told about protest movements are frequently inaccurate and incomplete. Deep, nuanced understanding of what drives people to protest are often lost in personality-driven, sensationalized narratives. Through rigorous reporting and contextualized political analysis, the journalists at The Nation provide a challenge to conventional accounts of the social movements that are shaping our world.
For the first time, The Nation is bringing together the next generation of independent journalists in an intimate setting to learn more about social movements, their historic and contemporary impact on electoral politics, and how journalists can better cover them. The day will feature workshops, panels, breakout sessions, a film screening of Hot Type, a reception as well as breakfast and lunch.
Laura presents an award at the 28th Annual Lambda Literary Awards–or the “Lammys,” as they are affectionately known.
The Lambda Literary Awards identify and celebrate the best lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender books of the year and affirm that LGBT stories are part of the literature of the world. The Awards ceremony has consistently drawn an audience representing every facet of publishing.
Special honorees this year are Eileen Myles (Pioneer Award) and Hilton Als (Trustee Award). Awards will be given to writers in 25 categories, including for fiction and nonfiction for transgender, lesbian, and gay writers, as well as graphic novel, erotica, poetry, drama, young adult, and more.
Our political-economic system is not working: families are struggling, the middle class is diminishing, one in five U.S. children lives in poverty, we have unacceptably high rates of homelessness and incarceration, rising underemployment, collapsing environmental systems, and a host of other problems. What would it look like if the system in all of its dimensions – cultural, economic, political, environmental – focused on ensuring we have a healthy society and planet? What would it take so caring for people and nature is a top priority? Does the current shift to an age when automation replaces more and more jobs offer an opportunity to build such an economic system? How can we get there, and how can we measure our progress along the way?
Join Laura as she moderates The Next System Project's webinar on creating an economy that moves beyond the confines of capitalism and socialism and toward care for people and environment. She will be heading a panel of leading thinkers and activists: Riane Eisler, Gar Alperovitz, Ai-jen Poo, and Neva Goodwin.
Register Here!: Toward a Caring Economy
Is the Fight for $15 the next civil rights movement? While only a few years old, the movement has already won major victories for workers, striking a meaningful blow against income inequality. But the Fight for $15 is not a standalone campaign—it is part of a larger social movement for a new kind of shared prosperity.
Now is the time to fundamentally rethink our social contract and develop new strategies for achieving sustainable change. Join labor leader and author David Rolf at the launch of his new book,The Fight for $15: The Right Wage for a Working America, as he discusses how we arrived at this watershed moment and what it will take to reverse America’s slide toward becoming a low-wage nation.
Additional speakers include:
Laura Flanders : GritTV, The Laura Flanders Show
- Xavier de Souza Briggs : Ford Foundation
- Janice Fine : Rutgers University
- Saket Soni : National Guestworker Alliance
Funding for The Laura Flanders Show comes from syndication fees and philanthropic support, as well as directly from viewers. Grants to the The Laura Flanders Show have come from The Novo Foundation, The Lannan Foundation, The Wallace Global Foundation, the Park Foundation, the Lambent Foundation and others. Own the Change received underwriting from the Surdna foundation, the Fund for Democratic Communities and the National Cooperative Bank.
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