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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 Lines, Ruptly (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.
Monica Mohapatra is an organizer, illustrator, poet, and generalist from Bangalore, India. A radical klaxon, she's passionate about merging the praxis of design for social innovation and sustainable development. 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, creating intentional art, and uplifting diverse communities. www.cemicool.xyz
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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.
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