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Scholar and writer Arlie Hochschild on the "deep story" narratives that drove some Trump voters to the polls, regardless of how American inequality really functions. Be sure to watch the full episode, featuring both Arlie and Adam Hochschild here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMF0GdFKqyM
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In Nomi Prins' new book "Collusion," she reveals the collaboration between central bankers as they control global markets and dictate economic policy from Wall Street to Main Street.
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Regulation, degradation, shaming, blaming - enough! Is it time for sexual liberation yet? We talk a lot about sex but not often enough about pleasure, On today's show we try to make up for that and hear from some bloggers, activists and educators who are practicing very positive consent.
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White Supremacy and the Covid crisis aren’t separate. They’re linked. Defunding public health services and deregulating gun ownership have been catastrophic for public health and yet, the majority of white voters support exactly those policies. The spectacle of hundreds of mostly white, unmasked Trump supporters crammed into indoor rally venues during a pandemic exemplifies this phenomenon. In this interview, conducted just days before the Memorial Day murder of George Floyd, physician and...
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What Roe v. Wade did 46 years ago was say that "at all stages of pregnancy, the woman is a full constitutional person, and the fetus is not." Watch our web exclusive interview with Lynn Paltrow, founder and executive director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women.
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In the wake of the police murder of George Floyd, expectations were high that if systems-change around policing were possible anywhere, it would be in the progressive city of Minneapolis, Minnesota. On the anniversary of Floyd’s death, there have been many heartfelt memorials but fewer in-depth investigations into what’s happening on the abolition front. So what’s the reality? In this episode, Laura takes a look beneath the headlines, to speak with the Minneapolis activists and city...
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“The opportunities for labor right now are virtually limitless,” says Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, the country’s largest labor federation. With Amazon workers in Bessemer, Alabama igniting the fight to unionize and the introduction of the PRO Act in Congress, widespread discontent with the economy has rendered this moment pregnant with new possibilities for workers. New Republic contributor Sarah Jaffe, author of Work Won’t Love You Back, and Teen Vogue columnist Kim Kelly...
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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 can mean many things, not just, for example, the freedom to earn a meager wage. She argues that...
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The WikiLeaks release of nearly 800 files on detainees could be an opportunity to reinforce the need to close Guantanamo, says Vince Warren of the Center for Constitutional Rights. Watch the full conversation at http://grittv.org! Distributed by Tubemogul.
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In the 80s, before she directed Hollywood comedies like Half Baked and Billy Madison, Tamra Davis shot hours of footage of her friend Jean-Michel Basquiat. The young artist went on to international stardom before dying of a heroin overdose at age 27, and Davis went on to Hollywood. Here, she reminds us to remember the man, and more importantly the art, behind the celebrity. Distributed by Tubemogul.
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MacKenzie Scott, ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, recently made a splash by donating nearly $3 billion to more than 280 nonprofits working in historically underfunded sectors - her third such drop in a year. But while Scott has repeatedly made headlines, the media has largely overlooked the impact that women and feminists are making on philanthropy during a pandemic that has created a global crisis for women and girls. How does feminism change the field of philanthropy in general, and how...
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Chris Hayes of the Nation explains one of the problems with the money-focused election system: "safe" candidates hoarding campaign cash to ward off competition. Distributed by Tubemogul.
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We visited MacArthur Genius Award-winning action architect Elizabeth Streb in Brooklyn to see how her extreme action lab expands our ideas about beauty, risk, mobility, and inclusion.
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An excerpt from our full episode. After 8-year-old Asifa Bano was raped and murdered in Kashmir, angry protests swept across India. What could compel such brutality? asks author and activist, Arundhati Roy. For decades, the author has been using her platform to elevate issues of violence and corruption in India. She joins us on the LF Show to discuss her newest novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness.
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We must recognize that “pleasure is a measure of freedom,” that’s the first ambition writer, healer, and teacher adrienne maree brown has for her book and guide, “Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good.” In our movements and communities, we’re constantly trying to find ways to measure liberation and freedom, and love seems like as good a yardstick as any. What would it look like to love without fear? adrienne has joined us on the show before to discuss organizing as science...
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What can organizations accomplish when they work together? A lot, it turns out. That's the lesson that Kay Johnson, director of The Larder in Preston, UK, shares in this interview with Laura. The Larder, which operates a cafe, catering service and food-related courses, has been coordinating with other organizations in Preston to make healthy food affordable and accessible to everyone regardless of income. Through working with other local businesses, they've been able to identify more people at...
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Two years ago this month, the first cases of Covid-19 were reported in the United States. “Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew,” wrote acclaimed author and activist Arundhati Roy just weeks into the shutdown. So have we? Two years on, what’s changed and what hasn’t in the US, India, and globally in a world that often seems to be teetering on the brink. If our goal is a better society, a world that is sustainable, just, and free,...
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Alexander Cockburn discusses the need for a mass debt repudiation movement in the U.S.--and Joe Biden's role in our debt. GRITtv with Laura Flanders brings participatory democracy onto your computer screen and into your living room, bridging the gap between audience and advocates. Watch any show, at any time: http://grittv.org
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Imran Malik of the Kominas explains how he came to play punk rock as a Pakistani-American. GRITtv with Laura Flanders brings participatory democracy onto your computer screen and into your living room, bridging the gap between audience and advocates. Watch any show, at any time: http://grittv.org
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On The Laura Flanders Show: Author/activist Arundhati Roy on the Annihilation of Caste, B.R. Ambedkar and the Western myth of Mahatma Gandhi. And Glenn Greenwald addresses diversity concerns about his new media venture TheIntercept.com.
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While this program explores the possibilities that go well beyond what can be achieved by one candidate or with one vote — elections do matter and the US 2020 elections are no exception. This week Laura Flanders checks in with one of the leading social critics of our time, MIT professor emeritus, Noam Chomsky. He dives into what's stake in this election — in a time he views as the most dangerous moments in our human history — and stresses the importance of steady activism as a means to...
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Julia Serano, author of Whipping Girl, discusses the way hatred and fear of transgender women comes from misogyny--noting "It's easier to make fun of a man wearing a dress than a woman in a suit." GRITtv with Laura Flanders brings participatory democracy onto your computer screen and into your living room, bridging the gap between audience and advocates. Watch any show, at any time: http://grittv.org
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SUPPORT US. Become a Patron at Patreon https://www.patreon.com/thelfshow Watch Full Video (Women of Color Lead the Way: Progressive Strategy Summit 2020 PLUS Civil Disobedience w/ Jane Fonda) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0ZYKeG_fdM Alicia Garza: "It is not going to be sufficient for us to just think that getting a new president in the White House, and then giving power back to the Democrats, is what is going to make this country better." Our guests Alicia Garza and Mia Ives-Rublee...
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No matter how we tackle climate change, cities are key. They emit massive amounts of carbon and they're ground zero for the climate crisis. But could they also prove to be the sites of our best climate solutions? That's this week on The Laura Flanders Show. Featured Guests: Ashley Dawson, Professor of English, CUNY Graduate Center Mychal Johnson, Co-founder, South Bronx Unite Aurash Khawarzad, Artist, educator, and urban planner
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Jaye Moon is an Asian American artist in New York who makes urban art on political themes. She has a mural up now at 50 Avenue A in honor of Stonewall 50. In bright colored Lego-type blocks she’s written out the script of 2017's hit film “Call Me by Your Name” in English Braille. Check out Jaye's other works: https://jayemoon.wixsite.com/minimal-artist
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This July, America’s largest remaining generic drug manufacturing plant is set to close its doors forever in Morgantown, West Virginia. Its parent company, Viatris (formerly known as Mylan), plans to relocate operations to India and Australia leaving more than 1,400 workers without jobs in the country’s sixth poorest state. Economist Michael H. Shuman estimates the closure will cost West Virginia hundreds of millions of dollars. “It’s the economic equivalent of a nuclear bomb going...
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We talk a lot about economics on the show, but we're not just economic beings, we're human ones, with a wide range of wants and desires; including desires for sex. Educator and activist Jaclyn Friedman joins us in this web-exclusive interview.
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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 that. Then, we visit the largest home care cooperative in the U.S. to take a look at age justice, and worker justice, in practice. Featured Guests: Alice Fisher Founder and Director, The...
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Pakistani attorney and activist Nighat Dad is the executive director of the Digital Rights Foundation, which strives to educate that country's internet users, particularly women, to protect themselves from cyber harassment. She was recently a co-organizer of the March 8th Women's March in Lahore. For her efforts, she received a massive backlash, including death threats. But that's not stopping Nighat.
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President Obama got his second chance to nominate a Supreme Court justice not even a year after the first one with the retirement of John Paul Stevens, the Court's oldest member and its liberal backbone. He has nominated Elena Kagan, the current Solicitor General and the former Dean of Harvard Law School, but many progressives are unhappy with the choice, wishing that Obama had instead chosen a staunch liberal who would not run the risk of moving the Court to the right. Catherine Albisa of the...
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Watch Full Shows: http://grittv.org Grit TV with Laura Flanders brings participatory democracy onto your computer screen and into your living room, bridging the gap between audience and advocates. Live @ Noon: http://grittv.org
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GRITtv with Laura Flanders brings participatory democracy onto your computer screen and into your living room, bridging the gap between audience and advocates. Watch any show, at any time: http://grittv.org
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GRITtv: The US's largest labor federation, the AFL-CIO, pledged at its '13 Convention to work more closely with community-based affiliates & its grassroots organizing arm, Working America. Laura Flanders talked to WA Director Karen Nussbaum after the vote. You can see the full story at GRITtv.org
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Poet, griot, organizer, professor and activist, Sekou Sundiata is being honored with a retrospective of his work that has been taking place in venues across New York City since April. Much like his own performances, Blink Your Eyes: Sekou Sundiata Revisited has been musically and artistically diverse, bringing together musicians, poets, performers and writers including Toshi Reagon, Carl Hancock Rux, Greg Tate, and GRITtv guest, recording artist Nona Hendryx. Distributed by OneLoad.com
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SUPPORT US. Become a Patron at Patreon https://www.patreon.com/thelfshow Social Justice vs. Impeachment: A False Choice. @JacksonLeeTX18 Discusses the different tactics needed as Democrats in Congress gear up for elections and #impeachment. Sheila Jackson Lee U.S. Representative, TX-18th Sheila Jackson Lee is the U.S. Representative for Texas's 18th congressional district, currently serving in her 13th term in the House, having served since 1995. She is a member of the Congressional Progressive...
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What do the threat to Takism Square, Google Glass, the Trans Pacific Partnership and the NSA spying scandal have in common? Find out in the full interview at GRITtv.org.
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Jay Rosen describes the way journalists' need to be seen as politically "savvy" and "serious" affects news coverage of important issues like health care. GRITtv with Laura Flanders brings participatory democracy onto your computer screen and into your living room, bridging the gap between audience and advocates. Watch any show, at any time: http://grittv.org
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We will not yield to the system where political power derives from wealth," said actress and activist Susan Sarandon as she spoke to the protesters in Madison. "This is a great opportunity to become more human human beings and base our politics on compassion and love and not economics." See the entire segment at http://grittv.org Distributed by Tubemogul
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David Galarza Santa, a labor and community activist, on a Puerto Rican plan to recover, revitalize and resist calls for electricity privatization by building back different.
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Veteran journalist Ann Jones discusses the difference between U.S. soldiers and their Afghan opponents--and how that affects the way soldiers feel when they return home. Distributed by Tubemogul.
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Matt Rothschild, editor of The Progressive, points out that the threat to unions in Wisconsin is a threat to their existence--and to corporate backers of Scott Walker like the Koch Brothers, it's a dream come true to bust unions forever. Watch our full special program from Madison, Wisconsin at http://grittv.org! Distributed by Tubemogul.
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Julian Assange of WikiLeaks is out on bail—apparently headed for the 10-bedroom home of British former army officer Vaughan Smith, described by the Guardian as a rightwing libertarian. Assange's lawyer joked that it would not be so much "house arrest as manor arrest" while he fights extradition to Sweden on sexual assault charges. Distributed by Tubemogul.
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“Politicians and pundits tend to get excited about war, but the US-led strike on Syria of April 14th, was more of a show of weakness than of strength, veteran Middle East correspondent, Patrick Cockburn tells Laura Flanders. “
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#CripCamp, #DisabilityJustice, #filmmakerswithdisabilities Crip Camp is a Peabody Award-winning documentary from Netflix and Higher Ground Productions that tells the story of Camp Jened, a summer camp in the 1960s where disabled youth could be themselves. The film follows several former campers who went on to be leaders of the Disability Rights Movement. Laura speaks with the directors and producers of Crip Camp about how they are using the film to advance the next step in the revolution:...
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The Laura Flanders Show streams at www.grittv.org. At the Homeland Security Congress held in April, a new energy initiative was proposed called the American Renewable Clean-Energy Network which would convert the United States energy grid to 100% renewable energy. Sound too good to be true? Culture Jammers, The Yes Men, joined by Tar Sands activist Gitz Crazyboy and comedian Tito Ybarra pulled of their latest prank which culminated with lobbyists and contractors participating in a circle dance.
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Lisa Collins and Laura Flanders discuss one of their favorite films of the year, Coco Before Chanel. GRITtv with Laura Flanders brings participatory democracy onto your computer screen and into your living room, bridging the gap between audience and advocates. Watch any show, at any time: http://grittv.org
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The winners were challengers -- right and left - and those who organized on the ground. As our friend Jane Hamsher put it primary night, "Between Obama, netroots & tea parties clearing out Senate dead wood, average age has dropped about 2 decades in the last five hours." There are lessons here, but are they party lessons? This being primary season, the only real party news came from Pennsylvanias 12th congressional district, where a candidates competed for the seat of the late...
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Watch Full Shows: http://grittv.org Grit TV with Laura Flanders brings participatory democracy onto your computer screen and into your living room, bridging the gap between audience and advocates. Live @ Noon: http://grittv.org More than 200 police officers carried out a pre-emptive raid in England early on Monday, arresting 114 people thought to be preparing a protest at the Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station in Nottinghamshire. On Tuesday it emerged that while those detainees were being held,...
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#GRITtv exclusive: Alaskan lawmakers passed a law against sex trafficking, but who does it really affect? A documentary short from GRITtv. See full episodes at grittv.org
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India in the throes of a fascism that echoes what we have in America. The country is undergoing a political upheaval with PM Modi at its front, and fueled by increased violence towards Muslims, queers, Dalits, women, and more. Our returning guest, Arundhati Roy, covers this vast breadth of ground in her second novel in 20 years, ‘The Ministry of Utmost Happiness,’ now out in paperback.
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Britain's John Smith Trust works with up and coming leaders who are building civil society in the former Soviet Union. The Trust recently invited Laura (along with her sister Stephanie, of Bloomberg News) to speak on the topic of sustainable and inclusive economics. This gave Laura, a chance to sit down with a group of Trust fellows in Bishkek Kyrgyzstan, for their thoughts on March 8th, International Working Women's Day.
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Dr. Joycelyn Elders is no stranger to making controversial statements in public, so her support of California's Proposition 19, the marijuana legalization ballot initiative, shouldn't be surprising. After all, years ago she was ousted as Bill Clinton's Surgeon General after noting that a discussion of masturbation should be part of educating young people on avoiding HIV infection. Elders joins us via Skype from Arkansas, where she is professor emeritus at the University of Arkansas School of...
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Biko Baker of the League of Young Voters talks about Wisconsin governor Scott Walker and his assault on Wisconsin's workers. Watch the full interview at http://grittv.org! Distributed by Tubemogul.
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Do we want to live in a place where the U.S. government can torture and kill people at will? Or do we not?" asks Vince Warren, executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights. A new Amnesty International report says that thousands of detainees in Iraq, many recently transferred from U.S. custody, are still at risk of torture, and back in the U.S. the Obama administration continues to use "national security" as justification for everything from dismissing lawsuits to...
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The Compton Pledge is paying 800 families up to $600 per month to give them a leg up. So far, unemployment is down 50% and life is looking up for recipients and the community they live in. These privately funded stimulus checks aren’t a replacement for welfare, but they illustrate the benefits of a functioning social safety net. In this episode, Laura meets some of the women who are receiving the funds and speaks with Mayor Aja Brown, as well as former Stockton mayor, Michael Tubbs, founder...
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Haitian-American author Edwidge Danticat notes that American exceptionalism gets a shock when disaster happens, and it reminds Americans that there are people here who live in poverty not unlike Haiti. Watch the full interview at http://grittv.org! Distributed by Tubemogul.
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Donald Trump just called off the much anticipated North Korean nuclear summit. Maybe not much of a surprise given the president's inner circle but Noam Chomsky says he should have just stepped back and taken credit as a peacemaker. Find out what he had to say about the state of nuclear geopolitics, international solidarity and more in our recent interview with the renowned linguist.
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Author, blogger and founder of WAM, Jaclyn Friedman joins Laura Flanders in the studio. Recently, facebook acknowledged that their tactics for identifying and removing gender-based hate speech was seriously lacking. Challenged by a campaign launched by WAM (Women, Action, and the Media), which garnered the support of activists, and companies like Nissan who threatened to pull funding, an important victory was met in the incredibly fraught landscape of gender-based violence and how we don't deal...
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So a couple months ago it came out that we, the United States, in all our wisdom -- are funding both sides of the war in Afghanistan. BOTH sides. We are paying hundreds of millions to the Taliban so that they will let our trucks through to supply our troops. WHICH MEANS -- we are paying the Taliban MILLIONS so that we can fight THE TALIBAN. Distributed by Tubemogul.
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This is Radio Kingston, a local, innovative radio station in New York whose community-oriented model gives us a glimpse into what a non-corporatized radio station looks like.
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This week the People’s Republic of China celebrates its 70th anniversary as months of pro-democracy demonstrations continue in Hong Kong. The historic demonstrations began in June as a response to the proposal of an extradition agreement with Mainland China. Concerned that the bill would further erode the civil liberties they enjoy under the one country two systems principle, many Hong Kongers took to the streets. All these months later, the city’s chief executive Carrie Lam has withdrawn...
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Allison Kilkenny explains why Bank of America finds itself on the receiving end of protests from US Uncut. Watch the full conversation at http://grittv.org! Distributed by Tubemogul.
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The announcement this week that labor's maverick leader, Andy Stern, is stepping down -- "very soon" in the words of a colleague -- will create a void in the country's labor movement at an awkward time. The 59-year-old Stern has led the Service Employees International Union since 1996 and made it the country's most politically active labor organization. Stern is very close to President Obama and like the president called the health care bill a victory for working Americans. Stern's...
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We have a right to threaten," says Noam Chomsky about the message, "we" the United States, put forth during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Speaking at the Left Forum on June 8th, Chomsky examines the connections between key international events. Go to GRITtv.org for the full story
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There’s something sick about U.S. Military spending. It’s certainly not keeping anyone safe. This week, why we the public spend billions on bad technology and what happens to service people who speak up about it. Then, a peace economy – what might it look like? I’ll talk to Jodie Evans of Code Pink. Featured Guests: Pam Campos-Palma, Former Intelligence Analyst, US Air Force Phyllis Bennis, Fellow, Institute for Policy Studies Andrew Cockburn, Washington Editor, Harper’s Magazine...
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Senior editor for theBody.com and BodyProHIV Kenyon Farrow sits down with Laura Flanders to discuss the racial and economic implications of COVID-19. He examines the US government's response to this pandemic and the effects of a fractured infrastructure on the most vulnerable communities. What does this global crisis reveal about our relationship to each other and what steps can communities take to empower and learn about this virus? SUPPORT US. Become a member at Patreon...
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This week on the Laura Flanders Show, Riane Eisler, author of the groundbreaking book The Chalice and the Blade, and The Real Wealth of Nations, discusses partnership and post-industrial economics. Plus, an F-Word from Laura -- "Wanted, This Christmas, A Media-Monopoly Bust Up."
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Lynn Paltrow, Executive Director and the Founder of National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) recently released a new study co-authored with Jeanne Flavin. "Arrests of and Forced Interventions on Pregnant Women in the United States, 1973-2005: Implications for Women's Legal Status and Public Health" was published in January of this year by the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. "The cases documented in our study, as well as recent cases, make clear that, 40 years...
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James Carroll, author most recently of "Jerusalem, Jerusalem", discusses the way that city figures in the Western imagination as both an inspiration to and an inspiration to resist violence. Watch the full conversation at http://grittv.org! Distributed by Tubemogul.
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The issue is not what's been hiding in plain sight. The issue is doing something about it," says Linn Washington, reporter and journalism professor of the ongoing issues with racism in the U.S. criminal justice system. Watch the full conversation at http://grittv.org! Distributed by Tubemogul
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Chris Hedges, author, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and polemicist discusses the importance of resistance to empire, and passionately condemns US foreign policy, saying "There is no difference between a beheading by ISIL and a US drone strike." Also a report from Mayday, a new collective organizing space in New York City, and a commentary by Laura Flanders.
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