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Laura Flanders Show

Website: https://lauraflanders.org/
Next Airing: Thu, Dec 8th, 2022 at 10:00 PM on UEN-TV

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THE LAURA FLANDERS SHOW is an award-winning public affairs series that reports on community-led initiatives across the U.S. creating a more inclusive society. Host Laura Flanders - a New York broadcast journalist, author and contributing writer to The Nation - talks with experts and people on the front lines of artistic, cultural, social and economic movements. Each episode blends reporting with in-depth interviews of leaders in the arts and small business world, profiling individuals and organizations uplifting and revitalizing their communities.

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  • Ask Angola Prison: What Difference Can A Play Make?

    In 2020, the authorities at the Louisiana State Penitentiary (better known as Angola, for the former plantation on which it stands) shut down a play in the middle of a performance. What happened in that audience of incarcerated men that got guards so concerned? That's the subject of "Angola Do You Hear Us? Voices From a Plantation Prison," a new MTV documentary directed and edited by Cinque Northern (My Name is Pauli Murray) and produced by Catherine Gund. Award-winning actress and writer, Liza Jessie Peterson, (HBO's Def Poetry, Ava Duvernay's 13th), whose one-woman show was shut down that day, and Norris Henderson, a former inmate who'd worked with her to bring the show, join Laura to reflect on the intersection of art and politics, incarceration and economics, and the work of VOTE, the criminal justice reform group Henderson founded upon his release. What difference can a play make? Watch and see. "That moment when she started telling that story, people started reconciling with their own situations. Like, 'Oh, she's talking about me. That was similar to my circumstance.' The bigger picture of the prison industrial complex, they got it. That this is a plantation by every definition of a plantation, you're working the field from sun up to sun down." - Norris Henderson "The time I spent with the incarcerated adolescent boys at Rikers Island really ignited something in me... I couldn't understand why more artists were not ringing the alarm and screaming about this human rights crisis." - Liza Jessie Peterson Guests: Norris Henderson: Founder & Executive Director, VOTE (Voice of the Experienced); Liza Jessie Peterson: Writer, Actress, Poet, Educator; Playwright & Performer, The Strange Patriot

    Next Airing: Thu, Dec 8th, 2022 at 10:00 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 4/1/2022 to 3/31/2023
  • Busting the Thanksgiving Myth: Native Sovereignty & the Red Road

    Pilgrims, Indians, the myth of the grateful colonized person - it's been at the core of a persistent but false Thanksgiving narrative that has distorted the true relationship between Indigenous Peoples and white colonizers dating back to Plymouth Rock. As many of us observe Thanksgiving and Indigenous Peoples' Day, the new federal holiday, Judith LeBlanc, executive director of the Native Organizers Alliance, reminds us that "people are questioning." In the midst of a national reckoning with white supremacy and colonial history, Indigenous people are demanding a new relationship with DC - honoring the traditional, legal, and moral rights of Native nations. In 2021, a group of Native organizers invited Laura to travel with a 25-foot totem pole from the Lummi Nation in Washington State to Washington D. C. stopping for ceremonies in communities under threat and gathering messages for the Biden-Harris administration. In DC they held a historic meeting with Interior Secretary Deb Haaland. In this episode, we hear what happened in that meeting, how Native movements are changing, among other myths, the Thanksgiving story, and where a Red Road to the future might lead us - if we followed it. November is National American Indian Heritage Month. "When Native peoples are taking a stand, whether it's no DAPL at Standing Rock or the Keystone XL Pipeline it's not just a Native American issue. We're defending the water and the land for tens of millions of Americans." - Crystal Echo Hawk "Laws and policies were written without considering Indigenous communities' challenges or their strengths. Today and every day, we break barriers to those institutions and systems that were designed to keep us out." - Secretary of the Interior, Deb Haaland "We're hoping this Thanksgiving, people take a look at what has happened in this country when it comes to reckoning with systemic racism. We bring the idea that we're all in relationship." - Judith LeBlanc Guests: Crystal Echo Hawk: IllumiNative, Founder & CEO; Judith LeBlanc: Director, Native Organizers Alliance; Mari Margil: Executive Director, Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights; Anahkwet/Guy Reiter: Executive Director, Menikanaehkem Community Rebuilders; Faith Spotted Eagle: Ihanktonwon Dakota Elder & Brave Heart Society Kunsi Member.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 4/1/2022 to 3/31/2023
  • D.A. Larry Krasner Facing Impeachment: Criminal Justice Reform in the Crosshairs

    Can a predominantly white state legislature overturn the votes of a predominantly Black city? Larry Krasner, Philadelphia's District Attorney was elected in 2017 on a reform agenda and has been targeted by a GOP backlash ever since. This October, on the last day of business before the 2022 midterms, Republican State Rep. Martina White filed articles for impeachment. If the initiative wins a majority in the GOP-dominated state house, Krasner will have to stand trial in the Senate. To discuss the effort to impeach Krasner, the threat posed to democracy, and how, despite the news reporting, Krasner's reform initiatives work, Laura is joined by the D.A. himself, along with Sara Lomax-Reese of URL Media and Charles Ellison, host of WURD Radio's 'Reality Check' program. How has the GOP weaponized the issue of violence to smear criminal justice reform and the Democrats pushing for change? And what is being done about the disregard being shown to Black voters who voted heavily for the DA and largely continue to support Krasner's work? And Laura's closing commentary on how the story's being covered - or not. "This is a direct effort by Republicans and the rest of the state to erase the vote of Philadelphians. If they get away with the district attorney, then that means they can erase the votes for mayor, and they can erase the votes for president, or city council or for any other elected official." - Larry Krasner "What we need to look out for here is that when the party that cannot win in a particular place is finding ways to erase its votes, this is the end of democracy." - Larry Krasner Guests: Charles D. Ellison (Co-Host): Executive Producer/Host, "Reality Check" on WURD; Larry Krasner: District Attorney, Philadelphia, PA; Sara Lomax-Reese (Co-Host): Co-Founder, URL Media.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 4/1/2022 to 3/31/2023
  • Grassroots Democracy: A Report from the Front Lines

    Were grassroots activists able to defend democracy in 2022? For this post-election roundtable, Laura convenes organizers to discuss some of the critical takeaways from this year's election. What have grassroots activists on the frontlines of our democracy learned from this significant midterm election when so many of their issues have been weaponized - from criminal justice, the Native vote, women's self determination and racism. Laura is joined by Sakira Cook, the Co-Interim Vice President of Color of Change, who works to overhaul the criminal justice system and safeguard democracy; Jacqueline DeLeon is an enrolled member of the Isleta Pueblo and is an attorney with the Native Rights Fund where she helped lead field hearings across Indian Country on Native American voting rights, and Heidi Sieck, the co-founder of #VOTEPROCHOICE and an organizer in the reproductive rights and feminist movement for over 30 years. Democrats had high expectations on how the GOP's rollbacks on many fronts would mobilize voters. What worked, and what didn't? "We don't have residential mail delivery to many of our homes. We don't have working roads when the election is in November, during the wintertime... These types of absurd realities are exploited when you have laws that are designed to make it more difficult for Native Americans specifically to vote." - Jacqueline DeLeon "The amount of mobilization that abortion was inspiring voters was underestimated and unsupported at scale... We knew that this was an activating issue, and we also saw across the board a failure to invest in mobilizing folks that were really angry about this." - Heidi L. Sieck "The people do not support the things that [extremists]support. They have to try every tactic, changing the laws... These are things that should not be happening in our democracy." - Sakira Cook Guests: Sakira Cook: Co-Interim Vice President, Color of Change & Senior Director of Government Affairs; Jacqueline DeLeon (Isleta Pueblo) Is-Let-a: Attorney, Native American Rights Fund; Heidi L. Sieck: Co-founder/CEO, #VOTEPROCHOICE

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 4/1/2022 to 3/31/2023
  • Sarah Jones On Sex & Making An 'Unorthodoc'

    Sarah Jones, Tony Award-winning performer and comedian, is making a different kind of documentary. She calls it an 'unorthodoc' about sex, power, race, and our economy and how you even talk about such things in today's polarized and commercial media world. "Sell/Buy/Date" expands on Jones' acclaimed 2016 off-Broadway solo production of the same name. She plays herself in the film along with four different characters that she's created, as well as real people whom she interviews, including people in the sex industry with an array of opinions about it. You will see activists of all kinds alongside celebrities. Rosario Dawson and Bryan Cranston make an appearance. And of course, there's Sarah's own mom. The film, produced by Meryl Streep, is in some theaters now and starts streaming November 8 on Amazon Prime. Join Laura, Sarah, and a few unexpected guests for this honest (and hilarious) conversation. "We think of the sex industry as the oldest profession. It's really more like the oldest conversation we're not having in an honest way, about something that affects us all as human beings." - Sarah Jones "I love the expression, 'hurt people hurt people, but free people free people.' I'd love to see all of us across the gender continuum [ free ourselves] around this very tricky topic of capitalism and sex and where they merge." - Sarah Jones Guest: Sarah Jones: Tony Award-winning Solo Performer, Writer, Comedian & Activist; Director & Star, Sell/Buy/Date.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 4/1/2022 to 3/31/2023

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