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Laura Flanders

Contributing Writer

Best-selling author and broadcaster Laura Flanders hosts the The Laura Flanders Show, where she interviews forward thinking people from the worlds of politics, business, culture and social movements about the key questions of our day. The LF Show airs weekly on KCET/LinkTV, FreeSpeech TV, and in English & Spanish in teleSUR. Flanders is also a contributing writer to The Nation and Yes! Magazine (“Commonomics”) and a regular guest on MSNBC. She is 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 first aired on Air America Radio 2004-2008. You can find all her archives and more at

  • Media February 17, 2011

    What We Still Haven’t Learned About Rape

    As a society we’ve yet to disarm rapists—or rape.

    Laura Flanders

  • Class February 16, 2011

    Obama Should Be Ashamed of His Budget

    “This freeze would cut the deficit by more than $400 billion over the next decade, bringing this kind of spending -- domestic discretionary spending -- to its lowest share of our economy since Dwight Eisenhower was President. Let me repeat that...."

    That was our president announcing his 2012 budget. And indeed let's repeat that — and note a few things he didn't say.

    Laura Flanders

  • Elections February 15, 2011

    The Culture War on Jobs

    It might be the greatest bait and switch ever pulled on the American voter. For two successive election cycles we've been promised jobs, a recovering economy, attention to the Constitution. After the last one, triumphant Republican after triumphant Republican declared November’s to be an election decided on jobs.

    Laura Flanders

  • Globalization February 14, 2011

    Outsourcing Potential, Forgetting Workers

    Can a country continue to innovative if it’s not making the stuff it innovates?

    Laura Flanders

  • National Security February 10, 2011

    A Bright Bipartisan Future on Civil Liberties?

    Lately, when the term “bipartisan compromise” is tossed around, it tends to mean that Democrats are giving in to the Republican position on issues, or that women's rights are being sacrificed to some larger purpose.

    Laura Flanders

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  • Gender and Sexuality February 10, 2011

    City of Joy Is What Investing in Life Looks Like

    This weekend saw something revolutionary—not just  in Egypt, but in the Congo. The V-Day foundation, led by playwright and GRITtv guest Eve Ensler, opened its first City of Joy, a compound that will help Congolese women, many of them rape survivors, heal and learn, as V-Day puts it, to “turn their pain to power.”

    Laura Flanders

  • Corporations February 8, 2011

    Corruption and Inequality Begin at Home

    The US media seem to have found a new language for the economy. There's been talk of “solidarity” and even “class war,” and a focus on corruption and inequality like we haven't seen in who knows how long.

    The only problem? They're talking about Egypt.

    Laura Flanders

  • Media February 7, 2011

    Media Miss the Al Jazeera Story

    One of the biggest stories of the past few weeks has been the story of Americans discovering Al Jazeera English. It shouldn't have been so hard.

    Laura Flanders

  • Jails and Prisons February 4, 2011

    Army’s Mental Health Care Failed Bradley Manning

    The uprisings in Egypt have inspired all sorts of people, including Private Bradley Manning, the young man being held in solitary confinement in Quantico, accused of being the source for Wikileaks. Manning's friend David House tweeted after visiting him this week that “Bradley's mood and mind soared” at the news from Egypt.

    Laura Flanders

  • Foreign Policy February 1, 2011

    Killing the Internet Not Just a Problem in Egypt

    As we speak, Egypt is struggling with near-total Internet and communications shut-off, and not just Egyptians are grappling with the implications. Can the flow of social media information to an entire country simply be cut? Apparently, yes. And that's not just an Egyptian concern.

    Laura Flanders