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United Vision Project: Tackling Extremism in Rural America

26m 46s

As the 2024 presidential election campaign heats up, Idaho is not a place that Democratic campaign strategists will be thinking about, but writing off places like Idaho is a mistake, say two anti-authoritarian activists based in the Northwest. In this episode, Laura asks her guests why places like Idaho — one of the most conservative states in the country — remain so important to US democracy.

Episodes

  • United Vision Project: Tackling Extremism in Rural America: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    United Vision Project: Tackling Extremism in Rural America

    S4 E447 - 26m 46s

    As the 2024 presidential election campaign heats up, Idaho is not a place that Democratic campaign strategists will be thinking about, but writing off places like Idaho is a mistake, say two anti-authoritarian activists based in the Northwest. In this episode, Laura asks her guests why places like Idaho — one of the most conservative states in the country — remain so important to US democracy.

  • “God & Country”: Faith, Fascism & Christian Nationalism: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    “God & Country”: Faith, Fascism & Christian Nationalism

    S4 E446 - 26m 46s

    In the documentary “God & Country”, producer Rob Reiner and director Dan Partland explore Christian Nationalism — a toxic brew of patriarchal White Nationalism and messianic faith. Christian Nationalism poses a real and immediate threat, not only to the very idea of secular democracy but also to Christianity itself. Whether you’re a Christian or a concerned citizen, this episode is a must-watch.

  • Gabor Maté & V (formerly Eve Ensler): Look at the Unbearable: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Gabor Maté & V (formerly Eve Ensler): Look at the Unbearable

    S4 E445 - 26m 46s

    Experts say we must look at the root causes of our pain, and yet the US is in the grip of a battle over exactly that — with efforts to ban books, censor news, cancel truth-tellers and hide history. What can we do to help one another look at what feels unbearable with a view to changing it? Today’s guests have experienced personal trauma and turned it into fuel for making social change.

  • “Wealth Supremacy” is Killing Us: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    “Wealth Supremacy” is Killing Us

    S4 E444 - 26m 46s

    "Capital bias" prioritizes wealth over people and the planet. What are the consequences? That question is at the core of “Wealth Supremacy: How the Extractive Economy and the Biased Rules of Capitalism Drive Today’s Crises”, the new book from Marjorie Kelly. Wealth supremacy shows up everywhere, and it’s brought us to a deadly brink. What is to be done?

  • Not Wanted at Harvard? BIPOC Media on Claudine Gay: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Not Wanted at Harvard? BIPOC Media on Claudine Gay

    S4 E443 - 26m 46s

    Dr. Claudine Gay made history as the first Black President of Harvard. She faced fierce backlash over the school’s statements on the Israel-Hamas War, which ultimately led to her resignation. We unpack the crusade against Gay, diversity and the lack of support that students and faculty of color receive from their universities. Hear what the media got right — and wrong — about this story.

  • How to Fortify Democracy: A Guide by Sam Daley-Harris: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    How to Fortify Democracy: A Guide by Sam Daley-Harris

    S4 E442 - 26m 46s

    Civic courage — what does it look like and how can more of us embody it? Our guest Sam Daley-Harris believes we need advocacy organizations to train individuals to take bold actions — the sort that have an impact and leave volunteers feeling empowered and transformed. A conversation to kick off election year, Daley-Harris suggests how to head off despair.

  • Meet the People of JVP & their Allies: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Meet the People of JVP & their Allies

    S4 E441 - 26m 46s

    You’ve seen them in protests since the start of the Israel/Hamas war — from New York City’s Grand Central Station and the Statue of Liberty, to the Capitol in DC, the highways of Durham, North Carolina, the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California and more. Who are the people of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), the largest progressive Jewish-led pro-Palestinian and anti-Zionist organization in the world?

  • Astra Taylor on “The Age of Insecurity”: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Astra Taylor on “The Age of Insecurity”

    S4 E437 - 26m 46s

    The average household holds over $100 thousand in debt. The climate crisis, threats to democracy, and global wars add more worry to our already stressful lives. Can we somehow flip this “ethic of insecurity” to re-envision our society and enable us to work collectively and care for each other? How can we lessen insecurity and expand security — both as individuals and as a society?

  • Israel, Hamas & Human Rights: UN Insider on the Way Forward: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Israel, Hamas & Human Rights: UN Insider on the Way Forward

    S4 E436 - 26m 46s

    2023 marks the 75th anniversary of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. What does it mean to commemorate Human Rights Day in a time of genocide? Craig Mokhiber, a top U.N. official who resigned in October, joins Laura to discuss the path forward for peace with justice for Israelis and Palestinians. Plus a commentary from Laura on what it takes for us to recognize one another's humanity.

  • Power Grids: The Threat is Domestic Terrorism – Not Drag: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Power Grids: The Threat is Domestic Terrorism – Not Drag

    S4 E435 - 26m 46s

    Last December, an attack on two electrical substations in Moore County, North Carolina left 45,000 households and businesses without power for up to five days. It was the biggest domestic terrorist attack on the electricity grid in the U.S. Did the sabotage attack have anything to do with LGBTQ harassment or the drag performance scheduled that night?

  • Imagination in the Face of Incarceration: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Imagination in the Face of Incarceration

    S4 E434 - 26m 46s

    The Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP) is an independent program of the University of Michigan that supports formerly incarcerated artists, facilitates creative arts workshops and even hosts an annual exhibition to showcase incarcerated artists’ work. “Making Art in Prison: Survival and Resistance” is a new book based on the project.

  • BIPOC Media on the Fight for Fair Wages & Anti-racist Unions: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    BIPOC Media on the Fight for Fair Wages & Anti-racist Unions

    S4 E433 - 26m 46s

    Over 450,000 workers have gone on strike in 2023. Many are celebrating this revival of labor power, but what does it mean for workers of color — often hardest hit — and least well treated even by traditional labor organizations? In this “Meet the BIPOC Press” episode co-produced by The Laura Flanders Show and URL Media, we explore the diversity of today’s unionized workforce and their demands.

Schedule

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    Idaho's United Vision Project: Confronting Extremism in America's Heartland

    Sunday
    Feb 25

    30 Minutes

    Adrienne Evans, United Vision for Idaho; Scot Nakagawa, 22nd Century Initiative.
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    The Laura Flanders Show

    Sunday
    Mar 3

    30 Minutes

    Weekly in-depth interviews with forward-thinking people in the worlds of arts, entrepreneurship and politics.
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    Emergent Strategies for Abolition: Andrea J. Ritchie's Toolkit for Activists

    Sunday
    Mar 10

    30 Minutes

    Author Andrea J. Ritchie, co-founder of Interrupting Criminalization.

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