"The Laura Flanders Show" (two episodes, 26.5 minutes each)
1. "Some of us have too much of this world’s goods... and we are thereby
separated too widely from each other," wrote Eleanor Roosevelt, the subject of
Blanche Wiesen Cook's three-volume biography. Laura speaks to Cook about
Eleanor - the First Lady of the World - and why her work still resonates.
Plus, a documentary by filmmaker Ross Watne on Arthurdale, the experimental,
government-funded community Roosevelt championed in Depression-era West
2. Women's Leadership on the Screen, in the Streets and on the World
Stage. In this episode, we speak with New Zealand's former prime minister, Helen
Clark and filmmaker Gaylene Preston regarding their documentary, "My Year With
Helen," about Clark's foiled bid to become the UN's first female Secretary
General. Then we stop by the Athena Film Festival to find out why representation
remains to important to leadership behind and in front of the camera.
"How Shocking Events Can Spark Positive Change" (15.5 minutes)
Things are pretty shocking out there right now — record-breaking storms,
deadly terror attacks, thousands of migrants disappearing beneath the waves and
openly supremacist movements rising. Are we responding with the urgency that
these overlapping crises demand from us? Journalist and activist Naomi Klein
studies how governments use large-scale shocks to push societies backward. She
shares a few propositions from "The Leap" — a manifesto she wrote alongside
indigenous elders, climate change activists, union leaders and others from
different backgrounds — which envisions a world after we've already made the
transition to a clean economy and a much fairer society. "The shocking events
that fill us with dread today can transform us, and they can transform the world
for the better," Klein says. "But first we need to picture the world that we're
fighting for. And we have to dream it up together."
"Trump's Stock Buyback Bamboozle" (3 minutes)
Robert Reich explains that Trump's corporate tax are going to stock
buybacks -- enriching executives and major investors but leaving most workers
"The Story of Stuff" (21 minutes)
"The Story of Stuff" -- an animated documentary about the lifecycle of
material goods -- is one of the most widely viewed environmental-themed short
films of all time. Since its release in December 2007, The Story of Stuff has
been shown in thousands of schools, houses of worship, community events and
businesses around the world.
"What We Can Do About the Culture of Hate" (18 minutes)
We're all against hate, right? We agree it's a problem — their problem, not
our problem, that is. But as Sally Kohn discovered, we all hate — some of us in
subtle ways, others in obvious ones. As she confronts a hard story from her own
life, she shares ideas on how we can recognize, challenge and heal from hatred
in our institutions and in ourselves.