Dark Matter

Dark Matter: Trans Lives Matter

Conversation and poetry on gender identity, LGBT politics, assimilation, and the "transgender tipping point." Dark Matter is a transgender South Asian performance art duo comprised of Alok Vaid-Menon and Janani Balasubramanian. They have sold out theatres and art spaces around the world with their brilliant, personal, funny, and moving poetry that explores race, gender, LGBT rights, internationalism, liberation, and much more, including a fierce critique of what they see as mainstream LGBT politics. Alok Vaid-Menon also works with The Audre Lorde Project, and Janani Balasubramanian is the primary organizer at the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project is a contributing writer at Black Girl Dangerous, and is working on a science fiction novel.

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Music, Spirit & Protest: The Hippie Idea & Climbing Poetree

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock music festival this August, we revisit an episode from our archives to ask the question, can music make a movement? Legendary music producer Danny Goldberg takes us back to a time when "All You Need is Love" was not meant to be ironic, and we talk about his book, In Search of the Lost Chord about the hippie summer of 1967. Then, from the movement music scene, Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman talk about their album, Intrinsic, and perform for us in studio.

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Revolution at the Federal Reserve

This week we talk about the way central banks steer world development and for whom. Former Goldman Sachs manager, Nomi Prins author of Collusion: How Central Bankers Rigged the World and public ownership researcher Thomas Hanna believe that banking, and development, could be very different. We’re Storming the Federal Reserve this week on the LF Show.

Changing The World Through Art and Action

This week, two artists expand our ideas about beauty, risk, mobility, and inclusion. Wheelchair dancer and esteemed choreographer Alice Sheppard, and MacArthur Genius Award-winning action architect Elizabeth Streb. What difference does art make? Should art making be a human right? What will it take to disable the limits society puts around “normal”? These questions and more this week on the Laura Flanders Show.

Special Report: Whose Economy Is It? Ours

Our city's economy – what is it for? New York's has been very good at piling up profits and building tall buildings. But all that private profit has come at a cost to public services and public trust. Could it be different? On this week's show, we talk about the new conversations that are happening between labor unions and community members. Between residents, workers, and employers about how everyone's economy can move forward.

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