Best-selling author and broadcaster Laura Flanders is the Local Economies Reporting Fellow atYES! Magazineand a contributing writer toThe Nation. She hosts "The Laura Flanders Show" on GRITtv.org,an independent, multimedia platform for in-depth interviews with forward-thinking people. She's the author ofBlue Grit: Making Improbable, Impossible and Inspirational Change in America(Penguin Press, 2008) andBUSHWOMEN: Tales of a Cynical Species (Verso, 2004). On Twitter, @GRITlaura.