Leid Stories Stories and news that affect us all

May 6, 2016  

It's "Free Your Mind Friday" on Leid Stories, and listeners' opinions about the week's bumper crop of news issues and events--or anything they think warrants further discussion and debate--take center stage.

Add your own intellectual flavor into this delicious stew. Call 888-874-4888  to free your mind--and ours, too!

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May 5, 2016  

Say “Cinco de Mayo” to the average American and you’d probably be asked, “Where’s the party?”

True, it is a celebration, but the advertising world and the mainstream media have all but erased its historical significance; most people associate Cinco de Mayo with after-work bar crawls and copious amounts of tequila and beer, and tacos and guacamole.

Cinco de Mayo commemorates this day in 1862, when an outnumbered, outgunned Mexican army repelled French invaders in the Battle of Puebla. Oddly, the event goes practically unnoticed in Mexico, and is more celebrated in the United States, particularly California and Texas.

Dr. David Hayes-Bautista, author of El Cinco de Mayo: An American Tradition and professor of medicine and director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture at UCLA’s School of Medicine, explains the connection between Cinco de Mayo and the abolition of slavery in the United States, the Civil War, the Declaration of Independence and, most importantly, the “Indo-Afro-Iberio Americano” sociopolitical achievements already made  long before English settlers founded Jamestown (Va.) in 1607, and Plymouth (Mass.) in 1620.

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May 4, 2016  

And on the third day, there’s school. The Detroit Federation of Teachers has ended a two-day sickout that shut down 94 of its 97 public schools on Monday and Tuesday. Teachers were told over the weekend that the state’s largest school district would run out of money by June 30 and their salaries for summer school and thereafter could not be guaranteed.

Meanwhile, President Obama today visits Flint, Mich. He’ll get “briefings” there on the city’s water-contamination crisis—two years after it came to light. And in Indiana, the presidential primaries delivered many surprises. Leid Stories discusses the lessons to be learned from all three events.

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May 3, 2016  

For the second day, most all of Detroit’s 97 public schools remain closed—the result of a sickout by teachers whose salaries are not guaranteed beyond June 30, when the state’s largest school district runs out of money. About 46,000 schoolchildren remain home today. Abayomi Azikiwe, editor in chief of Pan-African News Wire and a co-founder of the Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions and Utility Shutoffs, reports that the misery index goes several notches higher for many of their parents; more than 20,000 households face water shutoffs today.

Voting is brisk in Indiana, where Democratic and Republican presidential hopefuls are duking it out for decisive delegate wins to assure nomination or for badly needed voter boosts to flagging campaigns. Leid Stories discusses the Indiana primaries.

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May 2, 2016  

Almost all (94) of Detroit’s 97 public schools are closed today—the result of a sickout by teachers reacting to news over the weekend that the state won’t be able to pay them after June 30, when emergency aid to the bankrupted city runs out. Elena Herrada, an elected member of the school board whose authority over local education was overridden during the imposed bankruptcy, says the sickout protest is a publicity stunt to cover up the union’s complicity in the main objective: destroying the public education system in Detroit.

Presidential candidate was the keynote speaker at the Detroit NAACP’s Freedom Fund Dinner last night. Leid Stories discusses the main item on the menu: total contempt for the very people chiefly responsible for her viability as a political candidate.

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April 26, 2016  

In the throes of a media-induced frenzy about the 2016 presidential race, it’s hard not to get caught up in the bizarreness of it. But rather than join the madness, says Leid Stories, this election cycle should cause us to overhaul our thinking about the political process, our political orientation and ideology, and the nature of our relationship with “the system.”

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April 25, 2016  

Paul DeRienzo, who has been reporting on “America’s Fukushima”—actual and looming disasters of America’s nuclear program and at several nuclear power plants—discusses a massive leak at the notorious Hanford Site, a sprawling nuclear-reactor complex on the Columbia River in south-central Washington state. Regulatory agencies, however, are saying there is no cause for alarm.

Bernie Sanders’ insists that his campaign is a “revolution.” Sounds great, and he’s got millions of votes to back up that contention, but his actions increasingly suggest that it’s something else. Leid Stories says it’s way past time to call him on it. 

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April 15, 2016  

Think last night’s Clinton-Sanders faceoff was something? Well, you ain’t heard nothin’ yet! Hear the sparks fly on Leid Stories’ “Free Your Mind Friday,” the best people’s forum in Radioland. Great minds gather here at the end of the week to analyze and share information, opinions and ideas about news and issues that matter to our growing community. Callers decide what they want to talk about, and are free to take on other callers’ points of view. The battle of ideas is all done with great respect—and a generous helping of humor. Join in! Call 888-874-4888 and take your turn at the people’s podium!

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April 14, 2016  

Going into the high-stakes, delegate-rich April 19 New York primary, presidential hopefuls are leaving nothing to chance. They’re all over the Empire State, working their circuits and trolling for votes. A hurriedly arranged CNN “debate” between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders tonight in Brooklyn is trumping (pardon the pun) all other events the Democratic candidates have scheduled. On the Republican side, Donald Trump is making the most of his hometown brand.

Leid Stories discusses the importance of the New York primary, especially to those who reject duopoly politics.

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April 13, 2016  

Leid Stories goes within today, taking an introspective, philosophical look about life and what we do with it. Host Utrice Leid, celebrating a year of fruitful living after a devastating diagnosis, tells what pulled, and keeps pulling, her through. 

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