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December 14, 2015  

Pay Attention and Listen Up! We’re Talking Here!

Heavy on-air traffic precluded lots of callers from having their say last week—even with an extra day of our weekly open forum. So, we pick up from where we left off on Friday, talking about what matters.

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December 11, 2015  

Get It Said! It’s ‘Free Your Mind Friday’ on Leid Stories!

This news-crammed week makes for strong opinions. Got some you’d like to share about headline-grabbing stories? Call in (888-874-4888) to the world’s greatest open forum and have your say.

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December 10, 2015  

Listeners discuss the impact of the current political climate on their attitudes and world view.

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December 9, 2015  

Climate Change: Politics, the Media and the Mass Killings in San Bernardino

Last Wednesday’s mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, in which a Muslim couple—Syed Rizwan Farook, 28 and his wife Tashfeen Malik, 29—killed 14 people and wounded 21 others attending a holiday party, has jarred the national consciousness.

Leid Stories listeners analyze how the tragic event, which President Obama has called “an act of terrorism,” is shaping and changing their attitudes.

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December 8, 2015  

Justice Department Probes Chicago Police, But for ‘Reform,’ Not Justice

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch yesterday announced a Justice Department probe of the Chicago Police Department’s “patterns and practices,” especially regarding its police officers’ use of force, use of lethal force and racial disparities in both. The DOJ investigation comes almost two weeks after Officer Jason Van Dyke was indicted on first-degree-murder charges for killing Laquan McDonald, 17, in a hail of 16 bullets on Oct. 20, 2014, and on the same day that Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez announced that there will be no indictment of Officer George Hernandez, who shot and killed Ronald Johnson, 25, eight days prior to the McDonald shooting. Leid Stories discusses the DOJ investigation.

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December 7, 2015  

Obama’s Re-Renewed War on Guns and Terror

Last Wednesday’s mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif.—in which two shooters, Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, 27, killed 14 people and wounded 21 others at a holiday party before being killed in a shootout with police—was the focus of a national address by President Barack Obama last night. It was an act of terrorism, he said, and his administration is dealing resolutely with it, both domestically and in conjunction with U.S. allies. Leid Stories deconstructs the president’s speech.

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December 4, 2015  

What A Week! Share Your Thoughts About It on ‘Free Your Mind Friday!’

It’s the best open forum on the planet—a gathering place for the exchange of information, opinions and ideas. Share your thoughts about this week’s programs, major news issues and events, or any subject you consider worthy of further consideration and debate.

Call in (888-874-4888) and add your voice to the mix.

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December 3, 2015  

Prosecuting Egregious Police Crimes: When the Law Is Out of Order

(Part 4: The Jamar Clark (Minneapolis) Case

Leid Stories concludes a series on legal issues and challenges involved in prosecuting police officers charged with killing civilians. Today’s installment focuses on a police killing that has sparked community outrage and protest since Nov. 15—the day Jamar Clark, 24, was shot in the head by a Minneapolis police officer during a highly contentious arrest. Eyewitnesses claim Clark was restrained and handcuffed when he was killed, but police say he tried to take an officer’s gun away from him.

“The People’s Attorney General” Alton H. Maddox Jr., who set many legal precedents litigating police-brutality and hate-crime cases in New York, discusses key legal issues in the case that are at the root of ongoing protests demanding a federal investigation.

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December 2, 2015  

Prosecuting Egregious Police Crimes: When the Law Is Out of Order

(Part 3: The Tamir Rice (Cleveland) and Jamar Clark (Minneapolis) Cases

Continuing this series on the legal issues and challenges involved in prosecuting police officers charged with killing civilians, Leid Stories discusses developments in the efforts to bring to trial cops implicated in the shooting deaths of Tamir Rice, 12, and Jamar Clark, 24.

“The People’s Attorney General” Alton H. Maddox Jr., who set many legal precedents litigating police-brutality and hate-crime cases in New York, continues as our legal expert, providing penetrating analyses of how these cases are proceeding.

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December 1, 2015  

Prosecuting Egregious Police Crimes: When the Law Is Out of Order

(Part 2: The Laquan McDonald Case)

Indicted last week on first-degree murder charges more than a year after he fired 16 bullets into Laquan McDonald, 17, Chicago Policer Jason Van Dyke sprang himself from a Cook County jail yesterday after posting bail.

Following yesterday’s discussion of the legal complexities of the Freddie Gray case currently being litigated in Baltimore, “Attorney at War” Alton H. Maddox Jr. looks at major legal challenges in prosecuting the police killing of McDonald.

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