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April 2, 2014  

Leid Stories Debuts “FYI” – Peer-to-Peer Teaching and Learning

Making Callaloo In Detroit: Author Tells How Culture Sustains Her Spirit

Leid Stories proudly presents the first edition of “FYI,” a mini-lecture series designed to encourage further independent research and inquiry into various subjects and issues. “Essentially, it’s peer-to-peer teaching and learning,” says Utrice Leid, host of Leid Stories.

“Harvey from Berkeley,” as he identifies himself on call-ins to the show, does an FYI titled: “Fracking: A Vector for Disease.”

The collapse of the auto industry in Detroit caused Lolita Hernandez, a 33-year worker at General Motors, to fully immerse herself into the craft of writing. Her newest book, Making Callaloo in Detroit, is a tribute both to her Caribbean lineage and the city where she was born and raised and still lives.

Against the backdrop of hard times that Detroiters have been experiencing, Hernandez discusses the ways in which her hybrid culture sustains her spirit. 

April 1, 2014  

It was a victory for prosecutors March 26 when, after a three-week trial, a federal jury in Manhattan convicted Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, the son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, on three counts of terrorism. For Ghaith’s attorney, Stanley L. Cohen, it was a not-surprising outcome of a rigged trial that he’ll now appeal.

Cohen’s legal career, spanning more than 30 years, has been fraught with controversy but based, he says, on a simple maxim: “I defend the individual against the state.” His practice is global; his clients, an assortment of major players in high-stakes social, political and environmental and justice struggles; and his reputation—well, let’s just say his website has a page for “haters.”

In a wide-ranging interview with Leid Stories, Cohen discusses his life, the law, the “war on terror,” and the universality of struggle.

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