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July 30, 2015  

Haiti In Focus: 100 Years After U.S. Occupation; Chelsea Clinton Handles Family Business; Mass Deportations to Dominican Republic Loom; Pressure Mounts Against Hillary’s Personally Selected President

Veteran journalist Kim Ives, a prizewinning documentarian and editor of the news weekly Haïti Liberté, reports on four key developments in Haiti that not only affect Haitians and Haitians in the diaspora directly, but also point up the lethal consequences of predatory U.S. foreign policy toward the beleaguered nation.

July 30, 2015  

The 2016 Duopoly Doo-Wop: Are They Singing Your Tune? (Part 2)

We pick up from where we left off with yesterday’s discussion on  the 2016 presidential race and listeners’ reactions not only to how it’s shaping up, but how it’s shaping their political attitudes and decisions.

A crowded field of declared candidates—16 from the Republican Party and five Democrats so far—should offer a wide range of choice and some sign of hopefulness about the future. But Leid Stories’ “poll” of listeners is indicating otherwise.

The canvassing continues. 

July 30, 2015  

The 2016 Duopoly Doo-Wop: Are They Singing Your Tune?

Judging from news coverage, especially in recent weeks, the 2016 presidential election is in full swing—cast, as usual, as a two-party squareoff.

A crowded slate of 16 Republicans (so far) and a more modest one of five Democrats (so far) have been scouring the country looking for money and votes. To get both, they tout their “messages”—where they stand on issues relevant and important to their targeted constituencies.

Are they talking to you? That’s the question Leid Stories listeners discuss today.

July 27, 2015  

Shared Agendas: Trump’s Media-Aided Meteoric Rise

In Memory of Sandra Bland: A Requiem for All of Us

Just six weeks after announcing his candidacy, Donald Trump is leading the pack of 16 Republican presidential contenders and closing in on Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, according to public-opinion polls.

Leid Stories explains Trump’s meteoric political rise.

Funeral services were held Saturday for Sandra Bland, the 28-year-old woman who was found dead in a jail cell in Waller County, Texas, on July 13, 2015, three days after being arrested for failing to signal when changing lanes. State and federal investigations into her death continue; local medical examiners, however, have said she died from “self-inflicted asphyxiation.”

Official focus predictably has centered on Bland’s alleged suicide to expunge itself of blame. But her death and the chain of events that led up to it are deeply rooted in a history we know all too well, says Leid Stories. 

July 24, 2015  

Hold On to Your Sanity! Free Your Mind!

It’s “Free Your Mind Friday” on Leid Stories—an open forum for the exchange of information, opinions and ideas.

Call in and share your insightful analysis of current news issues and events, or take the conversation wherever you want it to go.

The world’s most attentive and appreciative audience awaits you at 888-874-4888.

July 23, 2015  

The Price of ‘Progress’: Justice Compromised, Delayed and Denied

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch yesterday announced a 33-count federal indictment of Dylann Storm Roof, the 21-year-old white supremacist who on June 17 shot and killed nine church members and wounded three others during bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.

Meanwhile, the family of Sandra Bland is contesting official reports that the 28-year-old woman hanged herself in a Waller County, Texas, jail cell after being arrested for switching lanes without signaling.

“Attorney at War” Alton H. Maddox Jr. takes issue with the official handling of these and other recent cases, pointing up longstanding flaws in American jurisprudence that maintain a two-tiered system of justice.

July 22, 2015  

Puerto Rico’s Crisis: Debt Peonage and 21st-Century U.S. Colonialism

Dr. Victor M. Rodriguez, professor of Chicano and Latino Studies at California State University of Long Beach, explains Puerto Rico’s current $73-billion debt crisis in the context of the island’s political status as a U.S. colony and the suitability of its continued indebtedness to U.S. and international financial interests, and governance by leaders in collusion with both.  

Born in Puerto Rico, Rodriguez’s area of expertise is the racialization of Latino identity and its impact on political behavior. At CSULB he teaches courses emphasizing issues in social inequality: Wealth and Poverty in Latino Communities, Chicano/Latino Politics, and on Identity Assimilation in Chicano and Latino Life, The Ethnic Experience, and Latino Population in the United States. He is the author of Latino Politics: Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Class in the Mexican American and Puerto Rican Experience in the United States (2012).

July 21, 2015  

Present Is Past: Understanding America’s Race-Based Framework

Leid Stories revisits an interview with Dr. Jeffrey Perry, an independent, working-class scholar whose work focuses on the role of white supremacy as a retardant to progressive social change.

Perry preserved and inventoried The Theodore W. Allen Papers, edited and introduced Allen's Class Struggle and the Origin of Racial Slavery: The Invention of the White Race, and has written introductions and appendices for the new edition of Allen’s two-volume The Invention of the White Race.

He also preserved and inventoried The Hubert H. Harrison Papers, now at Columbia University, edited A Hubert Harrison Reader, and authored Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883-1918.

July 20, 2015  

Health Is Wealth—and Self-Determination

Health is wealth, the saying goes. But Leid Stories says it’s much more than that; it’s a measure of one’s political consciousness and development.

In a personal essay, host Utrice Leid discusses the link between health and self-determination.

July 17, 2015  

Got Something to Say? Free Your Mind!

It’s “Free Your Mind Friday” on Leid Stories—a forum for the exchange of information, opinions and ideas.

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