Leid Stories Stories and news that affect us all

January 17, 2019  
In the surreal "Twilight Zone" of a Donald J. Trump presidency and administration that we've been living in for the past two years, we can see how pervasive and acute institutional dysfunction has added to our burdens. 
 
Leid Stories asks: Have we abdicated our roles and responsibilities as partners in creating and maintaining a democratic society?
January 16, 2019  
As a nation, we seem to be going through a mysterious phase--a "Twilight Zone," as we'd discussed before, in which the familiar is strange, chaos is the order of the day, and not much jars the senses or shocks the conscience because we lost these to "the way life is" some time ago.
Is this truly what we're becoming or have become? 
 
January 15, 2019  

As keynote speaker at the National Conference for New Politics (held at Palmer House in Chicago over the Labor Day weekend in 1967), Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. minced no words as he laid bare multipronged systems of oppression that activists in the  United  States  and  all over the world confront in the course of their advocacy work.

Less than a year later, on April 4, 1968, King was assassinated as he stood on the balcony of a black-owned Memphis motel that served as the local headquarters for planning and coordinating support for hundreds of black sanitation workers who went on strike over inequitable pay and dangerous working conditions.

On April 8, a silent march by King's widow, Coretta Scott King, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and more than 40,000 people forced the city to concede to the sanitation  workers' demands.

Leid Stories asks: Why the refusal, even by people of color, to acknowledge that King's life's work went beyond "civil rights?"

January 14, 2019  

Like the cartoon character Mr. Magoo, President Donald Trump's extreme nearsightedness predictably causes  chaos, mayhem and catastrophe--for unsuspecting and innocent people--in almost everything he does. 

Leid Stories looks at the Magoo effect in news stories and issues that now dominate the headlines.

January 11, 2019  

Your point of view can do double duty today. You can add to this week's discussions with your own insights, or present an entirely new topic that takes us on a brand-new learning adventure.

Call 888-874-4888 and help us all free our minds!

 
 
January 10, 2019  

Immigration. It's the hot-button issue that riles many countries, big and small, and in most cases there without satisfactory resolution.

But what is its purpose? And  why is it causing so much trouble?

Perhaps Leid Stories listeners can answer these and related questions.

January 9, 2019  

Historian and prolific author Dr. Gerald Horne conducts a people's tour of significant issues and developments for 2018.

Horne holds the John J and Rebecca Moores chair of history and African American studies at the University of Houston. He has written dozens of books and hundreds of articles,  commentaries and s scholarly papers on struggles against imperialism, colonialism, fascism and racism.

January 8, 2019  

Rep. Nanette Barragan (D-Calif.), a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, said yesterday, after visiting an area along the U.S.-Mexico border, that the "national security crisis" President Donald Trump says exists there is "manufactured."

Whoopi Goldberg, host of ABC's morning gabfest "The View," took aim at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-Bronx) yesterday for criticizing the Democratic Party. Goldberg, saying Ocasio-Cortez's criticisms were out of place, advised the newly seated, history-making congresswoman to "sit still" and "learn the job."

Leid Stories fleshes out both stories.

January 7, 2019  

Leid Stories discusses President's outstanding achievement: in just two years, America has adjusted well, and without much resistance, to life in the Twilight Zone.

January 4, 2019  

It's the first edition of "Free Your Mind Friday" for  2019, and though only a few days old, the new year has generated more than enough things to talk about. Added to the things lingering in our minds from last year, we can see the need for some mental maintenance.

Leid Stories is here to help. From the zillion thoughts swimming around in your head, pick one you'd most like to share. Then call in (888-874-4888) and free your mind--and maybe ours, too.

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