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June 30, 2021  
Help! My Mixed-Up American Identity Is Still Changing
▪︎In order of importance, as you see it, what are the top three (or four) challenges Americans face today? 
▪︎Do you feel "American," or do you use a qualifier when you describe yourself -- African American; working-class American; first-generation-homeowner American; war-veteran American, etc.
▪︎Compared to elders in your family, are you "more" or "less" American?
▪︎Are you proudly American, or apologetically American, or conditionally American?
▪︎ Do you have a love-hate relationship with your American identity? 
.... and much more!
June 29, 2021  
▪︎Trump Has Lost It
Is the tide turning against Donald Trump's self-declared political comeback? If you were one of his most trusted advisers, what would you suggest he do as soon as possible?
▪︎My Surfside Story
The search for bodies -- dead or alive, under tons of rubble -- continues in Surfside, Florida, after the collapse June 24 of a 12-story beachfront condominium building. So far, nine deaths have been confirmed and dozens of tenants are still being searched for.
Leid Stories host Utrice Leid recalls her accidental "tour" of Surfside and Champlain Towers several years ago.
June 28, 2021  
Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill's sentencing  decision in the George Floyd case.
Derek Chauvin, convicted three months ago of killing Floyd, was sentenced to 22 1/2 years in prison, even though Chauvin used illegal methods to arrest Floyd (including cutting off Floyd's air supply by kneeling on his neck for an estimated 9 1/2 minutes).
June 25, 2021  
It's "Free Your Mind Friday" on Leid Stories.
What's "Free Your Mind Friday?" It's our weekly open forum. You choose a topic about which you have a considered opinion, and you tell us what that opinion is. Folks may or may not agree, but the onus is on you to prove your point
June 24, 2021  
The Great Comeback?
Is Donald Trump finished? Or, does he have one last trick up his sleeve?
Leid Stories listeners discuss Trump's much-ballyhooed plans for a stunning comeback as president in 2024.
June 23, 2021  

We, move forward with yesterday's discussion --  looking beyond the primaries, but taking into account the inordinate impact they are likely to have on the nation's largest city.

June 22, 2021  
▪︎Frenzied Forays for Votes In New York City As Election Campaigns End
Leid Stories listeners summarize what they consider the most significant citywide races and what they're hoping their outcomes will be.
▪︎For Trump, A Mountain of Troubles, No Matter Who's Elected Manhattan District Attorney
▪︎Mayor Bill DiBlasio Did Not Make A Name for Himself
▪︎Which Former NYC Mayor Would Have Been Perfect For Now?
▪︎Why Hasn't NYC Produced An Electrifying, Nontraditional,  All-Peoples  Mayoral Candidate?
▪︎The Election of Too Many People of Color To Office Will Cause A Mass White Exodus From NYC. Do You Agree?
▪︎Name Three Things That Can Be Done to Rid Politics of Corruption
June 21, 2021  
Here's what we're talking about on Leid Stories today.
▪︎Derek Chauvin, the ex-Minneapolis cop convicted in April of murder and manslaughter charges in the brutal killing of George Floyd, faces sentencing on Friday in Hennepin County District Court.
Recommendations are at two extremes, with Judge Peter Cahill being urged by some to consider probation for Chauvin, while others want the judge to impose the heaviest sentence possible.
What sentence would you recommend? Why?
▪︎Last Thursday morning, a small damaged boat was seen listing at sea, but inching its way nonetheless to shore. It banged into a sea wall, which helped it to stop. Out of the boat about 16 people emerged and quckly made their way to shore. They scattered, trying to find places to hide.
Police nabbed one man, who said he was Jamaican. The island had become dangerous. Too many killings, he said. Others on the boat were from the Bahamas, Romania, Venezuela, Jamaica and the United Kingdom.
The U.S. Coast Guard said that this was its 483rd migrant interdiction in South Florida since May 1.
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June 18, 2021  
It's "Free Your Mind Friday" on Leid Stories. Here's what we're talking about today. 
For FYMF, we switch from our regular program format and become a freewheeling open forum. Offer your opinion on the issues of the day.
June 16, 2021  
We pick up from where we left off yesterday talking about "The "State of the Nation."
In our open forum, callers were asked for their analyses of where we are --  and where they think we're headed -- both as a leading nation of the world, and as a member of the world community of nations.

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