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Leid Stories—How “Heritage” Months Are Used to Thwart People’s Movements for Justice, Equality and Power–03.01.18

African American History Month ended yesterday. Today marks the beginning of Women’s History Month, which “honors and celebrates the struggles and achievements of American women throughout the history of the United States,” according to a Library of Congress guide on national observances and commemorative months. Isn’t this a good thing? Not necessarily, says Leid Stories. National “heritage” celebrations also are/can …

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iEat Green – Clark Barlowe- Heirloom Restaurant – 11.10.16

Clark began his culinary career in his hometown of Lenoir, NC, where his family, which can be traced back 7 generations in North Carolina, was a constant source of inspiration for traditional Southern cooking techniques and ingredients.  Before attending Johnson and Wales in Charlotte, NC, Clark worked at a small local eatery, Bud’s Pub, in Lenoir.  While attending culinary school …

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U.S. Economic Confidence Index Retreats to -12

President Barack Obama’s upbeat analysis of the nation’s economic progress in his Jan. 12 State of the Union speech may have helped lift the weekly Economic Confidence Index five points to -7. That gain disappeared last week, with the index returning to -12. Nearly all the movement over the past three weeks has come among Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents, particularly …

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Leid Stories – 01.25.16

Post-Blizzard, It’s the Political Climate That’s Being Watched

Post-blizzard weather may be big news, but the political climate is our focus today. On the cusp of the Feb. 1 Iowa Caucus and five other early-voting primaries next month, the first electoral barometers in the 2016 presidential race are consuming media attention. President Barack Obama weighs in with his own interpretation of the significance of the race for his replacement, and Leid Stories’ listeners interpret his interpretation.

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Patrick Martin – Obama’s final State of the Union: Lies, evasions and threats

The final State of the Union speech delivered Tuesday night by President Barack Obama was a demonstration of the incapacity of the American political system to deal honestly or seriously with a single social question. Obama evaded the real issues that affect tens of millions of working people in America every day of their lives. He painted a ludicrous picture …

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HENRY GIROUX – America’s Addiction to Violence

On December 2 2015, 14 people were killed and more than 20 wounded in a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California. Mass shootings have become routine in the United States and speak to a society that both lives by violence and uses it as tool to feed the coffers of the merchants of death. Violence runs through American society like an …

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Resistance Radio – Ramsey Kanaan – 08.16.15

Ramsey Kanaan has been involved in attempting to disseminate the good word for well over three and a half decades now. As a young teenager, he founded AK Press (named after his mothers initials) from his bedroom in Scotland. Hes co-founder and Publisher with PM Press. You can check out his current efforts at www.pmpress.org. We talk about the importance of independent publishing to social change.