“Free Your Mind Friday” is an unscripted open forum in which listeners’ opinions and ideas aren’t just “features” of the program, but the program itself. Callers may talk about the week’s major stories and events or any subject they choose.
It’s the third day of “polling” listeners’ attitudes about the 2016 presidential race, the issues driving it, and the combined effect on individual political decisions on Election Day and beyond.
The topic has generated vigorous discussion and more calls than could be accommodated in a single program. Hence, Leid Stories proudly presents Day 3 of peer-to-peer political science.
Conchita Sarnoff is the executive director of the Alliance to Rescue Victims of Trafficking, a non profit organization based in Washington DC with a mission to increase political and public awareness about human trafficking and child sex trafficking in particular. A large part of the organization’s work is rescue girls between the ages of 6 and 12 in North America. She broke the story in 2010 about billionaire Jeffrey Epstein’s pedophilia ring. She has been a contributor to the Financial Times, Latin America Herald Tribune, the Huffington Post, Daily Beast and other publications and has appeared as a television commentator on NBC, Fox, ABC, Russia TV among others. Conchita graduated from Columbia University with a degree in political science and received additional credentials from the Harvard Business School. This month she published her book “Trafficking” – which takes a hard look at the underground of child sex trafficking and highlights the case of Jeffrey Epstein, a close confidante of Bill Clinton. Her websites are ConchitaSarnoff.com and ATRVT.org
A last-minute agreement has forestalled a planned faculty strike at the California State University system, the largest higher-education system in the U.S. Peter Phillips, a CSU professor himself, speaks with four other faculty members about academic labor issues, at CSU and nationwide: Jennifer Eagan teaches Philosophy at CSU, and is President of the California Faculty Association, the CSU professors’ union. Andy Merrifield teaches Political Science, Nick Baham teaches Ethnic Studies; both are also CFA officeholders. Nolan Higdon teaches History at multiple campuses; he describes the life of a “road scholar.”
The California State University system has 23 campuses, 26,000 faculty, and over 450,000 students.
This program was recorded on April 8, shortly after the tentative agreement was reached, and days before the one-week faculty strike would have begun.
Mickey Huff will return in two weeks.
Liesl Thomas has worked on-and-off in the nonprofit, environmental arena for approximately 20 years. She received her Bachelor degrees in Environmental Studies and Political Science from UNLV and her Masters in Nonprofit Management and Policy from NYU. She currently serves as the Executive Director for Algalita Marine Research and Education, an organization founded by Captain Charles Moore over 20 years ago.
Humans haven’t learned much in more than 2,000 years when it comes to religion and politics. Religion has led to social tension and conflict, not just in today’s society, but dating back to 700 B.C. according to a new study published today in Current Anthropology . University of Colorado anthropology Professor Arthur A. Joyce and University of Central Florida Associate Professor Sarah …
Identity Politics and the 2016 Presidential Race
An Answer to the Question Often Asked of Immigrants
Louis DeSapio, professor of political science and of Chicano and Latino Studies at the University of California-Irvine and coauthor of the recently released Uneven Roads, An Introduction to U.S. Racial and Ethnic Politics, talks about the intersection of race, identity and immigration in the 2016 presidential race.
Host Utrice Leid in a commentary answers a question often asked of immigrants: “Why did you come to America?”
What started the new Cold War? According to the State Department, it was Russia’s illegal violation of Ukraine’s sovereign borders. The Kremlin, for its part, insists it was a U.S.-facilitated coup in Ukraine which destroyed the constitutional order there, causing chaos and dangers to Russian security to which Russia had no choice but to respond. According to academic foreign policy …
Political scientists at the University at Buffalo and Pennsylvania State University have published new research investigating how partisan differences in macroeconomic policy have contributed to substantial and rising economic inequality in the United States. The negative consequences of such policy decisions, researchers found, have a greater impact on people at the lower end of the economic spectrum, but are “significantly …