Leid Stories – 04.29.15

April 29, 2015

Making Their Bones in Baltimore - The crisis in Baltimore has become a backdrop for media hounds, political pundits, talking heads and just about every variety of sound-byte opportunist. Yet the systemic problems that are the Gordian knot around the embattled city are again being given short shrift. Even the "liberal" media are fully engaged in providing "coverage" that has more to do with sensationalism, stereotype and self-promotion than getting at the root of systemic problems that belie claims of social, political, economic and racial progress in America. Leid Stories tackles the issue head on.

Leid Stories – 04.07.15

April 7, 2015

Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari: Really A ‘Fresh Start? Badges, Bullets & Bodies: Police Killings at All-Time High Former military strongman Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria’s president-elect, rode the crest of popular support for his campaign promise to rout both Boko Haram terrorists and rampant government corruption from the continent’s most populous nation. But as he forms his transition team and selects key members of his administration, which officially begins May 29, Buhari is already warning his countrymen not to expect “miracles.” Buhari’s political triumph is being hailed as a “new start,” not only for Nigeria, but also for the region and the continent as a whole. Is there reason to believe that the former major-general who led a coup in 1983 that brought him to power and whose regime racked up more than a fair share of human rights abuses is now a born-again democrat? Dr. Chika Onyeani, the Nigerian publisher and editor in chief of the New York-based African Sun-Times, gives his analysis of Buhari’s return to power and its potential impact on the war-ravaged region. In March alone, 111 people—most of them unarmed and men of color—were killed by police, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. Two weeks ago, the

Leid Stories – 03.16.15

March 16, 2015

Mayhem, Murder, Madness, Money and Media Myopia Leid Stories takes a look at a few major stories that illustrate how U.S. news outlets willingly toe ideological, political and racial lines in their coverage, and how this in turn shapes and controls our views of the world and our place in it. Media literacy is a regular feature of Leid Stories.

Leid Stories – 03.10.15

March 10, 2015

On Being A Woman: Notes on An Evolution All societies exert extraordinary power and influence in shaping not only an aggregate or collective identity, but the individual identity as well. Social “rules”—some of them static, others dynamic—define widely held customs and values, how we relate to each other, and how we see ourselves within the context of the whole. American society is no exception, even with social rules that are ever shifting and a political and cultural history rooted in race and class ideation and conflict. Who decides what the collective identity is, and, consequently, what the individual identity is? And in this framework, what does being a woman mean? Leid Stories, in a nod to Women’s History Month, grapples with the question in a fascinating, no-holds-barred personal essay by host Utrice Leid that confronts prevailing views about feminism, gender politics, and racial and cultural supremacy. http://leidstories.podbean.com/mf/web/62axhf/LeidStories_031015.mp3 Download this episode (right click and
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