Leid Stories – 02.18.16

Election Primaries 2016: The Republicans’ Offensive Counteroffensive to the Democrats’ Shenanigans

The presidential race is at full throttle. Skirmishes earlier this month in Iowa and New Hampshire have winnowed the ranks of contenders, and a further culling might occur before Super Tuesday (March 1) after primaries in Nevada and South Carolina. Leid Stories has been discussing the shenanigans on the Democratic side, a fierce battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders to be the standard bearer in the general election. We look at how the other wing of the duopoly is faring as six survivors of a brutal political editing execute an offensive counteroffensive.


Leid Stories – 02.17.16

The “This System Is Rigged, But What Will We Do About It” Blues

Drawing from previous programs about the 2016 presidential election and what they have learned from other coverage, Leid Stories listeners offer their own analyses of where things—and they—stand, and what they see as workable strategies, choices and actions in this election cycle and beyond.


Leid Stories – 02.16.16

A Court Supreme: The Not-So-Endearing Legacy of Justice Antonin Scalia

The Un-Democratic Party Helps Hillary Win Without Actually Winning

Dr. Gerald Horne, the John J. and Rebecca Moores chair of history and African American studies at the University of Houston and frequent analyst of world affairs on Leid Stories, discusses the enduring impact of Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court, decisions that reflect both its politicization and rightward shift in recent decades, and whether President Obama’s nominee to replace Scalia could substantially change the tenor and direction of the court.

Bernie Sanders’ underdog campaign almost torpedoed Hillary Clinton in Iowa, and she definitely “felt the Bern” in New Hampshire with Sanders’ double-digit victory margin. Yet she’s winning. Big. Leid Stories explains how the Democratic Party’s rigged delegate system could cause Sanders to lose the party’s nomination, even if he wins in the primaries.


Leid Stories – 12.04.15

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Leid Stories – 08.05.15

Trumped and OutFoxed: The Republicans’ Undemocratic Debate

And a bloviating billionaire shall lead them … into debate.

Welcome to the new world of political discourse, a national “debate” among presidential contenders that really should be called “Presidential Celebrity Apprentice: A Donald Trump-Fox News Production.”

In prime time tomorrow evening, Trump and nine other Republican presidential hopefuls who made the first “cut” based on their showings in five recent national polls, square off against each other for two hours. An undercard slate of seven who didn’t poll will have to make do with an hour of air time in a separate, non-prime-time debate earlier.

Leid Stories says the much-vaunted debate is indeed historic–though not for reasons most would think.


Leid Stories – 07.20.15

Health Is Wealth—and Self-Determination

Health is wealth, the saying goes. But Leid Stories says it’s much more than that; it’s a measure of one’s political consciousness and development.

In a personal essay, host Utrice Leid discusses the link between health and self-determination.