Here And There with Dave Marash

During his first full calendar year as Pope, Francis tackled a lot of tough issues including inequalities in the global economy. the threat to the global environment, the flow of immigrants from Central America to the United States and how to define and deal with miracles.  John Thavis, author of The Vatican Diaries and The Vatican Prophesies is our guide. 

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Today on HERE AND THERE:  We continue our look back at the year of one of the world’s most influential and charismatic people, Pope Francis.  Today, John Thavis, for 30 years the Vatican correspondent of the Catholic News Service looks at how the Pope defined his mission to his home continent, South America, and what his actions there revealed about him.

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Today on HERE AND THERE: we begin a series of programs done earlier this year focusing on the remarkable new Pope Francis.  We begin with writer Sarah Posner of the online journal Religious Dispatches and her look at how the Pope has tried to improve relations between the Vatican and the organization that represents most American nuns.

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Today on HERE AND THERE:  New Yorker reporter Alexis Okeowo has something perfect for the week before Christmas: the story of a social and esthetic miracle….howArmand Diangienda created the Kimbanguist Symphony Orchestra in Kinshasa, the boisterous capitol of the Democratic Republic of Congo

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Today on HERE AND THERE:  In the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the FBI dropped most domestic law enforcement in favor of counter-terrorism, and the DEA created a new focus on what it called narco-terrorism.  Reporter Ginger Thompson in the New Yorker, looked at one particularly telling case…a sting in the West African country Mali.

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Today on HERE AND THERE:  As any good reporter knows, often the question is as important as the answer, and Time Magazine’s Religion Correspondent  Elizabeth Dias has acted on that idea in her new book WHAT DID JESUS ASK, collecting 70 meditations on questions attributed to Jesus Christ in the 4 Gospels.

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Today on HERE AND THERE:  A new boy at the local high school becomes an immediate star on the basketball team, and then comes out of the closet.  That’s the plot of a new young adult sports book, The Sixth Man by John Feinstein, one of the leading writers on sports for youngsters and adults, in books and newspapers.  Why this plot for his younger audience?  And what does it say about the state of a fictional genre popular in America for more than 75 years?  Feinstein will tell us what he learned from young adult sports book legends John R Tunis and Clair Bee.

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Today on HERE AND THERE:  Expectations for the Venezuelan National Assembly election were low.  President Nicolas Maduro’s Socialist government was jailing opposition leaders and had disappeared dissident voices from radio, TV and newspapers. But surprise, surprise, a record number of voters gave the opposition a 2 to 1 majority in the new Legislature.  AP’s buro chief Joshua Goodman explains what happened.  

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Today on HERE AND THERE:  A millennium ago, when China was a dominant  cultural and economic power, it maintained those positions through a trade route called the Silk Road.  Now, Chinese leader Xi Jinping is promoting something he calls The New Silk Road.  Beijing-based Financial Times journalist Lucy Hornby tells how Xi plans to use the concept to grow China’s economy and influence.

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Today on HERE AND THERE:  Donald Trump is a self-marketing genius.  Who else would have combined those two journalistic concepts, headline and dateline and turned them into a daily hateline.  When it comes to making money, Donald Trump is also successful, and also says Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter David Cay Johnston with connections that defy civility and rule of law.

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Today on HERE AND THERE:  Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are running out of water….but they still need alfalfa to feed their horses and cattle.  Their answer, buy land in Arizona and grow the thirsty crop there.  AP Reporter Felicia Fonseca on a hard question -- Will these farms-for-export further drain an already dry state?

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Today on HERE AND THERE:  When the British Empire ended the trade in slaves from Africa, plantation owners in Guiana turned to indentured workers from India.  Gaiutra Bahadur, award-winning author of Coolie Woman tells us what happened next, and how today’s independent state of Guyana still shows the effects.

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Today on HERE AND THERE:  America’s medical care industry says cuts in Federal funding have put them in a financial squeeze.  But should that squeeze roll downhill?  Should doctors try to squeeze financial contributions from grateful patients?  Dr. Joseph Carrese of Johns Hopkins took the first serious look at the subject.

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Today on HERE AND THERE:  Just off the beach of the Greek Island of Lesbos, rough seas can dump refugee children, parents and grandparents into the Aegean Sea to flounder their way to shore.  The lucky ones have a smoother ride, and wade ashore, but still arrive cold and wet…and that’s the beginning of the journey.  Photojournalist Paula Bronstein describes the human crisis she saw through her lens.

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Today on HERE AND THERE:  New Mexico’s water crisis starts at the top of its mountains, which is where snowpack should collect…but environmental reporter Laura Paskus says the best place to measure the future of the state’s changing climate is at the bottom…of the state’s river Basins.  At either end of the circuit, she says, the future looks hotter and drier…will the vaunted Big El Nino make a difference?

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Today on HERE AND THERE:  Sunni Saudi Arabia is engaged in a regional religious war with Shi’ite Iran, with other countries like Syria and Yemen as just pawns in its game.  And where do women fit into a Saudi election in which they can run, but can campaign in front of only 0.2% of the voters.  Carol Giacomo of the NY Times is just back from Riyadh.

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Today on HERE AND THERE:  Strategic planning for the war against the Islamic State took 2 serious jolts this month – the terrorist attacks in Paris and the Turkish shoot-down of a Russian fighter-bomber over Syria.  RAND Corporation Sr. Analyst Brian Michael Jenkins  helps us sort out the implications in the terrible conflict in which every nation seems to be out only for itself.

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