Here And There with Dave Marash

White middle-aged Americans are dying at an unexpected rate.  One cause, rampant abuse of opiate painkillers and  Mexican black tar heroin.  Where did that come from?  Sam Quinones, the author of the book Dreamland has the story from Xalisco, Mexico to Portsmouth, Ohio.

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Saudi Arabia introduces new warplanes to the Syrian theater, and Iran responds with ground-to-air missiles.  The Saudis threaten to send ground troops and Russia warns of a world war.  Al Jazeera America’s Patricia Sabga on the Saudi role in Syria and why it stirs people up.

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The Zika virus is sweeping across Brazil, and it seems to be causing thousands of cases of microcephaly, babies born with tiny heads that limit their brain functions.  But how come there is Zika in Colombia, but no microcephaly?  Epidemiologist Isabel Rodriguez went to Colombia to try to find out.

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The geological conditions and historical record suggest America’s Pacific Northwest, the coast from Northern California to Vancouver Island could face a devastating earthquake and tsunami. Kathryn Schulz of The New Yorker broke the story, which she says is a matter of, not if, but when.

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To save money, state officials running destitute Flint, MI, switched sources of public water. People immediately the different…discoloration, skin rashes and much much worse…and the state government denied and lied. UNM Law Professor and former EPA counsel Clifford Villa on an avoidable tragedy.

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Autism is a difficult disorder to live with, for those who have the condition, and those who treat and love them. ABC News Correspondent John Donvan on his new best-seller: In a Different Key” The Story of Autism, a rare example of a book every bit as good as its sales record.

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With 2 states down, the Presidential primary races have already found their defining clichés. For the Democrats, it’s “the hedgehog and the fox,” for the Republicans, “the circular firing squad.” NBC News political correspondent Steve Handelsman on the races we’ve seen, and the ones still to come.

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Special Operations Forces have been anointed as the Obama Administration’s weapon of choice in its war against the Islamic State.  But bold declarations of intent are not the same as putting policies into effect.  The RAND Corporation’s Linda Robinson on the realistic expectations for Special Ops and their essential local allies.

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As wars rage around them in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Libya, what do people in the Middle East think about these crises and how to solve them?  Pre-eminent Arab-American pollster James Zogby has some answers, and some insights into the Mideast’s millennial generation, who love Islam but hate seeing it used to sow hatred.

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New Mexico’s drivers licenses are not yet compliant with Federal REAL ID demands…but the Feds have moved the deadline back to 2018 giving Democrats in the State Senate time to fight over fingerprinting of applicants for second-tier drivers authorization card.  AP Southwest correspondent Russell Contreras scans the political battlefield.

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