Here And There with Dave Marash

Amos Kamil always knew there were dark shadows at his famous New York City prep school Horace Mann, but it wasn’t until decades after his graduation that he learned the school was rife with sexual exploitation of students by members of the faculty and staff.  His investigative reporting called out school administrators whose response was, well, awful, refusing to admit guilt and brutalizing victims who sued for compensation.  Truth may win out, but justice for sexually abused former Horace Mann students seems far away.

Direct download: HereAndThere08302016Kamil.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm MST

“Funny business” is a phrase meant to be ironic.  “Funny business” is not funny…or not funny ha-ha, and funny business hardly runs like a legitimate enterprise.  And neither does the business of comedy.  In his book, The Comedians, Kliph Nesteroff presents a history of comedy in America told through its often funny comics and the often unfunny people who hire them.  There are laughs and characters aplenty, but there are serious questions, too…like when and how to be funny in the days after 9/11.

Direct download: HereAndThere08292016Nesteroff.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm MST

When Gerald Moore’s family moved from their ranch to Tucumcari, he thought they’d arrived in a big town.  And when he moved to Albuquerque and a job reporting for the Tribune all the opportunities seemed even bigger.  Next to come for Gerald: New York City and LIFE Magazine…a reporter’s life, covering urban riots and the dawn of LSD, among other stories…and big questions like…which picture best summed up the Pope’s visit to America…the one at St Patrick’s Cathedral or the one at Yankee Stadium?

Direct download: HereAndThere08252016Moore.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm MST

Today on HERE & THERE:  we begin a review of some our favorite conversations about books with their authors.  Ann Jones’ THEY WERE SOLDIERS is an enduring classic of war reporting.  Ann focuses on a crucial question the news media are likely to overlook: what happens to wounded American soldiers after they come home from war?  The answer will leave you very uncomfortable.  Among the many things left out of President George W Bush and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s plans for war in Iraq and Afghanistan was caring for American casualties. 

Direct download: HereAndThere082416AnnJones.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:20am MST

The Donald Trump Presidential campaign seems stuck in a downward direction.  Can the new third campaign management team turn things around?  Their plan C, is to return to Trump’s Plan A….let Donald be Donald.  But isn’t that what started his crash in the first place?  Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter David Cay Johnston’s new book explains just who Trump is, when he’s being himself…and what it might mean for America if a guy whose watchword in business is “revenge,” loses the Presidential election. 

Direct download: HereAndThere08232016Johnston.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm MST

Dr. Bill Thomas was just starting out as a doctor when he found himself caring for dozens of elderly people in a nursing home.  It was a sad and depressing place, but Dr Thomas figured out how to transform it into an Eden…and from that sprung a global movement to use plants and animals not as decorations by as life-extenders.  From there, Bill’s path has led him to tiny homes for self-sufficient elders and improved designs for emergency rooms for better treatment of old patients.

Direct download: HereAndThere082216BillThomas.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:14am MST

By almost every social and economic measurement, Native Americans are this country’s poorest people, especially if they live on Indian reservations.  Wall Street Journal contributor Naomi Schaefer Riley says, in her new book, The New Trail of Tears: How Washington is Destroying American Indians, that much of the blame for these facts goes to the US Government and its paternalistic laws and policies that make Indian self-help in economic development almost impossible. Riley also indicts education on the reservation, which, she says, makes Indians who leave the rez way behind in the competition for good jobs.

Direct download: HereAndThere081816Riley.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm MST

Radiologicial Dirty Bombs are relatively cheap and relatively easy to make.  And although the number of people they might kill is relatively small, their economic and psychological effects could be huge.  Which makes it surprising that, so far, they’ve never figured in a successful attack in the United States.  Investigative reporter Patrick Malone of the Center for Public Integrity says, one thing that deserves no credit for preventing dirty bomb attacks is the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s security program.  Government investigators have tested it twice in the last 9 years.  It flunked both times. 

Direct download: HereAndThere08172016Malone.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm MST

To win contracts, private prisons have been be cost-competitive with public facilities.  To get shareholders and capital, they have to make a profit.  How do they do it?  Shane Bauer of Mother Jones Magazine went undercover for 4 months as a corrections officer at a Corrections Corporation of America prison in Louisiana, and he found the answers you’d expect…lower salaries, fewer benefits, and far worse conditions for prisoners.  All of which, he tells us, have effects on those private prisons and people who live and work there…himself, he says, painfully included.

Direct download: HereAndThere08012016Bauer.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm MST

Since early this summer, anxiety has been rising at Democratic Party headquarters, as executives and staff have dealt with the hacking of their computers, probably by Russian intelligence.  Just before the Democratic convention, Wikileaks released thousands of insider emails, showing how much party officials favored Hillary Clinton to win the Presidential nomination from Bernie Sanders.  Cyber-war specialist Shane Harris of The Daily Beast on Democratic fears that worse leaks are yet to come.  Shane also points out the hackers apparently stole not just party political messages, but personal data that puts more than 100 Democratic workers and funders at risk for identity theft.

Direct download: HereAndThere081516Harris.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm MST

Apparently, no one told Donald Trump about it, but there’s a war going on in Ukraine, with national forces fighting pro-Russian separatists, and maybe a few Russian soldiers, as well.  It’s called the frozen war, because the front lines hardly move, but the shooting and the dying grind on.  Foreign correspondent Nick Schifrin saw it from both sides, and he also witnessed a different kind of Ukrainian conflict, the war against government corruption, big and national, small and local.  Here, too, it’s hard to say who’s winning.

Direct download: HereAndThere08092016Schifrin.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm MST

If Hillary Clinton wins the Presidency, she will not only be the first female President, her husband Bill will be the first First Gentleman, as well as the first White House spouse to also hold the title President.  Nina Burleigh, political correspondent for Newsweek points out…there are potential problems here. Not only what Mr. Clinton’s title should be, but what kinds of jobs might he have, or what special projects might he be given, and, of course, where will his office be.  The one next to the President is already taken – by the Vice President.  

Direct download: HereAndThere08082016Burleigh.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm MST

Some people look at a mountain stream like the Gila River in SW NM and see wildness, nature before man laid a hand on it.  Other see the Gila and say, how can man make it better?  …or is it just…make it more expensive?  No question the Gila is beautiful just as it is, but environmental reporter Laura Paskus of NM in Depth says, for decades politicians have been planning to harness the Gila, redistribute its waters and spend up to a billion dollars.  That grand plan has run out of money, but a new proposal could still cost more than $300 million without even counting the cost of decades of maintenance.

Direct download: HereAndThere08042016Paskus.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm MST

The political conventions are over.  The Republicans and the Democrats have had their fun and had their say.  So, what were the messages they have left in their wake?  And did the speeches and performances change any voters’ minds?  Political analyst Thomas Frank, author of the recent book Listen, Liberal reviews the convention spectaculars and focus his own spectacles on the road ahead to November.  What does he think of Donald Trump asking Russian President Vladimir Putin to help him win…and of the re-branding of Hillary Clinton to the “change-maker?”   

Direct download: HereAndThere08032016ThomasFrank.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm MST

Since last November Republican Presidential hopefuls have been throwing a lot of hate at Muslims and Islam.  Most Republican voters take a dim view of both Islam and the people who practice it,  but a series of national polls shows Democratic and Independent voters keep feeling better about both.  University of Maryland Pollster Shibley Telhami says his results have surprised him.  Even after the mass murderer in Orlando told police he followed the Islamic State, most Americans rejected him and –Telhami’s latest poll shows – accepted Muslims and Islam even more. 

Direct download: HereAndThere080216Telhami.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm MST

Since the overthrow of the 41 year dictatorship of Muammar Gadafi,  Libya has had a series of failed governments.  Today it still has 2 competing ones.  The UN and US support the one in Tripoli, Russia and Egypt prefer the last elected Parliament based in the eastern city of Tobruk.  But now, a third force might be emerging with the amnesty granted Gadafi’s favorite son Seif al-Islam.  Award-winning Libyan journalist Mustafa Fetouri says the younger Gadafi wants power, and could get it and have more popular support than either present government.

Direct download: HereAndThere08016Fatouri.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm MST

1