Here And There with Dave Marash (general)

The fastest-growing phenomenon in American retail right now is the Dollar Store, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar and Dollar General.  There are more Dollar General stores than there are McDonalds.  Low prices.  Low overhead.  Low wages for few workers.  2 struggling towns in Kansas decide if they want one. Chris McGreal of The Guardian with the story.

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A tough year for Brazil to choose a new President.  The economy’s terrible, violent crime is rampant, and the man who led all the polls, former President Lula was tossed from the race.  Then the new poll leader, right-winger Jair Bolsonaro was stabbed and now confusion reigns.  AP Rio de Janeiro Bureau Chief Peter Prengaman sorts out the story.

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A California jury has ordered Monsanto  to pay a high school groundskeeper named Dewayne (Lee) Johnson $289 million, because Monsanto never warned Johnson that the weed-killer Roundup could give him cancer. Carey Gillam wrote the investigative book Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer and the Corruption of Science.

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It’s called the Regional Coalition of Los Alamos National Laboratories Communities, a harmless group that offers community platforms and Washington lobbying in behalf of the Labs.  But Steve Terrell, the Statehouse Reporter and Columnist for The Santa Fe New Mexican, says it does the little it does on our dime, and that’s just the beginning of the scandal.  The Coalition’s former chief executive is running for the State Legislature in spite of what was at best sloppy bookkeeping and at worst a waste of taxpayers’ money.

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The standard measurements all show the US economy doing well.  So how come so many Americans are doing so badly?  And can an economy live off by skimming the fat off the top, while down below, major cities are awash in people living in homelessness and hunger and small towns are fading away?  Financial journalist Nomi Prins, the author of Collusion: How Central Bankers Rigged the World sees signs of trouble ahead in America and in emerging markets like Turkey, Brazil and Mexico, and perhaps for the banks that invested there. 

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Sen. Jeff Flake had been planning to run for another term, as a Republican alternative to Donald Trump.  Instead he’s planning to retire.  In the Republican primary for Flake’s seat, Martha McSally’s key to victory was convincing voters she wasn’t a never- her story, in depth.

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There is neglected history and there is hidden history.  In his award-winning book The Other Slavery, Andres Resendez uncovers both the neglected history Native American slavery in America, and the hidden history of Christopher Columbus, big-time slave trader.

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Homelessness in New Mexico has not exploded at anything like the rates seen along the Pacific Coast, but still the state is short of places to stay and services to help homeless people become self-supporting.  In Albuquerque tiny homes are being suggested as an answer the first problem, and in Northern New Mexico a federally funded campaign is being launched to help young people with nowhere to live.  Hank Hughes of the NM Coaltion to End Homelessness talks problems and potential solutions…in depth on HERE & THERE

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Remember the Parkland, Florida high school shootings?  On Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2018, 17 students and staff members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High were killed by a 19 year old former student Nikolas Cruz armed with an AR-15 style semi-automatic rifle and multiple magazines.  “The Parkland effect” – led by survivors of the shooting -- helped change gun laws in Florida, but Steve LeVine of Axios.com wonders if Parkland will affect the November elections.  

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President Trummp’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh told Maine Senator Susan Collins that he considered Roe V. Wade “settled law.”  But what if he changed his mind?  Margaret Wright of the NM Political Report says in the case, access to abortion in this state may depend on the fate of a 50 year old state law. The battle to repeal it, she says, will be a big issue for the 2019 session of the NM Legislature. 

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What does it mean when citizens of Los Angeles vote overwhelmingly to raise their own taxes to pay for housing for the homeless?  Reporter Bryce Covertof The Nation says it’s just one sign of several – including anti-austerity rebellions in the state legislature of Kansas and Illinois, that 2018 may be a banner political year for progressives.  But winning won’t come easily.  Small government conservatives aren’t just well-organized, they’re well-funded, by among others, the Koch Brothers and the Mercer family.

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Of all the places on earth, the one you’d probably least like to find yourself is Yemen, where deadly bombings by the Saudi and Emerati air forces continue to pound cities, towns, hospitals and basic infrastructure.  There is vicious, if strategically stalemated fighting on the ground as well.  Military analyst David Isenberg tells us who’s actually doing the fighting.  It may be Saudis and Emeratis in the air, but the ground forces trying to defeat the Houthis that have seized control of Yemen’s capital and main northern seaport are foreign mercenaries. 

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First, the Rohingya Muslims were violently driven from their homes in Myanmar, in what the UN calls another case of the crime against humanity known as ethnic cleansing.  Now, up to 700,000 Rohingya are living in refugee camps in Bangladesh.  Conditions are wretched and the Bangladeshi government refuses to allow for imporvements that might suggests the camps may become permanent.  Registered nurse Tylerr Jones is just back from a medical relief mission for the Sante Fe-based Global Outreach Doctors 

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What’s the hardest word for a tyrant to say to his people?  “Goodbye,” as in, my time’s up now.  That’s the problem right now in Nicaragua, where President Daniel Ortega is under siege, loudly rejected by a growing portion of the Nicaraguan population.  And every killing and crackdown committed to keep him in in office only makes the crisis worse.  So far hundreds have been killed and thousands are in jail or ominously out of sight.  Steve Hellinger of The Development GAP think tank looks at the story.

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Do you know where the State of NM spends its money?  Last year, 43 cents of every dollar were contracted to firms from outside NM, and that share has only increased in each of the last 5 years of Gov. Susana Martinez’ administration.  The Legislature has mandated State Govt time and again to make this data publicly available.  But it took John R. Roby, the big data specialist of Searchlight NM not only to dig out the info, but make it available on line for you.  How’d he do it?  It wasn’t easy. 

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For years, the housing authority in Alexander County in southern Illinois, let their public housing properties deteriorate.  By the time the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development took over, the buildings were too far gone to repair.  So HUD shut them and left hundreds of families looking for affordable places to live in a market that has little to offer.  Many residents have had to relocate hours away from the places they lived for decades. Molly Parker of The Southern Illinoisan and Pro Publica has the story.

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Amazon pays its warehouse workers more than some competitors, and they offer medical benefits, which is unusual.  But, critics say, the company’s close digital monitoring of everything from productivity rates to bathroom breaks make it an oppressive workplace.  And why were ambulances on stand by at 2 Amazon warehouse where workers were fainting from the high heat before the company put in air conditioning? Reporter Nina Shapiro of the Seattle Times went to an Amazon warehouse and has the story.

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Experts say, there has never been a voting system that was not vulnerable to hacking.  Investigative reporter Kim Zetter of VICE News’ Motherboard says, with election day less than 3 months away, those vulnerabilities remain largely unaddressed.  Will Putin play spoiler in the American elections again?  Suspected Russian spoofing of American power grid controls has been spotted.  Does this mean the Kremlin is shifting targets away from the election, or just that they’re expanding their hacking techniques? 

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Dona Ana County in southern NM is at the heart of what’s expected to be the closest contest among the state’s 3 Congressional races.  In the past, low voter turnout has limited the county’s influence on such political decisions, but this year, Heath Haussamen of NM Politics.net says, county election officials are determined to change that.  It’s a non-partisan effort to get out the vote, but it could have an impact on a very partisan election.

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Israel tells Russia, a 60 mile buffer zone between Iranian forces and the Syrian-Israeli border is a non-starter; we want Iran out of Syria.  Russia’s answer –no can do…and when asked about Russian attitudes towards further Israeli airstrikes against Iranian and Hezbollah bases in Syria, his answer is, It’s not for us to say. So should Israel see this as a green light, a yellow light or a red light for future bomb and missile attacks?  Andrew Parasiliti of the RAND Corporation on the implications. 

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Russia and Germany are working together to build the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea, which will further solidify Russia as the energy supplier for Germany and much of Europe.  President Trump says this will give Russia political domination over Germany.  Keith Johnson of Foreign Policy calls that an exaggeration.  But Keith agrees with the White House that there’s no exaggerating the negatives in the new pipeline for Ukraine, both in terms of national income and energy security. 

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Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, AMLO for short, finally won the Presidency of Mexico on his 4th try, and he did it by an overwhelming majority vote.  He’s also got strong majorities in both houses of Congress to tackle his promises to reduce historic levels of crime and violence and uproot endemic corruption.  And Victoria Gaytan of the think tank Global Americans reminds us, AMLO also has to deal with Donald Trump, who has publically called him “a terrific person.” 

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Twelve Thai schoolboys, aged 11 to 16 and their soccer coach trapped in a flooded cave for more than a week before they were found alive, after which it took more than a week to bring them to safety.  It was, for its time, the biggest news story in the world.  What an event! What a media event! How did it affect politically divided Thailand and what happens next for the kids and their soccer coach?  Tassanee Vejpongsa, Bangkok-based reporter for the Associated Press has been covering the story

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The migration of mostly middle-class, often well-educated and skilled refugees from the war in Syria has stirred lots of hostility and conflict in Europe.  So why has an equally large migration of similar people fleeing the police state in Venezuela gone so much more smoothly across Latin America?  Could it be because Europeans cling to tribal identities while Latin Americans see themselves as a single community?   Demetrios Papademetriou of the Migration Policy Institute explains. 

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America has had it both ways…as a country filled with beavers to one where the busy aquatic rodents have been almost exterminated.  Finding a livable middle ground for beavers and human hasn’t been easy, but Ben Goldfarb, author of the new book, EAGER: THE SURPRISING SECRET LIFE OF BEAVERS AND WHY THEY MATTER says we’re getting there…and we’re setting examples of how to do beaver restoration that are changing Western Europe.  Find out how transformative beavers can be to our riverine environments.

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Do the facts matter anymore?  The crime rate in Germany is very low and the absorption of more than a million migrants since 2015 has hardly affected the economy.  But enough Germans have been listening to the nativist rants of outsiders like Donald Trump and insiders like Interior Minister Host Seehofer that they believe the opposite. This has put Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition government in danger.  Madeleine Schwartz of the NY Review of Books is based in Berlin and has been following the story. 

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First, Donald Trump threatened to pull the US out of NATO is member states didn’t fulfill their pledges to boost their defense spending.  But that’s just a squabble about money.  Now, he’s called into doubt America’s commitment to NATO’s collective security by questioning why the US should fight to defend Montenegro.  “They’re an aggressive people,” Trump says, adding that an aggressive Montenegro could start World War 3.  Montenegrins are insulted and bemused…NATO allies are worried.  USA Today White House correspondent David M Jackson helps to sort things out. 

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Jeffrey Wilson wanted a Wise Man’s view of today’s American political reality, so he conducted an interview with the scholar-activist Noam Chomsky; and he wanted to communicate what he learned to an audience that might never read Chomsky’s books.  So, he turned his interview and some reality-testing of it in a graphic novel-style book The Instinct for Cooperation.

The making of the book actually exemplifies its subject: the transformative effect of mutual aid as seen through the Occupy Wall Street action in New York and a Mexican-American Studies program in Arizona.

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Although there are still a few pockets of resistance in Syria, the Islamic State has largely been defeated, and its ability to be a base for large-scale terrorism has been sharply reduced.  But Brian Michael Jenkins of the RAND corporation says that has only re-shaped, not eliminated terrorist  threats.  So how should America adjust is strategies and tactics in the GWOT, Global War on Terror to pre-empt almost random, so-called “lone wolf” terrorism?

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The First Amendment could not be more clear.  It protects freedom of speech, personal and published, and freedoms of assembly and religion.  Now a 5-4 majority decision written by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito extends First Amendment protections to outvoted minorities who won’t join and don’t want to pay into their workplace’s labor union.  Justice Elena Kagan’s dissent says this isn’t so much an extension as a dangerous corruption of First Amendment law. Noam Scheiber of the NY Times covered the Janus vs AFSCME case and talks with us about the story.

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We start our program week, with President Donald Trump’s trade war.  Who are supposed to be the foreign targets of Trump’s economic belligerence, and who are meant to be its beneficiaries?  And who in America already consider themselves to be among its casualties?  And when and where will consumers start to see rising prices on things they buy because of Trump’s tariff policies?  Ali Velshi, the chief economic correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC looks at the story, in depth on HERE & THERE -- coming up next. 

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Almost every corporation tries to present a pretty face to the news media.  But reporter Marie C. Baca of the Albuquerque Journal and the Columbia Journalism Review says Facebook’s attempts to channel journalists into telling the story it wants before the public are as aggressive as anyone’s.  Gosh, did the state’s leading newspaperreally want to talk with Gov. Susana Martinez? they said, after shunting Marie into a lesser session with carefully coached small business people.  

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Military forces backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are re-taking southwestern Syria from one of the last group of rebel holdouts.  The front lines keep getting closer to the borders of Jordan and Israel, and Israel at least is warning Hezbollah and Iranian forces fighting for Assad to back off, or else.  The government advance has gotten lots of air support from Russia, which is one reason why Israeli leader Binyamin Netanayhu is heading for Moscow for talks with Vladimir Putin.  Josef Federman, the Associated Press’ Bureau Chief in Jerusalem has been directing coverage of the story. 

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Libya still has 2 governments, one based in Tripoli in the West and the other in Tobruk in the East.  Neither one is much good, but the Tripoli government has international recognition from the UN and the US.  But the Tobruk government has by far the better army and now controls Libya’s biggest oil port, and its military leader, Field Marshall Khalifa Hifter says it will no longer let Tripoli dictate shares in oil profits.  Award-winning Libyan journalist Mustafa Fetouri of Al-Monitor helps us sort things out. 

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Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un both came to Singapore, had an apparently amiable conversation and went home in peace.  President Trump called this a game-changing triumph, but only weeks later admitted that North Korea hadn’t changed, and was still a dangerous nuclear threat to America. So are the analysts who say Trump gave North Korea more and got less than his Presidential predecessors correct?  Joe Cirinicione of the Ploughshares Fund is one of our top experts on nuclear weapons and diplomacy with Pyongyang.  

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President Donald Trump, under extreme political pressure, suddenly reversed his family separation policy for migrants crossing America’s southern border.  But are the forcibly separated families really being reunited, and will they now face years together in detention while they await their day in court? Zoe Carpenter of The Nation has visited one notorious detention center and tells how it’s just one part of a zero tolerance policy that collapsed of its own weight, incompetence and cruelty. 

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Ivan Duque won the Presidency of Colombia campaigning on the program of his political mentor, former President Alvaro Uribe, to undermine the peace agreement with the FARC rebels.  Now that he’s won, Colombians are asking if he’ll keep to that hard line or show some independence and try to negotiate changes the FARC will accept?  The bigger question is will he bring law, order and governance to the rural areas the FARC has surrendered?  Joshua Goodman of the Associated Press discusses the story, in depth.

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It has been more than 32 years since one of the world’s worst nuclear accidents destroyed a reactor at the Chernobyl complex in Ukraine.  Harvard University historian Serhii Plokhy new book, entitled Chernobyl, sorts out the many consequences of the accident, for the health of people in Northern and Eastern Europe and for the politics of the Soviet Union and its successor states. 30-plus years and we’re still learning new things about the persistence of radiation and its human impacts. 

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Colombia has elected a new President who wants to do a Trump-like thing and toss out a peace treaty his predecessor made with the former FARC guerilla army.  But at least the results were decisive and the election was clean.  Christopher Sabatini of Columbia University says recent elections in Venezuela and Honduras were as dirty as could be, and the prospects for upcoming Presidential elections in Mexico and Brazil show how threatened the very existence of real democracy is in today’s Latin America.

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In the last weeks before NM’s gubernatorial primaries, Politico Magazine broke what is called a “scandal” about the Democratic primary winner Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham.  Grisham’s spokeswoman admits to “honest mistakes,” but how big a deal is this?  Are the faults in the state’s Democratic star, or in the way the State does public business.  Should public servants make private profits doing other public services? Trip Jennings of NM In Depth helps us sort that out. 

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The first place Russian use of fake news to manipulate foreign populations was uncovered was in Ukraine.  Todd Helmus of the RAND Corporation led a study team to detail what the Russian trolls were doing and how they did it.  He’ll tell us what his team found, and how they did that.  Ukraine, of course was only the beginning, interfering in the 2016 American Presidential election was the main event, but the Russian digital intrusions kept on coming, in the Brexit vote, and in national elections in France, Germany and Italy.  

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For 9 of the past 11 years, the University of New Mexico’s Athletic Department overspent its budget by millions of dollars.  And now it’s revealed UNM is out of compliance with Title IX because women aren’t getting an equal share of finding or participation in UNM athletics.  What went wrong and how did the University’s Presidents and Regents let it happen, and did the fact that a lot of university fund-raising has been kept secret from the public made problems worse?   Investigative reported Daniel Libit of the websitenmfishbowl.com has been first on this story, and give us an update. 

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ “zero tolerance” policy on immigration across America’s southern border was designed to have consequences.  But new statistics uncovered by Reuters reporter Mica Rosenberg show the effect of prosecuting every border-crosser is separating migrant families in enormous numbers.  How enormous?  Before zero tolerance families were separated at a rate of about 100 a month.  But – in the only numbers ICE has made public – in 2 weeks in May 638 families were broken apart.  And reuniting them after deportation is not easy nor always quick.

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Turkey seems to have won a stare-down with the United States in Northern Syria.  The US has agreed to make Kurdish troops, our best allies in the fight against the Islamic State, leave the Syrian city of Manbij.  Now Turkey has announced it has an active incursion inside Iraq, whose government is also our ally, and Iran and Hezbullah are threatening US interests  elsewhere in Syria.  Pultizer Prize winning reporter Roy Gutman explains what’s going on. 

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You can't win a war without winning some battles, but even winning a whole string of battles does not mean  you've won the war.  Take for example, the American-led war to, in President Trump's word, "annihilate" the Islamic State.  In city after city, allied air attacks married to on-the-ground fighting by Iraqi and Syrian forces have forced IS to retreat from Ramadi, Tikrit, Falluja, Mosul and Raqqa.  Why isn't the war over?  As former US intelligence officer David Eneboe puts it in the title of his new book IT'S THE IDEOLOGY that has not been defeated.  Ending the scourge of Islamism is what it's all about.  

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Investigative reporter Simon Boazman has just broadcast a documentary, Islamophobia, Inc on Al Jazeera English.  The thesis: the sharp rise in hate crimes against American Muslims has been encouraged by a well-financed, well-organized conspiracy of hatred.  A hidden group of funders, at least some of them familiar donors of “dark money” to right-wing causes underwrite and distribute remarkably repetitive messages to a potential audience of millions.  Overblown invocations of “jihad” and “Sharia law” stoke fears.

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18 years ago, there was essentially one Taliban-approved source of news in Afghanistan.  Today, Afghan news consumers support hundreds of radio, tv, print and online news options.  Ilias Alami of the Afghan Journalists Safety Committee on how newspeople work together to survive.  Says Alami, in Afghanistan, all reporters are war reporters, like it or not.  But he notes, there are many other stories that demand coverage as well.

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If our National Parks are looking a little run down, it’s because there is an $11 billion backlog of undone maintenance on everything from roads and guard-rails to rest rooms. Elizabeth Miller of the Santa Fe Reporter, Backpacker and The Guardian USA on the Trump Administration’s plan to pay for repairs with money raised by leasing out more public lands, including National park lands for energy development.  Could National Parks maintenance be paid for out of general tax revenues?  Of course, but that’s not the White House’s choice.

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The pension fund for Colorado’s state employees is running short of money.  2 reasons are consistent underfunding by the legislature and below average returns on pension fund investments.  But investigative reporter David Sirota tells us, “reforming” the fund involves penalizing retirees and protecting lawmakers and money managers.  Pensioners will see cost of living adjustments cut and contributions raised, while money managers get to keep their veil of secrecy from public evaluation of their work. 

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Donald Trump keeps saying he wants to be Vladimir Putin’s friend, but Trump’s renunciation of the nuclear arms agreement with Iran won’t help the relationship, and neither will Israeli attacks on Iranian forces fighting on Russia’s side in Syria.  Scholar-analyst Stephen F. Cohen of NYU and Princeton and The Nation on why the US and Russia aren’t getting along.  Cohen says one reason is the US News Media and its addiction to stories that put Putin in a bad light. 

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The Conservative Republicans of the Nixon era, who created the OSHA system were sure to include stakeholder participation through advisory boards. Now the radical-conservatives of the Trump era have knocked them out, and may some workplace health and safety protections as well.  Has development of a sensor to warn construction workers of approaching  danger been halted, or ended?  Rebecca Moss of the New Mexican and ProPublica tells the story.

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 According to Attorney General Jeff Sessions the threat to our southern border is so great that families who used to be simply deported will now be prosecuted with adults and their children forcibly separated for months at a time, and President Trump has sent the National Guard to the border.  But what are they actually doing there?  Can you say, motor pool? Desert Sage columnist Algernon D’Ammassa of the Deming Headlight with the view from the US-Mexico border.

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President Donald Trump withdraws from the multi-national nuclear weapons agreement with Iran, rejecting pleas from our closest allies and sending Kim Jong Un to Beijing for Chinese advice on the implications for his own negotiations with the US leader.  Joseph Cirincione of the Ploughshares Fund on nuclear brinksmanship and diplomacy. Trump’s aggressive policies, he says, could push Israel and Iran into war and make a deal with North Korea even more unlikely. 

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CNS, a corporate combination led by Bechtel National promised it could save the Department of Energy more than 3 billion bucks, running 2 shops in its nuclear weapons program.  They haven’t come close.  So why, investigative reporter Patrick Malone of the Center for Public Integrity asks, does the Government keep giving them big profit bonuses?

CNS’ plan was simple, fire workers and cut benefits to those who aren’t let go.

Guess what.  They did both, but the costs of nuclear weapons keep going up.

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As the 2018 election cycle unfolds, keep you eyes out for avowed racists, nativists and neo-Nazis.  Donna Minkowitz of The Nation Magazine reports there are likely to be a dozen or more such people on the ballot, and one narrowly missed by the Republican Gubernatorial candidate in VA last year.  Here’s running for the Senate this year. Will public acceptance of institutional haters be a big part of President Donald Trump’s political legacy?

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Avoidable deaths have occurred, unnecessary pain and injury, too, because of inadequate medical staffing at jails run by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.  Mary Hudetz of the Associated Press and NM In Depth says the warnings have been piling up for years.  The BIA budget for medical care for all Native Americans provides less than a quarter of the money the Federal Buro of Prisons offers its inmates.  No wonder most American Indian death rates are far worse than for “average Americans.” 

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In 2009, the Albuquerque Police Department made up a label, "The Memphis Mob" to describe a group of African-American men they'd arrested.  It produced headlines and a claim by then-Mayor Martin Chavez that this was "one of the biggest gang busts in Albuquerque history."  Then the label disappeared for 7 years, until, INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER JEFF PROCTOR OF NM IN DEPTH says it was used by an APD detective to aim a Federal ATF operation planned for the city.  The result?  27% of the arrests made by the ATF were of African-Americans in a city whose population is just 3% African-American. 

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2017 was an unusually quiet year for school shootings.  2018 has been the opposite.  The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS in Parkland Florida on February 14th was the 11th of the new year.  And there have been half a dozen more school shooting incidents since.  Dr. Ronald Stephens of the National School Safety Center travels the country advising on how to make schools more secure.  

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After declaring in his usual emphatic way that Turkey’s next national election would be held in November 2019, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suddenly changed plans.  Now the vote will be on June 24.  Journalist and analyst Pinar Tremblay of Al Monitor says the rush to the polls is to prevent opposition parties from finding strong candidates and getting organized in time. Also, the switch means the election will held under the restrictive rules of a State of Emergency, which have been in place since a compromised coup almost 2 years ago. 

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Since mid-October, precipitation in  New Mexico has been about 3 squirts and a spit…6 straight months of “historic” drought.  Environmental Reporter Laura Paskus of the NM Political Report says for the state’s recreation and agriculture industries things could hardly look worse. The next hope for real rain is the so-called Monsoon which can start in May or June or never show up at all.  

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Even Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has admitted to Congress, new and tougher rules are needed to protect his customers’ privacy from political manipulators like Cambridge Analytica and Russian trolls.  Zuckerberg says he wants one set of rules, even if they are hard on his company, to apply everywhere on earth.  Craig Timberg of the Washington Post on the soon-to-be enacted European rules on internet privacy and on what Facebook and the Congress are likely to do next. 

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For the first time in almost 60 years, the President of Cuba is not a member of the Castro family.  But does this mean the new President Miguel Diaz-Canel will be Cuba’s real national leader?  AMB. VICKI HUDDLESTON, for several years America’s top diplomat in Cuba says, for a lot of reasons, the answer is not yet clear.  Raul Castro will still lead the Cuban Communist Party and both his son and his former son-in-law remain in powerful government positions. 

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How much impact did the American-led attack on 3 Syrian Government chemical weapon sites have?  Says journalist and author Charles Glass, probably not much.  And how much impact did the missile and bomb assault have on the wider war in Syria?  None at all, is his answer.  We survey the Syrian landscape to update you on the several different battlefronts of his destructive war and ask the question, is it time to end the fighting?

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In 2016, evidence now shows, Russia-tied hackers tried to break into 21 state voting systems.  They succeeded in getting inside voter rolls in Illinois, but, this time, the evidence shows, they did no damage.  2018 is another national election year and reporter Christina Cassidy of the Associated Press, work on securing the voting process still has a long way to go.  One example, the Department of Homeland Security wants 150 security liaisons in place, 3 in each of the 50 states.  So far, they have only gotten security clearance for 20.  

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Who’s that playing the cruel slave owner Simon Legree…could that be Mickey Mouse?  Negotiations over wages and benefits for Disney cast-members only got nastier when Disney made a promised $1000 a worker tax-reform bonus contingent on workers signing a contract they had overwhelmingly rejected.  Reporter Michael Sainato has been covering the story, and he reminds us, Disney is the company forced to pay back  money it had withheld from workers for their uniforms.  Under that pllicy Disney was paying workers well under the Federal minimum wage, even as their profits soared.

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When right-wing Iowa Republican Congressman Steve King attacked Parkland, Florida high school massacre survivor Emma Gonzales for not speaking Spanish, he triggered memories in AP reporter Russell Contreras, who says language bullying to speak, or not to speak Spanish is all too common in America today.  King says the Castro regime’s monopoly on guns is a warning for America, as if the American government were as oppressive as the Cuban.  Hey Congressman, that American govt is who pays your salary.  Why do you take it, of you think it’s so totalitarian in nature?

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Do cell phones increase your risk of cancer.  The latest research from the National Toxicology Program of the National Institutes of Health is less than conclusive, but investigative reporter Mark Hertsgaard of The Nation says, newly released details are more ominous than earlier releases had indicated.  For some cancers, there was what is called “some evidence” of possible linkage, while for at least one cancer..Schwannoma, the evidence in rats was “clear.” 

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By almost every measure, public schools in Canada have a much better record for educating their immigrant students than schools in the United States. What are the reasons why, and how do the Canadians do it?  Kavitha Cardoza of Education Week magazine and the PBS NewsHour says there are several reasons -- all of which could be teaching points for America’s education leaders.  Canada is more selective in which immigrants are accepted, and more supportive of teachers and students in the classroom. And, crucially, the atmosphere for immigrants in Canada is much welcoming than in the USA. 

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In 2015 when mistakes made by contractors for the Federal Environmental Protection Administration unleashed a spew of stored wastewater from the Gold King Mine in Southern Colorado, it created an agricultural disaster for Navajo famers along the banks of the San Juan River, it got the world’s attention.  Not only was the Animas River turned a lurid yellow color, the spill sent a lot of toxic materials downstream. Jonathan P Thompson, author of the new book RIVER OF LOST SOULS says the trouble started more than a century ago, and the danger of other environmental catastrophes is both real and widespread.  

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Italy held national elections last month, and the top-polling party, the anti-political 5 Star Movement won 32% of the votes, a very shaky start on a governing coalition.  Worse, almost all the other parties who got significant numbers of votes say they cannot and will not work with the others.  One voting trend stood out, Italians rejected virtually every party or politician who had a recognizable brand name.  Where does Italy go from there?  Christopher Livesay of PBS NewsHour sorts it out for us from Rome. 

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Bill Press has spent much of his life immersed in politics, starting watching his grandfather work for votes as Mayor of Delaware City, DE…then moving from retail politics to wholesale, as Chair of the Democratic Party of California.  Now he’s in his 3rd decade as a political analyst and commentator, looking at a new corporate-scale political environment.  What does he see for the upcoming campaigns of 2018 and 202?  His new autobiography BILL PRESS FROM THE LEFT covers all of that and more

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One controversial element of the Obama Administration’s nuclear weapons agreement with Iran was the return to Iran of more than a billion dollars in funds that had once been part of the deposed Shah’s weapons-purchase account.  Richard J. Burton was the attorney who helped negotiate the agreement to give the Iranians back their frozen funds.

2 questions still being asked…why was the payment to Iran made in cash? And why wasn’t some of it held back to be used to repay claims by Americans who were victims of Iranian-backed terrorism?

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Xi Jinping has succeeded in positioning himself to be China’s President-for-life and ideological as well as political leader.  A key part of his ideology of total government control is his crackdown on public education.  Peter Herford the former CBS News executive who helped set up the ground-breaking school of Journalism at Shantou University in southeastern China on what Xi’s intervention means.  The new crackdown not only bowdlerizes th content of classes, it restricts all students to one curriculum, eliminating their right to choose their courses. 

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Retired Marine General Jim Mattis is the last man standing from President Donald Trump’s original national security team.  But how long can the Defense Secretary last?  Mark Perry, the author of the new book, THE PENTAGON’S WARS joins us to talk about what happens when there’s friction between the leaders at White House and the Pentagon.  Gen. Mattis tends to take a less ideological approach than his new partners, Secy of State Mike Pompeo and Natl Security Advisor John Bolton, not to mention the President who hired them. 

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Television executives say they carefully target their audiences, on broadcast, cable or – on demand – on the internet.  But analyst Jenny Schuetz of the Brookings Institution says their calibrations seem way out of date, still over-emphasizing the East and West Coast and giving short shrift to the South and Midwest.  Voters see this and don’t like it.  A lot of the areas that gave Donald Trump his surprise victory in 2016 are places the TV networks have turned their backs on, a breach niche programs like Duck Dynasty address and widen.

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Thomas TJ Brennan told the story of his long and painful recovery from traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress injury inflicted during his service on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan in a fine memoir, SHOOTING GHOSTS, done with photo-journalist Finbarr O’Reilly.  Something that helped was cannabis.  Why he asks, it is still illegal for the VA to offer it as treatment?  It’s just one sign of how behind the times the Veterans Administration system is in using new therapies for one of the most common serious injuries suffered by American in combat. 

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The auto industry prides itself on its innovations.  But new ideas that help sell cars get very different treatment from new ideas that could save lives. Joan Claybrook, President Emeritus of Public Citizen and one of America’s pioneer advocates for auto safety on the battle to get better brakes into cars and trucks.  The costs in prices for advanced braking systems seem small compared to the savings in human lives, and insurance companies note, in customer’s insurance premiums. 

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They say you can know a lot about a person by listing his enemies.  It’s telling, too, when the enemies list is endless.  But even for the prolific antagonist Donald Trump, there are priorities.  Globally, North Korea and Iran vie for the top spot, whilemano a mano, his irresistible opposite is Jeff Sessions, and when domestic politics gets beyond the White House, the enemy is the state of California.  Long-time Sacramento journalist Peter Schrag wrote in The Nation magazine about the California resistance to President Trump…

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The pollster, columnist and marketing strategist John Zogby was one of the first to see the mass murder at the high school in Parkland, Florida as a “tipping point” in America’s debate over gun control.  The children, he predicted, the students will lead a national movement towards more regulation of firearms. What were the first signs that led him to that conclusion?  And does he think the killings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High will play a role in the 2018 elections?  And what about the backlash of smears and conspiracies rampant on the internet?  Will the trolls drown out the students?

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For 30 years the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board has been the American public’s only “open window” to safety issues in the national nuclear weapons industry.  Last year Republican members of the Board tried to close the window and failing that, shut down the safety board entirely.  Nope.  Investigative reporter PatrickMalone of the Center for Public Integrity says the DNFSB survived in the Trump Administration’s 2019 Budget, and he’ll show why that’s a very good thing.  

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Venezuela used to be among Latin America’s most prosperous, functional and democratic countries.  Today it is none of those things,  Joshua Goodman of the Associated Press reports from Caracas, the Venezuelan capitol city now among the most violent, dangerous and crime-ridden places on earth.  Nicolas Maduro is bent on making himself President-for-life.  Can anyone stop him?

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In its first 4 years of existence, the Consumers’ Financial Protection Bureau returned close to $12 Billion taken from consumers by unscrupulous payday lenders, banks and other financial institutions.  Until the Trump Administration stopped all payouts last November.  Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative report Jesse Eisinger of Pro Publica on the battle to protect you from financial predators, and the Republican politician whose former seat in Congress was partially paid for by campaign contributions from payday lenders.  No wonder he seems to want to protect the predators. 

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Why would two sets of pre-schoolers be playing separately in a single schoolyard divided by a chain link fence?  Lauren Villagran of Searchlight NM says it’s New Mexico state public education department policies that segregate the Head Start kids from the state-funded pre-schoolers, keeping the poorest children in a world of their own.  Does this make sense to you?  There’s more agreement in the Legislature that more money needs to go for early-childhood education than there about where the money should come from. 

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced a new task force to control the output of manufacturers and distributors of opioid drugs.  A worthy idea says Polk Award-winning reporter Lenny Bernstein of the Washington Post, and a welcome shift from the passivity of the Obama administration. But the change maybe a little late, since the opioid market is shifting away from Vicodin and Oxy-contin to the more dangerous and harder to detect Fentanils.  Meanwhile the national death toll from opioid overdoses continues to climb. 

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 Most people from the Iraqi city of Mosul are glad they were liberated from the Islamic State, but sad about the cost, in human lives, and in the utter destruction of most of the Western half of the city. And now it’s clear the US and the rest of the world are stepping away from financing rebuilding.  Morally wrong, some senior diplomats who have worked there, tell AP Correspondent Lori Hinnant, they think so, but worse, they think this could create a new generation of terrorists.  T

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The worst parts of the country to suffer a serious accident are in rural America.  People die of trauma 3 times as often as in the cities or suburbs.  One huge reason?  Fewer hospitals.  And they’re getting fewer all the time.  Rural hospitals face a double whammy…it’s harder to recruit doctors to sparsely settled place and the patient population is unpredictable and low. Staci Matlock, editor of the Taos News, with some sure signs of stress in her local hospital and how her taxpaying readers may be asked to help out. 

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Almost 7 years in, and the war in Syria is as destructive as ever to civilian life, even though the array of destroyers doing the shooting and changes keeps changing.  Saudi Arabia has cashed out and its former clients may now be working for Turkey whose Army has invaded a Syrian area called Afrin. Not too close to American troops. Charles Glass knows Syria as well as any Western reporter, and he’s still a frequent visitor. 

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For years, enough roads led to the border village of Santa Teresa, NM for people to think they might eventually turn a profit there.  Along came NAFTA and Jerry Pacheco started dreaming about a town straddling the border, living the dream of social harmony and profitable trade.  Sarah Tory of High Country News says Pacheco’s not the only one banking on Santa Teresa’s future.  Of course, if President Trump kills NAFTA and builds his border barrier, Santa Teresa will go back to being a hole in the wall. 

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Angela Merkel has said it: her 4th term as Germany’s Chancellor will be her last and she intends to serve the full 4 years.  But 6 months after she won election, she still needs to form a government.  That depends on half a million members of her partners in a “Grand Coalition,” The Social Democratic Party. Will they approve another 4 years playing second fiddle? If they don’t, Merkel says she’ll call a new election in which the far right anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany Party is expected to grow in votes and power. Madeleine Schwartz of the NY Review of Books is living in Berlin. 

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Is there still a “Western World?”  And if there is, who is its leader?  Not the usual suspect.  President Donald Trump has few followers beyond our borders, and with Angela Merkel struggling to form, much less lead, a government in Germany, and Teresa May struggling to stay in office in the UK, a name you hear a lot is French President Emmanuel Macron.  Why?  What’s he done and where is he leading France and Europe?  AP’s Paris Bureau Chief Angela Charlton covers the story,

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The humanitarian disaster in Syria is as bad as ever, with hundreds of thousands of internally displaced Arab families caught up in conventional warfare between the Turkish Army and Kurdish militias.  Roy Gutman covered the flight to refuge in Afrin and updates us the refuge has become a deadly trap. And what’s the US military up to, building a client army of 30,000 and several thousand Americans on the ground in support? Finishing off, “annihilating” the ISIS threat is just Job 1 of several.  The story, in depth on HERE & THERE -- coming up next

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Homelessness is, by definition, a housing problem, but America’s Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Dr Ben Carson says it’s not his problem, “not a Federal problem, but everybody’s problem.”  Which usually means, it’s nobody’s problem, except the millions of people in America who go homeless every night.  Alastair Gee runs The Guardians’ investigative project on homelessness, Outside in America.  He reports a lot of cities are solving their homelessness problem by handing out one-way bus tickets out of town.  Some solution!

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Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos, and Jamie Dimon are all self-made American billionaires.  They’ve succeeded by creating new solutions to investing, retail marketing and banking, now they’re joining together to tackle one of the country’s most perplexing problems: healthcare.  Elizabeth Rosenthal, the author of An American Sickness, a best-selling examination of the infrastructure of American medical care looks at the key questions, some possible answers, and the impact these 3 men might have on all American healthcare. 

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The US Constitution guarantees that everyone facing criminal charges, even if they can’t afford one, is entitled to legal counsel.  The State of New Mexico effectively says, “Can’t afford it.”  Maggie Shepard of the Albuquerque Journal on the state’s over-burdened Office of the Public Defender.  One critic says the effect is, more innocent people in jail and longer sentences for the innocent and guilty alike.  

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Who’s working in America’s radio and television news rooms?  On TV, it sometimes looks like women and minorities are better represented, but are the people you see still tokens of hidden exclusion revealed in the number of women and minorities off camera.  And what about the executive suites…is promotion to top management equally open to all?  And does the invisibility of radio move it towards inclusion or exclusion of women and minorities?  Bob Papper has for years conducted the Hofstra University – Radio TV Digital News Association survey of the industry in America.  

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According to recent surveys, just over 10% of America’s working adults – people with jobs – are going hungry.  Here in NM, the rate is the highest in America.  15.3% of the working men and women in New Mexico regularly fail to feed themselves or their families.  And yet, President Trump wants to make it harder to get food stamps, and America exports well over $100 billion worth of food products every year.  Joel Berg, once a top manager in the Department of Agriculture, now leads Hunger-Free America…a brand name and a far off aspiration.

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The bottom is dropping out of America.  A Nobel Prize economist says deep poverty in the USA is as bad as the worst in Bangladesh or Burkina Faso.  And it’s spreading:  One sure sign: hunger.  As usual, California shows the way to the future.  Charlotte Simmonds of the Guardian’s Outside in America team on how a new generation of hungry and homeless people have swamped Silicon Valley.

Prominent among the new needy, families, young singles, and people with full-time jobs.

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If President Trump’s aim at Davos was to put America First, he did it, in his own mind and in his own speech.  But most observers rated the American third, at best, in impact, well behind France’s Macron and China’s money.  What got people’s attention were Macron’s brainpower and China’s huge expansion of tis global loans for infrastructure and influence program.  We talk with financial strategist Nomi Prins, author of the just-published book Collusion about the show at Davos and the real world economy beyond it. 

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It may be the most successful American revolution since 1776, the bottom-to-top renovation of tomato business.  The point: to get tomato pickers closer to a living wage and more humane working conditions.  The farm fields, in Florida and up the east coast as far as Virginia that produce close to half of all the tomatoes eaten in the United States meet that standard.  Look for the Fair Food label.  Susan Marquis, Dean of the Graduate School at the RAND Corporation and the author of I AM NOT A TRACTOR, on the tomato revolution and how it was accomplished.

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Here’s a measure of how the Government of Puerto Rico values the lives of its citizens.  When Gov. Ricardo Rosello first told the visiting President Trump the Hurricane Maria death toll of was just 16, literally everyone knew that was wrong.  Today the official number is still under 70.  But Julio Ricardo Varela of Futuro Media and Latino USA showed the real number is closer to 1000.  When it comes to government estimates of the value of property damage done by the storm, they seem almost as high as their death count is low. 

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Good news for the oil, gas and coal industries, but the Trump tariffs announced on solar energy materials seem pretty bad for everyone else…unless the foreign-owned companies getting protection expand operations in the US, and more important, innovate here, so that the US isn’t just a backwater in the energy streams of the 21st century.  Keith Johnson of Foreign Policy on this and other big doings in global energy markets.  Are today’s higher oil prices a peak, just a dot on an upward slope, or the new normal?  

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THERE:  There it was on the internet.  Amazon was even offering it for sale.  A tee-shirt inscribed “Rope. Tree. Journalist.  Some assembly required.”  What a cute idea…let’s lynch reporters, columnists or editors we disagree with!  Dan Shelley, the Executive Director of the Radio Television Digital News Association wasn’t amused.  So he went right to the sources, including Amazon and asked, is this an idea you endorse?  The shirts were pulled from the digital shelves, but Dan warns, right-wing agitation against a free press isn’t over.

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The Donald Trump-GOP Congress tax bill is now law…and it is clear it’s a bonanza for America’s largest corporations and richest people.  But what about the rest of us?  Jordan Goodman, America’s Money Answers Man, has the answers on new taxes…who will benefit from the new law?  How soon will the benefits begin and how long will they last?  And who are the – Donald Trump’s favorite word – “losers” in the new tax configuration, and what are the consequences for them and for the nation as a whole? 

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In Vietnamese, the phrase, “may you live in interesting times,” is considered a curse.  Women in Pakistan, and much of the Islamic world know why.  The times they are living through are more than just interesting.  Rafia Zakaria has written two recent books, The Upstairs Wife and Veil that reveal the changes in national politics and religious practices that challenge women from Karachi to Timbuktoo.  Their status as citizens, as wives, as women is changing…but what will come next is still a mystery. 

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Glenn Simpson was an ace investigative reporter for the Wall Street Journal, until he took his skills private and formed the research firm Fusion GPS.  Simpson calls what his company does – things like compiling the so-called dossier of alleged connections between associates of Donald Trump and associates of Vladimir Putin – “journalism for rent.”  It’s a label investigative reporter Jack Gillum of the Washington Post finds troubling.  Fusion GPS uses the means of journalism, but often to ends that look like journalism minus a lot of professional standards. 

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Anne Frank kept a secret diary while hiding out from the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam.  She was betrayed, captured and killed by the Nazis but her diary became world famous.  During the Islamic State occupation of Mosul, a young girl Anne Frank’s age also kept a secret diary, but published it on Facebook.  Reporter Bram Janssen of the Associated Press found “Ferah” and tell us her story which ends with her and her family surviving occupation and outlasting the jihadi terrorists.

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For many years at the Rocky Mountain News, M. E. Sprengelmeyer had what a lot of people consider a dream job, ace reporter for a major regional newspaper.  M. E. covered war in Iraq and Afghanistan and politics in Washington and on the campaign trail.  Then the Rocky closed and M E found HIS dream job.  For 8 years he ran the small town weekly, The Guadalupe County Communicator in Santa Rosa, NM.  He shares that experience with us, what he learned about reporting and small town life and why he’s decided to quit ‘em both.

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The city of Fresno, California and the surrounding jurisdictions of California’s Central Valley register among the highest rates in the state of both teenage pregnancy and sexually-transmitted disease.  Fresno Bee reporter Mackenzie Mays did a series of reports showing that the public schools, which could be part of a solution, actually may be worsening the crises.  For example, the Fresno School Board President publically proclaims his kids have always opted out of any kind of public school sex education…not that a lot is offered to kids who desperately need it. 

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In Afghanistan, the more new developments are reported, the more the problems remain the same.  Award-winning photo-journalist Finbarr O’Reilly, the co-author of the great dual memoir with Thomas Brennan, Shooting Ghosts, about returning from the Afghan war to the normality of peace, is just back from a visit to Afghanistan.  This time he swapped his cameras for an iPhone and his Kevlar armor for civilian clothing. Both changes made a difference  Finbarr’s insights are worth your attention..

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Net neutrality, it once ruled the American internet, but now it’s gone.  So what?  Ali Velshi, the Chief Business Correspondent for NBC News offers some looks ahead to a near-certainty of higher consumer costs and the frightening possibility of reduced services and censored content.

The big change in the Trump FCC rules is far less regulation for the oligarchies that dominate both internet service provision and content creation.  As the old blues goes…you don’t miss your neutrality till it’s gone. 

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For almost 40 years Ali Abdullah Saleh more or less ran Yemen.  “Dancing on the heads of snakes,” he called it.  Then he got tossed out during the Arab Spring of 2011.  But he never stopped angling for power…first joining the Houthi revolution and then trying to sell it out to the Saudis. Then the Houthis killed him and now everything in perpetually chaotic Yemen is more chaotic than ever.  Maggie Michael of the Associated Press has been covering the story.  

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Foes in ’76, Friends in ’85.”  That’s what the posters said, advertising the 1885 tour of Buffalo Bill Cody”s Wild West Show with Guest Star Sitting Bull.  What brought the great former buffalo and Indian hunter and the greatest of the Chiefs of the Great Plains Indians together?  And how did the combination work out, and how did autographed pictures and souvenirs figure in?  Deanne Stillman, author of the new book Blood Brothers: The Strange Friendship of Buffalo Bill and Sitting Bull tells the story.

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First the President packed the Supreme Court.  Then they lifted term-limits and Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez decided to run for re-election.  Midway through the vote count, the Electoral Commission announced opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla was going to win handily.  That’s when the funny business began…and a crisis ensued.  Christopher Sherman has been covering the Honduras story for the Associated Press.  He tells us about it, in depth on HERE & THERE -- coming up next.

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In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson drove 2 huge pieces of legislation through congress and changed for all time, voting rights and immigration laws in America.  Combine the effects of the 2 laws and you get a political sea-change in America, and now, 52 years later, political analyst Steve Phillips, the author of the book Brown Is the New White, argues, new American demographics make possible a New American Majority made up of people of color and White progressives.  Can this new majority derail Donald Trump?

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Most people think of Equifax as a credit rating company, but actually it’s real source of income is data collected about you and then sold to their real customers.  Many worry that Equifax and its 2 competitors, Experian and Trans Union know and collect too much.  And that was before Equifax was hacked and data about 153 million people were stolen.  Sina Beaghley, cyber-security analyst from the RAND Corporation discusses the implications of Equifax’s cover-up of its being hacked, and charges that it brought the hack on itself by poor security procedures. 

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First the Department of Justice closes down the privately-run Cibola County NM Correctional Facility after 3 inmates die, possibly from poor medical care.  Then The Department of Homeland security reopens it as a detention center for ICE.  Sarah Macaraeg of Reveal and NM In Depth on what happened in between…one secret negotiation, one no-bid contract, and little State or public scrutiny.  Is the prison’s real function to keep would-be asylum-seekers away from legal help?  

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A self-described Mafia leg-breaker, maybe killer, turned effective prosecution witness, goes into the witness protection program and comes out a better class of criminal, a master con man.  The program protects him -- but what about the people he cheats out of millions of dollars?  No, the program doesn’t protect them, us. Investigative reporter Robert Anglen of the AZ Republic broke the story which started when a national chain of more than a dozen bar&grill restaurants began, one by one to go belly up.

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At the recent 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, Party Leader and Chinese President Xi Jinping asserted himself, purging ex-bosses here, installing new bosses there, hinting that his next term might not be – as customary – his last and outlining a cult of Thoughts of Chairman Xi.  Timothy Heath of the RAND Corporation on President Xi’s reform of China’s military, his problems with an economy overburdened with debt, and his Chinese Dream of expanded political, economic and military power.

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America’s West Coast states -- Washington, Oregon and California can’t cope with the surge in homeless people.  AP’s Gillian Flaccus says at least 165,000 are presently homeless in the 3 states. 105,000 of them are counted as “unsheltered,” meaning they sleep on the streets, or in parks, or abandoned buildings, train or bus stations.  Who are the New Homeless? More and more they are families, young people under 24, without children, and people who work at regular jobs, but can’t afford a home. 

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New Mexico bet big on a dream.  Building Spaceport America, the country’s first airport for civilian space travelers was the easy part.  And it’s done and most say, well done.  But the space travel airline at the heart of the plan, Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic hasn’t had a take-off.  So, the hard parts of the dream, making Spaceport self-sustaining, making it a hub for new services, bringing new jobs to southern New Mexico -- Reporter Heath Haussamen of NMPolitics.net says the fairest grade on that is an incomplete.

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Few countries on earth have had some a terrible record for killing and violently abusing its citizens as Guatemala. The rule of law there is so shaky an international tribunal under the UN has been called in to prosecute national-scale criminals.  Film-maker Pamela Yates has helped uncover the crimes, even helped convict the former President Gen. Efrain Rios Montt.  Her documentaries When the Mountains Treble and Granito: How to Nail a Dictator have won many awards and her new film 500 Years opens this week.

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95% of Americans polled said they wanted the right to sue in court, banks and financial institutions they believed had cheated them. 89% said they wanted the right to file class-action lawsuits.  Well, too bad for them, as the Trump Administration and Republicans in Congress have just overturned a rule that enabled both such legal actions and restricted the banks’ right to compulsory arbitration. Ira Rheingold, executive director the National Association of Consumer Advocates on what this means for you and your banker. 

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For years, geologists suspected there were faults beneath the surface of the land of southeastern Colorado and across the state lin in Northeast New Mexico.  Then fracking came to the area, as natural gas was extracted and waste waters were stored deep underground.  Following that, starting in 2001 the Raton Basin was hit by a series of small earthquakes.  Geophysicist Jenny Nakai of the University of Colorado, Boulder connects the dots and explains the mechanics of the connection between deep storage of waste water and earthquakes expected to grow in number and amplitude.

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Just as it appeared that the American Midwest, the Rust Belt, was going to go belly up, just as a whole generation of White 20 and 30-somethings were leaving the region, an influx of immigrants saved the day.  John Austin one of the Midwest’s top economic development experts at the University of Michigan tells the story of how newcomers from South and Southeast Asia, the Mideast, Africa and Latin America are re-populating and re-making the small cities and towns of mid-America. 

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A pair of identical 17 year old twins flee the gang-culture of El Salvador and are arrested after crossing the American border.  What happens next?  They’re reunited with an older brother in California and then, their real struggles begin.  Getting Green Cards; getting an education; finding jobs to pay off the family debt their flight to El Norte incurred.  Lauren Markham wrote the exceptional book THE FAR AWAY BROTHERS about their story. 

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 Two major attempts at secession - Kurds from Iraq, Catalans from Spain - have gone awry, and the fallout will be a long time fully assessing.  But Brookings Institution analyst James Kirchick, the author the book, THE END OF EUROPE looks at both and that other separation anxiety-raiser BREXIT.  One big difference between the Kurdish and Catalan movements…the first has overwhelming majority support, the second, maybe not so much.

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The quarterhorse racetrack Ruidoso Downs is one of New Mexico’s cultural capitols, but investigative reporter Joe Tone’s new book Bones reveals how the track and the sport were corrupted by dirty money from Mexico’s most violent drug cartel, the Zetas.  It’s a family saga of cross-border crime and punishment…and of a young FBI-man’s first big case… with only one missing ingredient: real justice for the man most heavily charged and sentenced. 

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Kurdish fighters have played key roles in expelling the Islamic State from Mosul and Raqqa in Iraq and Syria.  Massoud Barzani, the leader of the Kurdish Regional Government in Iraq thought independence should be his people’s reward.  But he overbid his hand. Now Barzani has resigned, and his people are menaced by Iraqi and Iranian armed forces. Kenneth Rosen of the NY Times watched this tragedy unfold.  Did the Trump White House take its eye off the ball with disastrous results for American influence in the region?  

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Under pressure from lawsuits and the NM Legislature, the Archdiocese of Santa Fe has released a list of 74 priests “credibly accused” of sexual abuse of children.  But Ellen Berkovitch, the leader of KSFR’s Investigative Unit and its series Dark Canyon says that list, long as it is, may not be complete, and neither are the reforms Archbishop John Wester says he’s put in place.  The founder of the Servants of the Paraclete wanted his program to help alcoholic priests.  Treating Pedophiles, he said, was asking too much.

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Almost all the experts agree, there is no viable military solution to America’s nuclear crisis with North Korea.  But Joseph Cirincione, the President of the Ploughshares Fund and author of Nuclear Nightmares: Securing the World Before It Is Too Late, worries the exception may be President Donald Trump.  He told Sean Hannity the US had a 97% chance of intercepting any North Korean ICBMs.  Cirinione says flatly, that’s wrong, dangerously wrong.  

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One day, President Donald Trump says the US is ready to destroy North Korea; the next, he says, we’re ready to negotiate.  One week, China is a currency manipulator, the next, trade imbalances are all America’s fault.  Norman Ornstein the respected political analyst from the American Enterprise Institute and co-author of the new book, One National After Trump tracks the zigs and zags looking for a way to make them add up to anything more than White House confusion. 

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Can’t anyone get along?  Some Catalonians want out of Spain, while some in Lombardy and Veneto want to re-negotiate their deal with Italy.  Some Flemings want to bolt Belgium, some Corsicans seek an exit from France…and then there’s BREXIT.  Amb. Charles Ries of the RAND Corporation on what’s driving these divisions and where BREXIT may be headed.  If you guessed nowhere, that BREXIT might never happen, Amb. Ries isn’t ruling it out, because so many aspects make no economic sense. 

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New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment…and the Land of Pay-to-Play.  Political corruption in the era of Democratic Governor Bill Richardson has been under investigation and litigation for years, but now, investigative reporter David Sirota of International Business Times connects some dots, he says, tie $1.2 million in contributions to Republican Governor Susana Martinez’s political campaigns to more than $14 million worth of money management contracts with the State

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At a time when President Donald Trump is doing his best to dismantle Federal Government regulation of big banks, brokers and businesses, author CareyGillam’s new book WHITEWASH details how one mega-corporation Monsanto has overwhelmed pre-Trump regulators to keep it’s herbicide Roundup, and the GMO seeds protected against it on top of the agriculture world.  Does Roundup’s main ingredient cause cancer?  One top UN agency says it probably does. 

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They call North Korea, the Hermit Kingdom, because it has, for the whole 70 year Kim family dynasty, kept to itself and kept visitors out.  Recently, though, in the midst of its nuclear weapons squabble with the US, some American journalists were invited in.  Carol Giacomo of the NY Times was one.  She’ll tell us about her trip, and why the current war of words between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, the man Trump calls Little Rocket Man, scares the heck out of her. 

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 Ever since the 1952 armistice which ended the Korean War without a peace treaty, relations between North Korea and the United States have oscillated between complicated diplomatic negotiations and frightening  crises and threats.  Bruce Bennett of the RAND Corporation has been involved in negotiations with Pyongyang in the past, and is just returned from Seoul.  Japan’s leaders say they’ve never felt more threatened by North Korea than now…what’s the anxiety level in South Korea? 

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Everywhere you look in New Mexico water rights and water usage are turbulent issues.  Members are quitting the Interstate Stream Commission over a political push for the expensive and dysfunctional plans for the Gila River…while local residents are angry over proposals to take water out of aquifers under the Augustin Plains and the East Mountains to sell it to customers hundreds of miles away..  Laura Paskus of the NM Political Report brings us up to date.  

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600,000 Rohingya Muslims have been forced to flee Myanmar in the just past 2 months.  Award-winning photojournalist Paula Bronstein has covered the exodus, and temporary resettlement of the refugees in camps in Bangladesh.  Myanmar’s political leader, the tarnished Nobel peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi says they can come home, but the government won’t extend citizenship and is taking all their lands. 

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Newsman Tony Cheng of CGTN, the Chinese English-language TV newschannel has just watched American-supported fighters, led by units of the Kurdish YPG, expel the Islamic State from its Syrian capital Raqqa.  He also covered the re-taking of the Iraqi city of Mosul from ISIS.  Again Kurds helped win the battle there.  But now Iraqi government forces, and Iran-trained militia units are expelling Kurds from the oil-0rich areas around Kirkuk.  Will the US defend its once-valued Kurdish allies?  

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For 3 years, AP Investigative Reporter Martha Mendoza and her Pulitzer Prize-winning team have been revealing the slave labor that infects the global seafood industry.  In her latest scoop, she and her colleagues have documented workers from North Korea who process salmon filets that wind up for sale in American Wal-Marts.  The North Koreans work in terrible conditions in northeast China, under constant surveillance, and 70% of their sub-market pay goes straight to the government in Pyongyang. 

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Both in terms of lives lost and property damaged, the wine country wildfires in northern California have been the worst in state history.  Edward Struzik, an award-winning Canadian writer and photographer, and the author of the new book FIRESTORM says our future will be full of record-setting wildfires.  Climate change, hotter, drier weather, and increasing human penetrations of forested areas are, he says, only 2 of the reasons why. 

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Glen Canyon was once one of the most beautiful places in the American Southwest.  And it contained petroglyphs, pottery and other remains of a vanished Native American community.  Now it’s all underwater, just an arm of the huge Lake Powell reservoir.  Krista Langlois of High Country News on a movement to disable the Glen Canyon Dam, and drain Glen Canyon. 

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It’s called pay-to-play,,,you wanna do legitimate business with the State, you gotta pay for the privilege.  This corruption was rampant in NM 9 years ago…the echoes continue today.  Reporter Tripp Stelnicki of the Santa Fe New Mexican brings us up to date on the latest charges.

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Your money or your life, that theatrical old bandit’s choice is real for the Navajo Nation, which has to choose between saving jobs and a big investment in coal, and endangering the long-term health of their members in the 4 Corners area of the Reservation.  AP Correspondent Susan Montoya Bryan on the potentially devastating cost of clearing NM’s skies.

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Two big differences between the Trinity atomic bomb test in NM and the later series of tests in Nevada.  The Nevada tests were public displays, the Trinity test was a secret, and while downwind people made sick by the Nevada tests have gotten federal money, the Trinity downwinders haven’t.  Santa Fe investigative reporter Dennis Carroll updates the story.

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For 141 years, the Buenos Aires Herald was the one English-language newspaper in Argentina.  It closed this summer, better loved than read, in the words of its last editor.  But Joe Goldman who covers Latin America for ABC News, the Herald proved to be well-remembered for its heroism in reporting government crimes during Argentina’s infamous “dirty war” of the 1970s.  Some of its reports on civilians “disappeared” shamed the government into letting them reappear alive. 

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Just as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been accumulating more and more political power, the Turkish one percent has been accumulating more and more wealth.  One occasion for displaying both Presidential power and private wealth is a wedding.  Scholar-journalist Pinar Tremblay of Al-Monitor on wedding bells, and wedding videos and even new religious wedding jobs in Turkey.  Polls suggest young voters, coming of age for the 2019 national elections are not amused. 

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Way out in the wilds of southwestern New Mexico, a paramilitary religious cult set up shop in desert country 60 miles from the nearest town.  The Aggressive Christianity Missions Training Corps was in flight from court judgments in California stemming from charges of psychological intimidation and child abuse.  Albuquerque-based AP correspondent Russell Contreras reports, new charges now accuse cult leaders of repeating past crimes, including in this case the alleged rape of a disabled immigrant girl. 

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It’s the Donald Trump era and hatred is washing over America.  Where do groups like the Charlottesville Neo-Nazis and their Antifa antagonists come from, and where are they, and we, headed?  Brian Levin of California State University, San Bernardino studies the movements and tracks their activities.  He’ll share some in-depth thoughts on why an Antifa cell that’s been active in Portland, OR for 12 years has suddenly gotten much more violent.

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The medical miracle of gene therapy promises to save the lives of many people suffering from rare cancers.  But Gina Kolata of the NY Tines says the asking price for these literally one-of-a-kind medications may be more than patients or our national healthcare system can afford.  $475,000 for a one-dose cure for one type of childhood leukemia?  $900,000 to prevent blindness?  Drug companies say the prices are both fair and necessary.  Not everyone agrees. 

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The United States and Mexico are on the brink of a major agreement on the sharing of water from the Colorado River Basin.  UNM water expert John Fleck calls the agreement a win-win and another great step forward in the rational allocation of the American Southwest’s most necessary resource.  In the face of a 17 year drought, dented only a bit by a wetter 2017, more people in the southwest, city-dwellers and farmers, have learned to use less water.  

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De-confliction…keeping Russian and American forces from fighting each other, even as their proxy warriors battle on in Syria has been working pretty well.  But as endgame in the war against the Islamic State gets nearer, James Sladden of the RAND Corporations says, de-confliction is getting harder to sustain.  The Euphrates River, once a dividing line, has been crossed by Russian allies, and US allies are both complaining and fighting back.

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Before he left to become White House Chief of Staff, Gen. John Kelly assembled a team at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service that is very smart, very experienced, and very dedicated to the principle that "illegal" immigrants are bad people.  Marcelo Rochbrun of Pro Publica on an ICE operation in high gear, arresting and deporting.  

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Was there a secret deal between the largest California Agri-business growers and the Trump Administration?  Big campaign contributions producing few ICE raids in the Central Valley?  The raiders have stayed away, but fear still paralyzed workers and kept them out of the fields.  Investigative journalist Lauren Markham on why food prices may be going up. 

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Dr. William Perry is about to celebrate his 90th birthday and continues to pursue one of his life’s central goal, containing the threat of nuclear weapons.  He says today’s nuclear threat is frightening. North Korea is a big worry, but so is the state of once-cooperative relations between the US and Russia.

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A US Marine is wounded and a Reuters photographer captures what happened.  Years later, both are still alive, both are back home, and both are struggling to transition to something different from combat.  Thomas Brennan, the former platoon sergeant and Finbarr O’Reilly have written a fine book SHOOTING GHOSTS about how their friendship helped change their lives.  We talk about 2 questions never asked on the battlefield: “Why are we here?” and “Whose lives are we making better?” 

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It will soon be 5 years since French troops landed in Mali, to help the pathetic government there defeat Islamist terrorists who had seized the northern third of the country.  The Islamists have been pushed back, but ethnic tensions continue, and does fighting between northern Malian Tuaregs and Central and Southern Malians. The Malian government is still pathetic and if anything, less popular, and the French are still on duty. And the UN peacekeeping force that supplements has the highest death rate of any UN forces presently serving. Michael Shurkin of the RAND Corporation has an in depth look at trouble in Mali

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The last time the US Border Patrol went on a hiring spree, standards were lowered, training was cut short, Spanish skills were neglected, and the results were a catastrophe.  People were hired despite past criminal records, or worse, present connections to Mexican drug cartels.  Abuse of immigrants went epidemic.  Now, Ron Nixon of the NY Times reports, the Border Patrol hiring campaign has a new focus, radically reformed training and a heavy emphasis on language skills…preaches one instructor, you can’t just shoot people. 

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Even a Federal Judge seems to see evidence of racial profiling and racial bias in at least one of the 28 arrests of African-Americans in a 2016 series of drug and gun crime raids by the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in Albuquerque.  Jeff Proctor of NM in Depth and the Santa Fe Reporter, who first broke the story, notes, African Americans represent 3% of the ABQ population, 27% of those the ATF arrested and 60% of the confidential informants ATF used to drive the crime campaign. 

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People who depend on Medicare of Medicaid have only 2 choices for nursing homes or rehabilitation centers in Santa Fe, NM. Thomas Cole, Investigative Reporter for the Santa Fe New Mexican found that one is consistently rated below average, the other is way below that.  The State and Federal governments are supposed to monitor quality of care, but results indicate they are failing to do so because bad ratings can persist for years without correction. 

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The US Supreme Court has ruled people who commit crimes as juveniles should not be sentenced to death or life without patrol. But what about people convicted and sentenced years before the High Court's decision?  Should they be eligible for release on parole?  Sharon Cohen led a national investigative team for the Associated Press (AP) and found the answer to that question can vary widely, and cruelly from state to state.  So far, at least, very few of these one-time juvenile criminals has been paroled.

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Shoes keep dropping, without stopping, in Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller's investigation of possible collusion between Donald Trump's Presidential campaign and Vladimir Putin's Kremlin.  Now, Mueller is examining a first draft of President Trump's order to fire then FBI chief James Comey...is it evidence of anything?  And do meetings and other communications equal collusion?  Was the future President’s team just being played? The Wall Street Journal's National Security Correspondent Shane Harris brings us up to date. 

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Shoes keep dropping, without stopping, in Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller's investigation of possible collusion between Donald Trump's Presidential campaign and Vladimir Putin's Kremlin.  Now, Mueller is examining a first draft of President Trump's order to fire then FBI chief James Comey...is it evidence of anything?  And do meetings and other communications equal collusion?  Was the future President’s team just being played? The Wall Street Journal's National Security Correspondent Shane Harris brings us up to date. 

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Today on HERE & THERE: we cross the porous, colonially-designed border from Afghanistan to Pakistan to talk with the Washington Post's longtime bureau chief for Pakistan and Afghanistan Pamela Constable.  President Trump has threatened punishment because he says Pakistan lacks the will to seal the border and suppress its own terrorist groups.  But others wonder if there's an actual way for the Islamabad government to accomplish these tasks.  The fear in Pakistan is that the Trump Administration will double-down of the Obama Administrations escalated use of drone attacks against suspected terrorists inside Pakistan. 

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Will Everett, who first came to Afghanistan as a back-packing tourist and returned again and again over a decade or more, as a journalist and as a manager of USAID projects, will look at the likely impact of the Trump war effort on the Afghan civilians. Their present unhappiness, he says, is easily seen in the flows of refugees fleeing the country.  Only Syria has more citizens in global flight. Trump’s “No more nation-building,” is bad news to them. 

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Some reality-testing of President Donald Trump’s recently announced plans for Afghanistan and Pakistan. Military analyst Matthew Hoh, who served with the Marines in Iraq and worked for the State Department in both Iraq and Afghanistan, says, too often America's diplomatic and military efforts in Afghanistan, like the Obama-era "surge,"  were ill-conceived and worse-executed.   He predicts, the projected Trump escalation will only produce more disappointment, death and destruction and not, as the President claims, "victory." 

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For Labor Day, a holiday treat, a conversation about baseball the author of Mickey and Willie, The Last coach and Clearing the Bases and other best-sellers about sports, Allen Barra, -- We talk about the disappearance of African-Americans as players and as fans of what we used to call "the national pastime."  What’s caused the Black retreat from baseball, and what is being done or can be done about it by Major League Baseball? 

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AP's Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter MItch Weiss revealed in March how Federal, State and local law enforcement had ignored years of reports of physical, psychological, and economic abuse of converts to the Word of Faith Fellowship in Spindale, North Carolina.  Among the charges, worshippers are overworked, underpaid and kept virtual prisoners.  Now, Mitch has a follow-up report, showing that the religious cult has been bringing young Brazilians to their compound and treating them even worse.  Now, the Feds, state and local officials are definitely on the case. 

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The San Luis Valley of southern Colorado is beautiful, a hammock between 2 major ranges of the Rocky Mountains, and prosperous, with some ranching but more farming of potatoes and...--this is the 21st century-- quinoa.  But it has a problem: not enough water.  The Rio Grande can only supply so much and underground aquifers are dropping.  The solution, the Golden Rule of Nursery School -- learning to share.  Kelsey Cody of the University of Colorado, Boulder, has been keeping a scholarly eye on the life-lessons and political-lessons being learned in the shadow of the Rockies. 

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Yemen may be the most unfortunate country on earth, beset by civil war and devastating air attacks, a famine that could starve millions, and the worst cholera outbreak ever reported...up to half a million already infected.  And things are getting worse: land and air attacks are more frequent than ever, and the coalitions that comprise the 2 sides are coming apart and still more people are being killed.  Oh, and the US is firmly on the side of the Saudi and Emirati invaders, the people UN officials call the worst child-killers on earth.  AP Cairo Correspondent Maggie Michael has been covering the story from the beginning. 

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The Islamist radicals of ISIS have been almost entirely expelled from the Old City of Western Mosul.  But the costs of this military victory have been enormous…as many as 40,000 civilians killed, an estimated one million people made homeless, and between a quarter and a half of buildings reduced to rubble.  How to help Mosul recover, the RAND Corporation analyst Shelly Culbertson has put in a year refining a plan.  It starts with supplying basic needs…food, shelter, security…and then considers restoration of police and health care and other public services, and allowing displaced people to return to their homes. 

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When the Iraqi-led allied assault on the city of Mosul, Iraq, to expel the Islamic State from its biggest base city began, predictions were, it would take 3 or 4 months.  But after it took 5 months just to take East Mosul, and the casualty count among Iraqi forces was reaching unsustainable levels, the strategy for taking West Mosul was changed.  American-supported Air strikes and Iraqi ground force shelling with artillery and mortars was stepped up, and damage to property and civilians soared.  Photo-journalist Ivor Prickett covered the story in depth.

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NM Gov. Susana Martinez says the way to grow jobs is to cut corporate taxes and cut back on environmental law enforcement.  That’s exactly the opposite from what’s happening in the neighboring state of Colorado.  Guess which state shows rapid economic growth, and has tough laws regulating methane…and which state has the worst methane plume in the western hemisphere.  Well, at least it’s easier to identify NW NM from space….even if our economy is still in the ICU.  Rebecca Moss of the Santa Fe New Mexican gives us the story.

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Are you in deep trouble with your people, because your economy is disintegrating and criminal violence is amok on your streets and your clumsy political manipulations are as stupidly obvious as they are anti-democratic?  Want fast relief?  Get Donald Trump to threaten you and become a global martyr in waiting.  AP Andean bureau chief Joshua Goodman on the big favor America’s President did for Venezuela’s dictator, Nicolas Maduro..and why the Trump scarecrow might not save Maduro’s political future. 

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The pattern is all too clear.  The Federal Department of Justice files criminal charges against some of the biggest brand name financial institutions on Wall Street, and winds up settling for money taken from innocent shareholders, while letting the people who dreamed up or passed along the scams that helped crash the economy go unpunished.  Pulitzer Prize winner Jesse Eisinger’s new book The Chickenshit Club shows – this injustice is no accident.  The toughest time for white collar criminals was when George W Bush was President…under Barack Obama prosecution became negotiation and bosses and their companies got more protection than citizens. 

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In 2016 voters in New Mexico emphatically rejected Donald Trump, and by giving Democrats majorities in both houses of the State Legislature, rejected Republican Governor Susana Martinez’ 6 years of economic austerity.  In Kansas, in 2017, Republican Governor Sam Brownback’s hard-line austerity program was rolled back by opposition from within his own party.  Analyst Kim Rueben of The Brookings Tax Policy Center at the Urban Institute explains what happened…and what it might say about a newly developing mindset among American voters…paying taxes for services you want and need may be acceptable, after all. 

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What one investigative reporter can do.  Thomas Brennan of The War Horse.com broke the story of the widespread cyber-stalking of female US Marines, by male US Marines and revealed a command that had been asleep at the switch.  Our guest Elliot Ackerman, who fought alongside Thomas Brennan as Marines in Fallujah, Iraq, has taken Thomas’s reporting a big step further: the need to tame the so-called “battle of the sexes” to protect the integrity and effectiveness of the men and women of the armed service uniquely focused on the literal battlefield. 

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It’s back-to-school time, and after a summer of budget cuts, job cuts and new assignments, school teachers, staff and administrators will have a tough time matching the bright first-day smiles on their students faces.  But Dr. Veronica Garcia, Superintendent of Schools in Santa Fe says she’s looking forward to the academic year ahead.  Her big investment, in the face of cuts elsewhere, student health.  In the era of Trumpcare, in-school nurses and aides go from being valuable to vital. 

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It was a mislabeled container of radioactive materials, sent by Los Alamos Labs to the WIPP site in Carlsbad, whose danger was covered up in Los Alamos, before the barrel of waste blew up underground, exposed a dozen workers to radiation and forced the WIPP site to close for 3 ½ years and counting.  Patrick Malone of the Center for Public Integrity says both the errors and the dishonesty are parts of a malign pattern of mismanagement inside the national nuclear weapons industry.  Firing the Los Alamos management is supposed to change that…but why did it take 3 years before the fired managers left their jobs? 

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When it comes to experience with immigration policy and the inner workings of ICE, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement service, reporter Marcelo Rochabrun of Pro Publica says the team assembled by now former Secretary of Homeland Security Gen. John Kelly may be the most qualified ever.  But together they’ve created an indiscriminate deportation machine.  Fewer immigrants are crossing the border to the US, but families and lives are being destroyed in the process.

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When China took control of Hong Kong from the United Kingdom in 1997, Deng Xiaoping promised the island would always be run by Hong Kong people.  But veteran Hong Kong journalist Steven Vines says the promise has been bent if not broken. The Hong Kong people running the island territory take their orders from Beijing, and dissenters from Mainland control, like 6 members of the Hong Kong Legislative Council get nbunced from their jobs. 

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What happens when Takata, one of the biggest manufacturers of airbags for the auto industry, is revealed to have spent 2 decades putting unsafe “safety devices” into the world’s automobiles?  Legal expert Chuck Tatelbaum on why owners of 2001, 2 and 3 Hondas and Acuras are being told, get your air bags replaced before you drive another mile.  This is a mess the auto industry says will take years to set right, after 16 linked deaths and close to 200 linked injuries.

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What benefits did Obamacare bring to New Mexico, and what could be the effects of the Republican attempt to destroy it?  Colin Baillio of Health Action NM on what happens when you remove the fine for not insuring, and replace it with incentives to buy the cheapest policies insurors will sell.  What are the public health consequences of low premiums and very high deductibles in one of the poorest states in America? 

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In 1946 William Perry enlisted in the US Army and was sent to Japan.  There he lived the grunt’s life of collaborative survival and saw first-hand, the horrors of nuclear war.  Both experiences shaped his career as an entrepreneur and Secretary of Defense, building better homes for non-commissioned officers and helping disarm the weapons of the cold war.  The latter feat was achieved through co-operation with Russia…amost inconceivable, he admits unhappily, today. 

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Who won the war?  It’s a question we often ask too soon.  Especially since wars are usually, really, won by whoever sticks around and does the most to help after the fighting is over.  Tim Arango, Baghdad Bureau Chief of the NY Times on why few Iraqis think the US won the last war there.  And have low expectations after ISIS is defeated.  So, Who won? Iran.  Tim says you can see that on pilgrimages, in shops, at border posts and in how the Iraqi Parliament spends tax money.

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The NM Department of Human Services drove 15 behavioral health providers out of business, accusing them of fraud –a word the state’s own hit team auditors never used, and which 2 state Attorneys General investigations refuted.  But DHS is still dunning the social service agencies, sometimes for 5 cents or less on the dollar of their original charges.  Sylvia Ulloa of NM in Depth on what the DHS phony scandal did to one long-time provider of care to the vulnerable and needy. 

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Luis Ignacio da Silva…Lula, the most popular ex-President in Brazilian history has been sentenced to 9 ½ years in jail for corruption.  The present President Michel Temer seems likely to be indicted, and the guy next in line for the Presidency is also under investigation.  The corruption crisis that’s crippling Brazil.  Meanwhile President Temer is fighting back, trying to cripple the now globally famous Operation Car Wash investigation.  AP Correspondent Mauricio Savarese has the story in depth.

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Look at the pictures of the Old City of West Mosul, Iraq…utter devastation, buildings pulverized and flattened, block after block…but even in the ruins, unexploded ordinance and intentional boob-traps make every step dangerous.  Tony Cheng of CGTN spent the last 2 weeks reporting on the aftermath of the Battle for Mosul, and the administrative nightmare just unfolding.  Just sorting out genuine refugees from would be ISIS sappers hidden among them is slow and difficult…and deadly mistakes are inevitable.

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Why do we lie?  There are, of course, a million specific reasons, but the important general reason is, we lie because we can.  So what is it about human nature that leads us to mislead?  Yudhijit Battacharjee wrote about the fascinating science behind lying and deceiving for National Geographic…not just why we lie, but who lies most often…can you guess mankind’s prime years for untruth? 

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On the surface, where most real property and rivers and streams are found, the border between Mexico and the United States has begotten volumes of lows, rule and codes, strictly laying out shares and responsibilities.  But Lauren Villagran, now of Search Light NM, just did a 5 part series of the ABQ Journal on the absence of rules or treaties or even explicit agreements on underground water, like the massive cross-border aquifer, the Mesilla Bolson.  It’s a big problem for sharing today and building towards tomorrow. 

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I’m an old guy.  I love my Medicare.  But for my oral health, I’m on my own.  Why is that? and how does it explain the inequality of America’s dental care?  Mary Otto, the author of an excellent new book called Teeth, knows the answers and the history behind them.  The economics of taking care of what’s in your mouth…the differences between medical care and dental care in America…they may not put a smile on your face. 

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All those recent articles on President Trump’s options in the face of North Korea’s test flight of a missile capable of hitting Alaska, were anticipated and excelled in Mark Bowden’s Atlantic Magazine analysis.  Bottom line: none of the options is good.  The biggest reason, the 25 million people living in the Seoul metropolitan area are unprotected hostages to Kim Jung Il’s nuclear threats.

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Some call Donald Trump, the first Facebook President, the first Tweeter-in-chief.  Twitter may be where Trump sounds off, but deep data soundings purchased from Facebook, may have been what got him the White House platform from which he Tweets.  Nina Burleigh of Newsweek on her recent cover story on big data and high-stakes politics in the US and the UK where the same data miners and propaganda marketers, financed by the same ultra-conservative American billionaire also did BREXIT. 

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In 2013, to the staff of safety engineers at Los Alamos Labs’ Plutonium Unit, safety had become a dangerously low priority, that 12 out of 14 of them quit, and the Unit, PF-4 had to shut down.  4 years later it still is. Investigative reporter Patrick Malone of the Center for Public Integrity just published a 5 part series on safety issues at the National Labs.  A tale of 2 photo opportunities: 1 almost caused a catastrophe, the other covered up the consequences.

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State-sponsored domestic terrorism, that’s what Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has unleashed to keep his hold on power.  One of his “colectivos” – armed gangs, who have long  threatened or beaten up Maduro ‘s opponents, stormed the National Parliament Building and savagely attacked opposition legislators, while government security forces stood by.  AP Andean Bureau Chief Joshua Goodman has been in Caracas as the Venezuelan political crisis has spun closer to the brink. 

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I asked America’s Money Answers Man, Jordan Goodman, to take a look at an op-ed written by NM Congressman Steve Pearce.  It defends what’s called The Financial Choice Act, passed by the Republican majority in the House and presently bogged down in the Senate.  Goodman, one of America’s top financial journalists says Pearce has some legitimate points, but overall the bill mostly benefits the already rich and powerful.  For one thing it protects predatory pay day lenders and guts the Consumer Financial Protection Board, which has taken back from financial cheaters some $12 billion in 6 years.

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When various branches of the Mexican government bought $80 million worth of spyware from an Israeli manufacturer, The NSO Group, they all had to promise to use it only against terrorists, drug cartels and big time criminals.  Instead, Nicole Perlroth of the NY Times has revealed in a series of front page articles, the Pegasus bug has been used against human rights crusaders, anti-corruption activists and some top Mexican journalists.  Pegasus has never been used to catch the murderers of 117 Mexican journalists since the year 2000. 

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One complication of the war to oust the Islamic State from Iraq has been the behavior of often-Iranian-trained Shi’ite militias.  They’ve frequently been accused of abusing, torturing, even killing innocent Sunni civilians.  That’s why they’ve all been told to steer clear of the Battle for Mosul and concentrate on IS units in the hinterlands outside the city.  Kenneth R. Rosen of the NY Times spent time recently with one Shi’ite militia group in the desert, near the Syrian border.  Their denials of bad behavior, Rosen says, didn’t account for a hidden prison camp, where Human Rights Watch says, those very abuses have been committed.

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In the Middle East, the United States says it has only one mission – to defeat Islamic State terrorism.  But most of our allies in the region, who did almost all of the actual fighting, have several different agendas.  Pulitzer Prize winning foreign correspondent Roy Gutman, who has recently visited the conflict zone in Syria, reports this often involves small-scale but bitterly fought wars between our allies.  As both American-supported and Russian-supported forces get closer to the Islamic State’s Syrian capital of Raqqa the danger of clashes involving both Russians and Americans is growing.

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A recent series of terrorist attacks in London and Manchester in the United Kingdom, like attacks in the United States in the past several years, appear to be the work of “lone wolves,” operating independently of any Islamic State or Al Qaeda management or networking.  They are what RAND Corporation Terrorism analyst Brian Michael Jenkins calls “pure terrorism.”  He says they are a product of the shrinking territory and bankroll at Islamic State command headquarters and they present new problems for security forces meant to defeat them.

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After the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, America’s Veterans Administration Hospitals are facing more cases of Post-traumatic-Stress-Injury than ever before…and their standard treatments, anti-depression drugs and traditional psycho-therapy are failing many vets.  Matthew Farwell went through Hell in Afghanistan and then underwent both those treatments, to limited effect.  Then he got what some call, The God Shot, and felt a lot better quickly and still does a couple of years later. 

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The Trump Administration approach to methane, the climate-heating greenhouse gas is relight the flares and celebrate their brightness.  Of course, you and the planet might choke on the fumes.  Environmental reporter Laura Paskus on a double-barreled blow to regulation designed to make the Koch brothers, among others, very happy.  Then there’s the Gila River diversion project, the best thing to be said of it is … it probably won’t happen, but meanwhile NM Gov. Martinez is spilling millions of dollars on it.

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The battle for the city of Mosul, the biggest by far in Northern Iraq continues, with the forces of the Islamic State more and more encircled and diminished.  But Tony Cheng, who has been covering this battlefront since March for CGTN, the Chinese English-language news channel, says that claims that ISIS is on the ropes, and that the endgame has begun may be a bit pre-mature.  Tony reports the fighting, often house by house and block by block in the Old City of West Mosul remains fierce, and far from completely locked into the Old City, he says, ISIS forces continue to cause alarm in the hinterlands south and west of the city. 

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British Prime Minister Theresa May thought she was launching an easy victory tour when she called a snap election for Parliament.  Instead she lost her party its majority and almost lost her job.  AP’s London Bureau Chief Gregory Katz looks at what went wrong for May and what might happen next for the UK.  First on May’s agenda is negotiating BREXIT, Britain’s exit from the European Union.  She wanted a separation that was quick and complete…but what she wants may not matter. 

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President Donald Trump’s approval ratings keep falling.  No wonder, given that many of his biggest moves, like dumping the Paris environmental agreement and destroying Obamacare fly in the face of the expressed wishes for roughly 70% of American voters.  His smaller, less publicized moves may prove equally unpopular.  Senior national affairs correspondent Juliet Eilperin of the Washington Post has been keeping close track of them.  Among the things Trump’s de-funding, workplace protections against employment discrimination and dangers to health and safety, and then there’s the deregulation of the environment.  Methane emissions are coming back, big time.

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To hear Gov. Susana Martinez tell it, the economy of New Mexico will soon be bouncing back as oil and gas prices rise.  2 things shadow that happy talk…oil prices seem stalled again, well below $50 a barrel, and even if prices come back, tax revenues from oil jobs may not follow.  Matthew Reichbach of the New Mexico Political Report on this impoverished state’s prospects after a legislative special session robbed most of the state’s piggy bank funds.  The Governor’s chosen hallmark is “No new taxes,” but some say the real meaning is, “No new ideas; no new investments for New Mexico.

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Turkey’s present is bad enough, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan exploiting a State of Emergency and the new powers granted him by a recent and highly questionable referendum to make more political arrests and foreclose more platforms for public communication.  But Pinar Tremblay, columnist at Al Monitor says Turkey’s future may be defined for a plan to build more than 100 new prisons.  Meanwhile Erdogan’s tattered army has been cut out of the main fight to defeat the Islamic State and 2 of his biggest economic backers are squabbling. 

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After a commando raid in Yemen which cost the American military one of its most expensive airplanes and, much worse, the life of Navy Seal “Ryan’ Owens, the White House called it a success.  But award-winning reporter Iona Craig sneaked into that dangerous country and trekked 1000 miles to see the target village and talk with survivors of a raid that killed more than 2 dozen civilians.  A success is not what she calls it.  As for the war itself, no one is winning, but Yemen’s civilians, killed by the thousands by American-supported Saudi and Emerati bombing, are now facing famine. 

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Whether or not the House-passed repeal, replace and ruin of Obamacare bill ever gets through the Senate, American health care will remain the world’s most expensive, and nowhere near the world’s best.  Journalist Elizabeth Rosenthal, herself an experienced physician, has written a new best-selling book, An American Sickness, which not only details the many failings of our healthcare system, but has lots of suggestions on how you can get your best value from it. 

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Dan Habib was an award winning newspaper photographer.  Then his second son Samuel was born with cerebral palsy and Dan became his son’s advocate, and a maker of stunning video documentaries about children with special needs and how public school systems deal with them.

The first was called Including Samuel.  The second, Who Cares About Kelsey, tells the story of a teenager with ADHD and one school’s attempt to get her through graduation.

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Our guest today is writer and journalist Frank Deford.  Our subject, the NFL, football, and violence.  The National Football League is the 1% of professional athletics, the richest sport, with some of the richest and most admired performers, its televised games are the highest-priced, most widely popular athletic commodity in America.  But it has a violence problem, 2 of them at least: violence turned inward player on player, which a recent study suggested will leave 1/3 of its players with some form of irreversible brain damage.  And then, there’s the NFL’s problem of violence turned outward, assaults and batteries, most consistently violence within the family, victimizing wives, girl-friends, even children.  No one has written or spoken out more sharply on these issues than Frank Deford.

How to describe Frank Deford.  First of all, he is a writer of clean, elegant and decisive prose, and of fiction that mixes both penetrating empathy for character and often daring moral judgment with prose that has the richness and beauty of poetry.

Frank Deford has written 17, or is it 18 books, 2 screenplays and several libraries of magazine articles, television and radio scripts.  6 times his colleagues have named him U.S. Sportswriter of The Year. and of course, he’s in the sports journalists’ Hall of Fame. And beyond the press box, For sixteen years, Deford served as national chairman of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and he remains chairman emeritus.

And to top it off, Deford is a real mensch

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A cult is defined as an isolated or at last separated community with a charismatic leader.  America is full of them, some good, some bad.  Pulitzer Prize-winning AP investigative reporter Mitch Weiss reveals how one religious congregation, The North Carolina-based Word of Faith fellowship was turned into an abusive cult, ruled by an erratic tyrant and run like a totalitarian prison camp.  There had ben whistleblowers in the past, but they were defeated by local prosecutors turned cult enablers.  

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Finally an eye-witness to conditions inside Trump-era detention facilities used for unaccompanied minor immigrants.  Dr Fernando Stein, President of the American Academy of Pediatricians has seen the kids, their bunks, their holding areas.  His report will shock you.  Put more than a dozen kids in a single area, he says, you expect a lot of noise.  At the El Paso holding center there was dead silence, kids staring dead-eyed from their bunks.

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President Donald Trump wants to build a wall on the US-Mexico border to keep out “bad dudes” and worse narcotic drugs.  Albuquerque Journal investigative reporter Mike Gallagher has done a 6-part series on the international market for illegal drugs called The Cartels Next Door and says a wall won’t even slow down the cross-border traffic in cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and the fentanyls.  Almost all of them, he says, are smuggled through legal Ports of Entry, the gateways through the wall.  

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First, Sallyport, a major US military contractor in Iraq hired two investigators to check out operations there.  The investigators found evidence of security violations, alcohol smuggling, theft of U.S. government equipment and sex trafficking, which, investigative reporter Desmond Butler of the Associated Press says, got them fired and their report buried.  But not for long.  The investigators told Butler what they’d found and what had happened to them and their report, and then things got really ugly. 

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The first round of France’s Presidential elections saw an almost perfect 4-way split in the votes.  But in the second round, the centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron defeated second-place finisher, the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen by a 3-2 margin.  What are the implications for France’s future.  Former 60 Minutes producer Barry Lando, a longtime resident of Paris has some interesting ideas. Can a post-ideological President, backed by a gender-balanced, politically varied Cabinet bring some competence to French governance?

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In California’s Central Valley, America’s most productive food-producing region, there is widespread fear of President Trump’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants.  Workers fear deportation, breaking families apart; farmers wonder who will harvest their crops.  Journalist Lauren Markham has talked with the migrants and their bosses.  But so far, most ICE raids have been in Southern California.  Will campaign contributions and personal relationships to Trump staffers add up to protection for workers and an industry in peril?

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Finally an eye-witness to conditions inside Trump-era detention facilities used for unaccompanied minor immigrants.  Dr Fernando Stein, President of the American Academy of Pediatricians has seen the kids, their bunks, their holding areas.  His report will shock you.  Put more than a dozen kids in a single area, he says, you expect a lot of noise.  At the El Paso holding center there was dead silence, kids staring dead-eyed from their bunks.

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New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez offered no suggestions during the State Legislature’s 60 day session earlier this year, but now she’s demanding a Special Session enact a full-scale overhaul of the budget-making process.  Milan Simonich on the Santa Fe New Mexican warns that’s an awfully big job for such a short session.  4 years ago, a rushed passage of a cut in corporate taxes, based on inaccurate estimates, enacted what has proved to be an economic disaster for the state. 

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Pictures of Western Washington Mental Hospital show an old-fashioned factory-sized institution, right out of the movie melodrama, The Snake Pit.  Seattle-based Associated Press investigative reporter Martha Bellisle says years of problems at the state’s largest mental hospital suggest the resemblance is more than skin-deep.  Dangerous inmates have escaped; needy inmates have been neglected; and relations between hospital management and staff, especially staff who work everyday with patients, could hardly be worse.

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It’s on everybody’s list of archeological marvels, the several Native American buildings in Chaco Canyon in northwestern New Mexico.  The amazing capitol of Chaco Puebloan culture has some protection from invasion by the oil and gas industry, but Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank Clifford worries the protection could be too small-scale and too short-term to ward off the oncoming frackers.  The Bureau of Land Management predicts up to 4000 wells will be drilled as close as 10 miles from the UN World Heritage Site, Pueblo Bonito. 

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Last summer a flying squad of agents and informants working for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) went to work in Albuquerque.  What they found, whom they arrested see, to have been pre-determined, and not necessarily in a good way.  Reporter Jeff Proctor of nmindepth,com has investigated, and says, the mission’s alleged goal, busting “the worst of the worst,” does not seem to have been fulfilled.  

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For more than 20 years Carol Weston has been “Dear Carol” the advice columnist of Girls Life magazine.  She is also a best-selling author of books aimed at that same audience of teenaged girls.  Her latest is called Speed of Life.  You could say of the lives and concerns of American girls, the more things change, the more they stay the same.  Boys and how to relate to them; body image and how to get comfortable and confident with it; parents and co-existence. 

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For undocumented immigrants to the United States, the rules are changing.  And Caitlin Dickerson of the NY Times reports this can mean quicker arrest, and worse living conditions while in detention.  Right now, some of these changes are still just proposals, but the Trump White House says it’s going to make life harder for undocumented migrants from Mexico, Central America and Haiti.  The Trump plan calls for more agents for the Immigration Service and Border Patrol, more use of local lock-ups as detention facilities and denial of almost all legal, civil and human rights for the immigrants.  

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You get what you pay for, which makes the NM State Legislature a bargain, since it’s members get no salaries at all, just small per diems for the days they’re in Session.  This means for many NM law-makers, the free meals and gifts they get from lobbyists can make a difference in their lives, and for some lobbyists it can mean they get what they pay for.  Sandra Fish of nmindepth.com uses big data to sort out winners and losers, although, she admits, NM could really improve the transparency of its governance.

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Whether or not the House-passed repeal, replace and ruin of Obamacare bill ever gets through the Senate, American health care will remain the world’s most expensive, and nowhere near the world’s best.  Journalist Elisabeth Rosenthal, herself an experienced physician, has written a new best-selling book, An American Sickness, which not only details the many failings of our healthcare system, but has lots of suggestions on how you can get your best value from it.

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Manufacturing pharmaceuticals has long been a highly profitable business.  But there were risks involved, high costs for research and development for drugs that might never work, or find a market.  But now, we have vulture pharma manufacturers, who buy old companies, dump all the expensive R&D and jack prices sky-high.  Investigative reporter Roddy Boyd on the rise and fall of Valeant the king of the vultures.  Wall Street loved this predatory model, and now some of the fattest hedge fund hogs are out billions of dollars.

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Opiate addiction is a major American problem, and the biggest drug pushers are the so-called legitimate manufacturers of opioid medicines.  So how come they are far less punished for putting millions of doses onto the streets than some schlub who sells 5 pills? Lenny Bernstein and Scott Higham won a George Polk Award for their series of investigative reports. Thet bring us up today on the fumbling Federal attempts to reign-in the billion-dollar opioid maker Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals. 

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It’s been called the fastest-growing religious group in the Western Hemisphere: The cult of Santa Muerte, the Goddess of Death.  Millions have joined in Mexico…tens of thousands in the United States.  Albuquerque-based AP reporter Russell Contreras on what caused Catholic Church leaders in Texas and New Mexico to follow up on the denunciations of Santa Muerte by Pope Francis and church leaders in Mexico. Followers include drug criminals, sex workers and others who see themselves as outcasts from society.

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The vote for the National Legislature a year and a half ago, and polls taken in recent weeks show, 3 out of 4 Venezuelans want President Nicolas Maduro to leave office, and the sooner the better. Joshua Goodman, AP Buro Chief for northern South America has watched as support for, and protests by the opposition have grown.  Even after President Maduro called back an attempt by the Supreme Court to fire the Parliament, calls for his ouster have intensified.

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It looks like Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won the referendum to restructure government to give him dictatorial powers.  But the vote was close and tainted by more than a million potentially illegal  ballots his supporters managed to get counted. Turkish-American journalist and scholar Pinar Tremblay sees trouble ahead.  Will Erdogan step up his purges from government jobs and his jailing of political opponents, and what about all those voters who think they’ve been cheated? 

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The US has dropped its biggest non-nuclear bomb on Islamic State hideouts in Afghanistan.  Former Afghan President Karzai calls his successor Abdel Ghani a “traitor” for authorizing the bombing. Will “the mother of all bombs” make a difference?  And for whom?  Journalist, author, aid worker and recent Kabul visitor, Will Everett on a country in which most of the young people want just one thing, a way out.  Is this any place for America to invest in to trying to build a future? 

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Let’s face it, American healthcare is a mess.  It costs us more and gives us less than most citizens get in every other First World country. And most of what’s been proposed by President Trump and the deadlocked Republicans in Congress will only make things worse.  NBC News Chief Business Correspondent and MSNBC anchor Ali Velshi sorts through the bad ideas and the consequences.  The next big decisions by the President and our legislators are only days away, and they could cost you your money or your life.

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Over almost 40 years of service, the SEVA Foundation has cured more than 3 million cases of blindness – most of them in poverty-stricken places in India, Pakistan, Myanmar, Guatemala and Paraguay.  They also work in 3 places in the United States, all of them serving Native Americans.  Optometrist Dr. Lindsey Marvel talks about restoring sight in India and the Kewa/Santo Domingo Pueblo in New Mexico, where the SEVA program starts with curing visual problems and goes on to train local people to work with them, and help create a self-sustaining medical facility. 

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After a commando raid in Yemen which cost the American military one of its most expensive airplanes and, much worse, the life of Navy Seal “Ryan’ Owens, the White House called it a success.  But award-winning reporter Iona Craig sneaked into that dangerous country and trekked 1000 miles to see the target village and talk with survivors of a raid that killed more than 2 dozen civilians.  A success is not what she calls it.  As for the war itself, no one is winning, but Yemen’s civilians, killed by the thousands by American-supported Saudi and Emerati bombing, are now facing famine.

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President Trump’s persistent denigration of American journalists may aggravate us folks in the profession here in the United States, but Joel Simon, the Executive Director of The Committee to Protect Journalists says, when the “leader of the free world” knocks journalists it licenses dictators around the world to do much worse things, including threatening, jailing and even killing their most honest reporters.  Already, CPJ’s global surveys show, the practice of journalism has never been more dangerous.

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After initially shrugging off the Sarin gas attack on Syrian civilians, almost certainly by forces of President Bashar al-Assad, with the comment, “I’m not the world’s policeman, US President Donald Trump retaliated with 59 Cruise missiles against a Syrian Air Force Base.  Left unanswered, the all-too-familiar question --“And then what?  Journalist and author Charles Glass, one of the world’s real experts on Syria, and a frequent and recent visitor there helps us sort out some possible answers, as repercussions echo from Damascus to Washington to Moscow. 

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At the University of New Mexico, several of the key trends are turning downward.  Financial support from the dead-broke State are down, and so are enrollments.  Acting UNM President Chaouki Abdallah says many parts of his system are “broken” and in need of fixing.  One example – the University’s heavy dependence on part-time teachers known as adjuncts. Thy can fill many holes, Dr Abdallah says, but there are important roles on campus they cannot play.

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A President’s public decisions and his private fortune are supposed to be kept strictly separated.  But several credentialed ethicists say even President Trump’s inadequate promises are already bing abandoned.  There are decisions with ethical implications being made every day at the Trump White House.  Investigative reporter Justin Elliott on why so many of them are so controversial.  Is the President “draining the swamp,” of swamping the Washington drain with too many wrong choices? 

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The battle for Mosul, Iraq.  Correspondent Tony Cheng is just back from the front lines of the months-long allied campaign to expel the Islamic State, ISIS, from its most important city. American air power has been crucial in this fight, but has also been the cause of many civilian casualties, which are starting to run into the thousands.  And Tony also explains why reporters covering today’s wars always try to keep their feet and their vehicles on pavement.  

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First there was BREXIT, then the election of Donald Trump, and pundits were saying, the world is going hard right.  Then the Dutch hyper-nationalist identity politician Geert Wilders was upset, going down in flames in national elections. Now votes are coming up in Germany and France with mainstream parties and politicians under sharp pressure.  James Kirchick of Foreign Policy looks at those elections, and the role being played in them by millions of dollars in imported right-wing American money. 

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When a fired public employee becomes a whistleblower, reporters can check out the he said-they said charges by checking the public record.  But what happens when an arm of a public university says it is a separate non-profit and everything it does can be kept off the books? Daniel Libit of nmfishbowl.com says, that’s when you have to sue them.  He’s asked the University of New Mexico Foundation about selling naming rights for the school’s iconic basketball arena, and gotten no answers…yet. 

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The best wall between you and financial predators, says Jordan Goodman, America’s Money Answers Man, is the CFPB, the Consumers Financial Protection Bureau.  In less than 6 years it has saved consumers $11 Billion.  President Trump and Republicans in Congress want to tear it down.  Who stopped the Wells Fargo Bank scams? Who’s busted mortgage flim-flams at Citimortgage and Nationstar Financial?  And who stopped crooks preying on 9/11 first-responders and brain-damaged NFL veterans? The CPFB.  Close it down? 

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What happens to immigrant children detained at the US-Mexico border?  Their first stop is a large warehouse, subdivided by chain link fences into separate areas for boys and girls, men and women.  Dr. Fernando Stein, President, American Academy of Pediatrics says the lights are on 24/7 and kids are absolutely silent.  They’re likely to be there for days, and their next stop, while better, still feels like a jail, where their average stay is more than a month. Dr. Stein says simply, this is unhealthy. 

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President Donald Trump has called several of the most important components of the news media “enemies of the people.”  It’s an ugly charge with an ugly history.  Alan Miller, Founder and CEO of the News Literacy Project on what the charge means and how journalists and news consumers should respond to its challenge.   And then there’s the label “fake news.”  What is fake news, and has President Trump applied the label appropriately.  Does he really just mean, real news, I don’t like? 

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The 2017 session of the New Mexico Legislature ended with on vital piece of unfinished business.  The Legislature passed a budget, but Gov. Susana Martinez has promised to veto it and call for the law-makers to return to Santa Fe for a special Session.  Which is not to say that a lot did not get done in the 60 day session.  Matthew Reichbach of the New Mexico Political Report sorts things out. There were important reforms on the use of solitary confinement, and a big step forward towards a State Code of Ethics, but there was also a series of Martinez vetoes likely to be challenged in court.

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What will Iraq be like 100 years after the American invasion of 2003?  That’s the question, Iraqi author Hassan Blasim asked 10 of his fellow writers to address in short stories or a book called Iraq + 100.  One of those Iraqi writers is Anoud al-Anoud.  Like most of her colleagues,  Anoud predicts an Iraq still dominated by foreigners. Especially American foreigners.  Again, like almost all her colleagues, Anoud al-Anoud finds today’s Iraq an uncomfortable place to write in and lives as an expatriate.

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The American Southwest is full of animal species struggling against extinction.  The chances of survival of the jaguar, the ocelot and the Mexican Grey Wolf will almost certainly be made worse by President Trump’s planned 1954 mile wall on the US-Mexico border. Bryan Bird of the organization Defenders of Wildlife explains why the wall and its service roads and regular patrols will make migrations necessary to species survival all but impossible, and what might be done to mitigate this problem. 

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Even the former head of New Mexico’s Department of Corrections admits, he found 2 days of solitary confinement to have been a devastating experience, but most days hundreds of prisoners in state and county lock-ups are kept in solitary for weeks and months at a time.  Exactly how many, the Department won’t say.  Investigative reporter Jeff Proctor of NM In Depth and the Santa Fe Reporter has more, including the story of one man, put into segregation, probably wrongly, and then kept there for months beyond his term, who still shows the effects more than a year after his release into society.

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Northwest New Mexico is marked by the biggest methane plume in North America.  The Obama Administration’s EPA enacted rules to make oil and gas producers reduce their emissions of methane into the atmosphere, but now Laura Paskus of the New Mexico Political Report tells us the Trump EPA is eradicating the evidence and  rolling back the rules.  The effects on climate change could be dramatic, because methane is among the worst chemical contributors to global warming. 

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A cult is defined as an isolated or at last separated community with a charismatic leader.  America is full of them, some good, some bad.  Pulitzer Prize-winning AP investigative reporter Mitch Weiss reveals how one religious congregation, The North Carolina-based Word of Faith fellowship was turned into an abusive cult, ruled by an erratic tyrant and run like a totalitarian prison camp.  There had ben whistleblowers in the past, but they were defeated by local prosecutors turned cult enablers. 

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President Dwight Eisenhower used his farewell Address to warn Americans about what he called “the military-industrial complex.”  65 years later, the warning still sounds prescient, even though the complex has grown, and now includes thousands of private military contractors who author David Isenberg says have been “systematized, legalized, normalized, and, in all important aspects, accepted.”  But are these contractors and the costs they add to the military budget, under control? 

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President Donald Trump wants to build a wall on the US-Mexico border to keep out “bad dudes” and worse narcotic drugs.  Albuquerque Journal investigative reporter Mike Gallagher has done a 6-part series on the international market for illegal drugs called The Cartels Next Door and says a wall won’t even slow down the cross-border traffic in cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and the fentanyls.  Almost all of them, he says, are smuggled through legal Ports of Entry, the gateways through the wall. 

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Dan Habib was an award winning newspaper photographer.  Then his second son Samuel was born with cerebral palsy and Dan became his son’s advocate, and a maker of stunning video documentaries about children with special needs and how public school systems deal with them.  The first was called Including Samuel.  The second, Who Cares About Kelsey, tells the story of a teenager with ADHD and one school’s attempt to get her through graduation.

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Apparently the burden of creating “alternative facts” has grown too great.  The Trump Administration has returned to its simpler signature: no facts.  But now the President has opened the door to Congressional fact-finding – usually quite a carnival in its own right -- about his un-verified charge that he was wire-tapped by President Obama.  Recently retired NBC Political Correspondent Steve Handelsman helps us sort out phony facts and fancy fictions about Mr. Trump’s alleged Russian connections and the investigations into them.

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On New Year’s Day 2017 in Brazil, a savage gang war inside a major regional prison killed 57 inmates, and insurgent mayors were sworn in to run the 2 biggest cities in the country.  In the days following, there were more riots, and fresh evidence of widespread corruption at the top of government and the private sector.  AP’s Rio Correspondent Mauricio Savarese got exclusive access to the Compaj prison, and helped lead the coverage of the latest revelations from the so-called CarWash prosecution of politicans and business executives.

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Nigeria is sorely beset, by an internal war with the Islamist radical terrorist group Boko Haram, by a budget crisis caused by low oil prices, and by corruption in government and human rights abuses by the military.  Meanwhile, says AP Lagos Bureau Chief Michelle Faul, President Mohammadu Buhari is out of the country getting medical care in London.  In Nigeria there is one state-of-the-art hospital, reserved for high government officials…all the rest are considered short-cuts to the cemetery.  Africa’s biggest and potentially richest country is in deep trouble.

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The court system of the State of New Mexico is in the midst a great change, a reform of its process for deciding who is eligible for bail and who is eligible for pre-trial release with no bail. It is also in the midst of what Chief Justice Charles Daniels has called a “crisis” of funding.  He says the courts’ ability to fulfill their Constitutional responsibilities is in danger.  The impact of budget cuts not only inflicts pain and injustice on many people, it costs the state millions of dollars in avoidable costs. 

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The so-called “frozen war” in Eastern Ukraine suddenly got hot in a small town called Avdiivka.  The Ukrainian government and its pro-Russian secessionist adversaries each blame the other.  No on is surprised about that, but the reaction, or lack of one from the Trump administration seems to have shocked President Poroshenko.  Meanwhile Trump’s long-time personal lawyer receives a secret peace plan that would legalize Russian control of the Crimean territory it seized 3 years ago. Former US Ambassador Steven Pifer on what all this may mean. 

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Another European country in political turmoil.  This time it’s Italy, where the populist 5-Star Movement is now the second-most-popular political group in the polls.  PBS News Hour special correspondent Christopher Livesay, who’s been based in Italy for half a decade, on the political magnetism of the movement and its leader, comedian Beppo Grillo.

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As the Iraqi-American battle to toss the Islamic State out of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, continues, thousands of refugees have been fleeing the city, some in need of shelter, some of medical care as well.  Santa Fe naturopath Dr. Andrew Lustig and his Global Outreach Doctors have been there dispensing comfort and care.

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Here in Albuquerque, for the second time in weeks, a bomb threat was phoned into the Jewish Community Center, the kind of threat that’s been made dozens of times across America since Donald Trump’s election.  Investigative reporter A C Thompson of Pro Publica says hateful threats and actual hate crimes are on a sharply pointed spike, including, he was saddened to learn, in his own Northern California neighborhood.  Religious, racial and sexual minorities are the targets, sometimes of simple rhetorical spew, but sometimes of deadly violence.

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In his latest national poll, Shibley Telhami of the University of Maryland found 70% of Americans with favorable views of Muslims.  So how to explain a later poll’s finding that President Trump’s Executive Order stopping immigration of refugees and people from 7 Muslim-majority countries was approved by a 48% to 41 margin?    Over the course of 4 polls taken between November 2015 and October 2016, Democrats and Independents grew more and more tolerant of Muslim and Islam.  Republicans?  Not so much. 

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Today’s political fight for hearts and minds has shifted from the battlefield to the internet, and the US military has an on-line program to win over potential recruits to Islamic State terrorism.  But AP investigative reporter Richard Lardner says the CENTCOM Web Ops program isn’t doing that well.  Why not?  He says 3 reasons are ignorance, incompetence and cronyism.  One example: poor language skills has America’s persuaders criticizing, not the Palestinian Authority, but the Palestinian salad.

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Shortly after Donald Trump started his Presidency, the market for dystopian fiction went crazy.  George Orwell’s 1984 shot to the top of Amazon’s best-seller list, with the American classic It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis close behind.  UNM English Professor Gary Scharnhorst talks about these literary warnings against the threat of authoritarian or even totalitarian political takeovers.  What are the elements writers like Orwell, Lewis, Nathanael West and Jack London say turn populism into something much worse?

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Remember the Rev. Thomas Malthus?  He’s the guy who said, around the turn of the 19th century…there will eventually be not enough Earth for a growing population.  Many people have said the same about water in the Southwest, there’s not enough for all the people.  Author and UNM Professor John Fleck on why those folks are as wrong as Dr. Malthus.  The answer in his recent book Water Is for Fighting Over is a flow-chart…from consciousness to collaboration to adaptation to resilience…how our region is surviving even is a drying climate.

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You might think of Bayer in terms of aspirin and Alka-Seltzer, but the company is huge in agri-chemicals…and it has a plan to get much bigger, by merging with Monsanto.  What will this mean for farmers who fear less competition and higher prices for seeds and pesticides…and wonder why President Trump has been boosting the merger.  Justin Elliott of Pro Publica looks at President’s unprecedented hands-on approach to a big anti-trust issue, one where he might have an undisclosed conflict of business interest. 

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With wars on-going in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, and volatile and shifting alliances among the countries across the region, the Middle east has never been more dangerous or unpredictable.  For decades, that began during the Presidency of George Bush the elder, and continued through that of Barack Obama, Amb. Dennis Ross has played a crucial role in the formation of American policy.  We’ll ask him for his best guesses on what’s next under Donald Trump?  The President says he wants to ally with Vladimir Putin’s Russia in the fight against the terrorism of the Islamic State?  Can he?

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Talk about your high-risk occupations, the leaders of pro-Russian secessionist militias in Eastern Ukraine have been surviving the dangerous battlefield, only to be  murdered one after the other far from the front lines.  NY Times Moscow correspondent Andrew Kramer on who’s been killed, how and why?  Who dunnit?  Still an unanswered question, but the top suspects are the Ukrainian Security Services, the Russian security services, rival rebel commanders and the paramilitaries’ own rank and file.

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The news from Venezuela goes from bad to worse.  Inflation may be the worst in the world, and people are going hungry, because food and other household goods are not available in the stores, and people can’t afford them.  Associate Press Bogota Bureau Chief Joshua Goodman has been in Caracas watching the leftist government of President Nicolas Maduro drive off the proverbial cliff.

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In Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is pressing forward with his plan to re-write the Constitution and give himself greater powers.  So far, he’s used a so-called coup his own National Security Advisor says he penetrated and set off pre-maturely to make it fail, as the justification for 40,000 arrests and more than 100,000 firings of government workers.  Meanwhile, Al-Monitor columnist Pinar Tremblay says the Turkish economy is in free fall.  Erdogan’s just cutting a deal to build fighter planes with UK Prime Minister Theresa May, but how will he pay for it? 

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Becoming a so-called “sanctuary city” is a moral, political and, if President Trump has his way, financial choice.  Santa Fe, NM Mayor Javier Gonzales spells out the values behind his hometown’s decision not to co-operate with Federal Immigration authorities, except when a suspect is wanted on felony charges, and why he thinks Trump’s threats are mostly hot air.  The Mayor says the President is creating false fears of immigrant criminals committing violent crimes and even terrorism, when studies show sanctuary cities are actually safer than non-sanctuaries. 

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The National Football League insists, the economics of its 32 franchises is a 2-way street. The teams get grants from their host cities, and tax breaks.  But the League says it more than pays off in generated business, tourism and prestige.  Most economists disagree, saying football’ contributions don’t balance municipal expenditures. Ken Belson of the NY Times tells the story of one owner, Arthur Blank of the Super Bowl Atlanta Falcons who is investing a lot of his own money making his new stadium’s surrounding neighborhoods better places to live

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The official estimate from the Russian Ministry of the Interior is that 40% of all violent crimes in Russia occur in a family setting.  You won’t be surprised that the Russian Parliament is working furiously to change the laws on domestic violence.  But their effort is to make the laws LESS protective to women, children and the elderly who are the usual victims.  If a beating doesn’t send someone to the hospital, the new law says, it’s not a crime.  A government poll says most Russians approve these changes.  Nataliya Vasilveya of the Associated Press Moscow bureau has been covering.

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Run your finger on a map along Russia’s western borders.  If a legacy plan started by President Obama is fulfilled, there will soon be American military boots on the ground, close to its complete length from Romania to Norway.  5000 US Army troops are deploying to Poland.  Chris Lievsay of PBS NewsHour watched them arrive. 

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The endless dispute between Albuquerque City Hall and Police Headquarters and their Federal Justice Department reform monitors drags on, with the pace of real reform even slower than that.  The Albuquerque team says Monitor James Ginger’s been mean to them, and has asked the supervising Judge to insert a mediator into the process.  Investigative reporter Jeff Proctor wonders if the home team is trying to score points or just run out the clock as a new Donald Trumo-Jeff Session Justice team takes over. 

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The harshest winter in a decade has hit southeastern Europe.  Low temperatures recorded maybe 3 times a century are turning refugee camps into death camps. One cold snap killed 5 children in camp for refugees from Syria and Iraq on the Greek island of Samos. 

The worst suffering has been among children and pregnant women, the subjects of Pulitzer Prize winning AP Photo-journalist Muhammed Muheisen’s recent series of pictures.  He takes us inside one camp north of Athens. 

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Most Presidents get to pick their own First Fights.  For President Donald Trump, the choice is clear: repeal and replace Obamacare.  Here’s the problem: repeal is easy, all the Republicans in Congress and possibly a majority of Americans are alright with that.  But writing and passing a replacement health insurance program is going to be very hard, and ¾ of the electorate has said, don’t do one without the other.  Nina Burleigh, National Political Correspondent of Newsweek has been covering the Obamacare controversies.

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The most powerful, most deadly opioid painkiller yet is Carfentanil. Investigative reporter Erika Kinetz of the Associated Press broke the story of how kilograms of Carfentanil can get from China to the USA, where it has caused dozens of deaths in just last six month.  Canadian authorizes have said a kilogram of Carentanil could be made into 50 million deadly doses. After Kinetz’ stories went global, China seems to have moved towards a crackdown on a drug that is almost never abused there. 

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When it comes to ending homelessness, Salt Lake City and County and the State of Utah are rated #1 in both planning and execution.  But, despite these best efforts, the problem of homelessness and public anxiety about it continue to grow.  Christopher Smart of the Salt Lake Tribune on a good, but imperfect social safety net and the people who fall through it.  One plan is to shut a big homeless shelter that’s become a public eyesore and replace it with 4 smaller shelters.  If 4 places can be found for them.  That’s a big “if.”

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Most people who live in the middle east are surrounded by crushing poverty and cruel competition for jobs.  This is why education can be such a life and death issue.  But the Mideast is also suffused in religious strife, among Islamic sects, between Muslims and members of other minority religions, and between those who question -- what is school for? Preparing students to compete in the secular world, or perfecting their religious beliefs.  RAND Corporation analyst Shelly Culbertson on the battle for the classroom in the Middle East.

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There are more than 60 million people in migration in the world today…more than ever before.  Why?  Demetrios Papademetiou, founder of the Migration Policy Institute says rising economic and social inequality, political tyranny and criminal violence are all partly to blame.  And then there are rising literacy and access to the Internet.  These days, almost everyone who is unhappy where they are know there are other places which sound better.  If only they could get there.  Most don’t.  Which helps explain today’s refugee crisis.

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A program Dr Martin Luther King Jr might have liked, about Islam, in America, and how this country, its traditional freedom and tolerance have shaped a largely home-made version of a traditional religion.  Lawrence Pintak, Dean of the Edward R Murrow School of Journalism at Washington State University on how America’s Muslims have used their freedom to protect their homeland from terrorism.  This is just one thing Pintak says President Donald Trump needs to understand about American Islam. 

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Since the mysterious and unsuccessful coup against his government in June, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been cracking down…especially on the country’s Kurdish minority and on its education system from kindergarten teachers to university deans.  Xanthe Ackerman who spent years in Turkey training young journalists, on the effects of a purge of thousands of teachers and the imposition of a new, specifically Sunni Islamic curriculum.  Parents are protesting.  The government seems not to care.

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UNM Economics Professor Janie Chermak on the turbulence in global and local oil markets

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Investigative journalist Shane Bauer of Mother Jones has done some of his best work undercover.  Sticking to his law: never tell a lie, Bauer was able to enlist as a volunteer trainee with a patriotic militia in California and then perform armed patrols with a Colorado militia group along the Arizona-Mexico border.  They didn’t intercept any drug-smugglers or migrants, but they did intersect with local officers from the Police and Border Patrol.  What that was like is every bit as good a story as it sounds. 

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Donald Trump used $7 million in tax subsidies to keep 730 jobs in Indiana.  Bringing far fewer jobs to NM was much more expensive.  Joe Cardillo of ABQ Business First on the deal that brought Facebook to Los Lunas, south of Albuquerque.  The price tag included not just tens of millions in tax breaks, but first call on the town’s most precious resource…its water.  Once construction is done, the new permanent jobs created will be measured not in hundreds, but dozens.

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A conversation with an old friend and colleague…back at Channel 2 WCBS-TV in NYC in the mid 1970s…Linda Ellerbee, on the occasion of her retirement from television news, and from the great program she created and anchored, Nick News.  It’s First Commandment: Never Talk Down to Children.  It worked for her.  Linda’s news for kids told difficult and delicate stories with more sensitivity, intelligence and wit than the so-called news for adult on American TV. 

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A Boxing Day special, unpacking blessings with Time Magazine Religion Correspondent Elisabeth Dias, the 2016 winner of the George W. Hunt S.J. Prize for reporting on religion.  We talked about her book What Would Jesus Ask? And about the answers she collected, and what they told her about the state of Christian belief in America -- a mere year and a half ago.  Of course, since then, a few things have changed, including some people’s faith – in America.

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When United Technologies, one of America’s biggest companies decided to move most of its Carrier Division work from Indiana to Mexico.  Then Donald Trump intervened and saved 730 jobs, and he and his Vice President elect, Indiana Governor Mike Pence handed a $7 million bill for Carrier’s subsidy to state taxpayers…a good deal?  For whom?  Indianapolis WRTV Channel 6 reporter Rafael Sanchez has been covering the story, including the Twitter fight between the President elect…and no, it wasn;t the Carrier shop’s union leader. 

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8 out of 10 of the Judges who run the state of New Mexico’s Elder Guardianship program have more than 1000 cases on their books.  What kind of a job can they do?  Don’t leave it to your imagination,,,hear the answer from syndicated columnist Diane Dimond who came home to Albuquerque to shake things up.  When families go to court to fight over care for an elder…follow the money…gobs of it go to the system and the people who feed off it.

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In Ukraine, a few bullets still fly across the line of secession, a few people on both the government and secessionist side die, but for the most part, the frozen war in the Eastern part of the country remains frozen.  It’s the Ukrainian Government’s mandated war against institutional corruption that former US Ambassador to Ukraine John Herbst and I will talk about.  He says it’s going slowly, I say it’s going South.  Will Donald Trump create the right mix of toughness and love to make Ukraine make itself better?

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In Syria, where 5 years of war has left more than 400,000 people dead, and more than half the population – between 11 and 12 million Syrians -- out of their homes, the Assad government and its Russian, Iranian and Lebanese allies are winning and the rebels, including some American clients, are losing…but does that mean an end to the war is in sight?  Christopher Phillips, author of the new book THE BATTLE FOR SYRIA says, not likely.  Because the rebels’ international paymasters and suppliers aren’t ready to stop.

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Everyone at the CIA, the FBI, the Congress and the

White House seem to agree…the Russians tried their best to hack their way to

undermining the 2016 Presidential election. The disagreement is over whether

their real aim was to shake voters’ confidence in the validity of the election, or

simply to elect Donald Trump President. Shane Harris of the Wall Street Journal on

what the intelligence agencies know and what they don’t, and how they learn what

they can about the growing universe of government and private hacks and hackers.

 

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In NM, there is a process for applicant companies to justify a requested raise in rates charged the public.  But PNM seems to have ignored it.  The utility never explained why buying and Arizona nuclear plant and contracting for a lot of coal to be burned at Four Corners were good deals that will benefit customers as well as the company.  The state Public Regulation Commission over-ruled its hearing examiner and gave PNC the rate hike anyway.  Mariel Nanasi of New Energy Economy is challenging the PRC decision in court and tells us why.

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Last year, the Justice Department received 10,250 proposed corporate mergers.  It approved all but 7 of them.  In the self-entitled world of Big Business this is called getting tough.  Helping these mergers alone, and getting very rich doing it, reports Pulitzer Prize winner Jesse Eisinger of Pro Publica , are a small group of academic economists, whose assurances that making big companies even bigger is going to work out for everyone are sometimes very, very wrong.

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It’s the oldest trick in the book, bait a tyrant and make him discredit himself in responding.  2 cheeky pro-independence legislators in Hong Kong baited the Xi Jinping Government in Beijing and succeeded in advancing their cause with the Hong Kong public when the Chinese Government threw them out of the jobs that voters had just given them.  NY Times contributor Joseph Lian says the political tide is running against Beijing, especially as young voters come of age, but for now an authoritarian crackdown is continuing.

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2 Princeton economists discovered the statistical evidence – over the past decade, White Americans, men and women, have been dying unnaturally young in the United States, especially in poor, rural and small town America.  The Washington Post has commissioned a series of articles detailing the human lives behind the numbers.  Pulitzer Prize winner Amy Ellis Nutt went to Durango, Colorado, where suicides among middle-aged White women have been surging.  The death rates are high even by the standards of the Rocky Mountain slice of America known as The Suicide Belt. 

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BREXIT is headline code for the British exit from the European Union…a move of such potentially enormous significance that, when it passed in a national referendum, Prime Minister David Cameron handed in his resignation.  Now his successor Theresa May has the job of making it happen, and it’s not going to be easy.  Brits have been on a buying and borrowing spree, anticipating a big jump in inflation in 2017.  AP’s London Buro Chief Gregory Katz says the vote itself is not the last BREXIT surprise in store for the UK. 

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Lt Gen Michael Flynn, Donald Trump’s choice as National Security Adviser is frequently called, “the best intelligence officer of his generation.”  But what does that mean?  His revolution in how intelligence is gathered and processed changed the American war against terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Gareth Porter of Truthout says Flynn’s methods raised the enemy body count, but, he reported 5 years ago in Afghanistan, many of the killed were not legitimate targets.  Drone video and cell phone intercepts can’t always tell you who is in your gunsights.  

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It’s bad enough that the people being stopped for alleged traffic offenses like failing to signal a turn or having a busted brake-light in Santa Fe, TX are disproportionately African-American.  It’s worse that they’re often kept in jail for weeks at a time, because they have No money to pay their fines.  Investigative reporter Patrick Michels of the Texas Observer on the return of debtors’ prisons, of the sort supposedly banned by the US Constitution.  A couple of lawsuits say it’s not just Santa Fe, but 15 jurisdictions in the Lone Star State which are locking people up for being poor.   

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At America’s southern border, the number of would-be refugees from Honduras and El Salvador is rising sharply again, notwithstanding the fact that the migrant trail from Central America to the US Border has only gotten more difficult and dangerous.  Investigative reporter Joseph Sorrentino on how a crackdown pressed by both the US and Mexican governments isn’t stopping the flow of desperate people.  2 reasons why: the failure of the governments of Honduras and El Salvador to stop the murders and forced recruitments of children by criminal gangs. 

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Ever since Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan defeated an attempted coup, he’s been purging not just alleged-coup-plotters from the military, but tens of thousands of government workers and public school teachers. Istanbul-based journalist and novelist Elliot Ackerman on the chill descending on what was once a Turkish democracy, but is moving towards dictatorship.  More than a hundred news media outlets have been closed; more than 100 journalists have been jailed, and now, Erdogan wants President-elect Trump to help him extradite the man Erdogan claims was behind the failed coup. 

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For the second time in as many months, the Government of Colombia has signed a peace agreement with the FARC rebels. The first agreement was narrowly defeated in a referendum. But Joshua Goodman AP Bureau Chief in Bogota reports, putting the second agreement to the Congress, skipping a popular vote could mess up everything.

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When last we heard from Libyan journalist Mustafa Fetouri, his homeland was paralyzed between 2 competing, mutually hostile pseudo-governments.  Now, he says there are 3 and the paralysis is worse …and what about the big battle to expel the Islamic State from the city of Sirte.  It’s going slowly, very slowly. Literally, block by block. Meanwhile the city’s 80,000 former residents are now refugees, scattered around the xountry and hoping the fighting leaves them homes to go back to. 

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In a sea of election red, NM stayed Democratic blue…giving 5 electoral votes to Hillary Clinton and flipping the House and keeping the senate in the hands of Democratic majorities. And all this despite a last-week campaign blitz by both Donald Trump and Mike Pence. The national ticket lost and Gov. Susana Martinez is looking at 2 years of vetos or compromises. Matthew Reichbach of the NM Political Report identifies some winners and loser in NM’s 2016 elections.

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Two interesting things about the 2016 elections, evidence and exit polls suggest, the people who voted early, went mostly with Hillary Clinton.  But those who didn’t make up their minds till just before Election Day gave the election to Donald Trump.  NBC News’ Steve Handelsman looks back on a wild campaign that shocked the media and its pundits, probably, more than it should have.  And we talk about the future, about the government that  Donald Trump is…or is not…bringing together.  

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Raul Castro’s supposed reforms of his brother Fidel’s old-line Communism haven’t changed Cuba’s news media.  The party newspapers Granma and Rebel Youth grind on, and there are state radio and TV, but no one pays attention.  The Committee to Protect Journalists Carlos Lauria says freedom is breaking through via the internet.

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Remember the cartoon character Wile E. Coyote?  Well, what’s the point of being wily?  Survival, of course!  Dan Flores, author of Coyote America, on the champion survivors of the American West, coyotes, and how they do it.  The more the Federal Government tried to kill off the little prairie wolves, as the pioneers used to call them, the faster the coyotes bred themselves back into the picture.  No wonder American Indians made Coyote one of their favorite animals.  Coyotes, a howling success! 

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For every Oxycontin on the street, there’s a manufacturer and a retailer…and a middle man.  The DEA tried to make distributors the choke point for opioid painkillers.  Until Congress and the Obama Administration stopped them.  Washington Post investigative reporter Lenny Bernstein.

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A 4-stop tour of the political Middle East with RAND analyst Shelly Culbertson, whose book Fires of Spring looks at what’s happened since the Arab Spring…in Turkey, Qatar, Egypt, all of them less and less influenced by the United States…and Tunisia where democracy and civility are under terrorist threat.

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The battle for Mosul, the Islamic State’s last big stronghold in Iraq…the fighting is fierce and could last for months as Iraqi forces enter the city of a million people.  PBS NewsHour Special Correspondent Christopher Livesay has been on the front lines, watching the delicate choreography of allied forces.  Iraqi National Army regular troops and special forces, Kurdish peshmerga, Iraqi Shi’ite militias and Sunni tribal forces, US Trainers and Special Forces and Turkish Army fighters may all be involved…keeping them together and in proper BATTLE order is the hard part. 

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A new biography of Robert F Kennedy, standing on the shoulders, not only of a giant shelf of earlier books, but dozens of shelves of new documents and the extended reflections of Ethel Kennedy. Author Larry Tye says it’s on Ethel’s authority that he called his book BOBBY KENNEDY. Tye details the life-long struggle between Bad Bobby, the aggressive, unscrupulous hater and Good Bobby, transformed by his brother’s assassination and the civil rights movement into a real-life Liberal Icon. HERE & THERE is coming up next.

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Shane Bauer, the undercover investigative journalist for Mother Jones, on his week with the 3% United Patriots doing militia duty on the border of Arizona and Mexico. How he joined and trained with the California State Militia before bringing his required gear, including gun and ammo to the border and the 3 UP. The mission: seal the border against undocumented immigrants and “the cartels.” And then it was time to go. What told Shane a week was enough. 

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2 of his most powerful contemporaries had the same description of Gen. Michael Flynn: “the best intelligence officer of his generation.”  Author and award-winning defense correspondent James Kitfield on the path that led Gen. Flynn from re-shaping special operations warfare in Iraq and Afghanistan to becoming military advisor to Donald Trump.

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The Justice Department has said it will no longer contract out federal prison management…will ICE, Immigration and Customs Enforcement do the same when it comes to detention centers for undocumented immigrants?  Reporter-Editor Monica Campbell of PRI’s radio news magazine The World went for a family visit to one privately-run detention center in Arizona.

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Why have 2 brand-name news agencies provided private security for their reporters covering Donald Trump? And why did media coverage of Trump change after it was clear he had a real chance to win the Presidency?  NY Times media columnist Jim Rutenberg answers those questions and more.

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The trial of 2 Albuquerque Police officers for the caught-on-viral-video fatal shooting of the mentally ill James Boyd ended in a hung jury, 9 for acquittal, 3 for conviction of Det. Keith Sandy and Officer Dominique Perez on charges of second degree murder.  Jeff Proctor covered the trial for the NY Times. 

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When a police officer stops your car and dials into his department's databank, he or she can learn a lot about you.  What's to stop abuse of your private history?  Not much.  The AP's Justice Department Correspondent Eric Tucker says misuse of what should be protected data happens all the time...but usually, it never gets reported. One exception, when dozens of Florida cops started harrassing a colleague because she'd pulled over another officer doing more than 100 mph.  Her case got the state to crack down on database abuse.

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The Administration of NM Gov. Susana Martinez says its newly-promulgated “copper rule” will protect the environment and create jobs and investment. But the copper industry is dead in the water…not likely to create new jobs…or make new investments…and says Douglas Meiklejohn of the NM Environmental Law Center the new copper rule, by granting new rights to the companies, actually endangers the state’s ground water resources, by loosening restrictions on where copper mines can be dug.

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Understanding the threat of terrorism in America – what assets account for this country’s real, if imperfect success, so far, in containing would-be domestic terrorists? Why have Islamic State operatives and allies done far more damage in Europe? Could global terrorism spread if IS is driven from its so-called Caliphate in Syria and Iraq? RAND Corporation analyst Brian Michael Jenkins on identifying terrorist threats and combating them.

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4.8 million Syrians have fled their country and are refugees.  Roughly 1.2 million have made it to temporary homes in Europe, but more than 50,000 Syrian refugees are trapped in Greece… Conditions in the camps are pretty bad, and reporter Jeanne Carstensen of PRI’s The World, sheer frustration may have caused refugees to burn down their own tents. 

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If you want to understand America, says pollster and marketing strategist John Zogby, you have to understand its new tribes. Zogby’s new book, We Are Many, We Are One, doesn’t see an America gone Native, but a nation fracturing into 11 different, and sometimes mutually exclusive parts. Who are The Adventurists, The Dutifuls, The Outsiders, and who is following The One True Path? We’ll talk about how Zogby’s “neo-tribes” are approaching the Presidential election.

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Just last week, an American warship fired missiles to destroy 3 anti-ship missile radar bases in Yemen.  It was retaliation for an unsuccessful missile attack by Yemen’s insurgent Government forces: Houthi tribesmen or militias run by the country’s ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh.  It was America’s first direct military intervention in the Yemen war, and deepened our identification with a war-crime filled war started by our allies, the King and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. CodePink founder Medea Benjamin looked at our Saudi alliance in her book, Kingdom of the Unjust.

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Today on HERE & THERE:Albuquerque Police Department’s Federal Monitor James Ginger recently gave the APD a public spanking, accusing it of dragging its feet, and then substituting bluff and PR baloney for making needed changes in training and accountability for the use of force against civilians. KRQE TV’s Matt Grubs has been covering the story, and also recently un-covered what looks like a case of blatant multi-million dollar bid-rigging at Sunport, the city’s airport. 

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NINA BURLEIGH, NEWSWEEK -- The Presidential Campaign, after the second debate.

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AP Reporter Russell Contreras on heroin and opiate on the rez, in the pueblos and in Northern NM

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Remember when standard sized packaging had to live up to a recognized standard, 16 ounces is a pint, 32 a quart and packaging should reflect that?  Not any more…today that standard has been squeezed so that now a once 64 ounce half-gallon of juice is likely to be just 59 ounces…a 16 ounce bottle of salad dressing by be 13 ounces.  Tod Marks of Consumer Reports in a re-run of his guided tour of the path of the shrinking package.

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Perhaps the biggest business story of the year in New Mexico was the decision by Facebook to locate a new service center in Los Lunas, south of Albuquerque. The deal brings a future-oriented mega-brand, and hundreds of short term and dozens of long-term jobs. But what did it cost local and state taxpayers? Joe Cardillo of ABQ Business First

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2016 has been a bad year in the conceptual Caliphate of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.  IS territory has shrunk, with a defeat in the Iraqi city of Fallujah that followed an earlier one in Ramadi.  Just as bad for IS, a big chunk, maybe 30%, of it’s financial infrastructure has been lost, much of it to American airpower.  Eric Robinson of the RAND Corporation analyzes the war to bust the Islamic State’s piggy bank and liberate their last 2 strongholds.  Facing immanent attack, the Iraqi city of Mosul, in more normal times, a city of more than a million people. 

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There’s a lot of news out there, on paper, on radio, on tv, computer and personal digital devices.  A lot of news, some good, some bad, some simply fake.  Helping consumers get the most out of their exposures to news is one goal of The News Literacy Project, founded by our guest today Alan Miller.  2 more are teaching students about the values and value of journalism.  The Project started with 3 classrooms, now its curriculum is being taught in schools in New York City and Washington,  Chicago, Houston and Los Angeles.

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In Egypt: more prosecutions of free speech, with dozens of journalists and activists already in prison.  In NY, Presidential Candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump pledge American loyalty to Cairo’s coup-created dictatorship in visits to President ex-Gen. Abdul Fatta el-Sisi.  Mideast scholar Marc Lynch looks at the grim Mideast reality in the backwash of the Arab Spring, and at how it is recreated daily by the highly-competitive Arabic-speaking media, old, new and social. 

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How did it happen at Wells Fargo Bank…2 million bogus bank accounts, more than half a million credit cards issued to people who never asked for them, perhaps 10,000 employees involved in a scam that cheated customers for at least 5 years. Ethicist Lee Ellis on the culture that sustained the cheaters…

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What’s Vladimir Putin up to, playing the aggressive military supporter in Syria, while appearing to tone down Russian aggression and aggressive Russians in Eastern Ukraine? Former US Ambassador William Courtney, now a specialist in Russia at the RAND Corporation joins us.

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At Meadowlands Hospital in northern New Jersey they have a program that they call AmeriMama. The program has been aggressively advertised to pregnant women in Russia as a healthy way to give birth that also gives your child citizenship in the United States.  Investigative reporter Lilo Stainton of NJSpotlite broke the story.

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Remember, last August, when the San Juan River ran a shocking yellow?  After 3 million gallons of waste water loaded with 440 tons of toxic metals, including cadmium, arsenic, and lead were accidentally released at the abandoned Gold King Mine, near Silverton, Colorado?  Last month the clean-up became a Federal Superfund project.  Rachell Conn of Amigos Bravos tells us what that means and brings us up to date on the state o the water and the bottom in those rivers.

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The latest polls indicate, the overwhelming Presidential choice of the American people is Neither of the Above….dislikes outnumber likes for both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump by almost 2 to 1 and and support for both candidates is trending down.  Meanwhile, the likeliest 3rd choice, Libertarian Gary Johson blew his chance to get into the debates when he didn’t recognize the key city in the war in Syria.  Where will the country turn for leadership?  NBC News Political correspondent Steve Handelsman has been on the campaign trail and joins us to assess the race.

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It’s called Bridgegate.  The scandal of an intentional traffic jam that paralyzed the George Washington Bridge 3 years ago.  The jam was created by aides to Gov. Chris Christie and they go on trial this week.  Christie doesn’t but his political future it most definitely at stake.  Statehouse Correspondent Bob Jordan of the Asbury Park Press sorts out who tied up the busiest highway bridge in America, whom they thought they were punishing, and why.  One take home lesson – don’t send that email!!! 

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Zika has devastated hundreds of families in Brazil and, as expected, the virus has moved north.  Zika is rampant in Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, and shows a growing caseload in south Florida. Why has Congress refused to hep with the crisis?  Dallas Morning News medical reporter Dr Seema Yasmin joins us on Here and There. 

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Nicolas Maduro the radically unpopular radical who is President of Venezuela has tied himself to his top brass in the Venezuelan Army and sent out his police to make political arrests.  Meanwhile his Legislature demands a vote to recall him, and the economy falls farther and farther in bankruptcy.  All this big scale bad news is far outstripped by worse news about everyday life for most Venezuelans, crime, violence, and forced labor and still many families go hungry every night.  AP Buro Chief Joshua Goodmanon the crises in Caracas.

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It’s now 15 years and a day since Al Qaeda terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and killed more than 3000 people.  Still, some basic questions about the attacks and who helped them succeed remain unanswered.  Investigative reporter Jason Leopold of Vice News helps sort through new details from a Congressional investigation first made public in July.

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On the money scoreboard, the 2016 Presidential race is a complete mis-match.  In the primaries Hillary Clinton out-spent Donald Trump by 5 to 1, and still today, Trump continues to run well behind Clinton in fund-raising. One reason is that most of the “serious” right-wing funders, like the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, are sitting the Presidential race out.  This does not mean they’ve given up on this year’s election.  They’re spending their money “down ballot,” to elect Senators, Representatives, Governors and more local officials.  Jane Mayer’s best-seller Dark Money profiles the players and explains the money games they excel in. 

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The Justice Department says it will not renew any more contracts for privately-run prisons, because they create profits by cheaping out on everything from employee salaries and training to services for prisoners.  But the Department of Human Services says it’s happy with its recent private contract for the biggest immigrant detention center ever in America. Susan Terrio of Georgetown University studied DHS’ treatment of undocumented children over a 5 year period.  Her biggest problem: the Federal agencies’ policy of keeping  hidden everything that happens to a child after he or she is taken into Border Patrol custody. 

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20 years ago, Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich combined to, as they loved to say it: “end welfare as we know it.”  One thing neither of them ever talk about is the beneath-the-underclass they created: people with few welfare benefits and almost no cash…people Living on $2 a Day.  Kathryn Edin of Johns Hopkins University literally wrote the book, reporting from the ground up on the real lives of people without money.  And by they way, almost everyone of them would gladly work if they could find a job that made sense.

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It’s Labor Day, the perfect time to think again about one of America’s worst, persistent labor abuses…the abuse of the Federal statute known as H1B, by some of America’s biggest and richest corporations, who take jobs way from American workers and hand them to cheaper foreign temps, and often threaten to cut the severance pay of workers who refuse to train their replacements.  Where, you ask are the Dept of Labor, the Justice Dept fighting to protect American workers and the law?  The same place as the Obama White House, standing by.  Patrick Thibodeau of Computer World broke this story and has stayed on it. 

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High school is for young adults…people transitioning out of the protected life of pre-adolescence into the so-called real world, a place of adult-like issues of personal rivalry, and sexual identity.  These complexities define the content of the book market called “young adult.”  John Feinstein is among its most successful writers, specializing in books about high school sports, a genre that has changed as dramatically as the lives of today’s mid-teenagers.  John talks about his books and the American literary tradition they are part of.

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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.

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“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.

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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?

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.  

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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.

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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?”   

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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. 

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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.

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The NM State Department of Human Services, like the Albuquerque Police Dept is being fitted for court-ordered Federal monitoring.  Despite years of harsh criticism and instructions from the court, a Federal Judge says NM DHS has been cheating legally-entitled citizens out of their Food Stamps and welfare payments. The result, she said, was that many families have been going to bed not just poor, but hungry.  Senior Reporter Joey Peters of the NM Political Report on the latest area of NM governance to require training wheels.

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Since 9/11 the US has spent over $120 Billion on training for foreign police, security and military officers.  But critics say the effort has often failed, because it has no coherent goal, no co-ordination and no oversight , and all too frequently ignores the law that bars known violators of basic human rights from training.  Investigative reporter Douglas Gillison of The Intercept and 100 Reporters helped assemble the database that at least partially details the global training network,” and reporting in Cambodia, found out how easily bad guys get into the program and damage America’s reputation..  He joins us on HERE AND THERE.

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Both the great 17th Century poet John Milton and the pioneering 20th Century baseball executive Branch Rickey said – “Luck is the residue of design.”  In Turkey a lot of people are wondering how much luck played into the attempted coup that enabled President Recep Tayyip Erdogan radically to expand his political power, and how much the coup was the residue of designs drawn by the President himself.  Of course, Turks who wonder aloud risk immediate jailing for “libeling” the President and the Government. Already 10 thousand people have been arrested and 50,000 fired from their jobs. Istanbul resident and New Yorker writer Elliot Ackerman joins us on HERE AND THERE

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A recent Supreme Court 4-4 tie vote sent President Obama’s orders protecting some undocumented immigrant parents and children back to the judge who first sidelined them.  The risk of deportation is going up…and in NM, the deportation risk is the highest in the country.  Uriel J Garcia of the Santa Fe New Mexican explains.  Also, why the House of Representatives wants to keep the label “illegal alien” to refer to people who could be called non-citizens or undocumented immigrants.  The last 2 locutions are always applied to people…the tag “Aliens,” not so much.

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Last year, the worry was that new military equipment and military training might be making American police forces more militaristic.  But that was last year.  This year, critics are focused on new high-tech equipment that is revolutionizing police surveillance techniques and expanding capabilities for data storage and mining.    Police tracking a stolen cell phone might also be tracking yours; and then there’s the problem of garbage in-garbage out.  One lie or mistake could put your home in the crosshairs.  Justin Jouvenal of the Washington Post has been covering the story and re-tells it in an encore HERE AND THERE. 

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When Eric Prince sold Blackwater he said he was getting out of military and paramilitary contracting forever.  He even said this to his new partners.   But it turned out he was fibbing.  David Isenberg, one of the first and still among the foremost analysts of Private Military and security Companies on what the one-time Blackwater Boss has been up to.  Turning crop-duster planes into potential weapons of war was just the beginning.  Accusations he’s been laundering South Sudanese oil money through Chinese banks might cause the end of a super-mercenary’s career.   The CIA reportedly suspects behind the Chinese money deal stand the Chinese intelligence service.

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Financing a Presidential campaign $27 at a time.  Ned Resnikoff of the International Business Times on how the Bernie Sanders campaign did it” matched Hillary Clinton’s campaign dollar for dollar without taking a dime from Super PACS, and how that might be a “game-changer” for American politics.

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Andrew Lustig gave up his video production business in New York and moved to New Mexico to become an EMT.  Now he’s a naturapathic doctor leading Global Outreach Doctors on health care missions around the world.  Most recently he and his team served Syrian refugees living – for who knows how long – in a huge camp in Jordan.  His mission had 2 components – medicine and caring.  It was an experience he says he’ll never forget…even though he intends to repeat it, again and again, in places of need around the world.

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Monitoring the fates of unaccompanied minor border-crossers, today we present the second of 2 encores…this one featuring investigative reporter Garance Burke of the Associated Press (AP)…on how, in absolute defiance of State and Federal law, hundreds of immigrant children are being denied access to public schools.  These are kids who have followed American law and are awaiting court dates to ask for asylum or temporary or permanent legal residence.  But while they wait, their futures are being crippled by school districts that refuse to accept them into classes.  

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Monitoring the fates of unaccompanied minor border-crossers…we present 2 encores:  Today, Tyche Hendricks of KQED radio’s California Report on the so-called “worst” of these young people…the undocumented immigrants who wind up in juvenile detention centers…some for just weeks, some for a year or more of being shuttled from center to center, cell to cell.    Who decides to separate out these teenagers, and on what basis do they make the decision?  No one from ICE, DHS of the Office of Refugee Re-settlement will say. 

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One of the sillier controversies of the 2016 Presidential campaign occurred after Donald Trump pointed to one man in a crowd at a rally and shouted out, “Look, there’s my African-American.”  This in the usually inflated language of CNN created a “massive firestorm.”  Ridiculous said, Gregory Cheadle, the African-American in question, who says he’s not even sure he’ll vote for Trump.  Which makes this doubly-ridiculous according to John Gibbs of TheFederalist.com, one of “the Donald’s” few real African-American supporters.  He makes a strong defense of his choice.

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There’s been a song and a short movie on how a bill becomes a law on Capitol Hill.  Now there’s a radio program, featuring Jason Plautz of The National Journal, on how one bill, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act got through the House and Senate and was signed into law by President Barack Obama.  One of the heroes is NM Sen. Tom Udall, a liberal Democrat who joined with a conservative Republican, Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana, to see chemical regulation reform from concept to statute.

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So the United Kingdom has chosen BREXIT. But what does the vote to leave the European Union tell us about the British electorate, and how might it permanently dis-unify what’s been a single sovereign state since 1801?  American pollster and marketing strategist John Zogby has some answers and some thoughts on whether the BREXIT vote might have echoes in America. 

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Diplomatic alliances are meant to last as long as they serve the interests of the allies.  And the United States certainly has interests that are served by our alliance with Egypt.  But happens when you wake up in bed with a monster?  What’s a White House to do when the President of Egypt Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi seems bent on turning the clock back 70 years, to a time of brutal tyranny in Cairo? Top diplomat turned policy analyst Michele Dunne sorts through those hard questions.

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It’s back, persistent abuse of the  Federal Government’s H1-b program which allows certain professional workers to come to the United States as guestworkers in newly created jobs.  It’s not supposed to allow Americans long in their jobs top be tossed aside because the new imports are cheaper.  Patrick Thibodeau of computerworld.com has been THE reporter way ahead on this story. He still is, as reports on  IT workers at some of America’s best-known companies.  Embarrassed once, some companies vowed they’d do better.  But have they?

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An informed rough guess is that Medicare and Medicaid lose about $60 billion a year to fraud.  The losses are huge and the criminal conspiracies can be nationwide, but it’s really a few simple crimes being repeated repeated again and again. Investigative reporter Joe Eaton on why these enormous Federal programs do such a bad job of protecting themselves from crime.  And with a few suggestions that might make it easier to catch the crooks and reclaim the loot before they can hide it.

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Start with this – the United States and Turkey call one another allies. But their priorities and enemies lists are not the same.  Turkish journalist and scholar Pinar Tremblay on the stress put on the alliance when pictures of US Troops in Syria wearing the badge of the Kurdish YPG went viral.  The Turkish government considers the YPG enemy terrorists. The US counts on them in Syria. But in Turkey, the wars in Syria and Iraq are sideshows compared the war at home, with increasing terrorist attacks, and retaliatory arrests and imprisonments, and state take-overs of the opposition news media.

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The American-led war against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq is aimed at knocking out IS with a one-two punch, expelling them from their Syrian and Iraqi capitol cities, Raqqa and Mosul.  How’s it going?  Hard to say, because very few reporters go there to see.  One who has gone recently to Northern Iraq is Pulitzer Prize winner Roy Gutman.

Roy went to areas where Kurdish pershmerga are fighting IS with the help of American special forces on the ground and American planes above. And he talked with leaders from the Kurdistan Regional Government.  The American imperative to take the city of Mosul from the Islamic State, Roy says, probably won’t happen during President Obama’s term of office. 

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America has a sex problem.  Some symptoms are attitudinal or verbal abuse, sexual pestering, stalking, groping and worse.  Being part of America, the University of NM sees all these symptoms on campus.  The Federal Department of Education cited them for failing to deal with the problem.  Chris Quintana of the ABQ Journal, and what’s happened since.  One criticism has been that the University has responded to its critics by creating too many offices for fighting sexual imposition, and thereby bringing less help, than confusion.

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One way to measure the success of an economy is its ability to create jobs to match its rising population.  That’s hard to do when industrial jobs “are gone and not coming back.”  Brookings economist Isabel Sawhill on growing new jobs for the post-industrial age, and preparing people to take them.  One big change she foresees, the movement of men into health and teaching jobs presently dominated by women, as women finally get their fair share of science and technology jobs. 

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Right now, there’s a Big 5 in American health insurance, but if 2 mergers get approved, that will take it down to a Big 3.  Studies show, in insurance, the fewer the competitors, the faster consumer prices rise.  Investigations Editor David Sirota of International Business Times on getting merger approval in Connecticut.  Insurance companies and their employees have sent millions of dollars to organizations tied to the governor; he’s put a longtime insurance industry insider in charge of monitoring the merger,  Critics wonder who will protect jobs and consumers in Connecticut?

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When it comes to homeless people, you can’t help them if you can’t find them.  Hank Hughes of the New Mexico Coalition to End homelessness on how new technologies and new attitudes are getting more chronically homeless people into places to live.  The new technology allows social service workers to track people without addresses, while the new attitude is in the Housing First imperative, which says, help homeless people with their addiction problems or mental illness, but first, get them into a home, and let them stay there, even when they slip in rehabilitation.

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They call it BREXIT, the idea that Great Britain should take the exit ramp out of the European Union.  Almost all the experts and authorities want the UK to stay in, but the polls still have it too close to call.  Gregory Katzis AP Bureau Chief in London, reporting and directing reporting on the Brexit story. The June 23 vote is expected to split the ruling Conservative party, and enhance the right-wing UK Independence Party, but how will followers of the opposition Labor Party vote?   One way or the other, estimates are this is a vote with billions of pounds of economic activity in the balance. 

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The latest on Zika and its threat to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games… Elizabeth Whitman, health business reporter for International Business Times talks about the high-powered 150 “experts” who’ve said the games should be moved or postponed and the swift rejection that idea got from the International Olympic Committee, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC.)  The medical people say global spread of Zika is so inevitable from normal human travel between the Zika Zone and the rest of the world that half a million visitors in Brazil for the Olympics won’t make much of a difference. The IOC has more than $4 billion in revenues at stake. 

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Covering Hillary Clinton, on the Presidential campaign trail for more than a year now, AP National Political Reporter Lisa Lerer, has a problem: the candidate won’t talk to her.  It’s not personal, she just doesn’t bother with print reporters.  The guy from the Washington Post has been frozen out for 13 months!  But don’t worry, there’s still plenty to report just from public events. And Lisa has the benefit of living institutional memory from her AP colleague Beth Harpaz, whose recently-re-published classic book The Girls in the Van, is about covering Hillary Clinton’s first Senate Campaign 16 years ago.  One judgment both reporters share is that the word for Hillary is “unknowable.”

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Many of these children literally walked a thousand miles and swam a river to sneak into the United States, in search of family members or voluntary protectors who will help them find better lives.  They’ve made it that far, says Associated Press investigative reporter Garance Burke, only to be turned away from American public schools.  Laws in all the states and the Federal Government say this shouldn’t be happening, but it is, and remember, all the people being denied their right to an education here are children.

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In an America too often paralyzed by partisan or ideological divisions, stakeholders who used to be enemies joined forces to make 2 big Federal environmental projects move forward.  Elizabeth Shogren of High Country News on potential good news for hikers in New Mexico and Colorado and farmers, Native Americans and salmon in Washington State.  She also explains how these Green coalitions came to work together and why not everyone is happy with that work produced.

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Venezuela, for decades a prosperous and proud nation is now defined by stores with nothing to sell, hospitals with no medicines to give, and streets red with blood from violent vigilante mobs, protesters and military and security forces.  AP Bogota Buro Chief Josh Goodman on the economic, political and social implosion in Caracas, the capitol next door.  President Nicolas Maduro has declared a State of Emergency and seems to be moving closer to the military.  The opposition controls the legislature and wants a referendum to toss Maduro out.  The search for compromise isn’t turning up much.

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You know their names, Janet Yellin, Ben Bernanke, Alan Greenspan, Paul Volcker…but do you know how much power these Chairs of the Federal Reserve Board now wield over the American economy.  Scholar and author Lawrence Jacobs of the University of Minnesota says the Fed’s powers have grown too great to do anyone but Wall Street much good.  The co-author of the new book Fed Power on how the Federal Reserve was created, checked and balanced, and then allowed to escape virtually all Federal oversight and regulation.

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I say Darfur; you say genocide…but when you finish with this political Rohrshach test, the next question is harder: What will the world actually do about the mass murder of civilians in this western province of Sudan? Scholar and Darfur advocate Ahmed H Adam of the Institute for African Development at Cornell University in Cairo’s has a forth-coming book and its title is telling: it’s Darfur Betrayed: An Insider Perspective.  What’s he talking about?  Well, a recent referendum of Darfur’s future has gotten a lot of international acceptance, Adam says it doesn’t deserve.

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When terrorists attack civilian targets as they did in Paris and Brussels the first impacts are personal and political, but make no mistake, the costs of terrorism are also economic.  Washington-based economist Gary Hufbauer of the Peterson Institute for International Economics looks at the latest attacks on the Euro and on economically and politically divided Europe.

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It was in the movie, All the President’s Men,” that the anonymous source “Deep Throat” told Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, on the trail of who the scandal that became known as “Watergate,” QUOTE “Follow the money.”  Well, if you want evidence of an economic shift from television to the internet, International Business Times media reporter Oriana Schwindt has the same advice – “follow the money.”

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The author of Lone Survivor and the Afghan who saved his life once called one another brother…now they don’t speak at all.  The story of a heroic friendship gone astray.  RM Ross Schniederman talks about his Newsweek cover story.

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Nigerian President Muhammedou Buhari is trying to clean up a corrupt government and a corrupt society while simultaneously fighting Boko Haram and gangs of oil industry extortionists. AP Lagos Buro Chief Michelle Faul on how he’s doing.

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A hedge fund kingpin and Goldman Sachs designed a fund of toxic mortgages and had them sold to suckers and made a billion bucks.  One little salesman was fined …the bosses got impunity.  Pulitzer Prize winner Jesse Eisinger lays out the sad story.

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First he sold his video business; then he became an EMT.  Now he leads medical care missions around the world.  Andrew Lustig of Santa Fe and Doctors Global Outreach on what he learned treating Syrian refugees in Jordan.

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The US has quietly been adding special forces fighters and regular military trainers in Iraq…but, says RAND Corporation senior analyst Linda Robinson, the results are not sufficient to defeat the Islamic State….and as for a planned battle to retake the city of Mosul, she says the Iraqi forces aren’t ready for the job.

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Bankrupt Greece is being bled economically by Europe and now find itself on the wrong side of the Continental barrier put up against Syrian, Iraqi and Afghan refugees.  Reporter Alexander Clapp of Foreign Policy on the toll this double-dose of hard times is taking on Greeks. And their migrant guests.

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Among the unaccompanied minors caught crossing the US border, some 600 have been judged “the worst.”  But what does that mean? And who judged them and by what standard?  Reporter Tyche Hendricks of KQED radio’s California Report on the Office of Refugee Re-settlement’s juvenile detention system.

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After 15 years of American charges and Chinese denials of cyber-crimes like economic espionage and national security hacking, it looks like there’s been a dramatic diplomatic break-through.  Scott Warren Harold of the RAND Corporation on the sudden “cyber-truce” between Washington and Beijing.

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Libya has a new Government of National Accord, shaped by the UN, recognized by the US, the UK, France, Germany and other allies…so why can’t it leave the naval base it is occupying, much less govern Libya?  Award-winning Libyan journalist Mustafa Fetouri on life, crime and human trafficking.

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The US military says the Islamic State is losing in Iraq andSyria…but it’s still growing in Libya, Afghanistan and northwestAfrica.  Veteran Mideast journalist and author PatrickCockburn, on the al-Qaeda spin-off he’s been following sinceshortly after President Bush claimed “Mission Accomplished” inIraq. 

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A team of international expert prosecutors and investigatorsblasts the Mexican government for its utter failure to solve thecase of 43 disappeared college students.   Mark Stevensonof AP’s Overseas Press Club Award-winning Mexico City bureau on abungled case of apparent mass murder.

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Remember when the NY Times, Washington Post and CNN were all reporting the Obama Administration was seriously cutting back on civil forfeiture because it seizes cash and property from innocent citizens?  Turns out the reports were wrong on all counts.  Attorney General Eric Holder mis-described what he was going to do, and now his successor Loretta Lynch is reversing his tiny policy change.

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There could be oil in the ground of Sandoval County, just west of Rio Rancho, NM.  Even though the prospective drill site is 4 miles from the nearest backyard, citizens organized against something they thought might put drilling equipment and heavy trucks too close for comfort.  Rio Rancho Observer reporter Antonio Sanchez on why the oil is staying where it is.

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If Donald Trump’s life and Presidential campaign are anything like his TV show, sometime this week, we should hear him say the 2 words for which he is still most famous: “You’re fired.”  The target? Could be Paul Manafort, recently hired to manage the Trump campaign.  But he seems to think he gets to manage Trump himself.  NBC Newsman Steve Handelsman on the 2016 Presidential campaigns

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When he moved as a child from a farm near Vaughn, NM to the town of Tucumcari, Gerald Moore says it felt he was going to a big city.  Then he grew up, moved to Albuquerque, became a journalist and wound up writing for LIFE magazine in Los Angeles, Chicago and NYC.  The education of an American journalist…from the NM prairie to the Big Apple.

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There are 700,000 ticking time bombs in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.  700,000 Syrian refugee children who are out of school, their educations stopped, their futures crippled.  RAND Corporation analyst Shelly Culbertson wonders with us, how many might someday want to take a terrorist’s revenge?

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It’s probably the #1 American public health story of the decade – how tens of thousands of  White, middle-class Americans got addicted to opiate prescription pain killers and then illicit Mexican black tar heroin.  Sam Quinones told the story in his book DREAMLAND…he’s our guest today on HERE AND THERE.

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Keeping democracy alive can be a difficult business.  Brookings Institution scholar Ted Piccone knows this better than most.  He wrote a new book about 5 key democracies on the rise, and by the time it was published the democratic characteristics of 2 of them were falling.  What happened in Brazil and Turkey?

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It looked like it was going to be the biggest 4th Amendment fight in years, over whether the Constitution protected privacy against the determination of the FBI to force Apple to hack into the San Bernardino terrorist’s iPhone.  Then the FBI announced it found another way. Cyberwar expert Shane Harris of TheDailyBeast.com on Apple vs the FBI.

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Countries in Europe have tried everything from fences and walls to temporary and more permanent refugee camps to stop the migration of hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria and Afghanistan to Europe.  Demetrios Papademetriou of the Migration Policy Institute on the crisis that is twisting Europe and testing the world.

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The Federal Monitor guiding the reform of the Albuquerque Police Department asked for a new policy on dealing with civil disturbances.  He suggested the 140 page plan of the Metro PD in Washington, DC.  The Albuquerque PD turned in a page and a half.  Jeff Proctor of NMindepth.com on more reasons Monitor James Ginger is displeased.

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What happens politically when the self-declared party of the left gives up on the working class?  It’s the same thing that happens when you remove one leg of a triangulation: collapse.  Thomas Frank, author of LISTEN, LIBERAL on the self-mutilation of the Democratic Party, the Bern and the Donald.

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Today on HERE AND THERE,  It's called an "investigatory stop."  It's when police pull over a driver not because he or she has broken a traffic law, but because they want to investigate further.  It happens so disproportionately to minority drivers, Chuck Epp and his University of Kansas colleagues found, it feels and hurts and divides society like racial profiling.

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New Mexicans like to jokingly call their state, the land of the flea and the home of the plague.  Richard Hamburg of the Trust for America’s Health on slowing federal investment in infectious diseases could affect containing plague HERE in NM and keeping Ebola THERE in West Africa.

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The age of coal is coming to an end.  Big Companies like Peabody and Arch are going bankrupt, mines are closing down and miners are looking for new jobs.  The Federal Government has a program to help.  Maria Gallucci of the International Business Times looked at how the program is working in Ohio.

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Poor Yemen, since Saudi Arabia and its allies started a war to restore their puppet President, 6000 people, at least half of them civilians have been killed, and the puppet is no closer to restoration. Now, there's talk of a cease-fire and a second try at a peace conference.  What are its chances?  Journalist and Yemen expert Adam Baron takes a look at the war, and the hopes for peace.

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First Uncle Sam decided it would be better if Native Americans managed their own reservations, and promised enough money to sustain the same quality of policing, schooling and road maintenance it had been providing. Then, Congress cut back on the money.

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Every month, young American men and women are ending their careers in the military and heading out to find gainful employment in civilian life.  The transition is not always easy.  Chaitra Hardison of the RAND Corporation advises the Pentagon on how to help ex-soldiers become successful bread-winners.

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Iran held elections last month, and the results strengthened support for moderate President Hassan Rouhani in both Parliament and the important Council of Experts. Will this mean more Iranian investment in the civilian economy and less in regional terrorism? Will it signal better relations between Iran and the US? Alireza Nader of the RAND Corporation offers some answers on HERE AND THERE.

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Think American politics has gone nuts, with economic inequality rising, and politicians’ credibility sinking? Well, wait till you hear about Brazil, where the economy is in shambles, and top political and business leaders aren’t just mistrusted, but indicted or in jail. Columbia University scholar Christopher Sabatini on why angry protests fill Brazil’s streets and squares, on HERE AND THERE.

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The 21st century revolution in collecting and sorting data is changing policing, providing law enforcement with all kinds of information that can be useful in catching crooks. But some of the info is unreliable, and some of the consequences for personal privacy are downright scary. Justin Jouvenal of the Washington Post has the lowdown on hi-tech policing, on HERE AND THERE.

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The 2016 Presidential campaign began with 23 candidates seeking the nominations of the Republican and Democratic Parties. Now, with 4 months still to go before those races are settled, the list is down to 5. But instead of yielding 2 candidates for 2 parties, this race could wind up with 3 of each. Crazy? We’ll try to sort it out with Steve Handelsman of NBC News on HERE AND THERE.

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Laura Paskus of newMexicoindepth.com; energy and climate related issues

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Laura Paskus of newmexicoindepth.com; restriction of carbon emission and Supreme Court overturn this week

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NM State Legislature, 30-day session

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More than a million people watched this year’s Super Bowl, not via broadcast, satellite, or cable TV, but live-streamed to their computers.  Cord-cutting is trending, but is the death of cable systems at hand?  TV Business analyst Oriana Schwindt of International Business Times says the trend is there alright, but moving slowly, and the end of cable is not in sight.

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If you think 2 heads are better than 1, consider the power-sharing govt the US created in Afghanistan.  It’s having trouble meeting all its goals, electoral and judicial reform, more effective national security forces and local police.

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Money, money everywhere, makes our politics stink.  100 Billionaire donors, push perfectly corrupt ideas; that “freedom” is self-interest, that government is bad, inequality is good, and they are licensed to buy every politico, think tank or academic institution on the take.   Investigative reporter Jane Mayer on America’s black hole of DARK MONEY, On HERE AND THERE

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A top Russian spy defects to Britain and starts blowing the whistle on Putin’s FSB… Until he falls deathly ill, and only post-mortem is it established he was murdered with radioactive Polonium.  RAND Corporation analyst Daniel Gerstein unravels the killing and its implications.

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The people who gathered and analyzed America’s intelligence about the Islamic State thought it was being twisted on its way to the White House. When their first alarm got no response, they sent a warning to the boss, James Clapper.  National Security Correspondent Shane Harris of The Daily Beast.com on what happened next.

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The plot is similar to the movie Spotlight, except instead of sexually abusive priests, the predators were teachers at an elite NYC prep school, and instead of an investigative team from the Boston Globe, the reporter here was our guest Amos Kamil.  The biggest difference was in how the case was settled.

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Wannabe Presidential Politics 2016…a peek ahead at tomorrow’s Super Tuesday…and a pained look back at the GOP candidates debate: I Love Lucy meets the bottom line…and the caucus conspiracy, quote everything but the bottom line -- that almost no one took part.  Newsweek’s National Politics Correspondent Nina Burleigh joins the conversation on HERE AND THERE

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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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What did retiring Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Shultz mean when he said the purchase of lapel cameras from Taser was “greased?”  And was the lubricant a lucrative consultancy with Taser that was his next job.  Investigative reporter Jeff Proctor of NMinDepth.com takes a look and asks, where’s City Hall on all this? 

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In 2013, jihadist rebels tied to Al Qaeda looked ready to take over the African country Mali, until French military forces intervened and crushed the rebellion. RAND Corp. analyst Christopher Chivvis on whether the French model from Mali might work against the Islamic State in Syria.

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One key question every journalist and his platform have to answer is “Sez who?”  Which is why Sheldon Adelson’s attempt to conceal his purchase of the Las Vegas Review-Journal caused such a stink.  Maria Bustillos of the New Yorker has covered the story and knows its implications.

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As US and world oil prices inch upward past $30 a barrel, the big question is, was the plunge below $28 the bottom?  Foreign Policy’s senior energy correspondent Keith Johnson explores prices and their consequences from China to Saudi Arabia to Venezuela to New Mexico.

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Ukraine is stuck in a “frozen war” with Russian-backed secessionists, even as it tries to reform its corrupt politics and failing economy to satisfy international investors.  But Hromadske TV’s  Maxim Eristavi in Kiev says, things may be looking up…at least a little.

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Global climate change is making the Southwest hotter and drier, but in Antarctica, it’s melting glaciers and could send large portions of the continental ice sheet into the ocean.  Where’s the water to go?  Newsweek’s Nina Burleigh is just back from scene of the Antarctic temperature climb.

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The Chinese stock market has been twisting and spitting fire like a wounded dragon, but is there bigger economic trouble behind the blaze?  For China and the world? Financial Times Beijing correspondent Tom Mitchell and his analytical abacus provide some answers.

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Few people in American conserve water better than the Navajo people…still there’s nowhere near enough water on the reservation and much of it is contaminated by the legacy  of uranium mining.  Neha Shastry covered this story for the hot online Vice News and shares what she learned about these threats to Navajo wealth and health.

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Comedy can be big business, and whether it’s done from big theatres, or small nightclubs, or via the microphones or radio, the cameras of television or the links of the internet, its usually more than just a barrel of laughs.  Kliph Nesteroff, author of The Comedians describes America’s funniest business on HERE AND THERE.

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Today on HERE AND THERE: we welcome the Legislators of the State of NM, back in session with plenty on their plates.  Trip Jennings, Editor-in-Chief of the fine investigative website, NMinDepth.com sorts through issues big and small, bills that may pass like gas, or wind up as actual laws.  Do proposed reforms of lobbying or how capital outlays are spent actually have a chance?

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An America divided is an America weakened, one might even say, an America degraded.  Few Americans ever spoke to that issue better than Dr Martin Luther King Jr, and so, on his day, we address one of today’s most damaging divides..the digital divide, with Sree Sreenivasan, media master of Columbia University and the Metropolitan Museum of Art…on HERE AND THERE

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One of the most successful television journalists of our generation is retiring.  Linda Ellerbee did breaking news and living history for adults on local and network TV, but she really found a home translating the news for young audiences as host of the Nickelodeon network's Nick News.  What she’s learned about TV, news, and Americas children on HERE AND THERE.

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The pain and suffering of Alzheimer’s Disease is terrible enough, but the financial consequences of this of this incurable, long-lasting illness are more than most families can bear.  Dr. Amy Kelley of the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York explains why Alzheimer’s is so expensive, and how most health insurance fails to cover the costs.

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It’s an American blessings: we have not known war on our soil since 1865.  But this means Americans have no idea what it’s like to live in a war zone, where terrible things happen on purpose, and sometimes, worse things happen by mistake.  Photo-journalist Victor Blue covered one of America’s worst mistakes in Afghanistan: the Kunduz Hospital bombing.

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Most people know that the state of NM has an unsolved problem with homelessness…but concerns about the problem and proposed solutions focus on the homeless of cities like Albuquerque and Las Cruces.  Tom McDonald, of the Roswell Daily Record tells us, homelessness may be different in NM’s small towns and rural areas…but it’s still there and few solutions seem at hand.

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One word few people use when talking about their state and federal government is integrity.  NM reporter Gwyneth Doland took an assignment from the journalistic Center For Public Integrity to measure the integrity of governance in NM.  She started with how the state obeys its own laws on public access to government records, and immediately found trouble.

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When Americans, especially American politicians talk about Syria they invoke military tactics and political strategies.  What’s missing?  The realities of life on the ground there. Veteran journalist and author Charles Glass has been to Damascus and tell us about how people live in the midst of  savage civil and religious war.

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Many of the world’s poorest people are caught between the cruelties of conventional currency economies and the limitations of barter trade.  Tim Jenkin has helped create a different way to spend and save …. He calls it the Community Exchange System and he’ll explain how the idea has grown from South Africa to more than 40 other places around the world.

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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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Islamic State terrorists strike in Paris, killing 130 civilians…it’s the second such attack in the French capitol this year and the reaction has been public anxiety and political agitation.  Paris resident and former star 60 Minutes Producer Barry Lando on France’s war against Islamist terrorism.  There are now armed guards outside museums and churches, armed police on the streets in Paris, and fleets of French bombers, joining the Russian Air Force in attacking the Islamic State “capitol” of Raqqa, Syria.  Is this a winning, or just an ordinary-life-changing strategy?

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Suspected 985 substances, categorized according to risk; only one is in safe category

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Today on HERE AND THERE, Amb. Ryan Crocker practiced diplomacy from Pakistan to Lebanon for 40 years.  His embassies have been blown up once and attacked twice more, but his response has been service that’s been cool under fire, and un-intimidated afterwards.  He shares some penetrating assessments of American policies toward Syria, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, the last and only success story from the Arab Spring, Tunisia, is under attack by several different groups of terrorists who have devastated the national economy by frightening away tourists.  Tunis-based correspondent Christine Petre tells us why the short-term situation in Tunisia looks bad, and the long-term could be worse.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, investigators for the Center for Public Integrity have rated how the 50 States do on that criterion…integrity.  What they found is pretty depressing.  For example, New Mexico got a D—and still beat 16 other states.  Gwyneth Doland did the investigation of New Mexico and details its un-pretty picture.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, fighting a foreign war without American boots on the ground means building effective local surrogates.  So, far that’s gone badly in Syria, so now the US is declaring some of the militias already in combat our “allies.”  Pulitzer Prize winning foreign correspondent Roy Gutman has talked with the Kurdish designated hitters, and has his doubts.

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Today on HERE AND THERE , A trail ride along the Continental Divide from the Mexican to the Canadian border is tough any way you do it…but how about when the ride is on the back of barely trained wild mustangs.  Executive Producer Cindy Meehl on the documentary Unbranded that takes you along for the ride.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, Why so much American aid in Afghanistan has accomplished so little.  Journalist, novelist and former aid worker, Will Everett on burning taxpayers money…sending it into territory where no outside oversight can be considered safe, where tribal obligations trump American priorities.

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Today on HERE AND THERE,  America’s Mideast muddle in a nutshell: Turkey’s President declares war on Kurds he calls terrorists.  But some of them are America’s most effective allies in the war against the Islamic State.  Meanwhile, analyst and frequent visitor to the war zones, Barak Barfi says, the Kurds have been digging defensive lines signaling, they’ve gone as far as they want to against IS.

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Today on HERE AND THERE:  Azerbaijan and New Mexico…other than the fact that both the Caspian Sea country and the Southwestern state are heavily into the oil and gas business, you would have thought they had much in common.  So why has the government in Baku spent so much time and money courting the politicians of Santa Fe?  The Albuquerque Journal’s Dan Boyd has some answers.

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Today on HERE AND THERE:  When last we heard from Michelle Dunne, the director of the Middle East program, at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, she’d just been escorted out of Egypt by security agents of the el-Sisi dictatorship.  In the 10 months since then, a lot has happened in the Mideast, not much of it good, but Michele will sort it out for us, and try to find a way forward.

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Today on HERE AND THERE:  With the Obama Administration’s plan to arm and train moderate militias in Syria now abandoned after it failed at every level, many are asking, what should Washington do next?  One proposed answer: a no-fly zone to create a safe area for Syrian civilians.  Sounds good, sounds easy, but Karl Mueller of the RAND corporation will us why it won’t happen and wouldn’t work if it did.

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Today on HERE AND THERE:  As usual, the focus of most political discussion and media coverage of Syria is focused on its so-called strategic aspects – what are the Russians up to?  How is America doing in its war against the Islamic State…but for me the first focus should be the one reporter Charles Glass will tell us about – the people, and how they are living through the chaos on the ground in Syria.

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Today on HERE AND THERE,  Remember the guy who bought the rights to a life-saving AIDS drug and raised it’s price by 700%?  Well this greedhead is actually part of a national trend that could threaten your life.  Liz Szabo of USA Today helped break the story of the drug Daraprim.  She’ll tell us how many other drugs have taken the price elevator.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, millions of Americans live in cashless poverty on a level like the worst off in Bangladesh or Haiti.  How is this possible: Kathryn Edin, co-author of the new book $2 a Day, fingers Bill Clinton’s self-praised welfare reform, and describes what living without money really means.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, with the National Basketball Association season starting this week, we look at the story Terrance Ross reported for the Guardian.com, on the NYPD’s beating and arrest last Spring of  Thabo Sefolosha.  A jury needed just 45 minutes to acquit him, but the broken leg he suffered took him out of the playoffs and ruined the chances of his Atlanta Hawks.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, The University of California system has 10 academic campuses, 5 medical schools, and a $27 billion annual budget.  System President and former Secy of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano on why she wants the schools to go beyond teaching and research into entrepreneurial innovation. 

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Today on HERE AND THERE, After the Gold King mine in Southern Colorado sent a stream of deep yellow, deeply polluted water down the Animas and San Juan Rivers, it spread fear and loathing across the Navaho reservation.  Navaho Times reporter Cindy Yurth tells what happened next.  The worst damage was to EPA’s reputation.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, How is the US doing in its war against the terrorist Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.  The answer, said some 50 intelligence analysts working for the Army’s Central Command is, much worse than we’re allowed to say.  The Daily Beast.com’s Shane Harris broke the story and updates it for us on HERE AND THERE.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, a non-believing Albuquerque mother is threatened with the loss her children after she objects to the religious approach taken by her Bernalillo County Family Court-ordered counselor, a well-known Catholic activist.  KRQE’s correspondent Kim Holland broke the story, and got the Court to change its practices.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, an analysis of the nuclear arms agreement with Iran by Hall of Fame diplomat, Amb. Thomas Pickering who also looks at what comes next.  Also, Amb. Pickering’s thoughts on Vladimir Putin’s Syrian intervention…what is the Russian leader trying to accomplish?  And the Ambassador’s encounters with ignorance at the top of the US Govt. 

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Today on HERE AND THERE, It started as an international dirty trick and is finishing as a pile of lies an evasions: the plan? -- to undermine Cuba’s international medical program by recruiting participants.  Now hundreds of Cuban doctors, nurses and technicians are stranded in Colombia while the State Dept stiffs their applications for promised visas.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, The still unsolved disappearances of 43 college students in Ayotzinapa, Mexico have shaken the country and badly damaged the credibility of President Enrique Pena Nieto, but an investigation led by AP Reporter Chris Sherman has uncovered 292 more unsolved disappearances in the very same region of Mexico.

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Today on HERE AND THERE:  Poland was a Communist satellite that showed its solidarity with Third World Revolutions by offering scholarships to African students.  When the country liberated itself from Communism, many people felt free to show racist hostility to people they regarded as burdens from the old regime.  Journalist Damaso Reyes on Living While Black in Eastern Europe.  It’s not easy.

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Today on HERE AND THERE : Most of the Black people in the former East Germany came not as invading or occupying soldiers, as in the former West Germany….They were invited guests, scholarship students brought to their universities by the old Communist government.  For the ones who stayed, and their descendants, journalist Damaso Reyes tells us, Living While Black in Eastern Europe isn’t always easy.

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Today on HERE AND THERE: It’s been 70 years since the first African-American soldiers fought their way into what became West Germany, and stayed.  Today, they and their descendants are fighting racism…using some of the same techniques that worked 50 years ago in the United States.  Journalist Damaso Reyes on Living While Black in Eastern Europe.  It isn’t easy.

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Today on HERE AND THERE: The tickets were paid for and un-refundable, so when the group from the Santa Fe Council on International Relations got the State Department’s advice, not to go to Turkey, they ignored it….and wound up safe and sound and in a virtual war zone.  Board Chair Art McHaffie tells us what they learned about a very turbulent election campaign.

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Today on HERE AND THERE what a Summer in Guatemala. First the Vice President, then the President are forced to resign after being indicted on bribery charges.  Now, the choices for next President are a former TV comedian and a former first lady whose plan to run 4 years ago, by divorcing her husband, the then-President, was foiled by the Courts.  We’ll hear from reporter Louisa Reynolds in Guatemala City.

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Today on HERE AND THERE,  The Chinese stock market continues to slide downward, dragging lots of other markets and economies down with it.  What burst the bubble?  Why has the slide been so hard to stop?  And what further financial catastrophes might lie ahead?  Economics professor and journalist Daniel Altman on the shadow across the Chinese banking system, and the threat of global contagion, on HERE AND THERE.

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Today on HERE AND THERE,  The longest war in American history is getting longer.  After 14 years, there are still 10,000 American soldiers, and 12,000 American military contractors in Afghanistan, and the Obama Administration wants to slow down scheduled reductions in that force.  Robert Grenier ran the CIA operation in Afghanistan at the beginning of the war.  Hear his thoughts on what’s happened since, on HERE AND THERE

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Today on HERE AND THERE, there’s a flood of immigrants, many of them fleeing war in Syria and Libya, or just hard times in North and Central Africa, looking for better lives in Europe.  Al Jazeera English’s Rob Reynolds on the some places friendly, some places fierce reception they’ve been getting.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, Does Pope Francis believe in miracles?  Indeed he does, but what exactly qualifies as a miracle?  Journalist and author John Thavis says can be a hard question for the Vatican to answer.  He’ll tell us how they do it.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, The Iran nuclear agreement proved bitterly divisive for American Jews, but American journalist Larry Cohler-Esses, just back from Iran, says Jews there like the agreement andreject the idea that their countryman want to attack Israel.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, While in the US Republicans continue to grumble about, and say they'll keep fighting the nuclear deal in Iran, American journalist Reese Ehrlich says, his recent trip to Iran showed him a people ready for peace and,  they hope, economic progress.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, In Libya, the UN negotiator says peace is at hand, but journalist Mustafa Fetouri in Tripoli finds it hard to believe, as he says the rival wannabe governments in Tripoli and Tobruk can find little they agree on.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, management at Sandia labs uses money meant to go to cutting edge research to lobby Congress to extend its contract …while long-standing safety failures at Los Alamos Labs shut down 2 crucial programs for years.  Who gets punished?  Investigative reporter Patrick Malone says the answer is – nobody.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, Could using a toothpaste past its sell-by date put a prisoner into solitary confinement?  A military hearing decided the answer for Chelsea Manning was no, but just holding a hearing to ask the question, her lawyer Nancy Hollander says, is an example of the harassment facing America’s most famous trans-gender whistleblower.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, This Summer in Chicago has seen an epidemic of gun crimes, especially murders, leaving the Windy City with by far the highest casualty count in America.  Al Jazeera America correspondent Sarah Hoye on causes, effects, and one neighborhood’s attempt to take back its streets.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, the officials who wage them call them wars on drugs or wars on crime, but the results rarely put a dent in either drug use or criminal profits.  Journalist and scholar Molly Molloy of NMSU on Mexico and El Salvador’s ongoing wars against “them,” ”los malandros,” the poorest of the poor, the expendables.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, You might think of attorneys as civil folk with deep respect for the law and each other.  Not when tens of millions of dollars at stake!  Journalist Daniel Fisher of Forbes Magazine on sharp elbows, and dirty dealings from both sides of the legal argument over who should pay the human health costs from asbestos.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, You can drive your car in Russia without your pants, says one activist, but never drive without a dashcam…and he’s less than half-joking.  Journalist and scholar Sarah Kendzior on dashcams, smartphones and other weapons of digital democratization in the Central Asian states once part of the Soviet Union.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, homelessness, the rise and fall of temporary tent cities , the inadequacies of more permanent shelters and programs are old stories in cities like Albuquerque and Las Cruces, but what about in the small towns of New Mexico?  Tom McDonald, the founding editor of the Gazette News Service tells the story on HERE AND THERE.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, 10 years ago Sunday, New Orleans was hit by Hurricane Katrina.  The immediate damage was devastating and the long-term changes to the city were dramatic.  New Orleans critic, novelist, screenwriter and passionate lover of his hometown Tom Piazza on what’s gone, and what remains in the New New Orleans.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, Does anyone remember the goal of Gulf War 2?  It was to create a stable, democratic government for Iraq. Now, pressured by the US, and by mass demonstrations around the country, the Baghdad government says it’s ready to reform.  Amman-based analyst Kirk Sowell says real reform is difficult but possible.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, First the Chinese economy starts to sputter, then the domestic Chinese stock market crashes, and finally China devalues its currency and for the first time in years, lets the market replace the government in setting the value of the Renminbi.  Al Jazeera America’s economics correspondent Patricia Sabga helps us sort things out, on HERE AND THERE.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, Remember the whistleblower who revealed that the famed FBI Lab was botching lots of cases and wrongly sending people to jail?  Stephen Kohn, the lawyer, who helped Frederick Whitehouse tell his story, says making it safer for insiders to spill the beans helps protect all of us.  Unfortunately, he says, one whistleblower who has no protection is Edward Snowden.  Hear why on HERE AND THERE.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, even in a year of drought-busting rains like this one, there’s a lot of land lying fallow in south-west NM…but what if some native grasses that grow wild there could be commercially cultivated as animal fodder and human food.  Gwyneth Jones of the Silver City Press on 2 ideas both agronomists and lfarmers think could be win-win-winners.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, Start with Fentanyl a DANGEROUS, ADDICTIVE drug.  Then offer it in a new SPRAY-under-your tongue version that makes it even more DANGEROUS, and ADDICTIVE.  And sell it with a crew straight out of Charlie’s Angels.  Sound good to you?  Wall St loved it.  Roddy Boyd of The Southern Investigative Reporting Foundation, tells the story on HERE AND THERE

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Today on HERE AND THERE, National Security Correspondent Shane Harris of The Daily Beast, with the story of a Sunni millionaire from Iraq who says, if Uncle Sam has the money, he has the army to stop the Islamic State.  His one condition: he wants nothing to do with the Iraqi Government.  Is Mudhar Shawkat the real thing, or just the second coming of Ahmed Chalabi.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, a report from the front lines of sectarian war in Iraq.  ABQ photo-journalist Jim Spiri, just back from Eastern Iraq, reports, Iranian-influenced Iraqi Shi'ite militiamen are ethnically-cleansing Sunni families from their long-time homes, despite the fact, it was Sunni fighters who stopped the 2014 advance of the Shi'ite-killing troops of the Islamic State.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, as New Mexico schoolchildren head back to classes, reporter Xanthe Ackerman tells us about hundreds of public schools in Turkey where secular xteaching is being dumped in favor of Sunni Islamic religious training.  Parents and students have protested, but Turkish President Erdogan insists Turkish students should be educated exactly as he was

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Today on HERE AND THERE, Santa Fe investigative reporter and documentarian Dennis Carroll has the story of the Trinity Downwinders...the people caught unwarned and unawares when the world's first above-ground nuclear weapons test showered their area with radiation.  The bomb being tested was the prototype for the one dropped 70 years ago yesterday on the Japanese city of Nagasaki.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, conditions in Federal Detention Centers for border-crossing Women and Children have drawn fire from a Federal Judge a promise from the DHS to shorten the time moms and kids have to spend there.  But what about the centers holding unaccompanied immigrant children?  The govt is still trying to keep them secret.  Find out why from SF  immigration lawyer Allegra Love.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, A Federal Judge slams the Dept of Homeland Security for breaking trust with a legal agreement on humanitarian treatment of undocumented children caught after they’ve crossed the US-Mexican border.  Georgetown Univ Professor Susan Terrio has a new book and 8 years of research on the agreement and how US immigration authorities have failed to live up to it.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, Hillary Clinton issues a big environmental policy paper, claiming she’ll be our greenest President…but when asked about the Keystone XL Pipeline, she refuses to say yea or nay…could it be because her Foundation has taken as much as half a million bucks from the Canadian agency pushing the pipeline? Al Jazeera America anchor and political correspondent David Shuster joins us on HERE AND THERE.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, amid all the hysteria over the recent nuclear arms agreement with Iran, some calm and reasoned judgment, from RAND Corporation Mideast specialist Dalia Dassa Kaye.  Her conclusion, the agreement isn’t perfect, but it is more than good enough with clear benefits not just for Iran and the US, but for its chief denouncers, Israel and Saudi Arabia.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, The Island State of Hawaii is such an agricultural paradise, that the industries who make agricultural chemicals think that makes it a perfect laboratory.  But Al Jazeera America’s Jacob Ward says many local residents feel like the kind oif lab rats who don’t always survive.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, In the short-term, the global price of oil has been dropping sharply again for the past month, but in the long-term the oil and gas industry and its financial partners may be facing even more serious problems.  UNM oil economist Janie Chermak says this might be good news for Chaco Canyon.

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Today on HERE AND THERE,   People call the conflict in Ukraine a “frozen war,” but former US Amb. John Herbst says Russia’s Valdimir Putin is trying to heat things up and the US and the West should step up military and financial aid for the still struggling government in Kiev.  Reform in Ukraine is progressing, he says, but not fast enough.

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Today on HERE AND THERE,  It’s a series of circular problems for New Mexico: the more people litter fields with household garbage, and dump big items like mattresses, and refrigerators into arroyos and stream-beds the more other people add to the mess.  Reporter Margaret Wright of The New Mexican has looked at the mess, and the inadequate state, county and municipal budgets that leave it to volunteers to clean things up. 

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Today on HERE AND THERE, It’s called the Trans Pacific Partnership, and President Obama sees it as part of his legacy.  But analyst Rick Rowden, who writes for foreignpolicy.com says, TPP’s is likely to be more riches for the rich, more job losses for American workers, less regulation of multi-national corporations, and a free pass for them around laws passed by Congress.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, a deep look into a dark period of American history, the internment of Japanese residents and citizens alike, during World War 2.  Author Richard Reeves’ new book INFAMY, details how more than 4500 so-called alien enemies wound up in a concentration camp in Santa Fe, even as hundreds of Japanese-American volunteers were heroically fighting against Germany and Japan.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, investigative reporter Douglas Gillison of the online newsgroup 100 Reporters, tells us about a pair of persistent problems at the United Nations.  One involves rapes committed by UN peacekeepers against the very vulnerable people they have been assigned to protect, the other is what happens to whistleblowers who try to get the UN to end the wrongdoings.

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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipris went to the people for a mandate to hang tough against European demands for still more economic austerity.  He got it, but days later, caved to even tougher demands, saying the alternatives were even worse. Al Jazeera America's PatriciaSabga has been in Athens watching the diplomacy play out and the popular dismay build.

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Discussion;  Pope Francis on physical, environmental and moral issues

“How we treat each other reflects in how we treat our environment”

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US economy in this primary season

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The multi-party talks over Iran’s nuclear future are headed to another supposed deadline, with much more than Iran’s use of nuclear technology at stake.  Business and Economics Correspondent Ali Velshi, host of Al Jazeera America’s nightly On Target has been watching the diplomacy and its effects on the Iranian people from Tehran 

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Today on HERE AND THERE, a newly-released television documentary, Rape on the Night Shift explored the sexual abuses committed against the mostly undocumented, frequently trafficked women who clean offices, businesses and malls after the day shift goes home.  We’ll talk with investigative producer Daffodil Altan on HERE AND THERE.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, new revelations of government corruption have brought tens of thousands of protestors to the streets of Guatemala and Honduras.  Their demands? the political leadership should go and democracy should be made real.  Guatemala-based reporter Louisa Reynolds on the hopes for a Central American Spring.

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Today on HERE AND THERE,  One of the world’s leading experts on terrorism, Brian Michael Jenkins of the RAND Corporation, on President Obama’s new clarification of an enduring American policy on dealing for hostages held by terrorists abroad, and the new rulebook and bureaucracy he’s created for it.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, Soccer's billion dollar scandal...4 insiders plead guilty and snitch..  Now 14 more folks who either did business with or helped lead FIFA are under US Federal indictment and the soccer organization's leader, Sepp Blatter's been forced to resign.  Could he be the next indictee?  London Correspondent Rob Harris of the Associated Press on soccer's tarnished World Cup.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, The State of New Mexico got $73 million from the Federal Energy Department to compensate for Los Alamos Labs filling waste barrels with the wrong stuff, and forcing the shut down the WIPP nuclear waste repository for years.  A good deal?  For whom? The New Mexican's Staci Matlock on the blow-up, the clean-up and the latest news from the labs.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, after the biggest farmworkers strike in Mexico in a decade, Mexican taxpayers still don't know how much they're going to pay to cover what farm-owners refuse to.  Josh Rushing of Al Jazeera with the story of a bitter, violent confrontation that may bring top-earning workers up to $12 a day, for picking produce we Americans buy every day. 

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Today on HERE AND THERE,  It's called an "investigatory stop."  It's when police pull over a driver not because he or she has broken a traffic law, but because they want to investigate further.  It happens so disproportionately to minority drivers, Chuck Epp and his University of Kansas colleagues found, it feels and hurts and divides society like racial profiling.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, For the past few years, the ABQ Police Dept has been shrinking...losing officers faster than replacements can be recruited.  What's gone wrong?  Dan Klein, a 20 year veteran of the APD, who has made it his business to stay in close touch with the Department he left 12 years ago offers some explanations and solutions on HERE AND THERE.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, 10 years ago Utah had some 2000 chronically homeless people.  What to do about it?  Reporter Christopher Smart of the Salt Lake Tribune says the state's answer was, "Give them places to live," with no strings attached, no demands to stay clean.   It worked...now the chronically homeless number just 178 and the State says, we can place them, too.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, Everyone knew April 15, 2013 would be a big news day for the Associated Press' Boston Bureau.  It was Patriots' Day, the day of the Boston Marathon, 2 stories that every year demanded blanket coverage.  Then terrorist bombers struck, killing 3 people and injuring 264.  For AP reporter Denise Lavoie it was a day like no other.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, a conversation with Jamaal Wilkes, whose nickname was "Silk," because everything did on the basketball court was so smooth.  We'll talk about Jamaal's beliefs, which range from Christianity to Islam and back, and his career, prematurely ended by a devastating injury, and about his "insider's view" of the NBA playoff finals. 

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Today on HERE AND THERE, Karen Foshay of Al Jazeera America on what a recently-filed lawsuit in California calls a scam of massive proportions, in which counterfeit metal screws and other parts were used in surgeries on hundreds of patients' spines.  The distributor of the knock-off parts, paid off doctors who used them, but  the FDA failed to intervene.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, Lenny Bernstein the Health Blogger for the Washington Post not only tells us a new story, but introduces us to what may be a new era in medical care monitoring: the era of Big Data.  Lenny's story is about a Big Data analysis which shows an "association" between some very widely used heartburn remedies and fatal heart attacks. 

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Today on HERE AND THERE, investigative reporter Joseph Sorrentino tells us about what happened after American pressure got the Mexican government to crack down on La Bestia, the freight train so awful it was called the beast, even as it was the main carrier of Central American migrants to the US border.  Barred from the rails, Sorrentino says, the migrants have been forced into something much worse.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, 250 IT employees at Team Disney are laid off, but not before they are forced to train their foreign replacements.  Patrick Thibodeau of Computerworld.com on how the H1B visa system is costing Americans their jobs and lowering wage scales for many  so-called STEM job-seekers in Science, technology, engineering and mathematics workplaces

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Today on HERE AND THERE,  Ross Ulbricht said he was a Libertarian Dreamer and his Silk Road marketplace on the internet's clandestine "dark web" was an exercise in freedom.  The Judge said no way, Silk Road was a massive dealership in illegal drugs and sentenced Ulbricht to life in prison.  Kristen Saloomey of Al Jazeera covered the twists and turns of a dramatic trial and shares details on HERE AND THERE.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, US Secret Service agents advancing a Presidential visit to Colombia caught entertaining prostitutes...2 senior Secret Service agents, apparently drunk, almost run over a barricaded suspected bomb right in front of the White House...Carol Leonnig of the Washington Post won a Pulitzer Prize for these and other revelations.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, for better or for worse, the use of attack drones has become the military signature of the Obama Administration.  But is that a change for the better or the worse: RAND Corporation expert Lynn Davis on a weapon that may not transform war-fighting, but is transforming war politics.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, it's all but certain: there are gonna be a lot more drones in our everyday life, doing everything from reforestation and crop management to search and rescue service in emergencies and delivery of books, boxes and pizzas.  UAV expert Max Flight on how to have all these things and protect our privacy and safety as well.

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Today on HERE AND THERE,  a conversation with Jani Jensen MD, co-editor of the new Mayo Clinic Guide to Fertility and Conception...on the latest in vitro fertilization, and how Mayo Clinic is changing things to reduce the 40% chance that IVF will result in multiple births, while keeping the 70% rate of  successful pregnancies.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, a conversation with medical visionary Dr Sanjeev Arora of the UNM Health Sciences Center.  His Project ECHO is revolutionizing the delivery of world class medical care to rural areas of NM and the world, and restoring the old personal relationship between doctors and their patients.

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Everyone agrees, the US Military, like so many parts of American society, has a serious problem with sexual abuse.  Making things worse in the military was a criminal justice system that was protective of accused abusers, and abusive towards complaining victims. As a result of legislation passed last year by Congress, several important reforms have been made.  Reporter Nancy Montgomery of the newspaper Stars and Stripes has covered the issue and the case that broke the back of a commander's prerogative to administer is own personal version of justice.  Montgomery described to KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, the case of Air Force Lieutenant General Craig Franklin.

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Climate change plays favorites, and New Mexico journalist Laura Paskus told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, among the biggest victims of global warming have been the ecology and the people of the Navajo reservation. Rising temperatures and drought are threatening the existence of the birds, the animals and the plants that live on Navajo land.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, the 8th and final PART OF UKRAINE 101, featuring, Balazs Jarabik, a one-time civil society activist in Kiev’s Maidan Square, turned analyst and scholar for the Carnegie Endowment for Intl Peace.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, PART 7 OF UKRAINE 101, featuring POET-PAINTER AND HISTORIAN OF UKRAINE, ALEKSANDER MOTYL who sees the country being fitted for a Cold War frame, including a new Iron Curtain along today’s shaky cease-fire line.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, PART 6 OF UKRAINE 101, featuring Ukrainian journalist Maxim Eristavi who says the quality of pro-government military forces has been better, while it’s the quality of Ukraine’s government that still needs lots of improvement.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, PART 5 OF UKRAINE 101, featuring foreignpolicy.com journalist Gopal Ratnam, talking about the well-oiled Washington campaign led by some of Hillary Clinton’s policy team to pressure the Obama White House to escalate the quantity and quality of American arms sent to Ukraine.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, PART 4 OF UKRAINE 101, featuring photo-journalist Misha Friedman, who has taken his camera behind the lines of the secessionist forces in Eastern Ukraine to depict the lives of some of the devastated area’s most vulnerable people.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, PART 3 OF UKRAINE 101, featuring former intelligence office Dr. Eugene Rumer, a specialist in Eastern Europe who says helping democracy in Ukraine is important, and so is standing up to Vladimir Putin, even if it takes more American arms to Kiev.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, PART 2 OF UKRAINE 101, featuring Amb. John Herbst, a strong advocate for an escalation in US military aid to the government in Kiev.  He ran the Embassy when the 2004 Orange Revolution failed to deliver good government.  This time, he says, there’s a better chance.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, the beginning of an 8-part series, Ukraine 101, reprising all our programs on this dangerous political-military crisis.  We feature Amb. Jack Matlock, probably America’s top diplomat specializing in Russia and Ukraine of the past 50 years, on Vladimir Putin’s NATO red line.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, Mexico is headed in 2 opposite directions at once, and as you might expect, it's tearing the country apart.  Even as the economy grows and more Mexicans are reaching middle-class lives, governance and rule of law are worsening, and an angry population is losing faith in government and its leaders.  Roderic Camp, one of America's leading scholars of Mexico joins the conversation on HERE AND THERE.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, When crimes against humanity are committed, in Yemen, Syria, Iraq or Nigeria, the scenes of the crimes are often too remote, or simply too dangerous for on the ground investigation.  So how are they revealed to the world?  Today's answer: satellite surveillance, which is what Josh Lyons manages for Human Rights Watch.  He'll tell us what he sees and how he does it on HERE AND THERE.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, it has been 21 years since genocidal mass murders devastated Rwanda and the world stood by, lifting barely a finger to save innocent lives.  Recently, journalist Colum Lynch of foreignpolicy,com broke the story of the newly-released documents that show how the US hid its eyes and stayed its hand while up to 850,000 people were killed.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, Santa Rosa, NM is a town of several attractions and one major employer, the Guadalupe County Corrections Facility.  The owner wants to expand, which would mean more jobs for a place that needs them -- the problem is an almost empty market for housing.  Town Manager Tim Dodge discusses possible solutions, on HERE AND THERE.

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In Ukraine, the big questions are, how long will the secessionist war, halted by the Minsk 2 Agreement in February, stay frozen,  and are the forces on either side of the cease-fire line preparing for more war of a cold peace?  Carnegie Endowment scholar Balazs Jarabik is in Eastern Europe where the real answers are anything but an academic abstraction.

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When Pope Francis recently ended a Vatican investigation into the largest organization of American nuns, many celebrated what they saw as a healing gesture.  But journalist and author Sarah Posner of Religion Dispatches and Al Jazeera America reports on HERE AND THERE that many religious feminists, nuns and their supporters, call  the Pope's action a reassertion of male authority in the Roman Catholic Church.

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