Here And There with Dave Marash (general)

The world is entering a new and revolutionary economic phase, one defined by robots and artificial intelligence.  Our guest Nigel Cameron has just written a book which asks and answers an important question – Will Robots Take Your Job?  The answer is yes, and unlike say, the Industrial Revolution, the AI economy may not supply enough substitutes for the jobs rendered obsolete. Training people for STEM jobs may make sense today, but will it make things better in the future?  Cameron says, think STEAM..add A for the Arts to science and technology. 

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A Federal ATF campaign in Albuquerque seemed built to produce disproportionate arrests of African-Americans and Hispanics, and it did.  Do similar racial and ethnic disparities exist in NM law enforcement at the state and local levels?  It’s no accident that no one can know for sure.  In all America, NM is one of only 2 states that refuses to collect the data.  Investigative reporter Jeff Proctor of NM in Depth and Santa Fe Reporter, on what the NM State Government doesn’t want to know, and doesn’t want you to know either.  

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For years the small Kazakh minority in China’s far western province, Xinjiang, had good relations with the Beijing government.  But now, President Xi Jinping’s relentless crackdown on the local majority Uighurs has expanded, and the Kazakh’s language, customs, Muslim religion and personal freedom are also under attack. Kazakhs as well as Uighurs now face more invasive government surveillance, mass arrests, family separations and punishing re-education camps.  Salih Hudayar of the East Turkestan National Awakening Movement tells the story in depth.

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 Ukraine is between Presidential elections.  In the recently-completed first round, Volodymyr Zelensky, a comedian who plays Ukraine’s president in a popular television series got by far the most votes.  His opponent in the decisive second round is Ukraine’s incumbent president, Petro Poroshenko.  Who will the Ukrainian people, and the Russian trolls and bots back in the race?  Scholar Alexander Motyl looks cautiously ahead.  

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In today’s headlines, tens of millions of migrants are causing crises on every continent.  But Harvard University scholar, Jacqueline Bhabha, says human migration has been part of the global experience forever.  As long as mankind has known wars, famines, floods and political conflicts, it’s seen people on the move, seeking better lives. Professor Bhabha asks, in a new book, Can We Solve the Migration Crisis? and offers some reasons why the answer should be yes. Human kindness and political wisdom would both help.

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Nothing President Trump has tried to stop the flow of migrants to America’s southern border has worked.  His latest trick, slowing down processing for asylum applicants “doing it the legal way,” has made everything worse. Slowing that route drives desperate people to cross illegally, give themselves up and divert from real border security, hundreds of border patrol officers.  Photo-journalist Roberto Rosales of the Albuquerque Journal has been covering the border crisis for months.

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What do you do with captured terrorists, and what about their families?  As more and more fighters for the Islamic State are being taken prisoner in Syria, the big question is what should happen next.  Terrorism expert Brian Michael Jenkins of the RAND Corporation says the US should do what President Trump recommends for all other countries except the United States …bring ‘em home and put them on trial.

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For 5 years in Darfur, and years after that in Kenya, Susan Burgess-Lent delivered humanitarian aid and community organizing expertise to women in need.  She wrote about it in her book, Trouble Ahead, Dangerous Missions with Desperate People, and tells us about it, in depth.  Making aid effective means much more than cutting a ribbon and handing over medicines or supplies. 

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Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots has been charged with buying sexual services at a so-called massage parlor in Florida. His celebrity made the bust a headline story, but the real story is that the massage parlor may be part of an $3 billion a year international trafficking industry.  How women get to the US from China and then are moved like checkers from massage parlor to massage parlor around the country. Frances Robles of the NY Times has the story.

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Is Inequality in America Irreversible? – that’s the title question of Chuck Collins’ new book.  Recent evidence suggests the answer may be yes, but Collins, a scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies think tank says the real answer is no.  Of course, Chuck has some potential real-world solutions to propose.  Some of them are actually in use, in Western Europe and in some American states. 

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When he wrote his best-seller @War, 5 years ago, Shane Harris could see the problem coming.  Now, as he reports for the Washington Post, what to do about cyber-warfare mercenaries is a red-hot question…especially when they’re being asked by employers like the UAE to spy on Americans.  One former NSA staffer blew the whistle to the US Government and says she got little response…so she went to Reuters, and now, Harris, says, there’s a big in-house investigation. 

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Week after week, the US military stages air attacks on the Somali Islamist terrorist group Al-Shabaab.  Always the official reports say, a number -- often one, two or 3 dozen – terrorists are killed and there are no civilian casualties.  American journalist Amanda Sperber is one of the few who visit Somalia and she says the first number is uncertain, but the second – no civilian casualties – is almost certainly untrue.  So, what’s being accomplished?  The head of America’s Africa Command says progress depends on the Somali Government Army, which gets little help from the US. 

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"Here’s a guy who sees a problem and sets out to fix it…and it kills him.”  That’s the story of US Navy LT Wesley Van Dorn as tersely summed up by a member of his flight squadron at the Norfolk Naval Air Station.

The title of Zachary Stauffer’s documentary asks the question: Who Killed Lt. Van Dorn?  Meaning who let the problem -- the H 53 helicopters, the Marines’ Super Stallions and the Navy’s Sea Dragons, kill more American service people than any other American weapon.  None of the victims died in combat. 

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Over the past 30 years, Alfredo Corchado has established himself as one of the best reporters covering the US-Mexico borderlands for the Wall Street Journal and Dallas Morning News.  His assignments have allowed him to explore both his Mexican and American roots, the subject of his powerful and personal memoir Homelands.  We’ll talk about President Trump’s attempts to de-magnetize the pull of the US for Central American migrants and about Alfredo’s trips to Guatemala to understand the push behind the immigrant caravans.

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With one eye trained on the American push towards a peace agreement with the Taliban in Afghanistan (undertaken so far to the exclusion of our allies, the Afghan government) and the other on the sudden explosion of warfare between India and Pakistan, the fine Washington Post correspondent Pamela Constable has been a very busy journalist.  On the Taliban front, is President Trump’s obvious desire or a deal – almost any deal – an impediment to a successful negotiation? 

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It’s easy to believe a foreign war is over when the American troops come home, but life today in Iraq, almost 8 years after full-scale combat ended is far from peacetime.  AP Baghdad correspondent Philip Issa on the daily reality of Iraq and why President Trump’s statement that the real reason we keep forces in Iraq is to keep watch on Iran, hasn’t gone down well with the Iraqi government.  And the Iraqis are worried about the American base along the Syrian border at Al-Tanf. 

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President Trump’s fantasy “National Security Emergency” on our Southern border has been taking a beating recently.  The top military commander for homeland defense sys he sees no military threat from Mexico, and experts on the drug trade say the wall is largely irrelevant to stopping the flow of narcotics.  AP’s star reporters Martha Mendoza and Garance Burke have broken several big stories about the treatment of detainees, especially children.  They reveal the reality at our southern border.

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As the Trump White House shows its contempt for immigrants, perhaps the President should think about Joseph Pulitzer…a 17 year old fleeing from poverty in Hungary…brought to America to be cannon-fodder in the Civil War.  He taught himself English and revolutionized journalism, publishing in New York City the most popular newspaper in the world. His formula for success: The facts; the color; the facts.  Robert Seidman co-wrote and co-produced a new American Masters film: Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People.

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Antisemitism is very much in the news….with recent accusations against and an apology from Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar… and headline political statements denouncing hatred against Jews in the United Kingdom and France. What better time to talk with Deborah Lipstadt, author of the new bookAntisemitism: Here and Now.  One of America’s top academic monitors of antisemitic rhetoric and bigotry in action examines attacks on Jews and Israel from the alt-right and the Old Left…are they all examples of antisemitism?

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Hepatitis C is now a curable disease, but the cure demands months of regular treatments.  How convenient that so many of New Mexico’s Hep C patients are in prison, where follow-up treatments can be administered.  Or could be.  But of 3000 cases, only 46 are getting medical care. Investigative reporter Ted Alcorn of NM In Depth on medical neglect that may be unconstitutional.  NM’s Corrections Department is fearful of a court ruling and the potential medical bill.

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It’s tax-paying time again in America and what better time for America’s Money Answers Man, Jordan Goodman, to sort through the changes taking effect right now from President Trump’s tax law of late 2017?  What was promised before the bill was passed? Capital investment and job creation?  What’s happened since? Not much of either. Who won? Who Lost? And what do you need to pay attention to as you prepare to file?  Tax answers from an expert.  

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Dead of winter seems a fine time to think about the ever-growing threat to lives and property from wildfires.  In part because of the ever-growing influence of climate change, we in NM are just 3 months shy of fire season.  A very well-made reminder is Alex Jablonski’s documentary WILDLAND, which follows a team of young forest-fire-fighters as they are trained in Oregon and then go to California to face their first real, big wildfire. Alex had to take the fighter-fighter’s training to get to make his movie.

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Emmanuel Macron won the Presidency of France promising to bring new ideas to a more people-connected government.  But his rule has been called regal, distant, stuck with old-school trickle down economic ideas and tone-deaf to the people.  And that was before he went to diplomatic war with Italy and got himself crosswise with his chief European ally, Angela Merkel.  And did anyone mention the economic threats from Brexit? AP Paris Buro Chief Angela Charlton brings us up to date on the story.

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The County Commission in poor, underpopulated Mora County in Northeastern New Mexico voted to ban fracking.  Their ordinance was overturned in Albuquerque Federal Court, but one Commissioner who lost his seat for backing the ban says, Mora County set an example that’s been more successfully adapted in states like Maryland and New York.   David Luis Leal Cortez made a film, Drilling Mora County about the issue. It’ll be shown in Santa Fe on Sunday…and it should be noted, even without the ban, no fracking, no energy development at all, has taken place in Mora County. 

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After a couple of decades as a community leader and advocate in Oakland, California, Sister Simone Campbell went national, establishing the NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice and travelling the country as part The Nuns on the Bus.  She recently spent a week in New Mexico, listening to poor people in the cities, Albuquerque and Las Cruces, and especially in rural areas of the state.  She’ll tell us what she learned about, the need for the SNAP – food stamps – program without political restrictions on eligibility.  Why not, she asks, just assure that no Americans go hungry?

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The US and its hemispheric allies want to send humanitarian aid across the Colombian border into Venezuela, but President Nicolas Maduro is shut the frontier to keep out the needed, but he says, humiliating offer of food and medicine.  Joshua Goodman, Andean News Director for AP, the Associated Press reports from Caracas on a political crisis that seems to be getting worse.  The US is strongly supporting National Assembly President Juan Guaido’s claim that he is the legitimate interim leader of Venezuela.

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America’s top 3 security officers, the heads of the FBI and the CIA and Director of National Intelligence say one thing; President Trump says another.  The Islamic State is not defeated, say the experts; they will be soon, says the President. And there are profound disagreements about the nuclear threats from Iran and North Korea. Only President Trump believes Iran is building a bomb, and only he believes North Korea will give up theirs.  Respected Washington analyst Joe Cirincione of The Ploughshares Fund sorts it out…

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 The economic and political implosion in Venezuela has sent millions of people out of the country – between 2 ½ and 3 million, says the United Nations.  More than a million refugees are now living in Colombia… and top government officials predict that number could double in a couple of years.  Christine Armario of the Bogota bureau of the Associated Press (AP) has covered the conflict over a now-closed tent camp in the capital, and several, much larger, more permanent-looking camps close to the Venezuelan border.

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It’s news when Israel shoots missiles at Iranian military facilities in Syria.  But it’s bigger news when they publicly announce it and say they’ve done it hundreds of times. Kenneth M. Pollack of the American Enterprise Institute and author of Armies of Sand: The Past, Present, and Future of Arab Military Effectiveness on what’s going on here.

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Since 2000 it’s been Federal law that Federal nuclear workers only needed to show they had one of 22 radiation-linked cancer and proof they worked a plant that had had nuclear accidents, and incomplete records on human exposures to claim medical coverage and a lump-sum benefit.  But Rebecca Moss of The New Mexican says workers from Los Alamos Labs who would seem to qualify often get nothing.

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We Want to Negotiate…4 words no government ever wants to hear from terrorist kidnappers.  It’s also the title of a new book by Joel Simon, Executive Director of The Committee to Protect Journalists, who are all too often the hostages being negotiated for…, if their governments are willing.  The US Govt is not. 

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It was 1990, and a Congress tired of being lied to by agencies of the Federal Government passed the Chief Financial Officers Act, which required all departments of Uncle Sam’s government to submit to annual audits.  28 years later, they all had complied, except the Defense Department.  Investigative reporter Dave Lindorff of The Nation and thiscantbehappening.net tell us why.

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“People with disabilities” learn to deal with them.  Why?  Basically to keep up with the rest of us, to be treated simply as “people,” to avert separation.  So why is it that we still have so many tests, and rules that exclude and isolate people with physical or cognitive differences from the norm?

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Making recreational use of marijuana legal has long been an ambition of the NM Democratic Party.  Now there’s a Democratic Governor and Democratic majority in both houses of the Legislature.  So does that mean legal pot’s a sure thing?  Not according to investigative reporter Mike Gallagher of the ABQ Journal – the vote, like the issue itself is complicated.  Any legalization law will have to cover who can use marijuana and where, and who can sell it and where, and regulate standards of quality and collection of taxes.  Among other things… 

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On Dr. Martin Luther King Day, we consider whether life as has changed for people of color in America during the Donald Trump Era.  With our guest, the Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune, we examine 4 cornerstones to Dr. King’s concept of the good life: security, civility, justice and opportunity.

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President Donald Trump wants to roll back many basic protections of America’s environment, it air and water.  He’s issued a lot of proclamations and policies, but what’s been the real effect on New Mexico and the rest of America.  Environmental reporter Laura Paskus of the NM Political Report sorts out the rhetoric and the reality.

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For 50 years RAND Corporation analyst Brian Michael Jenkins has been on the leading edge of policies to combat and contain terrorism. Among the things he’s learned, good police work can do more to protect societies than military counter-terrorism units.  How and why America has been kept so safe, and why shutting off immigration may not be an effective way to keep the country secure.  Most of America’s relatively few terrorists lived here for decades before going radical.

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The inauguration of new Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was full of messages.  A heavy military/security presence signaled a sense of national crisis, restrictive rules that forced reporters to wait without food or drink for 7 hours told journalists what the new President thinks of them.  Now, ceremonies are over, and AP Brazil Bureau Chief Peter Prengaman says radical changes are underway.

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Todd Ewen was an enforcer.  A recognized part of every National Hockey League team, the guys whose main job is to fight.  Ewen lasted 11 years, retired to careers in finance and coaching and patented 5 inventions, and shot himself to death at 49.  A factor, says reporter Ken Belson of the NY Times, is that Ewen had CTE.

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Billions of dollars have been spent by FEMA and HUD rebuilding Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.  Investigative reporting by a NY Times team led by Frances Robles found at least 40% of that money was being claimed by selected contractors for repairs that were too little, too late, and too badly done while the prices paid were too much. 

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Predatory lending has gone upscale, businesspeople are being suckered into signing away all their rights even as they take on high-interest debt.  Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter Zachary Mider of Bloomberg News broke the story of Confessions of Judgment, the legal trap that lets one group of lenders strip more than $1 billion from their debtors.

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President Donald Trump shocked the world, and particularly America’s military leadership, when he announced the sudden withdrawal of US forces from Syria.  Even Republican analysts say Trump has ceded victory to Russia.  And why not, says the head of the Carnegie Center in Moscow, Dmitri Trenin, Putin’s Syria strategy was already winning.

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Here’s to crossroads cities; places where lots of people are always passing through and lots of different kinds of people choose to stick around.  Like New Orleans, whose 300 years attracted a historian’s delight of characters and complications.  Jason Berry takes full advantage in his delightful new book The City of a Million Dreams

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Every day in America close to 200 people die of a drug overdose, most of them from an opioid, and more and more of a particular street opioid, fentanyl.  How people in pain got hooked, and how – even as thousands of dead bodies testified to the crisis,  -- government was largely paralyzed, is what Chris McGreal’s new book, American Overdose is all about.  How did a pharmacy in Kermit, WV population less than 500 sell millions of doses of Percocet, Vicodin and oxy-contin? 

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There’s a lot to be learned about President Donald Trump from the women in his life: the 2 who made and shaped him, his mother and Grandmother Trump.  Then came 3 wives and now made and shaped in some measure by Donald Trump, his daughter Ivanka. Nina Burleigh’s new book Golden Handcuffs has enough dish and plenty of dash, it also is studded with good reporting and even better perspective.  It may explain the more transient relationships, tabloid-ready or not, and the indecorous, compulsive verbal attacks Trump makes on women.

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 People who’ve been briefed on the evidence say there’s no doubt Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia ordered the murder of journalist Jamal Kashoggi.  President Trump’s continued backing for MbS, says former top CIA analyst Emile Nakhleh, Director of the Global and National Security Institute at the University of New Mexico is bad for America’s reputation and the safety of Americans in the Middle East.  And then there’s Yemen, where America’s complicity is deeper and the negative impact in the region, even bigger.

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Poor Pakistan, desperately begging for financial relief, a bailout loan from the IMF, and better repayment terms from its international creditors.  Top of that list, China, but Kathy Gannon of the Associated Press Islamabad bureau says, so far Beijing hasn’t shown any signs of re-writing the contract.

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Donald Trump says he doesn’t believe in climate change.  Here’s how much he knows about it – he’s handed over global leadership on one of the defining issues of our time to China.  So, Barbara Finamore asks in her new book Will China Save the Planet? Few are better qualified to answer her own question.

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Amazon wins again! But the way it’s framed is that Long Island City, Queens, NY and Arlington, VA won the competition to become Amazon HQ cities. But, Bryce Covert asked in the NY Times, is this a win-win for the cities or just -- Amazon wins again!

 

 

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Somalia is a place most Americans would like to forget about.  The disastrous mission there in the 1990s left many Americans and many times more Somalis dead and little accomplished.  Dan Joseph, the chief of the Africa desk at Voice of America has co-authored a book, Inside Al-Shabaab following governance in Somalia is went from bad to worse to today’s stalemate.  2 things have changed in the past 15 years, more American drones in the sky and more American Special Forces boots on the ground.

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The present state of America’s diplomatic romance with North Korea seems to have both sides playing hard to get.  Although there is still talk of another Donald Trump-Kim Jong Un summit, just getting second-level diplomats in the same room is off the table for now.  What does this mean?  Bruce Bennett of the RAND Corporation, one of America’s top Korea-watchers has lots of insights, if no clear answer to the what’s next question. Meanwhile, Bennett says evidence suggests the North Koreans are stalling while they make their nuclear arsenal even stronger.

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It was called America’s Main Street, the Mother Road and the Will Rogers Highway, US Route 66, the highway that ran from Chicago to Santa Monica, from NM’s eastern border with TX to its western edge at AZ.  It was well-traveled and well known, but it took singer pianist Nat King Cole to put Route 66 on more than just roadmaps.  Photographer Terrence Moore traversed Route 66 many times, took his pics, got his kicks and shares the pleasures with us.

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When reporter Kathleen McLaughlin first went to China, she needed regular doses of blood plasma, but in China at that time, the odds on any medication were only about 50-50 that it was both safe and effective.  So she smuggled in her own, but as a reporter for the Guardian, she  wondered, what’s the impact of defective Chinese medicines around the world.  In Tanzania, where malaria is a widespread problem, those 50-50 odds were leaving a lot of patients ill-treated or dead.  

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New Mexico and Louisiana are polar opposites in climate.  Louisiana is wet and NM is bone dry. But their public schools face very similar problems caused by deep poverty and complicated diversity. Julia Kaufman of the RAND Corporation has been monitoring school reforms in Louisiana.

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Today’s America has come to this: teaching in the public schools, like harvesting green chiles, is a job nowhere nearly enough Americans want to do -- especially in low-paying states like New Mexico.  So, there are established pipelines for foreign teachers, but what should be a win-win for everybody – mostly good, dedicated teachers, being paid better than they would be at home -- has been corrupted.  Lauren Villagran of Searchlight NM tells a story of indentured servitude.

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It was a blue, blue year in New Mexico’s electoral politics, as Democrats swept all the big statewide and Federal races.  In most of the races, the Democrat not only won, but won big, but it was 2 very tight races that may have delivered the most interesting messages.  New Mexico’s premier political pollster Brian Sanderoff on the 2018 elections in New Mexico.

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If elections are close, and the vote count runs late, and a lot of Republican trees fall from the House of Representatives after many folks watching returns on TV have gone to bed, how loud is the political sound?  Will the late Blue Wave change anything about Washington politics. Veteran political pollster and analyst John Zogby considers what happened in the midterm elections.

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As he turned into the homestretch of his second and final season as California’s Governor, Jerry Brown created a suitable occasion to celebrate an important aspect of his work: a Global Climate Action Summit,  Mark Hertsgaard of The Nation covered the event and spoke with Brown and considers how Green Was this Governor?  And then there’s the question many of the Summit attendees were pondering -- how long will Green Spring politics survive in the coal, gas and oil-fired winter of Donald Trump?

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Here in NM, and many other places in America, the recent midterm elections burned through more money than ever before.  This is a record with the endurance of a sandcastle.  So, from where and whom is the money coming from? and is it paying off in votes? Dave Levinthal led a team of reporters from the Center for Public Integrity to answer these questions. Fortunately for us, the answers are complicated and interesting. Like are a lot of little skinny financial supporters better than a small bunch of big fat ones?

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Veterans Day, one of our national occasions to remember, to honor, all who served and to consider the causes in which our veterans have been asked to fight.  The holiday is an important reminder to remember.  Too few public reminders mean a lot of Hispanic-American history will be lost from America’s memory.  Union leader Cesar Chavez’ childhood home could disappear, another reason not to know about one of the most important Americans of the 20th century. Russell Contreras of the Associated Press tells the story, in depth on HERE & THERE

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First the New York Times revealed that Donald Trump’s fortune wasn’t built by himself, but with hundreds of million  of dollar given him by his father.  Now, Heather Vogell of Pro Publica has led an 8 month investigation of the Trump family’s real estate dealings.  As you might expect, it’s not a pretty picture. The Trumps say they just lent their name to projects, but Heather says her team’s investigation showed the Trumps were more deeply involved and helped mislead investors and buyers — and profited handsomely. 

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Senior Counsel to The Wilderness Society, on the meaning and impact of the biggest sale of oil leases (in Southeastern New Mexico) in American History.

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Has President Donald Trump turned American politics into a Battle of the Sexes?  Aimee Allison created the activist group “She the People” to fight for the female perspective on how our country should be governed.  She knew her campaign would draw opposition, but after the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, gender-politics has hit new lows for civility and new highs for conflict and abuse.

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Foreign correspondent Christopher Livesay knew he and his PBS News Hour cameraman would be unwelcome visitors to Libya. The government had banned all foreign TV crews for months. Livesay had no idea how dangerous the country had become and how hard his government minders would work to prevent him from getting his story about the plight of stranded sub-Saharan migrants. 

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Many Native Americans in the Southwest live in what are effectively food deserts, places were fresh fruits and vegetables and non-processed foods are simply not available.  But in Arizona, Native American farmers are trying to change that.  Tayler Brown of Cronkite news of AZ PBS with a story of corn in many colors and beans full of nutritional magic.

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I call it family separation with Chinese characteristics.  First Chinese authorities put Muslim Uighurs into “re-education” centers, then they take their children away and put them into special “orphanages” where, their parents fear, they’ll be stripped of their cultural identities.  Yanan Wang of the Associated Press Beijing Bureau broke the story.

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It’s one of the biggest crimes against human rights in the world today – the government of China’s crackdown on the Uighur minority, and other Muslim groups in Western China.  Scholar Rian Thum has visited Xinjiang, but said, he couldn’t be seen talking with anyone lest he put them in danger of detention.

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Over her 20 years covering Afghanistan for the Washington Post, foreign correspondent Pamela Constable has seen a lot of positive changes: a better economy, more opportunities for education and new freedoms spread by smart phones and the internet. What hasn't changed is the endless bloodshed. 

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Economically, Yemen has barely any value; politically, it has historically been among the most ungovernable places on earth. So why are Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates destroying the place in a war they may never win, and why is the US working so hard to help them? Trevor Johnston follows Yemen for the RAND corporation and will explain. 

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A distraught mother reports her 3 year old son missing, probably kidnapped by his father.  The child has epilepsy and could die without medication.  The FBI tracks the father for months and doesn’t intervene until long after the child has died for a seizure for which his medication was withheld.  Why did the FBI wait so long?  Could it be they were building a case against suspected terrorists and child abuse didn’t seem as important. John Miller of the Taos News has followed the story since sheriff’s deputies finally intervened on August 3. 

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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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