Here And There with Dave Marash

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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