Here And There with Dave Marash

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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