Here And There with Dave Marash

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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