Here And There with Dave Marash

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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Intel's 35 years in Rio Rancho have had their ups and downs, but through it all, Intel has been the economic heart of the town.  But, Dennis Domrzalski of the Albuquerque Free Press says on HERE AND THERE the trend for the last 5 years has been down, Domrzalski predicts, 5 years from now Intel may be out of  Rio Rancho.  Everyone wonders what could take it place.

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