Here And There with Dave Marash

The people who gathered and analyzed America’s intelligence about the Islamic State thought it was being twisted on its way to the White House. When their first alarm got no response, they sent a warning to the boss, James Clapper.  National Security Correspondent Shane Harris of The Daily Beast.com on what happened next.

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The plot is similar to the movie Spotlight, except instead of sexually abusive priests, the predators were teachers at an elite NYC prep school, and instead of an investigative team from the Boston Globe, the reporter here was our guest Amos Kamil.  The biggest difference was in how the case was settled.

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Wannabe Presidential Politics 2016…a peek ahead at tomorrow’s Super Tuesday…and a pained look back at the GOP candidates debate: I Love Lucy meets the bottom line…and the caucus conspiracy, quote everything but the bottom line -- that almost no one took part.  Newsweek’s National Politics Correspondent Nina Burleigh joins the conversation on HERE AND THERE

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White middle-aged Americans are dying at an unexpected rate.  One cause, rampant abuse of opiate painkillers and  Mexican black tar heroin.  Where did that come from?  Sam Quinones, the author of the book Dreamland has the story from Xalisco, Mexico to Portsmouth, Ohio.

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Saudi Arabia introduces new warplanes to the Syrian theater, and Iran responds with ground-to-air missiles.  The Saudis threaten to send ground troops and Russia warns of a world war.  Al Jazeera America’s Patricia Sabga on the Saudi role in Syria and why it stirs people up.

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The Zika virus is sweeping across Brazil, and it seems to be causing thousands of cases of microcephaly, babies born with tiny heads that limit their brain functions.  But how come there is Zika in Colombia, but no microcephaly?  Epidemiologist Isabel Rodriguez went to Colombia to try to find out.

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The geological conditions and historical record suggest America’s Pacific Northwest, the coast from Northern California to Vancouver Island could face a devastating earthquake and tsunami. Kathryn Schulz of The New Yorker broke the story, which she says is a matter of, not if, but when.

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To save money, state officials running destitute Flint, MI, switched sources of public water. People immediately the different…discoloration, skin rashes and much much worse…and the state government denied and lied. UNM Law Professor and former EPA counsel Clifford Villa on an avoidable tragedy.

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Autism is a difficult disorder to live with, for those who have the condition, and those who treat and love them. ABC News Correspondent John Donvan on his new best-seller: In a Different Key” The Story of Autism, a rare example of a book every bit as good as its sales record.

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With 2 states down, the Presidential primary races have already found their defining clichés. For the Democrats, it’s “the hedgehog and the fox,” for the Republicans, “the circular firing squad.” NBC News political correspondent Steve Handelsman on the races we’ve seen, and the ones still to come.

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Special Operations Forces have been anointed as the Obama Administration’s weapon of choice in its war against the Islamic State.  But bold declarations of intent are not the same as putting policies into effect.  The RAND Corporation’s Linda Robinson on the realistic expectations for Special Ops and their essential local allies.

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As wars rage around them in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Libya, what do people in the Middle East think about these crises and how to solve them?  Pre-eminent Arab-American pollster James Zogby has some answers, and some insights into the Mideast’s millennial generation, who love Islam but hate seeing it used to sow hatred.

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New Mexico’s drivers licenses are not yet compliant with Federal REAL ID demands…but the Feds have moved the deadline back to 2018 giving Democrats in the State Senate time to fight over fingerprinting of applicants for second-tier drivers authorization card.  AP Southwest correspondent Russell Contreras scans the political battlefield.

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What did retiring Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Shultz mean when he said the purchase of lapel cameras from Taser was “greased?”  And was the lubricant a lucrative consultancy with Taser that was his next job.  Investigative reporter Jeff Proctor of NMinDepth.com takes a look and asks, where’s City Hall on all this? 

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In 2013, jihadist rebels tied to Al Qaeda looked ready to take over the African country Mali, until French military forces intervened and crushed the rebellion. RAND Corp. analyst Christopher Chivvis on whether the French model from Mali might work against the Islamic State in Syria.

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One key question every journalist and his platform have to answer is “Sez who?”  Which is why Sheldon Adelson’s attempt to conceal his purchase of the Las Vegas Review-Journal caused such a stink.  Maria Bustillos of the New Yorker has covered the story and knows its implications.

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As US and world oil prices inch upward past $30 a barrel, the big question is, was the plunge below $28 the bottom?  Foreign Policy’s senior energy correspondent Keith Johnson explores prices and their consequences from China to Saudi Arabia to Venezuela to New Mexico.

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Ukraine is stuck in a “frozen war” with Russian-backed secessionists, even as it tries to reform its corrupt politics and failing economy to satisfy international investors.  But Hromadske TV’s  Maxim Eristavi in Kiev says, things may be looking up…at least a little.

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Global climate change is making the Southwest hotter and drier, but in Antarctica, it’s melting glaciers and could send large portions of the continental ice sheet into the ocean.  Where’s the water to go?  Newsweek’s Nina Burleigh is just back from scene of the Antarctic temperature climb.

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The Chinese stock market has been twisting and spitting fire like a wounded dragon, but is there bigger economic trouble behind the blaze?  For China and the world? Financial Times Beijing correspondent Tom Mitchell and his analytical abacus provide some answers.

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Few people in American conserve water better than the Navajo people…still there’s nowhere near enough water on the reservation and much of it is contaminated by the legacy  of uranium mining.  Neha Shastry covered this story for the hot online Vice News and shares what she learned about these threats to Navajo wealth and health.

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Comedy can be big business, and whether it’s done from big theatres, or small nightclubs, or via the microphones or radio, the cameras of television or the links of the internet, its usually more than just a barrel of laughs.  Kliph Nesteroff, author of The Comedians describes America’s funniest business on HERE AND THERE.

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Today on HERE AND THERE: we welcome the Legislators of the State of NM, back in session with plenty on their plates.  Trip Jennings, Editor-in-Chief of the fine investigative website, NMinDepth.com sorts through issues big and small, bills that may pass like gas, or wind up as actual laws.  Do proposed reforms of lobbying or how capital outlays are spent actually have a chance?

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An America divided is an America weakened, one might even say, an America degraded.  Few Americans ever spoke to that issue better than Dr Martin Luther King Jr, and so, on his day, we address one of today’s most damaging divides..the digital divide, with Sree Sreenivasan, media master of Columbia University and the Metropolitan Museum of Art…on HERE AND THERE

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One of the most successful television journalists of our generation is retiring.  Linda Ellerbee did breaking news and living history for adults on local and network TV, but she really found a home translating the news for young audiences as host of the Nickelodeon network's Nick News.  What she’s learned about TV, news, and Americas children on HERE AND THERE.

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The pain and suffering of Alzheimer’s Disease is terrible enough, but the financial consequences of this of this incurable, long-lasting illness are more than most families can bear.  Dr. Amy Kelley of the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York explains why Alzheimer’s is so expensive, and how most health insurance fails to cover the costs.

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It’s an American blessings: we have not known war on our soil since 1865.  But this means Americans have no idea what it’s like to live in a war zone, where terrible things happen on purpose, and sometimes, worse things happen by mistake.  Photo-journalist Victor Blue covered one of America’s worst mistakes in Afghanistan: the Kunduz Hospital bombing.

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Most people know that the state of NM has an unsolved problem with homelessness…but concerns about the problem and proposed solutions focus on the homeless of cities like Albuquerque and Las Cruces.  Tom McDonald, of the Roswell Daily Record tells us, homelessness may be different in NM’s small towns and rural areas…but it’s still there and few solutions seem at hand.

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One word few people use when talking about their state and federal government is integrity.  NM reporter Gwyneth Doland took an assignment from the journalistic Center For Public Integrity to measure the integrity of governance in NM.  She started with how the state obeys its own laws on public access to government records, and immediately found trouble.

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When Americans, especially American politicians talk about Syria they invoke military tactics and political strategies.  What’s missing?  The realities of life on the ground there. Veteran journalist and author Charles Glass has been to Damascus and tell us about how people live in the midst of  savage civil and religious war.

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Many of the world’s poorest people are caught between the cruelties of conventional currency economies and the limitations of barter trade.  Tim Jenkin has helped create a different way to spend and save …. He calls it the Community Exchange System and he’ll explain how the idea has grown from South Africa to more than 40 other places around the world.

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During his first full calendar year as Pope, Francis tackled a lot of tough issues including inequalities in the global economy. the threat to the global environment, the flow of immigrants from Central America to the United States and how to define and deal with miracles.  John Thavis, author of The Vatican Diaries and The Vatican Prophesies is our guide. 

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Today on HERE AND THERE:  We continue our look back at the year of one of the world’s most influential and charismatic people, Pope Francis.  Today, John Thavis, for 30 years the Vatican correspondent of the Catholic News Service looks at how the Pope defined his mission to his home continent, South America, and what his actions there revealed about him.

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Today on HERE AND THERE: we begin a series of programs done earlier this year focusing on the remarkable new Pope Francis.  We begin with writer Sarah Posner of the online journal Religious Dispatches and her look at how the Pope has tried to improve relations between the Vatican and the organization that represents most American nuns.

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Today on HERE AND THERE:  New Yorker reporter Alexis Okeowo has something perfect for the week before Christmas: the story of a social and esthetic miracle….howArmand Diangienda created the Kimbanguist Symphony Orchestra in Kinshasa, the boisterous capitol of the Democratic Republic of Congo

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Today on HERE AND THERE:  In the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the FBI dropped most domestic law enforcement in favor of counter-terrorism, and the DEA created a new focus on what it called narco-terrorism.  Reporter Ginger Thompson in the New Yorker, looked at one particularly telling case…a sting in the West African country Mali.

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Today on HERE AND THERE:  As any good reporter knows, often the question is as important as the answer, and Time Magazine’s Religion Correspondent  Elizabeth Dias has acted on that idea in her new book WHAT DID JESUS ASK, collecting 70 meditations on questions attributed to Jesus Christ in the 4 Gospels.

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Today on HERE AND THERE:  A new boy at the local high school becomes an immediate star on the basketball team, and then comes out of the closet.  That’s the plot of a new young adult sports book, The Sixth Man by John Feinstein, one of the leading writers on sports for youngsters and adults, in books and newspapers.  Why this plot for his younger audience?  And what does it say about the state of a fictional genre popular in America for more than 75 years?  Feinstein will tell us what he learned from young adult sports book legends John R Tunis and Clair Bee.

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Today on HERE AND THERE:  Expectations for the Venezuelan National Assembly election were low.  President Nicolas Maduro’s Socialist government was jailing opposition leaders and had disappeared dissident voices from radio, TV and newspapers. But surprise, surprise, a record number of voters gave the opposition a 2 to 1 majority in the new Legislature.  AP’s buro chief Joshua Goodman explains what happened.  

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Today on HERE AND THERE:  A millennium ago, when China was a dominant  cultural and economic power, it maintained those positions through a trade route called the Silk Road.  Now, Chinese leader Xi Jinping is promoting something he calls The New Silk Road.  Beijing-based Financial Times journalist Lucy Hornby tells how Xi plans to use the concept to grow China’s economy and influence.

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Today on HERE AND THERE:  Donald Trump is a self-marketing genius.  Who else would have combined those two journalistic concepts, headline and dateline and turned them into a daily hateline.  When it comes to making money, Donald Trump is also successful, and also says Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter David Cay Johnston with connections that defy civility and rule of law.

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Today on HERE AND THERE:  Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are running out of water….but they still need alfalfa to feed their horses and cattle.  Their answer, buy land in Arizona and grow the thirsty crop there.  AP Reporter Felicia Fonseca on a hard question -- Will these farms-for-export further drain an already dry state?

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Today on HERE AND THERE:  When the British Empire ended the trade in slaves from Africa, plantation owners in Guiana turned to indentured workers from India.  Gaiutra Bahadur, award-winning author of Coolie Woman tells us what happened next, and how today’s independent state of Guyana still shows the effects.

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Today on HERE AND THERE:  America’s medical care industry says cuts in Federal funding have put them in a financial squeeze.  But should that squeeze roll downhill?  Should doctors try to squeeze financial contributions from grateful patients?  Dr. Joseph Carrese of Johns Hopkins took the first serious look at the subject.

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Today on HERE AND THERE:  Just off the beach of the Greek Island of Lesbos, rough seas can dump refugee children, parents and grandparents into the Aegean Sea to flounder their way to shore.  The lucky ones have a smoother ride, and wade ashore, but still arrive cold and wet…and that’s the beginning of the journey.  Photojournalist Paula Bronstein describes the human crisis she saw through her lens.

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Today on HERE AND THERE:  New Mexico’s water crisis starts at the top of its mountains, which is where snowpack should collect…but environmental reporter Laura Paskus says the best place to measure the future of the state’s changing climate is at the bottom…of the state’s river Basins.  At either end of the circuit, she says, the future looks hotter and drier…will the vaunted Big El Nino make a difference?

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Today on HERE AND THERE:  Sunni Saudi Arabia is engaged in a regional religious war with Shi’ite Iran, with other countries like Syria and Yemen as just pawns in its game.  And where do women fit into a Saudi election in which they can run, but can campaign in front of only 0.2% of the voters.  Carol Giacomo of the NY Times is just back from Riyadh.

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Today on HERE AND THERE:  Strategic planning for the war against the Islamic State took 2 serious jolts this month – the terrorist attacks in Paris and the Turkish shoot-down of a Russian fighter-bomber over Syria.  RAND Corporation Sr. Analyst Brian Michael Jenkins  helps us sort out the implications in the terrible conflict in which every nation seems to be out only for itself.

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Islamic State terrorists strike in Paris, killing 130 civilians…it’s the second such attack in the French capitol this year and the reaction has been public anxiety and political agitation.  Paris resident and former star 60 Minutes Producer Barry Lando on France’s war against Islamist terrorism.  There are now armed guards outside museums and churches, armed police on the streets in Paris, and fleets of French bombers, joining the Russian Air Force in attacking the Islamic State “capitol” of Raqqa, Syria.  Is this a winning, or just an ordinary-life-changing strategy?

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WHO, cancer research

Suspected 985 substances, categorized according to risk; only one is in safe category

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Today on HERE AND THERE, Amb. Ryan Crocker practiced diplomacy from Pakistan to Lebanon for 40 years.  His embassies have been blown up once and attacked twice more, but his response has been service that’s been cool under fire, and un-intimidated afterwards.  He shares some penetrating assessments of American policies toward Syria, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, the last and only success story from the Arab Spring, Tunisia, is under attack by several different groups of terrorists who have devastated the national economy by frightening away tourists.  Tunis-based correspondent Christine Petre tells us why the short-term situation in Tunisia looks bad, and the long-term could be worse.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, investigators for the Center for Public Integrity have rated how the 50 States do on that criterion…integrity.  What they found is pretty depressing.  For example, New Mexico got a D—and still beat 16 other states.  Gwyneth Doland did the investigation of New Mexico and details its un-pretty picture.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, fighting a foreign war without American boots on the ground means building effective local surrogates.  So, far that’s gone badly in Syria, so now the US is declaring some of the militias already in combat our “allies.”  Pulitzer Prize winning foreign correspondent Roy Gutman has talked with the Kurdish designated hitters, and has his doubts.

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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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