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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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Today on HERE AND THERE: A lot of journalists in Iraq have been falling into the rough hands of the Islamic State.  But how many?  And what's been happening to them.  The answers were vague until Oday Hatem did an investigation for The Committee to Protect Journalists...CPJ Mideast Program Director Sherif Mansour tells us what Hatem found out.  It's not a pretty picture.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, 2 of the most powerful financial institutions on Earth, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund held their annual meeting this past weekend in Washington.  What did they discuss?  What did they decide?  Al Jazeera America's economics anchorman Ali Velshi gives us an I-was-there report, today on HERE AND THERE.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, over the past decade, Oklahoma has gone from a couple of earthquakes a year, to a couple a day, and almost all geologists agree on the cause: deeply buried deposit wells for waste waters that come up with oil.  Rivka Galchen documented the case in the New Yorker magazine and expands on her finding today on HERE AND THERE.

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Today on HERE AND THERE: It's clear now, it's not just an oil price drop, but an oil price war, being waged by Saudi Arabia.  Among the targets: the new generation of NM shale oil drillers that have made the United States at least temporarily energy-sufficient.  Economist Daniel Fine of the New Mexico Center for Energy Policy has a petroleum battlefield report.

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In Panama, last weekend, an event and a handshake that President Obama called “historic.”  The event -- the Summit of the Americas, the handshake -- with Cuban leader Raul Castro, and the result, most at the Summit agreed could be a more productive Western Hemisphere.  Today on HERE AND THERE, David Ariosto of Al Jazeera America telling what he saw and sensed at the Panama Summit.

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Tunisia is the one place where the ideals of the Arab Spring of 2011 are still very much alive.  But a recent terrorist attack that killed 21 tourists in Tunis is challenging both Tunisia’s political ideals and culture of civility.  IS says it did the attack, but many doubt the claim.  Today on HERE AND THERE, Tunis-based journalist Eric Reidy discusses the threats to the freest country in the Islamic world.

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Danny Schechter was a man of his time, a fighter for civil rights in America and a biographer of Nelson Mandela,  the epitome of the cutting-edge journalism of the 1960s, and a pioneer of the global conversation of new and old media of thec 21st century.  Today on HERE AND THERE, his long-time partner in news and activism Rory O’Connor talks about a reporter both relentless and happy.

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Ever see, read or hear Les Miserables?  Well, Max Villatoro is living it. A beloved Mennonite Minister and community leader, Villatoro was seized by agents of the Immigration Agents and swiftly deported to Honduras.  He has a wife and 4 US Citizen children, but on today’s HERE AND THERE, Grace Meng, of Human Rights Watch says Villatoro could be separated from his family forever.  HERE AND THERE, right after the 5 o’clock news.

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The Islamic State brand is going global...supporters of the Islamist terrorist group are planting their Black Flag in Pakistan and Uzbekistan, Libya, Yemen and Nigeria, as well as Syria and Iraq.  Today on HERE AND THERE, UNM Professor Emile Nakleh analyzes the appeal and the expanding threat of the world's worst revolutionary fighting force.

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Remember Sen. John McCain's Beach Boys parody, Bomb, bomb, bomb Iran...Saudi Arabia might like to, but instead they're bombing Yemen, claiming they're defeating an Iranian imperial proxy. Today on HERE AND THERE, Journalist Adam Baron who reported from Yemen for years on collateral damage and unintended consequences.

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Goodluck Jonathan, the incumbent President of Nigeria loses, and admits it with grace, thereby doing a favor for the winner Muhammadu Buhari and a bigger one for Nigeria.  Today on HERE AND THERE, former US diplomat, turned policy analyst and thriller writer Todd Moss talks about Africa -- the possibilities for better times in Nigeria and worse times in Zimbabwe.

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Martha and Grant Franks went from Santa Fe to Beijing, to teach and to learn.  On HERE AND THERE today, they'll tell us about both experiences, with Chinese students, faculty members and the Communist Party educational bureaucracy.  Plus, they got to survive China's environmental disaster, the air your bathe in Beijing.

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In Yemen chaos has gone from a continuing condition to a hyper-active emergency.  In Syria, the bad guys have won a big victory over the worse guys, while the worst guys -- the Islamic State remain a powerful threat.  On HERE AND THERE, Pulitzer Prize winning foreign correspondent Roy Gutman is our guest today, sorting out a Mideast gone mad.

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 Is America menaced by a new cyberwar?  Or is it just a new hi-tech form of international competition?  Our guest today on HERE AND THERE is reporter and author Shane Harris, whose recent book @War looked with remarkable clarity at both possibilities.  But, he says Cyberwarfare has already bounced counter-terrorism into second place in National Security budgets and priorities. 

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As America becomes more and more a Darwinian battlefield, opportunities for the rich and powerful to victimize the poor and vulnerable only grow.  Today's guest on HERE AND THERE, investigative reporter Joseph Sorrentino reveals news ways in which itinerant farmworkers are cheated and robbed of their pitiful wages.

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You used to buy coffee in a one-pound can, but today it's 13, 12, 11 ounces.  Where will the shrinkage stop?  On today's HERE AND THERE, Tod Marks of Consumer Reports on how package sizes keep getting smaller, even as prices stay the same.

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In Liberia, they're still recovering, in Sierra Leone and Guinea, they're still fighting the outbreak of Ebola that had killed an estimated 10,000 people.  On today's HERE AND THERE, epidemiologist Justin Lessler says there's a new threat on the way: measles with, again thousands of lives under threat.

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THEY KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU is the title of acclaimed investigative reporter Robert Scheer's new book...and on today's HERE AND THERE Scheer spells out how data mining for retail advertising and snooping for nation security have combined to undermine your privacy.

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The women had been dead for 4 years or more before their bodies were found in shallow graves on Albuquerque's West Mesa.  Police investigations into their disappearances were even shallower, and today, 6 years later still, the murders are unsolved.  Pulitzer Prize nominated investigative reporter Diana Washington Valdez of the El Paso Times is still on the case.

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Dilma Rousseff has been President of Brazil for a little more than 4 years, and over that period, 14 reporters have been murdered, 2 in the past 2 weeks.  What might be behind the murders, and how journalists are fighting back against them.  Carlos Lauria of the Committee to Protect Journalists is our guest today on HERE AND THERE.

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What happens after a recognized medical condition is officially made a disorder, and what's that designation worth to the drug company with the only approved treatment?  Find out from NY Times investigative reporter Katie Thomas, today's guest of HERE AND THERE. Lots of money is involved, and you may be surprised by who gets some of it.

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What will be the final result of the Russian-backed war by secessionists in Eastern Ukraine?  2 classic cold war solutions have been proposed...turning Ukraine into a neutral buffer state like Austria was in the 1950s and 60s...or the one proposed by today's guest on HERE AND THERE, historian Alexander Motyl, splitting Ukraine like Germany was until 1990.

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Both the US and China admit it: there's a big economic competition going on in Africa, for resources, for markets, for influence.  Doesn't that make the competition political as well?  Our guest today, Former US Ambassador to Ethiopia and Burkino Faso David Shinn gives us a look at the scoreboard.

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So the Department of Homeland Security wasn't shut down after all.  But does it work? Retiring Senator Tom Coburn said the answer was NO.  Dan Lips helped write the Senator's blistering report. DHS, 5 missions, 5 failures....

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It's been 4 years since NATO, with the US "leading from behind," achieved "regime change" in Libya, overthrowing the eccentric dictator Muammar Gadafi.  What's happened since.  Award-winning Libyan journalist and scholar Mustafa Fetouri gives his answer in 3 words: "Things got worse."

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Today on HERE AND THERE, my guest is M J Rosenberg, one of the top analysts of Israeli-American relations.  He'll size up Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's controversial address to Congress...what he said, why he said it, and what good or harm it did to the American-Israeli relationship and Netanyahu's campaign for re-election.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, my guest is investigative reporter Douglas Gillison of 100 Reporters, aka 100R.org... the subject: the world's biggest money launderers, and how the big banks' big bankers get their stay out of jail cards, even after moving millions for terrorists, drug cartels and other criminals.

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Today on HERE AND THERE, my guest is Keith Johnson, senior reporter on global energy issue for Foreign Policy Magazine and foreignpolicy.com.  The subject: the oil price crash and how big and how hurtful the fallout will be, and who will be hurt worst:  Vladimir Putin and Russia?

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