Here And There with Dave Marash

The world is entering a new and revolutionary economic phase, one defined by robots and artificial intelligence.  Our guest Nigel Cameron has just written a book which asks and answers an important question – Will Robots Take Your Job?  The answer is yes, and unlike say, the Industrial Revolution, the AI economy may not supply enough substitutes for the jobs rendered obsolete. Training people for STEM jobs may make sense today, but will it make things better in the future?  Cameron says, think STEAM..add A for the Arts to science and technology. 

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A Federal ATF campaign in Albuquerque seemed built to produce disproportionate arrests of African-Americans and Hispanics, and it did.  Do similar racial and ethnic disparities exist in NM law enforcement at the state and local levels?  It’s no accident that no one can know for sure.  In all America, NM is one of only 2 states that refuses to collect the data.  Investigative reporter Jeff Proctor of NM in Depth and Santa Fe Reporter, on what the NM State Government doesn’t want to know, and doesn’t want you to know either.  

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For years the small Kazakh minority in China’s far western province, Xinjiang, had good relations with the Beijing government.  But now, President Xi Jinping’s relentless crackdown on the local majority Uighurs has expanded, and the Kazakh’s language, customs, Muslim religion and personal freedom are also under attack. Kazakhs as well as Uighurs now face more invasive government surveillance, mass arrests, family separations and punishing re-education camps.  Salih Hudayar of the East Turkestan National Awakening Movement tells the story in depth.

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 Ukraine is between Presidential elections.  In the recently-completed first round, Volodymyr Zelensky, a comedian who plays Ukraine’s president in a popular television series got by far the most votes.  His opponent in the decisive second round is Ukraine’s incumbent president, Petro Poroshenko.  Who will the Ukrainian people, and the Russian trolls and bots back in the race?  Scholar Alexander Motyl looks cautiously ahead.  

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In today’s headlines, tens of millions of migrants are causing crises on every continent.  But Harvard University scholar, Jacqueline Bhabha, says human migration has been part of the global experience forever.  As long as mankind has known wars, famines, floods and political conflicts, it’s seen people on the move, seeking better lives. Professor Bhabha asks, in a new book, Can We Solve the Migration Crisis? and offers some reasons why the answer should be yes. Human kindness and political wisdom would both help.

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Nothing President Trump has tried to stop the flow of migrants to America’s southern border has worked.  His latest trick, slowing down processing for asylum applicants “doing it the legal way,” has made everything worse. Slowing that route drives desperate people to cross illegally, give themselves up and divert from real border security, hundreds of border patrol officers.  Photo-journalist Roberto Rosales of the Albuquerque Journal has been covering the border crisis for months.

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What do you do with captured terrorists, and what about their families?  As more and more fighters for the Islamic State are being taken prisoner in Syria, the big question is what should happen next.  Terrorism expert Brian Michael Jenkins of the RAND Corporation says the US should do what President Trump recommends for all other countries except the United States …bring ‘em home and put them on trial.

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For 5 years in Darfur, and years after that in Kenya, Susan Burgess-Lent delivered humanitarian aid and community organizing expertise to women in need.  She wrote about it in her book, Trouble Ahead, Dangerous Missions with Desperate People, and tells us about it, in depth.  Making aid effective means much more than cutting a ribbon and handing over medicines or supplies. 

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Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots has been charged with buying sexual services at a so-called massage parlor in Florida. His celebrity made the bust a headline story, but the real story is that the massage parlor may be part of an $3 billion a year international trafficking industry.  How women get to the US from China and then are moved like checkers from massage parlor to massage parlor around the country. Frances Robles of the NY Times has the story.

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Is Inequality in America Irreversible? – that’s the title question of Chuck Collins’ new book.  Recent evidence suggests the answer may be yes, but Collins, a scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies think tank says the real answer is no.  Of course, Chuck has some potential real-world solutions to propose.  Some of them are actually in use, in Western Europe and in some American states. 

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When he wrote his best-seller @War, 5 years ago, Shane Harris could see the problem coming.  Now, as he reports for the Washington Post, what to do about cyber-warfare mercenaries is a red-hot question…especially when they’re being asked by employers like the UAE to spy on Americans.  One former NSA staffer blew the whistle to the US Government and says she got little response…so she went to Reuters, and now, Harris, says, there’s a big in-house investigation. 

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Week after week, the US military stages air attacks on the Somali Islamist terrorist group Al-Shabaab.  Always the official reports say, a number -- often one, two or 3 dozen – terrorists are killed and there are no civilian casualties.  American journalist Amanda Sperber is one of the few who visit Somalia and she says the first number is uncertain, but the second – no civilian casualties – is almost certainly untrue.  So, what’s being accomplished?  The head of America’s Africa Command says progress depends on the Somali Government Army, which gets little help from the US. 

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"Here’s a guy who sees a problem and sets out to fix it…and it kills him.”  That’s the story of US Navy LT Wesley Van Dorn as tersely summed up by a member of his flight squadron at the Norfolk Naval Air Station.

The title of Zachary Stauffer’s documentary asks the question: Who Killed Lt. Van Dorn?  Meaning who let the problem -- the H 53 helicopters, the Marines’ Super Stallions and the Navy’s Sea Dragons, kill more American service people than any other American weapon.  None of the victims died in combat. 

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Over the past 30 years, Alfredo Corchado has established himself as one of the best reporters covering the US-Mexico borderlands for the Wall Street Journal and Dallas Morning News.  His assignments have allowed him to explore both his Mexican and American roots, the subject of his powerful and personal memoir Homelands.  We’ll talk about President Trump’s attempts to de-magnetize the pull of the US for Central American migrants and about Alfredo’s trips to Guatemala to understand the push behind the immigrant caravans.

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With one eye trained on the American push towards a peace agreement with the Taliban in Afghanistan (undertaken so far to the exclusion of our allies, the Afghan government) and the other on the sudden explosion of warfare between India and Pakistan, the fine Washington Post correspondent Pamela Constable has been a very busy journalist.  On the Taliban front, is President Trump’s obvious desire or a deal – almost any deal – an impediment to a successful negotiation? 

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It’s easy to believe a foreign war is over when the American troops come home, but life today in Iraq, almost 8 years after full-scale combat ended is far from peacetime.  AP Baghdad correspondent Philip Issa on the daily reality of Iraq and why President Trump’s statement that the real reason we keep forces in Iraq is to keep watch on Iran, hasn’t gone down well with the Iraqi government.  And the Iraqis are worried about the American base along the Syrian border at Al-Tanf. 

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President Trump’s fantasy “National Security Emergency” on our Southern border has been taking a beating recently.  The top military commander for homeland defense sys he sees no military threat from Mexico, and experts on the drug trade say the wall is largely irrelevant to stopping the flow of narcotics.  AP’s star reporters Martha Mendoza and Garance Burke have broken several big stories about the treatment of detainees, especially children.  They reveal the reality at our southern border.

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As the Trump White House shows its contempt for immigrants, perhaps the President should think about Joseph Pulitzer…a 17 year old fleeing from poverty in Hungary…brought to America to be cannon-fodder in the Civil War.  He taught himself English and revolutionized journalism, publishing in New York City the most popular newspaper in the world. His formula for success: The facts; the color; the facts.  Robert Seidman co-wrote and co-produced a new American Masters film: Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People.

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Antisemitism is very much in the news….with recent accusations against and an apology from Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar… and headline political statements denouncing hatred against Jews in the United Kingdom and France. What better time to talk with Deborah Lipstadt, author of the new bookAntisemitism: Here and Now.  One of America’s top academic monitors of antisemitic rhetoric and bigotry in action examines attacks on Jews and Israel from the alt-right and the Old Left…are they all examples of antisemitism?

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Hepatitis C is now a curable disease, but the cure demands months of regular treatments.  How convenient that so many of New Mexico’s Hep C patients are in prison, where follow-up treatments can be administered.  Or could be.  But of 3000 cases, only 46 are getting medical care. Investigative reporter Ted Alcorn of NM In Depth on medical neglect that may be unconstitutional.  NM’s Corrections Department is fearful of a court ruling and the potential medical bill.

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It’s tax-paying time again in America and what better time for America’s Money Answers Man, Jordan Goodman, to sort through the changes taking effect right now from President Trump’s tax law of late 2017?  What was promised before the bill was passed? Capital investment and job creation?  What’s happened since? Not much of either. Who won? Who Lost? And what do you need to pay attention to as you prepare to file?  Tax answers from an expert.  

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Dead of winter seems a fine time to think about the ever-growing threat to lives and property from wildfires.  In part because of the ever-growing influence of climate change, we in NM are just 3 months shy of fire season.  A very well-made reminder is Alex Jablonski’s documentary WILDLAND, which follows a team of young forest-fire-fighters as they are trained in Oregon and then go to California to face their first real, big wildfire. Alex had to take the fighter-fighter’s training to get to make his movie.

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Emmanuel Macron won the Presidency of France promising to bring new ideas to a more people-connected government.  But his rule has been called regal, distant, stuck with old-school trickle down economic ideas and tone-deaf to the people.  And that was before he went to diplomatic war with Italy and got himself crosswise with his chief European ally, Angela Merkel.  And did anyone mention the economic threats from Brexit? AP Paris Buro Chief Angela Charlton brings us up to date on the story.

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The County Commission in poor, underpopulated Mora County in Northeastern New Mexico voted to ban fracking.  Their ordinance was overturned in Albuquerque Federal Court, but one Commissioner who lost his seat for backing the ban says, Mora County set an example that’s been more successfully adapted in states like Maryland and New York.   David Luis Leal Cortez made a film, Drilling Mora County about the issue. It’ll be shown in Santa Fe on Sunday…and it should be noted, even without the ban, no fracking, no energy development at all, has taken place in Mora County. 

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After a couple of decades as a community leader and advocate in Oakland, California, Sister Simone Campbell went national, establishing the NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice and travelling the country as part The Nuns on the Bus.  She recently spent a week in New Mexico, listening to poor people in the cities, Albuquerque and Las Cruces, and especially in rural areas of the state.  She’ll tell us what she learned about, the need for the SNAP – food stamps – program without political restrictions on eligibility.  Why not, she asks, just assure that no Americans go hungry?

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The US and its hemispheric allies want to send humanitarian aid across the Colombian border into Venezuela, but President Nicolas Maduro is shut the frontier to keep out the needed, but he says, humiliating offer of food and medicine.  Joshua Goodman, Andean News Director for AP, the Associated Press reports from Caracas on a political crisis that seems to be getting worse.  The US is strongly supporting National Assembly President Juan Guaido’s claim that he is the legitimate interim leader of Venezuela.

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America’s top 3 security officers, the heads of the FBI and the CIA and Director of National Intelligence say one thing; President Trump says another.  The Islamic State is not defeated, say the experts; they will be soon, says the President. And there are profound disagreements about the nuclear threats from Iran and North Korea. Only President Trump believes Iran is building a bomb, and only he believes North Korea will give up theirs.  Respected Washington analyst Joe Cirincione of The Ploughshares Fund sorts it out…

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 The economic and political implosion in Venezuela has sent millions of people out of the country – between 2 ½ and 3 million, says the United Nations.  More than a million refugees are now living in Colombia… and top government officials predict that number could double in a couple of years.  Christine Armario of the Bogota bureau of the Associated Press (AP) has covered the conflict over a now-closed tent camp in the capital, and several, much larger, more permanent-looking camps close to the Venezuelan border.

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It’s news when Israel shoots missiles at Iranian military facilities in Syria.  But it’s bigger news when they publicly announce it and say they’ve done it hundreds of times. Kenneth M. Pollack of the American Enterprise Institute and author of Armies of Sand: The Past, Present, and Future of Arab Military Effectiveness on what’s going on here.

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Since 2000 it’s been Federal law that Federal nuclear workers only needed to show they had one of 22 radiation-linked cancer and proof they worked a plant that had had nuclear accidents, and incomplete records on human exposures to claim medical coverage and a lump-sum benefit.  But Rebecca Moss of The New Mexican says workers from Los Alamos Labs who would seem to qualify often get nothing.

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We Want to Negotiate…4 words no government ever wants to hear from terrorist kidnappers.  It’s also the title of a new book by Joel Simon, Executive Director of The Committee to Protect Journalists, who are all too often the hostages being negotiated for…, if their governments are willing.  The US Govt is not. 

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It was 1990, and a Congress tired of being lied to by agencies of the Federal Government passed the Chief Financial Officers Act, which required all departments of Uncle Sam’s government to submit to annual audits.  28 years later, they all had complied, except the Defense Department.  Investigative reporter Dave Lindorff of The Nation and thiscantbehappening.net tell us why.

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“People with disabilities” learn to deal with them.  Why?  Basically to keep up with the rest of us, to be treated simply as “people,” to avert separation.  So why is it that we still have so many tests, and rules that exclude and isolate people with physical or cognitive differences from the norm?

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Making recreational use of marijuana legal has long been an ambition of the NM Democratic Party.  Now there’s a Democratic Governor and Democratic majority in both houses of the Legislature.  So does that mean legal pot’s a sure thing?  Not according to investigative reporter Mike Gallagher of the ABQ Journal – the vote, like the issue itself is complicated.  Any legalization law will have to cover who can use marijuana and where, and who can sell it and where, and regulate standards of quality and collection of taxes.  Among other things… 

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On Dr. Martin Luther King Day, we consider whether life as has changed for people of color in America during the Donald Trump Era.  With our guest, the Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune, we examine 4 cornerstones to Dr. King’s concept of the good life: security, civility, justice and opportunity.

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President Donald Trump wants to roll back many basic protections of America’s environment, it air and water.  He’s issued a lot of proclamations and policies, but what’s been the real effect on New Mexico and the rest of America.  Environmental reporter Laura Paskus of the NM Political Report sorts out the rhetoric and the reality.

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For 50 years RAND Corporation analyst Brian Michael Jenkins has been on the leading edge of policies to combat and contain terrorism. Among the things he’s learned, good police work can do more to protect societies than military counter-terrorism units.  How and why America has been kept so safe, and why shutting off immigration may not be an effective way to keep the country secure.  Most of America’s relatively few terrorists lived here for decades before going radical.

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The inauguration of new Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was full of messages.  A heavy military/security presence signaled a sense of national crisis, restrictive rules that forced reporters to wait without food or drink for 7 hours told journalists what the new President thinks of them.  Now, ceremonies are over, and AP Brazil Bureau Chief Peter Prengaman says radical changes are underway.

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Todd Ewen was an enforcer.  A recognized part of every National Hockey League team, the guys whose main job is to fight.  Ewen lasted 11 years, retired to careers in finance and coaching and patented 5 inventions, and shot himself to death at 49.  A factor, says reporter Ken Belson of the NY Times, is that Ewen had CTE.

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Billions of dollars have been spent by FEMA and HUD rebuilding Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.  Investigative reporting by a NY Times team led by Frances Robles found at least 40% of that money was being claimed by selected contractors for repairs that were too little, too late, and too badly done while the prices paid were too much. 

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Predatory lending has gone upscale, businesspeople are being suckered into signing away all their rights even as they take on high-interest debt.  Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter Zachary Mider of Bloomberg News broke the story of Confessions of Judgment, the legal trap that lets one group of lenders strip more than $1 billion from their debtors.

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