Here And There with Dave Marash

The Covid-19 pandemic has stopped the clock for most of the world’s commercial and social life, but agriculture doesn’t go by the clock.  It goes by the calendar, which hasn’t stopped for the pandemic.  What that’s meant for Doug Fine – author the new book American Hemp Farmer – and for his multiply-useful agricultural product and its once-fast-growing markets is today’s story.

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Typical of our times, the issue of policing in the wake of the George Floyd death in Minneapolis has been dominated by the extreme options of de-funding or reinforced funding.  But Matt Vasilogambros of Stateline.org says there’s another option, turning over some present police tasks to community service workers.  It’s worked for 31 years in Eugene, Oregon, and it’s about to be tried in Denver, San Francisco and right here in Albuquerque. 

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 Is America prepared to deal with 2 health crises simultaneously?  Well, Chris McGreal of the Guardian US says we better be, because the Covid-19 outbreak has rekindled our national problem with opioid addiction and overdose, especially in the worst-hit opioid state West Virginia.  As devastating as the coronavirus outbreak has been, McGreal shows, the scale of the opioid problem is about as big and deadly. 

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Just 2 to 3 years ago, America’s boom towns were the ones that hosted colleges and universities.  The coronavirus pandemic has changed all of that, emptying academic institutions and devastating college-town economies.  Making the situation even worse is the fact that 2020 is a Census year.  John Austin of the University of Michigan and the Michigan Economic Center explains the story.

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NM has 2 big holes in the ground that create jobs and make lots of money…and only one of them, the WIPP site is filled with nuclear waste.  The deal that created the WIPP site limited the kinds of radioactive waste WIPP can take, how much and for how long.  Now, the Trump Administration wants to change all that. Some are calling that idea – a classic bait and switch. Aria Alamalhodaei of the NM Political Report has the story.

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 If the base starts to crumble, the whole building is in trouble, which is a fair summation of the present situation in the campaign to re-elect President Trump.  Polls show big defections of 2016 Trump voters who are under 30 and over 65… and a weakening of support among non-college educated women under 40.  William Galston of the Brookings Institution has been analyzing the data.  

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 Last week, millions of students in China took the annual academic test called the gaokao.  How they did can literally shape the whole rest of their lives.  And the test and the educational system it sums up may have shaped the near-perfect compliance of Chinese citizens with lockdown and mask-up orders from the State during the Covid-19 outbreak. Paul Willis is the author of the new book Being Modern in China.

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Most of America’s soybean farmers have been using a herbicide called Dicamba, made to protect specific genetically-modified seeds.  But Dicamba is volatile and drifts across fencelines, killing neighboring soybean crops not seeded for Dicamba. And now, evidence suggests, the Dicamba is also killing many trees across the Midwest, from the Dakotas to Arkansas. Johnathan Hettinger of the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting has the story.

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New Mexico’s Otero County Corrections Facility has a Federal wing and a state wing.  As Covid-19 was penetrating the Federal side, the state was moving prisoner into and out of the state prison.  In-coming, sex offenders…shipped out for safer keeping, non-sex-offender prisoners, including some “bad” former police officers. Now, close to 90% of the sex-offenders at the Otero prison have tested positive for the virus.  Investigative reporter Jeff Proctor broke the story and explains what it shows.

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The 1860s may well have been the bloodiest decade in New Mexico history.  First there was Jefferson Davis’ pet project, a Confederate invasion of the territory… and then, after the rebels had been defeated, the Union Army turned on Native Americans with resultas as cruel as they were ineffectual. Megan Kate Nelson, author of The Three-Cornered War: The Union, The Confederacy and Native People in the Fight for the West tells the story in depth on HERE & THERE.

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Two names have been dominating recent headlines from the American justice system… Chief Justice John Roberts of the Supreme Court and Attorney General William Barr, President Trump’s own supreme garden slug.  Roberts’ decisions have been varied and interesting.  The Slug’s bumbling moves have been, as usual, appalling. Justice Correspondent Elie Mystal has been covering both for The Nation.  

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 Institutionalized neglect and avoidable amputations are ruining the lives of many people – most of them poor and African-American -- in rural Mississippi.  Investigative reporter Lizzie Presser of Pro Publica found one local doctor trying to improve diabetes care and save lots of legs, feet, and toes.  He knew there was a problem when he saw too many shacks with home-built ramps and rails and someone trapped in a wheelchair sitting nearby.

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Former Trump National Security Adviser John Bolton fought a House subpoena to give testimony for President Trump’s impeachment.  The stories he didn’t tell he did sell -- for a $2 million book advance.  Bolton’s book was published despite a White House suit to stop it.  So what?  National Security correspondent Shane Harris of the Washington Post on what parts of Bolton’s accusations matter and why… and how one of them may explain why Trump or Attorney General Barr fired the US Atty for the Southern District of NY. 

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