Here And There with Dave Marash

When the German elections were over, the flavor of the results was tutti frutti.  Any governing coalition had to include at least three parties, and the votes for the top two parties were so close, that the next two parties could essentially go either way.  But which way might the progressive Greens and the pro-business Free Democrats want to go? Madeleine Schwartz of The Ballot and the NY Review of Books helps us understand the story, in depth.

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First it devastated the shark and tuna populations off its shores.  Then, it went looking for other seafood in other waters. AP's Joshua Goodman broke the story of how the Chinese fishing fleet -- the world's biggest -- is taking tons of squid from both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans off South America. Not only is the Chinese fishing fleet big, it is growing, and when it comes to playing by the rules of the seas, they showed Goodman a lot of signs they were bad. 

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With oil, you get gas.  That's just how nature works. With access, you get influence. That's just how politics works. Cody Nelson has reported for Source NM on how access and influence, spiced with healthy splashes of campaign contributions, works for New Mexico's oil and gas industry. State revenues from taxes on oil and gas extraction mean even more. Environmentalists say state officials are less open to them than they are to lobbyists from the energy industry, and they have evidence. The story, in depth on HERE & THERE -- coming up next.  

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Lessons derived from 20 years of war in Afghanistan, and how they might be applied in the future...for war planning and in looking at the new American military and diplomatic initiatives challenging Chinese ambitions in the Pacific. Rajan Menon of the City University of New York weighs in on, among other things, the clear roadmap for failure in Afghanistan that US planners seem to have ignored as a warning and followed to a second, failed conclusion. 

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Waiting for our boosters to be approved and distributed as the pandemic grinds on.  Meanwhile, Yale School of Public Health epidemiologist and columnist for The Nation Gregg Gonsalves has some survival suggestions and policy prescriptions for us to think about. Here are 2 ideas to start with ... the crisis isn't over and the coming winter could be a testing time. 

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 More than anything else, the future of New Mexico depends on water, how much of it climate change will leave us and how we will use what we have.  Laura Paskus of Our Land on NM Public Television ... on a once in a generation examination of NM's water resources. One thing the experts found was that the State needs better collection and analysis of ongoing climate and water data. Otherwise, policy-makers are drilling in the dark.

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As the coronavirus pandemic threatened to crash the global economy, the American central bank, the Federal Reserve stepped in, opened the taps, and saturated the other banks and nations of the world in US Dollars.  Our guest Adam Tooze's brilliant new book, Shutdown explains how it was done and looks at what might happen next. Tooze shows how lessons were learned from the austere response to the financial meltdown of 2008 and a different course was taken.

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The American approach to welfare could hardly be more negative. Not only is what welfare recipients receive considered "good enough for them," the humiliations they have to go through to get their pittance are even worse. Eli Hager of Pro Publica on the hoops some single mothers had to jump through to feed their families. Dollars that could go to relieve financial distress get diverted to pay for the investigations and interrogations that precede the first grant.

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As the coronavirus pandemic threatened to crash the global economy, the American central bank, the Federal Reserve stepped in, opened the taps, and saturated the other banks and nations of the world in US Dollars.  Our guest Adam Tooze's brilliant new book, Shutdown explains how it was done and looks at what might happen next. Tooze shows how lessons were learned from the austere response to the financial meltdown of 2008 and a different course was taken. 

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Mauricio Savarese, Peter Prengaman's co-author of Dilma's Downfall, and colleague at the Associated Press in Brazil picks up the story of what happened after Dilma fell, taking us up to today and President Jair Bolsonaro, the vaccination-refuser whose delegation during a recent visit to the UN, turned out to have 4 Covid-infected members.

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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff had a remarkable career.  Once an imprisoned, tortured accused "terrorist," then a local political organizer who worked her way up to become President Lula's chief-of-staff, then the twice-elected President herself.  Guest Peter Prengaman co-wrote Dilma's Downfall, a new book about the first female President of Brazil to be impeached.

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Well, here's some bad news, fentanyl is in town, in Santa Fe...and here's worse news, it's being abused by local teenagers.  Victoria Traxler of The New Mexican reports the number of NM children under 20 being killed by drug overdoses is now growing faster than for adults. 

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