A Weekly Feature on The Leonard Lopate Show; Airs every Thursday at noon

Major news events throughout the world continue to be largely ignored until they reach tragic proportions. Underreported, a weekly feature on The Leonard Lopate Show, tackles these issues and gives an in-depth look into stories that are often relegated to the back pages.

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Underreported: Mia Farrow on the DRC

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Actress and UNICEF ambassador Mia Farrow just returned from a humanitarian trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo. She tells us what she saw, what’s being done to stop the spread of cholera there, why fighting has resumed, and whether children are again being recruited to ...

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Underreported: Disappearing Fireflies

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Fireflies seem to be disappearing throughout the world. We look into where they’re going, why they might be disappearing, and how their absence could affect our ecosystem. Dr. Christopher Cratsley is a biology professor and firefly expert at Fitchburg State College.

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Underreported: NF3s and Global Warming

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Switching to solar energy may not be as green as it seems. Many of the newest solar panels are made with a gas, NF3, that is 17,000 times more potent than carbon dioxide in contributing to global warming. NF3 is also used in the manufacture of flat-screen TVs, iPhones, computer ...

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Underreported: What Happens to Released Guantanamo Detainees

Thursday, December 04, 2008

President-Elect Obama plans to close the Guantanamo prison camp. What will happen to the detainees there? Find out what's happened to former Guantanamo prisoners after being released following years of detention. Eric Stover of UC Berkeley’s Human Rights Center is co-author of a recent study profiling former captives.

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Underreported: Forensics of Torture

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Dr. Rajeev Bais and Dr. Lars Beattie describe the physical scars torture leaves, and how they use those scars to corroborate asylum seekers’ stories of torture. They're co-founders of Elmhurst Hospital’s Libertas Human Rights Clinic in Queens.

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Underreported: Opening Public Land for Drilling in Utah

Thursday, November 20, 2008

On Election Day, the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced a Dec. 19 auction of over 50,000 acres of oil and gas parcels right next to national parks in Utah. Steve Bloch, attorney for the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, explains why Utah’s Park Service and national conservation ...

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Underreported: Bush’s Last-Minute Environmental Policy Changes

Thursday, November 20, 2008

The Bush administration is working to rush through some environmental policy changes before leaving power in January - including relaxing regulations protecting endangered species. John Kostyack is Executive Director of Wildlife Conservation and Global Warming at the National Wildlife Federation.

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Underreported: Reform in Russia

Thursday, November 13, 2008

We discuss the pace of reform in Russia, Moscow’s current attitudes towards the West, and why Pres. Dmitry Medvedev is now pushing to extend the presidential term.

Nina Khrushcheva teaches international affairs at the New School; she’s also the author of Imagining Nabokov: Russia Between Art and Politics and ...

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Underreported: US-Iran Relations in an Obama Administration

Thursday, November 06, 2008

We look at how an Obama presidency could affect the U.S.’s relations with Iran, and what we should look for in Iran’s own elections happening next year. Robert Powell is Middle East Analyst for the Economist Intelligence Unit.

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Underreported: Bats and White Nose Syndrome

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Bats are not only an iconic symbol of Halloween...they’re also a key part of our ecosystem. We get an update on the white nose syndrome that has been threatening bat populations. Ecologist Merlin Tuttle is founder of Bat Conservation International.

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Underreported: Censored Stories of 2007-08

Thursday, October 23, 2008

There are plenty of major news stories you probably didn’t hear or read about in the last year – like the fact that the Iraqi death count reached 1 million, and US-backed militarism is resurgent in Latin America. Hear about the top censored stories of the past year.

Peter ...

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Underreported: Survival in Darfur

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Halima Bashir, a physician in her native Sudan, was tortured and repeatedly raped for informing on atrocities in Darfur. She then had to flee, and now lives as a refugee in London. She tells us about her new life, and what she thinks needs to happen to bring about peace ...

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Underreported: Panic of 1873

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Many are measuring the current financial crisis against the Great Depression – but what’s happening now may be more like the Panic of 1873, a little-known economic crash that started in Europe with a building boom and led to a banking collapse. Scott Reynolds Nelson is professor of history at ...

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Underreported: Canada’s Elections

Thursday, October 09, 2008

In the midst of the frenzy over next month’s elections here in the U.S. – did you know that Canada is holding its big elections next week on October 14th? Find out what’s at stake for our neighbors to the north, and whether the governing Conservative Party could be unseated ...

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Underreported: Renditions in the Horn of Africa

Thursday, October 02, 2008

A 2007 rendition program in the Horn of Africa led to nearly 100 men, women, and children being rounded up in Kenya and eventually rendered to Ethiopia. At least 10 victims of this program still languish in Ethiopian prisons, with little recourse; still others are missing. We find out why ...


Underreported: NYCHA’s Woes

Thursday, September 25, 2008

The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is the nation’s largest public housing authority. It’s also facing big troubles. It has a huge operating deficit on its budget, and is also dealing with rising fuel costs, deteriorating properties, and budget cuts. We look into how things got this bad, and ...

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Underreported Update: Newtown Creek Oil Spill

Thursday, September 18, 2008

The worst oil spill in U.S. history happened right here in New York City, at Newtown Creek in Brooklyn. Find out how cleanup efforts are going, whether Greenpoint residents should be worried about negative health effects, and why Newtown Creek might have a new problem to deal with – illegal ...

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Underreported: California’s Lower Ninth Ward?

Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Sacramento delta provides drinking water for 23 million Californians. It’s maintained with jury-rigged levees which are not well-equipped to deal with earthquakes or climate change. We look into why the Sacramento delta is in crisis, and what can be done to save it. Barry Nelson is Western Water Project ...


Underreported: Thailand

Thursday, September 11, 2008

We explain the ongoing political chaos in Thailand. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej was forced from office after the Constitutional Court found him guilty of violating the constitution for receiving payment while hosting a popular TV cooking show. Meanwhile, anti-government groups have been staging massive protests since Dec. 2007. ...


Underreported: Is NYC Ready for a Major Hurricane?

Thursday, September 04, 2008

70 years ago, in September 1938, a major hurricane struck the northeast and killed almost 700 people…and caused the modern equivalent of nearly 5 billion dollars in damage! Find out whether the New York City metro area is prepared for another major hurricane, and the disasters that could follow. Sarah ...

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