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: Ecotourism vs. Land Rights in Kenya

Thursday, May 08, 2008

We look into how ecotourism may be interfering with ancestral land rights in Kenya. In 1974, the Endorois community were evicted from their land by the Kenyan government to make way for a game reserve and tourist resort. They’ve been fighting for repatriation and reparations since then, and now have ...

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Underreported: Albania

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Albania is fledgling democracy with a tumultuous political climate and a controversial prime minister. It’s also a strategic ally of the United States, yet we rarely hear about it in the American media. Erion Veliaj is a recipient of the United Nations Civil Society Award and was director of Albania’s ...

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Underreported: Chevron in Burma

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Find out more about Chevron's support of the repressive military regime in Burma. Chevron co-owns the Yadana natural gas pipeline, which is the Burmese government’s single largest source of income and undermines international sanctions against the regime. Rick Herz is litigation coordinator with Earth Rights International, which worked ...

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Underreported: Swaziland’s Royal Family

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Swaziland is Africa’s last remaining absolute monarchy. Its Royal Family lives a very lavish lifestyle, while much of the rest of the country lives in dire poverty and suffers from the world’s highest rate of HIV/AIDS. Michael Skolnik has directed a new documentary about Swaziland’s monarchy called “Without ...

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Underreported: Crisis in Mogadishu

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Violence in Somalia’s war-torn capital, Mogadishu, has worsened in the last week, leaving dozens of people dead after fighting between Ethiopian forces and Islamist fighters. We’ll find out more about what’s happening and how it could further destabilize the Horn of Africa. David Shinn is former US ambassador to Ethiopia ...

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Underreported: New Planet Forming?

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Scientists may be closer to understanding how new planets form. Astrophysicist Ben Oppenheimer of the American Museum of Natural History and his colleagues at the Lyot Project have put together an image of material that seems to be coalescing into either a planet or a brown ...

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Underreported: Eating Insects

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Insects are a high-protein food source. In a world where increasing numbers of people are competing for shrinking resources, farming insects could be a nutritious, low-impact way to feed more of the world’s people. Dr. Robert Kok of McGill University’s Bioresource Engineering department has been working for years to convince ...

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Underreported: Spain’s Old Wounds

Thursday, April 03, 2008

We look into whether Spain is becoming an increasingly divided country. Debates over Basque terrorism and the 3/11/04 Madrid train bombings may be helping to open old wounds from the Spanish Civil War and Franco. Giles Tremlett is the Madrid correspondent for the Guardian; his most recent book is

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Underreported: The Great Lakes and the Economy

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Cleaning up the Great Lakes will bring big economic benefits to an area that’s been hit hard by manufacturing job losses, according to John Austin, Senior Fellow with the Brookings Institution and director of the Great Lakes Economic Initiative. He tells us more about the strong connection between healthy Great ...

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Underreported: The News from East Timor

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Since achieving independence from Indonesia in 2002, East Timor has been struggling to achieve a stable democracy. Charles Scheiner of East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN) and East Timorese activist Guteriano Neves tell us more about that country’s continuing problems and violence, and what can be done to improve ...


Underreported: Iraq’s Marshlands

Thursday, March 20, 2008

The marshlands of southern Iraq and Iran were once the largest in western Eurasia, encompassing an area larger than the Florida Everglades. During the 1990s, under Saddam Hussein, damming and drainage projects almost completely destroyed them. It’s been called one of the world's greatest environmental disasters. Dr. Azzam Alwash of ...


Underreported: Women and Water

Thursday, March 20, 2008

The burden usually falls to women to find and manage domestic water resources throughout developing countries in Africa and Asia. We look into why it’s so important for planners to involve women in developing sustainable water plans. Lydia Zigomo is a human rights lawyer from Zimbabwe who serves at WaterAid’s ...

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Open Phones: Your Under the Radar News

Friday, March 14, 2008

Today is all about the stories that unfolded while the Spitzer scandal broke. We want to hear about what "under the radar" news stories you are hearing. Comment below on the international events that matter, the latest news from your block, cultural stories to keep an eye on... Be specific, ...

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Underreported: Nanotechnology in Consumer Products

Thursday, March 13, 2008

The EPA is requiring that all products containing nanotechnology for antibacterial purposes (like nanosilver) must apply for registration by March 21, 2008. We find out what will happen to the many nanosilver-containing products currently on the market after the EPA deadline passes, and why consumers have the right to know ...

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Underreported: Reunification for Cyprus?

Thursday, March 06, 2008

The island of Cyprus has been split between its Greek and Turkish populations for more than 30 years. Now with the recent election of a Marxist president, Demetris Christofias, in the Republic of Cyprus (the Greek half of the island) – the island may be a few steps closer to ...

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Underreported: Unfair Crack and Cocaine Sentencing Guidelines

Thursday, February 28, 2008

According to current federal sentencing guidelines, convictions for the sale of 500 grams of powder cocaine – and only 5 grams of crack cocaine – both result in a 5-year mandatory minimum sentence. Jesselyn McCurdy, legislative counsel for the ACLU, explains why this sentencing disparity is unfair and fails to ...

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Underreported: Iron Ladies of Liberia

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Since becoming President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has appointed women to key positions throughout the government. These women call themselves "Iron Ladies of Liberia." On today’s Underreported, we’ll find out more about these powerful women, and what they’re doing to help Liberia recover from its brutal civil war. Jonathan Stack ...


Underreported: Algeria

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Algeria is adding 15,000 extra police officers each year over the next few years as the North African country deals with terrorism and a growing Al-Qaeda presence. Martin Evans is a historian at the University of Portsmouth and co-author (with John Phillips) of Algeria: Anger of the Dispossessed.


Underreported: Future of Bananas

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Americans eat more bananas than any other kind of fruit; in some parts of the world, bananas help keep millions of people alive. But the future of bananas may be in danger. Most bananas are genetically identical, and a disease has been ravaging banana plantations around the world. We look ...

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Underreported: Tiger Corridor from Bhutan to Malaysia

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Dr. Alan Rabinowitz of the Wildlife Conservation Society is helping to create a multi-national tiger conservation effort stretching from Bhutan to Malaysia. It’s a very complex undertaking, requiring the cooperation of businesses, NGOs, and governments – including the repressive military regime of Myanmar. Dr. Rabinowitz’s recent book is Life ...

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