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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: New Hopes for Treating HIV/AIDS

Thursday, October 18, 2007

New hopes for treating HIV/AIDS lie in part with a group of people called "elite controllers," patients who have been infected with HIV for as many as 30 years -- without ever getting sick or needing medication. These patients are relatively rare, but researchers are trying to find out what ...

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Underreported: Nanosilver

Thursday, October 11, 2007

The EPA recently issued a ruling that a Samsung washing machine must be regulated as a pesticide. That's because the washing machine, the "Silvercare" model, claims to kill germs by injecting 100 quadrillion silver ions into each wash load. The wastewater would be released into public water systems, and there ...

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Underreported: Poultry Antibiotics May Not Be Effective

Thursday, October 11, 2007

An estimated 70 percent of all antibiotics sold in the United States are used on farms, mostly in animal feed. Health researchers have long worried that this heavy load of antibiotics is causing strains of bacteria to evolve that are impervious to the drugs. Plus, these resistant bacteria can pass ...

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Underreported: New Meat Inspection Rules

Thursday, October 11, 2007

The farm bill passed by Congress in July contained a little-noticed provision that would eliminate a 40-year old requirement of federal inspection for meat and poultry sold across the United States. States would then have more authority to inspect meat and poultry. On today’s Underreported, Leonard speaks with Christopher Waldrop, ...

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Underreported: Hate Crime and Racism in Russia, Part II

Thursday, October 04, 2007

On the second part of Underreported, Leonard speaks with Paul Goble, Professor at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C., to look at the broader context through a discussion of public attitudes about race, ethnicity, and religion in Russia.

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Hate Crime and Racism in Russia, Part I

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Three years ago, the brutal murder of a 9-year old Tajik girl in Saint Petersburg turned international attention to the rise of neo-fascist groups and hate crime in Russia. Since then, the situation has not only gotten worse, it’s also fallen off the mainstream media radar. Attacks are up 28% ...

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Underreported: The Cassini-Huygens Space Mission

Thursday, September 27, 2007

The Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn is a multinational cooperation between three space agencies and 17 nations, with a total cost of over $3 billion. Launched in 1997, its goal was to orbit Saturn and its moons, and probe the atmosphere of Titan and land on its surface. The spacecraft has ...

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Underreported: Violent Clashes in Eastern Congo

Thursday, September 20, 2007

There is renewed violence and instability in the Eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Clashes have erupted between troops loyal to the Congolese Tutsi general, Laurent Nkunda, and government forces. General Nkunda claims he is protecting ethnic minorities Tutsis living in Congo from the Hutu genocidal rebels that ...

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Underreported: Burmese Press Under Attack

Thursday, September 13, 2007

The military regime that governs Burma is working hard to prevent news gathering. Burmese journalists have been threatened, harassed, and physically assaulted. On the second part of today's Underreported, Leonard speaks with Shawn Crispin, a Bangkok-based journalist. Mr. Crispin is an Asia program consultant for the Committee to Protect Journalists ...

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Underreported: Health Crisis in Burma

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Burma/Myanmar has been under military rule since 1962, and decades of repression, civil war, and poor governance have contributed to the spread of infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. Now the Burmese government's extreme travel restrictions have forced most aid workers out of the country. On the first part ...

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Underreported: Ethiopia’s Campaign in the Ogaden

Thursday, September 06, 2007

While the West focuses on Darfur, another humanitarian disaster seems to be developing in the Horn of Africa. The Ethiopian government - a recipient of a great deal of western aid money - has launched a military campaign in the Ogaden, a remote region of Ethiopia that borders on Somalia. ...

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Underreported: Berhanu Nega, Ethiopian Activist

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Dr. Berhanu Nega is a recently released Ethiopian political prisoner, and is also a leading member of the CUD, Ethiopia’s main opposition party. He joins Leonard on the first part of today's Underreported to talk about his harrowing prison experience, and provide a first-hand view of Ethiopian prime minister Meles ...

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Underreported: Sri Lankan Journalist In Danger

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Veteran Sri Lankan journalist Iqbal Athas has faced a great deal of danger over the course of his career. More recently, grave threats have been made against him following his investigations into irregularities surrounding a 2006 government deal to purchase fighter jets from Ukraine. Mr. Athas joins us by phone ...

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Underreported: Government Abuses in Sri Lanka

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Unlawful killings, disappearances, and crackdowns on press freedom have been intensifying in Sri Lanka over the last year, as major conflicts between Sri Lanka's government and Tamil separatists have resumed. On today's Underreported, we'll find out more about the human rights situation in Sri Lanka. Joining Leonard are Kavita Menon, ...

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Underreported: Women Migrant Workers in Saudi Arabia

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Approximately 2 million women from Indonesia, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and other countries work as migrant domestics in Saudi Arabia. They are routinely underpaid, overworked, confined to the workplace, or subject to verbal, physical, and sexual abuse. And two Indonesian women were recently killed by their employers. On the second ...

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Underreported: Darfuri Women’s Stories, As Told By Mia Farrow

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Mia Farrow, actor and UN Goodwill Ambassador, feels so strongly about ending the atrocities in Darfur that she recently offered her own freedom in exchange for that of an imprisoned Darfuri rebel. Ms. Farrow just returned from another trip to Chad, where she met with Darfuri women in refugee camps. ...

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Underreported: The Darker Side of Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs are catching on as stores like Wal-Mart and Home Depot encourage their customers to make the switch. But inside each bulb is about 5 milligrams of toxic mercury. On the second part of Underreported, Leonard will be speaking with Lisa Rainwater, policy director at

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Underreported: Conservation, Big and Small

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Which is more effective: large-scale conservation practices or smaller, more localized organizations? Large international NGOs like The Nature Conservancy and the World Wildlife Fund have contributed a lot to global conservation efforts. But some scientists and policymakers worry that conservation is being corporatized, at the expense of local programs and ...

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Underreported: Uighurs in the USA

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Alim Seytoff, General Secretary of the Uyghur American Association talks about the Uighur Diaspora here in the United States, and what Uighur-Americans are doing to influence Chinese politics.

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Underreported: China’s Uighurs

Thursday, August 09, 2007

China's Uighur people are Turkic Muslims from Central Asia, and the Chinese government has a long history of discriminating against them. Uighur separatists have been calling for an independent state since the 1940s. Since 9/11, a rise of Islamic fundamentalism among China's Uighurs has resulted in further religious repression. On ...

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