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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: El Salvador and the “Suchitoto 13”

Thursday, August 02, 2007

On the second part of Underreported, Mike Ring, Former National Director of US-El Salvador Sister Cities, joins Maj Fiil to talk about the case of the “Suchitoto 13.” These 13 anti-privatization protesters, including one journalist, were arrested on July 2 during a nonviolent protest in Suchitoto. They were subsequently detained ...

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Underreported: El Salvador’s Water Issues

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Across Latin America, governments have been privatizing water resources, usually amid protests and always with mixed results. The argument for it is that private companies will invest in much-needed infrastructure, but the result is often even lower quality water, no major infrastructure improvements, and prices that hurt the poorest citizens. ...

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Underreported: An Independent Kosovo?

Thursday, July 26, 2007

On the second part of Underreported, we’ll speak with Patricia DeGennaro, Associate Professor of International Affairs at New York University, about why Russia has recently blocked a United Nations Security Council resolution endorsing independence, and what will happen as a result.

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Underreported: Kosovo

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Kosovo is still a Serbian province, although it has been under UN and NATO administration since 1999. Although the country is relatively stable, there is a general economic recession, high unemployment, poverty, and repression of civil liberties. And the situation is particularly dire for women. On the first part of ...

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Underreported: More on Iraq's Healthcare Crisis

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Last week we heard about Iraq's healthcare crisis. This week, find out what's being done to help Baghdad's sick and wounded in Jordan and in northern Iraq. Nicolas de Torrente of Doctors Without Borders has just returned from a trip to the region to try to set up ...

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Underreported: Gatumba Massacre Survivors

Thursday, July 19, 2007

On the night of August 13th, 2004, Hutu militants crossed from Congo into Burundi and attacked the Gatumba Transit Center in which fifteen hundred Banyamulenge Congolese Tutsi refugees had sought safe haven. Hundreds were killed and wounded. Now nearly 600 hundred of the survivors have been resettled in the US. ...

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Underreported Update: Libya 6

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Yesterday, the Libyan Supreme Court upheld the death sentence against the so-called Libya 6, the 5 Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor accused of deliberately infecting over 400 children with HIV in Libya. We've been following their case on Underreported for awhile, and today journalist Declan Butler explains yesterday's developments. ...

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Underreported: Iraq's Health Care Meltdown

Thursday, July 12, 2007

What happens to the people who are gravely injured in the almost-daily attacks and bombings in Iraq? Iraq's health care system appears to be in a downward spiral. Hospital beds have been stolen, there are not enough medicines and equipment to go around, and some patients have even been murdered ...

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Underreported: The Spread of Failed States

Thursday, June 28, 2007

The world's weakest states aren't just a danger to themselves. They can disrupt the stability of countries halfway across the world. The Fund for Peace and Foreign Policy magazine have recently released their third annual Failed States Index, and on today's Underreported, we'll find out what a failed ...

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Underreported: Anti-Union Violence in Colombia

Thursday, April 05, 2007

In mid-March, the Ohio-based banana company Chiquita Brands admitted to paying $1.7 million to Colombian right-wing death squads who have killed thousands, including union organizers. In Colombia, trade unionists and organizers who are not murdered are often threatened, attacked, or kidnapped. On Underreported, we'll find out what's behind the anti-union ...

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Underreported: Fish for the Future

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Scientists have warned that fish in the seas could be extinct by 2048. Now a group of experts has come up with a way to prevent sea extinction, rebuild fishing stocks, and restore fishing communities. David Festa, director of the Oceans Program at Environmental Defense, tell us the details ...

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Underreported: Is the Endangered Species Act Endangered?

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Since George W. Bush became president, 57 species have been declared endangered, usually as a result of lawsuits. That's fewer than under any president since the Endangered Species Act was signed by Nixon in 1973. Now Bush administration officials are reviewing proposed changes to the way the ESA is enforced.

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Underreported: Girl Soldiers in the DRC

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Former Congo militia leader Thomas Lubanga will be brought to trial soon at the International Criminal Court. He's accused of war crimes that include conscripting child many girl soldiers he conscripted were also kept as sex slaves. Bukeni Tete Waruzi, director of AJEDI-Ka/Projet Enfants Soldats in the eastern ...

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Underreported: The Prophet of Garbage

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Science journalist Michael Behar tells us how a machine known as a Plasma Converter can turn the vilest trash into clean energy. Michael Behar's new article "The Prophet of Garbage" will be appearing in Popular Science.

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Underreported: New Garbage Solutions

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Dogs and cats in the United States produce about 10 million tons of waste each year. Biowaste expert Will Brinton (director of Woods End Laboratories explains how all these pet droppings could be converted into a valuable energy source. And he talks about turning food scraps into yet ...

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Underreported: Flipping the Coin

Thursday, February 08, 2007

On Feb. 15, the U.S. Mint will release its latest edition of U.S. currency: a new series of one-dollar presidential coins. But one-dollar coins have never really caught on in the US. What will it take to make Americans accept one-dollar coins? Also: should the penny be abolished?

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Underreported: Uncontacted Tribes Who Choose to Remain Separate

Thursday, February 08, 2007

There are an estimated 107 tribes living in remote areas worldwide who have little to no contact with the rest of the world. Most remain separate because they choose to. Jonathan Mazower of Survival International looks into why they don't want contact, and how they're faring in an increasingly ...

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Underreported: Tortilla Wars

Thursday, February 01, 2007

The price of tortillas in Mexico recently shot up by more than 50% in some regions. That’s in part because a single company owns 70% of the tortilla and cornmeal market there. And one communications firm owns 94% of landlines in Mexico. Leonard talks to Professor George Grayson, a Mexico ...

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Underreported: Calderon’s Crackdowns

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Police in Tijuana recently had their guns confiscated and were issued slingshots instead as part of President Felipe Calderon’s new crackdown on drug gangs. We’ll look into President Felipe Calderon’s policies since taking office, and how they’re affecting his popularity in Mexico. Leonard talks to Maureen Meyer of the

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Underreported: How Clean is New York City's Drinking Water?

Thursday, January 18, 2007

After hearing about the everyday substances that collect in our water supplies, you may be wondering whether it is safe to drink New York City tap water. We ask Eric Goldstein of the Natural Resources Defense Council how clean our drinking water is.

To get the ...

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