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: Hand Soap in Lakes and Streams

Thursday, January 18, 2007

As American consumers have embraced antibacterial hand soap, compounds in the soap have been building up in lakes and streams around the US. Dr. Rolf Halden of Johns Hopkins studies the distribution of antibacterial soap products in natural waters, and talks about how the buildup might affect the ...


Underreported: Beijing to Tibet Railway

Thursday, January 04, 2007

China's train from Beijing to Tibet made its maiden voyage six months ago, as part of the ambitious Chinese plan to develop its western provinces. Since then, it's attracted throngs of migrant workers and tourists to Lhasa. Critics say the train also disrupts Tibet's culture and threatens its fragile environment. ...


Underreported: Do Jets Contribute to Climate Change?

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Coat sales are dismal. Blooming azaleas have been spotted in Central Park. Dr. David Travis, a climatologist at the University of Wisconsin, looks at whether jets and the condensation trails they leave behind are contributing to climate change.


Under the Radar

Thursday, December 28, 2006

William Dobson, managing editor of Foreign Policy magazine
- on the magazine's pick for Top 10 Stories You Missed in 2006


Underreported: The Power of Documentaries

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Film Forum is hosting a retrospective celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Soros/Sundance Documentary Fund. We ask Bruni Burres, director of the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, and Gara LaMarche, vice president of the Open Society Institute (who also sits on the board of the Sundance ...


Underreported: Outsourcing Political Activism?

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Dana R. Fisher, an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Columbia, tells us about her research into political canvassing in progressive politics. She claims that the left is outsourcing political activism—sending paid workers out to do the work of grassroots outreach. And she argues that it’s destroying the left’s political infrastructure, ...


Underreported: Native American Teen Suicide

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Steve Sanderson is the creator of Darkness Calls, a comic book he hopes will discourage Native American teens from committing suicide. He’s joined by Sean Muir, the Executive Director of the Healthy Aboriginal Net, who reports that suicide is the second cause of death for American Indians and ...


Underreported: Are Midterm Elections Highly Predictable?

Thursday, October 05, 2006

We kick off our coverage of Underreported election issues with Joseph Bafumi, an Assistant Professor of Government at Dartmouth, who says midterm elections are highly predictable. Find out what he thinks we can expect this November.

Do you have an election prediction? Which party do ...


Underreported: An Update from Somalia

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Somalia has been without a functioning central government since 1991. Now, it may be on the brink of civil war. On today's Underreported, David Shinn--who served as Ambassador to Ethiopia from 1996 to 1999 and is now an Adjunct Professor in the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington ...


Underreported: Haiti and the Dominican Republic: Uneasy Neighbors on One Small Island

Thursday, April 06, 2006

On today's Underreported, a look into the history of discrimination against Haitians in the Dominican Republic, and why the two neighbors are so culturally and politically different. Leonard talks to Dr. Edward Paulino, professor of history at CUNY's John Jay College; and Julissa Reynoso, an attorney and activist in New ...

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Human Cargo

Thursday, March 02, 2006

On this week's edition of Underreported: survival stories from the world’s refugees. In Human Cargo, Caroline Moorehead describes the living conditions she encountered while traveling among refugees for two years. Worldwide, 17 million people are living in limbo. We'll find out why, for many, escaping genocide, political persecution, and sexual ...


Underreported: Violent Crackdown in China

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Up to 20 protesters were killed last week by Chinese police in a fishing village near Hong Kong. On today's edition of our regular Underreported feature, we'll find out what caused the protests, and what led what could be China's biggest use of force on citizens since the Tiananmen Square ...


Environmental Injustice

Thursday, December 01, 2005

On today's Underreported feature, the politics of pollution. Some experts feel that “environmental racism” is keeping industrial waste and toxins in poor and minority communities, and out of affluent neighborhoods. We'll talk to Melissa Checker, the author of Polluted Promises: Environmental Racism and the Search for Justice In A Southern ...


Underreported: Uzbekistan

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Four months ago, Uzbekistan authorities opened fire on a peaceful demonstration in Andijann. Hundreds (perhaps even 1,000) people were killed in the worst massacre of demonstrators since Tiananmen Square. In this week’s Underreported feature, we’ll look into what caused the violence, and what’s been done in response.


Tamil Tigers

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Guest host Philip Gourevitch looks into the prospects for peace in Sri Lanka after the Tsunami on our weekly feature Underreported. He is joined by Dayan Jayatilleka, Sinhalese political scientist and newspaper columnist in Sri Lanka.


Real Live Aid

Thursday, July 07, 2005

On today's Underreported, Leonard asks John Chiahemen, Reuters chief correspondent for Southern Africa, about poverty, debt reduction, and the real benefit of events like Live Aid and Live 8.

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Music: Kronos Quartet, Pieces of Africa, White Man Sleeps composed by Kevin ...


Murder in Mexico

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Almost 400 women have been killed in Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua City since 1993. On today's Underreported feature, we’ll find out why it's likely that the killers remain free, while the killings continue and innocent people may be behind bars. We’ll hear from Laurie Freeman, Associate for Mexico and Security ...

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Reproductive Health

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Refugees are forced to deal with many critical issues throughout the world. In today’s Underreported feature, we’ll examine some of the specific issues that refugee women are struggling with, including gender-based violence and grossly inadequate reproductive health care. Gertrude Garway, a former refugee from Liberia, tells us about her work ...


Wage Gaps

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Avis Jones-DeWeever, the Poverty, Welfare, and Income Security Study Director for the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, gives us an update on the earning gap between men and women, and how race further widens wage discrepancies. Women earn 76 cents for every dollar earned by the average American man. But ...


Mental Health and Human Rights

Thursday, April 28, 2005

In this week's Underreported feature, Eric Rosenthal, the founder and executive director of Mental Disability Rights International, talks about international approaches to mental health. In many places, the mentally ill endure horrible treatment and live in subhuman conditions, yet some feel that this is being overlooked by human rights organizations.