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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Water Rights

Thursday, April 21, 2005

The Hopi tribe in Arizona sits on top of an aquifer, with water so pure that it needs no treatment. The Hopi way of life depends on that water, but an energy company is currently draining the aquifer. On today’s Underreported feature, Vernon Masayesva, head of the Black Mesa Trust ...


Gay Rights in the Middle East

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Scott Long, the LGBT director of Human Rights Watch, and Ramzi Zakharia, the webmaster and outreach director for GLAS (the Gay and Lesbian Arab Society), give us an update on the state of gay rights in the Middle East. In the past year, activists in Lebanon have launched a campaign ...


Child Soldiers

Thursday, March 31, 2005

Leonard talks to Bukeni Tete Waruzi from Enfants Soldats, Jo Becker Children's Rights Advocacy Director for Human Rights Watch; and Hakima Abbas of Witness, an organization that trains human rights defenders to use video to document abuses.

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An Update on Haiti

Thursday, March 10, 2005

On our latest edition of Underreported, Jocelyn McCalla, Executive Director of the National Coalition for Haitian Rights, joins us for an update on the political situation in Haiti one year after President Jean Bertrand-Aristide was ousted.

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Generational Conflict

Thursday, March 03, 2005

As conflict in Nepal continues, we'll look at how it’s affecting women and children there. Many children are being abducted and forced to fight in the war. Today on our Underreported feature, we find out how the conflict may be damaging an entire generation of Nepalis.

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Cuban-Venezuelan Relations

Thursday, February 24, 2005

In this week’s Underreported series we look into the recent economic and security agreements that have benn signed by Cuba and Venezuela. Cuban historian Jane Franklin explains how this changing relationship might affect Latin America and relations with the U.S.

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Underreported: Beyond the Headlines

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Nicolas de Torrente, executive director of Doctors Without Borders, discusses his organization’s report on the year's top ten underreported humanitarian stories. These top ten stories received one minute of news coverage from the nightly newscasts of the three major US tv networks.

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Underreported: Rainforest Vitals

Thursday, December 30, 2004

Atossa Soltani, the Founder and Director of Amazon Watch, updates us on environmental preservation efforts and natural resources development in the Amazon.

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Raising Cane

Thursday, December 23, 2004

David Bowman, Director for the ARC Key Centre for Tropical Wildlife Management in Darwin, Australia and Keith Saalfeld, Wildlife Management Officer with Parks and Wildlife in Australia, discuss the ecological fallout of Australia's ubiquitous pest, the canetoad, on our Underreported feature.

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Underreported: Media in Afghanistan

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Jon Newstrom, Afghanistan Director for the Internews Network, and Pakistani journalist Ahmed Rashid, join us for an update on Afghanistan’s evolving broadcast media culture. And we’ll discuss how a free, independent media affects Afghanistan’s transition to democracy.

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Underreported: Pitcairn Island

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Historian Herbert Ford, director of the United States-based Pitcairn Island Study Center, and Bryan Nicolson from the British High Commission of New Zealand, on the turbulent past and present of the isolated Pitcairn Island.

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Underreported: Angelina and Atyam

Thursday, October 28, 2004

This week’s Underreported feature looks at the kidnappings perpetrated by the Lord’s Resistance Army in Northern Uganda. Angelina Atyam, an activist for the kidnapped children discusses the separation and reunion with her kidnapped daughter.

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