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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: The Mexican Drug War

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Mexico’s war against drugs has accelerated in recent years—with deadly results. For today’s second Underreported segment, we’ll speak with Ken Ellingwood, a correspondent for the Los Angeles Times based in Mexico City and author of the book Hard Line: Life and Death on the U.S.-Mexico Border. You ...

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Underreported: Tropical Diseases and Poor Countries

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Today, nearly all of the 1.4 billion people who live below the World Bank’s poverty line are infected with hookworms or related parasites. We’ll look at the impact neglected tropical diseases, such as hookworm, has had on the world poorest countries with Dr. Peter J. Hotez. He is President of ...

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Underreported: Limbo States

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Places like Iraqi Kurdistan, Somaliland, and The Republic of Abkhazian may not have a seat at the UN or show up on many maps, but they still act like quasi-countries in the hopes of one day becoming independent. On today’s Underreported segment we’ll look at some of these ...

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Underreported: UN Cutting Back on Fraud Investigations

Thursday, January 14, 2010

In 2006, the United Nations established an anticorruption task force. During its brief existence the unit uncovered at least 20 major schemes affecting more than $1 billion in foreign aid and UN contracts. The UN shuttered the unit in 2009 and transferred its responsibilities to another part of the organization. ...

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Underreported: Geoengineering in New York Harbor

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Geoengineering projects aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change are gaining traction following the failure of the Copenhagen Climate talks last year. A new paper released by a team of Columbia scientists proposes injecting and storing carbon-dioxide emissions into basalt rock formations under the sea, including the area right ...

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Future Technology and Ancient Artifacts

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Internet guru Jaron Lanier joins us to talk about how the Web is transforming our lives—for better and for worse. And we’ll talk to the curators of a new exhibition of 7,000-year-old artifacts from the Danube Valley. Then, we investigate western literature’s Sigmund Freud complex! And our latest Underreported segments ...

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Underreported: Contractors in Afghanistan

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Earlier this month President Obama announced the United States would increase its military presence in Afghanistan. But more than just extra troops are going to the country—they will likely be accompanied by an additional surge of private contractors in support roles. What’s more, the government has contracted with an additional ...

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Underreported: Greece's Debt Crisis

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Is Greece the new Dubai? On this week’s first Underreported, Stacy-Marie Ishmael of The Financial Times, explains what’s behind Greece’s ballooning debt and how the government is trying to address the budget crisis. Plus, we’ll find out how the European Central Bank is reacting to Greece’s troubles and whether the ...

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The Golden Ages

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Chemist and industrial hygienist Monona Rossol looks at the many new chemicals that are being put into everyday products and the potentially negative effects some could have on our health. Also, I’ll speak with a curator at the Paley Center for Media for a preview of a new Criterion DVD ...

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Underreported: Alaska's Melting Permafrost

Thursday, December 10, 2009

It’s estimated that the world’s permafrost contains 1,600 billion tons of carbon. As global temperatures rise, there are growing concerns about that all that permafrost could melt, releasing those gasses into the atmosphere. On today’s second Underreported Vladimir Romanovsky, a geophysics professor at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks explains ...

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Underreported: The Death of Sergei Magnitsky

Thursday, December 10, 2009

In November, a 37-year-old tax lawyer named Sergei Magnitsky died in a Russian jail cell. Before he passed away, Magnitsky drafted a series of letters and petitions describing the squalid conditions in Russia’s prisons. Now, those documents have leaked and have created an unusual firestorm of criticism in a country ...

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Standard of Living

Thursday, December 10, 2009

We’ll hear about one professor’s idea for a new economic model based on Quaker values, what he calls a "whole earth economy." Then, Jim Norton and Kate Baldwin, talk about starring in the first Broadway revival of "Finian’s Rainbow" in nearly 50 years. Plus, Steve Tyrell discusses his transition from ...

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Underreported: The Prosecution of a Right Wing Radio Host Turned FBI Informant

Thursday, December 03, 2009

For years Hal Turner hosted a right-wing internet radio show from northern New Jersey that catered to white supremacists and neo-Nazis. For most of that time Turner also received thousands of dollars from the FBI for acting as an informant who spied on the same groups he was broadcasting to. ...

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Underreported: Swine Flu and Ukraine's Presidential Election

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Ukraine will hold its presidential election in January, but in recent weeks swine flu has threatened to delay the vote. On this week’s first Underreported: Julia Ioffe of Foreign Policy explains how fears about swine flu have been politicized and why next year’s election is so important to ...

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Underreported: Yemen's Civil War

Thursday, November 19, 2009

On today’s second Underreported we’ll look at the civil war in Yemen and accusations that Iran is waging a proxy against Saudi Arabia by supporting the rebels. We’ll be joined by freelance journalist Ginny Hill.

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Underreported: China's Gulag Prison System

Thursday, November 19, 2009

President Obama was in China this week and he did speak out on the country’s human rights record. On today’s first Underreported segment, we’re taking a look at China’s expansive prison system, formerly called Laogai. We’ll examine how it was modeled after the Soviet gulag system and the ...

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Turning the Tide

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Sigourney Weaver and Lisa Suatoni, senior scientist for the Natural Resources Defense Council, talk about the troubling rise in ocean acidity and a new film they’ve produced on the subject. Then, historian Eugene Rogan takes us through the last five centuries of Arab History—from the Ottoman Empire to today. ...

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Underreported: India's Maoist Insurgency

Thursday, November 12, 2009

A group of Maoist rebels—also known as the Naxalite insurgency—has taken a violent foothold in 20 of India’s provinces. The group has burned schools, killed more than 900 security officers, and, in at least one province, detonated more than 1,000 improvised explosive devices over the past five years. The Indian ...

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From Running a Museum to Running from E-Mail

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Philippe de Montebello, now the Director Emeritus of the Metropolitan Museum of Art after heading it for 31 years, talks about his time at the museum. Granta editor John Freeman explains The Tyranny of E-mail. Also, Michelle Huneven discusses her latest novel, Blame. Plus, our latest Underreported segments.

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Underreported: Foreign Countries and Lobbying

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Countries such as Honduras and Sudan have come under fire recently for hiring PR and lobbying firms to make the case for them to American lawmakers. We’ll speak with Ken Silverstein, Washington Editor for Harper’s magazine about how foreign governments use lobbying firms in Washington D.C. to advance their agenda. ...

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