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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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Remaking the World

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Ken Auletta examines the rise of Google and how it has turned the world of traditional media on its head. Then, we take a look at the life and writings of Ayn Rand. And Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan talks about the theatrical legacy of Joe Papp. Plus, ...

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Underreported: Algae's Biofuel Potential

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Many scientists are hoping that algae could provide the basis of a biofuel. On today’s second Underreported, Dr. Anastasios Melis, Professor of Biology at University of California, Berkeley, explains why algae have so much potential for becoming a source of biofuel and the hurdles that remain for making ...

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Underreported: Algae as a Weapon of Mass Extinction

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Over the past decade many species of algae have expanded their range toward the poles and into areas where they previously have not been found and many speculate that global warming is to blame. New research into the fossil record is linking the toxins produced by algal blooms to numerous ...

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Underreported: Gene Patenting

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Twenty percent of the human genome has been patented by biotechnology companies, universities, and research institutions. The patenting of two genes associated with breast and ovarian cancer is also the subject of a lawsuit filed by the ACLU and the Public Patent Foundation against Myriad Genetics, a company that offers ...

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Underreported: Censored 2010

Thursday, October 15, 2009

On this week’s Underreported, we look at 25 important stories you’ve never heard of – including articles about nuclear waste pools in North Carolina and Ecuador becoming the first country to grant human rights to nature. Mickey Huff, the co-editor of Censored 2010, tells us about this ...

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Soft Landings

Thursday, October 15, 2009

On today’s show, Captain Chesley Sullenberger fills us in on the details of how he – and his crew – landed US Airways Flight 1549 safely in the middle of the Hudson River in January. And, our latest Underreported segment looks at the 25 most important stories from the past ...

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Underreported: The Golden Bubble?

Thursday, October 08, 2009

The price of gold has been reaching record highs this week. On today’s second Underreported, Fortune’s Scott Cendrowski explains why investors are turning to gold and what that says about the global financial markets.

You can read his article on gold here.

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Underreported: Politicians and their PAC Money

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Political Action Committees were established to enable politicians to raise money for their colleagues and support their campaigns. On this week’s Underreported, ProPublica reporter Marcus Stern explains how several law makers are now using their PAC money – from golf outings to casinos to commissioning portraits – and ...

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Underreported: The Placebo Effect

Thursday, October 01, 2009

"The placebo effect" has been known to scientists for a very long time. But for some reason, the placebo effect is getting stronger and researchers don’t know why. In fact, an increasing number of medications are unable to beat sugar pills in clinical trials. Steve Silberman, is a senior writer ...

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Underreported: Coal Ash Sites

Thursday, October 01, 2009

There are almost 600 coal ash sites throughout the United States. On today’s first Underreported, Lisa Evans, Senior Administrative Counsel for Earthjustice, explains why these toxic leftovers are so dangerous, how they’re disposed of, and what the Environmental Protection Agency proposes to do about coal ash ...

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Underreported: The New French GDP

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Earlier this week French President Nicolas Sarkozy announced that his country would now be taking happiness and well-being into account when it calculates its Gross Domestic Product. Ben Hall Paris correspondent for the Financial Times explains how this change will affect France’s GDP and why the country is urging other ...

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Underreported: Underbanking

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Over 100 million Americans are “underbanked”—meaning they either cannot access or choose not to use traditional financial services offered by mainstream banks. Instead, they turn to alternatives like check cashing services, prepaid cards, and payday loans. On today’s first Underreported Melissa Koide, deputy director of the Asset Building Program at ...

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Branding and the Meaning of Life

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Advertising industry insider James P. Othmer takes a look at how branding influences our day-to-day lives. Pulitzer Prize-winner Tracy Kidder discusses his latest book, Strength in What Remains, about the experience of an immigrant from Burundi in the United States. Also, Paul Rudnick talks about his new collection ...

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Underreported: Pirates vs. Private Security Firms

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Private security firms are increasingly being used in the fight against pirates who operate off the coast of Africa. One company, Eos Risk Management, says it has fended off at least 15 attacks from Somali pirates since January. The practice of using security contractors to provide maritime defense "in appropriate ...

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Underreported: The Fight for the Independence Party

Thursday, September 03, 2009

We talk to City Hall magazine reporter Sal Gentile about how the New York Independence Party is in turmoil at the state and local level as various interest groups vie for control of it and its important ballot line.

We spoke to Mr. Gentile about State Senator Pedro Espada’s early ...

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Underreported: Turks & Caicos

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Earlier this month, Britain imposed direct rule on the Caribbean islands of Turks & Caicos. On this week’s first Underreported, Mark Wilson, a correspondent for The Economist, explains what led to the unusual decision and why Britain decided that removing the prime minister, dissolving the parliament, and suspending ...

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Underreported: Elections in Gabon

Thursday, August 27, 2009

President Omar Bongo of Gabon died this past June after four decades in office. Elections in the tiny African nation are slated for August 30th, but the vote is already mired in controversy. For our second Underreported, we’ll talk to Professor Douglas Yates, assistant professor of political science ...

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The Mad and the Public

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Guest host Mike Pesca fills in for Leonard Lopate. Hear the story of the Gallo brothers—three gangsters who revolted against New York City’s Mafia. Then, Michael Rosen talks about how his son's game of pick-up baseball changed the lives of a group of neighborhood kids. And a new documentary about ...

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Underreported: The Facebook Empire

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Last week, Facebook quietly bought FriendFeed, a platform that keeps track of just about everything you do online. On this week’s second Underreported, Chadwick Matlin, staff reporter for Slate’s TheBigMoney.com, explains what the social networking site hopes to gain by buying FriendFeed.

Read Chadwick Matlin's article about the ...

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Underreported: Humanitarian Crisis in the Congo

Thursday, August 20, 2009

A joint military offensive against a group called the Lord’s Resistance Army in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has ravaged parts of the country. It’s also created a dire situation for civilians, many of who have been forced to flee their homes. On today’s first Underreported we’ll ...

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