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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: Geo-Engineering and Global Warming

Thursday, August 13, 2009

As the threat of Global Warming grows more urgent, some scientists are looking at ways to change the climate through geo-engineering. Proposals include everything from sulfur-dioxide spewing zeppelins to simply blocking out the sun. The only catch is that most of these technologies come with dangerous and extremely undesirable side ...

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Underreported: Counterfeiting in Korea

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Vanity Fair contributing editor David Rose investigates North Korea's Office 39, a secret department within North Korea’s government. Office 39 manages Kim Jong Il's multi-billion-dollar personal bank accounts; it also allegedly produces counterfeit currency, cigarettes, and pharmaceuticals, and organizes the sale of heroin, crystal methamphetamine, and other drugs. David Rose's ...

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Underreported: Baghdad's Underground Railroad

Thursday, July 30, 2009

On today’s second Underreported, we find out about Baghdad’s Underground Railroad that helps women who have been victims of sexual assault. Anna Badkhen describes the network of safe houses in her article, "Baghdad Underground," which appears in the Summer issue of Ms. Magazine.

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Underreported: Trying to Thaw Iceland's Economy

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Iceland's economy came to a screeching halt in the fall of 2008 when its banking sector collapsed. On today’s first Underreported, we look at how the International Monetary Fund is trying to jump start the economy by refinancing the national debt. Landon Thomas, Jr., a financial correspondent for ...

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Underreported: Failed States Index

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Many nations that were already on the brink in good times are sliding closer and closer to becoming failed states as the global economic slump continues. Foreign Policy magazine, in conjunction with The Fund for Peace, has compiled a list of the world’s top failed states using 12 indicators ranging ...

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Underreported: Sharks under Threat

Thursday, July 16, 2009

One-third of the world's open ocean shark species are threatened with extinction. On today’s second Underreported we'll speak with Merry Camhi, a member of the Shark Specialist Group with the International Union for Conservation of Nature and lead editor of the book Sharks of the ...

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Underreported: The New York Independence Party and Its Benefactors

Thursday, July 16, 2009

On today's first Underreported segment, we take a look at the long and twisted history of the New York Independence Party and how they’ve become intertwined both with Mayor Bloomberg’s reelection campaign and Judge Sotomayor's confirmation process, with Errol Louis, New York Daily News columnist.

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Underreported: Pakistan's Humanitarian Crisis

Thursday, July 09, 2009

The Pakistani government's campaign against Taliban insurgents has created over 2 million internally displaced refugees in Pakistan. On today's Underreported we'll speak with Dominic MacSorley, who recently returned from Mardan District in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province. He is Director of Operations of Concern Worldwide USA.

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From Russia with Love

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Before President Obama went to Italy, he headed to Russia. We look at what came out of Obama's visit and what the meeting means for both countries with Steven Cohen, contributing editor to the Nation and author of Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives: From Stalinism to the Cold War. ...

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Around the World in G8 Days

Thursday, July 09, 2009

We’ll get an update on the G8 summit in Italy from John Peet, editor of the Economist, followed by a look at President Obama's trip to Russia. The co-writers of "Shrek the Musical" talk about adapting a hit movie franchise into a Broadway show. Then, the story of Pyotr Smirnov, ...

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Underreported: GE Benefits from Bank Bailout

Thursday, July 02, 2009

On this week’s Underreported, find out how GE, the world’s largest industrial company, has used a loophole to benefit from a government rescue program that's aimed at helping banks. ProPublica senior reporter Jeff Gerth explains how the loophole has helped GE get the money while avoiding many of ...

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Underreported: The Honduran Coup and the Media

Thursday, July 02, 2009

In the aftermath of last Sunday's coup in Honduras, there has been a massive media crackdown on reporters and organizations that are not seen as favorable to the new government. We’ll get the latest from Miami Herald foreign correspondent Frances Robles who is in the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa.

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Underreported: The Latest on Honduras

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Honduras is still in turmoil four days after a coup removed President Manuel Zelaya from power. We'll get the latest on the situation from Americas editor for the Economist magazine Mike Reid from London and New York Times Mexico City Bureau Chief Marc Lacey from Honduras.

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Underreported: Political Corruption in Kenya

Thursday, June 25, 2009

On today's Underreported, Michaela Wrong, author of It's Our Turn to Eat: The Story of a Kenyan Whistleblower, discusses John Githongo, a pillar of the Kenyan establishment turned whistle-blower, becoming simultaneously one of the most hated and admired men in Kenya. She also explores the factors that ...

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Underreported: Eco-Barriers in Brazil

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Walls are going up around the slums of Rio de Janeiro. The Brazilian government is calling them "eco-barriers," designed to prevent Rio’s shantytowns from spilling into the city’s heavily forested hillsides, but opponents of the walls see them as a form of "geographic discrimination" that imprisons the residents. On today’s ...

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Underreported: Middle Eastern Reaction to Iranian Turmoil

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Iraq, like Iran, is one of the few the countries in the world with a Shi'ite Muslim majority. And though the two countries were long rivals, many of today's Iraqi leaders — especially Shi'ites — spent the Saddam Hussein years as guests of the mullahs in Tehran. On today’s first ...

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Underreported: The Recession's Impact on Human Rights

Thursday, May 28, 2009

The economic crisis has radically changed many of the ways in which the world functions, but one of the great recessions most disastrous side effects is an increase in global repression. Widespread economic problems are creating extensive social problems as people and governments cope with limited access to food, jobs, ...

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Underreported: The Food and Drug (and Tobacco?) Administration

Thursday, May 14, 2009

For years, the tobacco industry has resisted efforts to make tobacco a substance that’s regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, but a bill making its way through Congress could change that. Washington Post staff writer Lyndsey Layton describes how FDA regulation would change the tobacco industry and ...

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Underreported: Ungrades to US Nuclear Weapons Facilities

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Despite President Obama's recent pledge to seek a world free of nuclear weapons, the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration is proposing a major upgrade to the nation's nuclear weapons complex, including the construction of new facilities that could produce thousands of new warheads over time. Bill Hartung is ...

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Underreported: Child Soldiers in Burma

Thursday, May 07, 2009

It’s been a year since a massive cyclone devastated Burma. Though much of the country is still in ruins the Burmese Armed Forces and associated armed groups have continued a decades long low-level conflict with opposing groups. According to a new report put out by Watchlist the Burmese government is ...

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