In Haiti, where poverty is widespread, the government has plans to improve the economy by turning over land for tourist development. The problem, reporter Jacob Kushner told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, is that, for most of the people living on those lands, being displaced for a new port, or fish farm or hotel, can mean economic devastation, even starvation. One place where that kind of conflict is raging is a tiny island off the Haitian coast called Île-à-Vache.
In part two of our series on guns at the legislature, KSFR's Randy Scott speaks with Democratic Senator Peter Wirth of Santa Fe about his concern that guns in the roundhouse hamper public participation in the democratic process. Listen Here
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The head of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains—Vickie Cowart—was in Santa Fe last week celebrating the 42nd anniversary of Roe Versus Wade, the landmark ruling for women’s rights. Cowart was here to honor all the New Mexico health providers, and also State Representative Patricia Roybal Caballero at Planned Parenthood’s 2nd annual Breakfast of Champions. As we hear in this report from KSFR’s Zelie Pollon, to Cowart, the Roe v. Wade ruling is as essential now as ever.
One reason the CIA and US Army out-sourced jobs like torture and rendition transportation to private contracts, author David Isenberg told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, is to keep what they were hired to do a secret. But as he told Dave Marash, that secrecy also made it much harder to manage them.
New Mexico’s Attorney General Hector Balderas last week released an audit alleging Medicaid overbilling by more than a dozen New Mexico behavioral health providers several years ago that until recently remained secret. KSFR’s Deborah Martinez spoke with the Attorney General regarding the next steps. She brings us the first of a two-part interview, beginning with his overall goals over the next four years. Listen Here
When it comes to pay-day, and auto title loans in the State of New Mexico, not even the sky's the limit on interest rates. University of New Mexico Law School Professor Nathalie Martin told Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, she's documented New Mexico loans that cost borrowers more than 1000% a year. In 2007, the US Congress protected military service personnel and their families from this kind of predatory lending. The law, Martin said, isn't perfect, but it could help model an interest rate cap to protect poor New Mexicans.
Last weekend, a three-year old boy in Albuquerque accidentally shot his parents. Accidental shootings such as this typically raise questions regarding access to firearms. And, as we hear in this report from KSFR reporter Randy Scott, efforts related to guns continue to be a topic of interest to those attending legislative hearings. Listen Here
As relations improve with it's giant neighbor to the north, Cuba is bracing for change. But whatever comes from the US, Havana has a new hotspot, where its good to be back in the USSR. KSFR’s Alice van Buren sent this report from Cuba. Listen Here
On Monday afternoon, over a thousand protestors joined Somos Un Pueblo Unido to rally against the repeal of a state law allowing undocumented immigrants to receive driver's licenses. KSFR's Tom Trowbridge broadcasted live from the Roundhouse during today's edition of At Noon, bringing us an interview with one of the original sponsors of the 2003 law allowing the licenses. Listen Here
In her state of the state address opening the 2015 New Mexico Legislative Session, Governor Susana Martinez indicated her support—for the sixth time—for action widely considered a so-called wedge issue.*****020215-ImmigrantActionDay 2:06 Q: ..people from Mexico.” ***** Senator Martinez is among many Democrats lining up in opposition, and Democratic Majority Leader Michael Sanchez has pledged to kill the repeal proposal. Today’s protest march and rally led by Somos Un Pueblo Unido begins at 11am at the Railyard Park and continues at Noon at the Roundhouse.
We’re introducing some new shows to the KSFR lineup as Bob Ross and Bill Moyers have decided to end production of their shows, and Bob Edwards has gone to an all-rerun format. Although we’re sad to no longer hear these shows on KSFR, we’re thrilled to introduce our new programming. Let us know what you think by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
4:00 pm: Aging Reimagined with Laurie McGrath…toolkit for aging in the 21st century
The recent death of Argentine Special Terrorism Prosecutor Alberto Nisman, which some have called a suicide and others a murder, is just the latest mystery in a chain that began 20 years ago, in 1994, with the worst terrorist attack in Argentine history. Buenos Aires investigative reporter Joe Goldman told Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, that all the government investigations of the bombing of the Argentine Israeli Friendship Center, AMIA, including Prosecutor Nisman's, have been deeply and suspiciously flawed.