Here & Now

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A live production from NPR and WBUR Boston, in collaboration with public radio stations across the country, Here & Now reflects the fluid world of news as it’s happening, with timely, smart and in-depth news and conversation.

Here & Now has a successful track record: it began at WBUR in 1997 and is carried today by over 180 stations nationwide. Here & Now will expand from one to two hours on July 1 in collaboration with NPR. The expanded program will serve as a bridge in midday, between NPR’s signature news magazines, Morning Edition and All Things Considered. This marks the first time NPR has collaborated with a member station on a daily news program.

Here & Now has been hosted by Robin Young for more than a decade. A Peabody Award-winning journalist, she has reported for NBC, CBS and ABC television, and was substitute host and correspondent for The Today Show. Starting July 1, Young will be joined by co-host Jeremy Hobson, most recently host of Marketplace Morning Report. Hobson has broad producing, reporting and hosting experience at the station, program and network level. Additionally, Meghna Chakrabarti, co-host of WBUR’s Radio Boston, has been named as the program’s primary back-up host.

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The Trump administration has declined to list the Pacific walrus as endangered, a decision that at least one conservation group calls a “death sentence” for the species.

President Trump’s commission on fighting the opioid epidemic releases its recommendations Wednesday.

Lev Facher (@levfacher), Washington correspondent for STAT, joins Here & Now‘s Robin Young with more on what to expect.

Critics are angered by Kevin Spacey’s response to allegations that he sexually assaulted a teenage boy in the 1980s. And now Netflix says his hit show, “House of Cards,” will end after six seasons.

In her best-selling 2015 book “H is for Hawk,” Helen Macdonald wrote about training a goshawk after her father’s death. Now a new Nature special, “H is for Hawk: A New Chapter,” follows Macdonald as she trains a new bird and also observes goshawk chicks in the wild. The show airs Wednesday on PBS stations around the country.

Trump To Nominate New Federal Reserve Chair

Oct 31, 2017

This week President Trump is scheduled to nominate a new Federal Reserve chair, and the chances that current chair Janet Yellen will remain in her position are slim.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with MSNBC’s Ali Velshi (@AliVelshi) about the future of the Federal Reserve chair.

The new film “LBJ” chronicles the career of President Lyndon Johnson, from his term as President John F. Kennedy’s vice president to his push to pass a landmark civil rights bill.

The first criminal charges were unsealed Monday in the FBI’s investigation of Russian election interference and the possible involvement of the Trump campaign. Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates were charged with 12 counts of conspiracy, money laundering and making false statements about undisclosed money that Manafort earned as an overseas lobbyist.

What foods are you scared to attempt in the kitchen? In honor of Halloween, Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst tries to exorcise a few common culinary phobias. She brings Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson her takes on fried chicken, chocolate soufflé and apple pie.


Fried Chicken

There are a few tricks (and many treats) to frying chicken. Ask your butcher to cut the bird into eight to 10 pieces so you are not frying huge pieces.

This fall marks the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, one of the most explosive political events of the 20th century. Bolsheviks led by Vladimir Lenin destroyed the tradition of czarist rule, which eventually led to the Communist Party, the Cold War and the Soviet Union before its dissolution in 1991.

For a century, Missouri was considered the ultimate swing state: Its voters backed every presidential winner but one from 1904 to 2004.

In the last 40 years, it has had four Republican governors and five Democratic ones, and the state legislature shared a similar split in power. But in recent years, political scientists — who once saw the purple state as a microcosm of the country — have started to notice a change.

Nurx is a smartphone app that offers birth control, including the morning after pill, and PREP, the drug that prevents HIV infection, to patients online. It’s part of a wave of reproductive health telemedicine services. Nurx is available in 15 states and Washington, D.C., but it’s under fire from anti-abortion activists who consider the morning after pill to be an abortion medicine. The FDA classifies it as a contraceptive. The activists also say there should be stricter telemedicine laws.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson (@jeremyhobson) makes a trip to the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum in Independence, Mo. The 33rd president is remembered for dropping atomic bombs on Japan to end World War II, but his legacy is rich and it offers lessons to the man in the White House today.

The vast majority of Puerto Ricans are still without power, more than a month after Hurricane Maria devastated the island’s power grid. Rebuilding that infrastructure is a huge job, but the biggest contract awarded so far went to a tiny, for-profit company that had only two permanent employees when the storm hit.

President Trump joins Republican senators Tuesday at their weekly policy lunch. Tax overhaul legislation is on the table, but feuds between Trump and some GOP lawmakers, including Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, are complicating that effort.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young gets the latest from NPR’s Domenico Montanaro (@DomenicoNPR).

Three people in the past two weeks have been shot to death in the Seminole Heights neighborhood of Tampa.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young gets an update from Howard Altman (@haltman) of The Tampa Bay Times.

Is This The End For Sears?

Oct 23, 2017

Sears has slipped billions of dollars into debt, and industry analysts are predicting the end. And Sears Canada is closing all of its remaining stores and laying off 12,000 employees. Sears was once an icon of American consumer culture.

A young Cub Scout, 11-year-old Ames Mayfield, got compliments for his question about gun control at a meeting with a Colorado state senator. But then, Mayfield was kicked out of his Cub Scout den.

One of the youngest victims in the Northern California wildfires was 14-year-old Kai Logan Shepherd of Redwood Valley. His family is trying to survive his loss, and their own injuries. His mother, father and sister were seriously burned and have undergone multiple surgeries.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with the children’s aunt, Mindi Ramos, who has started a fundraiser to help the Shepherds rebuild their life.

The revelation that Republican Rep. Tom Marino of Pennsylvania — the White House nominee to head the National Office of Drug Control Policy — sponsored legislation that favored the drug industry while receiving campaign contributions from that same industry led to Marino withdrawing his name from consideration. Meanwhile, President Trump has announced that he will declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency.

Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus Campos spoke for the first time publicly about his experience the night a gunman killed 58 people at a country music festival in Las Vegas. Campos, who was the first person to confront the killer, had remained largely out of the public eye.

The Trump administration says it wants lawmakers to pass the Republican tax overhaul plan by the end of the year. It aims to spur revenue by cutting taxes for U.S. businesses and earners, including the country’s wealthiest. Arthur Laffer is considered by many to be “the father of supply-side economics,” the theory that forms the backbone of the current overhaul plan.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Laffer, who was also a Trump campaign adviser and an adviser to President Ronald Reagan.

An increasing number of mental health professionals are diagnosing students with “school refusal” — a condition characterized by anxiety, stress and depression that leaves kids unable to attend school. The Maine Academy of Natural Sciences charter school debuted its “Threshold Program” in September, and enrolled 21 students. The program sends teachers to students at home.

Many GOP lawmakers have long been concerned about the rising debt in the United States, now over $20 trillion. But fiscal conservatives are also hoping to push through tax cuts in the coming months, which might make the deficit even larger.

Those 'Luxury' Condos Look A Little Drab

Oct 16, 2017

In cities like Seattle, Boston, Denver and Charlotte, new “luxury” condos and apartment buildings are going up to meet demand for new housing. But many of these buildings look like simple, plain boxes.

More than 150 years ago, the Great Lakes region played a key role in the Underground Railroad. Runaway slaves made their way to cities along the lakes and crossed the border to freedom in Canada.

Today, thousands of asylum seekers who came to the U.S. are heading north, too. Great Lakes Today’s Angelica Morrison (@amorrisonWBFO) reports.

President Trump is telling Congress that he won’t certify Iran’s compliance with the nuclear agreement, but he is also asking Congress to leave the agreement in place.

Here & Now security analyst Jim Walsh (@DrJimWalshMIT) tells Here & Now‘s Robin Young that Trump’s move is largely symbolic.

Two German artists have just completed a project called “linear,” in which they dragged a large foam pen around the desert. They walked in a 400-mile rectangle through Utah, Colorado and Wyoming — pulling their pen behind them — completing the circuit in three weeks.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson talks with Wolfgang Aichner and Thomas Huber about their project.

Editor’s Note: This segment discusses sexual assault and sexual harrassment, and contains audio that some listeners may find disturbing or offensive.

What happens when you’re a 12-year-old wizard with no magic? Or an enemy warrior girl with no interest in fighting? In Cressida Cowell‘s new novel “The Wizards of Once,” you embark on a series of adventures involving giants, wildcats, sprites, domineering parents — who happen to be rulers — dungeons and magic.

The gun control debate is heating up again in the aftermath of the Las Vegas massacre — and that will likely invigorate staunch Second Amendment groups like the Three Percenters Militia. Militia groups have recently become much more visible, showing up at political demonstrations.

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