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A live production of 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 in the middle of the day, with timely, smart and in-depth news, interviews and conversation.

Co-hosted by award-winning journalists Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson, the show’s daily lineup includes interviews with NPR reporters, editors and bloggers, as well as leading newsmakers, innovators and artists from across the U.S. and around the globe.

Here & Now began at WBUR in 1997, and expanded to two hours in partnership with NPR in 2013. Today, the show reaches an estimated 3.6 million weekly listeners on over 383 stations across the country.

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How GPS Has Gone Beyond Mapping

Jan 29, 2018

That GPS on your phone is just one small way the technology is being used right now. According to author Greg Milner, GPS is used to monitor the electrical grid, to make agriculture more efficient, and even to keep very accurate time. “There really is almost no facet of society that is not in some way or another touched by GPS,” Milner told Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson. Greg Milner is author of “Pinpoint: How GPS is Changing Technology, Culture and Our Minds.”

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By Greg Milner

Homeowners have been fleeing high-cost states like California for cheaper states like Arizona and Texas for some time, but the impact of high real estate prices is striking, according to an analysis by the company CoreLogic.

It says that for every buyer moving to California, more than two are leaving.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with Jill Schlesinger of CBS News about the latest data.


Airbnb, the global home-sharing company, has begun airing ads that show how becoming an Airbnb host has changed peoples’ lives for the better.

The campaign is aimed at countering ads run by hospitality industry groups that claim Airbnb is getting rich while shrinking the local housing market, and avoiding paying taxes that the rest of the industry must pay.

Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd talks with media analyst John Carroll about how the campaigns are being received.


Edward Albee, author of such plays as “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” died on Sept. 16. He was 88.

Albee won three Tony Awards during his career — including one for lifetime achievement — as well as three Pulitzer Prizes.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young spoke with Albee in 2007 about his advice for aspiring writers and his thoughts on the future of American theater.


Edward Albee, Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright. Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.

The highly anticipated first presidential debate begins Monday at 9 p.m. ET at Hofstra University on Long Island.

While all eyes are on Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, moderator Lester Holt will share some of the spotlight. Both campaigns and the general public are curious to see how strict the NBC anchor will be when it comes to fact-checking the candidates.

NPR’s Domenico Montanaro joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to preview tonight’s debate.

The Colombian government and the rebel group known as FARC took a step toward peace Monday when they signed an accord. It’s designed to end 50 years of bloody conflict that has killed more than 220,000 people and displaced millions more.

FARC is a Marxist group, and the United States backed Colombia’s military campaign against the rebels.

Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd hears more about the accord and what it means from Latin America scholar Cynthia Arnson.


Opal Lee, an 89-year-old woman from Fort Worth, Texas, is on a mission to make Juneteenth a nationally observed holiday.

Juneteenth, or June 19, 1865, was the day word arrived in Texas that slavery had been abolished. To bring attention to her cause, she’s on a symbolic walk to Washington.

Christopher Connelly from KERA in Dallas reports.


Pictures of polar bears paddling long distances for food among thinning sea ice were some of the first galvanizing images of the environmental movement to do something about climate change.

But nearly every species on Earth is affected by global warming, from coyotes who find themselves in closer contact with humans due to a shifting habitat to migratory birds adjusting to unfamiliar ecosystems and weather patterns.

Two more police killings of African-American men and the terrorist bombings in New York reverberated on the campaign trail this week, with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump criticizing each other’s responses.

Journalists Maria Elena Salinas and Greg Moore join Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson and Meghna Chakrabarti to discuss the latest from the campaign trail.


Some say a new housing crisis is developing. Rising prices mean home ownership is now nearly impossible for young families saddled with student debt.

It’s a problem in places like Seattle and Denver, where there are a lot of college graduates as well as the fastest growing home prices.

Ben Markus from Here & Now contributor Colorado Public Radio explains.

The trial in New Jersey’s “Bridgegate” scandal got underway this past week.

A federal court is considering conspiracy and fraud charges against two former associates of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. They’re accused of arranging lane closures that caused a huge traffic jam on the busy George Washington Bridge in 2013 as revenge against a mayor who didn’t endorse Christie’s re-election bid.

They pleaded not guilty, and Christie is not charged in the case, although federal prosecutors allege he knew what was going on.

The third night of protests in Charlotte, North Carolina, was peaceful. But pressure is mounting on the city to release a video showing the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott.

The stabbing of nine people at a mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota over the weekend is being investigated as a potential act of terrorism. The FBI said ISIS claimed responsibility for the stabbings.

Police say a young Somali man dressed as a private security guard entered the Crossroads Center Mall Saturday with what looked like a kitchen knife to carry out the attack. He was later shot and killed by an off-duty officer.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac is the longest continually published periodical in American history. It turns 225 years old with the 2017 edition, which is on newsstands now.

It’s filled with the usual blend of advice, recipes and nuggets of knowledge that readers have come to expect over the years.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Janice Stillman, the almanac’s editor, about the milestone.

Interview Highlights: Janice Stillman

On farmer’s almanacs in general

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson recaps some of the highlights from last night’s Emmy Awards, including Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ tribute to her late father, a bit by Leslie Jones and a surprise appearance by Jeb Bush. Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.

Lorain, Ohio, just west of Cleveland, has struggled for years. Once a thriving steel town, the Lake Erie community of 64,000 now has a poverty rate of 28 percent and unemployment above 8 percent.

But city officials are beginning to change the way economic development is done there, and, as Matt Richmond of Here & Now contributor WCPN ideastream reports, they hope to bring about a revival.

On Saturday, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture will open to the public. But it’s taken a century for that to happen, and the journey has not been easy.

Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Robert Wilkins, author of “Long Road to Hard Truth: The 100 Year Mission to Create the National Museum of African American History and Culture,” about how the museum became a reality.

Interview Highlights: Robert Wilkins

How To Defend Against Homemade Bombs

Sep 19, 2016

Several bombs made from ordinary items were found this weekend in New York and New Jersey, raising concerns about how best to police easily-made deadly weapons.

Two bombs in New York, one of which exploded Saturday evening wounding 29 people, were made with pressure cookers, flip phones and Christmas lights according to law enforcement officials.

In New Jersey, three bombs resembling pipe bombs were discovered in Seaside Park, New Jersey. Five bombs — at least some of which were believed to be pipe bombs — were found in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

Shares in Deutsche Bank tumbled this morning, after word that the Justice Department wants the bank to pay $14 billion to settle an investigation into risky mortgage practices leading up to the financial crisis.

However, the company said it does not intend to settle the potential civil claims “anywhere near the number cited.”

It’s a beautiful day in Chicago, as Harry Carey might say.

The Cubs clinched the National League Central title last night, after the Saint Louis Cardinals lost to the San Francisco Giants. It’s the first time the Cubs have won the division title since 2008, though they did go to the playoffs last year as a wild card team, and eventually fell to the New York Mets in the National League Championship Series.

Two years ago, the terrorist group Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 high school girls in Nigeria. Most of those girls have never been found.

But American University of Nigeria President Margee Ensign has helped a few of the girls who managed to escape recover their lives and go back to school.

Here & Now‘s Lisa Mullins talks with Ensign about life in Nigeria, and the threatened famine there.

Interview Highlights: Margee Ensign

The Chinese and Russian navies are conducting military exercises in the South China Sea, which has been the subject of territorial disputes between China and its Southeast Asian neighbors.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with Stephen Nagy of the International Christian University of Tokyo about whether they are risking a provocation.

Interview Highlights: Stephen Nagy

On what the exercises are about

Football season is underway, and the NFL has rolled out a new campaign to deal with concussions. The league says it will spend more than $100 million to improve helmet safety and fund medical research.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with sports analyst Mike Pesca about the NFL’s efforts address head injuries.


A new investigation by Reuters concludes that the United States is doing a bad job of tracking the number of deaths related to one of the greatest public health threats in the last 15 years: drug-resistant infections, or “superbugs.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 23,000 people die of these infections every year, but it also uses the phrase “ballpark figure” to describe that data.

Carl Hiaasen finds endless inspiration for his columns for the Miami Herald and well over a dozen novels in the often wacky headlines of his native state of Florida.

He joins Here & Now‘s Robin Young to talk about Florida, its possible role in the presidential election and his latest novel, “Razor Girl.”

Interview Highlights: Carl Hiaasen

People with a plethora of tomatoes or peppers might have run out of ideas for how to use them. Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst has a simple suggestion — stuff them, with delicious fillings.

Kathy brings Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson recipes and samples of stuffed zucchini blossoms, stuffed peppers and stuffed eggplant.

Agrochemical giant Monsanto is set to be acquired by Bayer — the largest acquisition so far this year.

The German chemical and pharmaceutical company, best known in the U.S. for its aspirin, announced the deal Wednesday, raising its initial offer for a third time to $66 billion, including debt.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Nathan Bomey of USA Today about the implications of the deal and how analysts are reacting.


Newsweek’s Kurt Eichenwald reported today that there is a direct financial conflict between the interests of the Trump Organization in countries such as Turkey, Russia and India, and the interests of American national security.

He reports that there is no evidence of any illegal activity by the Trump Organization, but the conflicts could be an issue if Trump is elected president. The Trump campaign is criticizing Eichenwald’s reporting.

When doctors write prescriptions, it’s usually for medication. A Seattle doctor wants her colleagues to prescribe food as medicine — and help patients change what they eat.

Ruby de Luna from Here & Now contributor KUOW reports.


Managers have many reasons to say “no” to employees, but it can be difficult to work for someone who always says “no” to new ideas.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson talks with author and employee engagement expert David Sturt about why saying “yes” more often might be better for business.