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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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The top four Paralympic runners competing in the 1,500-meter final on Sunday beat the final time posted by Olympic gold medalist Matt Centrowitz Jr. at the Rio Games less than a month ago. The visually impaired runners did not use assisted technologies or guides.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with Erin Strout of Runner’s World magazine about the record-breaking runners, and other standout Paralympic performances.

Don’t trust the polls. Trust the average. That’s the general advice from most pollsters or politicos when reading presidential predictions.

But even so, not all polls are created equal.

Results differ based on who is being selected for a poll, whether it is a national or state poll, the number of candidates on the ballot and how close the poll is to the election.

This Thursday, for the first time, Twitter will live stream an NFL matchup.

It will be the first of 10 live-streamed games, and it’s part of a new Twitter dive into video — with pricey investments that have the potential to yield pricey advertising returns.

If you’re trying to get ahead in your career, or just sell an idea, you've probably been told to craft an “elevator speech” — a clear, brief message about yourself and your work, a tiny talk you’ve memorized for interviews, meetings or that chance encounter in the elevator with your company’s president.

Entrepreneurs have been doing this forever, but as Carrie Feibel from Here & Now contributor Houston Public Media found, the idea is finding popularity among scientists.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association has removed all seven of its tournament championship games that were scheduled to be played in North Carolina.

The NCAA cited the HB2 law, or the so-called “bathroom bill,” as the reason for the ban.

Decades ago, there was a flight from American cities to the suburbs.

Now people are moving back and cities are trying to accommodate, developing new apartments out of old factories, turning industrial river ports into scenic destinations, and overhauling flailing transportation to reach more places and carry more people.

Redevelopment can be a good thing for a community — bringing in new revenue and reducing crime — but it can also undercut the character of a community and push out longtime residents.

Election day is less than two months away, but the first ballots have already been sent out to voters. Last Friday, officials in North Carolina began sending out mail-in ballots to those who had requested them.

In-person early voting starts in Vermont, Minnesota and in parts of Virginia later this month. Early voting, and other measures to facilitate voting, such as same-day registration, have increased in recent years. But so have efforts to restrict access to the polls.

Nathan Hill’s first novel “The Nix” is drawing comparisons to John Irving and Charles Dickens.

The book centers on would-be writer Samuel, who goes in search of the true story of his mother, who abandoned the family when he was a child and gets caught on camera throwing rocks at a politician.

Hill joins Here & Now‘s Robin Young to talk about the book and getting it published after years as a struggling writer.

In Louisiana’s 3rd congressional district, 12 candidates will vie for the seat that is being left vacant by Republican incumbent Rep. Charles Boustany.

The seat is expected to stay red, and the Republicans vying for that spot are trying to distinguish themselves.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Sue Lincoln of WRKF about the state’s unique November primary to fill the seat.


Jury selection began this week in the federal trial of two former top aides to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who are said to have orchestrated the traffic jam at the George Washington Bridge in 2013 known as “Bridgegate.”

Bridget Anne Kelly, Christie’s former deputy chief of staff, and Bill Baroni, a Christie appointee to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, are charged with fraud and conspiracy for allegedly planning the lane closures as an act of retribution against Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, for not endorsing Christie’s bid for re-election.

Public School 146 in Brooklyn, New York has a large bank of tall windows overlooking the skyline of Manhattan, and many teachers and students saw the planes strike the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

Witnessing the attacks was as traumatic for teachers and staff as it was for students. The school and its teachers were recently the inspiration for the book “Towers Falling” by Jewell Parker Rhodes.

Thousands of people across the country have opened their mail and email to find an intimidating legal notice.

The letter alleges the receiver has downloaded and distributed copyrighted material — most often a pornographic video — and that they’ll be sued unless they pay up.

Miles Bryan of WBEZ reports on the phenomenon known as “copyright trolling.”

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with Femi Oke of Al Jazeera English about some of the stories that are gathering steam on social media.

Trees, grass and flowers are a main part of the Flight 93 National Memorial, which marks the site in Shanksville, Pennsylvania where Flight 93 crashed.

Flight 93 was hijacked by terrorists. Many of the 40 crew and passengers fought the hijackers and allegedly prevented the plane from hitting the Capitol Building.

Kara Holsopple of Here & Now contributor The Allegheny Front reports.

In Missouri, Republican incumbent Sen. Roy Blunt is facing Democratic Secretary of State Jason Kander, who is closer in the polls than many had expected in the battle for what’s considered a safe Republican seat.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with Peggy Lowe of KCUR about the race and how the presidential election may have an impact.


The terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, changed the U.S. They also affected the world.

The U.S. invaded Afghanistan soon after 9/11. As the 15th anniversary of that day nears, Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson gets two international viewpoints, one from Rami Khouri at the American University of Beirut, and another from the BBC’s Lyce Doucet.


A $25,000 donation from Donald Trump’s charitable foundation in 2013 has been in the headlines this week.

The donation was made to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s fundraising committee in September 2013, days after a news report that her office was considering joining a lawsuit against Trump University for fraud.

The lawsuit did not happen, and Trump last week paid a $2,500 penalty to the IRS. Trump has denied wrongdoing.

It’s often said that everyone remembers where they were during the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. That’s not true for Gabe Ferris, Kyra O’Connor and Erik Weibel, who were all born in 2001.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson talks with Ferris, O’Connor and Weibel about how they learned of the attack and how they think it changed the world in which they’re growing up.

A 5.8-magnitude earthquake rocked Oklahoma on Saturday, prompting Gov. Mary Fallin to declare a state of emergency. On Wednesday, officials said it was the strongest quake in the state’s history.

The quake followed a string of thousands of smaller tremors that have raised questions about the impact of drilling for oil and gas, and the controversial technique of hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking.

Clinton And Trump Struggle On Emails, ISIS

Sep 8, 2016

After last night’s Commander in Chief forum on NBC, Donald Trump this morning tweeted “rough night for Hillary Clinton.”

Meanwhile, Clinton gave a statement to journalists this morning on ISIS and other topics. Last night in the forum, Clinton insisted that she did nothing wrong when she sent work emails on a private server while she was Secretary of State, and asked to be judged on “the totality” of her record on national security and not just her 2002 vote to approve the Iraq war.

Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will address the fight against ISIS, national security and veterans issues in New York tonight.

The Commander-in-Chief Forum will be simulcast by NBC and MSNBC and will feature questions from members of the military, veterans and military family members. It’s sponsored by Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young previews the event with NPR’s Phil Ewing.


Amazon is opening a bookstore in Chicago, offering a brick-and-mortar extension of their online inventory, which accounts for nearly half of all new book purchases by some estimates. Amazon already has a physical bookstore in Seattle — where the online retail giant is based — and it has plans to open locations in San Diego and Portland, as well.

Darren Seals, 29, was a leader in the protest movement that sprung up after the 2014 police-involved killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Seals, a factory line worker and hip hop musician, was found fatally shot in a burning car in St. Louis County yesterday.

Activist Tory Russell joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to remember Seals, and discuss what people are saying about his death.

The World Health Organization is revising its advice to people who may have been exposed to the Zika virus and who are interested in getting pregnant.

The WHO now says couples who have visited an area where there’s Zika should wait at least six months before trying to conceive, whether or nor either person had symptoms. Previously, the organization had advised women who may have been exposed to Zika wait 8 weeks, and men who may have been exposed to wait six months.

Fresh from the Olympic Games, Brazil now hosts the Paralympic Games.

The U.S. is sending its largest team ever to the Paralympics. Nearly 290 athletes are there to compete in sports such as wheelchair rugby, sitting volleyball — and goalball.

Tom Banse of Here & Now contributor Northwest News Network reports from Portland, Oregon about the sport, which is designed specifically for people with limited or no eyesight.

The iconic black and white panda, long a symbol of efforts to help endangered species, has been removed from the endangered species list by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

The move has drawn criticism from the Chinese government, which believes the panda should remain on the list. Host Jeremy Hobson hears more from Here & Now’s animal expert Vicki Croke.


A new Blu-ray DVD set called “Pioneers of American-American Cinema” collects some of the most important African-American filmmaking of the past century.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with Charlene Regester of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill about the set and its significance.



Gayle Forman is known for her young adult books, most notably the bestselling “If I Stay.”

Her first foray into adult fiction is “Leave Me.” It centers on New Yorker Maribeth, a working mother of twins who’s so busy she doesn’t notice that she’s having a heart attack. Maribeth’s attempt to recover is hampered by her family’s needs, prompting her to abandon her family and move to Pittsburgh.

Nearly 200 black men from all walks of life lined up outside a Hartford, Connecticut school last week to high-five students and motivate them to do well as they begin classes.

The event started last year, and has now spread to other schools in the area.

David DesRoches of Here & Now contributor WNPR was there, and talked with some of the participants.

Read more on this story via WNPR.

On Sept. 11, 2001 a young man led several people down the stairs to safety after a plane hit the south tower of the World Trade Center. The people he helped only knew him as “the man in the red bandanna.”

His name was Welles Crowther, 24, who died when the tower collapsed because he stayed behind to help more people.

ESPN correspondent Tom Rinaldi, who tells Crowther’s story in his new book, “The Red Bandanna,” speaks with Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson.