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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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Thousands of protesters have descended on a quiet part of North Dakota, occasionally clashing with security personnel over plans to build an oil pipeline under the Missouri River.

Lawsuits are pitting Native American tribes and environmental activists against the Energy Transfer Partners pipeline company.

Amy Sisk, a reporter with Inside Energy, discusses the latest with Here & Now‘s Robin Young.


They want to help, but frequently public school teachers in the U.S. are not prepared to provide the time or attention necessary for students suffering from mental health disorders.

As Jenny Gold of Here & Now contributor Kaiser Health News reports, one mother in South Carolina has taken it upon herself to educate her daughters’ teachers and schools about their mental health diagnoses.


The labor movement’s prevailing narrative in recent years has been that it’s stalled. Wages haven’t increased in decades, union membership is down, jobs are moving overseas.

But in some ways, the last year has been a good one for American workers, particularly lower-wage ones. Here & Now‘s Robin Young finds out why from The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson.

This weekend, chefs and ecologists will gather on Appledore Island for the eco-culinary retreat called “Take a Bite Out of Appledore.”

The retreat seeks to showcase the bounties of the island and also demonstrate how invasive species — plants and sea life that are often thought of as pests — can be good eating. Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst attended last year’s “Take a Bite out of Appledore,” and joins Here & Now‘s Robin Young to talk about what it was like.

Marking Time: A Father And Son Take A Hike

Sep 5, 2016

Reporter Sean Hurley of Here & Now contributor New Hampshire Public Radio has made it an annual ritual to hike New Hampshire mountains with his young son throughout the summer. He brought his recorder on some of those hikes, and reflected on how these adventures with his son have changed over the years.


Read more on this story via New Hampshire Public Radio.


The Case For Working Longer In Life

Sep 5, 2016

On this Labor Day, some people at home are taking a break from their labors. Others are looking for work, and many retired Americans are looking back at a career of labor. But CBS News’ Jill Schlesinger — a former financial planner — thinks that for many people, working more years is a better option.

She tells Here & Now‘s Robin Young that work not only helps financially — it can also keep you engaged later in life.


At the G20 summit in Shanghai today, President Barack Obama held an unscheduled meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and said “gaps of trust” prevented them from reaching an agreement on ending violence in Syria.

When Emily Lindin was in middle school, her classmates labeled her a slut and bullied her to the point where she considered suicide. As an adult, Lindin wanted to help others in the same situation.

First, she put her middle school diaries online in “The Unslut Project” and then published the book “Unslut: A Diary and a Memoir.” Today we revisit host Robin Young’s conversation with Lindin.

This summer has been tough, with record heat, drought, floods and wildfires across much of the country. But in 1816, it wasn’t hot weather people endured. It was bitter cold.

The year came to be known as the “Year Without a Summer.” There was frost and snow all summer long, and it may have been a first taste of how a changing climate can affect peoples’ lives.

Every year, dozens of young researchers take part in the Juneau Icefield Research Program just north of Juneau, Alaska.

For the past 70 years, researchers have been tracking the ice field — first, exploring the icy expanse, and now, tracking the rate that glaciers are shrinking.

Elizabeth Jenkins from Here & Now contributor KTOO in Juneau reports.

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Employers added fewer jobs than economists expected last month, cooling off from strong gains in July, according to today’s Labor Department report.

This week Donald Trump had an opportunity to be presidential as he visited Mexico’s head of state, then Trump arguably blew up his Hispanic support with a harsh anti-immigration speech.

Hillary Clinton called Trump an un-presidential “loose cannon,” as she mostly steered clear of public events this week. Meanwhile, the moderators for the fall debates have been announced.

In the latest edition of the Here & Now DJ Sessions, KCRW DJ Raul Campos shares what he’s listening to with Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson.

Campos plays from a wide range, from the prophetic Father John Misty’s newest single to the twisted folk of Wilco to Los Angeles-based Ozomatli’s timely tribute to Juan Gabriel.

Hear previous installments of the Here & Now DJ Sessions.

Former Stanford student Brock Turner was released from jail Friday.

Turner served three months of a six month sentence for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman in January 2015. The case set off a national outcry, with many arguing that the six month sentence was too lenient.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young gets an update from KQED’s Beth Willon.


ISIS says its spokesman and chief strategist in Syria, Mohammed al-Adnani, has been killed in Aleppo. Today, Russia’s Defense Ministry said he was killed in a Russian air strike. Here & Now‘s Robin Young gets the latest from NPR’s Phil Ewing.


Phil Ewing, NPR national security editor. He tweets @philewing.

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In the swing state of North Carolina, the presidential election isn’t the only race to look out for in November. The race for a senate seat there is tightening up, as the two-term Republican incumbent Sen. Richard Burr is getting an unexpected challenge from Democrat Deborah Ross.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Jeff Tiberii, capitol bureau chief at WUNC, about what’s at stake in the race and how it got so close.

Lynne Cox is a world-class open water swimmer, and was the first person to swim the Strait of Magellan and around the Cape of Good Hope. She also swam a mile in the ice-filled waters of Antarctica.

With summer nearing an end, and people going back to school, this is a big moving weekend around the country. In Portland, Oregon, some people forego renting U-Hauls, and transport their stuff on bicycles.

Today, we revisit Jeremy Hobson’s report on the bike moving trend.

Hear our original story from May 2016. Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.

Are vegetables the victims of bad marketing? Is it possible that simply dressing up a zucchini as a surfer dude will get kids to eat more zucchini?

A study recently published in the journal Pediatrics says yes. And if you play videos and display banners about him — and his carrot and sweet pea friends — you can increase kids’ visits to the salad bar by a whopping 240 percent.

Comments about religious freedom, as well as general bad language, have caused many Utah Republicans — including Mitt Romney — to shy away from Donald Trump.

Trump’s campaign is also affecting the race for Congress in Utah’s 4th District. The incumbent, Republican Mia Love, the first black Republican woman in Congress, beat Democrat Doug Owens in 2014 by about 7,000 votes. The two are set for a rematch in November.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with KUER News Director Terry Gildea about what’s at stake in the race.

One of the world’s largest container carriers, South Korea’s Hanjin, filed for bankruptcy yesterday.

Its ships have been seized in Chinese ports, causing companies to scramble for other sources of transport. The bankruptcy at the world’s seventh-largest shipper poses problems for American companies ahead of the busy holiday season.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with business journalist Ali Velshi about the repercussions.

Last night, Donald Trump delivered a long-awaited speech on illegal immigration, vowing to deport those in the U.S. without permission. The Washington Post estimated that could apply to more than 6 million people.

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Beautiful locally grown tomatoes are abundant at farmer’s markets, and they’ve inspired Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst to come up with ways to use them before they’re gone.

A new federal proposal may make it easier for foreigners to start businesses in the U.S.

The plan, announced Friday, would require foreigners to own at least 15 percent of a new company, among other things. The government is taking public comments for the next 45 days.

The proposal has gained attention throughout the technology industry, which has many foreign-born workers, including several high-profile founders and executives.

SETI Investigates Unusual Signal From Space

Aug 30, 2016

The SETI Institute, a private non-profit dedicated to finding extraterrestrial life, announced Tuesday it is investigating reports of an unusual radio signal found in space. The signal is said to have been picked up by Russian astronomers.

There is some speculation that the finding may be evidence of alien life, but that is unlikely according to scientists and observers, including Kelly Beatty of Sky & Telescope.

He speaks with Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson about the announcement.

The U.S. is on track to produce huge amounts of staples like corn, wheat and soybeans this year, at a time when demand for those and other U.S. food products is falling in other parts of the world.

Cheaper prices for grain have a big impact on other food production, like that of dairy, eggs and beef. If the trend continues, this could be the longest period of slumping food prices since 1960.

Despite its availability for medical use in nearly half of U.S. states, marijuana is considered by the federal government to have no medical purpose.

Because it’s also considered to have a high potential for abuse, it’s listed as a Schedule I drug — alongside heroin, LSD and ecstasy. Researchers who want to study the drug have dealt with significant bureaucratic issues, reports Liz Reid of WESA.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has begun an investigation into what it calls an “unreasonable” price hike for the EpiPen.

That news came even as Mylan, which makes the device, said that it will soon offer a generic version for $300 for a pack of two instead of $600 for the brand-name EpiPen.

The committee held hearings last winter when then-CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, Martin Shkreli, raised the price of the live-saving drug Daraprim from $13.50 to $750 overnight.

University campuses around the country have made news in recent years with policies adding “trigger warnings” to potentially offensive, difficult or controversial teaching materials; and with the creation of safe spaces, where various types of language and behavior are not tolerated.

But the dean of students at the University of Chicago has sent all incoming freshman a letter, widely circulated on social media, telling them trigger warnings and safe spaces won’t be allowed at Chicago.

The University of Virginia is facing criticism for raising the cost of tuition for students over the last few years while at the same time, setting aside more than $2 billion in an investment fund.

Many major universities have these funds, but UVA’s is among the biggest for a public school. Today, the state legislature’s subcommittee on higher education will question top university officials about the fund, including President Teresa Sullivan.

Here are some of Sullivan’s remarks from her appearance before a Friday joint meeting of the Virginia State Legislature: