Here & Now

By NPR

Listen to a podcast, please open Podcast Republic app. Available on Google Play Store.


Category: News & Politics

Open in iTunes


Open RSS feed


Open Website


Rate for this podcast

Subscribers: 746
Reviews: 0

Description

NPR and WBUR's live midday news program

Episode Date
Turning CO2 To Rock In Iceland; Emotional Learning In School
2607
In Iceland, scientists are using new technology to capture carbon emissions and inject them into basalt deposits. Some scientists are calling it a potential solution to the global climate crisis. Also, the Millennium School in San Francisco not only emphasizes subjects like math and language arts, but also students' emotional well-being. David Freudberg of Humankind reports.
Dec 10, 2019
Iceland's Melting Glaciers; A Historical Look At Impeachment
2640
Our climate change series from Iceland begins with a look at the connection between tourism and the climate crisis. A tourism boom on the island nation has increased carbon emissions and environmental degradation. Also, House investigators unveiled articles of impeachment against Trump, charging the president with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Historian Julian Zelizer joins us to talk about this moment in history.
Dec 10, 2019
Dollar General Plans Expansion; Report On Russia Investigation
2529
Despite the hot economy, Dollar General continues to thrive due to a loyal customer base and an expansion strategy focused on rural areas that lack other retail options. We're joined by Jill Schlesinger, a business analyst for CBS News. Also, a report is expected to be released on Monday about the origin of the Russia investigation into the Trump administration. Host Tonya Mosley speaks with NPR's Ryan Lucas.
Dec 09, 2019
Remembering Caroll Spinney; How To Be An Adult Classes
2516
Puppeteer Caroll Spinney died Sunday at the age of 85. For almost half a century Spinney played both Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on "Sesame Street." We revisit Robin Young's conversation with Spinney from 2003. Also, many young people are going to college without the basic tools to be an adult. Now, some schools are offering "adulting" classes to fill the gap. Kansas News Service's Stephan Bisaha reports.
Dec 09, 2019
Hemp's First Year; The Jeremy Corbyn Phenomenon
2562
It's been nearly one year since Trump signed the 2018 farm bill, making it legal to grow industrial hemp in the U.S. for the first time in more than 50 years. Also, with just under a week to the U.K. elections, Jeremy Corbyn's Labour party falls short in the polls behind Boris Johnson's Conservatives. Corbyn is the most unpopular opposition leader since the 1970s. Why despite the popularity of his ideas? We speak with a professor of British politics.
Dec 06, 2019
History Of Gentrification; Remembering Teen Transit Advocate Alejandra Agredo
2539
Gentrification has touched almost every major city in the U.S., often arriving hand-in-hand with the displacement of longtime residents. We speak with WNYC's Matthew Schuerman, author of "Newcomers: Gentrification And Its Discontents" about the history of gentrification and the role that race plays. Also, in Miami, public transit activists are remembering a leading young voice to their cause who tragically ended her own life last week after stepping in front of a train. Founder of the nonprofit Miani Riders Alliance, Alejandra Agredo was only 17. We speak with the ...
Dec 06, 2019
A Budget-Friendly Holiday Meal; Utah's Affordable Housing Crisis
2548
If you're hosting a party this holiday season, Chef Kathy Gunst recommends impressing your guests with a festive meal of white bean and herb dip, lasagna and Prosecco poached pears with cranberries. This meal is totally satisfying, fully celebratory — and won't cost you an arm and a leg. Also, across the country, home prices are rising faster than the rate of wage growth. Utah is considering a plan to help people pay their rent, as the cost of housing in that state soars.
Dec 05, 2019
Pelosi Directs Impeachment Articles; Eddie Redmayne In 'The Aeronauts'
2537
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Thursday that Democrats would begin drafting articles of impeachment against President Trump. NPR's Tim Mak joins us for the latest on what this means and the White House response. And, Oscar-winning actor Eddie Redmayne talks about his new film, "The Aeronauts," which tells the true story of scientist James Glaisher who in 1862 set out to break the altitude record in a gas balloon.
Dec 05, 2019
Trump Targets Trudeau At NATO; OxyContin Marketing Strategy
2526
Trump called Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "two-faced" after the Canadian leader was caught on video seeming to make fun of Trump at the NATO summit. Jane Harman, president and CEO of the Wilson Center, joins us to discuss. And, new documents obtained by our partners at STAT show that Purdue Pharma employees expressed concern over the company's marketing strategy for OxyContin. For more, we're joined by STAT reporter Casey Ross.
Dec 04, 2019
State Of The U.S. Economy; Why Airlines Cancel Flights
2537
Stocks tumbled, then partially rebounded, this week after once-promising trade talks with China stalled. Strong holiday spending has buoyed the economy while other lackluster indicators portend an uncertain future. NPR's Scott Horsley takes a close look at the economy. Also, we talk to Here & Now's transportation analyst Seth Kaplan about the "tarmac rule," a regulation that has unintentionally led to an increased number of flight cancellations.
Dec 04, 2019
Google Restricts Political Ads; Karamo Brown's 'I Am Perfectly Designed'
2515
Google is no longer allowing political campaigns to target specific people with their ads ahead of the 2020 election. For more on the change, we're joined by Vox reporter Emily Stewart. And, Queer Eye's Karamo Brown is kicking off a holiday fundraiser aimed at increasing access to diverse children's books. He joins us to discuss the program and his new children's book that he co-authored with his son, "I Am Perfectly Designed."
Dec 03, 2019
Brett Kavanaugh's 'Supreme Ambition'; Environmental Cost Of Fast Fashion
2529
Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation was a bruising and dramatic partisan battle. In Ruth Marcus' new book, she describes how Kavanaugh ended up as the nominee when Justice Kennedy announced his retirement. Also, the rise of cheaply-produced clothing is adding to the global carbon footprint. About 60% of synthetic fabrics are made from fossil fuels.
Dec 03, 2019
The Perils Of Animals Caught In Storms; Trisha Yearwood's 'Every Girl'
2564
As storms disrupt travel plans for millions of Americans after Thanksgiving, we take a look at how our furry (and scaly) friends react to storms, natural disasters and climate change with Steve Rinella, host of the Netflix show "MeatEater." And, Grammy-winning country star Trisha Yearwood talks about her new album, "Every Girl."
Dec 02, 2019
Why Child Care Costs So Much; Rape Kit Testing Backlog
2561
American parents spend an average of $16,000 on child care annually, according to Brookings Institution research in 2017. We speak with The Atlantic's Derek Thompson about why child care costs are so high. Also, Washington state has vowed to speed up the testing of rape kit evidence. But after the testing, the backlog moves downstream to the police and courts. KUOW's Anna Boiko-Weyrauch has the report.
Dec 02, 2019
World Is Getting Windier; How Much Should You Spend On Holiday Shopping?
2532
The world is getting windier, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed decades of weather data and determined global wind speeds have risen dramatically over the past 10 years. The study says windfarm operators are likely to benefit from the uptick in wind speeds since faster wind means more efficient wind turbines. Also, host Jeremy Hobson talks to personal finance guru Jill Schlesinger about how much should you spend this holiday season and other personal finance tips.
Nov 29, 2019
Gardening Tips For Fall And Winter; Improving Care For Older Adults
2553
If you find yourself hanging around the house this holiday weekend, it might be a good time to catch up on chores around the garden. Host Jeremy Hobson gets some fall and winter garden tips from Debra Knapke, a garden consultant in Columbus, Ohio. Also, in 2018, people over 65 made about 20 million visits to hospital emergency rooms. But few medical professionals are trained to meet the needs of older adults. There are efforts to change that, Kathy Ritchie of KJZZ reports.
Nov 28, 2019
A Community Lends A Hand; Thanksgiving Visit To The Snow Geese
2590
Sometimes life takes unexpected turns. That was the case for Lynn Schutzman who, despite an abusive childhood, became a pharmacist and had a happy marriage. But a string of disasters left her on her own and homeless. Then, her community stepped in. Yasmin Amer of WBUR's Kind World reports. Also, we revisit host Robin Young's expedition to see the snow geese in Vermont with her late uncle Lachlan Maclachlan Field.
Nov 28, 2019
Thanksgiving Diet Culture; How To Spot Russian Trolls
2541
Diet culture starts to ramp up around Thanksgiving, bringing anxiety to not gain weight and change our habits in the new year. Here & Now's Tonya Mosley talks with author and fat studies scholar Virgie Tovar about the misogynistic and capitalist underpinnings of fatphobia and how to survive diet culture during the holidays. And, many of those inspirational messages you see during the holidays may be an attempt by Russia to sow discord among Americans ahead of the 2020 presidential elections. Darren Linvill and Patrick Warren, two associate professors at Clemson ...
Nov 27, 2019
Domestic Abuse And Technology; Composer Louise Farrenc's 3rd Symphony
2527
Domestic abusers are using in-home technology and smart-home apps to do everything from watching their victims to stopping and starting their cars. We talk with a researcher about the intersection between intimate partner violence and digital technology. Also, WQXR music writer Fran Hoepfner joins host Robin Young to talk about the daring third symphony of Louise Farrenc — a 19th-century French composer who made her mark then but is little known now.
Nov 27, 2019
Airport USB Port Warning; Erin Morgenstern On 'The Starless Sea'
2525
As we gear up for holiday travel, cybersecurity experts advise us away from USB charging ports in airports and other public spaces, which could steal data from an unlocked device or even install malware. But Engin Kirda, professor of computer science at Northeastern University, says it's easy to take precautions. Also, host Robin Young speaks with Erin Morgenstern about her new novel "The Starless Sea." Morgenstern is also the best selling author of "The Night Circus."
Nov 26, 2019
Journalist Anthony Shadid's Legacy; Storm Threatens Thanksgiving Travel
2544
Two time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anthony Shadid was perhaps the most admired of his day. He died of a fatal asthma attack in the middle of the Syrian Civil War. Now, journalist Rami Khouri is teaching a course on the writings of Shadid at Harvard. Also, a snow system the Weather Channel has dubbed "Winter Storm Dorothy" has already dumped a foot of snow on the Rocky Mountains and is heading East.
Nov 26, 2019
Phasing Out Coal In Germany; Thanksgiving Questions Answered
2536
We asked for your toughest Thanksgiving questions. Now, resident Chef Kathy Gunst is back with delicious tips, tricks and dairy-free recipes for the upcoming holiday. Also, Germany is one of the world's largest coal consumers. There's an effort to close the country's coal-fired power plants as part of a goal to be emissions neutral by 2050. Host Robin Young speaks with a German professor of energy and sustainability.
Nov 25, 2019
Democracy Wins In Hong Kong Election; History Of Violence Against Latinos
2558
Pro-democracy candidates won big in Sunday's election in Hong Kong. It was the first election since the wave of anti-Beijing protests began. NPR's Emily Feng joins us from Hong Kong with the latest. And, a recent FBI report found that violence against Latinos reached its highest rate in nearly a decade in 2018. We take a closer look at the history of violence against Latinos in America.
Nov 25, 2019
A$AP Rocky's Congressional Name Drop; Children Criminally Charged As Adults
2548
The name A$AP Rocky, a rapper whose real name is Rakim Mayers, was repeatedly mentioned in this week's public hearings in the House impeachment inquiry. Slate reporter Aaron Mak explains why. Also, In Mississippi, 5,000 children have been criminally charged as adults for crimes they've committed over the past 25 years. Three out of four of those children were black, according to reporting from Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX.
Nov 22, 2019
Black Violin's 'Take The Stairs;' Rhode Island Civil Death Law
2473
Florida duo Black Violin are out with a new album called "Take The Stairs." Kev Marcus and Wil B join Here & Now's Lisa Mullins to discuss the album and how their music embraces both hip-hop and classical music. And, inmates in Rhode Island are challenging the state's civil death law, which declares those serving life sentences as legally dead.
Nov 22, 2019
Black Voters Take Center Stage In Democratic Debate; Podcast On Prison Life
2509
Podcasts have opened up the world of prison life to the public. In Colorado, people serving time are producing one that tackles the complexity of life behind bars. Colorado Public Radio's Stephanie Wolf reports. Also, in Wednesday's Democratic debate, one of the key issues discussed and squabbled over by candidates was the party and their personal ability to connect with black voters. We look at the significance of securing the black vote in the 2020 election.
Nov 21, 2019
Colin Kaepernick Is A 'Victim,' Congressman Says; Crisis In Bolivia
2551
Georgia Rep. Hank Johnson told TMZ Sports this week that free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick is a "victim" and suggested that Congress could take action against the NFL because he doesn't have a job in the league. Here & Now sports analyst Mike Pesca weighs in on his comments. Also, in Bolivia, more than 30 people have died in clashes between supporters of former President Evo Morales and security forces since October's disputed elections. Host Tonya Mosley speaks with NPR's Philip Reeves about the crisis.
Nov 21, 2019
An Environmental Benefit Of Flying; Helping Kids Addicted To Vaping
2515
An op-ed in The New York Times on Wednesday argues tourism is essential to protecting many vulnerable habitats. We talk about that idea with Here & Now's transportation analyst Seth Kaplan. Also, some cities and states have taken steps to ban flavored vaping products that are popular with children. But the policies don't directly help children who are already addicted. One school district in Fairfax County, Virginia is trying to address that issue, WAMU's Kavitha Cardoza reports.
Nov 20, 2019
Apollo 12 Anniversary; Treatment For Dwarfism
2537
Fifty years ago this week, Apollo 12 landed on the surface of the moon. But it seems this moon mission is overshadowed by the more famous Apollo 11 and Apollo 13 landings. NPR's Geoff Brumfiel reports. Also, researchers at BioMarin Pharmaceutical have created a controversial drug that helps regulate bone development in children with the most common type of dwarfism. But some argue it's a profit-driven solution in search of a problem.
Nov 20, 2019
Apple Removes Vaping Apps; Gannett And GateHouse Media Merge
2534
Apple has taken down nearly 200 apps related to vaping, citing "a public health crisis and a youth epidemic." The move raises questions about how Apple decides what is allowed in the App Store, and what is not. Host Tonya Mosley talks with Kara Swisher, editor-at-large at Recode. Also, Gannett and GateHouse Media have agreed to merge in a deal aimed at cutting costs and pursuing a digital transformation. We talk with media analyst John Carroll about the new deal.
Nov 19, 2019
Shooter Training At School; The Story Of The Unknown Soldier
2557
Now that school shootings are a common occurrence in the U.S., schools are training students on how to respond. One of the first lessons of the year at a school in Northern Colorado focused on three actions: evacuate, barricade, and fight. Leigh Paterson reports. Also, after World War I, nations that had lost millions of soldiers were looking for a way to honor those dead. They found a simple concept: The remains of one unidentified soldier, buried with honor, to recognize the sacrifice of the many. Here & Now's ...
Nov 19, 2019
Coral Reef Bleaching In Hawaii; Dog Aging Project
2540
Record-breaking temperatures in Hawaii this past summer may lead to unprecedented coral bleaching. It's caused by changes in water temperature, light or nutrients and it can kill coral. Scientists on an island in Oahu are taking underwater photos to create a one-of-a-kind, time-lapsed documentation of bleaching. And, the Dog Aging Project is seeking canine participants in what could be the largest study on aging ever conducted. The goal is to discover more about human aging by studying dogs, which share many of the same genetic markers with humans.
Nov 18, 2019
Marching With The Emperor Penguins; Opioid Treatment In Jails
2568
Wildlife filmmaker Lindsay McCrae spent time filming emperor penguins raising chicks in Antarctica. He talks with us about his new book, "My Penguin Year: Life Among the Emperors," which chronicles his experience. Also, the barriers to offering drug-based treatment for opioid abuse in jails are two-fold: There aren't enough prescribing doctors and opioids can be abused in jail. But KUOW's Amy Radil reports a program in Washington state has created a pilot to address these issues. So far, it's working.
Nov 18, 2019
How Mercenaries Are Used; German Far-Right Extremism
2380
Private military contractors have been involved in modern conflicts from the Middle East to Africa. A former military contractor explains how mercenaries are used and what impact they can have on warfare. Also, Germany is looking for ways to stop the rise of far-right extremism. A member of the German Parliament responds.
Nov 15, 2019
1st Week Of Public Impeachment Hearings; Taylor Swift Controversy
2475
The former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, is testifying on Capitol Hill Friday as part of the House impeachment inquiry. ABC political director Rick Klein and "Washington Journal" host Jesse Holland discuss. And, Taylor Swift is accusing her former record company of blocking her from performing her old songs at the upcoming American Music Awards. The latest controversy involving the artist is highlighting what can happen when artists don't own the master rights to their songs.
Nov 15, 2019
New Prince Phillip Talks 'The Crown'; Ski Resorts Entice Workers
2584
Tobias Menzies takes over the role of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in season three of the Netflix show "The Crown." We talk with him about the news season that premieres this Sunday. Also, there's already some snow on the ground in Vermont, which means the state is gearing up for ski season. Vermont Public Radio's Henry Epp reports that some resorts are offering generous benefits, even for entry-level positions like lift operators and parking attendants.
Nov 14, 2019
State Of Fur Industry; Impeachment Inquiry And U.S. Foreign Policy
2563
Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson speaks with Kitty Block, CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, about the current state of the fur industry after Queen Elizabeth II vowed not to wear real fur anymore. Also, the impeachment hearings continue on Thursday with the testimony of former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. Aaron David Miller, senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, joins us to discuss what the hearings might reveal about U.S. foreign policy under President Trump.
Nov 14, 2019
Climate Change In Australia; U.S.'s Largest Dairy Producer Files For Bankruptcy
2529
In Australia, dozens of fires are burning out of control in New South Wales, the country's most populous state and the conditions have sparked a fresh debate among government leaders about the role of climate change. Also, dairy producer Dean Foods has filed for bankruptcy, citing challenges amid increasing consumer demand for plant-based milk alternatives. Journalist Dom DiFurio of the Dallas Morning News has the latest.
Nov 13, 2019
Trade War's Impact On Pennsylvania Farmers; The Next Big Radio Hits
2542
The agricultural industry is one of the hardest-hit sectors in the United States' trade war with China. Amid new hopes of a trade deal, Emily Pontecorvo reports on how Pennsylvania farmers are faring as they bring in their second harvest of the season. Also, KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez shares five artists he thinks will be huge in 2020.
Nov 13, 2019
Helping Asylum-Seekers At U.S.-Mexico Border; 'The Bakersfield Sound'
2527
An encampment in Matamoros, Mexico, is a stopping point for asylum-seekers who are waiting for a chance at legal entry into the United States. The conditions at the encampment are poor but a group of U.S. volunteers called Team Brownsville is crossing the border daily to help. Also, Bakersfield, California, has a rich country music history, and a massive new box set documents that legacy. Scott B. Bomar, author of "The Bakersfield Sound," joins us.
Nov 12, 2019
Judd Apatow On Garry Shandling; DREAMer On Supreme Court DACA Case
2572
The Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday on the Trump administration's decision to end DACA. The Obama-era policy gives young immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children permission to live and work in the U.S. A DACA advocate explains the significance of the proceeding. Also, Judd Apatow has edited a collection of the late comedian Garry Shandling's work. We talk to him about "It's Garry Shandling's Book."
Nov 12, 2019
Kanye West's Gospel Crossover; China's Singles Day Retail Record
2562
Kanye West's new gospel album "Jesus Is King" is making history on the Billboard charts, but former music executive Naima Cochrane writes that West isn't the first hip-hop artist to go gospel. And, Chinese online retailer Alibaba recorded a record $31 billion in sales on Singles Day. The Chinese holiday was created by students in the 1990s as an alternative to Valentine's Day.
Nov 11, 2019
How To Be Resilient; A Look At Trump's 'Remain In Mexico' Policy
2572
Author Neil Pasricha says we live in the best time ever to be alive, but we're not resilient. He tells us how to handle failure and boost our creativity by taking "untouchable days." Also, more than 1,500 asylum seekers are living in tent cities close to the U.S.-Mexico border as they await their asylum cases to enter the U.S. Host Tonya Mosley talks to Amnesty International USA's executive director about the conditions there.
Nov 11, 2019
High Schoolers Talk Trump And 2020; Fed Meets On Climate Change
2538
What are high schoolers saying about the impeachment inquiry and the 2020 election? We hear from three new and soon-to-be voters at Putnam City High School in Oklahoma City. Also, for the first time ever, the Federal Reserve is meeting on climate change. The conference is already so overcrowded a special webcast has been set up to meet demand. We get the latest from Bloomberg's Mike Regan.
Nov 08, 2019
Berlin Wall's Legacy; Camp Fire Survivors Don't Want To Be Forgotten
2493
Thirty years ago Saturday, the Berlin Wall came down, leading to the reunification of East and West Germany. Host Peter O'Dowd reports. Also, one year after the deadly Camp Fire in northern California, Here & Now's Tonya Mosley reports from Paradise about the townspeople determined to rebuild their community.
Nov 08, 2019
One Mom's Path To Advocacy For Trans Son; Vegas Bans Homeless Camping
2510
At a young age, the child Mimi Lemay thought was her middle daughter was showing signs of depression and declaring "I am a boy." Her poignant new memoir tells the story of giving their 5-year-old child the choice to live as a boy. Also, the Las Vegas city council recently voted to approve a controversial ban on homeless camping. The rule means people cannot legally sleep on the streets in the downtown area if there are shelter beds available.
Nov 07, 2019
Detroit Students Sue Over Right To Literacy; 1 Year After Camp Fire
2546
Six students from Detroit's worst-performing public schools allege lack of books, classrooms without teachers and extreme temperatures deprived them of their right to access literacy in their public schools. We're joined by Jamarria Hall, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed against city officials. A year ago this Friday, the so-called Camp Fire ravaged the Northern California town of Paradise and claimed the lives of 85 people. Host Tonya Mosley is on the ground to bring us the stories of the people who have left and those who still ...
Nov 07, 2019
Dallas' Dark KKK History; Squash Your Brussels Sprouts Doubt
2575
Historian Michael Phillips at Collin College outside of Dallas recalls a period in the city's history when the Ku Klux Klan dominated civic life. He says it was a dark chapter that Dallas has never fully examined. Also, 'tis the season for Brussels sprouts. They are highly adaptable — perfect to sautée, fry, roast, pickle, or thinly slice and eat raw in salads. Chef Kathy Gunst shares three recipes that show their range.
Nov 06, 2019
Protecting Birds From Cats; Mississippi's 4th Graders Make History
2515
For decades, bird and cat organizations have struggled to protect birds and other wildlife from cats that freely roam outside. In Portland, OPB reporter Monica Samayoa tells us how a unique partnership created a new movement that's taken off nationwide. Also, the National Assessment of Educational Progress results are in, and one bright spot in the data is Mississippi. We talk with an education reporter about a controversial state law for third graders that might explain the gains in fourth grade reading.
Nov 06, 2019
Hundreds Of Oklahoma Inmates Freed; Apollonia Poilâne's New Cookbook
2543
When Apollonia Poilâne was 18 years old, she took over her father's world-renowned bakery within hours of learning he and her mother were killed in a helicopter accident. Poilâne joins us to discuss her new cookbook and legacy. And, hundreds of inmates in Oklahoma were freed Monday morning in the country's largest single-day commutation. Steve Bickley, executive director of the state's Pardon and Parole Board, joins us to discuss the release.
Nov 05, 2019