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The news you need to know today — and the stories that will stick with you tomorrow. Plus, special series and behind-the-scenes extras from Here & Now hosts Robin Young, Scott Tong and Deepa Fernandes with help from Producer Chris Bentley and the team at NPR and WBUR.

Episodes

How should high schoolers navigate financial literacy?

Carnegie Endowment for International Peac's Dara Massicot joins us about long-term strategy in the war in Ukraine. And, Dr. Brett Davenport at the Fertility Institute of North Alabama explains how Alabama's ruling on embryos being regarded as people would impact in-vitro fertilization in the state. Then, high school seniors Aaron Ton and Jimmy Merino and Washington Post columnist Michelle Singletary discuss how high schoolers should be thinking about financial literacy.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
22/02/24·24m 59s

What happens to families after an abortion denied

I. Glenn Cohen talks about the medical ethics questions raised by the Alabama Supreme Court's ruling that frozen embryos are people. And, American Society of Civil Engineers' Darren Olson explains the state of our water systems and how the Biden administration's new investment could help. Then, after the overturn of Roe v. Wade, Mayron Hollis was denied an abortion in Tennessee. ProPublica's Stacy Kranitz and Kavitha Surana share Hollis' story.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
21/02/24·24m 38s

Native Americans built AZ's first irrigation canals. Now they're going solar

The Texas Newsroom's Julián Aguilar talks about a new military base underway in Texas along the border. And, the Gila River Indian Community is installing solar panels over an irrigation canal. Here & Now's Peter O'Dowd reports on the project's impact. Then, RealClear Pennsylvania's Charles McElwee explains why some Latino voters in the state are leaning Republican this year.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
20/02/24·24m 39s

Principals weigh in on school cell phone policies

Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen discusses Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny's legacy. And, Courthouse News' Erik Uebelacker recaps the civil corruption trial against the NRA and former CEO Wayne LaPierre. Then, two high school principals talk about their different approaches to cellphone policies in their schools.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
19/02/24·30m 5s

How Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux finds gems in live shows

The Washington Post's Mary Ilyushina joins us to discuss the death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. And, NPR's Ron Elving and NBC's Scott Wong talk about Vice President Kamala Harris' strong defense of NATO and condemnation of Russia. Then, archivist David Lemieux shares his experience listening to thousands of hours of live Grateful Dead shows searching for gems.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
16/02/24·32m 1s

Flight attendants strike: Union president on contract talks

The Washington Post's Arelis Hernandez explores why the number of migrant crossings at the U.S.-Mexico border dropped by 50% in January. And, Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants, discusses contract negotiations after Alaska Airlines flight attendants voted to authorize a strike. Then, we reconnect with a Palestinian-American translator who got his family out of Gaza and into Cairo, Egypt. Plus, historian Wafa Ghnaim talks about tatreez, a traditional Palestinian embroidery art form.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
15/02/24·28m 5s

United CEO explains airline's plan to reach net-zero emissions by 2050

United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby talks about the airline's plan to be net-zero by 2050. And, Grist's Jake Bittle explores the environmental impact of liquefied natural gas. Then, WBUR's Andrea Shea reports on why Valentine's Day was about being sour and salty in the Victorian era. Plus, Berkley editorial director Cindy Hwang talks about trends in the romance novel genre.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
14/02/24·28m 4s

Israeli soldier's mother calls for ceasefire

NPR's Greg Myre joins us to talk about ceasefire negotiations and deteriorating conditions in Gaza. And, Michal Brody-Bareket talks about a group of Israeli mothers with sons fighting in the war who are calling for ceasefire. Then, author Gene Luen Yang and illustrator Leuyen Pham discuss their new graphic novel "Lunar New Year Love Story."Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
13/02/24·25m 9s

Meet BYD: The Chinese electric car company beating Tesla

Inside Election's Nathan Gonzales talks about former Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's unexpected entry into the Senate race. And, automotive expert Tu Le talks about how Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer BYD has overtaken Tesla in sales of electric cars. Then, Zach Woods and Brandon Gardner talk about their new satire series "In the Know," which parodies NPR.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
12/02/24·24m 57s

Super Bowl: Chiefs and 49ers will be on the TV. What will be on your table?

Fox News's Chad Pergram and Nevada Independent's Jon Ralston join us to talk about Trump's win in Nevada and the decision not to charge Biden with mishandling of documents. And, University of Baltimore professor Kim Wehle joins us to break down Supreme Court justices' skepticism over the case to ban former President Donald Trump from the Colorado ballot. Then, The Ringer's Lindsay Jones explains what's at stake for the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers on Super Bowl Sunday. Our resident chef Kathy Gunst also shares recipes for Super Bowl snack favorites including ribs and artichoke dip.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
09/02/24·30m 18s

Housing Secretary Marcia Fudge is confronting a 'racist' system

The New York Times Magazine Emily Bazelon talks about the Supreme Court hearing arguments over whether Trump can stay on Colorado's primary ballot. And, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Marcia Fudge talks about addressing a gap in Black homeownership amid a jump in homelessness. Then, we hear from a Palestinian man in California, who got stuck there when the war broke out.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
08/02/24·23m 17s

Faulty sleep apnea machines were a nightmare for users. Now they're off the market

Strategists Alice Stewart and Bill Press join us to talk about the latest political news. And, NPR's Domenico Montanaro joins us to talk about the new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll that found immigration is a key issue for voters. Then, ProPublica's Debbie Cenziper has been investigating faulty sleep apnea machines for years. She joins us to talk about the recall of devices linked to cancer, respiratory disease and death.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
07/02/24·29m 35s

When war broke out, one displaced Gazan moved her bakery to a tent

Former U.S. attorney Barbara McQuade talks about the expected decision on allegations against Georgia District Attorney Fani Willis related to the election interference case against former President Donald Trump. And, STAT's Lev Facher talks about the first major update to methadone treatment regulations for more than two decades. Then, with bakeries closed in Gaza due to the scarcity of electricity and flour, 26-year-old Nisreen Shehade has been baking bread for her family and other displaced Gazans in a tent.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
06/02/24·24m 16s

Why do so many evangelicals support Donald Trump?

KUNR's Lucia Starbuck joins us to talk about the primary and caucus coming up this week in Nevada. Nevada voter Zoila Sanchez weighs in too. And, The Atlantic's Tim Alberta discusses his new book about and personal experiences in an evangelical community that overwhelmingly supports former President Donald Trump. Then, filmmaker Matt Moyer talks about his latest documentary "Inheritance," which follows generations of poverty and addiction in one family from Appalachian Ohio.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
05/02/24·33m 40s

Tenn. laws denied Allie Phillips an abortion. Now she's running for office

South Carolina voters Rev. Leo Woodberry and ex-Democrat Chris Saley talk about the first Democratic primary taking place on Saturday. And, Allie Phillips discusses her campaign for a seat in the Tennessee House of Representatives and how the state's abortion restrictions impacted her. Then, singer Darius Rucker talks about his Hollywood Walk of Fame star, country album "Carolyn's Boy, and upcoming summer with Hootie & the Blowfish.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
02/02/24·32m 38s

Todd Minor's son died from a TikTok trend. Now he's pushing for social media safety

Semafor's Joseph Zeballos-Roig joins us to talk about a House bill expanding business and child tax credits. And, business analyst Jill Schlesinger joins us to break down the changes taxpayers may encounter this filing season. Then, Todd Minor, whose son died as a result of a TikTok challenge, shares his experience fighting to address safety on social media platforms at a recent Senate hearing.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
01/02/24·28m 35s

How schools are using AI — and what students think about it

CBS's Camilo Montoya-Galvez and the Washington Post's Arelis Hernandez talk about what lawmakers are proposing to do to stop a huge wave of immigration and how people at the southern border feel about those measures. And, Juliette Touma, director of communications for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, joins us to discuss what the pause in funding by the U.S. and other nations means for Palestinians in Gaza and the allegations against 12 of the agency's employees accused of participating in the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas. Then, the use of artificial intelligence technology in schools is on the rise. Chalkbeat's Michael Elsen-Rooney explains how teachers are utilizing this technology in classrooms. And two high school seniors share their thoughts on AI helping them understand assignments.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
31/01/24·30m 46s

Lack of paid leave is a systemic issue for working parents

Illinois lawmakers proposed a food additive ban that would eliminate substances such as titanium dioxide. Food policy writer Helena Bottemiller Evich joins us to discuss. And, the baby clothing brand Kyte Baby has faced backlash on social media for not accommodating an employee's request to work remotely while her newborn was in intensive care. It's indicative of a larger issue around lack of paid leave in the U.S. Dawn Huckelbridge, the founding director of the nonprofit "Paid Leave for All," joins us. Then, Ohio State University professor César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández joins us to talk about his new book "Welcome the Wretched: In Defense of the 'Criminal Alien,'" which explores the history of U.S. immigration policy.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
30/01/24·26m 16s

Gender pay gap persists, 15 years after Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

Human rights attorney Noura Erakat for her thoughts following the International Court of Justice's preliminary ruling on South Africa's genocide case against Israel. And, Brian Katulis, senior fellow and vice president of policy at the Middle East Institute, talks about what the U.S. response to the Iranian-backed militia attack could mean for the wider conflict in the Middle East. Then, new data analysis indicates that voters under 30 hold increasingly polarized political views depending on their gender. Young women have moved sharply to the left in the past decade, while young men tilted more conservative. The Atlantic's Derek Thompson discusses the implications. Plus, 15 years ago, former President Barack Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law to bolster strengthened worker protections against pay discrimination. Equal pay activist Lilly Ledbetter and the National Women's Law Center Fatima Goss Graves, talk about how pay transparency laws and other policies can help close the gender pay gap.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
29/01/24·32m 17s

Jamie Oliver's new cookbook uses simple ingredients to make delicious meals

As former President Donald Trump moves closer to securing the GOP nomination after winning the New Hampshire primary, Senators are reconsidering an emerging bipartisan deal to stop the flow of migrants into the country. NPR's Ron Elving and Politico's Eugene Daniels join us. And, Mexico is suing American gun manufacturers. Julian Aguilar, breaking news reporter and producer for The Texas Newsroom, joins us to explain why. Then, chef, restauranteur and cookbook author Jamie Oliver's new cookbook is called "5 Ingredients Mediterranean." In it, Oliver shows readers how to use limited ingredients to make simple, delicious meals. He joins us to talk about the book.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
26/01/24·31m 18s

The consequences of jailing parents over kids' truancy

The Dana Farber Cancer Institute, affiliated with the Harvard Medical School, has been accused of publishing studies that contain data manipulation. STAT's Angus Chen tells us more. And, more than three months after the start of the war, the question remains: what is next for Gaza? Khaled Elgindy, senior fellow and director of the program on Palestine and Palestinian-Israeli Affairs at the Middle East Institute, shares some perspective. Then, in some states a child's truancy results in parents — often single mothers — being prosecuted and jailed. Johns Hopkins University School of Education professor Robert Balfanz talks about the criminalization of absenteeism and the consequences for students and parents.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
25/01/24·30m 52s

After Trump's win in NH, should Haley stay in the race?

Former President Donald Trump beat former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley by 11 points in the New Hampshire primary. But Haley says her campaign is far from over. Political strategists Jamal Simmons and Matt Mackowiak join us to discuss whether Haley should stay in the race. And, Boeing says that loose bolts caused the door plug blowout on the Alaska Airlines 737. It's caused distrust between Boeing and airlines. Here & Now transportation analyst Seth Kaplan joins us. Then, legendary CBS newscaster Charles Osgood died on Tuesday at age 91. Osgood was best known for hosting CBS Sunday Morning for 22 years. Humorist and CBS correspondent Mo Rocca, worked with Osgood and joins us.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
24/01/24·23m 33s

How politics can corrupt nonpartisan election mapmaking

Texas Democratic Rep. Vicente Gonzalez talks about why he thinks President Biden is not doing enough to stop the flow of migrants into the country. And, Cameroon became the first country in Africa to launch a new vaccine campaign to inoculate hundreds of thousands of children against the deadly disease. Malaria killed more than 600,000 people across the world in 2022. The vast majority of those deaths occurred in Africa in children under the age of 5. STAT's Andrew Joseph tells us more. Then, to avoid gerrymandering, 22 states have some kind of independent commission to handle map drawing every ten years. But a new investigation from ProPublica has some insight into how politics can corrupt nominally nonpartisan mapmaking. ProPublica's Marilyn Thompson joins us.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
23/01/24·25m 4s

How voters feel about Trump and Haley ahead of New Hampshire primary

After Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis dropped out of the 2024 presidential face, former President Donald Trump faces off against former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley. Three voters in New Hampshire share how they're feeling before heading to the polls. And, the state of Washington is suing to stop the takeover of Albertsons — the owner of Safeway, Acme and Tom Thumb — by rival Kroger. State Attorney General Bob Ferguson joins us to talk about how the merger would impact Washington. Then, Husband and wife Chris and Julie Ramsey drove an electric vehicle from the North Pole to the South Pole. The pair joins us to talk about how the car and electric vehicle infrastructure held up throughout the journey.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
22/01/24·25m 2s

Chicago mayor talks immigration as city shelters reach breaking point

Mayors from all over the country are meeting in Washington D.C. this week to discuss immigration and other pressing issues in their cities. We get the latest from Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson. And, ABC's Rick Klein and USA Today's Francesca Chambers discuss hy GOP presidential candidate Nikki Haley may be seeking to lower expectations on how she'll do in the New Hampshire primary next week and whether lawmakers will agree on an immigration deal next week. Then, after the stadium was buried in snow, the Buffalo Bills paid volunteers $20 an hour to help shovel it out. Del Reid, co-founder of Bills Mafia, as the team's fans are called, talks about why they did it.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
19/01/24·25m 2s

We store a lot on the cloud. But how safe is it?

Pakistan and Iran are launching airstrikes on each other, raising tensions in the Middle East. Here & Now security analyst Jim Walsh joins us. And, many of us save important information from banking passwords to family photos on the cloud. But our growing dependence on cloud technology comes with risks. John Pendleton of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace joins us to talk about it. Then, Dr. David Hasan was a member of the first medical team to enter Gaza since Oct. 7. He joins us to talk about what he experienced while in Gaza. And, more than 100 people are still believed to be held hostage by Hamas. Their relatives are pushing for their release. Maya Roman is calling for the release of Carmel Gat. Roman's cousin is Gat's sister-in-law.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
18/01/24·31m 28s

Carbon capture projects in Louisiana spark pushback from activists

President Biden invited top Republican and Democratic congressional leaders to the White House Wednesday to discuss the aid package for Ukraine and Israel that he proposed last year. We get the latest from NPR's Mara Liasson. And, the Supreme Court is considering a case involving herring fishing, but the implications could ripple across federal agencies. Ryan Mulvey, a lawyer at Cause of Action who has worked with the fishing company at the center of the Supreme Court case, and Kate Shaw, professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, join us. Then, Grist's Lylla Younes talks about the Environmental Protection Agency's decision to let Louisiana approve new carbon capture projects.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
17/01/24·24m 30s

'Make Way for Ducklings' sculptor depicts the brutality of Ukraine war

The Biden administration issued strikes against Houthi militants in Yemen. Some progressive lawmakers in the U.S. think he should have consulted Congress before launching the attacks. California Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna joins us. And, former President Donald Trump won the Iowa Caucus, especially capturing the votes of evangelicals. Prominent Iowa evangelical Bob Vander Plaats and Julian Zelizer, professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University, join us. Then, Nancy Schon is best known for her beloved "Make Way for Ducklings" sculpture in Boston. But much of the 95-year-old sculptor's other work deals with darker themes. A new piece depicts the brutality of Russia's war in Ukraine, and Schon joins us to talk about her life and work.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
16/01/24·30m 44s

Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter says his teachings are more important than ever

Record-cold temperatures in Iowa mark the start of a historic election season. The Des Moines Register's Stephen Gruber-Miller joins us. And, in Washington D.C., the streets were flooded this weekend with voices demanding the United States stop sending aid to Israel and ensure a permanent pause in the fighting. USA Today's Cybele Mayes-Osterman was at the protest. Then, Rand Corporation Yemen expert Alexandra Stark about the dangers posed as Houthi rebels in Yemen and the U.S. and its allies trade air strikes. Plus. Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter Bernice A. King Says her father's teachings are more important than ever. WABE's Julien Virgin hears from her about celebrating MLK's 95th birthday.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
15/01/24·24m 44s

Meet the school counselor bringing free college classes to her high school students

The U.S. and UK with the support of many allies struck Houthi rebels late Thursday night in retaliation. Yemen scholar Stacey Philbrick Yadav joins us to talk about this major escalation in the Middle East. And, as his civil trial plays out, former President Donald Trump spoke out of turn in court during the closing to verbally attack both the judge presiding over the case and New York Attorney General Letitia James. Jonah Bromwich, a New York Times reporter covering the trial, joins us. And, a high school counselor in rural Alabama with little resources is getting creative to help her working-class students get a taste of college. National School Counselor of the Year Diana Virgil joins us to talk about her efforts. Then, only about 2% of teachers in Arizona are Indigenous. But a program at the University of Arizona seeks to get more Native teachers in classrooms. Noor Haghighi, who has been writing about this in the publication Arizona Luminaria, and Valerie Shirley, co-director of the Indigenous Teacher Education Program at the University of Arizona, join us.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
12/01/24·25m 25s

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on where the economy stands as inflation falls

Some parts of the government will start to run out of money on Jan. 19 if Congress doesn't agree on government spending. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, a Democrat from Connecticut, discusses the looming deadline for lawmakers to fund the government. And, proceedings began Thursday at the International Court of Justice for South Africa's case accusing Israel of committing genocide against Palestinians. The Guardian's Chris McGreal breaks it down for us. Then, new inflation data shows consumer prices continue to cool. Still, prospective voters in this year's election tell pollsters they feel anxious about the economy. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen us for an in-depth conversation on what all this economic data means for Americans.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
11/01/24·25m 7s

Librarian finds social media fame in showing the joy of local libraries

Advisors and strategists say that President Biden should be concerned about losing Black voters. Political strategists Jamal Simmons and Matt Mackowiak join us to talk about support for the president as caucuses in Iowa and New Hampshire approach. And, NASA has delayed the first attempt to put Americans on the moon in five decades. The first Artemis mission to the moon was scheduled for early this year, but is now pushed back to 2025. Derrick Pitts, chief astronomer director of the Fels Planetarium at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, joins us. Then, Mychal Threets joins us to talk about the social media audience he's garnered by sharing content that highlights the joys and opportunities of a local library.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
10/01/24·30m 38s

2023 marked the hottest year on record

Climate scientists from the European Union are raising the alarm about a new report that finds 2023 was the warmest year on record. Carlo Buontempo, director of the Copernicus Climate Change Service, joins us. And, about 170 Boeing 737 Max 9 planes are grounded after a door latch blew out on an Alaska Airlines flight over the weekend. Bloomberg News' Peter Robison explains what this incident means for the reputation of Boeing. Then, an Israeli airstrike killed journalist Hamza al-Dahdouh and a colleague on Jan. 7. Hamza is the son of Wael al-Dahdouh, Gaza's bureau chief for Al Jazeera. MSNBC's Ayman Mohyeldin knows the family and talks about the dire conditions for reporters in Gaza.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
09/01/24·23m 43s

Are phones making kids dumber? A new study says so

The Federal Aviation Administration has ordered airlines to ground more than 170 Boeing 737 Max 9 aircrafts after one of the planes had a 4-foot panel blow out mid-flight. Here & Now transportation analyst Seth Kaplan joins us. And, some residents on Lahaina are still recovering from the wildfires over the summer. Protesters demand Hawaii Democratic Gov. Josh Green do more to provide long-term housing for displaced families. Green and grassroots organizer Jordan Ruidas join us. Then, students' test scores have been falling for years across many developed nations, including the U.S. New data suggests screen time might be to blame. The Atlantic's Derek Thompson joins us.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
08/01/24·26m 49s

Is Smokey Bear's message outdated? Burnie the Bobcat thinks so

The United States is amid another COVID-19 surge. This time a new variant, JN.1, is the dominant strain. Dr. Michael Osterholm discusses the new strain and the importance of vaccinating against COVID-19. And, NBC's Sahil Kapur and the Washington Post's Isaac Arnsdorf talk about President Biden putting Jan. 6 front and center in his re-election campaign, and how former President Donald Trump is too as he fights lawsuits stemming from his attempts to overturn the 2020 election. Then, since 1944, The U.S. Forest Service has used Smokey Bear as a symbol to encourage wildfire prevention. But a new exhibit in California asks the public to envision an alternative fire message and what a new mascot could look like. Curator Emily Schlickman tells us more.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
05/01/24·26m 14s

It's time to break up with glittery makeup

The Washington Post's Nick Miroff joins us to give an update on the Southern border. A record level of migrants crossed it in December and pressure on the Biden administration is mounting. And, beauty journalist Jessica DeFino says it's best to leave glitter in 2023. Even though its sparkle is alluring and it's been increasingly showing up in the makeup world in recent years, glitter is rich with dangerous microplastics. Then, energy and energy transition received a lot of attention throughout 2023. Amid COP28 promises and war in the Middle East and Ukraine, what's the forecast on energy stories in the new year? Energy expert and vice chairman of S&P Global Daniel Yergin joins us to answer that.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
04/01/24·23m 26s

Why one Ohio therapist changed her mind about gender-affirming care for kids

Tensions between Lebanon and Israel run high after Hamas confirmed that one of their top leaders died in an attack in Beirut. While Israel has not claimed responsibility, the blast has stoked fears of a widening regional conflict. The Washington Post's Sarah Dadouch tells us more. And, the hacking of the small public water authority in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, is making people pay a little more attention to warnings about the vulnerability of all U.S. utilities to international cyberattacks. Cybersecurity lawyer Stewart Baker joins us. Then, Carey Callahan is a therapist in Ohio who detransitioned. She previously said she was against gender-affirming care for kids, but is now advocating against bans on trans health care. She tells us more about her story.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
03/01/24·30m 51s

Drink less and reduce your risk for cancer, new study says

A Coast Guard airplane and a passenger jet collided at Tokyo's Haneda Airport. The Coast Guard plane was headed to Japan's west coast to provide aid following the devastating New Year's Day earthquake. Tokyo bureau chief for the Washington Post Michelle Ye Hee Lee joins us. And, the Israel Supreme Court struck down a provision to weaken the judiciary. And Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the war against Hamas will continue for "many more months." NPR's Daniel Estrin joins us. Then, new findings show that reducing or eliminating alcohol consumption decreases the risks of certain type of cancers. STAT cancer reporter Angus Chen joins us.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
02/01/24·20m 50s

How to rebuild Gaza with dignity and agency for Palestinians living there

"Open Gaza," which brings together environmentalists, planners, and scholars from Israel, Gaza, the West Bank, the U.S., the UK, India and beyond to share their visions for creating a better place for Gazans and Palestinians. Co-editor Dean Shariff Sharp tells us more. And, KPMG economist Diane Swonk shares her economic outlook for 2024. Then, copyright law expert Jennifer Jenkins talks about the thousands of recordings, lyrics, novels and movies from the 1920s that emerged from copyright protection on Jan. 1, 2024.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
01/01/24·34m 8s

2023 in review: Top films, songs and food over the past year

Film critic Ty Burr joins us to break down his picks for the top movies of 2023. His list includes blockbuster hits like "Barbie" along with newer releases such as "Poor Things" and "The Holdovers."And, our resident chef Kathy Gunst spent 2023 eating in cities across the world. She joins us to round up the best dishes she tried throughout the year and offers recipes for some of her own recipes for dishes inspired by restaurant fares. Then, the hosts of NPR's Alt.Latino, Anamaria Sayre and Felix Contreras join us to share their top songs of 2023, including music from Rawayana, Maria José Llergo and more.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
29/12/23·35m 36s

2023 saw extreme weather events — and their normalization

University of Michigan law professor Barbara McQuade talks about efforts in states such as Maine, Wisconsin, Michigan and Colorado to remove former President Donald Trump from the 2024 ballot based on the 14th Amendment's insurrection ban. And, by all accounts, a year of weather extremes: the most powerful storms, the hottest recorded temperatures, the deadliest wildfires. New York Times writer David Wallace-Wells says it was also a year of normalization — where events that once would have terrified us have simply become part of the landscape. He talks about the year's most important climate stories, including a few that bring hope. Then, NPR's Neda Ulaby remembers the musicians who passed away this year, including Sinead O'Connor, Tina Turner and Tony Bennett.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
28/12/23·29m 12s

Voting rights in 2023: Some states expanded access, others restricted it

Indigenous teens traumatized by years of flooding and fire in Hawaii are leading a legal battle for climate justice. Two of the plaintiffs join us to reflect on a year of tragedy and hope. And, in 2023, voting was a fraught topic. Residents of some states saw increased measures to make voting more accessible, but those in others saw restrictions like bans on ballot drop boxes which served to restrict voting access. Liz Avore of the Voting Rights Lab joins us. Then, the cultural reach of video games has never been greater than in 2023. But working conditions for the people who make games have been dire, too. Here & Now's James Perkins Mastromarino unpacks the top games that came out this year along with the state of the gaming industry.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
27/12/23·33m 25s

Want to read more 2024? Start with this year's best books

The Supreme Court is deliberating over whether to greenlight a controversial agreement that would force the Sackler family to pay $6 billion to communities, hospitals, and families harmed by the opioid epidemic Massachusetts mother Cheryl Juaire, who lost two sons to overdose, and Pennsylvania's Cynthia Munger, whose son is recovering from substance abuse disorder, join us. And, CBS News business analyst and host of "Jill on Money" Jill Schlesinger has some timely advice to start the New Year strong and smart with your finances. Then, "The Stacks" podcast host Traci Thomas talks about some of her favorite books of 2023 as well as the importance of year-end lists.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
26/12/23·27m 14s

Our resident chef breaks down her picks for the best cookbooks of 2023

The news headlines this year were dominated by conflict, from Gaza to Ukraine to Myanmar. The Washington Post's Ishaan Tharoor joins us to unpack the year in global news stories. And, Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst joins us to break down her favorite cookbooks that came out in 2023. Among her top picks are "Ever-Green Vietnamese" by Andrea Nguyen, "Veg-Table" by Nik Sharma and "Love is a Pink Cake" by Claire Ptak. Then, music journalist Betto Arcos joins us to sample some of the best music from around the world.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
25/12/23·33m 16s

How new federal money for solar power could help Puerto Rico's energy grid

Radio Iowa's Kay Henderson and Semafor's Shelby Talcott talk about how the Supreme Court could shape the 2024 race with a ruling on presidential immunity and whether Colorado can exclude former President Donald Trump from the ballot. And, the recent death of a 5-year-old in a Chicago migrant shelter is highlighting a serious and growing crisis in the city. Chicago Sun-Times reporter Michael Loria joins us. Then, new federal money aims to install solar panels on 40,000 low-income households in Puerto Rico. Since Hurricane Maria devastated the island's power grid in 2017, many people who can afford it have switched to solar seeking more reliable electricity. David Ortiz, Puerto Rico program director for Solar United Neighbors, talks about the work his group has been doing.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
22/12/23·27m 58s

Let the good times — and dice — roll with the best board games of 2023

Homelessness is up 12% nationwide. And cities around the country are holding memorials to honor people who died this year while experiencing homelessness. Niki Wattson, who helps unhoused people in Indianapolis, joins us. And, this year is expected to see record spending on holiday gifts, and a big chunk of that spending goes toward gifts for children. University of Virginia Professor Allison Pugh joins us to talk about raising kids who aren't materialistic in a world defined by consumerism. Then, looking for a board game to play over the holidays with friends or family? NPR's gaming lead James Perkins Mastromarino breaks down the best releases of the year.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
21/12/23·21m 19s

Cook up homemade food gifts for everyone on your list this holiday

The Colorado Supreme Court has decided that former President Donald Trump is ineligible to hold office again because he encouraged the Jan. 6 insurrection. ABC News' Rick Klein talks about the political implications. And, new reporting by ProPublica shows a flurry of activity after Clarence Thomas told a congressman that U.S. Supreme Court justices need to make higher salaries. Joshua Kaplan is covering the story. Then, ACLU attorney David Donatti talks about his group's decision to sue over the measure signed by Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday, which allows for state troopers to arrest migrants. Plus, are you still looking for holiday gifts? Resident chef Kathy Gunst shares three new recipes for food gifts.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
21/12/23·27m 34s

Male birth control: A new drug focuses on Vitamin A, not hormones

As negotiations to overhaul the current immigration system continue, Congressional Hispanic Caucus chair Rep. Nanette Barragan says that Hispanic lawmakers must be included in talks about the U.S.-Mexico border. And, a small trial is underway for a new form of male birth control. For years, scientists have known that a deficiency of vitamin A causes male infertility. And this new method focuses on Vitamin A instead of hormones. Annalisa Merrelli, a reporter for STAT, joins us. Then, Cuban jazz pianist Harold Lopez Nussa just wrapped up his U.S. tour. He joins us to talk about his latest album, his influences and how homesickness colors his work.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
19/12/23·24m 23s

Is regifting taboo? Not if you follow this etiquette

The trial of media billionaire and pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai is getting underway in Hong Kong. Critics of the Chinese Communist Party have rallied to his defense since his arrest in 2020. The Washington Post's Shibani Mahtani joins us. And, as the pressure to find the perfect holiday present for your loved ones mounts, you may be considering repurposing something that someone else gave you as a new and shiny gift. But is regifting a rude thing to do? Michelle Singletary, personal finance columnist for the Washington Post, says no, as long as you follow some rules of etiquette. Then, "ONEFOUR: Against All Odds" tells the story of the Australian-Samoan drill rap group ONEFOUR and their charged relationship with the police. ONEFOUR manager Ricky Simandjuntak and filmmaker Gabriel Gasparinatos talk about the Netflix documentary.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
18/12/23·25m 29s

Major pharmacies are sending medical records to police. They don't need a warrant

CVS, Kroger and Rite Aid are among major pharmacies sending patient records to law enforcement agencies without a warrant or contacting a lawyer. Rep. Sara Jacobs (D-CA) joins us to talk about the congressional inquiry she was part of that unearthed this revelation. And, Israel is pumping sea water into tunnels underneath Gaza as part of its campaign to eradicate Hamas. The Wall Street Journal's national security correspondent Nancy Youssef joins us. Then, the Associated Press's Darlene Superville and Fox News' Chad Pergram join us to talk about the week in politics, including the GOP's impeachment inquiry of President Biden and the pressure to pass a border deal before the lawmakers' holiday break.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
15/12/23·26m 42s
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