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NPR and WBUR's live midday news program


Transitional Justice In The U.S.; Biden's Coronavirus Response

Transitional justice serves to help people contend with historic and ongoing abuses and inequities. We what transitional justice would look like in the United States and why it may be exactly what's needed to heal the country's deep divides. And, on his first full day in office, President Biden is using executive action to reboot the federal government's response to the pandemic. Dr. Michael Osterholm, a member of Biden's coronavirus advisory board, joins us.
21/01/2139m 35s

Kamala Harris Breaks Barriers; The Future Of The Republican Party

Kamala Harris breaks a number of barriers on Wednesday, most notably, the first woman and person of Black and South Asian heritage to become vice president. Professor of history Manisha Sinha explains what Harris' ascension to power means to her. And, support remains high for former President Trump among Republican voters, so what is the future of the Republican Party? We speak with Jeff Flake, a Republican who represented Arizona in the U.S. Senate but did not support Trump.
20/01/2142m 17s

Joe Biden Sworn In As 46th President; Future Of U.S.-Russia Relations

Joe Biden has officially been sworn in as the 46th president of the United States. He plans to sign 17 executive actions on Wednesday. NPR White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe joins us. Also, on the campaign trail, Biden called Russia the biggest threat to U.S. security. Now that Biden is in the White House, what will the future of U.S.-Russia relations look like? NPR Moscow correspondent Lucian Kim explains.
20/01/2142m 14s

Presidents Saying Farewell; Netflix's 'The Trial Of The Chicago 7'

Trump will not deliver a high-profile, televised farewell address as some past presidents have done. Here & Now's Alex Ashlock has a report on how past presidents have said goodbye. And, Frank Langella stars as Judge Julius Hoffman in the Netflix film "The Trial of the Chicago 7." He talks about how the story resonates today.
19/01/2141m 28s

Save Our Stages; D.C. Hotels And Inauguration Day

Ahead of Inauguration Day, some hotels are choosing to stay open despite increased security and calls by local leaders for visitors to avoid the area due to threats of violence. We speak with the owner of Adam's Inn on his decision to remain open this week. Also, the Save our Stages Act — $15 billion tied into the larger COVID-19 relief bill — is a lifeline for struggling independent venues across the U.S. We talk to two venue owners in Chicago about what the act means to them.
19/01/2141m 14s

COVID-19 Apps; Ruby Bridges Reflects On Martin Luther King Jr.

As a child, Ruby Bridges was the first Black student to desegregate an elementary school in New Orleans. She joins us to remember and honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. on this special day. And, a variety of new smartphone apps are being developed to help Americans navigate the pandemic. We hear about two of them.
18/01/2142m 43s

How The Capitol Mob Compares To Black Lives Matter; Actor Wendell Pierce

Some on the right have compared the violence of the insurrection to last year's Black Lives Matter protests. Historian Ashley Howard explains why the comparison doesn't hold up to reality. And, "The Wire" star Wendell Pierce talks about the role of art in advancing social progress.
18/01/2142m 4s

West Virginia's Successful Vaccine Efforts; Trump Voters Remain Loyal

Over the past few weeks, West Virginia has been hosting vaccination events and now leads the nation in distributing vaccines. Retired Major General James Hoyer discusses vaccine plans in the state. Also, pollster Frank Luntz found 91% of 800 people who voted for Trump in November said they would vote for him again. He shares more of his findings.
15/01/2142m 4s

Apaches Sue To Protect Holy Site; COVID-19 And Down Syndrome

In Arizona, Resolution Copper wants to mine the copper underneath Oak Flat, which would destroy an area that's sacred to the Apache Tribe. The grassroots organization Apache Stronghold has filed a lawsuit. The Arizona Republic reporter Debra Utacia Krol talks about the contentious deal. And, the CDC is recommending individuals with Down Syndrome get vaccinated early. We look at the link between Down Syndrome and increased COVID-19 risk.
15/01/2142m 4s

Pro Baseball's 1st Black Woman Coach; Story Behind The Hijab Emoji

Bianca Smith was hired last week as a coach for the Red Sox minor league system in Florida. She's the first Black woman hired as a coach in professional baseball, an industry that has been expanding roles for women. And, we speak with Rayouf Alhumedhi about her campaign for a hijab emoji, which is featured in the documentary "The Emoji Story."
14/01/2142m 11s

Prisons Virus Outbreaks; WHO Investigates Origins Of COVID-19

Christopher Blackwell is incarcerated in Washington state where he's been on lockdown after a severe COVID-19 outbreak. He speaks about the conditions and his call for incarcerated people to get the vaccine early. Also, a team of experts from the World Health Organization has arrived in Wuhan, China, to begin an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus. Dr. Peter Ben Embarek, who's part of the team, joins us.
14/01/2141m 37s

Phoenix Mayor Responds To Racist Zoom Bomb; Rethinking Celery Recipes

During Tuesday's memorial to the late Phoenix civil rights icon Calvin C. Goode, hackers interrupted the online service with racial slurs. Kate Gallego, the mayor of Phoenix, talks about the response to the racist hack. And, chef Kathy Gunst says celery is more than a garnish. She shares recipes for a celery salad, soup and a gratin.
13/01/2141m 59s

2 Gorillas Test Positive For COVID-19; Texans Response To Sen. Cruz

At least two gorillas at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park have tested positive for the coronavirus with others are showing symptoms. Also, in Texas, at least two newspapers have criticized Sen. Ted Cruz for amplifying false claims of election fraud that egged on the Capitol rioters. He denies wrongdoing. Lisa Falkenberg, editor of opinion for The Houston Chronicle, discusses their editorial "Resign, Senator Cruz. Your lies cost lives."
13/01/2142m 3s

UFO Report; Why Capitol Security Failed

The $2.3 trillion relief bill signed by Trump in late December includes a request that federal agencies tell Congress what they know about UFOs. Astronomer Seth Shostak explains what the government report might reveal. Also, Washington Post investigative reporter Carol Leonnig details how pro-Trump rioters were able to breach security at the Capitol last week.
12/01/2142m 33s

Houston Methodist 50,000 Vaccinations; Does Deplatforming Work?

Houston Methodist Hospital has distributed 50,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine. CEO Mark Boom talks about the hospital's rollout. And, the flurry of social media bans against Trump in light of last week's storming of the Capitol has given new urgency to a long-simmering question in tech: Does deplatforming work? Elizabeth Dwoskin of The Washington Post joins us.
12/01/2141m 56s

Anti-Death Penalty Activist; Corporations Pull Political Funding

The Trump administration resumed federal executions this summer after a 17-year hiatus. Sister Helen Prejean, a Catholic nun and anti-death-penalty activist, talks about why she believes the death penalty should be abolished. And, CBS's Jill Schlesinger talks about how businesses are responding to the Capitol riot last week.
11/01/2142m 13s

Potential For More Extremist Violence; Tech Companies Take Action

Organizations tracking extremist groups say things could get worse before they get better. The mayor of Washington, D.C., is preparing for "armed extremists" on Inauguration Day. The Anti-Defamation League's CEO joins us. Also, after last week's insurrection, Amazon Web Services, Apple and Google have suspended the conservative social media app Parler. This comes after Twitter permanently banned Trump. The Atlantic's Derek Thompson details the fallout.
11/01/2141m 39s

DeRay Mckesson On Police Response Disparities; COVID-19 In Taiwan

The police response on the Capitol Wednesday looked nothing like the images from Black Lives Matter protests over the summer. Police reform advocate DeRay Mckesson talks about the disparities in the U.S. in the right to protest. And, Taiwan has had remarkable success staving off the pandemic compared to other countries. KPCC's Josie Huang traveled there to visit family and tells us about the protocols.
08/01/2142m 25s

Regina King Directing Debut; Viral Medical Myths Debunked

We speak with award-winning actor Regina King about her feature film directing debut in "One Night in Miami." Also, Dr. Seema Yasmin, author of "Viral BS: Medical Myths and Why We Fall for Them," debunks common medical misinformation.
08/01/2142m 28s

Historian Ibram X. Kendi On Capitol Mob; What Is A Coup?

Many have noted the difference in how pro-Trump extremists were treated by police on Wednesday at the Capitol compared to how Black Lives Matter protesters have been treated in the past. Historian Ibram X. Kendi discusses. Also, Atlantic magazine writer Zeynep Tufekci has been using the word "coup" to describe Trump's actions since he lost the election in November. She explains what a coup means.
07/01/2141m 59s

How Lack Of Security Let Extremists Storm Capitol; State Of The GOP

National security analyst Malcolm Nance talks about the lack of security that allowed a mob of extremists to storm the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. And, CNN political commentator Alice Stewart examines the current state of the Republican party and it's possible future, as lawmakers begin to distance themselves from President Trump and attempt to carve a new path forward.
07/01/2142m 25s

Black Grassroots Organizers In Georgia; How To Live Longer

Britney Whaley, a political strategist for the Working Families Party, explains how grassroots organizing paved the way for recent Democratic wins in Georgia. Also, relationships, volunteering and simple acts of kindness can help with the process of "Growing Young," science writer Marta Zaraska says. We talk to her about her new book on the topic.
06/01/2142m 20s

Vaccine Distribution Issues; Pro-Trump Protests In D.C.

Just over 4.8 million people in the U.S. have now received a dose of the coronavirus vaccine, though 17 million doses have already been delivered to states. Dr. Oscar Alleyne talks about the issue and possible solutions. And, Congress will certify Joe Biden's victory on Wednesday, as pro-Trump protesters march in D.C. to decry what they consider a stolen election. WAMU's Dominique Maria Bonessi has the latest.
06/01/2142m 4s

Writer John Ridley Takes On DC Universe; Georgia Coroner

John Ridley talks about his comic book projects, "Future State: The Next Batman" and "The Other History of the DC Universe." Ridley won an Oscar in 2014 for his screenplay for "12 Years a Slave." And, as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in some parts of the country, we check in with Dougherty County coroner Michael Fowler about the virus in Georgia.
05/01/2141m 52s

Iran Asks Interpol To Arrest Trump; Demand For Lithium Grows

Iran rang in the new year with a series of provocative actions — including a request for Interpol to arrest President Trump and dozens of other American officials for the 2020 assassination of a top Iranian general. NPR's Greg Myre has the story. Also, Nevada has the only lithium mine in the U.S., and the state is poised to capitalize on the growing demand for the mineral. KUNR's Noah Glick reports.
05/01/2142m 11s

Our Post-Pandemic Future; Legality Of Trump's Call

Jeffrey Cole, director of The Center for the Digital Future, makes some predictions about how we will work, learn, and shop after the pandemic is over. He also predicts tech companies like Amazon and Alphabet are only just getting started. Also, we examine the possible legal implications of President Trump's recorded call to Georgia's Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.
04/01/2142m 36s

David Attenborough's New Documentary; Driverless Cars

Sir David Attenborough and executive producer Alastair Fothergill tell us about their new documentary series, "A Perfect Planet." And, join host Peter O'Dowd on a ride through Phoenix in one of Waymo's driverless cars.
04/01/2142m 0s

Journalist Dan Rather; NFL Cheerleader Pay Gap Documentary

Legendary journalist Dan Rather is honored in Slate's 80 Over 80 list, featuring the most influential Americans 80 years old and older. Rather talks about his career, lessons learned and what he's hopeful for in the new year. Also, host Tonya Mosley talks with director and producer Yu Gu about her new documentary, "A Woman's Work: The NFL's Cheerleader Problem."
01/01/2141m 24s

Brexit's New Borders; Historian On 2020

There was a seismic shift Friday in relations between the European Union and Britain as Brexit became finalized. We check in with reporters on both sides of the English Channel. Also, 2020 was certainly a year for the history books, with a pandemic, an election and an impeachment. We speak with historian Douglas Brinkley about what lies ahead and what we've left behind.
01/01/2141m 59s

Congress Wipes Federal Loans For HBCUs; Russia In 2020

Tucked in the omnibus spending bill signed by Trump this week, Congress wiped away federal loans historically Black colleges and universities took on to pay for improvements and repairs. Howard University President Wayne A. I. Frederick talks about the legislation. Russia's death toll from the pandemic is three times higher than what's been reported, according to the country's health officials. BBC's Steve Rosenberg in Moscow has the latest.
31/12/2042m 12s

Barriers To Breastfeeding; Changing Perceptions Of The US Flag

The first U.S. government dietary guidelines for infants and toddlers recommend feeding only breast milk for at least six months. Lactation consultant Carrie Pawlowski explains the challenges of breastfeeding. Also, we speak with political science professor Ben Gaskins about what changing perceptions of the U.S. flag tells us about who we are as a country.
31/12/2042m 12s

Unemployment Questions, Answered; Why Antacids Are Selling Out

The coronavirus relief bill that Trump signed on Sunday also includes extended support for unemployed people. Michele Evermore, senior policy analyst with the National Employment Law Project, answers questions about unemployment. And, Dr. Thomas Carroll of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston talks about why antacids like Tums are selling out, and how the stress-induced shortage is affecting people with serious acid reflux disorders.
30/12/2042m 51s

Fallen Journalists Memorial Act; Remembering COVID-19 Victims

President Trump signed into law last week the Fallen Journalists Memorial Act, authorizing the construction of a memorial to slain journalists. The push behind this act came after the 2018 Capital Gazette shooting. Maria Hiaasen, one of the widows from that day, talks about the memorial and her husband's legacy. Also, as this difficult year comes to a close, we remember some of the more than 338,000 lives lost to COVID-19 in the U.S.
30/12/2043m 23s

Recipes For An Intimate New Year's Celebration; Housing In 2020

This year many of us will be celebrating New Year's Eve with our immediate family or pandemic pods. Resident chef Kathy Gunst shares suggestions for a simple yet festive menu. And, the pandemic put housing front and center in 2020. We take a look at what we can expect in the new year with author Aaron Glantz.
29/12/2044m 32s

Clinic Helps Pets And Owners; Debunking Election, Vaccine Misinformation

One clinic in Seattle has both veterinarians and doctors so people without housing can get care for their pets and themselves. Joanne Silberner reports for KNKX. Also, conspiracy theories keep flying about the 2020 election. Many involve Dominion, the American company that provided election equipment to dozens of states. Camille Knox, a researcher with the fact-checking website Snopes, sorts fact from fiction.
29/12/2044m 36s

The Real Wonder Woman; Biscayne Bay Sea Turtles Bounce Back

We return to our conversation with Stanford historian Adrienne Mayor about the real Scythian warriors that the Wonder Woman character is based on. And, climate change is heating up the beaches where sea turtles nest and the waters where they live. But there's potentially good news about sea turtles in South Florida near Biscayne Bay. Jenny Staletovich of WLRN reports.
28/12/2041m 19s

Personal Finance Tips For 2021; Tech Year In Review

The pandemic brought on the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Personal finance expert Jill Schlesinger joins us with her tips for financial preparation in 2021. Also, this year, we turned Zoom into a verb, Airbnb into a pandemic refuge and watched as lawmakers accused big tech of illegally squashing the competition. Ina Fried of Axios and Rani Molla of Recode look back at some major tech stories in 2020.
28/12/2041m 27s

Christmas Music To Light The Darkness; Reflecting On 2020

This year, host Robin Young's yearly visit with her former choir director, Ron Cohen, focuses on songs of light and hope for this pandemic Christmas. And, as part of our series of year-end conversations to close out 2020, BBC chief international correspondent and veteran foreign reporter Lyse Doucet talks about what she has seen this year.
25/12/2042m 27s

Top Climate Stories Of 2020; Searching For Elves In Iceland

Scientific American senior editor Mark Fischetti joins us to tick through some of the most monumental climate news of the year that's coming to a close. And, when Here & Now spent a week in Iceland covering environmental issues last year, we also heard about elves everywhere we went. So for Christmas, we're bringing back our visit to Iceland's elf region, and of course, its Elf School.
25/12/2043m 50s

Pandemic Music; Story Behind 'White Christmas' Song

Music opinionator Fran Hoepfner explains why she thinks Amilcare Ponchielli's "Dance of the Hours" and the "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah" song are perfect listening while the days go by during the pandemic. Also, "White Christmas" by composer Irving Berlin is a holiday favorite. But as Katy Sewall reports, the bestselling song has a melancholy backstory.
24/12/2043m 49s

Top News Stories Of 2020; Family Estrangement During Holidays

CNN's Christiane Amanpour joins us to discuss the top news stories of 2020. And, a survey by sociologist Karl Pillemer revealed that about 25% of people live with some kind of family estrangement, and those damaged relationships take a toll — mentally and physically. His new book, "Fault Lines: Fractured Families and How to Mend Them," addresses this, as well as how to mend these relationships. He joins us to discuss.
24/12/2043m 43s

Vaccine Distribution Disparities; 'News Of The World' Movie

At least 67 low-income countries may not get access to COVID-19 vaccines until 2021. Dr. Mohga Kamal-Yanni explains what must be done to make the distribution of coronavirus vaccines around the world equitable. Also, writer-director Paul Greengrass talks about his new film, "News of the World," which stars Tom Hanks and Helena Zengel.
23/12/2044m 12s

Coronavirus In 2021 And Beyond; Adapting Downtowns For Colder Months

Nicholas Christakis, physician and Yale University professor, talks about how the coronavirus pandemic will continue to affect our lives through 2021 and beyond. And, the Winter Places competition solicited 65 proposals to revitalize the country's main streets for winter — think fire pits, warming huts, outdoor lights and movies. Jonathan Berk, creative director at Bench Consulting, talks about the ideas and the inspiration behind them.
23/12/2043m 44s

Online Puppy Scams; Top Science Stories Of 2020

A new Better Business Bureau investigation shows the number of pet frauds in November was five times higher than it was in 2017. Steve Baker, an international investigations specialist with the BBB, explains what consumers can do to protect themselves. Also, the pandemic has dominated the headlines this year, but there are plenty of other science stories from 2020. Scientific American editor-in-chief Laura Helmuth shares some of her favorites.
22/12/2043m 41s

Understand Grieving As A Lifelong Process; Why Species Are Dying Out

Nearly 320,000 Americans have died of COVID-19, leaving 10 times as many grieving. "The After Grief" author Hope Edelman joins us to talk about grieving. And, the International Union for Conservation of Nature has updated its list of extinct and endangered species. Jon Paul Rodriguez of the IUCN's Species Survival Commission explains why some certain species are dying out.
22/12/2044m 24s

Cleaning Notre Dame With Lasers; Who Qualifies For $600 Checks?

Time magazine Paris correspondent Vivienne Walt and Chicago-based art restoration expert Bartosz Dajnowski join us to discuss the restoration of the Notre Dame Cathedral after a devastating fire last year. And, many Americans will soon receive another direct payment from the federal government as part of the new pandemic relief package. CBS News business analyst Jill Schlesinger explains who will get the $600 checks.
21/12/2044m 32s

'Mank' On Netflix; New York's Struggling MTA

New Netflix film "Mank" centers around Herman Mankiewicz, the writer who wrote the screenplay for "Citizen Kane." We speak with Mankiewicz's grandsons Josh Mankiewicz and Ben Mankiewicz about their grandfather and family. Also, the congressional relief package includes $4 billion for New York's Metropolitan Transportation Agency. The MTA is in a deep financial hole because ridership and revenue plummeted during the pandemic. We talk to the CEO of the MTA about the pandemic's impacts.
21/12/2044m 19s

'Imagine: Reflections On Peace' Book; Amazon Destruction

How does a country that's suffered searing conflict — such as Rwanda, Cambodia and Northern Ireland — survive? That's the inspiration behind the VII Foundation's multimedia project called "Imagine: Reflections on Peace." We speak with two of the authors. Also, Amazon rainforest deforestation is at a 12-year high, according to Brazilian satellite imagery. Moira Birss of Amazon Watch explains how banks and other U.S. financial institutions make this destruction possible.
18/12/2042m 33s

'The Mandalorian' Set Designer; FDA Panel Endorses Moderna Vaccine

"The Mandalorian" season two has taken viewers all over the galaxy. Production designer Andrew L. Jones talks about crafting the show's distant sets. And, a panel of advisors to the FDA voted to recommend that Moderna's vaccine be approved. The agency is expected to act on that as soon as Friday. Walter Orenstein, who is advising Moderna and a participant in the company's vaccine trial, joins us.
18/12/2042m 40s

Acts Of Kindness; Oklahoma Teachers And The Vaccine

As restrictions on social gatherings tighten and many people are asked to shelter-in-place to slow the spread of the coronavirus, it is easy to get caught up in the bad news these days. But amid the pandemic, people are participating in random acts of kindness. Also, Catherine Sweeney of StateImpact Oklahoma discusses the state's possible move to prioritize vaccinating teachers.
17/12/2042m 32s

Forest Whitaker In 'Jingle Jangle'; The Legacy Of Sen. Joseph McCarthy

Actor Forest Whitaker talks about his role in the Netflix musical "Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey." And, author Larry Tye writes about former Sen. Joseph McCarthy in his new book, "Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy." Tye speaks about what McCarthy's legacy can tell us about politics today.
17/12/2042m 45s

How Santas Are Reimagining Christmas; The Death Penalty In 2020

Executions and death sentences reached historic lows this year, a trend that was on pace even before COVID-19 brought most trials and executions to a halt. We speak with the director of the Death Penalty Information Center, which just released its annual report. And, even people who portray Santa are finding creative ways to connect with others safely during the pandemic. Tom Carmody, a Santa in Colorado, joins us.
16/12/2042m 12s

Ijeoma Oluo's New Book; Food Gifts To Make Or Buy

Author Ijeoma Oluo's new book, "Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America," is tackling the issue of white supremacy. She joins us to discuss. Also, chef Kathy Gunst says making food gifts from your own kitchen is one of the most meaningful presents you can give. She shares her favorite recipes and gifts to give this holiday season.
16/12/2042m 38s

Yo-Yo Ma's 'Songs Of Comfort And Hope'; Pandemic Philanthropy

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma talks about "Songs of Comfort and Hope," the new album he's recorded with British pianist Kathryn Stott. And, for many philanthropic organizations like The Kresge Foundation, the challenge presented by the coronavirus means shifting strategies and priorities. CEO Rip Rapson joins us to discuss the need for federal aid.
15/12/2042m 39s

Baltimore's New Progressive Mayor; Minimum Wage Debate

Newly inaugurated Mayor Brandon Scott must lead Baltimore, a city already beset by twin epidemics of gun violence and drugs, during the pandemic. He discusses his progressive approach. Also, business groups say increasing minimum wages during the pandemic could be the nail in the coffin for many companies, especially smaller ones, and they're lobbying lawmakers to delay the hourly wage hikes. Many economists, however, say workers need more pay to make it through the crisis.
15/12/2042m 30s

The Future Of Malls; Cable News After Trump Era

Mark Cohen, director of retail studies at Columbia Business School, says "super-regional malls," with multiple levels and anchor stores, are likely to "continue to be successful" but lesser malls are in "tremendous jeopardy" due to changing shopping habits. Also, as NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik explains, recent changes inside cable news networks could define how the media covers the presidency and politics in the post-Trump era.
14/12/2042m 35s

Global Access To COVID-19 Vaccine; Cleveland To Rename Baseball Team

As vaccine candidates roll out across the West, poorer countries are being left behind. Thomas Bollyky, director of the global health program at the Council on Foreign Relations, talks about this emerging crisis. And, Cleveland's MLB team is going to drop its name. Native American groups have long said the team name is racist and demeaning. Sundance, the executive director of the Cleveland American Indian Movement, joins us.
14/12/2042m 30s

Lab-Grown Chicken Meat; Natalia Lafourcade's Fundraising Album

Singapore recently gave regulatory approval to a U.S.-based start-up behind chicken meat that does not come from slaughtered animals but is instead cultured in a laboratory. We speak with the CEO of Eat Just. Also, singer-songwriter Natalia Lafourcade discusses her album "Un Canto Por Mexico." All album proceeds benefit the reconstruction of a vital cultural center in Mexico.
11/12/2043m 4s

Holiday Traditions During The Pandemic; Small Town Lake Monster

During the pandemic, people are changing the way they celebrate old and new holiday traditions. We talk with two professors about what it's like to observe traditions and rituals during this time. And, Port Henry in New York is home to 1,200 residents and one local lake monster named Champ. Some residents are banking that Champ could help jumpstart their economy.
11/12/2042m 43s

Former FDA Commissioner On Pfizer Vaccine; 'Black Futures' Editors

Former Food and Drug Administration commissioner Mark McClellan says he would take Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine, which is up for emergency use authorization Thursday before an FDA advisory panel. And, Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham, the editors of "Black Futures," talk about what it means to be Black and alive right now and creating an archive of this current moment.
10/12/2041m 59s

'A Christmas Carol' Goes Virtual; Hotline Supports Doctors In Crisis

With the pandemic shutting down theaters, productions of "A Christmas Carol" are going virtual. We speak with the directors of three productions. And, Philadelphia psychiatrist Mona Masood anticipated how doctors would be affected by the pandemic way back in March and started the psychiatrist-staffed Physician Support Line. She joins us with a hotline volunteer psychiatrist to talk about the work they're doing.
10/12/2042m 39s

Best Cookbooks Of 2020; 'Farewell Amor' Star Jayme Lawson

Resident chef Kathy Gunst shares her top five favorite cookbooks of the year. Also, we speak with actor Jayme Lawson about her new film "Farewell Amor" and how she was able to find success so early in her career.
09/12/2042m 50s

The Case For Sustainable Cities; Time Magazine's 'Kid Of The Year'

Architect Vishaan Chakrabarti has long pushed for more people to live in well-designed, dense cities. He joins us to make the case for cities as the future to save the planet. And, 15-year-old scientist Gitanjali Rao joins us to discuss being named Time Magazine's first "Kid of the Year."
09/12/2043m 32s

Anti-Vaccine Movement Grows; Pandemic Dating Dilemma

Experts agree a COVID-19 vaccine is our best shot at ending the pandemic. But as the virus spreads, so does the anti-vaccine movement, fueled by those who believe misinformation and conspiracies about vaccines. Renee DiResta, an expert on the anti-vaccine movement, explains. Also, as winter approaches, many single people are looking for love. WAMU's Rachel Kurzius describes what the search for a significant other looks like during the pandemic.
08/12/2043m 36s

How Biden Can Tackle Plastic Waste; Ancient Cliff Art In The Amazon

Archaeologists have made a spectacular discovery deep in the Amazon jungle: tens of thousands of paintings strewn across eight miles of cliff faces that date back to the last Ice Age. We talk with a researcher about "the Sistine Chapel of the ancients." And, Beyond Plastics President Judith Enck joins us to outline what steps President-elect Joe Biden can take to curb plastic pollution.
08/12/2043m 3s

Student Loan Debt Relief Extension; Vets And COVID-19 Vaccine Trials

Millions of federal student-loan borrowers are off the hook until at least February. The Department of Education has extended the payment pause that was set to expire at the end of this year. Also, dozens of hospitals under the Department of Veterans Affairs are calling on veterans to volunteer in the vaccine trials that their hospitals are involved in. WUSF's Stephanie Colombini explains how one study at the Tampa VA in Florida is progressing.
07/12/2043m 20s

Gazing At The December Night Sky; COVID-19 Holiday Surge

It's been nearly 400 years since Jupiter and Saturn were as close together as they will be during this year's winter solstice on Dec. 21. And the Great Conjunction is just one of the astronomical shows visible in the month of December, astronomer Dean Regas says. And, the U.S. is consistently logging more than 200,000 new cases of coronavirus each day as the pandemic continues to surge across the country. Dr. Tom Inglesby joins us
07/12/2043m 53s

Rural Health Care And COVID-19; Holiday Books

Rural health care is complicated by small, isolated communities, limited resources and social stigmas around getting treatment. The pandemic has put these struggles in stark relief. Joey Traywick, a nurse with St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings, Montana, talks about his experiences. Also, Petra Mayer of NPR Books discusses book sales during the pandemic as well as a few of her favorite reads for the holiday season.
04/12/2041m 47s

US Coin Shortage; COVID-19 Outbreak At Mink Farms

Earlier this year, the pandemic spurred a shortage of coins in the U.S. While more coins are slowing rolling through the economy again, the shortage highlighted the broader implications of moving away from physical currency. Jay Zagorsky, professor at Boston University, explains. Also, the impact of COVID-19 outbreaks at U.S. mink farms could be devasting. In Denmark, the government recently ordered the culling of millions of COVID-infected mink. WUWM's Chuck Quirmbach reports.
04/12/2042m 0s

'Half Brothers' Star Luis Gerardo Méndez; Tegu Lizards Invade The South

"Half Brothers" star Luis Gerardo Méndez joins us to talk about the need for more authentic portrayals of Mexicans in film. The new movie tells the story of a Mexican aviation executive who learns he has a half-brother in America. And, lizards that can grow up to 4 feet long are invading the American South. The Argentine black-and-white tegu first appeared in the Florida Everglades nearly a decade ago, but now are being seen in Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina.
03/12/2042m 11s

Detecting COVID-19 Through Sound; Climate Change And Auto Fuel Standards

Some scientists say they can narrow down who should be tested for COVID-19 by using sounds hidden in human vocal cords. Brett Dahlberg with IEEE Spectrum reports. Also, the Biden administration plans to tackle climate change, and it has the support of businesses to take swift action. Last week General Motors dropped its support of the Trump administration's legal fight against California's strict fuel-efficiency standards, indicating that it's eager to work with Biden.
03/12/2041m 33s

Long-Term Effects Of Evictions; Ski Season And The Pandemic

The federal government's moratorium on evictions expires at the end of the year. In some states, including Georgia, evictions can have long-lasting consequences for tenants. WABE's Stephannie Stokes reports. Also, ski season is underway, and it's bumping up against spikes in COVID-19 cases across the country. Resorts have put safety protocols in place, but will they be enough? Colorado Public Radio's Sarah Mulholland has the story.
02/12/2041m 42s

COVID-19 Survivor Shows Gratitude; Arecibo Telescope Collapses

After being put on a ventilator while fighting COVID-19, Jeff Gerson launched a project to find the more than 134 hospital workers who attended to him. Gerson joins us to tell his story. And, the Arecibo telescope — a platform of radio receivers suspended over a massive dish — collapsed on Tuesday in Puerto Rico. We talk with Alyssa Goodman, astronomy professor at Harvard University.
02/12/2041m 53s

Mysterious Obelisk In Utah Disappears; World AIDS Day

A week after its discovery, a mysterious 9-foot steel obelisk in the Utah wilderness has disappeared. No one knows who removed the object. Zak Podmore of The Salt Lake Tribune reports. Also, nearly 40 years after HIV/AIDS was first detected, more than 30 million have died. One of the co-founders of activist group ACT UP reflects on what progress has been made since the 1980s.
01/12/2042m 26s

'Saint Maker' Author; Restaurant Tests For COVID-19 Upon Entering

Father Emil Kapaun died in a prisoner of war camp during the Korean War but not before saving the lives of countless fellow prisoners. A new book, "The Saint Makers" by Joe Drape, tells Kapaun's story and also details the campaign to make him a saint. Drape joins us. And, one New York City restaurant is testing employees and guests before they're allowed into the dining room. We talk with CEO of City Winery NYC, Michael Dorf.
01/12/2041m 24s

Democrats Make History In The Southwest; At-Home COVID-19 Tests

Democrats made history in the Southwest in the 2020 election. We speak with two politics professors about the signs that perhaps that the Sun Belt may be just as important as the Rust Belt in future elections. And, epidemiologist Michael Mina says at-home tests could be one of the country's most effective tools against COVID-19. He joins us to explain how at-home tests could stop the pandemic by Christmas.
30/11/2041m 35s

Nevada Coroner Worried About Morgue Capacity; Historic Hurricane Season

As surges in COVID-19 cases strain hospital capacity across the U.S., morgue capacity is also a growing concern for the coroner of Washoe County, Nevada. Dr. Laura Knight has been preparing for a scenario where she could run out of space in the weeks ahead. Also, a record-breaking hurricane season ends on Monday. We review the historic weather with meteorologist Jeff Huffman.
30/11/2041m 51s

Holocaust Education Requirements; Police Disability Training

The Arizona Board of Education has made it a requirement that middle and high school students learn about the Holocaust and other genocides. Kim Klett, an English teacher at Dobson High School in Mesa, Arizona, joins us. And, the sheriff's department in Ellis County, Texas, is expanding disability and mental health training, after an incident in 2018 where a disabled man was hospitalized following his arrest. KERA's Bekah Morr has this story.
27/11/2042m 32s

Thanksgiving Leftover Ideas; Detecting COVID-19 Through Sound

Though the Thanksgiving meal might have been smaller this year, there may still be leftovers. Chef Kathy Gunst shares some of her leftover ideas. Also, a COVID-19 surge is putting pressure on testing supplies. Now, some scientists think they might have found a way to relieve that pressure. They say they can narrow down who should be tested by using sounds hidden in human vocal cords. IEEE Spectrum's Brett Dahlberg reports.
27/11/2042m 28s

Pandemic Effects Charitable Giving; COVID-19 And Native Americans

Chances are you didn't run your annual turkey trot this year. While some races went virtual, asking participants to run on their own and send a donation, others canceled altogether. So what does that mean for charity dollars during the giving season? Stacy Palmer of the Chronicle of Philanthropy explains the challenges. Also, Native Americans are among the hardest hit by COVID-19. We get an update on the situation.
26/11/2042m 14s

Annual Trip To See The Snow Geese; Covering The Middle East

As we do every Thanksgiving, we'll take a visit to see the snow geese in Vermont with host Robin Young and her late uncle Lachlan Maclachlan Field. And, Jane Arraf has covered Egypt, Iraq, and other parts of the Middle East for NPR News for the past four years. Before she leaves NPR for her next chapter at the New York Times, she joins us to talk about this region she knows so well and the stories she's done for public radio.
26/11/2041m 48s

National Day Of Mourning; Yuma Homeless Shelter Thanksgiving Meal

For Native peoples, Thanksgiving is not a day to rejoice. It's a day of mourning. We talk to the granddaughter of one of the founders of the National Day of Mourning, which is honored every Thanksgiving in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Also, we visit Crossroads Mission, a homeless shelter in Yuma, Arizona, ahead of their yearly Thanksgiving meal, which due to the pandemic is a lot smaller and less social.
25/11/2041m 44s

Grasping At Gratitude In 2020; Limiting Kids' Screen Time

Many people have lost loved ones in 2020. Family members and friends are choosing to stay apart this Thanksgiving to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Two interfaith leaders in Oklahoma have some thoughts on giving thanks this holiday season. And, now that virtual learning has become the new norm, parents are struggling to limit screen time for kids. We talk with a mom of three and get some nuanced guidance.
25/11/2041m 22s

'Ready Player Two' Author; Biden's Cabinet Nominations

Author Ernest Cline talks about "Ready Player Two," his sequel to the best selling "Ready Player One." The first book became a hit film directed by Steven Spielberg. And, NPR's Domenico Montanaro joins us to discuss the history-making names that President-elect Joe Biden is floating for his cabinet and what their selection means for governance and his administration.
24/11/2041m 44s

Supply Chains And The Pandemic; A Funeral Director's View Of COVID-19

Harvard University professor Willy Shih says while we may see some brief, local shortages of items this winter, stores have learned a lot about making their supply chains more resilient this past year. Also, COVID-19 deaths continue to spike in El Paso, Texas. Jorge Ortiz sees this devastation up close as a funeral manager. These days, his job includes figuring out where to store so many bodies and how to hold drive-through funerals. KERA's Mallory Falk has the story.
24/11/2041m 59s

Hyperloop's First Human Riders; SUNY Chancellor On Thanksgiving Travel

Virgin Hyperloop is the first company to conduct a test of its new hyperloop technology with human passengers. Sara Luchian was one of the two passengers on the first test ride earlier this month. And, the surging coronavirus pandemic has complicated the annual college student exodus for Thanksgiving. At The State University of New York system, known as SUNY, all students will be required to provide proof of negative test results before they're allowed to leave. Jim Malatras, chancellor of the SUNY system, joins us.
23/11/2041m 23s

Zoom Accessibility; Causes Of Student Loan Debt

Zoom has been the clear favorite to connect people during the pandemic. Hearing health advocates, however, say it hasn't connected everyone. One advocate explains her efforts to get Zoom's closed captioning out from behind a paywall. Also, the incoming Biden administration has signaled that it is willing to consider some form of student loan debt forgiveness, but critics worry it will not address the root causes. Kevin Carey of the New America's Education Policy discusses what is driving debt growth.
23/11/2041m 29s

Arizona Farmworkers And COVID-19; Coronavirus At-Home Tests

As the busy winter lettuce season hits full swing in Yuma, Arizona, migrant workers and farmers are trying to avoid a COVID-19 outbreak. We visit the border region, where 90% of the country's winter lettuce crop is grown. Also, the Food and Drug Administration greenlighted a new at-home coronavirus test. The prescription-only kit will cost under $50. Cleveland Clinic's Dr. Gary Procop explains.
20/11/2041m 53s

Criminalizing Protests; What Climate Activists Want From Biden

Civil rights lawyer Nora Benavidez joins us to discuss a growing number of states where lawmakers are passing or proposing laws to criminalize protest activity. And, climate activists have asked the incoming Biden administration not to hire anyone with ties to the oil and gas industries. Already they've been disappointed by his hiring of Rep. Cedric Richmond. Varshini Prakash, executive director of the Sunrise Movement, joins us.
20/11/2041m 41s

Stephen Miller's Rise To Power; Michael J. Fox Memoir

Investigative reporter and author Jean Guerrero talks about Trump adviser Stephen Miller's rise to power and the lasting legacy of the controversial immigration policies he shaped. And, Michael J. Fox joins us to discuss his new book "No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality."
19/11/2041m 33s

The Future Of Trump's Border Wall; Rockefeller Christmas Tree Owl

Host Peter O'Dowd went to Yuma, Arizona, to see what two local elected officials think should happen to President Trump's border wall after he leaves office. He speaks with Yuma Mayor Douglas Nicholls and the Vice Mayor of San Luis, Arizona, Matias Rosales. And, a worker helping set up the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree found a tiny owl on Monday hidden inside the 75-foot tall Norway spruce. Ellen Kalish of the Ravensbeard Wildlife Center talks about caring for the owl and her plans to release him this weekend.
19/11/2041m 38s

California Restaurant Owner; Foster Parents Look To Unionize

California is now floating the idea of implementing a curfew to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Many businesses have had to scale back operations, including restaurants, which are no longer allowed to offer indoor dining. We speak with one owner about the impact on his restaurants. And, foster parents had a difficult job before the pandemic. Now, the added work of home schooling, visitation and personal protective equipment has propelled an effort by some Massachusetts foster parents to try to form a union to help.
18/11/2041m 43s

Cooking A Smaller Thanksgiving; COVID-19 Double Lung Transplant

COVID-19 has caused home cooks in many households to scale down their Thanksgiving feasts. Resident chef Kathy Gunst joins us with recipes and suggestions. And, with no pre-existing conditions, Thomas Steele anticipated a speedy recovery from COVID-19. But after less than a week, he found himself gasping for air with plunging oxygen levels. We speak with Steele and the surgeon who performed a double lung transplant that saved his life.
18/11/2042m 9s

NATO Warning On U.S. Troop Drawdown; Democracy Vs. Republic

Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Retired Adm. James Stavridis, joins us to discuss the impact of President Trump's planned troop drawdown in Afghanistan and Iraq. And, some on the right are arguing that the U.S. is a republic, rather than a democracy. We get to the bottom of what's true with political science professor George Thomas.
17/11/2041m 44s

USPS Workers Rally For Aid; US Chamber Of Commerce's COVID-19 Message

U.S. Postal Service workers are uniting for a national day of action Tuesday in cities throughout the country to call for more support from Congress. Lori Cash, a sales and distribution clerk at the local post office in Lancaster, New York, talks about worker morale. And, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is stressing the importance of following the science to beat the coronavirus pandemic and therefore reopening businesses and helping the economy. President Suzanne Clark joins us.
17/11/2042m 3s

LA District Attorney-Elect George Gascón; Kentucky, Massachusetts Political Divide

Los Angeles County's newly elected District Attorney George Gascón joins us to discuss his progressive agenda and how he plans to work with both law enforcement and the criminal justice activists that supported his campaign. And two years ago, we brought you a conversation between liberals from western Massachusetts and conservatives in Kentucky. Host Robin Young checks in with them again to find out how they're managing to stay connected in divisive times.
16/11/2042m 9s

Seasonal Affective Disorder Hits Harder; Flu Season Begins

As the hours of daytime grow shorter and winter approaches, many Americans will feel the onset of Seasonal Affective Disorder. Characterized by lethargy, sadness and loneliness, SAD affects about 5% of U.S. adults. A clinical health psychologist explains SAD's impact. Also, flu season has begun. Connecticut Public Radio's Nicole Leonard spoke with health experts about how they're approaching the flu differently during a pandemic.
13/11/2042m 52s

'Scattering CJ' Documentary; DACA Recipient's Expectations For Biden

CJ Twomey's suicide is the subject of a documentary from Spark Media, called "Scattering CJ." His mother, Hallie Twomey, talks about her son's death and scattering his ashes in more than 1,000 places around the globe. And, President-elect Joe Biden has promised to extend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. DACA recipient Reyna Montoya reacts to his victory.
13/11/2043m 6s

The Future Of The Republican Party; Climate Change Reporters

Lincoln Project member Stuart Stevens says the Republican Party is doomed in its current form as the "party of white grievance" as demographic trends continue to make the country less white and therefore less Republican. He talks about the future of the GOP following Trump's loss. And, President-elect Joe Biden has vowed to make climate change a priority. We speak with climate change reporters from around the country about what Biden faces.
12/11/2043m 9s

200 Queen Murder Hornets; Election Polling Failures

The first murder hornet nest was found and destroyed in Washington last month. Inside the nest, scientists found 200 queens that would likely have left and started their own colonies. Chris Looney, an entomologist, explains. Also, pollsters predicted big wins for Democrats this election. While Joe Biden is the president-elect, the other predictions have failed to come to fruition. Undark Magazine's Michael Schulson discusses the reliability of polling in 2020.
12/11/2043m 13s

1967 Beer Run To Vietnam; Hong Kong Democracy Movement In Peril

We talk to John "Chick" Donohue about his memoir, "The Greatest Beer Run Ever: A Memoir of Friendship, Loyalty and War." The book tells the story of a trip Donohue made to Vietnam in November 1967 to deliver beer to his buddies. Also, all of Hong Kong's pro-democracy lawmakers are resigning after four of their colleagues were disqualified by the government. NPR's Emily Feng in Beijing has the latest on China's efforts to clamp down on any bid for independence.
11/11/2041m 37s

A Volatile Veterans Day; Tips For Co-Parenting During The Pandemic

As the nation marks Veterans Day, President Trump is refusing to concede and cleaning house at the Pentagon. One Iraq War veteran Paul Rieckhoff calls this the most volatile Veterans Day in his lifetime. And, Dr. Jann Blackstone shares tips for co-parenting during the pandemic.
11/11/2042m 32s

COVID-19 Testing Options; Lawyer On Groundless Voter Fraud Claims

As the number of coronavirus cases surges across the U.S., the demand for testing increases. We speak with Dr. Daniel Rhoads of the Cleveland Clinic about the different types of COVID-19 tests and how reliable they are. Also, we talk to Trevor Potter, a "historically Republican" lawyer, about Trump's baseless voter fraud claims which the U.S. attorney general said in a letter that U.S. prosecutors are now allowed to investigate. Potter says there are no credible claims of voter fraud.
10/11/2041m 37s

What Trump Faces Leaving Office; Rep. Adam Smith On Esper's Removal

What will happen to President Trump when he leaves office in January? Jane Mayer, chief Washington correspondent at the New Yorker, talks about Trump's post-White House future. And, Democratic Congressman Adam Smith of Washington, who is also chair of the House Armed Services Committee, discusses Trump's removal of Defense Secretary Mark Esper from his position.
10/11/2041m 36s

Black Women Organizers Make Georgia A Swing State; Transitions Of Power

LaTosha Brown, co-founder of Black Voters Matter, talks about her work getting out the vote in Georgia and how Black women political organizers turned the Peach State into a contested swing state. And, as the General Services Administration hesitates to sign a letter that would declare Joe Biden the winner of this year's election, key funding, email addresses and office space are being withheld from the president-elect's administration. We talk with Max Stier, president and CEO of The Public Service Partnership, about peaceful transitions of power.
09/11/2042m 41s

New Box Set Celebrates Pylon; Post-Election Voter Voices

Pylon, a short-lived but much-beloved band, became famous for their kinetic live performances. A new box set called "Pylon Box" gives the band's fans a chance to enjoy their music decades after their glory days. Here & Now's Alex Ashlock has the story. Also, after an intense and bruising election season, voters are now processing what the results mean to them. Host Robin Young checks in with three voters we've spoken to in recent months.
09/11/2042m 59s

Role Of Racism In The 2020 Election; Parsing Trump's Rhetoric

Almost half of the electorate voted for President Trump despite his racist rhetoric and failure to condemn white supremacy. We talk with Robin DiAngelo, author of "White Fragility." Also, we speak with Jennifer Mercieca, who has been called the leading authority on President Trump's rhetoric.
06/11/2041m 13s

Unemployed Families On Election; Nurse Blasts Trump's COVID-19 Response

Millions of Americans are still unemployed with no relief in sight. We check in with two listeners who wrote in with their stories and were featured on the show earlier this year. And, in Arizona, one frontline nurse wrote a letter blasting President Trump for his handling of the pandemic, signed by nurses nationwide. We speak with Allison Valdez about why she wrote the letter.
06/11/2040m 48s

COVID-19 Laundry Room Job; Detroit 'Stop The Count' Protest

MJ Ryan of Rhode Island found a unique solution to what's become a common crisis for family members of nursing care patients: the inability to visit their loved ones during the pandemic. She took a part-time job in a care facility's laundry room so she could visit her mother. Also, on Wednesday, a crowd of protesters gathered outside of a vote counting center in Detroit, chanting "stop the count." Sommer Woods helped stave off the crowd and explains what that moment was like.
05/11/2041m 47s

Michigan Secretary Of State On Election Results; Early Exit Polls

Michigan's secretary of state talks about election results, including Trump's campaign asking the courts to stop vote counting in the state. And, exit polls show Trump improved his 2016 performance with nearly every racial group other than white men. In terms of class, Joe Biden performed better with voters making less than $100,000 a year. We talk to reporter Eugene Scott about what early exit polls can tell us about who voted and for whom.
05/11/2040m 58s

Results Of Key Ballot Questions; Georgia Election Update

New Jerseyans have voted yes to legalizing recreational marijuana, Uber and other gig-economy companies in California do not have to classify workers as employees, and Massachusetts will not implement ranked-choice voting. The decisions were among the many ballot initiatives in 32 states. Josh Altic of Ballotpedia discusses the results. Also, as votes continue to be counted, Georgia's results in the presidential election are still up in the air. Reporter Emma Hurt has the latest from Atlanta.
04/11/2041m 48s

Election May Hinge On Legal Challenges; US Exits Paris Climate Accord

Votes are still being counted in several key states as the results of the 2020 election remains unclear. The race for president may still hinge on legal challenges. We speak with Edward Foley, director of election law at Ohio State Moritz College of Law. No matter who the next president is, Wednesday marks the official exit of the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord. We discuss what's next for the U.S. and climate change leadership.
04/11/2041m 29s

Key House, Senate Races To Watch; Comedian David Sedaris

We speak with NPR congressional reporter Claudia Grisales about the key House and Senate races to look out for on Election Day. Also, humorist David Sedaris discusses "The Best of Me," a new collection that he's culled from nearly 30 years of work.
03/11/2041m 23s

Facilitating Civil Conversations About Politics; COVID-19 In Schools

A recent study of 2,000 people found that 62% felt they couldn't express political opinions without offending someone. John Wood Jr., a national leader with the group Braver Angels, talks about bridging the divide. And, Dr. David Rubin says there hasn't been a lot of transmission of the coronavirus at schools that are following rigorous protocols with masks, social distancing and ventilation.
03/11/2041m 34s

Post-Election Resistance; Voter Safety At Polls

Trump has refused to confirm that he'll concede if declared the losing candidate. Many are taking Trump at his word and are training for peaceful resistance to what they call a "power grab." Among those groups is Choose Democracy, founded by longtime activist George Lakey. He joins us to talk about what they are doing. Also, Tammy Patrick, senior advisor at Democracy Fund, explains what to do if you experience voter intimidation at the polls.
02/11/2041m 37s

US Election Misinformation; Florida Felons Vote For The First Time

With less than 24 hours before voters go to the polls, experts wonder about the role misinformation continues to play in their decisions. We talk to two researchers about the source of misinformation and what false information is being spread. And, in Florida, people with felonies who've completed their sentences and paid all outstanding court fees and fines are able to vote in this election. We check in with Desmond Meade, president and executive director of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition.
02/11/2041m 23s

Medieval 'Dies Irae' Scares Today's Audiences; 'Chinatown Pretty' Book

Musicologist Alex Ludwig joins us to discuss the "Dies irae," the medieval funeral chant that has become popular in film scores. And, authors Andria Lo and Valerie Luu talk about their new book "Chinatown Pretty: Fashion and Wisdom from Chinatown's Most Stylish Seniors."
30/10/2042m 15s

Women Voters In Philadelphia Suburbs; COVID-19 Long-Hauler Family

Women in Bucks County, home to some of the suburbs of Philadelphia, will be an important factor in how the swing state of Pennsylvania will lean. Here & Now's Ciku Theuri talks to two women in the county. Also, the Barrios family in Seneca, South Carolina, are COVID-19 long-haulers. They talk to us about their long-term health concerns and financial restraints.
30/10/2041m 46s

William Prince On 'Gospel First Nation'; Cooking With Kids

Singer William Prince talks about his new album "Gospel First Nation." And, with so many children attending school online, it's the perfect time to invite them into the kitchen. Resident chef Kathy Gunst shares three recipes and ideas for bringing kids into the kitchen.
29/10/2041m 46s

'American Selfie' Shows A Country Divided; California Ballot Measures

We talk with filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi about her new documentary, "American Selfie: One Nation Shoots Itself," and the divisions she witnessed when filming people across the country. Also, voters in California are deciding on several high-stakes ballot measures this election — from criminal justice reform to how to classify gig workers. We round up some of the measures with KQED's Scott Shafer.
29/10/2042m 20s

Voters With Disabilities Face Barriers; Chef Thomas Keller

As long lines to vote form, Americans with disabilities face unique barriers to casting their ballots. Sabrina Epstein, whose disability prevents her from standing in line to vote, talks about her challenges and about what government can do to improve accessibility. Also, we speak with chef and restaurateur Thomas Keller about his new book and how his company has fared during the pandemic.
28/10/2042m 10s

Arizona Democrats Mobilize To Turn State Blue; Big Tech Hearings

Polls show Joe Biden ahead in Arizona, and if he wins, it would be the first time the state turned blue since the 1990s. We speak with a director of a grassroots group that has been working to register Democrats to vote. And, the Senate Commerce Committee is asking Google, Facebook and Twitter tough questions on Tuesday. Both Democrats and Republicans have expressed interest in revoking Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 for very different reasons, Recode's Sara Morrison tells us.
28/10/2042m 6s

Real-Life Horror Stories In 'Spooked' Podcast; Police At Polling Stations

Glynn Washington, host of WNYC's "Spooked" podcast, joins us to talk about his real-life paranormal experience as well as other stories that appear on the show. Also, Sean Morales-Doyle, deputy director of the Brennan Center, explains why some states require police at polling stations. While police presence makes some voters feel safer, others say they feel intimidated.
27/10/2042m 17s

Discovery Of Tulsa Massacre Victim Graves; Wisconsin's COVID-19 Surge

It's been nearly 100 years since the Tulsa massacres — where as many as 300 Black Tulsa residents were killed. Now, an archaeological dig at the Oaklawn Cemetery in Tusla has unearthed a dozen victims' coffins. Brenda Alford, whose grandparents were survivors of the massacre, joins us. And, COVID-19 cases are surging in Wisconsin. We talk to an emergency physician there.
27/10/2042m 19s

Amazon Workers Demand Time Off To Vote; Mental Health Crisis

Amazon warehouse workers are threatening to walk off the job this week unless the company gives all its employees paid time off to vote. They are part of a broader push this year for employers to make it easier for Americans to cast their ballots. Also, the American Psychological Association's newest report says the U.S. is "facing a national mental health crisis that could yield serious health and social consequences for years to come." We talk to one of the report's authors about mental health in America.
26/10/2041m 7s

Luke James On 'To Feel Love/d'; Matthew McConaughey Pens 'Greenlights'

Singer and actor Luke James joins us to talk about his latest album, "To Feel Love/d," and what it means to make music during these turbulent times in US history. And, Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey talks about his new book "Greenlights."
26/10/2042m 9s

Zimbabwean Journalist Hopewell Chin'ono; Pennsylvania Voters

Hopewell Chin'ono is a Zimbabwean journalist who was jailed earlier this year for reporting on corruption in Zimbabwe. Out on bail now, he speaks to us about his experience. And, three voters in northeast Pennsylvania react to Thursday night's debate and share their thoughts on the candidates, issues and the election thus far.
23/10/2041m 6s

Pedaling Across The Great Divide; Local Bookstores Struggle To Survive

Nate Hegyi, host of the new podcast "Facing West," pedaled 800 miles on his bike, from Montana through Idaho and Wyoming to Colorado, listening to Americans ahead of the election. He talks about his journey. Also, Amazon has squeezed out small, local book retailers that can't compete. But for Kalima DeSuze, owner of Cafe Con Libros in Brooklyn, the competition and the pandemic are challenges she's willing to face to keep her community-focused bookstore open.
23/10/2041m 12s

Higher Education Challenges; Colorado Wildfire Quadruples Overnight

Ohio Wesleyan University's president speaks with us about what the spring semester will look like amid the pandemic, and why the university is undergoing a round of belt-tightening. Also, the East Troublesome Fire in Grand County, Colorado, exploded in size Wednesday night, prompting mandatory evacuation orders for the town of Grand Lake. Colorado Public Radio's Michael Elizabeth Sakas has the latest.
22/10/2041m 27s

Theodore Roosevelt's Wilderness; COVID-19 Hits Family Farm

By the time he left the presidency, Theodore Roosevelt had saved an unprecedented 230 million acres of American land. A new book traces and deconstructs the positive and negative aspects of his crusading environmental leadership. We speak with the author. And, Denise Price of Louisville, Kentucky, says that she and several of her family members contracted COVID-19 in August and have since recovered. But her father unfortunately did not. We speak with Price about the experience.
22/10/2041m 3s

COVID-19 Surge In Wisconsin; Atlanta Home Equity Theft

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers warned Tuesday that the state's "economy is going to tank" if COVID-19 cases continue to surge. There were 1,192 coronavirus patients hospitalized across the state on Tuesday, a record high. We hear from Dr. Nasia Safdar in Madison. Also, unscrupulous investors are preying on Black homeowners in gentrifying Atlanta. As Stephannie Stokes of WABE reports, that's led to devastating consequences for some low-income owners who are cash poor but equity rich.
21/10/2042m 12s

Ballot Measures In 32 States; A Rare Bird That's Male And Female

Voters in 32 states will decide on ballot measures in this election. They include recreational marijuana legalization, election reform, tax policy and flag design. We talk about what's on the ballot this year with Josh Altic of Ballotpedia. And, researchers in Pennsylvania recently saw a rose-breasted grosbeak that was male on one side and female on the other. Kara Holsopple of The Allegheny Front reports.
21/10/2042m 3s

Rents Decline In US's Most Expensive Cities; Kansas City Evictions

Rents are continuing to fall in some of the most expensive cities in the U.S., including San Francisco, New York, Boston, Seattle and Washington, D.C. Roben Farzad, host of Public Radio's Full Disclosure, discusses the market for renters. Also, we speak with Tara Raghuveer, director of KC Tenants, and Gabrielle Diamond, who is facing the possibility of eviction in Kansas City.
20/10/2041m 24s

Peter Frampton's New Memoir; Military Suicides Rise During Pandemic

Musician Peter Frampton talks about his new memoir, "Do You Feel Like I Do?" And, military suicides have increased by as much as 20% this year compared to the same period in 2019. Sergio Alfaro, a retired Army medic who deployed to Iraq in 2003 and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, joins us.
20/10/2042m 10s

Election Night Expectations; Business Lessons From Former Dunkin' CEO

Senate Democrats have released a report encouraging voters to be patient as some states won't have counted all ballots on election night. We walk through the different scenarios that could take place. Also, we talk with Robert Rosenberg, the CEO of Dunkin' Donuts for 35 years, about his new book "Around the Corner to Around the World: A Dozen Lessons I Learned Running Dunkin' Donuts."
19/10/2042m 20s

Thanksgiving Plans And COVID-19 Risk; The Myth Of Meritocracy

Many families are having tough conversations about whether or not they should gather for Thanksgiving this year as the pandemic continues. Dr. Carlos del Rio discusses how to gather in a way that minimizes the risk of spreading COVID-19. And, what if everything we've been believed about America being a meritocracy — where hard work will bring success — is wrong? Harvard professor Michael Sandel joins us to talk about his new book.
19/10/2042m 3s

The Long History Of Latino Republicans; COVID-19 Could Become Endemic

Political analysts have long predicted that increased voter turnout by Latinos would shift U.S. politics to the left. But to assume all Latinos are Democrats erases the long history of Latino GOP support. Author of "The Hispanic Republican" Geraldo Cadava joins us. And, we speak with one of the researchers at Columbia University who says COVID-19 may become endemic, with recurring outbreaks.
16/10/2042m 23s

Poet Amanda Gorman On Art In Times Of Darkness; Iowa Voters

In the midst of the pandemic and calls for racial justice, many artists are using their energies to help advocate for transformative change. Amanda Gorman, the nation's first Youth Poet Laureate, is among them. We speak with her about poetry as a tool for activism. And, Iowa remains one of the most hotly contested states this election after easily going for President Trump in 2016. Fans at a recent high school football game in Clinton County help illustrate this divide.
15/10/2043m 38s

'Time' Documentary Shows Toll Of Incarceration; First-Time Voters

Host Tonya Mosley speaks with Fox and Rob Rich, who are the focus of the new documentary "Time." The film follows their family through the more than 20 years that Rob served in prison for robbery. Also, we hear from three first-time voters who plan to participate in the 2020 presidential election.
15/10/2043m 46s

People Of Praise, Explained; BLM Co-founder Patrisse Cullors' YA Book

SCOTUS nominee Amy Coney Barrett's faith is a key part of her appeal to conservative supporters, as well as a cause for concern among some who oppose her nomination. Barrett is a Catholic, but she's also affiliated with the People of Praise. The Wall Street Journal's Vatican correspondent explains. Also, Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors has adapted her book, "When They Call You A Terrorist: A Story of Black Lives Matter and The Power To Change The World," for young readers.
14/10/2042m 26s

Republican Women On Trump; SCOTUS Confirmation Hearings Continue

Republican Ann Ragosta and Catherine Johnson, a former Republican from the Northeast, talk about how they feel about President Trump. And, Senate Judiciary Committee members continue their questioning of President Trump's third Supreme Court nominee judge Amy Coney Barrett on Wednesday. NPR justice correspondent Carrie Johnson joins us with the latest.
14/10/2042m 28s

'Driving While Black' Documentary; Jacques Pépin's Cookbook

We speak with historian Gretchen Sorin who co-created the documentary "Driving While Black." The film, scheduled to air on PBS stations around the country on Tuesday night, unearths efforts to control Black mobility in the U.S. Also, French food icon Jacques Pépin's new cookbook "Quick and Simple" provides not only a vast array of new recipes but also advice on how to make cooking easier.
13/10/2042m 24s

Comic Jimmy O. Yang On 'The Opening Act'; Google Antitrust Lawsuit

Comedian and actor Jimmy O. Yang stars as a would-be stand-up comic in the new film "The Opening Act." He joins us to talk about the role. And, the Department of Justice is expected to announce a lawsuit against Google as soon as this week. Two members of the House Judiciary Committee discuss what's anticipated to be the biggest antitrust action since the 1990s case against Microsoft.
13/10/2042m 12s

MacArthur Genius Larissa FastHorse; 5 Ways To Stay Safe This Halloween

Playwright Larissa FastHorse talks about winning the MacArthur Genius Grant for her work bringing indigenous perspectives to the stage. And, trying to satisfy your kids' hankering for a proper Halloween without risking your health? An epidemiologist at Harvard University gives us a few tips for celebrating cheerfully but safely.
12/10/2042m 0s

COVID-19 And Plastic Pollution; Trump Supporters In Arizona

Dave Ford, founder of SoulBuffalo, speaks with us about how the coronavirus has increased the amount of plastic polluting the world's oceans. Also, host Peter O'Dowd speaks with avid supporters of President Trump in Arizona, a swing state that is showing signs of going to a Democratic presidential candidate for the first time since 1996.
12/10/2042m 42s

Chef Tunde Wey On Why Food Is Political; How To Spur Economic Recovery

In our "We Are What We Eat" series, Nigerian chef and writer Tunde Wey shares how the pandemic and the country's renewed racial reckoning have exposed the inequities of the food industry. And, economist Joseph Stiglitz discusses how to spur economic recovery and how much the mounting national debt matters.
09/10/2040m 59s

Lenny Kravitz's Musical Journey; The Forces Against Gov. Whitmer

Host Tonya Mosley speaks with Grammy-winning musician Lenny Kravitz about his new memoir "Let Love Rule." Also, we talk to Michigan Radio's Rick Pluta about what we know about the foiled plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and incite a civil war.
09/10/2040m 56s

Facebook Bans QAnon Groups; Wisconsin COVID-19 Cases Surge

We take a closer look at Facebook's decision to ban all pages related to the fringe conspiracy movement QAnon. Also, Wisconsin's health services secretary called the state a "dangerous place" as a surge in COVID-19 cases continues. Among the state's responses is a plan to open a field hospital soon outside Milwaukee.
08/10/2041m 35s

Vote By Mail In California; New Details Of Breonna Taylor's Death

The 2020 election marks the first time California has extended voting by mail to all of its active voters. California's secretary of state discusses this massive expansion in ballot access amid the coronavirus pandemic. And, Louisville has released documents from a police investigation into the killing of Breonna Taylor. WFPL's Amina Elahi walks us through why this release is so important, seven months after Taylor's death.
08/10/2041m 1s

COVID-19 Treatment And Access; EPA Record On Pesticides

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals says fewer than 10 people have been given an experimental antibody cocktail it gave Trump to fight COVID-19. We talk with a STAT reporter about the challenges for other Americans who qualify but can't access treatment. Also, the Environmental Protection Agency announced that it was rejecting scientific evidence that the pesticide chlorpyrifos is linked with health problems. This comes after the Obama administration pledged to ban the pesticide.
07/10/2041m 28s

L.A. Taco Editor Talks City's Iconic Dish; Sen. Tim Kaine On VP Debate

Here & Now explores Los Angeles' most iconic dish — the taco — and what food can tell us about the city's many neighborhoods with L.A. Taco editor-in-chief Javier Cabral as part of our "We Are What We Eat" series. And, ahead of the only vice presidential debate, we speak with Sen. Tim Kaine, who debated Pence in 2016 as Hilary Clinton's running mate when she was the Democratic presidential nominee.
07/10/2041m 15s

Voting Questions, Answered; Nobel Prize Winner In Physics

We asked listeners to submit questions about voting this year. Professor Edward Foley, director of the election law program at The Ohio State University, has the answers. Also, three physicists have won this year's Nobel Prize in physics for black hole discoveries. Two of them, Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez, received the prize "for the discovery of a supermassive compact object at the center of our galaxy." We speak with Ghez.
06/10/2041m 5s

Migrant Farmworkers Face Wildfires, COVID-19; Vote By Mail Trial

Farmworkers, especially in the West, are facing double the risk this year, with the record-breaking wildfires and the pandemic. Monica Ramirez comes from a farmworker family and now leads an organization to help them. And, vote by mail challenges have popped up across the U.S. We check in on the state of mail-in-voting with Amber McReynolds, CEO of The National Vote At Home Institute.
06/10/2041m 25s

Kenosha Businesses On Edge; Kansas Voters

The Wisconsin Department of Justice says it's nearly done with its review of the officer-involved shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha. Among those waiting for the report are Kenosha's business owners, many of whom have tightened security out of concern over the potential of more civil unrest. Also, we hear from voters in Kansas, a Republican stronghold, about the issues that matter most to them ahead of the presidential election.
05/10/2041m 29s

Preserving Native Cuisine; How Mail-In Voting Could Impact The Election

The U.S. has a rich and diverse indigenous culinary past and present. Chef Sean Sherman has worked hard to preserve and popularize Native cuisine through this new Indigenous Food Lab in Minneapolis and nonprofit. And, we look at how mail-in voting could affect the election and whether it could end up hurting Democrats with Derek Thompson, staff writer at The Atlantic.
05/10/2041m 15s

Can The US Stop COVID-19?; Top TV Picks For Fall

As the president tests positive for coronavirus, we take a step back to look at how the U.S. could stop the pandemic. Andy Slavitt, who led the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services under former President Obama, joins us. And, fall TV releases may be slowed because of the pandemic, but new shows are still coming out. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans shares some of his favorite upcoming shows.
02/10/2042m 28s

Trump Tests Positive For Coronavirus; Wildfires And Water Safety

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus. NPR's Frank Langfitt shares the latest on the world's reaction. And, after the Tubbs Fire in 2017, residents began to smell an odor in their water that turned out to be the carcinogen benzene. We talk to Purdue University professor Andrew Whelton about how current wildfires in the West are likely impacting the water supply.
02/10/2042m 1s

'The Good Lord Bird' Comes To TV; Fall Noodle Soup Recipes

The Showtime adaptation of James McBride's National Book Award-winning novel "The Good Lord Bird" begins Sunday. We speak with McBride and star Joshua Caleb Johnson. And, resident chef Kathy Gunst gives us comforting noodle soup recipes to share this fall.
01/10/2042m 38s

Restaurants Prepare For Winter Dining; Union Members On Biden, Trump

A sobering report from estimates that as many as 85% of individual and small restaurant groups might not survive the year. We talk to three people in the restaurant industry about how they're getting creative with winter dining. And, we talk to two union members about who they plan to vote for in November.
01/10/2043m 42s

Jim Parsons On 'The Boys In The Band'; How Chris Wallace Handled The Debate

Actor Jim Parsons joins us to discuss "The Boys in the Band," a new adaptation of Mart Crowley's play that drops on Netflix Wednesday. And, moderator Chris Wallace struggled to manage the chaotic debate between President Trump and Joe Biden Tuesday night. NPR's David Folkenflik discusses Wallace's performance and the challenges he faced moderating the discussion and the interruptions.
30/09/2042m 53s

Proud Boys Explainer; Workers' Rights During COVID-19

In Tuesday's debate, Trump prompted the Proud Boys, a far-right group, to "stand back and stand by." CNN's Elle Reeve explains who the group is and what they represent. As the economy reopens during the pandemic, what are the rights of the people who are working at restaurants, offices and places of entertainment? And what protections are employers required to provide? Sharon Block of Harvard's Labor and Worklife Program discusses.
30/09/2041m 46s

Daughter Shares Late Father's COVID-19 Story; Karen Russell's 'Sleep Donation'

Shafqat Khan is among the more than 200,000 people who have died from the coronavirus in the U.S. He was 76. His daughter, Sabila Khan, shares his story and her memories of him. And, we speak with author Karen Russell about her novella "Sleep Donation" about an insomnia pandemic. It's out in paperback on Tuesday.
29/09/2043m 10s

Florida Seniors On 2020 Election; Hypnosis Used In Texas Courts

President Trump swept the senior vote in 2016, but Joe Biden is pulling many of those voters back to the Democratic party. We talk to three senior Floridians across the state and the political spectrum. Also, we speak with Lauren McGaughy of the Dallas Morning News about her year-long investigation looking into why some police officers still use hypnosis in court cases after it was banned in many states.
29/09/2042m 33s

Sunrise Movement On Biden's Climate Change Plan; No-Knock Warrants

Climate change could be a key issue for many younger voters this election. We discuss Joe Biden's climate plan with Aracely Jimenez-Hudis, deputy communications director for the Sunrise Movement. And, Howard University law professor Lenese Herbert joins us to discuss the grand jury decision in the police-involved killing of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky.
28/09/2041m 55s

Audio Deep Fakes; Trump's Federal Taxes

We tend to trust our ears because we're so attuned to the voices of our family members and famous people. But experts say artificial intelligence allows computers to learn voices and reproduce them. We discuss with sound expert Dallas Taylor. Also, The New York Times reported Sunday that President Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes in 2016 and 2017 — and none at all in 10 of the previous 15 years. NPR's Franco Ordonez has the latest.
28/09/2042m 32s

$6 Million To Improve Elections In Kentucky; How The Allies Won WWII

Kentucky received $6 million from Congress through the Cares Act for election improvements. We speak with Jared Dearing, executive director of the Kentucky State Board of Elections. And, John Arquilla wrote a book that looks at the strategy and tactics used by the Allies and the Axis powers in World War II. He joins us to discuss how the Allies won the war.
25/09/2041m 13s

Domestic 'Troll Farms'; Mosaic Arctic Expedition

We talk to Graham Brookie of the Atlantic Council about Turning Point USA, a pro-Trump youth group that has been paying young conservatives to make false posts online claiming that mail-in ballots will lead to election fraud. Brookie says this kind of domestic misinformation is more dangerous than foreign because of its scale and scope. Also, a group of researchers from 20 countries is about to conclude what they're calling the largest polar expedition in history. We talk to one of the researchers.
25/09/2040m 30s

Ibram X. Kendi On Breonna Taylor; Gillian Flynn's 'Utopia'

After no officers in Louisville, Kentucky, were charged in the death of Breonna Taylor, many people are feeling pain, anger and uncertainty about where to go from here in the fight for justice for Black Americans. Author and historian Ibram X. Kendi joins us to discuss what's next for the movement. And, author Gillian Flynn talks about her new Amazon series "Utopia."
24/09/2041m 19s

Former RBG Clerk On The Justice's Legacy; Trump's 'Patriotic Education'

Across the country, Americans are remembering Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a woman who dedicated her life to the fight for equality before the law. We talk with professor Jonathan Entin, who once a clerk for the Supreme Court justice. Also, Education Week reporter Andrew Ujifusa discusses Trump's call for patriotic education designed by the 1776 Commission that he established last week.
24/09/2041m 26s

GOP Report On Hunter Biden; Climate Change Effects On Human Body

A new report released by Republican senators calls Hunter Biden's role in the Ukrainian energy company Burisma "problematic" and "awkward," but says it's not clear what effect it has on U.S. policy toward Ukraine. Karoun Demirjian, national security reporter for The Washington Post, joins us to discuss. And, Dr. Neelu Tummala talks about the public health crisis being caused by climate change.
23/09/2041m 10s

Racial Discrimination In Mormon Church; Beavers And Climate Change

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, popularly known as the Mormon church, has a troubled history with racial discrimination. We speak to two Mormons, Black and white, about how they're talking about race in their church after protests against racism sparked a worldwide movement. And, beavers are inadvertently contributing to climate change by flooding millennia-old permafrost. Researcher Ken Tape joins us with more.
22/09/2040m 54s

Climate Change Connection To Fires; Lang Lang's 'Goldberg Variations'

Researchers say it's clear that the destructive fires in Oregon, California and Washington are being fueled by climate change. But what does that really look like? We speak with climate scientist Park Williams, who wrote a paper last year that looks closely at the connections between climate change and fire activity. Also, Chinese classical pianist Lang Lang talks about his new recording of Bach's "Goldberg Variations."
22/09/2041m 46s

Addressing Climate Change In Medical School; Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Legacy

A group of doctors created a new teaching framework to teach medical residents how to address climate change with their patients. We speak to the lead author of this new resource. And, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday at the age of 87. We look at her legacy with Irin Carmon, co-author of "Notorious RBG: The Life And Times Of Ruth Bader Ginsburg."
21/09/2041m 24s

Parallels Between Climate Change And Pandemic; Clear Masks

Coronavirus and climate change — two crises that have revealed so much about our country. Climate journalist Emily Atkin looks at the parallels and tells us why the pandemic has given her more reason to hope we can tackle climate change. Also, masks can cause significant problems for those with deafness or hearing deficits. A number of companies are now selling masks that cover the mouth area with clear plastic, leaving the mouth fully visible.
21/09/2041m 48s

'The Social Dilemma' Director; Storm Season Update

The new Netflix documentary "The Social Dilemma" lays out a case against the primacy of big tech companies and argues social media is undermining our shared sense of reality. Director Jeff Orlowski joins us to discuss the film. And, we check in with meteorologist Megan Borowski with the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network on the next storms that could threaten the U.S. after Hurricane Sally and Hurricane Laura hit the Gulf Coast.
18/09/2041m 43s

Saving Coral Off Of Florida Keys; Democrats And Catholics

Sarah Fangman, superintendent of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, explains the latest technique being used to save coral off of the Florida Keys. Also, Democrats have been struggling for years to retain support among a once-loyal voter base: Catholics. That trend is evident in the key swing state of Pennsylvania. Lucy Perkins of WESA reports.
18/09/2041m 57s

Susan Sarandon In 'Blackbird,' California Fire Resources

In the new film "Blackbird," Susan Sarandon stars as a woman with Lou Gehrig's disease who gathers her family for a last holiday celebration. Sarandon and director Roger Michell join us to discuss the film. And Cal Fire deputy director Daniel Berlant joins us to talk about whether there are enough resources to fight the fires right now.
17/09/2042m 22s

Architect Frank Gehry; Camp Fire Survivors On Current Wildfires

The new Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial, designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, is being dedicated Thursday in Washington, D.C. We talk with Gehry about designing the memorial. Also, the wildfires on the West Coast have forced thousands of people to flee their homes. The Collins family in Oregon has been through this before. They share what they've learned from their experience.
17/09/2042m 3s

Breonna Taylor Settlement; Students On New School Year

Louisville, Kentucky, will pay a $12 million settlement to the family of Breonna Taylor and implement police reforms. UCLA Law professor Joanna Schwartz joins us to discuss the settlement. And, students from two different school districts share their experiences with the new school year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
16/09/2042m 13s

Tips And Recipes For At-Home Canning; Police Morale Is Falling

Resident chef Kathy Gunst joins us with tips and recipes to can seasonal fruits and vegetables. And, we discuss what it's like to be an officer in 2020 with Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum. He also talks about whether low police morale could be resulting in a work slowdown.
16/09/2043m 16s

The Role Of 'Swing Tribes'; Mass Bird Die-Offs In New Mexico

Robeson County in North Carolina is one of the most diverse counties in the country and home to the Lumbee Tribe. Lumbee Chairman Harvey Godwin explains the role of the Lumbee as a pivotal "swing tribe" in this year's election. And, professor Martha Desmond joins us to discuss what might be killing off tens of thousands of birds in New Mexico.
15/09/2042m 54s

K-pop And Activism; Voting Rights For People With Felony Convictions

K-pop groups are facing a call to action and activism. Crystal Anderson, author of the new book "Soul in Seoul: African American Popular Music and K-Pop," explains. Also, more than 6 million people in the U.S. are unable to vote because of a felony conviction. WPLN's Samantha Max looks at how difficult and expensive regaining the right to vote can be in Tennessee.
15/09/2043m 4s

Future Of Museums; West Coast Residents On Wildfires, Smoke

After months of being closed due to the pandemic, museums around the U.S. are slowly reopening. The world they are opening their doors to, however, has changed markedly. We talk to two museum professionals about the future of museums in light of both the pandemic and renewed calls for racial equality. Also, we hear from people in Washington, Oregon and California about how they are dealing with the smoke and wildfires still raging in the West Coast.
14/09/2042m 51s

COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution; Racism In Classical Music

When a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine becomes available, it's a complex process to distribute it and make it accessible to everyone who needs it. Dr. William Moss of Johns Hopkins University joins us to discuss. And, classical composer Brandon Keith Brown talks about racism in the classical music world and how to diversify the genre.
14/09/2042m 45s

Sarah Paulson In 'Ratched'; University Of Missouri President

Students forced into quarantine due to a COVID-19 outbreak at the University of Missouri say that school administrators have neglected them. University President Mun Choi talks about the tension between students and school officials. And, Sarah Paulson joins us to discuss her new HBO movie, "Coastal Elites," and the Netflix series, "Ratched."
11/09/2042m 29s

Surviving 9/11; Detained Jogger Now Works On Police Anti-Bias Training

Brian Clark was working on the 84th floor of 2 World Trade Center on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. He was one of the few people who were able to escape from one of the floors above where the plane hit the building. And, on Aug. 27, police apologized to Joseph Griffin after detaining him while he jogged in his mostly white neighborhood. Griffin has since been asked to work with the police department on anti-bias training.
11/09/2041m 50s

COVID-19 Survivor Corps; Crime In The U.S.

After surviving COVID-19, 44-year-old Diana Berrent realized there were others like her who could offer a lot to each other — and to science. She joins us to discuss the group she founded, Survivor Corps. And, President Trump has made public safety a cornerstone of his re-election campaign, saying that crime is rampant in cities around the country. University of Missouri St. Louis criminologist Richard Rosenfeld talks about what the crime statistics tell us right now.
10/09/2042m 5s

Helen Macdonald's New Essay Collection; Oregon Fire Evacuations

We speak with "H is for Hawk" author Helen Macdonald about her new essay collection, "Vesper Flights." Also, active large fires continue to grow in California, Washington and Oregon. Jes Burns of Oregon Public Broadcasting has been covering fires for years and says she evacuated her home in Medford for the first time this week due to the Almeda Fire. She assesses the situation there.
10/09/2041m 45s

California's Poor Air Quality; AstraZeneca Pauses COVID-19 Vaccine Study

It's been the biggest wildfire season in California's modern history. Bonnie Holmes-Gen, member of the California Air Resources Board, joins us to discuss the state's dangerous air quality. Also, AstraZeneca says it is pausing its COVID-19 vaccine study after the company revealed that a trial participant had a serious adverse reaction in the U.K. Adam Feuerstein, a senior writer at STAT, explains.
09/09/2042m 7s

Police Use Of Ketamine; Former FBI Agent Peter Strzok

There's been a growing concern over the use of the anesthetic ketamine as a law enforcement tool to subdue suspects in the field. The American Society of Anesthesiologists has issued a statement opposing the use of ketamine and other sedatives to "chemically incapacitate" suspects. And, former FBI agent Peter Strzok joins us to talk about his new book, "Compromised: Counterintelligence and the Threat of Donald J. Trump."
08/09/2042m 12s

Jane Fonda And Climate Activism; Facebook Election Tweaks

Jane Fonda joins us to talk about her new book which tells the story of the launch of her initiative, Fire Drill Fridays, to draw attention to climate change. Also, Facebook recently announced new election rules, including a ban on new political ads within one week of election day. Critics say those tweaks are not nearly enough. Peter Kafka of Recode explains.
08/09/2042m 1s

Melissa Blake On Tiktok Challenge, Cyberbullying; Labor Day Worker Mural

Disability activist Melissa Blake speaks with us about the "New Teacher's Challenge" on TikTok. The viral prank has been receiving backlash for mocking individuals with physical deformities or disabilities. Also, a new Labor Day mural in Chicago honors four essential workers during the pandemic. One of them, Maggie Zylinska, a domestic worker, talks about the recognition and the challenges she faces.
07/09/2041m 11s

Chanel Miller Mural Explores Healing; Marion Nestle On Food Politics

On the evening of Jan. 17, 2015, Chanel Miller was sexually assaulted on her way home from a party on the Stanford University campus in Palo Alto, California. Miller's latest mural in San Francisco explores themes of healing for trauma survivors. And, Marion Nestle has been thinking about the intersection between food, science, public health and politics for the last 20 years. She joins us to discuss her new book, "Let's Ask Marion."
07/09/2041m 34s

Students Return To College Campuses; Racial Terms

What do terms like Black, Caucasian, and "people of color" mean to you? Author Damon Young says it's time to retire the term "people of color" and other racial terms. And, students are returning to college campuses across the country, including in areas where the coronavirus pandemic continues to worsen. We hear from a student and administrator about plans to keep students and staff safe.
04/09/2042m 17s

Starting College During A Pandemic; Looking At Homicide Data In Cities

Like many students, 18-year-old Madison Hall of Baltimore was given the choice of whether to attend school in person or remotely. She documented her dilemma in an audio diary. And, President Trump has repeatedly stated that Democrat-run cities are seeing higher rates of crime. The data shows that homicide numbers are up in cities across the country regardless of a city mayor's political affiliation. We dig into the latest data with former CIA analyst Jeff Asher.
04/09/2042m 6s

'Squeeze Me' By Carl Hiaasen; Iowa Democrats Voting Lawsuit

Pythons, an animal wrangler and a missing socialite who is a devoted fan of Donald Trump are just a few of the characters in Carl Hiaasen's new novel, "Squeeze Me." The author and Miami Herald columnist joins us to discuss. And, the Iowa Democratic Party and two other groups filed a lawsuit this week against the state's Republican secretary of state over mail-in voting ballots.
03/09/2043m 7s

History Of Far-Right Groups; Pfizer Coronavirus Vaccine

As clashes in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and Portland, Oregon, lead to three deaths, we look at the history of far-right groups and militias with David Neiwert, author of "Alt-America." Also, Pfizer is developing one of the two vaccines that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is planning to distribute in early November. But there are concerns that the vaccine may not be fully safe for distribution by then. Pfizer's Bill Gruber joins us to discuss.
03/09/2042m 54s

Detroit COVID-19 Memorial; Kathy Gunst Meal Prep Recipes

More than 900 photos of people who died of COVID-19 are staked around Belle Isle in Detroit as part of a drive-through memorial for those who weren't able to hold proper funerals during the pandemic. And, chef Kathy Gunst shares some make-ahead meal and snack ideas to help parents as kids start going back to school, either in-person or remotely.
02/09/2042m 32s

Margaret Atwood On 'The Testaments'; Benedict College's COVID-19 Bubble

"The Testaments," Margaret Atwood's follow up to her landmark 1985 novel "The Handmaid's Tale," comes out in paperback this week. We speak with Atwood about both books and her thoughts about the U.S. today. And, Benedict College is attempting to create a bubble to keep coronavirus out. The historically Black college serves students who often don't have access to the internet or are facing food and housing insecurities. NPR's Elissa Nadworny reports.
02/09/2042m 50s

Hurricane Laura Survivor; 28 Trillion Ton Ice Melt

Hundreds of thousands of people in Louisiana are without power and running water after Hurricane Laura ravaged swaths of the state. We hear from one survivor in Lake Charles. And, it's a finding that shocked even the researchers conducting the study: A total of 28 trillion tons of ice has disappeared from the Earth's surface since 1994.
01/09/2042m 14s

Militia Facebook Pages; Iowans Feel Forgotten After Derecho

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg said it was "an operational mistake" to permit a militia page calling on people to bring guns to a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The incident has renewed longstanding questions about Facebook's enforcement of rules against inciting violence. Also, FEMA is being bombarded with calls for help after three natural disasters happened within weeks of each other. We check in on how Iowans are faring with Iowa Public Radio's Kate Payne.
01/09/2042m 18s

Black Men And Colon Health; Advice For Unemployed People

The death of actor Chadwick Boseman sheds light on the growing number of Black Americans who are diagnosed and die of colon cancer. Dr. Italo Brown is part of an initiative called Barbers Without Borders, which, in part, works to educate Black men on the importance of colonoscopies and colon health. Also, the future of work can seem murky in the current economic downturn. We talk through some advice for job seekers with Jane Oates, president of the nonprofit Working Nation.
31/08/2043m 6s

Eviction Protections Expire; YouTube Star Teddy Swims

As many as 40 million Americans are at risk of eviction by the end of the year, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition. We speak with three people who are struggling to pay rent. And, musician Teddy Swims' musical covers have received millions of hits on YouTube. Now he's out with a new original single, "Broke."
31/08/2042m 13s

15 Years After Hurricane Katrina; COVID-19 Impact On Public Transit

Robert Green lost his mother and one of his granddaughters in Hurricane Katrina when the storm swept their house off its foundation as they were on the roof. But he says on this anniversary, he won't be shedding any tears. And, public transportation ridership has plummeted in cities like New York, Chicago and San Francisco because of COVID-19. We talk with the director of transportation for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.
28/08/2041m 21s

COVID-19 Testing In Missouri Prisons; 'Narcos' Music Supervisor

Mass testing in Missouri prisons revealed that the rate of COVID-19 among inmates is lower than the rate for the state's population as a whole. Missouri Department of Corrections Director Anne Precythe joins us. And, KCRW DJ Liza Richardson picks the music for the hit TV show "Narcos."
28/08/2041m 20s

Russel Honoré On Hurricane Katrina Anniversary; Dev Patel As David Copperfield

Retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré talks to us from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, about the destruction Hurricane Laura has caused in the region. Honoré, who was the commander of Joint Task Force Katrina, also reflects on the 15th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. And, we speak with Dev Patel, who stars in the new film "The Personal History of David Copperfield," which opens in theaters on Friday.
27/08/2041m 25s

Genetically Modified Mosquitoes; Las Vegas Workers Want 'Right To Return'

Officials in the Florida Keys have approved a controversial plan to manage mosquito-borne diseases by poisoning the species' gene pool. We talk with the chairman of the board of the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District. Also, thousands of workers in Las Vegas want the city to pass a "Right To Return" ordinance, which would require companies to hire back former employees. Restaurant busser Benjamin Hernandez worked for 24 years at Park MGM and is hoping to go back and keep his health insurance.
27/08/2041m 35s

Gleaners Recover Food During Pandemic; Airlines Foresee Massive Job Cuts

Gleaning, a centuries-old tradition, is being cited as a way to help feed Americans amid an unstable economy and barren food pantries. KCUR's Suzanne Hogan reports. Also, American Airlines announced that it would cut 19,000 jobs once federal aid runs out in October. Other airlines predict similarly dire circumstances as demand for air travel stagnates. The grim forecast may spur Congress — or President Trump — to take action.
26/08/2041m 17s

Blue Apron CEO; Republican Suburban Women Share Thoughts On Trump

With more people cooking at home during the pandemic, meal-kit service Blue Apron has seen a boost in profits and subscribers. CEO Linda Findley Kozlowski discusses whether the company can keep customers and continue to grow when the pandemic ends. Also, we talk with Susan Sherman of Florida and Sonia McMasters of Texas — two GOP suburban women — about the issues that matter to them.
26/08/2041m 58s

COVID-19 Leaves Millions Hungry; Kendrick Sampson Blends Activism And Acting

A new report from the humanitarian group CARE says the number of people undernourished or chronically hungry around the world will rise to 820 million because of the pandemic. And the burden of hunger, CARE says, falls disproportionately on girls and women. Also, we talk to Kendrick Sampson of the HBO series "Insecure" about his organization BLD PWR which provides training for actors and other creatives to use their voices for social change.
25/08/2041m 3s

Police Shooting Of Jacob Blake Sparks Protests; Fact-Checking RNC

Protests continue in Kenosha, Wisconsin, as demonstrators call for justice in the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man. Deneen Smith of Kenosha News has the latest. Also, PolitiFact senior correspondent Jon Greenberg joins us to fact-check claims made on the first day of the Republican National Convention.
25/08/2041m 16s

Utility Shutoffs Resume; Urban Exodus And Electoral Politics

Many states have moratoriums on evictions and utility shutoffs that are set to expire soon. But people suffering as a result of the pandemic are already seeing their electricity or gas service cut because of unpaid bills. Also, major cities are shrinking in population. Many who left during the height of the pandemic are not returning and fewer people are moving in. The Atlantic's Derek Thompson explains what this shift means for electoral politics.
24/08/2041m 19s

Evaluating COVID-19 Risks; Churches Face Financial Hardship

How do we evaluate risks when it comes to COVID-19? Not always very well. We talk to Joshua Weitz, professor at Georgia Tech who developed a tool to show people their risk of catching COVID-19. Also, even as giving drops off because of the pandemic, some churches say they are called to the work more than ever. We talk to Pastor Robert Turner of the Vernon AME Church in Tulsa about how the pandemic is affecting church giving.
24/08/2041m 35s

Sam Fender Plays Socially Distant Shows; Ridesharing In California

English singer-songwriter Sam Fender played the first socially distant arena shows last week in the U.K. He joins us to discuss the impact of the pandemic on his budding musical career. And, Lyft and Uber won't be halting operations in California after winning an appeal to a ruling that would have forced them to classify their drivers as employees. But the legal fight isn't over.
21/08/2042m 53s

Flint Water Crisis Settlement; COVID-19 Vaccine Trial

U.S. drugmaker Novavax says it's on track to begin final-stage trials for its experimental COVID-19 vaccine as soon as late September. We speak with Dr. Gregory Glenn, head of the company's vaccines programs. Also, the state of Michigan has settled on $600 million to resolve claims from the people of Flint for damages and health issues incurred by the city's lead-tainted water.
21/08/2042m 32s

Mitigating Loneliness; Former Trump Adviser Steve Bannon Arrested

Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy is on a mission to make us think of loneliness as a public health issue. He explains how we can connect socially despite being physically apart during the pandemic. Also, former White House adviser Steve Bannon has been arrested and charged with defrauding donors to his online crowdfunding campaign "We Build the Wall." NPR's justice correspondent Ryan Lucas has the latest.
20/08/2042m 46s

Kids COVID-19 Transmission Study; 'Succession' Actor Brian Cox

A new study from Massachusetts General Hospital and MassGeneral Hospital for Children shows that infected children, even those without symptoms of COVID-19, can have higher levels of virus in their airways than adults hospitalized in intensive care units. We speak with one of the authors of the study. And, actor Brian Cox joins us to discuss his role as the Robert Murdoch-like patriarch in the HBO series "Succession."
20/08/2042m 9s

Rep. Joaquin Castro; Central Park Suffrage Monument

Texas Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro joins us to discuss why the Democratic National Convention should have featured more Latino speakers and why despite this, he thinks Joe Biden will be able to gain the support of young Latinos. And, Central Park's first statue to honor women is set to be unveiled next week. The sculptor and a feminist historian join us to discuss the statue of suffrage leaders Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
19/08/2042m 48s

Old 97's New Album 'Twelfth'; 4 Delicious Summer Harvest Dishes

The band Old 97's have been making music together for more than a quarter-century. "Twelfth," the band's new record, reflects the ups and downs of surviving that journey. We speak with frontman Rhett Miller. And, resident chef Kathy Gunst shares recipes that make the most out of seasonal produce.
19/08/2042m 56s

USAFacts Coronavirus Hub; COVID-19 Exhibits At Boston Museum Of Science

USAFacts has launched a "Coronavirus Impact and Recovery Hub" to track the nation's response to the pandemic. Founder Steve Ballmer, former CEO of Microsoft, talks about making sense of mountains of coronavirus data. And, Boston's Museum of Science is incorporating innovative COVID-19 exhibits through their galleries. Museum staff discuss the challenges of teaching about the evolving pandemic.
18/08/2042m 43s

Cory Booker On DNC; Iowa Refugees Living Outside After Derecho

Many people in Iowa lost their homes after an intense and rare wind storm called a derecho. Iowa Public Radio reporter Kate Payne toured a damaged apartment complex where many immigrants and refugees lived. Also, we check in with Sen. Cory Booker about the Democratic National Convention's message of racial justice, the pandemic and Trump.
18/08/2042m 49s

Mail-In Voting Explained; Mother And Son Talk About Racism

President Trump has been vocal in his criticism of mail-in voting, which he says will result in massive voter fraud and foreign interference. MIT political science professor Charles Stewart says there's little evidence to support that mail-ballots cause fraud. And, Ronda Taylor Bullock of Durham, North Carolina, talks with her 9-year-old son Zion about issues of racism and their role in the movement calling for racial justice.
17/08/2043m 20s

Heat Smothers California; Past And Present Of American Diplomacy

Californians are grappling with the coronavirus pandemic, triple-digit temperatures, and at least two major wildfires. We get the latest on the historic heatwave baking the Western part of the country. Also, former World Bank President Robert Zoellick's new book lays out five traditions of America's foreign policy. We speak with him about American diplomacy in the past and present.
17/08/2042m 17s

Breonna Taylor On Oprah Magazine; Kamala Harris And Racial Identity

For the first time in 20 years, Oprah will not grace the cover of 'O' Magazine. Instead, an illustration of Breonna Taylor is featured on the cover of the September issue. The magazine also commissioned billboards across Kentucky demanding those involved in her death be charged. The magazine's digital director explains the move. And, the announcement of Sen. Kamala Harris as Joe Biden's running mate sparked debates and conversations about her multiple racial and ethnic identities. Professor Crystal Marie Fleming, author of "How to Be Less Stupid About Race," joins ...
14/08/2041m 14s

Navajo Superintendent Weighs Reopening; Reducing A Hospital's Carbon Footprint

The Head of School at Navajo Preparatory Academy in New Mexico explains her decision to keep school virtual for the time being, despite guidance from the Bureau of Indian Education that teachers should resume in-person teaching. Also, the operating room at Boston Medical Center is about as climate-friendly as they come. A renovation has helped reduce the electricity the hospital draws from the grid by 70% since 2012. WBUR's Martha Bebinger reports.
14/08/2041m 36s

Black Lives Artist; Lockdown To Stem Spread Of COVID-19

Nearly 1,500 people died on Wednesday from the coronavirus in the U.S. Dr. Michael Osterholm of the University of Minnesota says the only way to save lives and the economy is another lockdown. And, artist Keith Morris Washington has created a series of larger-than-life black and white drawings of the people he met at the sites of police killings around the country. He joins us to talk about the exhibit.
13/08/2041m 34s

Candice Hoyes On Black History; Former CDC Director On COVID-19

Singer-songwriter Candice Hoyes is on a mission to empower young girls and bring to light to forgotten Black histories. She joins us to talk about her new single "Zora's Moon" and the role of artists in this current moment of racial reckoning. Also, there are a number of reports that the U.S. may be underestimating the deaths from COVID-19. We speak with a former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
13/08/2041m 50s

Coronavirus Vaccine Update; Trump Calls Kamala Harris 'Nasty'

Dr. Richard Kennedy says the development of a coronavirus vaccine is proceeding at an unprecedented pace. But it's unlikely that a vaccine will be available this year. Also, Republican strategist Alice Stewart and Democratic strategist Angela Rye join us to discuss Joe Biden's pick of California Sen. Kamala Harris to be his running mate.
12/08/2041m 42s

2020 Election Interference; Socially Conscious Investing

A recent assessment from the National Counterintelligence and Security Center says Russia, China and Iran are actively trying to influence the upcoming U.S. elections. We discuss what the U.S. is doing about it. Also, as the country confronts unaddressed systemic racism, many are searching for ways to promote racial justice. Socially conscious investing is more critical than ever according to Kristin Hull, CEO of Nia Capital. She provides tips on how and where to invest.
12/08/2041m 27s

Jazz Musician Maria Schneider; Diversity In Alcohol Industry

People of color are increasingly breaking racial barriers in the white-dominated alcoholic beverage industry. Jackie Summers, the creator of Sorel Liquer, and winemaker Shae Frichette join us. And, Grammy award-winning jazz musician Maria Schneider talks about her new album, "Data Lords."
11/08/2040m 57s

Teen Fact-Checking Network; Education Pods

When it comes to identifying fake news online, there's evidence that high school students have trouble distinguishing fact from fiction. That's where the Mediawise Teen Fact-Checking Network comes in. We talk to a teen fact-checker and TFCN head Alexa Volland about the work they're doing. Also, a teacher in Houston joins us to discuss her Facebook group, QuaranTEACH Houston. More than 5,600 parents are using it to organize pandemic pods because of the pandemic.
11/08/2041m 42s

'Friends And Strangers' Novel; U.S. Birthrates At 35-Year Low

Author J. Courtney Sullivan's new novel explores the intense but often ephemeral relationship between a babysitter and her employer. She joins us to discuss "Friends and Strangers." And, birthrates in the U.S. are at a 35-year low, according to the CDC. Professor Christine Whelan explains why and how the pandemic could impact birthrates in the near future.
10/08/2041m 23s

Leaving Tech To Pursue Farming; Edward Ball On 'Life Of A Klansman'

Chris Newman quit his software job to pursue farming in Virginia. We talk to him about his farming ethos, which draws on his ancestral heritage as a Piscataway tribe member. Also, after writing a historical memoir about his family's participation in the slave trade, Edward Ball decided to bring his Black and white descendants together to apologize. He joins us to discuss his new book "Life of a Klansman."
10/08/2041m 56s

Pandemic Threatens Press Freedom; AfroLatinos In Puerto Rico Face Racial Inequities

A judge in Zimbabwe ruled again not to release investigative journalist Hopewell Chin'ono from prison. Jason Rezaian of the Washington Post, who was held in Iran, says no other modern event has done as much to destroy press freedom as COVID-19 has. We speak with Rezaian. Also, Puerto Rico may have a different history than the continental U.S., but racial inequalities persist in both. We examine those throughlines and take a look at AfroLatino organizing on the island.
07/08/2042m 36s

Progressive Democrat Cori Bush; Celebrating Jerry Garcia's Legacy

Cori Bush defeated longtime incumbent Rep. William Lacy Clay in a primary race in Missouri this week. Bush talks about how the death of George Floyd galvanized voters in St. Louis to give her a chance. Also, Sunday marks 25 years from the death of the Grateful Dead's leader, Jerry Garcia. Colorado Public Radio's Vic Vela looks at his legacy and why his music means so much to so many Deadheads.
07/08/2041m 41s

Voting While Homeless; Native American Couple Survives COVID-19

Housing insecurity makes accessing the ballot box harder and in an election year, this could mean lower turn out rates. We check in on homeless voter registration efforts in the Seattle area, which has one of the highest number of unsheltered people in the U.S. Also, OPB's Emily Cureton shares the story of a Native American couple and their baby in Oregon who survived the coronavirus.
06/08/2041m 59s

Breland Talks Country, Hip Hop And Protests; What Is QAnon?

Breland is a genre-defying artist whose breakout song "My Truck" mixes traditional country with hip hop production. He joins us to talk about protests and why country fans deserve more options. And, we talk to Alex Kaplan of Media Matters about the origins of the conspiracy theory QAnon.
06/08/2043m 27s

Trump Administration's Rollbacks Of Transgender Protections; Unemployed Single Father

Vox's Katelyn Burns joins us to discuss how the Trump administration has changed transgender protections in the U.S. Director of Gender Diversity Aidan Key also talks about the impact on families. And, more than 50 million Americans have filed for unemployment since the start of the pandemic. We speak with Nathan Conner, a single father of one who lost his job at a manufacturing plant in March.
05/08/2042m 49s

Environmental Groups Examine Racial Biases; USPS Union Leader On Mail-Voting

Many environmental organizations are speaking out against racism and looking at how they can promote racial equality within their own organizations and in the communities they serve. Julie Grant of The Allegheny Front reports. Also, the U.S. Postal Service is caught in the crosshairs of a major political battle over the integrity of the mail-in system. The American Postal Workers Union president weighs in.
04/08/2042m 20s

Distance Learning Tips From Homeschoolers; Masks For People With Impaired Hearing

As fall approaches, parents are strategizing about how to teach their children at home during the pandemic. Two homeschooling parents share tips for distance learning. Also, face masks pose problems for people who have impaired hearing. One work-in-progress is a hybrid mask that makes it easier to read a speaker's lips. Chuck Quirmbach of WUWM reports.
04/08/2043m 5s

Reimagining Monument Space; Hotline For Health Care Workers

Artist and Monument Lab fellow Ada Pinkston joins us to discuss her work reimagining the space that Confederate monuments used to occupy. Also, the COVID-19 crisis is taking a mental health toll on doctors, nurses and other medical staff. In Nevada, psychiatrists are staffing a new phone line to help. The Mountain West News Bureau's Amanda Peacher reports.
03/08/2043m 1s

John Legend On 'Bigger Love'; Marine Heatwave Hits Atlantic Ocean

Award-winning musician John Legend released the album "Bigger Love" in June. We speak with him about politics, family and releasing an album during a pandemic. Also, the Atlantic Ocean off the east coast of the U.S. is experiencing a marine heatwave this summer. An oceanographer discusses what this means for ocean life and weather patterns.
03/08/2043m 1s

Census Cut Short; The End Of US Innovation

NPR has learned that the Census Bureau will end door-knocking efforts one month before previously scheduled. NPR's Hansi Lo Wang explains the implications of that move. Also, governments and biotech companies worldwide are racing to develop a vaccine for COVID-19. It's the kind of practical application of basic science that Ilan Gur, CEO of the tech fellowship program Activate, says the U.S. used to lead the world in. But he says, the U.S. "fell asleep at the wheel."
31/07/2041m 41s

Teacher Writes Will Ahead Of Schools Reopening; NBA Returns

As schools plan to reopen soon, worried teachers say they have many unanswered questions about how it will all work. We speak with Denise Bradford, a teacher who is writing a will and preparing for the worst. Also, the NBA returned Thursday night after a five-month hiatus due to the pandemic. Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe has the latest from Orlando, where the league held two games in its $150 million bubble at Walt Disney World.
31/07/2040m 45s

What Rep. Lewis' Legacy Means For Today's Protests; Zimbabwe Journalist Arrest

As people remember the late Rep. John Lewis at his funeral on Thursday, we look at what his fight for civil rights means for activists today. We speak with Peniel Joseph, director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at the University of Texas at Austin. Also, Dewa Mavhinga of Human Rights Watch joins host Lisa Mullins to talk about journalist Hopewell Chin'ono and why the government of Zimbabwe wants him in jail.
30/07/2041m 26s

COVID-19 In ICE Detention Centers; Using Video Games For Military Recruitment

Despite high infection rates in Texas immigrant detention centers, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials are failing to provide adequate social distancing and medical care. Houston Public Media's Elizabeth Trovall has this story based on nearly 30 interviews with detainees. Also, we talk to Ben Brock Johnson about why the military has had great success recruiting via video games.
30/07/2041m 18s

Al Roker Memoir; Greece Expects Increase In Migrants

The number of migrants arriving in Europe has dropped significantly since 2015, when more than a million people arrived by boat and foot, fleeing conflict in Syria and other countries in the Middle East and Africa. Eva Cossé, a researcher with Human Rights Watch in Athens, joins us to talk about the migrants who are living in and arriving in Greece. And, "Today" host Al Roker joins us to discuss his new memoir, "You Look So Much Better in Person: True Stories of Absurdity and Success."
29/07/2041m 45s

Kanye West's Behavior And Mental Health; David Lammy On Tribalism

Erratic behavior is something of a brand for Kanye West, but his disclosure that he lives with bipolar disorder also necessitates that we think about his behavior through a mental health lens. Mental health advocate Bassey Ikpi joins us. Also, David Lammy is one of the British Parliament's most prominent and successful campaigners for social justice. In 2007, he started a quest to explore his own African roots that resulted in his book "Tribes: How Our Need to Belong Can Make or Break Society." Host Jeremy Hobson speaks with Lammy.
29/07/2041m 53s

Summer Road Trip During Pandemic; Gold Prices Soar

The COVID-19 pandemic may have halted a lot of international travel, but that's not stopping people from having safer adventures closer to home. This summer, many people are embarking on road trips to see some of the country's natural landmarks. We talk with Kayla Gilchrist about her trip across the U.S. Also, gold has soared nearly 30% so far this year. Silver, meanwhile, on Monday, experienced strong gains, surging above $26, which is its highest level in seven years.
28/07/2041m 2s

Trump's Environmental Rollbacks During COVID-19; Frederick Douglass Collection

One of the country's most important and unique collections of Frederick Douglass artifacts are now part of the Yale Beinecke Library collection. Collector Walter O. Evans joins us to talk about the artifacts. Also, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trump administration has been ramping up its effort to roll back long-standing environmental regulations on water, air and climate change. Climate reporter Kendra Pierre-Louis discusses the rollbacks and their impact on politics and the environment.
28/07/2041m 30s

COVID-19 Neurological Symptoms; 'Rednecks For Black Lives'

Up until June, Greg Reese had a Confederate flag magnet on the trunk of his car. But George Floyd's killing changed his perspective, and he's since created the slogan "Rednecks for Black Lives." And, doctors have reported an increasing number of cases where COVID-19 patients have suffered paralysis. We speak with a critical care doctor in Houston on the disturbing trend.
27/07/2041m 26s

Solar Probe Takes Closest-Ever Photos Of Sun; Zadie Smith's Essay Collection

The first images taken by a new solar probe stunned scientists at the European Space Agency and NASA. The pictures revealed miniature solar flares all over the sun's surface. We talk with Teresa Nieves-Chinchilla, NASA deputy project scientist for the solar orbiter. Also, writer Zadie Smith reflects on the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement in a new essay collection.
27/07/2041m 31s

Unemployment Questions Answered; Janet Napolitano On Federal Agents In Cities

The Trump administration's expansion of Operation LeGend, sending federal agents into cities with the stated mission of fighting violent crime, is raising a lot of questions. Janet Napolitano, the outgoing president of the University of California and former Department of Homeland Security Secretary under President Obama, joins us to discuss. And, as pressure builds on Congress to help millions of unemployed Americans, an expert addresses some listener questions about the process.
24/07/2043m 26s

ComicCon Goes Virtual; US Attorney For New Mexico On Operation LeGend

The San Diego Comic-Con has become a huge venue for TV, movies and games to make a splash. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans discusses the impact of the convention moving online. And, this week, President Trump announced the expansion Operation LeGend that will send federal agents to U.S. cities with the stated mission of fighting violent crime. Democrats see the deployment of federal agents as an extension of the president's reelection campaign. Host Jeremy Hobson speaks with John C. Anderson, U.S. Attorney for the District of New ...
24/07/2043m 37s

Florida Expert On COVID-19 Strategy; Language Of Racism

For the first time in two weeks, the U.S. recorded 1,000 deaths in a single day from the coronavirus. Dr. Aileen Marty, an infectious disease specialist at Florida International University, joins us to discuss why she's calling for a national unified strategy to tackle the pandemic. And, Rutgers University linguist Kristen Syrett is among many saying it's time to expunge certain expressions from our vocabulary that are rooted in slavery.
23/07/2043m 49s

'Silent Majority' Phrase Resurfaces; Portland's Wall Of Moms

Trump recently tweeted about the "silent majority," a phrase Nixon used to refer to when he asked for support. Professor Angie Maxwell explains whether the phrase can be applied to today's politics. Also, in Portland, Oregon, the emergence of a new group of protesters, the so-called "Wall of Moms," in the past few days has garnered support for their pleas to protect the city's youth and turning protest slogans into lullabies. We talk to one of the original organizers, Beverley "Bev" Barnum.
23/07/2043m 4s

Anti-Racism Curriculum; Black-Owned Broadcasters

As schools try to reopen, some have pledged to consider an anti-racism curriculum. John Hobson of Albemarle County Public Schools in Charlottesville, Virginia, joins us to discuss the district's Reframing the Narrative program. And, Black broadcasters in the U.S. are seeking to expand radio station ownership opportunities for people of color. Carol Moore Cutting, owner of Cutting Edge Broadcasting, joins us to discuss some of those efforts.
22/07/2043m 29s

Racism As A Public Health Crisis; Restaurant Server Shares COVID-19 Fears

Under the shadow of the coronavirus and amid protests over police brutality, the notion that racism is a public health crisis has taken hold in communities across the country. But what kind of action will follow? WCPN ideastream's Nick Castele reports. Also, service workers on the front lines of COVID-19 are more vulnerable to contracting the virus. Host Tonya Mosley speaks to Brian Ramian, a restaurant server who recently wrote about his fears at work in an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times.
22/07/2043m 19s

Florida Teachers Union Sues State; Jim Carrey's New Novel

The Florida Education Association is suing the state of Florida over its plans to fully reopen schools five days a week in August. We talk to Fedrick Ingram, union president, about his concerns. Also, host Tonya Mosley speaks with Jim Carrey and Dana Vachon, authors of "Memoirs and Misinformation," a new novel that centers around an actor named Jim Carrey.
21/07/2043m 14s

COVID-19 Long-Hauler; Former Police Officer Fired For Intervening In Chokehold

COVID-19 long-haulers are a mix of older and younger patients whose symptoms last months after the infection is over, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Among them is 40-year-old New York psychiatrist Dr. Scott Krakower, who joins us to talk about his long fight with the coronavirus. And, host Robin Young speaks with Cariol Horne, a former Black police officer in Buffalo, New York, who was fired after she intervened to stop a white police officer who had placed a chokehold on a Black suspect.
21/07/2043m 27s

'1619 Project' Continues To Resonate; Trump Evangelical Adviser

The New York Times' "1619 Project" is being adapted into a book and film in a project with Oprah Winfrey and Lionsgate. Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones joins us to discuss how the Pulitzer Prize-winning project continues to resonate. And, recent polls show that President Trump's support among white evangelical Christians is dropping. But Trump adviser Mike Evans says when it comes time to vote, most will remain loyal to the president.
20/07/2043m 25s

Union Workers Strike For Black Lives; Voices Of The Unemployed

Major labor unions, social justice grassroots organizations and environmental groups in nearly 200 cities are coming together to demand that companies protect their Black and Brown workers. Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union, joins us to talk about this fight for racial and economic justice. Also, we hear from two mothers in different circumstances who are facing unemployment during the pandemic.
20/07/2042m 34s

Dementia Among Older Black People; 'Father Soldier Son' Documentary

Older Black people are at higher risk of Alzheimer's disease and other causes of dementia, and some research suggests racism is one of the factors behind that increased risk. We talk to Dr. Rachel Whitmer at UC Davis about her research and what it means as the pandemic rages. And, New York Times journalists Leslye Davis and Catrin Einhorn join us to discuss their new Netflix documentary "Father Soldier Son," which follows the lives of platoon sergeant Brian Eisch and his two sons for almost a decade.
17/07/2042m 50s

Asheville Reparations For Black Residents; Remembering Christopher Dickey

The city council in Asheville, North Carolina, unanimously approved a measure for reparations for Black residents. The funding would be put toward programs that increase career opportunities and homeownership. It would not be direct payments. We speak with Councilwoman Sheneika Smit, who supported the measure. Also, Christopher Dickey, a legendary foreign correspondent, died unexpectedly Thursday. We revisit an old but timeless conversation with him.
17/07/2043m 12s

Black CEO Tristan Walker; Rural Parent On Remote Learning

Tristan Walker, founder and CEO of the Black beauty and health line, Walker & Company, joins us to discuss the barriers Black businesses face, and how corporations can contribute genuinely to the racial justice movement. And, Here & Now listener Eric Stahl, who lives in rural Illinois, wrote us describing the challenges of trying to educate two kids at home with unreliable internet during the pandemic.
16/07/2042m 4s

Native Lives Matter Addresses Systemic Problems; Banking While Black

The last few weeks have been historic for Native Americans. Native American journalist Vincent Schilling says this sea change offers hope in now tackling some of the systemic problems in their community such as police brutality and poverty. Also, Netflix is moving $100 million into Black-owned banks to help close the racial wealth gap. What could that kind of capital do? We talk to the president and CEO of M&F Bank, the nation's second-oldest Black-owned bank.
16/07/2041m 59s

Accepting Uncertainty During COVID-19; Choreographer Raja Feather Kelly

The coronavirus pandemic is continuing longer than many expected, and the disruption, loss, social isolation and health risk remain part of our daily lives. Author Gretchen Rubin gives some advice on how to better accept uncertainty and manage anxiety. Also, Raja Feather Kelly doesn't favor high kicks and fancy twirls. Instead, the young Black choreographer uses movement based on the personalities of his dancers and actors to help playwrights tell their stories. Alexandra Starr reports.
15/07/2042m 44s

Indoor Air And COVID-19 Spread; Forced Labor Of Uyghur Muslims In China

Environmental engineering professor Shelly Miller joins us to discuss the latest thinking on COVID-19 spread indoors, concerns about spread from air conditioning, and her own research for high school groups on spread by musicians. Also, a recent study found that more than 80 global brands like Apple, BMW, Google, and Amazon have been benefiting from the forced labor of Uyghur Muslims in China. We speak with activist Rashan Abbas about China's campaign against the minority ethnic group.
15/07/2043m 1s

Big Tech Gets Even Bigger; COVID-19 Testing Problems

For the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, Amazon, Microsoft, Apple and Alphabet are each worth more than a trillion dollars according to their market capitalizations. While the virus continues to ravage the U.S. economy generally, the tech sector has remained a relative bright spot for now. Jessica Lessin of The Information explains. Also, many experts say there is a lack of adequate coronavirus testing measures in the U.S. NPR's Rob Stein has the latest on problems with testing.
14/07/2042m 42s

COVID-19 Survivors; Implicit Racial Bias In Social Settings, Policing

More than 1 million people in the U.S. have recovered from COVID-19, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, but their experiences with the disease vary widely. We speak with two people who have had COVID-19. Also, we talk to Jennifer Eberhardt, Stanford psychologist and researcher, about understanding how implicit racial bias works in different social settings including police departments.
14/07/2043m 37s

Washington NFL Team Retires Name; Ohio Restaurant Reopens

The Washington NFL franchise announced Monday that it will drop its name and logo immediately after decades of criticism that they are offensive to Native Americans. David Glass, a member of the White Earth Ojibwe and president of the National Coalition Against Racism In Sports and Media, joins us to discuss. And, we check back in with Ohio restaurant owner Jessica Parkison about how business is going after reopening for patio and indoor service.
13/07/2042m 15s

Emmanuel Acho's Video Series On Race; Disney World Reopens

Former NFL linebacker Emmanuel Acho joins us to talk about his online series, "Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man." The video series addresses race and was created as an educational tool for White people looking to help. Also, Florida set the highest daily number of new COVID-19 cases for any state over the weekend. And Disney World reopened, with staff in masks and social distancing guidelines in place. We check in on Florida
13/07/2042m 41s

Universal Basic Income Pilot Program; Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan

U.S. schools are trying to plan for the upcoming academic year as the pandemic intensifies. Arne Duncan, former Secretary of Education under Obama, joins us to discuss the push by the Trump administration to reopen schools in the fall. Universal basic income, the policy that promises a regular paycheck regardless of employment, is starting to gain traction and funding. Stockton, California, Mayor Michael Tubbs joins us to discuss the city's pilot program.
10/07/2041m 48s

K-pop Top Hits With Soju; Upcoming Missions To Mars

Soju, who competed on "RuPaul's Drag Race," tells us about what it was like growing up queer and Korean in the Midwest and answers all our burning questions about K-pop idols and fans. Plus, she shares tracks from H.O.T, 2NE1, Tiffany Young, and herself. Also, three missions to Mars are set to blast off in the coming weeks. NASA is even planning to bring back Martian rocks for the first time ever. We talk with science journalist Alexandra Witze.
10/07/2041m 48s

Empathy And Power; U.S. Military Confronts Racism

Why did George Floyd's death spark a worldwide movement demanding social change? Stanford Professor Jamil Zaki says it has to do with empathy, how it's fostered and how it atrophies. He joins us to discuss the connection between power and empathy. And, the U.S. military is one of the many institutions dealing with the nation's current racial reckoning. We speak with Retired Adm. James Stavridis about efforts to rename military bases that bear the names of Confederate generals.
09/07/2041m 40s

'Pandemic Dreams' Captured In New Book; House Race In New Mexico

Dream researcher Deidre Barrett has collected thousands of COVID-19 related dreams online. She joins us to discuss publishing a number of them in the new book "Pandemic Dreams." Also, in New Mexico's second Congressional district, Democratic Rep. Xochitl Torres Small faces a challenge from Republican former state Rep. Yvette Herrell, a re-match of 2018. Host Jeremy Hobson speaks with New Mexico politics writer Joe Monahan.
09/07/2041m 3s

Ohio Epidemiologist; Gail Caldwell's 'Bright Precious Thing' Memoir

Ohio is one of several states seeing an uptick in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations after remaining fairly steady in May and June. Dr. Tara Smith, an infectious disease epidemiologist at Kent State University, joins us to discuss what's behind the recent surge in cases. And, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Gail Caldwell talks about her new memoir "Bright Precious Thing," which explores feminism, friendship and what she learned from her 5-year-old neighbor.
08/07/2041m 40s

Gen Z Talks Protests, Pandemic; Stargazing Without A Telescope

Americans have been grappling with the emergence of a deadly pandemic and a nationwide protest movement forcing a reckoning on police violence and racial injustice. Host Jeremy Hobson speaks with three young people about how they've been handling it all. Looking for something to do this summer? Astronomer Dean Regas says, "Look up!" Regas joins us to describe some of the brightest stars and constellations visible throughout the summer, and how to find them without a telescope.
08/07/2041m 50s

Blackout Day Economic Protest; How Newt Gingrich Shaped The GOP

Tuesday marks #BlackoutDayt2020, a day when Black Americans and their allies are being encouraged to spend their money at minority-owned stores exclusively to highlight the consumer power of minorities. Roben Farzad, host of Public Radio's "Full Disclosure," explains who is organizing the event and why. When President Trump uses phrases like "radical left" he's pulling from a playbook Newt Gingrich helped write. Historian Julian Zelizer makes that case in his new book about Gingrich's rise from a young and unknown congressman to shaping the Republican Party in ways still ...
07/07/2041m 11s

COVID-19 Medical Flights On The Rise; Live Music Venues Struggle

In Imperial County, one of Southern California's remote coronavirus hot spots, medical crews have been flying out hundreds of sick people after two local hospitals ran low on intensive care beds. We speak with the program director for Reach Air Medical Services. Also, as states slowly reopen, the live music industry remains mostly dormant. Many music venues are hoping the government will offer support but, in the meantime, are considering other ways to survive. WAMU's Mikaela Lefrak reports.
07/07/2041m 5s

Arizona Lessons On COVID-19; College Admissions In A Pandemic

Arizona reported thousands of new coronavirus infections over the weekend, with young adults leading the growth. University of Arizona epidemiologist Dr. Saskia Popescu joins us to discuss the lessons learned from Arizona, which was one of the first states to ease coronavirus restrictions. And, high school students are facing uncertainty about applying to college next year due to the pandemic. One college counselor joins us to discuss some of the challenges.
06/07/2041m 16s

Mysterious Elephant Deaths; Wearing Masks Could Help GDP

More than 350 elephants have mysteriously died in Botswana over the past few months. We talk with the Director of National Park Service Dr. Niall McCann about what could be causing these deaths and what's at stake for the larger ecosystem. Also, Goldman Sachs says if a mandatory mask order were imposed nationally, it could help the economy avoid a 5% hit to GDP. The study assumes that if everyone wore a mask, states would not have to impose mandatory lockdowns which are disrupting the economy.
06/07/2040m 48s

Native Americans Occupied Mount Rushmore 50 Years Ago; Best TV Of 2020

Fifty years ago this summer, a group of Native American activists scaled the top of the Mount Rushmore and occupied the area for months to demand the land be returned to the Sioux. We look back on the significance of this event with the son of one of the original protesters, Executive Director of United Native Americans Quanah Parker Brightman. Also, while much TV production has halted across the world, there's still quality programming to catch up on. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans shares some of his favorites to ...
03/07/2042m 17s

Texas Restaurant Owner; Americans Share What Freedom Means To Them

As restaurants in some states begin to shut down again due to spikes in coronavirus infections, some owners are considering whether to close for good. Houston restaurant owner Bill Loveday joins us to discuss how his restaurant is handling the pandemic and the rapidly changing public health restrictions in Texas. And, we asked several Americans from across the country to explain what freedom means to them this Independence Day.
03/07/2042m 34s

Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon; Miami-Dade Police Officer Relieved Of Duty

Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon joins us to discuss the state's massive budget shortfall as it also faces rising coronavirus cases. And, a Miami-Dade police officer was relieved of duty after widely circulated body cam footage revealed a dispute he had with a Black woman at the Miami International Airport. Miami Herald reporter David Ovalle has the details.
02/07/2042m 14s

#OscarsSoWhite Creator On White Actors Voicing Non-White Characters; Protest Songs

Several animated TV series including long-running hits like "The Simpsons" and "Family Guy" have made a decision to no longer use white actors for the voices of characters from other ethnic groups. Host Lisa Mullins speaks to April Reign, the creator of #OscarsSoWhite, about criticism regarding minority characters played by white actors. Also, from "Yankee Doodle" to viral Tik Tok remixes, protest music is American music. Oregon Public Broadcasting's Claudia Meza takes us through the history of protest songs in this country.
02/07/2041m 59s

Northern California COVID-19 Spikes; Mount Rushmore History

California Gov. Gavin Newsom says he plans to further scale back the state's reopening plans due to a new surge in coronavirus cases, including a cluster at San Quentin State Prison. And, author John Taliaferro joins us to discuss the complicated history of Mount Rushmore ahead of Trump's visit this week at a time of heated debate over monuments linked to racism and discrimination.
01/07/2042m 1s

Teacher Calls For Anti-Racism Curriculum; COVID-19 Pool Testing

Sixth-grade English teacher Zakia Jarrett was temporarily placed on administrative paid leave for telling students that "most cops are racist" during a class discussion on race and racism. We speak to Jarrett about her suspension regarding anti-racism education in Milton, Massachusetts. Also, public health officials are scrambling to increase the country's capacity for testing. One solution could be to test multiple people at once using a method known as pool testing.
01/07/2042m 14s

WNBA's Renee Montgomery Fights For Social Justice; Clint Black's New Album

WNBA veteran and Atlanta Dream star Renee Montgomery has announced she's leaving the league in order to seize this moment of change to fight for social and racial justice. We talk to her about the move. Also, we speak with Grammy-winning country musician Clint Black, who has just released a new studio album called "Out of Sane."
30/06/2042m 26s

Princeton Drops Woodrow Wilson's Name; College Students On Edge About Fall

Citing his racism and racist policies, Princeton University will remove Woodrow Wilson's name from its school of international and public affairs. The move comes amid ongoing efforts to take down statues and monuments that honor the Confederacy around the U.S. We speak with historian Julian Zelizer. Also, college students are wrestling with whether or not to enroll for the fall — or try to defer enrollment until they can be sure to have a full college experience. KUOW's Eilís O'Neill has more.
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January 22, 2019: Hour 2

Huntsville, Alabama, is home to NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. Most of the center's 5,000 employees have been furloughed. The Rev. Travis Collins wanted to help. Also, "Roma" and "The Favourite" both received 10 Oscar nominations Tuesday, more than any other film. Here & Now's Robin Young goes through the top nominees with John Horn, host of KPCC's "The Frame." That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's Jan. 22, 2019 full broadcast.
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January 22, 2019: Hour 1

The World Economic Forum opened in Davos, Switzerland, but several world leaders are not attending this year, including President Trump, who cancelled the U.S. delegation's trip amid the partial government shutdown. Also, regulations and fishing quotas have put a lot of pressure on small fishermen in New England. We meet one fisherman is trying to fish differently and more sustainably. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's Jan. 22, 2019 full broadcast.
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January 21, 2019: Hour 2

Negotiations remain halted between the White House and congressional Democrats after they rejected the president's deal offering temporary DACA protections. Meanwhile, Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris announced her 2020 presidential bid. Also, there are reports that Prince Philip was driving last weekend, a few days after he was involved in an accident that injured a passenger in the other car. Philip is 97 years old, and the accident has raised questions about seniors who drive. That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's Jan. 21, 2019 full broadcast.
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January 21, 2019: Hour 1

Communities across the country are marking the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday on Monday, including Atlanta, where the civil rights leader was born on Jan. 15, 1929. King is also being remembered where his life ended: Memphis, Tennessee. And commuters in Seattle are bracing for months of traffic headaches as the city begins a six-month overhaul of the 66-year-old Alaskan Way Viaduct. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's Jan. 21, 2019 full broadcast.
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'Schitt's Creek' Co-Creators Eugene And Daniel Levy On The Show's 5th Season

The Canadian television show "Schitt's Creek" just began its fifth season. It follows the story of the Roses, a wealthy family that suddenly loses its fortune and has to move to a small, rural American town called Schitt's Creek, which Johnny Rose, played by Eugene Levy, once bought for his son David — played by Eugene's actual son Daniel Levy — as a joke. Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson traveled to New York to talk with the Levys about the show, and its unique way of portraying a gay relationship.
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January 18, 2019: Hour 2

The attack at a restaurant in Syria that killed four Americans, including two service members, is raising questions about President Trump's plans to withdraw U.S. troops from that country. Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), who served in Iraq, says ISIS is "still very much active in Syria, despite what the president says." Also, many Americans may be weighing whether to bail on the gym — and their New Year's fitness resolutions. We talk with a personal trainer for tips on how to get back on track. That and more, in hour ...
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January 18, 2019: Hour 1

NBC senior politics editor Beth Fouhy and Bloomberg White House correspondent Toluse Olorunnipa join Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson and Lisa Mullins to discuss the latest skirmishes between Democrats and Republicans as the partial government shutdown drags on. Also, we talk show tunes with Laurence Maslon, a professor at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and host of the weekly public radio show "Broadway to Main Street," in our latest DJ Session. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's Jan. 18, 2019 full broadcast.
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January 17, 2019: Hour 2

We take a look at high-profile freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D-N.Y.) first weeks in Congress, and her seat on the powerful House Financial Services Committee, with Politico Congress reporter Rachael Bade. Also, when someone dies, the physical items they leave behind have special meaning for their loved ones. But what about something as intangible as a phone number? That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's Jan. 17, 2019 full broadcast.
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January 17, 2019: Hour 1

The Canadian television show "Schitt's Creek" just began its fifth season. Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson talks with Daniel and Eugene Levy, the show's co-creators, co-writers and co-executive producers. Also, Allison Chang's unborn baby was diagnosed with trisomy 18, a rare chromosomal disorder that occurs in 1 in 2,500 pregnancies. Chang and her husband planned to end the pregnancy, but it ended naturally when the child died in the womb. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's Jan. 17, 2019 full broadcast.
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January 16, 2019: Hour 2

Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal suffered a historic loss in Parliament on Tuesday. Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson talks with Labour Party Member of Parliament David Lammy, who says he's worried "we are seeing the end of the 'great' in Great Britain." Also, we look at how the now 26-day government shutdown is affecting national parks and other public lands with former Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, who served under President Obama. That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's Jan. 16, 2019 full broadcast.
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January 16, 2019: Hour 1

British Prime Minister Theresa May faces a no-confidence vote Wednesday, a day after Parliament rejected her Brexit deal by a historic margin. We get the latest from the BBC's Rob Watson. Also, one doctor with the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, New York, says he is about to reach his limit of how many patients he can subscribe Suboxone. In that case, amid the government shutdown, he would have to get a waiver — or start turning patients away. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's Jan. 16, 2019 full ...
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January 15, 2019: Hour 1

The Broadway musical "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" is currently touring the country. Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson talks with Noah Weisberg, who stars as reclusive candy inventor Willy Wonka in the stage production, based on the much-loved book by Roald Dahl. Also, airports in Atlanta, Houston and Miami have reported longer lines and closed terminals because of a shortage of Transportation Security Administration employees. It's one of the ways in which people are feeling the impact of the government shutdown. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's Jan. 15, 2019 ...
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January 15, 2019: Hour 2

Here & Now's Robin Young calls into "Open Line With Charlie Stone," a talk radio program in Sioux City, Iowa, to hear how Rep. Steve King's constituents are reacting to his punishment by congressional Republicans, after King questioned in a New York Times interview why "white nationalist" and "white supremacist" are offensive terms. Also, pre-K and kindergarten teachers have a lot to do: teaching early literacy, numbers, interpersonal skills — and in some states, changing diapers. That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's Jan. 15, 2019 full broadcast.
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January 14, 2019: Hour 2

Rep. Eliot Engel, a Democrat from New York, and the new chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, joins us to discuss some of the areas of the world that he sees as putting U.S. interests at risk. Also, U.S. wireless carriers are promising changes after a reporter for the website Motherboard revealed they were selling user location data to third parties. That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's Jan. 14, 2019 full broadcast.
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January 14, 2019: Hour 1

The partial government shutdown has put a crimp on Washington, D.C., where the local economy depends on federal workers. Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson talks with Mayor Muriel Bowser about how the shutdown has damaged her city. Also, as a woman of color in the male-dominated food industry, Elle Simone has made her mark as a food stylist, chef and now as a TV host on "America's Test Kitchen." That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's Jan. 14, 2019 full broadcast.
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January 11, 2019: Hour 2

After serving 22 years in solitary confinement, Anthony Gay was released from prison in Illinois in August. Now, he's suing the state. And as economies across the globe slow down, what does that mean for 2019? That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's Jan. 11, 2019 full broadcast.
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January 11, 2019: Hour 1

A new study says ocean temperatures are rising 40 percent faster than an estimate made five years ago. Also, amid the ongoing government shutdown, we ask a negotiation expert: What do you do when talks are going nowhere? And the Muscogee (Creek) Nation chief and council revoked the editorial protections of Mvskoke Media — a move some are calling a "chilling attack" on tribal press freedom. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's Jan. 11, 2019 full broadcast. You can read and hear more at, follow us on Twitter and ...
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January 10, 2019: Hour 2

As the government shutdown drags on, federal workers are anxious about missing payday. Among the many workers preparing to miss their paychecks is Krystle Kirkpatrick, an Internal Revenue Service employee. Also, the critically acclaimed film "The Favourite" explores the power struggle between two women in the court of Britain's Queen Anne. We talk with director Yorgos Lanthimos and actress Rachel Weisz, one of its stars. That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's Jan. 10, 2019 full broadcast.
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January 10, 2019: Hour 1

Shutting down the federal government over budget disputes is a fairly modern phenomenon. We dig into the history of the government shutdown, as the current stalemate stretches into its 20th day. Also, in this week's DJ Session, KCRW DJ Aaron Byrd joins Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson to discuss a new track from D'Angelo featured in the video game "Red Dead Redemption 2," and introduce another from 18-year-old London musician Arlo Parks. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's Jan. 10, 2019 full broadcast.
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January 9, 2019: Hour 2

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, a Democrat from Montana, joins Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson with his response to President Trump's address in which he appealed for funding for his border wall. Also, Stanford University researchers recently found that just hearing a negative result on a DNA test can not only adversely affect behavior, but also change a person's physiology. That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's Jan. 9, 2019 full broadcast.
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January 9, 2019: Hour 1

Adult children caring for their aging parents face a complicated health system in the U.S. One woman who found herself struggling to navigate it is now guiding others. Also, following Trump's appeal for his border wall, host Jeremy Hobson speaks with U.S. Rep. Debbie Lesko, a Republican from Arizona. And a new report finds the nationwide death rate from cancer has fallen 27 percent between 1991 and 2016. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's Jan. 9, 2019 full broadcast.
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January 8, 2019: Hour 2

There's a 1.4 billion-pound cheese surplus in the U.S., and experts say it may increase. Also, Cyntoia Brown, a teenage sex-trafficking victim, was serving a life sentence for murder, but will soon be free. We speak with one of her attorneys. And if you're a new parent trying to communicate with your infant, you may have given baby sign language a try. But is it worthwhile? That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's Jan. 8, 2019 full broadcast.
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January 8, 2019: Hour 1

Newly elected U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse (D-Colo.) weighs in on the federal government shutdown, which has entered its 18th day. Also, the executive producer of "Victoria" joins Here & Now's Robin Young to separate fact from fiction in the PBS Masterpiece program. And host Jeremy Hobson meets one of France's top pastry chefs to learn some of the secrets behind the perfect croissant. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's Jan. 8, 2019 full broadcast.
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January 7, 2019: Hour 2

While there is a debate about calls to pull American troops out of Syria and partially withdraw from Afghanistan, Here & Now's Robin Young looks at why U.S. troops were deployed to each country in the first place. Also, a pilot program at the University of Texas Austin is supplying free tampons and sanitary pads in women's restrooms. The idea is to consider period products "everyday essentials" and more accessible to women. That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's Jan. 7, 2019 full broadcast.
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January 7, 2019: Hour 1

Michael Metz, an air traffic controller in Albuquerque, is one of the many federal employees working without pay during the government shutdown, which is now in its 17th day. And actor-producer Michael Douglas won a Golden Globe Award on Sunday for his role in Netflix's "The Kominsky Method." Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson spoke with Douglas in December about his long career. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's Jan. 7, 2019 full broadcast.
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January 4, 2019: Hour 2

The partial government shutdown started two weeks ago, and farmers may soon see an impact. Also, two incidents this week — the hospitalization of a 2-year-old after she stumbled into a rhinoceros enclosure at a Florida zoo, and the death of a 22-year-old intern during a routine cleaning of a lion enclosure at a North Carolina wildlife center — have sparked conversations about the safety and ethics of keeping wild animals in captivity. That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's Jan. 4, 2019 full broadcast.
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January 4, 2019: Hour 1

ABC News political director Rick Klein and Associated Press reporter Jesse Holland join Here & Now's Peter O'Dowd and Lisa Mullins to discuss the latest on efforts to negotiate an end to the weekslong government shutdown. Also, Indonesia has suffered a series of major earthquakes, tsunamis and landslides in the past three months, killing thousands and devastating parts of the country. We speak with one woman who's been leading relief efforts there. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's Jan. 4, 2019 full broadcast.
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January 3, 2019: Hour 2

The impact of the partial government shutdown is being felt across the country, including in Jeffersonville, Indiana, where roughly 1,000 employees at the Census Bureau office have been furloughed. Also, for job candidates with neurological differences like autism or dyslexia, job searching can be difficult or impossible. Now, an increasing number of companies are reaching out to include "neurodiverse" candidates who they say can have unique talents. That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's Jan. 3, 2019 full broadcast.
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January 3, 2019: Hour 1

We continue our look at a rift in the Women's March by talking with Tamika Mallory, co-president of the Women's March, about allegations of anti-Semitism from a former march leader, Vanessa Wruble. Also, much has been said about the economic benefits of legalizing marijuana. But one job that's in jeopardy because of legalized recreational cannabis? The marijuana-sniffing dog. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's Jan. 3, 2019 full broadcast.
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January 2, 2019: Hour 2

Democrat and radio host Bill Press and Republican strategist Alice Stewart join Here & Now's Robin Young and Lisa Mullins, with President Trump and congressional leaders set to meet at the White House to try and hammer out a compromise to end the partial government shutdown. Also, thousands of breast cancer survivors around the world participate in dragon boat racing. What's the connection between the ancient Chinese sport and breast cancer? That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's Jan. 2, 2019 full broadcast.
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January 2, 2019: Hour 1

The newly elected Congress will be sworn in on Jan. 3, making Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Jim McGovern the new chairman of the House Rules Committee. Here & Now's Robin Young talks with McGovern about what's on his priority list. Also, as organizers prepare for another Women's March later this month, there's a split in the movement between some women of color and a former march leader. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's Jan. 2, 2019 full broadcast.
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January 1, 2019: Hour 2

When Democrats take control of the House later this week, they will vote on two separate measures to end the government shutdown. Here & Now's Robin Young talks with NPR White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe for the latest. Also, we meet two members of a Houston soccer team that helps refugees integrate into the community. That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's Jan. 1, 2019 full broadcast.
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January 1, 2019: Hour 1

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel has published a detailed timeline of the shooting that left 17 people dead on Feb. 14, 2018, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Failures in the shooting response "cost children their lives," the paper's reporting finds. Also, from police transparency to the #MeToo movement in the workplace, we look at a slate of new laws taking effect in California on Tuesday. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's Jan. 1, 2019 full broadcast.
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December 31, 2018: Hour 1

One book that's on most "best of the year" lists — including that of Time magazine, Bill Gates and the Obamas — is Tara Westover's memoir "Educated." Here & Now's Robin Youn talks with the author, who grew up in and ultimately left behind an extreme survivalist Mormon family in Idaho. Also, last year police were less likely to successfully close rape investigations, according to FBI statistics provided to The Associated Press — putting the rape "clearance rate" at its lowest level since the 1960s. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's ...
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December 28, 2018: Hour 2

One week into the government shutdown, there is still no sign of a deal. There are 800,000 workers who are impacted. Also, from Lady Gaga in "A Star Is Born" to KiKi Layne in "If Beale Street Could Talk," 2018 was a very good year for women in film. Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr joins us to talk about some of his favorite female performances of 2018. That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's Dec. 28, 2018 full broadcast.
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December 28, 2018: Hour 1

Here & Now's Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson review political developments this week with NBC senior politics editor Beth Fouhy and NPR congressional reporter Kelsey Snell. Also, Kimberly-Clark is recalling some U by Kotex tampons made between 2016 and 2018 after reports that inserts came apart during removal for several women, causing some to seek medical help to remove the pieces and others to report infections or injuries. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's Dec. 28, 2018 full broadcast.
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December 27, 2018: Hour 2

The Trump administration is facing renewed pressure after a second migrant child died in federal custody on Christmas Eve. Also, the days after Christmas are almost as important for retailers as the day itself, because of gift returns. And like subprime loans during the financial crisis, the next big risky investment could be low-grade corporate debt. That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's Dec. 27, 2018 full broadcast. You can read and hear more at, follow us on Twitter and join the conversation on Facebook.
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December 27, 2018: Hour 1

We revisit a conversation Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson had with Balkrishna Doshi in March after he became the first Indian to win architecture's highest honor, the Pritzker Prize. Also, Indonesia raised the alert level again for the volcano that triggered a devastating tsunami, killing at least 430. And last year's tax plan increased the standard deduction, which researchers say could cause people to donate less. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's Dec. 27, 2018 full broadcast. You can read and hear more at, follow us on Twitter and ...
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December 26, 2018: Hour 2

Radio Iowa's Kay Henderson and New Hampshire politics reporter Paul Steinhauser discuss who might run for president in 2020. Also, Here & Now business analyst John Carroll looks back at the best and worst advertisements of 2018. And modular housing is on the rise as U.S. cities face a housing crunch. That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's Dec. 26, 2018 full broadcast. You can read and hear more at, follow us on Twitter and join the conversation on Facebook.
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December 26, 2018: Hour 1

Some Chinese automakers have announced plans to sell cars in the U.S., as demand in China softens and the economy slows. Also, the markets opened slightly higher Wednesday morning as they tried to make up ground for a dismal December. And a new NOVA documentary explores Apollo 8 — the first trip to the moon. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's Dec. 26, 2018 full broadcast. You can read and hear more at, follow us on Twitter and join the conversation on Facebook.
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December 25, 2018: Hour 2

Nearly two months after a gunman ambushed worshippers at Pittsburgh's Tree of Life synagogue, the community of Squirrel Hill is still mourning. We check back in with Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, who joined us in November following the shooting. Also, pop singer-songwriter Jason Mraz is taking a much-deserved break from his "Good Vibes" tour, after performing across the U.S. over the past six months. Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson revisits his conversation with Mraz following the release of his latest album, "Know." That and more, in hour two of ...
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December 25, 2018: Hour 1

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson looks back at some of the political and social issues of the year with A. C. Wharton, who was mayor of Memphis, Tennessee, from 2009 to 2015. Also, we put some of 2018's biggest science stories — gene-edited babies born in China, a new probe landing on Mars and the death of acclaimed physicist Stephen Hawking — under the microscope. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's Dec. 25, 2018 full broadcast.
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December 24, 2018: Hour 2

What does it take to be a United Nations language interpreter? One former interpreter, who did the job for 22 years, says speed is key when conducting high-stakes translations between delegates and other notable figures. Also, Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson talks with one of his favorite childhood DJs, Mike Haile of WHMS in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, about his favorite holiday tunes. That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's Dec. 24, 2018 full broadcast.
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December 24, 2018: Hour 1

From Saudi Arabia to Russia to China, 2018 saw the U.S. at odds with allies and rivals alike. Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson rounds up the year in world news with CNN chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour. Also, as we move toward 2019, Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst joins us to share what she's learned in the kitchen that can help listeners in the new year. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's Dec. 24, 2018 full broadcast.
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December 21, 2018: Hour 2

Chuck Hagel, who served as defense secretary from 2013 to 2015 under the Obama administration, tells Here & Now's Peter O'Dowd he "absolutely" would have resigned if faced with similar circumstances as Jim Mattis. Also, the use of facial recognition technology to identify anyone from a celebrity stalker at a concert to a jaywalker on the streets of China is raising serious questions about privacy. That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's Dec. 21, 2018 full broadcast.
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December 21, 2018: Hour 1

Bloomberg White House reporter Toluse Olorunnipa and NBC News senior politics editor Beth Fouhy join Here & Now's Peter O'Dowd to discuss the resignation of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and the latest on the showdown over a partial government shutdown. Also, looking for a book to give as a gift? We get some suggestions from Petra Mayer of NPR Books. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's Dec. 21, 2018 full broadcast.
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December 20, 2018: Hour 2

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson talks with Democratic Rhode Island Sen. Jack Reed, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, about President Trump's decision to pull all 2,000 U.S. troops out of Syria. Also, three years ago, photographer John Pregulman was commissioned to take pictures of Holocaust survivors for a museum in Illinois. That job moved him so much that he's made it his mission to photograph as many American Holocaust survivors as he can. That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's Dec. 20, 2018 full broadcast.
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December 20, 2018: Hour 1

Here & Now's Robin Young talks with the president and founder of the Washington Kurdish Institute, as reaction continues to pour in after President Trump announced Wednesday that he'll pull all U.S. forces out of Syria. Also, a post-divorce vacation with your ex and both of your new partners — what could go wrong? That's the premise of debut author Caroline Hulse's new novel "The Adults." That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's Dec. 20, 2018 full broadcast.
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December 19, 2018: Hour 2

President Trump tweeted Wednesday that the U.S. military has "defeated ISIS." The announcement followed reports that the U.S. government is pulling troops out of Syria. Also, in 2015, Andrew Tarlow shifted three of his restaurants to a tip-free model, raising his employees' wages and menu prices. This week, though, he switched back. That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's Dec. 19, 2018 full broadcast.
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December 19, 2018: Hour 1

The Senate has passed a bill to overhaul criminal justice policies in the United States for the first time in years. Also, from Kamasi Washington to Christine and the Queens, we round up new music that had us grooving this year with KCRW DJ Anne Litt. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's Dec. 19, 2018 full broadcast.
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December 18, 2018: Hour 2

Former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn is being sentenced after pleading guilty last year to lying to the FBI. Also, one year ago this month, the Lilac Fire tore through Southern California. Homes were destroyed, thousands of people were evacuated and nearly 50 horses died at the San Luis Rey Training Center in Bonsall. And Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst shares her picks for best equipment, best spice and best bite of 2018. That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's Dec. 18, 2018 full broadcast.
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December 18, 2018: Hour 1

After an earlier Here & Now segment delved into the topic of family estrangement, we continue the conversation with a look into a process that is more common than many might think. Also, New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood said Tuesday her office had detailed "a shocking pattern of illegality" involving the Trump Foundation, which has agreed to dissolve. And Leon Panetta, former chief of staff for President Clinton, weighs in on President Trump's pick for acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's ...
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December 17, 2018: Hour 2

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company — based in Chico, California — is releasing a special beer, Resilience IPA, to raise money for the victims of the Camp Fire. And Here & Now's Robin Young speaks with 15-year-old Elsie Fisher, star of the film "Eighth Grade," who has been nominated for a Golden Globe for her role as a lonely school kid whose only outlet is on social media. That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's Dec. 17, 2018 full broadcast.
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December 17, 2018: Hour 1

Irish ambassador to the United States Dan Mulhall explains why a return to a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland would cause havoc. Also, Jersey City, New Jersey, police seek to combat the thefts of holiday package deliveries. And a new series from ProPublica and The Atlantic details how budget cuts at the IRS put extra scrutiny on the working poor and let wealthy tax cheats go free. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's Dec. 17, 2018 full broadcast.
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December 14, 2018: Hour 1

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson and Peter O'Dowd discuss the week in politics with Jesse Holland of The Associated Press and NPR's Domenico Montanaro. Also, a new report from the Death Penalty Information Center shows executions and new death sentences remained near generational lows this year. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's Dec. 14, 2018 full broadcast.
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December 13, 2018: Hour 1

"Every argument the Justice Department has made for putting Michael Cohen in jail applies to Donald Trump," Democratic U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff tells Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson of the sentencing of Trump's former personal lawyer. Also, Minnesota is considering new legislation that could restrict the skyrocketing price of insulin. We hear from one state lawmaker about what's happening. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's Dec. 13, 2018 full broadcast.
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December 13, 2018: Hour 2

Students at Iowa's Grinnell College formed the only independent union of undergraduate student workers in the country back in 2016. Now, the college is attempting to limit who can join it. Also, looking for a gift for the chef on your list? Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst says this year was another great one for cookbooks. That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's Dec. 13, 2018 full broadcast.
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December 12, 2018: Hour 2

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson speaks with British Member of Parliament David Lammy, who sees a second referendum as a solution to ongoing Brexit acrimony. Also, every week, Ellen Jovin sets up a table in the middle of Manhattan, dissecting grammar for people on the streets. And last year, a woman from El Salvador traveled to the U.S. border, seeking asylum. This year, her teenage son made the same journey. That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's Dec. 12, 2018 full broadcast.
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December 12, 2018: Hour 1

The Los Angeles City Council has approved new rules for Airbnb rentals in the city. Also, in November, scientists and diplomats voted unanimously to redefine the kilogram: It will no longer be based on a physical piece of metal, but on a math problem. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's Dec. 12, 2018 full broadcast.
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December 11, 2018: Hour 2

Many migrants from Central America have spoken up about violence in their home countries, but researchers say another factor may be driving them to the U.S.: the impacts of climate change. Also, we talk with jazz pianist Helen Sung about her latest album, "Sung with Words." That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's Dec. 11, 2018 full broadcast.
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December 11, 2018: Hour 1

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson talks with Arizona GOP Rep. Debbie Lesko as President Trump pushes to fund his promised border wall, amid a possible government shutdown. Also, in Robin Cook's new novel "Pandemic," the mysterious death of a woman on a New York subway opens a window into a lab that's pushing the boundaries of medical ethics. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's Dec. 11, 2018 full broadcast.
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December 10, 2018: Hour 2

Nearly 10 million people in the U.S. live with a serious mental illness, and for many, deciding whether or not to tell an employer about their condition is a difficult choice to make. Also, New York Times media columnist Jim Rutenberg writes revelations about Facebook's sometimes-unethical business practices were predicted in "The Social Network." That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's Dec. 10, 2018 full broadcast.
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December 10, 2018: Hour 1

In an exclusive report, the last words of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi were revealed: "I can't breathe." Also, the families of seven men detained in Iran have published an open letter to world leaders, pleading them help secure their loved ones' release. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's Dec. 10, 2018 full broadcast.
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December 7, 2018: Hour 2

The New York City Police Department this week unveiled a fleet of drones it says will help with hostage situations and search and rescue operations. But privacy advocates have concerns. Also, a long-distance swimmer recently gave up his quest to cross the Pacific Ocean, but he's continuing his mission with a new focus. That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's Dec. 7, 2018 full broadcast.
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December 7, 2018: Hour 1

President Trump will nominate William Barr to serve as the next attorney general, he told reporters at the White House on Friday morning. Also, Al Jazeera English journalist Jennifer Glasse and Jason Dempsey, senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, join us to discuss the future of the conflict in Afghanistan. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's Dec. 7, 2018 full broadcast.
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December 6, 2018: Hour 2

Friday is the deadline to sign up for this year's Medicare open enrollment. We break down a few key things to know with Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News. And the French government has dropped new fuel taxes from next year's budget after weeks of mass protests by the so-called yellow vest movement, but more demonstrations are planned. That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's Dec. 6, 2018 full broadcast.
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December 6, 2018: Hour 1

China is demanding Canada release a Huawei Technologies executive who was arrested in Vancouver last week. Also, Here & Now's Robin Young talks with director Josie Rourke and screenwriter Beau Willimon about their new film "Mary Queen of Scots," which stars Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's Dec. 6, 2018 full broadcast.
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December 5, 2018: Hour 2

As the country remembers former President George H.W. Bush, so is the man who photographed decades of Bush's life. Also, a private detective in Tennessee is trying to solve an alleged murder. Her method? Podcasting. That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's Dec. 5, 2018 full broadcast.
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December 5, 2018: Hour 1

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson listens backs to some key moments and speeches from George H.W. Bush, as the former president is remembered at Washington National Cathedral. Also, in a new court filing, special counsel Robert Mueller called for no prison time for President Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's Dec. 5, 2018 full broadcast.
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December 4, 2018: Hour 2

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson talks with White House trade adviser Peter Navarro about upcoming China trade talks and the state of the U.S. economy. Also, resident chef Kathy Gunst brings two of her favorite holiday cookie recipes to trade with the Here & Now staff — and we crowdsource a couple of our own. That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's Dec. 4, 2018 full broadcast.
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December 4, 2018: Hour 1

Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin could vote Tuesday on a plan to limit the powers of the incoming Democratic governor and the attorney general. Democrats are calling the tactic a power grab. Also, we take a look at the life of Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-serving British monarch in history. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's Dec. 4, 2018 full broadcast.
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December 3, 2018: Hour 2

Here & Now's Robin Young speaks with Mark Knopfler, former frontman for the Grammy-winning British band Dire Straits, about his new solo album. Also, in 1990, President George H.W. Bush, who died Friday at age 94, signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act — a landmark piece of legislation that expanded rights for millions of people. That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's Dec. 3, 2018 full broadcast.
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December 3, 2018: Hour 1

As President George H.W. Bush is honored this week in Washington, D.C., we look back at the 41st president's lasting impact on American politics. Also, Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson talks with actor Michael Douglas about his long career in film. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's Dec. 3, 2018 full broadcast.
03/12/1841m 53s

November 30, 2018: Hour 2

Pentagon officials say they are considering keeping active-duty American troops stationed along the U.S.-Mexico border into January. We speak with The Discovery Channel's Lilia Luciano, who's been checking in with people who live and work close to an Arizona port of entry, about that military presence and its impact. That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's Nov. 30, 2018 full broadcast.
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November 30, 2018: Hour 1

President Trump continues to defend himself after his former lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty Thursday to lying to Congress last year about plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. Journalist Bob Woodward, author of "Fear: Trump in the White House," joins us to discuss the latest developments in the Russia investigation. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's Nov. 30, 2018 full broadcast.
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November 29, 2018: Hour 2

President Trump arrives in Argentina on Thursday for the G-20 meeting that begins Friday. We preview with NPR's Greg Myre. Also, Here & Now's Robin Young talks with Diane Foley, president and founder of the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation, about Americans missing overseas and what it will take to bring them home. That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's Nov. 29, 2018 full broadcast.
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November 29, 2018: Hour 1

"The climate crisis is still worsening at a faster rate than our progress in developing solutions," former Vice President Al Gore tells Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson. "But we're gaining momentum." Gore says while President Trump has become "the face of climate denial," the U.S. is nearing a tipping point on public perceptions of the issue. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's Nov. 29, 2018 full broadcast.
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November 28, 2018: Hour 2

Through home visits, emails, Skype sessions and cultural events, a group of conservative voters from Kentucky's coal country and a group of liberal voters from western Massachusetts have started a political dialogue in an attempt to bridge political divides. That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's Nov. 28, 2018 full broadcast.
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November 28, 2018: Hour 1

Frances Arnold is the fifth woman in history to win the Nobel Prize in chemistry. "I feel a responsibility to encourage everyone to excel in science," she tells Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson. Also, for Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst, cinnamon is more than just a holiday spice. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's Nov. 28, 2018 full broadcast.
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November 27, 2018: Hour 2

Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown is speaking out against General Motors' move to cut 15,000 jobs and idle five factories, including an assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio. Also, singer-songwriter-satirist Randy Rainbow has built a fervent fan base by churning out parody videos on politics and current events. That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's Nov. 27, 2018 full broadcast.
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November 27, 2018: Hour 1

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson talks with Rashida Tlaib, the new Democratic congresswoman representing Michigan's 13th Congressional District and one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's Nov. 27, 2018 full broadcast.
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November 26, 2018: Hour 2

Former presidential candidate and recently re-elected Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders joins Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson to discuss his new book, "Where We Go from Here: Two Years in the Resistance." That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's Nov. 26, 2018 full broadcast.
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November 26, 2018: Hour 1

U.S. border agents fired tear gas on hundreds of migrants trying to reach California over the weekend. Many of them were trying to claim asylum in the U.S. Also, in "The Day That Went Missing," author Richard Beard probes what happened the day his 11-year-old brother Nicholas drowned, an event which his family rarely spoke about. That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's Nov. 26, 2018 full broadcast.
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November 23, 2018: Hour 2

We revisit a conversation from last year with the hosts of the popular "The Dinner Party Download," Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam, who discuss tips needed to be a successful dinner party organizer. Also, Oil prices continue to fall amid signs that the world economy and oil demand are slowing. And John Horn, host of KPCC's "The Frame," discusses the latest movies to watching this Thanksgiving weekend. That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's Nov. 23, 2018 full broadcast. You can read and hear more at, follow us on Twitter and join the conversation on Facebook.
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November 23, 2018: Hour 1

As Michael James Scott tours the country as the Genie in the stage musical version of the hit Disney animated film "Aladdin," we revisit a conversation with the performer from July. Also, the country's last ongoing Senate race shows Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi with an edge over former Agriculture Secretary Democrat Mike Espy. However, a series of gaffes may change that. And the chop arrived on the music scene about 50 years ago, and slowly, the odd little noise took the fiddle-playing world by storm. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's Nov. 23, 2018 full broadcast. You can read and hear more at, follow us on Twitter and join the conversation on Facebook.
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November 22, 2018: Hour 2

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson talks with historians Ed Ayers and Brian Balogh, co-hosts of the podcast "BackStory," produced at Virginia Humanities, about our nation's obsession with taxidermy — and how the Founding Fathers almost got stuffed. That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's Nov. 22, 2018 full broadcast.
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November 22, 2018: Hour 1

On Thanksgiving, many people in Northern California who lost everything in the Camp Fire are expressing thanks for being alive. Dacia Williams and her family are among them. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's Nov. 22, 2018 full broadcast.
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November 21, 2018: Hour 2

Why are leafy greens like romaine so often the culprit when it comes to E. coli contamination? Here & Now's Peter O'Dowd talks about the CDC's latest romaine lettuce warning with Rachel Noble, an environmental molecular microbiologist at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's Nov. 21, 2018 full broadcast.
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November 21, 2018: Hour 1

When you think back to your grade-school history lessons, what do you remember about the story of Thanksgiving? We pay a visit to Plymouth Rock, where legend has it those weary Pilgrims on the Mayflower first set foot in the New World. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's Nov. 21, 2018 full broadcast.
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November 20, 2018: Hour 2

Resident chef Kathy Gunst shares some of her family's favorite Thanksgiving side dishes, including her bread-and-oyster stuffing. And we talk with the new Democratic district attorney in Dallas County, Texas. That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's Nov. 20, 2018 full broadcast.
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November 20, 2018: Hour 1

The Camp Fire is California's deadliest and most destructive wildfire, but it is also having a serious impact on air quality in other regions, including the Bay Area. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's Nov. 20, 2018 full broadcast.
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November 19, 2018: Hour 2

While the Watergate scandal has come to define President Richard Nixon's legacy, the resident historian at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum says there was much more to Nixon than the controversy. That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's Nov. 19, 2018 full broadcast.
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November 19, 2018: Hour 1

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West were among celebrities blasted for reportedly employing the help of private firefighters to defend their homes against the California wildfires. But private wildfire defense has actually been around for years. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's Nov. 19, 2018 full broadcast.
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November 16, 2018: Hour 2

Trauma surgeon Dr. Joseph Sakran created the Twitter page @ThisIsOurLane in response to recent statements by the National Rifle Association urging "anti-gun doctors to stay in their lane." That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's Nov. 16, 2018 full broadcast.
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November 16, 2018: Hour 1

The holiday season is coming, and that means parties — where guests might double dip a chip, or pick up a dropped olive and pop it back into a glass. But is it all safe? We talk with the food scientists behind the new book "Did You Just Eat That?" That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's Nov. 16, 2018 full broadcast.
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November 15, 2018: Hour 2

Jon Snow is a broadcasting institution in the U.K. He has been the face of Channel 4 News for decades since he first went on the air in 1976. We talk with him about Brexit, Trump, journalism and more at the channel's studios in London. That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's Nov. 15, 2018 full broadcast. You can read and hear more at, follow us on Twitter and join the conversation on Facebook.
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November 15, 2018: Hour 1

At least 56 people have died in the Camp Fire in Northern California, and more are still missing. In the town of Paradise, many lost their homes and businesses, including Sam Walker, pastor at the First Baptist Church of Paradise. Also, Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson and Alex Ashlock report from Paris, where the potential impact of Brexit remains abstract. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's Nov. 15, 2018 full broadcast.
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November 14, 2018: Hour 2

Prime Minister Teresa May is out with a long-awaited deal to break off relations with the European Union — but she'll have to get it through Parliament first. We hear from two Conservative members of Parliament with differing views on Brexit. That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's Nov. 14, 2018 full broadcast.
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November 14, 2018: Hour 1

The clock is ticking toward Brexit. We begin our two-day broadcast from London with a report on how Northern Ireland is bracing for the U.K.'s departure from the European Union next year. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's Nov. 14, 2018 full broadcast.
14/11/1842m 30s

November 13, 2018: Hour 2

We speak with Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Sonia Nazario, who has twice made the journey from Central America to the U.S. border and who has recently proposed a plan for reducing the flow of migration. That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's Nov. 13, 2018 full broadcast.
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November 13, 2018: Hour 1

The Camp Fire in Northern California is the deadliest wildfire in state history. We check in on Butte County, where in the town of Paradise dozens of people are still missing and more than 6,400 homes are destroyed. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's Nov. 13, 2018 full broadcast.
13/11/1842m 28s

November 12, 2018: Hour 2

As the global climate warms, scientists say that hotter and drier conditions are leading to more intense and longer-burning wildfires in the western United States. That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's Nov. 12, 2018 full broadcast.
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November 12, 2018: Hour 1

Wildfires continue to ravage California, forcing hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes. NPR's Nathan Rott joins us with the latest. Also, the legendary blues composer W.C. Handy will be remembered this week in a series of special performances as a part of the New York Festival of Song. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's Nov. 12, 2018 full broadcast.
12/11/1842m 31s

November 9, 2018: Hour 2

The Senate and governor's races in Florida are still too-close-to-call and appear headed for a recount. Plus, Here & Now's Robin Young talks with an ultra-Orthodox Jewish rabbi who advocates for LGBTQ individuals. That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's Nov. 8, 2018 full broadcast.
09/11/1842m 26s

November 9, 2018: Hour 1

We review ongoing fallout from the midterm elections, and President Trump forcing out Attorney General Jeff Sessions and replacing him with Russia investigation critic Matthew Whitaker, with Rick Klein of ABC News and Univision news anchor Enrique Acevedo. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's Nov. 9, 2018 full broadcast.
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