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Deshaun Watson returns to NFL field Sunday; Looking for a great read? We got you

ABC News political director Rick Klein and NBC senior congressional reporter Scott Wong discuss the latest moves in the lame-duck Congress to avert a rail strike. And, this weekend, one of the NFL's most controversial players will step back onto the field. The Ringer's Lindsay Jones reminds us of the sexual assault allegations against Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson and what to expect. Then, Andrew Limbong, host of NPR's "Book of the Day" podcast, talks about NPR's Books We Love site, which has more than 400 suggestions for great reads from the staff at NPR.
02/12/22·25m 3s

The state of AIDS on World AIDS Day; Millions of Americans have no paid sick time

On World AIDS Day, we look at the status of AIDS in the present day. Marnina Miller, community outreach coordinator for the Southern AIDS Coalition, joins us to share what she tells young people about living with HIV and other thoughts. Then, the European Union is set to hold a crucial vote on whether to put a price cap on Russian oil. The aim is to cut Russia's oil revenue, but some people fear that this could adversely affect the energy market that has seen low U.S. gas prices. MSNBC anchor and economics correspondent Ali Velshi joins us. And, rail workers' fight for paid time off sheds light on the millions of Americans who also go without paid sick leave. Joe McCartin, the executive director of the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor at Georgetown University joins us.
01/12/22·22m 22s

Why has Meta put so much stake in VR?; Movies hitting the silver screen this winter

Workers at Zhengzhou, China's big Foxconn factory are protesting against COVID restrictions. The factory produces half of the world's iPhones. China Labor Bulletin researcher Aidan Chau joins us. Then, even after laying off thousands of employees, Facebook's parent company Meta is still on track to spend millions of dollars on virtual reality. Why is Meta betting so heavily on VR and how does gaming fit into the picture? Here & Now's James Perkins Mastromarino joins us. And, following a poor Thanksgiving box office, there's still much to look forward to in terms of movie releases this holiday season. NPR's Aisha Harris and KPCC's John Horn join us to give their new movie recommendations, from "Glass Onion" to "Pinnochio."
30/11/22·27m 1s

Senate to vote on same-sex marriage bill; Mauna Loa erupts for 1st time since 1984

Congress is set to take up legislation this week to impose an agreement between railroad companies and union workers. Clark Ballew from the BMWED national union joins us. Then, we get the latest on Hawaii's Mauna Loa — the world's largest active volcano which erupted for the first time since 1984 over the weekend — from Bill Dorman of Hawai'i Public Radio. And, Columbia University law professor Katherine Franke talks about what the passage of the Respect for Marriage Act would mean. Utah County marriage clerks Russ Rampton and Ben Frei explain why they perform online marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples from countries where same-sex marriage is banned, even though it runs contrary to their church's religious teachings.
29/11/22·22m 48s

China's 'zero COVID' policy; Effective altruism could be at a crossroads

Protests erupted in China over widespread restrictions as part of the country's zero COVID policy. Protesters have been calling for freedom of speech, freedom of the press and some even for Xi Jinping to step down. NPR China affairs correspondent John Ruwitch joins us. Then, the World Cup has also been rocked by protests as the U.S. team gears up to play Iran. Protests in Iran have continued for months since the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in police custody for allegedly wearing her headscarf incorrectly. Journalist and author James Montague joins us. And, effective altruism is a philanthropic model that encourages people to make a lot of money so they can donate a lot of money. But after the fall of FTX's founder Sam Bankman-Fried, the movement is at a crossroads. The Atlantic's Derek Thompson joins us.
28/11/22·25m 27s

Jennette McCurdy opens up about childhood fame, tumultuous relationship with her mom

Former "iCarly" and "Sam & Cat" star Jennette McCurdy never wanted to be an actor. But her mother wanted her to, so she spent her childhood at casting calls and on television sets. Her mother controlled her life off-screen, dictating what she wore, ate and did. McCurdy details it all in her best-selling memoir "I'm Glad My Mom Died," and joins us to tell her story.
25/11/22·17m 31s

A smorgasbord of cooking conversations from corn tortillas to sheet pan sweets

Got some Thanksgiving leftovers that could work well as a taco? Make sure you're working with the best corn tortillas. Jorge Gaviria's book "Masa: Techniques, Recipes, and Reflections on a Timeless Staple" explores the history and science behind the corn dough used to create tortillas. Then, apples get all the attention in fall cooking, so why not switch it up with some pears? Our resident chef Kathy Gunst drops by with recipes for a salad, pork chops and a sweet crumble, all utilizing the sweet, tart fruit. And, sweeten the deal with these easy dessert recipes, all of which can be baked on one sheet pan. Molly Gilbert joins us to talk about her book "Sheet Pan Sweets" where readers can find simple recipes for birthday cakes, blondies and more.
24/11/22·25m 29s

Start your Thanksgiving feast off right; Eddie Palmieri is an eternal student

Traveling over Thanksgiving weekend? You're far from the only one. Airlines are expected to enter the busiest season of the year, close to pre-pandemic levels. But are they ready for that increased demand? Transportation analyst Seth Kaplan joins us. Then, it's easy to feel peckish while cooking Thanksgiving dinner all day long. Whether for yourself or your houseguests, resident chef Kathy Gunst has three recipes that'll keep you satisfied before dinner without spoiling your appetite. And, Latin jazz pianist Eddie Palmieri has made musical magic on stages around the world over the last seven decades. He joins us to reflect on his life and career, calling himself an eternal student who never stops learning.
23/11/22·26m 37s

Community healing after Club Q shooting; Student's $300 rent thanks to home sharing

In the wake of the Colorado Springs shooting, the Pikes Peak Metropolitan Community Church has rallied around folks from the community. Pastor Alycia Erickson says the church has an important role to play at this time. Then, Keir Radnedge, a reporter for World Soccer Magazine who is in Qatar, talks about Saudia Arabia's stunning win over Argentina in the World Cup. And, college student Natalie Ho lives by the beach in California for $300 rent. Her secret? Home sharing with an older adult. We hear about the trend.
22/11/22·27m 15s

Jerry Seinfeld's 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Book'; COP27 conference wraps up

A gunman opened fire and killed 5 people at Club Q, an LGBTQ+ club in Colorado Springs. The club existed as a safe haven for the gay community in a predominantly-conservative area. Paolo Zialcita, a general assignment reporter at Colorado Public Radio, joins us to discuss what we know so far. Then, after two weeks of talks, the COP17 climate conference wrapped up with some major developments, namely an agreement over a climate reparations fund. However, some other aspects such as mitigating rising temperatures were deemed failures. Alden Meyer, senior associate at climate change think tank E3G, joins us. And, Jerry Seinfeld's show "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and Seinfeld has debuted a book of the same nature. "The Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Book" comes out Tuesday, and Seinfeld joins us to discuss it.
21/11/22·23m 31s

'Magic: The Gathering' angers fans; Ticketmaster under fire

Three young climate activists from around the world discuss what sort of climate action they want from their leaders and explain how high the stakes feel for them. And, after two days of pre-sale pandemonium, TicketMaster announced it would be canceling the general public sale for Taylor Swift's highly anticipated Eras Tour. Mike Regan, senior editor at Bloomberg News, joins us. Then, "Magic: The Gathering" invented the trading card game model nearly 30 years ago. But a recent decision to sell a collectible product for a whopping one thousand dollars has fans up in arms. Here & Now's James Perkins Mastromarino reports.
18/11/22·22m 54s

Why giving up meat is so hard; Nancy Pelosi steps down

Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday that she will step down from party leadership. Joe Garofoli, senior political writer at the San Francisco Chronicle, takes a look back on her remarkable career. And, the Washington Post's Ishaan Tharoor talks about the political debate surrounding the World Cup in Qatar. Then, why is it so hard for us to give up meat? We speak with a professor who studies the psychology of going vegetarian And we get some mouth-watering vegetarian recipes from award-winning chef Bryant Terry.
17/11/22·24m 18s

Developing countries call for climate reparations; India's farmers face uncertainty

Today's episode is focused on COP27. First, we explore the challenges and opportunities that come with climate reparations with Saleemul Huq, director of the Bangladesh-based International Centre for Climate Change and Development. Then, we convene a roundtable of climate reporters from Brazil, Nigeria and Pakistan to hear about the key issues affecting their local communities — from deforestation to flooding. And, YR Media's Mukta Dharmapurikar visited her family's farm in India this summer and found the lack of rain and the changing monsoon season are causing fear and uncertainty about the community's future.
16/11/22·28m 13s

Republicans move towards House control; Podcast tells story of adult autism diagnosis

Republicans have won 217 seats in the House. The party is one vote short of retaking the chamber. Scott Wong, senior congressional reporter for NBC News, shares the latest. And, about 48,000 unionized academic workers across the University of California's 10 campuses have taken to the picket line, calling for better pay and benefits. Summer Lin, the Los Angeles Times reporter covering the strikes, speaks with us. Then, public radio voice Lauren Ober's new podcast "The Loudest Girl in the World" is all about her later-in-life autism diagnosis. Ober joins us now to tell us about the show and her journey.
15/11/22·22m 56s

Medical debt relief; Funding early childhood education

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky paid a surprise visit to liberated Kherson Monday as workers try to restore basics such as power, water and phone services. NPR's Frank Langfitt was on the phone with Ukrainian soldiers who recaptured the city. And, Toledo City Council teamed up with RIP Medical Debt to rid hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical debt for thousands of Toledo residents. Michele Grim, who led the effort, explains what other cities can learn from this. And, we speak with two early childhood educators about their fight for better wages.
14/11/22·24m 15s

What's next for student debt relief; Number of homeless veterans drops

NBC News senior congressional reporter Scott Wong and Radio Iowa news director Kay Henderson discuss the latest news from uncalled congressional races. Then, a judge in Texas has just dealt another blow to President Biden's student loan forgiveness plan. USA Today education reporter Chris Quintana explains what happens next in the legal fight as a pause on payments is set to expire in December. And, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced an 11% drop in homeless veterans since the start of the pandemic, the largest drop in more than half a decade. CEO of the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans Kathryn Monet talks about how this drop came to be but warns that it could be a temporary win.
11/11/22·27m 57s

Which party connected more with working-class voters?; Michigan reelects Gov. Whitmer

Maricopa County election supervisor Bill Gates addresses the technical error that caused a delay at some voting centers in Arizona on Tuesday and assures that it was a technical glitch, not fraud or incompetence. He joins us. And, Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer won reelection in Michigan and a ballot proposal that adds the right to abortion and contraceptive use to the state constitution also passed. Matt Grossmann, a political scientist at Michigan State University, talks about the midterm results in Michigan. Then, we speak with Tim Petrowski, a steelworker in Michigan, and Georgetown University professor Sherry Linkon, who studies working-class issues, about which political messages resonated with working-class voters this midterm election.
10/11/22·24m 23s

Abortion on midterm election ballots; How did election deniers fare in their races?

Midterm voting ended on Tuesday, and results are still rolling in from some states. What do the results we already have mean for American politics at large? NPR's Ron Elving and Princeton University historian Julian Zelizer join us to discuss what it all means. Then, abortion has been a hot-button issue seemingly forever, especially after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, leaving abortion legislation up to individual states. Vermont, California, Michigan, Montana and Kentucky all had abortion rights on the ballot this midterm, and NPR's Sarah McCammon has been tracking the results. She joins us. And, more than 300 election deniers — people who believe falsehoods about election fraud in 2020 or do not accept that former President Donald Trump lost the election — appeared on ballots across the country. Some won their races, some lost and Joanna Lydgate, president of the non-profit States United Democracy Center, joins us to unpack what that means.
09/11/22·26m 0s

Worried about midterms? Try a comforting stew recipe; Races to watch as voting ends

NPR's Don Gonyea tells us which House and Senate races to watch on election night. Then, the U.S. Postal Service has advised customers to avoid sending mail using blue drop boxes due to a rise in mail theft. A small number of ballots appear to be getting caught up in the net. David Maimon, who studies cybertheft at Georgia State University, explains that ballots are unlikely to be the target of the theft. And, looking for some comfort on this tumultuous Election Day? Chef Kathy Gunst has three new stew recipes for fall.
08/11/22·18m 45s

Worried about midterms? Try a comforting stew recipe; Races to watch as voting ends

NPR's Don Gonyea tells us which House and Senate races to watch on election night. Then, the U.S. Postal Service has advised customers to avoid sending mail using blue drop boxes due to a rise in mail theft. A small number of ballots appear to be getting caught up in the net. David Maimon, who studies cybertheft at Georgia State University, explains that ballots are unlikely to be the target of the theft. And, looking for some comfort on this tumultuous Election Day? Chef Kathy Gunst has three new stew recipes for fall.
08/11/22·18m 26s

Why feelings matter more than facts; Angela Bassett rules in 'Wakanda Forever'

Midterm voting ends on Tuesday, but election results may not be available then. Election night is when most states start counting absentee and mail-in ballots. Domenico Montanaro, NPR senior political editor and correspondent, joins us. Then, emotion plays a heavy role in politics, especially when it comes to believing wholly-unfounded claims of election fraud from the 2020 election. Arlie Hochschild is a sociologist who's spent the past decade trying to understand how conservatives see the world and joins us. And, "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" comes out on Nov. 11, and Angela Bassett stars as Queen Ramonda. Bassett joins us to talk about the film and the late franchise star, Chadwick Boseman.
07/11/22·29m 1s

Civil rights leader meets with Elon Musk; Who really writes celebrity memoirs?

Ahead of midterm voting ending on Tuesday, both President Biden and former President Donald Trump held rallies to motivate voters to cast their ballots. ABC News political director Rick Klein and USA Today White House correspondent Francesca Chambers join us to talk about what issues are driving voters this election season. Then, as Elon Musk takes over as head of Twitter, he faces pressure to combat hate speech and misinformation on the platform. Rashad Robinson, president of the civil rights nonprofit Color of Change, met with Musk and joins us. And, according to estimates by some in the industry, nearly 95% of celebrity memoirs aren't written by the person on the cover. So who is penning these autobiographies? Ghostwriters who remain nameless but make a hefty profit off the projects, for the most part. Here & Now's Grace Griffin reports.
04/11/22·25m 47s

Biden calls out 2020 election lies; The most-read journalist you've never heard of

In a prime-time speech to the American public, President Biden called out lies about the 2020 presidential election that have led to political violence. But is that enough to embolden Democratic voting blocs like young and Black voters to turn out at the polls? Peniel Joseph, director of the University of Texas Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, joins us. Then, as midterm elections approach, five states have slavery on the ballot. In Alabama, Louisiana, Oregon, Tennessee and Vermont, loopholes exist that allow for the forced labor of incarcerated citizens, and voters will weigh in on whether to remove them from state constitutions. Christina Carrega, a national criminal justice reporter for Capital B News, joins us. And, "Listen, World!," a new book from Allison Gilbert and Julia Scheerer explores the life of Elsie Robinson, a prolific journalist and columnist born in the early 1900s. She became the most-read woman in America, though many didn't know her name. Author Gilbert joins us.
03/11/22·18m 42s

Only 5% to 6% of plastics get recycled; 'Anthems We Love' and why we love them

As the U.S. Supreme Court hears two cases involving affirmative action in relation to college admissions, the Washington Post found that the lawyers arguing cases in front of the Justices are mostly white and male. WAPO's Tobi Raji joins us. Then, a new Greenpeace report shows that only 5% to 6% of plastics in the U.S. are recycled. The report also concludes that plastics are "fundamentally not recyclable" and calls for the petrochemical industry to end the narrative that places blame on individual consumers instead of the corporations producing so much plastic. Lisa Ramsden, senior plastics campaigner at Greenpeace, joins us. And, the right song can lift us up and make us feel alive. How have some anthems — like "ABC" by the Jackson 5 or "God Only Knows" by the Beach Boys — transcended decades, remaining popular the whole time? Music journalist Steve Baltin spoke to some of the hitmakers for his new book "Anthems We Love: 29 Iconic Artists on the Hit Songs that Shaped our Lives," and joins us.
02/11/22·23m 25s

The math behind the poverty line; Julie Andrews pens the history of 'Do Re Mi'

Supreme Court Justices heard arguments in two cases with major implications for whether race can be used as one factor in college admissions. Slate's Dahlia Lithwick joins us. Then, ahead of the November midterm elections, we are hearing how people want to prioritize inflation and the rising cost of living. Demographer Beth Jarosz with the nonprofit Population Reference Bureau dives into the math behind poverty lines. And, musical icon Julie Andrews and her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton wrote a kid's book, "The First Notes: The Story of Do, Re, Mi," which tells the story of the 11th-century monk who invented a system of musical notation that we use today. The authors join us.
01/11/22·23m 30s

Chelsea Manning's new memoir; Witchy romcoms are flying onto bookshelves

A new bulletin warns of a heightened "domestic violent extremist threat" in the final days of this midterm election cycle and following the outcome. Robert Pape, director of the University of Chicago Project on Security and Threats, has been tracking the potential for domestic political violence since the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Then, Chelsea Manning tells her story in a new memoir, "README.txt." The book goes from her struggles with gender as a child to being charged with 22 counts related to the unauthorized possession and distribution of classified material. And, happy Halloween! In the last two years, witches spelled over into romance novels — making contemporary romance just a little bit more magical. Here & Now's Kalyani Saxena reports.
31/10/22·25m 47s

States adapt to federal free lunch ending; Beavers are moving back into Milwaukee

The federal free lunch program ended, and now some states are looking into reinstating the program at the state level. Colorado is one state considering bringing the program back, and Colorado Public Radio reporter John Daley joins us. Then, as midterms approach, how elections are run and more is at stake on the ballot, especially in Ohio and Nevada. Cleveland-based NBC senior national political reporter Henry Gomez and editor of the Nevada Independent Elizabeth Thompson join us. And, the American beaver is back in Milwaukee. Beavers were hunted and trapped beavers for their pelts, and the population plummeted. But now that they're returning, ecologists say it's a sign the ecosystem is recovering. Here & Now's Chris Bentley reports.
28/10/22·24m 31s

King Promise rises as an Afrobeats star; The future of elections is at stake in Pa.

All the promises countries have made to reduce carbon emissions are not enough to prevent a climate catastrophe — and the window for action is closing, according to a new United Nations report. Inger Andersen, executive director of the UN Environment Program, talks about the report. And, in swing state of Pennsylvania, voters won't have the option to select their secretary of state this November. Here & Now's Samantha Raphelson reports. Then, a genre of music from Ghana and Nigeria is gaining traction around the world. King Promise, a rising Afrobeats star, talks to us while on a recent U.S. tour stop.
27/10/22·28m 17s

Ye's latest controversy and its impact; You never forget your first (concert)

With COVID, the flu and respiratory syncytial virus all on the rise, public health care professionals warn against a "triple-demic." Patients of all three are filling hospitals nationwide. Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo, director of the division of infectious diseases at the University of Alamaba Birmingham, joins us. Then, Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, has always been a controversial figure. But his recent antisemitic comments have caused an uproar among his professional and business contacts. NBA players dropped out of his sports agency, Donda Sports. Adidas, Balenciaga and other major brands ended their partnerships with him. Chenjerai Kumanyika, assistant professor at New York University's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, and Karen Attiah, columnist for the Washington Post, join us. And, Here & Now's newest co-host Deepa Fernandes is getting ready to take her daughter to her first concert. Ahead of it, she caught up with other staff members about their early concert memories and shared some of her own.
26/10/22·23m 3s

Exploring Oaxacan culture in LA; 3 hearty winter squash recipes

Multiple allegations of voter intimidation have been reported in Arizona as early midterm voting gets underway. The Arizona Republic's Sasha Hupka joins us. Then, after Los Angeles City Council members were caught on an audio recording making racist remarks including comments about Oaxacans, Indigenous people from Southern Mexico who make up a large portion of the city's immigrant population. Author and restaurateur in Los Angeles Bricia Lopez and assistant professor at the University of California Irvine Brenda Nicolas join us. And, as the weather cools down, pick up some winter squash at the grocery store and try out these three recipes from Kathy Gunst, our resident chef. She shares how to make a ramen dish, a farro salad and an herbaceous galette.
25/10/22·24m 28s

Cuban Missile Crisis, 60 years later; Physicist creates space for disability in STEM

The National Report Card came out Monday and paints the broadest picture of student achievement during the COVID-19 pandemic. The report finds children have suffered record declines in the past few years. Head of the National Center for Education Statistics Dr. Peggy Carr joins us. Then, we reflect on what the U.S. can learn from the Cuban Missile Crisis, 60 years later. As the war in Ukraine weathers on and North Korea threatens missile usage, tensions are heightened yet again. Senior research associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Security Studies Program Jim Walsh joins us. And, it's Black In Physics week and NASA scientist K. Renee Horton is carving out a space for Black and disabled people in STEM fields. Horton herself experiences hearing loss and will soon embark on a special flight with other people with disabilities. She joins us to talk about her career and advocacy work.
24/10/22·22m 7s

Why are U.S. generals on foreign governments' payrolls?; History of live music

After only 45 days in office, UK Prime Minister Liz Truss resigned, making her the shortest-serving leader in British history. After former Prime Minister Boris Johnson's abrupt departure is instability the new norm in British politics? King's College London Politics Professor Anand Menon joins us. Then, some retired former U.S. military generals appear on the payrolls of foreign governments. They're being paid to provide their military expertise, and some question how ethics, oversight and national security factor into the issue. Washington Post investigative reporter Craig Whitlock joins us. And, live music is more than just artists playing instruments in front of an audience. It also has a rich history in the U.S. as a major business venture. Steve Waksman, music professor at Smith College and author of "Live Music in America: A History from Jenny Lind to Beyoncé" joins us to discuss both its cultural and business significance.
21/10/22·24m 29s

Mississippi River reaches record low water levels; 'Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed'

Governor races in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan are heating up as midterm elections approach. Reporters covering the governor's races in each state join us. Then, due to a major drought in the Midwest, the Mississippi River's water levels dropped below previous record lows. The river is a major economic avenue accounting for billions of dollars of trade, and the future may spell more trouble. Daily Memphian's Keely Brewer joins us. And, the silly, nostalgic charm of the "Ghostbusters" movies has been translated into video game form in the newly released "Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed." Gamers can play as ghost hunters or the ghost itself, and chaos ensues. Here & Now's James Mastromarino reports.
20/10/22·23m 47s

Confusion abounds over DeSantis' voting fraud arrests; 'Outlander' star's memoir

In Florida, a video shows police arresting 19 people accused of committing voter fraud. A 2018 state constitutional amendment restored the right to vote to many felons, but not those convicted of murder or felony sex offenses, leading to confusion over who was eligible. Neil Volz, deputy director of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, joins us. Then, human-made threats are responsible for the decline of nearly half of bird species. One in eight species is threatened with extinction, according to a new report, and birds tell us a lot about the state of the environment and the health of the planet. Stuart Butchart, a chief scientist at BirdLife International and a co-author of the report, joins us. And, Sam Heughan may not be too similar to his "Outlander" character Jamie Fraser, but he has a tale of his own journey to tell. The actor documents his hike of Scotland's West Highland Way while reflecting on his personal life and acting career. "Waypoints: My Scottish Journey" comes out on Oct. 25 and Heughan joins us.
19/10/22·25m 14s

Could Democrats lose control of the Oregon governor's office?; Iran's 1906 revolution

For four decades, Democrats have had a tight grip on the governor's office in Oregon. But the seat may soon slip from their grasp as Republican candidate Christine Drazan has a viable path to victory. Oregon Public Broadcasting's Lauren Dake joins us. And, Iran scholar Reza Aslan discusses anti-government protests in Iran and how it reminds him of the first democratic revolution in the Middle East in Iran in 1906. Then, the NBA season starts Tuesday night following a busier off-season than usual. Michael Pina, senior staff writer for The Ringer, brings down all the storylines swirling around the upcoming NBA season.
18/10/22·19m 29s

'Stop the Steal' leader recruits poll workers; What draws us to the music we love?

As Michigan gears up for midterm elections, Republicans in the state have tapped one ringleader who promoted attacking the Capitol on Jan. 6 and claims of a stolen 2020 election to recruit poll workers to administer elections. Politico reporter Heidi Przybyla joins us. Then, whether you like hip-hop or bluegrass music, there's a reason behind it. The new book "This Is What It Sounds Like: What the Music You Love Says About You" explores why people enjoy the music they do. Susan Rogers, who co-authored the book with Ogi Ogas, joins us. And, drone strikes hit Kyiv in the latest of Russia's attacks on Ukraine. The early-morning strikes killed at least three people on Monday. Missy Ryan, who covers national security for the Washington Post, joins us.
17/10/22·27m 31s

'Beat scientist' Makaya McCraven's new album; Arizona's election-denying candidates

Arizona is one of several battlegrounds where candidates backed by former President Donald Trump have echoed his baseless claims of voter fraud. Here & Now's Peter O'Dowd reports from the state. Makaya McCraven is a drummer, composer and self-described "beat scientist." He's kicking off a tour in support of a new album, a collection of original compositions that he's been refining for years. Here & Now's Chris Bentley reports. And, the Jan. 6 committee voted unanimously to subpoena Trump. Democratic Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren of California, who is a member of the select committee, joins us.
14/10/22·29m 2s

Florida jury sentences Parkland shooter to life; Maggie Haberman on making of Trump

A Florida jury has decided that the Parkland shooter will spend the rest of his life in prison. Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018. We learn more with WPLN reporter Gerard Albert. Then, Andrew Selee of the Migration Policy Institute joins us to talk about the increasing cap on H-2B visas and new procedures for Venezuelans arriving in the U.S. And, for years, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman has covered former President Donald Trump. Now, she has a new book tracing his origins from New York real estate developer to president. She joins us with more.
13/10/22·25m 0s

Photographer documents war atrocities in Ukraine; U.S. faces maternity care deserts

A new study out of Northwestern University anticipates that rain storms in the eastern part of the country will grow more intense and drop more precipitation as the climate continues to change. Ryan Harp, co-author of the study, joins us. Then, photographer Mark Neville began documenting the atrocities of war in Ukraine in 2015 after the Russian annexation of Crimea. Now, Neville continues to take photos while providing humanitarian aid to those affected by the war. He joins us. And, millions of pregnant people in the U.S. live in maternity care deserts, meaning they do not have access to healthcare that would help them safely deliver their babies. Theresa Gaffney, a multimedia producer at STAT, the health and medicine publication, joins us.
12/10/22·24m 44s

Too young, too old, or just a woman?; Wendell Pierce stars in 'Death of a Salesman'

New York City Mayor Eric Adams the city needs tents to shelter migrants coming to the city including migrants sent by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. Professor Felipe De La Hoz joins us. Then, "The Wire" and "Treme" actor Wendell Pierce stars as Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's Pulitzer Prize-winning "Death of a Salesman" which, for the first time on Broadway, centers around a Black Loman family. And, women are often seen as either too young or too old in our culture. Host Deepa Fernandes brings together two aging experts to talk about "gendered ageism."
11/10/22·29m 37s

Robots designed to teach Indigenous languages; Louise Erdrich's 'The Sentence'

In one of Russia's most expansive attacks since the beginning of the war, several Ukraine cities were hit by explosions. Ukraine bureau chief for the Washington Post Isabelle Khurshudyan joins us. Then, one Native American inventor has built robots designed to teach Indigenous languages and culture to children who may not be exposed to it any other way. Danielle Boyer, the founder of the nonprofit The STEAM Connection who is making these robots, joins us. And, we revisit a conversation with Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author Louise Erdrich about her novel "The Sentence" about a haunting at a Native American bookstore in Minneapolis in 2020.
10/10/22·25m 29s

Fight over mail-in ballots plays out in Wisconsin; To brunch or not to brunch

As midterm elections approach, absentee ballots are a source of contention in Wisconsin. The number of mail-in ballots skyrocketed during COVID-19 and some used that as a way to spread baseless claims of voter fraud and call for changes to the election process. Here & Now's Chris Bentley reports. Then, human rights advocates in Ukraine, Russia and Belarus were awarded Nobel Peace Prizes. All three recipients oppose Russian and Belarusian state rule and Russia's ongoing war with Ukraine. NPR's Rob Schmitz joins us. And, we try to settle a staff-wide debate about whether brunch is just an over-hyped breakfast or truly the best meal of the weekend. Farha Ternikar, author of "Brunch: A History," joins us to talk about brunch's cultural significance.
07/10/22·25m 55s

Conspiracies enter Wisconsin midterms; Disaster relief for underserved communities

Despite the claims of voter fraud propelled by former President Donald Trump that were wholly unfounded, widespread distrust in the election process lingers in Wisconsin. Here & Now's Chris Bentley reports from Green Bay about the election officials and poll workers trying to restore trust in the system. Then, underserved communities were disproportionately impacted by hurricane Ian, and many wonder how disaster relief will get to them. Former Tampa emergency manager and CEO of the Institute of Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management, Chauncia Willis, joins us. And, OPEC+, or the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, announced plans Wednesday to cut oil production by 2 million barrels per day. This comes amid security concerns around the Nord Stream pipeline. Andreas Eriksen, Norway's State Secretary for Petroleum and Energy, joins us.
06/10/22·24m 27s

Are candidate debates a thing of the past?; 'Singing Our Way To Freedom'

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, or OPEC+ Alliance, is meeting Wednesday to consider a cut in oil production of up to 2 million barrels a day. Managing editor at S&P Global Platts Herman Wang joins us to talk about how this could be disastrous for gas prices. Then, Brookings Institution senior fellow John Hudak joins us to examine the importance of political debates and why lately, many candidates have opted not to participate in them. And, a new documentary "Singing Our Way To Freedom" celebrates the life and music of Ramon "Chunky" Sanchez. Director Paul Espinosa joins us to talk about the film.
05/10/22·25m 53s

'Making Black America' takes a journey through history; SCOTUS redistricting case

The Supreme Court is hearing a case Tuesday that experts say could further erode the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act. Yurij Rudensky, senior counsel at the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, joins us. Then, some residents in southwest Florida are seeking shelter at a local high school after Hurricane Ian flooded their homes. WUSF's Cathy Carter reports. And, Henry Louis Gates Jr. talks about a new PBS series focusing on the vast richness of Black life in American history called "Making Black America: Through the Grapevine."
04/10/22·22m 59s

Ian wreaks havoc on Sanibel Island and insurance crisis; SCOTUS hears wetlands case

Sanibel and Captiva Islands were hit with a barrage of tropical weather from Hurricane Ian. Maria Espinoza, the executive director of FISH, a nonprofit providing disaster assistance, joins us. Then, Florida's already-existing insurance crisis was worsened by the storm's damage. Florida State University associate professor Charles Nyce joins us to explain why state residents were paying some of the highest homeowners insurance rates in the country, even before the hurricane struck. And, the government's role in preserving the country's wetlands is at the center of a Supreme Court hearing on Monday. Dr. Bob Bond, who grew up going to Priest Lake — the site at the center of the case after a couple tried to fill in wetlands on their property to build a house — joins us.
03/10/22·18m 6s

Rents dropped last month. But will the trend continue?; Hunter Biden's laptop

Law professor Kimberly Wehle recaps what the House committee investigating the attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6 has revealed in recent months and what to look out for as it continues its investigation. Then, apartment rents dropped for the first time in two years in August. Roben Farzad of Public Radio's "Full Disclosure" talks about whether renters can expect this trend to continue. And, New York Magazine Washington correspondent Olivia Nuzzi explains why mainstream media should have paid more attention to the story of Hunter Biden's laptop and what she learned after viewing its supposed contents.
30/09/22·25m 22s

Sigourney Weaver's new movie 'The Good House'; Major Taylor's cycling legacy lives on

After Hurricane Ian rocked Sarasota County, Florida, the area is beginning recovery efforts. Jamie Carson, communications director for the county, joins us. Then, Sigourney Weaver joins us to discuss her new movie "The Good House," in which she plays Hildy Good, a woman trying to recover from alcoholism and care for her family and business. Plus, Black-led bike clubs carry on cyclist Major Taylor's legacy while carving out an inclusive space in Missouri's bicycling community. KCUR's Luke Martin reports.
29/09/22·22m 9s

Dropkick Murphys' new album puts a spin on Woody Guthrie; Nord Stream pipeline leaks

Todd Dunn, a public information officer for Charlotte County, Florida talks about how the county is preparing for Hurricane Ian. And, three leaks in the Nord Stream pipelines that run under the Baltic Sea between Russia and Europe were most likely caused by explosions near the pipeline that happened almost simultaneously. NPR's Jackie Northam explains why European leaders say it's Russian sabotage. And, Dropkick Murphys frontman Ken Casey talks about their new album "This Machine Still Kills Fascists," which sets previously unpublished Woody Guthrie songs to new music.
28/09/22·23m 49s

Black bluegrass musician Arnold Shultz's forgotten legacy; Preparing for a hurricane

As Hurricane Ian bears down on Florida, residents in several counties are under an evacuation order. Hillsborough County Fire Chief Dennis Jones describes how local residents are preparing for the region's biggest hurricane in 101 years. Then, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business professor Jeremy Siegel explains why the Federal Reserve's policy of hiking interest rates could lead to a major recession. And, many credit Bill Monroe as the "father" of Bluegrass. But when you listen to his music, you hear echoes of the man who mentored Monroe — Arnold Shultz, the son of a formerly enslaved man in Ohio Country, Kentucky. Among those working to restore that legacy is Dr. Richard Brown, a dentist and acclaimed mandolin player.
27/09/22·24m 55s

How Arizona and other states are moving to restrict abortion access; Protests in Iran

Russian protestors are still demonstrating following President Vladimir Putin's announcement last week of troop mobilization. More than 100 protesters have already been detained. We learn more with NPR's Charles Maynes. Then, we get an Iran news roundup with Here & Now security analyst Jim Walsh. Protests continue in the country over the death of a woman held in police custody for not wearing a headscarf. And, we talk about the latest in state abortion rules: An Arizona judge allowed a state law that bans nearly all abortions. Washington Post health reporter Rachel Roubein joins us. Plus, more details are coming to light about a welfare fraud scandal that funneled money to former NFL player Brett Farve, among others. Mississippi Today reporter Anna Wolfe tells us more.
26/09/22·22m 50s

Fight over banned books plays out; More than 20 quadrillion ants live on Earth

On Friday, House Republicans launched their "Commitment to America" agenda. NBC senior congressional reporter Scott Wong and Politico national political reporter Holly Otterbein join us to speak about the agenda and latest on Senate and Governor races in Pennsylvania. Then, it's banned books week, and residents across U.S. communities weigh in on what it means to see books being pulled from shelves in schools and public libraries. Jonathan Friedman, director of free expression and education programs at PEN America, joins us. And, a new study shows that there are 20 quadrillion ants on Earth, and that's a conservative estimate. Entomologist Adam Hart joins us to talk about the study and what all those ants mean.
23/09/22·28m 40s

The human cost of the Fed's interest rate hikes; How whales communicate

Clashes between Iranian security forces and protesters began following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in police custody. Iranian-American journalist Negar Mortazavi shares the latest. Then, MSNBC's Ali Velshi talks about the impact of the Federal Reserve's latest rate hike. And, naturalist and filmmaker Tom Mustill talks about his new book "How to Speak Whale: A Voyage Into the Future of Animal Communication." A close encounter with a humpback whale started Mustill on a journey to find out how scientists are attempting to determine how whales and other cetaceans communicate.
22/09/22·23m 48s

It's banned books week. Here's what to read; Aaron Judge reaches Babe Ruth's record

Russian President Vladamir Putin is declaring a partial mobilization of forces in Ukraine. Russia expert Jeffrey Edmonds joins us to unpack what this means. Then, in Puerto Rico, recovery efforts are underway for the more than 1 million homes without power. Denise Santos, the president of the Food Bank of Puerto Rico, joins us. And, it's banned book week. Creator of "The Stacks" podcast Traci Thomas offers reading recommendations around gender, race and sexuality that topped banned book lists across the country. Plus, Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge has hit a major milestone in his career: 60 home runs this season. The Washington Post Chelsea Janes joins us to talk about the achievement.
21/09/22·26m 32s

'Reverse Freedom Rides' of the early '60s; Biden declared the pandemic over. Is it?

The number of Venezuelans taken into custody at the U.S. border soared in August, according to new numbers from Customs and Border Protection. Immigration reporter Uriel J. García joins us from El Paso. Then, the news about southern governors shipping immigrants north echoes a political stunt by segregationists during the Civil Rights movement of the early 1960s. WBUR's Gabrielle Emanuel talks about the Reverse Freedom Rides and the striking similarities to today's news. And, on Sunday, President Biden declared that the pandemic was over. Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo discusses all things COVID and boosters.
20/09/22·25m 13s

The music that defined Queen Elizabeth II; Monkey Island franchise returns

Puerto Rico is without power Monday following Hurricane Fiona. NPR's Luis Trelles joins us from San Juan. Then, when Queen Elizabeth II was laid to rest at Windsor Castle on Monday, she was accompanied by a lifetime companion: music. Paul Gambaccini, host of Her Majesty's Music on the BBC, joins us to talk about the tunes that inspired and defined the late queen. And, "The Secret of Monkey Island" broke ground in 1990 with a pirate adventure game full of puzzles and wit. Now, the original game designers are back with "Return to Monkey Island." Producer James Mastromarino reports.
19/09/22·26m 23s

Captured, Ep. 5: Permanent capture

Congressional hearings about the management of the EPA lead to firings, dramatic resignations, and for one person, a prison sentence. EPA staffers are making T-shirts to celebrate what they see as a victory. But after all of that, how do we ensure a system that effectively regulates industry? In the long run, did the bureaucrats and government workers who plotted and leaked documents to "save the EPA" get what they want?
16/09/22·23m 0s

Captured, Ep. 4: Contempt

Congress wants documents from the EPA about the clean up of toxic waste sites, including the Stringfellow Acid Pits in Glen Avon, California. But Gorsuch won't hand them over. Soon she's in the political hot seat and becomes the first Cabinet-level official to be held in contempt of Congress. And Lavelle is about to get into even more trouble, no thanks to the EPA staffers who have been keeping records, taking notes and are ready to testify.
16/09/22·26m 25s

Captured, Ep. 3: Rita

The resistance's plan seems to be working. The public and Congress are alerted to the directives amiss at the EPA. But then, the White House brings on a deputy to oversee hazardous waste at the EPA: Rita Lavelle. She's even more committed to industry and Reagan's small government agenda than Gorsuch. Almost immediately, a conflict of interest arises over the Stringfellow Acid Pits. And that's just the beginning.
16/09/22·28m 1s

Captured, Ep. 2: Operation Save EPA

Anne Gorsuch's first order of business: slashing the EPA budget to fit Reagan's idea of small-government edict. Enforcement of environmental rules and regulations plummets. But a group of bureaucrats both in and outside of the agency unite to leak documents to the press. Their goal? To rally the public and put pressure on Gorsuch and the Reagan administration to keep the EPA intact. But will their plan work?
16/09/22·25m 52s

Captured, Ep. 1: Poison in the Water

Ronald Reagan wants a leaner government with fewer regulations and much less spending. And who does he bring in to run the EPA? A glamorous conservative politician from Colorado named Anne Gorsuch, who is skeptical of the very agency she's been tasked to lead. To many staffers, it smells like regulatory capture: when the agenda of a government agency becomes beholden to the interests of companies or an ideology.
16/09/22·27m 26s

Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka; Saving the Florida grasshopper sparrow

Acclaimed Nigerian author and Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka talks about the relationship between the British Monarchy and his homeland of Nigeria, and the legacy of colonialism. And, the Florida grasshopper sparrow was on the brink of extinction but now numbers are rebounding in the wild. WMFE environmental reporter Amy Green reports.
16/09/22·43m 1s

The story of YouTube; Federal bill would ban the practice of putting lyrics on trial

Bloomberg tech reporter Mark Bergen joins us to talk about his book "Like, Comment, Subscribe: Inside YouTube's Chaotic Rise to World Domination." And, Rep. Jamaal Bowman, a Democrat from New York, talks about the federal bill that would ban the use of song lyrics as evidence in court.
16/09/22·43m 46s

Lang Lang's Disney tunes; Founder gives away Patagonia to fight climate change

Pianist Lang Lang talks about "The Disney Book," which contains piano versions of classic Disney songs such as "Let it Go" and "When You Wish Upon a Star." And, Yvon Chouinard, the eccentric rock-climbing billionaire and founder of popular brand Patagonia, is giving away the company. MSNBC's Ali Velshi talks about how the company's $100 million yearly profits will be used to combat climate change.
15/09/22·43m 51s

Latino representation in Hollywood; Sexual assault reports rise within the military

Latinos make up nearly 20% of the population in the U.S., but they remain underrepresented in front of and behind the camera. NPR's Mandalit del Barco has a five-part series for NPR that explores that subject. She joins us. And, in the past year, as pandemic restrictions have lifted, reported sexual assaults across the military increased by 13% according to the Pentagon's latest survey of military members. Col. Don Christensen joins us. He's president of Protect Our Defenders, a nonprofit aimed at ending sexual assault in the military.
15/09/22·43m 48s

Captured teaser: A new Here & Now podcast

The Environmental Protection Agency was created to protect public health and the environment by regulating pollution. But during an early and often-forgotten chapter of the EPA's history, the agency became an ideological battleground, pitting then-President Ronald Reagan's pick for EPA administrator — Anne Gorsuch, a Washington newcomer known for her cozy relationships with businesses the EPA regulates — against her staff. Here & Now and WBUR Podcasts bring you Captured, a five-part series about the tussle for the heart of the EPA, the political scandal that erupted from it and what it all reveals about environmental protection and ties between industry and government today.
15/09/22·1m 56s

French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard dies; States try to eliminate hepatitis C

Acclaimed filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard died Tuesday at 91. Godard is known to have revolutionized French cinema in the 1960s. We learn more about him with Paris-based film critic Lisa Nesselson. And, Nicholas Florko with our partners at STAT tells us about two states that tried to eliminate hepatitis C despite the high cost of new cures.
14/09/22·43m 24s

Author Ian McEwan shares 'lessons' in new book; Twitter whistleblower

Author Ian McEwan talks to us about his new book "Lessons," which blends personal history with world events. The book follows a man from his schoolboy days to an elderly man in the midst of COVID-era Britain. And, Twitter whistleblower Peiter "Mudge" Zakto's testimony about the company included alarming details about access by some Twitter employees to high-profile accounts and more. The Washington Post's Joseph Menn joins us.
14/09/22·43m 15s

Remembering jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis; Tracking sales from gun shops

Many credit Ramsey Lewis with helping to revive jazz, a genre that was lagging in popularity in the 1960s. We hear some music made famous by the jazz pianist to mark his passing. And, Visa, Mastercard and American Express have announced that they will begin separately categorizing sales from gun shops. Roben Farzad of Public Radio's "Full Disclosure" talks about the effort to help track suspicious purchasing activities before future mass shootings.
13/09/22·42m 46s

Energy crisis in the UK; Australia considers the role of the monarchy

In the U.K., prime minister Liz Truss's first order of business is address climbing energy prices. Simon Evans, an editor at UK website CarbonBrief, talks about what Truss has done and whether that's enough as fall and winter approach. And, some Australians are seeing the death of Queen Elizabeth II as an opportunity to consider the role that the monarchy plays in the nation. Journalist Tony Jones joins us.
13/09/22·41m 54s

'Inhumane' busing of immigrants from Texas; Investigation into Hasidic schools

New York Immigration Coalition executive director Murad Awawdeh talks about the challenges of meeting the needs of migrants sent by the busload to the city by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican who wants to make a point about the high number of southern border crossings. And, an in-depth investigation of New York's Hasidic schools showed profound failure in teaching secular subjects, with most kids graduating without basic reading, writing and math skills. New York Times education reporter Eliza Shapiro joins us.
12/09/22·41m 55s

Queen Elizabeth II and British colonialism; Understanding atmospheric rivers

The legacy of British colonialism still looms large and to those from former colonies, Queen Elizabeth II was a symbol of all that was stolen. Maya Jasanoff, professor of history at Harvard University, joins us. And, research meteorologist F. Martin Ralph talks about a weather phenomenon that scientists only identified in the past decade: atmospheric rivers of water vapor that can bring beneficial rain or devastating flooding.
12/09/22·41m 39s

Cree tribal leader speaks on stabbings; Netflix film explores 'worth' of 9/11 victims

It's been a tragic week for Saskatchewan's Cree Nation, following the stabbing spree that killed 10 and injured another 18 on Sunday. Both suspects are deceased. Tribal Chief Mark Arcand is the head of the Saskatoon's Tribal Council, and also a mourner who lost a sister and nephew in the attacks. Arcand joins us. And, the Netflix film "Worth" tells the story of attorney Kenneth Feinberg who administered the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. The film is based on Feinberg's book "What is Life Worth." We revisit our 2021 conversation with Feinberg and his office administrator, Camille Biros.
09/09/22·42m 47s

Protection for outdoor workers in the heat; Retiree donates bicycles to refugees

During heat waves, delivery drivers and warehouse workers are often at high risk. There are no federal heat policies, so workers get no relief or protection on the job. But efforts are underway to change that. Doug Parker, assistant secretary of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration joins us. And, when Manuel Vera retired, he found a new hobby: fixing up bikes. He donates those bikes after restoring them to Afghan refugees who've recently settled in Silver Springs, Maryland. WAMU's Héctor Alejandro Arzate reports.
09/09/22·42m 35s

Ukrainians forcibly held in Russia; New album from Marcus King

The United States ambassador to United Nations says there's evidence that hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians have been interrogated and forcibly deported to Russian filtration camps, in what she's calling "a series of horrors." NPR reporter Michele Kelemen, who's been covering the story, joins us. And, Grammy-nominated singer and guitarist Marcus King offers up a blast from the past on his newly-released album "Young Blood." King sets songs about pain to '70's style stadium rock instrumentals and the musician sets out on tour this fall with his new tunes. King joins us to discuss what he's been up to musically.
08/09/22·29m 0s

Seattle teachers on day 2 of strike; Famine in Somalia could worsen by fall

As contract negotiations between teachers continue to stall, Seattle educators enter the second day of a strike. Students anticipated returning to the classroom on Wednesday but the school year has been postponed indefinitely. Rebecca Chase-Chen, a second and third-grade teacher at Beacon Hill International School joins us from the picket line. And, if famine conditions in Somalia continue on the path they're on, one in five children could experience deadly malnutrition levels by October. The Washington Post's Ishaan Tharoor joins us to explore the connection between the hunger crisis, the war in Ukraine and climate change.
08/09/22·39m 37s

U.S. troops who criticize the military; Amazon rainforest destruction

"Paths of Dissent: Soldiers Speak Out Against America's Misguided Wars" collects stories of dissent from U.S. service members who criticized military leadership from Vietnam to Afghanistan. Co-editor retired Col. Andrew Bacevich and writer retired Lt. Col. Paul Yingling join us. And, The Washington Post's Rio de Janeiro bureau chief Terrence McCoy explains how crime, corruption and greed are speeding the destruction of the world's largest rainforest.
07/09/22·41m 4s

Video game development lacks diversity; Mississippi voting law

A recent industry study found that only 4% of video game developers identified as Black. "Spawn On Me" host Kahlief Adams joins us. And, civil rights attorneys in Mississippi are trying to strike a provision from the state constitution that dates back more than one hundred years to 1890. They say it is a discriminatory law that blocks some Black Americans from voting. Rob McDuff, an attorney with the Mississippi Center for Justice who brought the case, joins us.
07/09/22·42m 20s

Stanford's 'Strengthening Democracy' study; Climate change exposes ancient artifacts

There's no denying political polarization is a major concern across the U.S. But researchers at Stanford University are taking steps to address the root causes through an experiment called the "Strengthening Democracy Study." The study comprised 31,000 participants and tested 25 strategies to reduce polarization and anti-democratic attitudes. Robb Willer, director of the Polarization and Social Change Lab at Stanford joins us. And, as the effects of climate change weather on, ancient artifacts and, in some cases, full civilizations are revealing themselves. Dinosaur footprints turned up in Texas after a severe drought and World War II ships were exposed in the receding waters in Serbia, to name a few. Archaeologist and Egyptologist Sarah Parcak joins us.
06/09/22·40m 31s

Colorado farmers vs. the sawfly; Stuffed animals delivered to Uvalde students

As if drought in the Western part of the country wasn't enough, Colorado farmers are also up against sawflies, pesky insects with a knack for obliterating crops. Farmers are trying to stay ahead of the curve and tamp down the impact of these bugs. KUNC's Rae Soloman reports. And, as students return to Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas — the site of a deadly massacre in May where a gunman killed 19 students and two teachers — they'll find a nice surprise. Stuffed animals adorn the desk of each child inside the school during the shooting, provided by 18-year-old Ella Klimowcz who also survived a school shooting at her Michigan school last November. Ella and her mother, Carrie Klimowcz, join us.
06/09/22·40m 41s

Debate intensifies around artifacts in UK museums; History of the index

"Index, A History of the: A Bookish Adventure from Medieval Manuscripts to the Digital Age" explores the development of those things in the back of the book that many of us turn to for reference. Author Dennis Duncan joins us. And, more and more British museums are considering returning artifacts taken during the colonial era. Neil Curtis is head of Special Collections and Museums at the University of Aberdeen — which repatriated an artifact to Nigeria last year. He joins us.
05/09/22·41m 17s

Josh Ritter's 'Great Glorious Goddamn' novel; Black environmentalist on Biden's plan

Acclaimed musician Josh Ritter talks about his novel "The Great Glorious Goddamn of It All." The book is about a young boy coming of age among lumberjacks in turn-of-the-20th-century Idaho and it comes out in paperback Tuesday. And, Valencia Gunder, national co-leader of the Black Hive initiative, talks about the concern that she and other Black environmentalists are being left out of the Biden climate change agenda.
05/09/22·41m 26s

NASA's Artemis 1 mission tries to take off again; Investing in carbon capture

NASA's new mission that it hopes will lead humanity back to Mars will attempt to take off for the second time Saturday. Fuel tank concerns led to the original Monday launch being postponed. WMFE's space reporter Brendan Byrne is down at the launch site. And, Wil Burns, visiting professor at Northwestern University's Environmental Policy and Culture Program, explains why the climate bill might struggle to deliver on carbon capture.
02/09/22·42m 15s

How women CEOs are held to a different standard than men; Owners grieve beloved pets

A new analysis finds when reporters write high-profile "take down" pieces on powerful tech CEOs, there is often a glaring gender disparity. Winnie CEO Sara Mauskopf joins us. And, why does the loss of a pet hit many of us so hard? It's something our listeners have been thinking about since we aired a segment with the author of a new book about grieving our pets. Dozens wrote to us to share their own stories.
02/09/22·41m 52s

Student loan borrowers navigate forgiveness; Author Emiko Jean on 'Mika in Real Life'

Some borrowers still have a lot of questions about the student loan debt forgiveness process and how to proceed. Three borrowers join us, along with Betsy Mayotte, founder of The Institute of Student Loan Advisors. And, bestselling young adult author Emiko Jean talks about her first book for adults, "Mika in Real Life." The novel centers around a directionless 35-year-old Japanese-American woman who's contacted by the daughter she gave up for adoption.
01/09/22·41m 6s

Remembering a generation of movie gangsters; Geoff Muldaur sends 'His Last Letter'

Geoff Muldaur is a master of American blues, roots, jazz and jug band music. In his new box set "His Last Letter," he has classical musicians in Amsterdam give these quintessential American tunes the chamber music treatment. And, funerals for Ray Liotta, Paul Sorvino, James Caan and Tony Sirico took place all in one month. It's the passing of a generation of Hollywood's most celebrated "mobsters." NPR's Bob Mondello reports.
01/09/22·40m 59s

Young and old bluegrass virtuosos; 110 trillion tons of ice projected to melt

Early this year, a 22-year-old bluegrass guitar player named Jake Eddy contacted clarinet player Andy Statman and asked him if he'd like to play bluegrass music together. Jon Kalish has this story about the unlikely collaboration. And, human-driven climate change is expected to cause about 110 trillion tons of ice to melt off Greenland's ice shield — and even the most drastic preventive measures can't stop it, according to a study published in Nature Climate Change this week. Glaciologist David Bahr joins us.
31/08/22·40m 17s

Rebecca F. Kuang's new book 'Babel'; 'After Yang' shows a robot's unexpected humanity

In her new book "Babel," Rebecca F. Kuang explores translation as a tool of imperialism. Associate producer Kalyani Saxena talks with Kuang and her fans. And, we revisit a conversation with star Colin Farrell and writer-director Kogonada about their new film "After Yang." The film centers around a family struggling to cope after the robot they bought as a caregiver breaks down.
31/08/22·41m 27s

Nord Stream closing for maintenance; Andrew Tate, explained

Russia is set to shut its key Nord Stream natural gas pipeline to Europe for maintenance Wednesday, intensifying Europe's energy concerns. Host of Public Radio's "Full Disclosure" Roben Farzad joins us. And, influencer Andrew Tate calls himself the "king of toxic masculinity." He's recently been banned from YouTube and TikTok, among other platforms. Vox reporter Rebecca Jennings joins us.
30/08/22·41m 33s

Why U.S. college is so expensive; Ants are better than pesticides

Declining government support for state schools and private colleges that prioritize educational mission over efficiency are two contributing factors the to sky-high costs of college in the U.S. Some critics of President Biden's debt relief plan say forgiving loans does not address the root of the issue. Chronicle of Higher Education senior writer Lee Gardner joins us. And, new research shows that ants are better at killing pests, reducing plant damage and yielding more crops than pesticides. Entomologist and professor of science communication at the University of Gloucestershire Adam Hart joins us.
30/08/22·41m 5s

Artemis I launch delayed; Conservative groups call for book bans

The launch of NASA's new Artemis I mission has been delayed after a rocket engine issue. We learn more with Bryan Smith, director of Facilities, Test and Manufacturing at NASA's Glenn Research Center. And, some conservative groups are calling for public and school libraries to ban books they deem unsuitable for their children. We speak to a librarian in Idaho who resigned last week in protest.
29/08/22·41m 35s

Kabul, one year later; Reclaiming the American dream

One year has passed since the U.S. and allied forces withdrew from Afghanistan. Today, Kabul is still falling for many Afghans and a new podcast, "Kabul Falling," focuses on their story. Nelufar Hedayat, the podcast's host, joins us. And, is there still hope for the American dream? We hear from Derek Thompson, staff writer at The Atlantic, about why it's become elusive for many.
29/08/22·40m 57s

HBO's 'House of the Dragon'; Accounts removed attacking U.S. adversaries

HBO's "House of the Dragon" debuted with a whopping 10 million viewers — breaking records for the channel. But the emerging success of this "Game of Thrones" may not be quite enough to turn the fortunes of its parent company around. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans joins us. And, Facebook and Twitter recently took down social media accounts attacking U.S. adversaries and spreading American interests across the world. Then, they gave the information about those accounts to researchers. Femi Oke, host of Al Jazeera English's "The Stream," joins us.
26/08/22·42m 34s

Checking in on Afghan refugees, one year later; Emily Dickinson Museum reopens

Shafi and Farahnaz Amani fled Afghanistan one year ago after the Taliban take-over. Producer Karyn Miller-Medzon spoke to Shafi in February and checks in with them today. And, the Emily Dickinson Museum now includes donated props from an irreverent TV series about the 19th-century poet, intended to appeal to a more contemporary audience. WBUR's Andrea Shea reports.
26/08/22·41m 31s

Soprano Samuel Mariño embraces high voice; Conflict in the West over Colorado River

Samuel Mariño is a young Venezuelan singer who chose to leave his unusually high voice intact so he could embrace a career in opera and sing soprano arias. Mariño joins us to talk about his gender-defying and groundbreaking new recording. And, Arizona will lose 21% of its river water next year. But the latest round of cuts is just the beginning of what could become a prolonged period of scarcity and conflict in the West. Sarah Porter, director of the Kyle Center for Water Management at Arizona State University, joins us.
25/08/22·41m 19s

'Strong Arm' Saguaro cactus dies; The state of abortion restrictions

A saguaro cactus known as "Strong Arm" stood more than 40 feet high and had 34 arms. It lived an estimated 150 years. And this week, it died. Jason Grodman, natural resources supervisor with the Marana Parks and Recreation Department, joins us. And, NPR's Sarah McCammon talks about where we are and where we're headed, two months after the Supreme Court ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade.
25/08/22·41m 5s

Air Guitar World Championships; Graphic novel explores racism and oppression

There are some good vibrations in the air as preparations begin for the Air Guitar World Championships this Friday in Finland. Justin "Nordic Thunder" Howard, 2012 air guitar world champion and judge of this year's competition, joins us. And, we revisit a conversation with Sara Alfageeh and Nadia Shammas, co-authors of the fantasy graphic novel "Squire" about a young girl who dreams of becoming a knight.
24/08/22·41m 19s

Cool off with cold soup recipes; College campus health care providers and abortion

Chef Kathy Gunst shares three soup recipes that make for a simple, easy dinner or lunch and can be served cold or, if you find the weather turns, are equally good served hot. And, as the fall semester begins at colleges across the country, the health care landscape has changed in many places since the spring, after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in late June. Dr. Jessica Higgs, president of the American College Health Association, joins us.
24/08/22·40m 38s

Preserving Detroit's United Sound Systems; 'The Impossible City'

Miles Davis, Marvin Gaye and Aretha Franklin all recorded at United Sound Systems in Detroit. The 1916 brick building that houses the studio was designated a historic landmark in 2015, but local preservationists are worried that may not be enough to protect it forever. Michelle Jahra McKinney of the Detroit Sound Conservancy joins us. And, journalist Karen Cheung talks about her book "The Impossible City: A Hong Kong Memoir" and reflects on growing up in Hong Kong following the handover from Britain in 1997.
23/08/22·42m 6s

25 years after Rodgers & Hammerstein's Black 'Cinderella'; Testing pets for COVID

NPR Pop Culture Happy Hour's Aisha Harris revisits the iconic version of "Cinderella" staring Brandy Norwood and Whitney Houston on its 25th anniversary. And, Los Angeles residents who may have exposed their pets to COVID-19 can now get their furry friends tested for free. Karen Ehnert, the chief veterinarian for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, joins us.
23/08/22·41m 33s

Santa Fe Opera's 'M. Butterfly'; Book 'Good Grief' explores pet loss

This week sees the Santa Fe Opera's final performance of the world premiere of "M. Butterfly." The opera explores issues of gender, racism and the often fraught relationship between East and West. Here & Now's Emiko Tamagawa reports. And, E.B. Bartels, the author of the new book "Good Grief: On Loving Pets Here and Hereafter," talks about the human-pet bond and why their pets' passing can cause owners profound grief.
22/08/22·42m 28s

Elvis Costello sets out on tour; Monkeypox outbreak and sex

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame musician Elvis Costello talks about his album "The Boy Named If." Costello is now out on tour. And, as the monkeypox outbreak continues, experts explain why it's important to keep sex front and center of the conversation. NPR's Andrew Limbong reports.
22/08/22·41m 27s

'Election' author Tom Perrotta brings back Tracy Flick; What's next for AMC?

Tom Perrotta introduced the world to Tracy Flick in his 1998 novel "Election," which was made into a film starring Reese Witherspoon. Now he has a new novel about the character, "Tracy Flick Can't Win." Here & Now's Emiko Tamagawa talks with Perrotta about the character and the book. And, with "Better Caul Saul" ending and AMC's other big show "The Walking Dead" nearing its final season, what's next for the network? NPR TV critic Eric Deggans weighs in.
19/08/22·42m 51s

Legendary jazz bassist Ron Carter; 'The Afghanistan Papers'

Grammy-winning jazz bassist Ron Carter plans to celebrate his 85th birthday with a concert at Carnegie Hall on May 10. We revisit a conversation with Carter from March. And, Craig Whitlock, investigative reporter for The Washington Post, talks about what went wrong in Afghanistan over the two decades the U.S. had troops there. He wrote the book "The Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the War."
19/08/22·42m 1s

Baseball umpires have it rough; The attack on Salman Rushdie and free speech

Umpires aren't a favorite among baseball fans. It's a position that's long drawn criticism from those who don't agree with the calls. But umpires love the job anyway. Colorado Public Radio's Vic Vela reports. And, author Salman Rushdie was about to give a lecture on artistic freedom when he was stabbed in front of an audience largely made up of fellow writers. Many view this as a direct attack on free speech. PEN America CEO Suzanne Nossel joins us.
18/08/22·42m 3s

'Old Ladies Against Underwater Garbage'; Afghan interpreter in immigration limbo

There's lots of trash at the bottom of hundreds of ponds on Cape Cod, Mass. One group of older women finds joy in digging it up. Eve Zuckoff of WCAI reports. And, a new memoir tells the story of one Afghan interpreter who fought alongside Marines — and then had to fight American bureaucracy to come to the U.S. The authors of "Always Faithful," Maj. Tom Schueman and Zainullah "Zak" Zaki, join us
18/08/22·41m 47s

Jazz up your summer playlist; American Airlines to purchase 20 Boom Supersonic jets

What's on your summer playlist? Keanna Faircloth, host of the "Artimacy" podcast, talks about some new jazz releases. And, American Airlines is now the third carrier to place an order for a set of Boom Supersonic jets. The jets are set to be ready for passengers before 2030 and will half the time it currently takes to cross the Atlantic. Here & Now's transportation analyst Seth Kaplan joins us.
17/08/22·42m 37s

Frank Morrison's 'Kick Push'; A year after the Afghanistan withdrawal

Frank Morrison talks about his children's book "Kick Push," which tells the story of a young skateboarder who has difficulty adjusting to his new neighborhood. And, Zamzama Safi was a translator for the U.S. military in Kabul and was evacuated last year. She talks about her new life in America. JC Hendrickson of the IRC also discusses the path ahead for Afghan refugees in the U.S.
17/08/22·41m 57s

Climate change book recommendations; How did the GOP get here?

"The Stacks" creator and host Traci Thomas talks about her picks for thought-provoking non-fiction and fiction books that address climate change. And, author and Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank says the rise of former President Donald Trump comes from seeds planted and nurtured in Republican politics years ago. His new book is called "The Destructionists: The Twenty-Five Year Crack-Up of the Republican Party." Milbank joins us.
16/08/22·42m 18s

Megan Thee Stallion's 'Traumazine'; First vaginal fluid transplant in the U.S.

Megan Thee Stallion's rise defines the word meteoric. Music writer Taylor Crumpton talks about "Traumazine," the latest album from the rapper. And, many women in the U.S. have bacterial vaginosis, or BV, which in some cases is linked to serious, long-term health issues. Doctors haven't been able to offer a good treatment for it until now. WBUR's Gabrielle Emanuel reports on the country's first vaginal fluid transplant performed in Massachusetts General Hospital.
16/08/22·41m 58s

'There Are Moms Way Worse Than You'; Facebook's abortion privacy case

We revisit a conversation with Glenn Boozan, author of "There Are Moms Way Worse Than You." The book uses examples of bad parenting from the animal kingdom to soothe moms who might be worried about their parenting skills. And, the parent company of Facebook gave law enforcement private messages between a mother and her 17-year-old daughter about getting abortion pills. What does this tell us about tech companies and user privacy? Alexandra Givens, the president and CEO of the Center for Democracy & Technology, joins us.
15/08/22·42m 34s

Household cats are an invasive species; Water advisory in Michigan

An institute in Poland has declared the household cat an invasive species. What's so dangerous about these cats? Laura Helmuth, editor-in-chief at Scientific American, joins us. And, tens of thousands of Michiganders have been told to boil their water due to an advisory implemented. Michigan Radio's Briana Rice talks about the situation and when regular water service might return.
15/08/22·41m 40s

Why you shouldn't let your job define you; Fans worried about HBO Max and Discovery+

The pandemic has changed so many ways in which the world operates, including work. Maybe it prompted you to question your career and your relationship with work. We revisit a conversation with writer Arthur Brooks. And, a merger between HBO Max and Discovery+ in 2023 has some fans focused on what won't be on the new service. NPR's TV critic Eric Deggans joins us.
12/08/22·41m 32s

Charlottesville's religious, Black communities; The Arctic is warming faster

A violent far-right rally in Charlottesville prompted soul-searching and calls to address racism. Five years later, religious and Black communities are still pushing. Host Scott Tong reports from Charlottesville. And, a new study confirms some of the worst fears of climate scientists worried about runaway global warming. Lead author Mika Rantanen of the Finnish Meteorological Institute joins us.
12/08/22·41m 15s

4 ripe, juicy tomato recipes; Kentucky grocery flooding

Chef Kathy Gunst shares four new tomato recipes to give your summer a little sauce. She also explains how to shop for tomatoes. And, Gwen Christon, who owns the only grocery store for miles around the small town of Isom, Ky., talks with us about how flooding there devastated her store.
11/08/22·41m 5s

Charlottesville's Jewish community; Threatened wildlife species preservation bill

Five years after the Unite the Right march in Charlottesville, Va., turned deadly, we hear from members of the city's Jewish community about starting a dialogue to combat white hate. And, the new Recovering America's Wildlife Act would overhaul how the country funds efforts to protect endangered plants and animals. Sen. Martin Heinrich, a Democrat from New Mexico who sponsored the bill, joins us.
11/08/22·41m 40s

'How to Navigate Life'; Ukrainians resettle in Alaska

Today's college students are struggling with the demands of life. Authors Belle Liang and Tim Klein are devoted to helping them and join us to discuss their new book. And, four Ukrainians have resettled in Alaska and are living on a retired ferry that they hope to transform into a museum. Eric Stone of KRBD gives us the report.
10/08/22·41m 29s

Air conditioning as a human right; Drug-resistant bacteria

As record-breaking heat spans almost every continent, should air conditioning be a human right for the billions without it? Dr. Morgan Bazilian of the Colorado School of Mines weighs in. And, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is concerned about antibiotic-resistant bacteria as new data shows the pandemic caused it to surge in hospitals. Dr. Chris Murray of the University of Washington joins us.
10/08/22·41m 24s

R.K. Russell on NFL's relationship with LGBTQ+ players; Barbara Kruger's NYC exhibit

Back in 2019, R.K. Russell came out as bisexual and found his job chances in the NFL evaporate. We hear from him. And, artist Barbara Kruger reworked some of her pieces and included new works with text from the web in exhibits at the Museum of Modern Art and the David Zwirner Gallery in New York City. Karen Michel reports.
09/08/22·42m 6s

Whitney Houston's legacy; Reproductive choice in other species

It's been a decade since we lost one of the most beloved artists of our time: Whitney Houston. We revisit a conversation with Gerrick Kennedy, author of "Didn't We Almost Have It All: In Defense of Whitney Houston." And, evolutionary biologist Deena Emera talks about how females of many species have evolved to maximize their own and their offspring's health.
09/08/22·42m 30s

Diversifying historical romance novels; The case for an Interstellar Probe

Scientist Ralph McNutt, Jr. wants NASA to approve an Interstellar Probe that would explore the expansive stretches of space beyond the influence of our sun. He explains why. And, historical romance novels mostly feature white main characters. Beverly Jenkins and Courtney Milan, two best-selling authors of color, talk about what it's like to write within the genre.
08/08/22·42m 28s

Jet and Ebony Magzines' archives; PFAS contamination in a rural Massachusetts

The National Museum of African American History and Culture and Getty Research Archive have acquired the Johnson Publishing archives, which include archives of the iconic publications Jet and Ebony. Museum director Kevin Young talks about the process of making the collection public. And, PFAS chemicals are known as "forever chemicals" because they don't really decompose and removing them is complicated. We're joined by Staci Rubin from the Conservation Law Foundation and Westminster resident Anne Lutz, who has been impacted by PFAS contamination.
08/08/22·41m 58s

The new hit Netflix show 'Uncoupled'; Grammy winner Aoife O'Donovan's new album

Within a week since its release, Netflix's new original series Uncoupled starring Neil Patrick Harris has quickly leapt into the streaming service's top 10. Darren Star, who created Sex and the City, is also behind this show — and there seem to be some similarities. NPR's TV critic Eric Deggans joins us. And, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Aoife O'Donovan reflects on her musical life (and shouts out to Joni Mitchell) on her new album "Age of Apathy." The singer-songwriter talks about the album, and we revisit our conversation from January.
05/08/22·41m 53s

Portland's gun problem swells; Invasive Burmese pythons harm the environment

Portland's homicide rate is roughly double the nationwide rate. Mayor Ted Wheeler, who is putting funding back into the police department and has issued a new emergency declaration to try and deal with the gun problem, joins us. And, the 2022 Florida Python Challenge kicked off Friday morning in Florida. Conservation biologist Ian Bartoszek talks about capturing the heaviest Burmese python ever in Florida.
05/08/22·40m 55s

Black men turn to barbers to talk; 'We Are Jane' provides access to safe abortions

The U.S is in the midst of a mental health crisis — especially in the Black community. Confess Project is one organization turning to local barbers to get Black men and boys to open up and seek help. Barber Craig Charles joins us. And, reviving the mission of a group from the 1960s, "We Are Jane" seeks to aid in proving safe abortion access in Chicago after the overturn of Roe v. Wade. South Side activist and founder of Mothers Against Senseless Killing Tamar Manasseh launched the new initiative and joins us.
04/08/22·41m 44s

Kentucky chef delivers food, hope to flood victims; Looking for rare wild ginseng

In the aftermath of widespread Eastern Kentucky flooding, one Kentucky chef is cooking up food for residents affected and traversing nearly-impassible routes to get it to them. Joe Arvin joins us to talk about his efforts. And, ginseng has been cultivated for thousands of years for its medicinal benefits, but it's now endangered. Researchers in Tennessee have found a patch, but they won't share its location. Steve Haruch of WPLN joined researchers in their scouting and reports.
04/08/22·42m 3s

Bad Bunny's enormous success; First fully synthetic mouse embryos

What's behind Bad Bunny's enormous success? "Un Verano Sin Ti," the new album by the Puerto Rican superstar, is dominating the music industry. Carina del Valle Schorske, a writer who profiled Bad Bunny in The New York Times Magazine, joins us. And, for the first time in history, researchers have grown mice embryos with no sperm, no egg and no uterus. STAT's Megan Molteni joins us.
03/08/22·41m 53s

Author Bill Littlefield's new novel; Best video games of 2022

For 25 years Bill Littlefield's infectious laugh and thoughtful conversation made NPR's Only a Game much more than a national sports show. Now, the narrator of his new novel "Mercy" shares Littlefield's introspection. He joins us. And, NPR staff and contributors weigh in on their favorite games of 2022 so far. Here & Now's James Perkins Mastromarino breaks down some of the picks.
03/08/22·42m 7s

Rising temps are harming trees; Instagram faces backlash for trying to be like TikTok

Tree and climate expert Daniel Griffin joins us to talk about how rising temperatures make the current drought in the southwest particularly harmful to trees. And, Instagram is facing backlash from creators for trying to be like TikTok with new app changes. New York Times technology reporting fellow Kalley Huang joins us.
02/08/22·42m 7s

Right-wing think tanks turn into churches; Nancy Pelosi visits Taiwan

Why are right-wing think tanks trying to become churches? We learn more with ProPublica's Andrea Suozzo. And, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lands in Taiwan Tuesday, against the advice of the White House and to the upset of Chinese officials. NPR's Emily Feng gives us the update.
02/08/22·41m 43s

The world's large archive of theatre recordings; AP's first-ever democracy editor

The world's largest collection of live theatre recordings turns 50 this year. To celebrate, the New York Public Library, which curates the massive collection, is welcoming guests to its new exhibit called "Focus Center Stage." Curator Patrick Hoffman joins us. And, several news organizations are developing new teams to report on threats to democracy. The Associated Press' first-ever democracy editor Tom Verdin joins us.
01/08/22·41m 39s

Summer movie picks; U.K. McDonald's raises cheeseburger prices

Film critic Ty Burr, author of the "Ty Burr's Watch List" Substack newsletter, shares his picks for new and classic summer movies. And, in the U.K., McDonald's has raised the price of its cheeseburger for the first time in 14 years. Business Insider's Mary Meisenzahl joins us to talk fast food prices.
01/08/22·41m 34s

Beyoncé's 'Renaissance'; Ke Huy Quan talks 'Everything, Everywhere, All at Once'

Professors Shaun Harper and Lori Patton Davis talk about how Beyoncé's music resonates with meaning for Black scholars fighting for pay equity and recognition in predominantly white institutions. And, Ke Huy Quan stars in the new film "Everything, Everywhere, All At Once." But long before that, Quan was a child actor in "The Goonies," and "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" but moved behind the camera for several decades.
29/07/22·41m 34s

The Newport Jazz Festival returns; Remembering British food writer Diana Kennedy

The Newport Jazz Festival, founded in 1954, was the first annual jazz festival in the U.S. After being canceled in 2020 and shortened in 2021, the festival is back this year. Artistic director Christian McBride joins us. And, Diana Kennedy spent decades chronicling the cuisine of Mexico. She died on July 24 at age 99. We revisit a conversation with Kennedy from 2011.
29/07/22·41m 21s

3 great corn recipes from chef Kathy Gunst; Why gophers glow under blacklight

Corn knows no bounds: At the height of summer, resident chef Kathy Gunst can't get enough of it. She shares three new corn recipes and tips. And, over the last few years, researchers have discovered that pocket gophers, flying squirrels, wombats and platypuses all glow under UV lights. Scientists have some theories, but they don't really know why the animals glow. Molly Samuel of WABE reports.
28/07/22·41m 23s

LGBTQ farmers; The community recovery after the Highland Park mass shooting

There aren't many statistics on how many farmers belong to the LGBTQ community in the U.S. But some are making a point of being more visible and creating community. Catherine Wheeler of Iowa Public Radio reports. And, nearly a month after the Highland Park mass shooting, the pain is still raw and real for survivors and loved ones. WBEZ's Susie An reports.
28/07/22·41m 22s

Paul Hollywood's new baking book; Louisville, Kentucky loses theater loved by locals

"The British Bake-Off" host Paul Hollywood gets back to basics in his new cookbook, "Bake: My Best Ever Recipes for the Classics." Hollywood joins us to talk more about his new release, the first one in five years. And, after 50 years as a beloved local landmark, the Village 8 Theater in Louisville, Kentucky is shuttering its doors. WFPL's Stephanie Wolf visits the theater to report on its last days.
27/07/22·41m 25s

'We Met in Virtual Reality' documentary; Florida seagrass is thriving

HBO's new documentary "We Met in Virtual Reality" was filmed entirely in virtual reality chat rooms and focuses on the deep relationships that are often formed. Director Joe Hunting joins us. And, even amid environmental catastrophes across the country, in one part of Florida, seagrass is healthy and thriving. It's it one of the largest and healthiest seagrass meadows in the Gulf. WUSF's Steve Newborn reports.
27/07/22·41m 35s

New biography 'Putin'; Hillsong megachurch faces scandals

Longtime foreign correspondent Philip Short talks about his new book "Putin" which is a close examination of the life and career of Russian leader Vladimir Putin. And, scandals, secrecy and the resignation of Hillsong's founder and global pastor Brian Houston in March have led to more than half of its American campuses breaking away from the church. Christianity Today's Mike Cosper joins us.
26/07/22·41m 6s

How wasps impact the planet; Restoration of a crucial fish population

Entomologist and behavioral ecologist Seirian Sumner explains why wasps don't deserve the bad rap they get. And, outdated dams are preventing many fish species from migrating and spawning. One Native American tribe in Nevada is trying to recover the dwindling population of an endangered fish it's relied on for years. Kaleb Roedel of the Mountain West News Bureau reports.
26/07/22·41m 10s

It's your home or your pet; How to protect yourself from the heat

Many Americans say they can't live without their pets, but some can't live with them because of unaffordable pet fees. And like many other forms of housing discrimination, research shows these fees affect low-income tenants and tenants of color the most. Carol Mithers, a journalist and author who has been following this issue, joins us. And, heat can harm you in more ways than you might think. WBUR's Martha Bebinger reports on the dangers and ways you can prevent them.
25/07/22·40m 52s

The battle against the opioid industry; Conservative judge turns to romantic fiction

Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family are a big part of this story about the availability of opioids — but there's much more to it. Washington Post investigative reporters Sari Horwitz and Scott Higham join us to talk about their new book, "American Cartel." And, Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III talks about why he decided to write the romantic novel "Love at Deep Dusk."
25/07/22·40m 26s

Harvesting rainwater in the desert; Ranching for the birds

With reservoirs on the Colorado River falling to dangerously low levels, states that rely on it are facing significant cuts. Tucson Rainwater harvesters talk about their methods that might help the West survive a megadrought. And, a conservation project is partnering with ranchers to protect birds and promote sustainable agriculture in the West. Boise State Public Radio's Ashley Ahearn reports.
22/07/22·43m 20s

'Do The Work' tells readers how to dismantle racism; Extreme heat on social media

Comedian W. Kamau Bell talks about his new book, "Do The Work! An Antiracist Activity Book" and the latest season of his CNN show, "United Shades of America." And, it's really hot in a lot of places — which is dangerous. Journalist and former weather anchor Femi Oke talks about how social media users are talking about the extreme heat sweeping the globe.
22/07/22·41m 26s

Maine as a climate refuge; Muscogee Creek Nation gets a say in Okefenokee Swamp

As many regions of the United States endure the extreme effects of climate change, some scientists believe interior Maine could be a refuge. Maine Public Radio's Fred Bever reports. And, the Muscogee Creek Nation was forced by the government to leave Georgia two centuries ago. But a new move by the Biden administration will give them a say in the management of the Okefenokee Swamp, a part of the tribe's ancestral history. WABE's Molly Samuel reports.
21/07/22·42m 40s

Sharks aren't out to get you; One-stop shop with laundry and fresh donuts

This Shark Week, marine conservation scientist David Shiffman hopes people will reconsider how the animals are portrayed in media. Film music historian Jon Burlingame also joins us to talk about why the score to the 1975 film "Jaws" is so effective at scaring us. And, at the Washboard Donut Shoppe in Tupper Lake, New York, you can snack on freshly made donuts while you do your laundry and buy souvenirs. Emily Russell of NCPR reports.
21/07/22·41m 51s

Making friends as an adult; Lab-bred chimpanzee dilemma

Making friends isn't always easy. We revisit host Peter O'Dowd's conversation with psychologist and University of Maryland professor Marisa G. Franco about the difficulties of making friends as an adult and tips for meeting someone new. And, many lab-bred chimpanzees are living in sanctuaries that can't afford to take care of them without extra help. Rachel Fobar, a National Geographic investigative reporter who looked into this dilemma, joins us.
20/07/22·42m 26s

Berry tasty recipes; Questions remain about 'Where the Crawdads Sing' author

The possibilities of what you can do with summer's tart, sweet, bursting-with-juice berries are endless. Resident chef Kathy Gunst shares four new recipes. And, a young woman becomes the subject of a murder investigation in this film adaptation of Delia Owens' 2018 best-selling novel "Where the Crawdads Sing." But some questions linger about the author's involvement in a fatal shooting in the 1990s. NPR's Mandalit del Barco reports.
20/07/22·41m 36s

Four-day work week in U.K.; Chicago reduces police in public schools

A new pilot program in the United Kingdom is asking 3,300 workers across a number of industries to work four-day work weeks instead of five. The workers will be paid the same amount and are expected to be as productive as they would be working five days a week. Boston College professor and lead researcher of the four-day work week pilot Juliet Schorfor joins us.
19/07/22·42m 10s

'Aftershock' explores Black maternal mortality; Figuring out remote work

The maternal mortality rate for Black women is three times higher than the rate for white women in the U.S. The new documentary "Aftershock" profiles two Black women who died after giving birth and looks at how their families are working to prevent other women from dying. Paula Eiselt, who co-directed the film with Tonya Lewis Lee and Shawnee Benton Gibson, joins us. And, remote work is still a challenge two and a half years after some office workers went home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While we may have figured out Zoom, new workers on-boarding remotely face specific issues. Atlantic staff writer Derek Thompson joins us.
19/07/22·41m 39s

Teen banjo sensation Nora Brown; Monkeypox outbreak

Just shy of her 17th birthday, teenage phenom Nora Brown already has an NPR Tiny Desk concert under her belt and a third album on the way. She joins us to talk about making her spin on banjo classics. And, have we missed the opportunity to contain the Monkeypox virus? We hear from Dr. Jay Varma, an epidemiologist and infectious disease expert.
18/07/22·42m 24s

Teens are in high demand for jobs this summer; Online scams

In the midst of a labor shortage, teens are in high demand for summer jobs. We hear from teens about their job experience and from economist Alicia Modestino. And, it's the season for online scams. Jill Schlesinger, business analyst at CBS News, tells us what to watch out for.
18/07/22·43m 3s

Tops supermarket in Buffalo reopens; Biden bound for Saudi Arabia

The Tops Friendly Markets supermarket in east Buffalo is reopening Friday after a gunman killed 10 people in May. We hear from Jillian Hanesworth, Buffalo's first poet laureate and a social justice activist. And, President Biden heads to Saudi Arabia as his tour of the Middle East continues. NPR international correspondent Daniel Estrin tells us more.
15/07/22·41m 30s

Secret Service erases Jan. 6 messages; Dangers of journalism

A government watchdog says the Secret Service erased text messages from Jan. 5 and 6th. Carol Leonnig, author and political investigative reporter for the Washington Post tells us more. And, "Endangered," a new documentary on HBO Max, explores the dangers of journalism and attacks on press freedom. Folha de Sao Paulo's Patricia Campos Mello and "Endangered" executive producer Ronan Farrow join us.
15/07/22·41m 11s

New mental health crisis hotline; GOP gains more party switchers

Wyoming and other Mountain West states have been dubbed "the suicide belt," but a new mental health crisis hotline could help. Wyoming suicide prevention specialist Bill Hawley joins us. And, the GOP is gaining more party switchers as new data shows voters are switching from Democrat to Republican. We learn more with Paul Westcott of the non-partisan voter data processing firm L2.
14/07/22·41m 21s

Issac Fitzgerald's 'Dirtbag, Massachusetts'; Disparities in pulse oximeter readings

Isaac Fitzgerald joins us to discuss his new memoir "Dirtbag, Massachusetts," detailing a difficult childhood and finding community in unlikely places. And, two new reports reveal patients with darker skin received less accurate pulse oximeter readings which can affect their care. STAT's Usha Lee McFarling tells us more.
14/07/22·41m 11s

The world is more stressed out than ever, survey finds; Honoring Mary McLeod Bethune

A new survey from Gallup says the world is feeling more stressed in the past year than ever before. Julie Ray, managing editor for World News at Gallup, tells us more. And, a statue of Mary McLeod Bethune is being added to the U.S. Capitol's National Statuary Hall, replacing a Confederate general. Dr. Julius John of Bethune-Cookman University joins us.
13/07/22·41m 15s

Hospitals use collaborative robots to help deliver medicine; Emmy nominations

Hospitals are turning to cobots – collaborative robots – to help deliver medications and supplies to nurses. Cris Barrish of WHYY tells us more. And, a slew of shows are aiming to snatch up an Emmy this season. Among them, newcomer "Abbott Elementary" shines while HBO and HBO Max dominate nominations. Aisha Harris, co-host of NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour joins us.
13/07/22·41m 13s

NASA releases stunning images from space telescope; Vasectomy interest surges

Gorgeous new images from the James Webb Space Telescope reveal glittering nurseries and galaxies. Harvard University astronomy professor Alyssa Goodman joins us. And, since the Supreme Court's overturning of Roe v. Wade, interest in vasectomy surgeries has surged. "Vasectomy King" Dr. Doug Stein tells us more.
12/07/22·40m 51s

Study reveals new information about long-haul COVID; Finding healing through flowers

A new study out of Boston has revealed that the presence of spike proteins could be the reason behind long-haul COVID in some patients. Lead author Dr. David Walt joins us. And, through growing flowers, veteran Charley Jordan found healing. Now he wants to help other vets. WPLN's Blake Farmer shares more with us.
12/07/22·41m 25s

Orangeburg Massacre bowling alley gets restored; Sri Lanka faces political turmoil

In 1968, the National Guard fired into a peaceful protest in Orangeburg, South Carolina, leaving three dead and nearly two dozen others wounded. The protests broke out after a bowling alley — which is now being restored to commemorate the tragedy — refused to desegregate. Center for Creative Partnerships president Ellen Zisholtz and lawyer Bakari Sellers join us. And, Sri Lanka president Gotabaya Rajapaksa agreed to resign on Wednesday after weekend-long demonstrations over food and fuel shortages. Reporter Menaka Indrakumar explores what's next for the country.
11/07/22·41m 28s

No recession — yet; Ukrainian folk instrument is a tool for resistance

With June job numbers hitting 372,000, economists breathed a sigh of relief. But, is a recession still a valid concern for Americans? CBS News business analyst Jill Schlesinger discusses. And, Russia's attacks on Ukraine are not just territorial, they're cultural, too. Ukrainians living in the U.S. are teaching younger generations how to play a traditional instrument called the bandura as a form of resistance. Ali Oshinskie reports.
11/07/22·41m 29s

Why house music is having a moment; Cooking-inspired romance novels raise the heat

What do Beyoncé's and Drake's newest releases have in common? They both draw heavily from the house music genre, created in the 1980s in Chicago. DJ Jesse Saunders joins us to discuss house music's history and impact. And, cooking-inspired romance novels are topping to-read lists everywhere. But what is it about the kitchen that makes it the perfect setting to fall in love? Eater's Bettina Makalintal joins us to answer that question.
08/07/22·42m 38s

Marketing beefalo to consumers; OB/GYN explains patient care uncertainties

Beefalo, a crossbreed of cattle and bison, is a lean meat that's not readily available in most grocery stores. But some beefalo ranchers are trying to change that. Jonathan Ahl of Harvest Public Media reports. And, after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, legislation around abortion was left up to state jurisdiction. This presents difficulties for physicians. Dr. Katie McHugh joins us to share her recent experiences.
08/07/22·42m 18s

Lettuce enjoy summer salad recipes; New film explores Leonard Cohen's life

Kathy Gunst wants to open up your view of what a salad can be beyond a side dish, an afterthought or just plain lettuce. She shares three new recipes. And, the documentary "Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song" explores the life of the music icon and his most famous song. Music journalist Larry "Ratso" Sloman, who appears in the documentary, joins us.
07/07/22·42m 44s

Bats, bees and birds dying of noise pollution; Louis Armstrong's daughter opens up

For animals, noise pollution is a disorienting death sentence with catastrophic consequences. Atlantic writer Ed Yong joins us. And, only decades after the death of Louis Armstrong would the world come to know that he had a daughter. Sharon Preston-Folta opens up about their complicated relationship in the documentary "Little Satchmo." Stephanie Colombini of WUSF reports.
07/07/22·42m 20s

Highland Park community reacts; Mental health of migrant children in custody

The community of Highland Park is coming to terms with the mass shooting that left seven dead and dozens more injured. The Anti-Defamation League's Midwest regional director and resident David Goldenberg, who was at the parade in the morning before the attack took place, joins us. And, Reveal senior reporter Aura Bogado talks with us about her investigation into the mental health of migrant children held in government custody in the first three months of the Biden administration.
06/07/22·42m 10s

Summer reading suggestions for kids; One woman's planned pregnancy abortion story

Virginia Children's Book Festival executive director Juanita Giles talks about recommendations for books for kids 12 and under. And, we turn to a woman who recently chose to get a legal abortion in California. It was a decision she and her husband made after discovering that their baby suffered from a chromosomal abnormality that would cause organ malformations that result in late a miscarriage, stillbirth or death within weeks of birth. Sara tells her story.
06/07/22·42m 38s

Black girls left behind by Title IX; Somalia faces food crisis amid war in Ukraine

Tina Sloan Green has dedicated her career to leveling the playing field for girls and women of color and founded the Black Women in Sports Foundation. Sloan Green joins us to discuss how Title IX left Black girls behind. And, the Washington Post's Sudarsan Raghavan talks about the desperate situation in Somalia, where Russia's blockade of Ukrainian wheat is adding to a series of crises that could lead to a famine more deadly than the last one in 2011.
05/07/22·42m 45s

Ann Leary's new book 'The Foundling'; VA offers clean needles for veterans

Ann Leary's new book, "The Foundling," centers around a young woman who gets a job at an institution designed to prevent "feeble-minded" women from reproducing. Leary joins us. And, the Department of Veteran Affairs Clean Syringe program provides veterans who inject drugs with clean supplies and information about preventing overdoses and infections. Stephanie Colombini of WUSF reports.
05/07/22·43m 3s

Baseball fans split on the wave; The summer of 'revenge travel'

Attend any sporting event and you're bound to witness the wave. But while some baseball fans love it, others look on in annoyance. Colorado Public Radio's Vic Vela encapsulates the debate. And, revenge travel is here — Americans 'sticking it to COVID' by going on holiday regardless of the risks. In Italy, crowds have been growing so big that some tourists can't see the major sights. Adam Raney reports.
04/07/22·42m 19s

'The Greatest Beer Run Ever'; Summer travel snags

John "Chickie" Donohue talks about his book "The Greatest Beer Run Ever," which tells the story of a trip he made to Vietnam in November 1967 to deliver beer to his buddies from their New York City neighborhood. And, Southwest and American Airlines delayed nearly 30% of trips this weekend. Derek Thompson, staff writer for The Atlantic, says the chaos at airports is part of something bigger: Nothing Works Syndrome. He joins us.
04/07/22·42m 36s

The tasty rebrand of Asian carp; FIFA's use of AI

If you can't beat 'em, eat 'em. That's the new battle cry for Illinois fisheries managers who are trying to rebrand four invasive species of Asian carp. Here & Now's Chris Bentley reports. And, ​​it's no secret that soccer fans are extremely passionate about the game — but in recent years, some of that fan fervor has crossed the line into online harassment of players. Femi Oke, host of "The Stream" on Al Jazeera English, joins us.
01/07/22·41m 15s

California passes the nation's strictest plastic law; Tips and advice on medical debt

California says two-thirds of all plastic packaging must be recyclable or compostable within the next decade. Senior editor for Bloomberg Michael Regan joins us. And, a joint investigation by Kaiser Health News and NPR has found that 100 million Americans are struggling with debt arising from healthcare costs. Jeanne Pinder, CEO and founder of, shares her tips and advice.
01/07/22·41m 7s

Mary Pipher's new memoir; Kansas City's gay rights movement before Stonewall

Best-selling author of "Reviving Ophelia" Mary Pipher talks about her new memoir, "A Life in Light: Meditations on Impermanence." And, before the Stonewall Inn raid in 1969, gay rights groups organized in Kansas City, Missouri, creating inroads of their own. KCUR's Mackenzie Martin reports.
30/06/22·40m 58s

Big Mama Thorton's original 'Hound Dog'; Texas talk show host comes out trans

Elvis Presley's hit "Hound Dog" actually belongs to blues singer Willie Mae Thornton, also known as Big Mama Thornton. Author Maureen Mahon tells us about Thorton and the impact of Black women on rock 'n' roll. And, Mikaela Taylor, the host of the "Morning Mayhem Show" in Kerrville, Texas, has publicly came out to her listeners as a transgender woman. Texas Public Radio's Jerry Clayton reports.
30/06/22·40m 44s

Summer reading picks; Author Xiran Jay Zhao talks new LGBTQ+ book

Creator and host of "The Stacks" Traci Thomas shares some summer reading suggestions. And, best-selling author Xiran Jay Zhao talks about their latest book, "Zachary Ying and the Dragon Emperor. It centers around a gay Chinese American boy who discovers he was born to host the spirit of the first Chinese emperor.
29/06/22·41m 56s

North Carolina grapples with PFAS contamination; An ode to a beloved suitcase

The Environmental Protection Agency now says there is no safe amount of the "forever chemical" PFAS in drinking water. WHQR's Kelly Kenoyer explains how the warning is playing out at a North Carolina chemical plant. And, Katy Sewall of "The Bittersweet Life" podcast shares an essay on the impossible challenge of looking objectively at a much-loved piece of luggage.
29/06/22·41m 7s

Diablo: Immortal controversy: Florida synagogue sues over abortion restrictions

Diablo: Immortal has raked in a reported $24 million in its first two weeks as a free, downloadable game. However, some people say their business model tricks users into spending money. Polygon's Maddy Myers joins us. And, a law, that takes effect on June 6 in Florida that bans most abortions after 15 weeks, is being challenged on religious grounds by a Jewish synagogue in Palm Beach County. They say Florida's law violates the right to freedom of religion and privacy in Florida's Constitution. Former Congressmen Rabbi Barry Silver joins us.
28/06/22·40m 45s

It's thyme for herb season; Don't worry about the robot revolution

Kathy Gunst's three new recipes are all herb-forward ("herbaceous" as chefs might say) as well as a guide to some of her favorite herbs. And, earlier this month, Google engineer Blake Lemoine claimed the company's artificial intelligence had achieved sentience. While Lemoine's claims made waves online, many experts are pretty skeptical. University of Washington professor Emily M. Bender joins us.
27/06/22·41m 40s

How to survive an economic downturn; HIV challenges still remain

Many economists are talking about the threat of a possible recession within the next year. CBS News business analyst Jill Schlesinger joins us. And, while there have been many advances in HIV treatment and prevention, advocates say there are still barriers to treatment, particularly in Black and Latino communities. Colorado Public Radio's Vic Vela reports.
27/06/22·41m 14s

The future of Miranda rights; The internet reacts to the end of Roe v. Wade

A Supreme Court ruling on Jun. 23 stripped away a person's ability to sue for damages if evidence is procured without police reading their Miranda rights. University of Michigan law professor Eve Brensike Primus joins us. And, Femi Oke, host of The Stream on Al Jazeera, assesses how online communities are responding to the Supreme Court ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade.
24/06/22·42m 1s

Women's rights attorney reacts to Roe; John Dean reflects on Jan. 6 hearings

Longtime women's rights attorney Kathryn Kolbert joins us after the Supreme Court's reversal of Roe v. Wade. She argued the Supreme Court case Planned Parenthood v. Casey in the 1990s that reaffirmed Roe. And, has there been a "John Dean moment" in the Jan. 6 hearings? Let's ask Dean, former White House counsel who testified in the Watergate hearings.
24/06/22·41m 15s

#MeToo founder Tarana Burke on grief; Why there are few Black doctors in the U.S.

Author and activist Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement, talks about the immense amount of grief we're all feeling. And, the percentage of Black doctors hasn't changed in 40 years. New reporting finds Black residents get more harshly disciplined and thrown out of their programs at a much higher rate than their white counterparts. Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice joins us.
23/06/22·42m 25s

Remembering Surfside collapse victims; Mashama Bailey wins outstanding chef award

Condo law expert Evan McKenzie talks about changes in condo oversight since the collapse of Champlain Towers South one year ago Friday. Pablo Rodriguez, who lost his mother and grandmother in the deadly collapse, also joins us. And, Mashama Bailey of The Grey in Savannah, Georgia, was honored by the James Beard Foundation with the Outstanding Chef award this month. Bailey joins us.
23/06/22·42m 33s

Sisters divided by China's civil war; Black gun ownership

Here & Now's Robin Young speaks with Brown University professor Zhuqing Lee about her new book "Daughters of the Flower Fragrant Garden," which tells the story of her two half- aunts, who were separated for three decades when one was stranded on an island that was claimed by China's Nationalists, while the other remained in mainland China.And, while the Senate has moved a step closer to passing a bipartisan gun safety bill Akin Olla, a Nigerian-American socialist organizer and gun owner, explains why he thinks conversations about gun control often lack complexity and an understanding of the racial history of gun laws in America.
22/06/22·42m 33s

Art as memory and why it must be saved; Alcohol-related deaths soar

Galina and Yelena Lembersky fled the Soviet Union in the 1980s with hundreds of Galina's father's paintings. The paintings are now in Massachusetts, and so is the acting director of the Odesa Fine Arts Museum, Olesksandra Kovalchuk, who recently fled the war in Ukraine. Kovalchuk has been working from the U.S. to save the art left behind. The women reflect on the meaning of art as memory and the importance of saving it. And, alcohol use increased during the pandemic. One study suggests more Americans under 65 died from alcohol-related causes than COVID in 2020. Natalie Krebs of Side Effects Public Media and Iowa Public Radio reports.
22/06/22·41m 47s

'Citizen Ashe' documentary; McCarthy-era comic opera

The new documentary "Citizen Ashe" tells the story of the life and activism of tennis great Arthur Ashe. Ashe's brother, Johnnie joins us. And, the 1956 comic opera "Candide" by Leonard Bernstein, inspired by Joseph McCarthy's anti-communist hearings in 1954, reflects the "undercurrent of pushing ahead in spite of everything." Classical music critic Fran Hoepfner joins us.
21/06/22·42m 21s

History of Phoenix Indian School; Reproductive rights icon Bill Baird

In the early years of a central Phoenix prominent boarding school for Native American children, officials tried to wipe out the culture and identity of the students. But as reforms slowly changed native boarding schools over the course of decades, it became a place where students could reclaim some of their history. Here & Now's Peter O'Dowd reports. And, the Eisenstadt v. Baird Supreme Court case ruling gave all Americans, married and unmarried, the right to access and use birth control. The case has been called the precursor to Roe v. Wade. Since then the plaintiff, Bill Baird, has worked tirelessly to ensure access to reproductive health care around the country. Baird joins us on his 90th birthday.
21/06/22·42m 19s

A parade of planets; Uvalde moves forward with their grief

Wake up early and look up, because this month there are five planets lined up — arranged in their natural order from the sun — in the predawn sky. Here & Now's Robin Young talks with Kelly Beatty. And, almost four weeks after the mass shooting at Robb Elementary, the town of Uvalde, Texas, has begun to quiet down, and its residents have been left with their grief and in search of a way forward. NPR's Adrian Florido reports.
20/06/22·42m 23s

Jewish-trans identity through theater and music; African slaves' act of resistance

After coming out, transgender-Jewish activist and educator Eliana Rubin has found a greater connection and sense of community through her religion. She uses theater and music to express herself and her tradition. And, Africans on board a slave ship in 1803 rebelled and drove their enslavers into the water as they were arriving to Georgia. After some of the Africans walked into the water and disappeared.
20/06/22·43m 4s

Greenland's polar bears hunt on glacier ice; Skyrocketing gas prices in Colorado

Polar bear biologists have found a population of bears in Greenland that hunt on ice coming off of glaciers, rather than the frozen sea. That means they may be able to survive climate change longer.And, the high gas prices in Colorado have people changing their spending and commuting habits. Colorado Public Radio's Matt Bloom reports.
17/06/22·42m 39s

The woman who helped make Juneteenth a holiday; Revlon files for bankruptcy

Opal Lee walked all around the country for years to help establish this national holiday on June 19 to commemorate history and celebrate freedom. She joins us. And, Revlon filed for bankruptcy after sales of its cosmetics line dropped significantly during the pandemic and didn't rebound as expected. Senior editor at Bloomberg News Mike Regan joins us.
17/06/22·42m 38s

Abortion before and after Roe v. Wade; Recipes to celebrate Juneteenth

Before Roe v. Wade established a woman's legal right to an abortion in 1973, women were often forced to seek illegal and sometimes dangerous abortions, or continue an unwanted pregnancy. Texas Public Radio's Caroline Cuellar speaks to a woman who had abortions before and after the Roe V. Wade decision about her experiences. And, Nicole A. Taylor's new cookbook "Watermelon and Red Birds: A Cookbook for Juneteenth and Black Celebrations" will have your guests asking "who made the potato salad?" She joins us.
16/06/22·41m 35s

Why birds sing at dawn; Yellowstone flooding affects drinking water

You may have noticed a lot of birds chirping outside your window before the sun rises at this time of year. Cornell University ornithology professor Michael Webster talks about the different theories as to why. And, flooding from heavy rain and snow melt forced the evacuation of 10,000 people from Yellowstone National Park. The drinking water in communities like Billings has been affected. Yellowstone Public Radio reporter Olivia Weitz joins us.
16/06/22·40m 36s

'The Fight for Pride'; British authorities persist in Rwanda deportation

Years of issues with Philly Pride culminated in accusations of racism and transphobia. And the problems aren't unique to Philadelphia. WHYY's Michaela Winberg tells the story in the podcast "March On: The Fight For Pride." And, more flights are to be arranged to deport asylum seekers in the UK to Rwanda, says the British government. Reporter Willem Marx discusses the UK's agreement with Rwanda to deport certain people who arrive on its shores and the problems the plan has faced from the outset.
15/06/22·40m 31s

McDonald's rebrands in Russia; Americans face extreme heat

McDonald's was one of the largest companies to pull out of Russia after the invasion of Ukraine. But now the fast-food restaurants are returning with very similar food and a new name. NPR's Charles Maynes reports. And, extreme heat is sweeping across the United States. Nearly 100 million Americans are under heat-related warnings and advisories. Meteorologist Matthew Cappucci joins us.
15/06/22·41m 36s

Drag Queen Story Hour; Wildfire threatens Indigenous villages in Alaska

The literacy program is exactly what the name implies: Drag Queens reading stories to young children — mostly on themes of diversity, acceptance, tolerance and self-esteem. Drag Queen Story Hour executive director and drag queen Jonathan Hamilt joins us. And, the East Fork fire is threatening four villages in the Yukon River region. One family has chosen to stay and support efforts to keep their community from burning. Olivia Ebertz of KYUK reports.
14/06/22·40m 59s

Randy Rainbow's new memoir; Hollywood's role in U.S.-China relations

Comedian Randy Rainbow's new memoir "Playing with Myself" is as funny as it is poignant. He joins us. And, a Taiwanese flag patch on the back of Tom Cruise's leather bomber jacket in "Top Gun: Maverick" has created a big problem with China. Wall Street Journal Hollywood reporter Erich Schwartzel discusses the controversy.
14/06/22·40m 14s

Photographer captures starling murmurations; Magic mushrooms and mental health

Danish photographer Soren Solkaer spent the last five years following starlings on their migrations around Europe. He talks about his new book, "Black Sun," about starling murmurations. And, researchers at the University of Washington are investigating whether psychedelics could alleviate depression in healthcare workers. KUOW's Eilis O'Neill reports.
13/06/22·41m 50s

Father of a Parkland shooting victim on gun violence; 'Girl from the North Country'

Manuel Oliver is the co-founder of the gun reform organization Change the Ref and father of Joaquin Oliver, who died in the 2018 Parkland shooting. He explains what he thinks needs to be done now to prevent gun violence. And, Broadway's "Girl From the North Country" is a powerful touchdown in Depression-era Duluth, Minnesota. The show won the Tony Award for Best Orchestration. We speak with some of the actors.
13/06/22·42m 8s

U.S. Army recruits influencers to help reach young people; The process of unionizing

The U.S. Army invited 13 influencers to D.C. this weekend as part of ongoing efforts to learn how to better reach and recruit young people. Femi Oke, host of "The Stream" on Al Jazeera, tells us more. And, workers at Amazon, Starbucks and other companies are charting a new course for organizing a union. Labor journalist and veteran organizer Chris Brooks says organized labor needs to pay attention and support them.
10/06/22·41m 50s

LGBTQ+ community's battle for the dinosaur emoji; Key moments from Jan. 6 hearing

Dinosaur emojis have been widely used by the LGBTQ+ community online for a long time — but then people started to notice anti-trans users posting them. WBUR's Endless Thread podcast explores the tug of war over the use of the dino emoji. And, at Thursday night's hearing, millions of Americans saw videos they'd not seen before from the Jan. 6 insurrection. We listen back to some of the key moments.
10/06/22·41m 53s

Do police make schools safer?; 'Top Gun: Maverick' and summer movie season

After each school shooting, the call goes up for more police in schools. But research shows police do not make schools safer. Marc Schindler, co-author of a Brookings Institution report on police in schools, joins us. And, "Top Gun: Maverick" has taken in well over $550 million worldwide since it opened Memorial Day weekend. But does that bode well for the summer movie season? KPCC entertainment reporter John Horn weighs in.
09/06/22·42m 47s

James Patterson tells his own story; NYC tenants struggle to find affordable housing

Best-selling author James Patterson talks about his new memoir "James Patterson by James Patterson," a collection of stories about his life, loves and writing career. And, in New York City, rents are up by more than 30% on average compared to last year. Correspondent Tonya Mosley has been talking to people in New York about why it's so hard to find an affordable apartment.
09/06/22·42m 43s

Scientists remeasure a second; Black cancer patients detail clinical trials bias

Scientists rely on the element Cesium to officially measure a second — and it's due for an update. Time researcher Elizabeth Donley explains. And, many Black cancer patients say they're not being offered the chance to join clinical trials at the same rate as other groups. STAT's Angus Chen talks about a new survey of Black cancer patients that raises questions about institutional bias in treatment.
08/06/22·42m 26s

Audiobook recommendations; 'The Wizard of Oz' dress centers lawsuit

"The Stacks" host Traci Thomas has fiction, non-fiction and celebrity memoirs to whittle away the hours. And, a blue and white gingham frock, worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 movie "The Wizard of Oz," is at the center of an ownership dispute between a university, an auction house, a deceased priest and his niece. The Wall Street Journal's Melissa Korn joins us.
08/06/22·41m 12s

Ukrainian civilian-turned-soldier; A Black-led bike club peddles inclusivity

Ukrainian soldier Dmytro Veselov talks about what his life is like now as Russia's war grinds on. And, a bike club is working to get more Black residents in Kansas City, Missouri, to join the city's cycling community. KCUR's Luke Martin takes us for a ride with the Major Taylor Cycling Club.
07/06/22·40m 56s

Summer party recipes; Redistricting leaves voters of color underrepresented

When you want something a bit more special than usual, chef Kathy Gunst's three new recipes — a spinach souffle, a vegetable paella and a strawberry-laced cheesecake — will fit the bill. And, after a year of partisan battles and lawsuits, the once-a-decade redistricting cycle has ended with a map that's less competitive. David Daley, a senior fellow for FairVote, joins us.
07/06/22·42m 45s

Rhiannon Giddens takes a new path on Silkroad; Greenwashing in the financial world

In July, Grammy winner Rhiannon Giddens will be going out on her first tour as artistic director of Silkroad, the cross-cultural ensemble founded by Yo-Yo Ma. She joins us. And, Financial Times columnist Rana Foroohar talks about sustainable investing. Critics say the financial industry is misleading investors about how much it incorporates environmental and social responsibility into investments.
06/06/22·41m 22s

'Misfire' dives into NRA corruption; Chicago pastor on mass shootings

"Misfire: Inside the Downfall of the NRA" dives deep into the three-decade-long reign of leader Wayne Lapierre. Author and NPR investigative reporter Tim Mak joins us. And, over the weekend, at least 28 people were shot and four died in smaller instances of gun violence in Chicago. We speak with Pastor Michael Allen.
06/06/22·42m 5s

New research on long COVID; DIY space travelers shoot for the moon

New research is emerging with startling numbers in terms of how many people may suffer from long COVID. Columbia University physician and professor Mady Hornig has been battling long COVID. She joins us. And, an amateur group of space enthusiasts from Copenhagen have been spending their spare time building rockets. Brett Dahlberg of IEEE Spectrum reports.
03/06/22·41m 17s

'Freewater' illuminates little-known Black history; Father's brain injury recovery

Amina Luqman-Dawson talks about her novel "Freewater," a fictional account of a society founded by runaway slaves in the Great Dismal Swamp. And, one of filmmaker Tim O'Donnell's first projects is a documentary about his father's brain injury. He talks about "The House We Lived In."
03/06/22·40m 26s

Juneteenth cookbook 'Watermelon and Red Birds'; Racism and body standards

Food writer Nicole A. Taylor talks about her new cookbook "Watermelon and Red Birds: A Cookbook for Juneteenth and Black Celebrations." And, from body mass index to our nation's obsession with slenderness, our ideals of the ultimate body is racialized and racist. Tonya Mosley takes on this topic in the latest episode of her podcast "Truth Be Told."
02/06/22·40m 59s

Unregulated sale of scorpions and spiders; Authoritarianism in India

The internet is crawling with black-market sales of exotic scorpions and spiders. More than 12,000 species of arachnids are bought and sold online, according to a new report in Communications Biology. Study author Alice Hughes joins us. And, Raksha Kumar brings us the stories of three generations of Kashmiris – whose lives illustrate the changing nature of this decades-long conflict between India and Pakistan.
02/06/22·41m 58s

Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee; Ranching for the birds

This weekend marks Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee. The 96-year-old is the longest-reigning British monarch, having served 70 years on the throne. We discuss the future of the British monarchy and Commonwealth. And, out West, a conservation project is partnering with ranchers to protect birds and promote sustainable agriculture. Boise State Public Radio's Ashley Ahearn reports.
01/06/22·41m 33s

'The Korean Vegan' cookbook; The healing power of storytelling

Joanne Lee Molinaro's debut cookbook "The Korean Vegan Cookbook: Reflections and Recipes from Omma's Kitchen" has been nominated for a James Beard award for Best Vegetable-Focused cookbook. She talks about family and food. And, after receiving a multiple sclerosis diagnosis, Dr. Anne Brewster found that writing about her story put her back into control of her narrative and her healing. She talks about her book "The Healing Power of Storytelling," co-authored by Rachel Zimmerman.
01/06/22·41m 25s

Columbine survivor shares advice; In 'Six,' Henry VIII's ex-wives tell their stories

Columbine school shooting survivor and Rebels Project director of community outreach Missy Mendo discusses how survivors of mass shootings and trauma have found ways to heal. And, Broadway's hit musical "Six" gives Henry VIII's wives ownership of their own stories. Host Robin Young talks to the queens about the power of reclaiming one's stories and how their own lives have inspired their performances.
31/05/22·41m 25s

California's new composting law; Denver Muslim community rallies around Nazem Kadri

In its continuing effort to combat climate change, California now requires households and businesses to compost food waste. KPCC's Erin Stone takes a look at how the composting process works. And, second-line center Nazem Kadri of the Colorado Avalanche has faced hate and death threats. Many in Denver's Islamic community say they're frustrated by how Kadri's been treated. Colorado Public Radio's Vic Vela reports.
31/05/22·41m 3s

Modern Stoics leader Ryan Holiday; Searching for a miracle in Cleveland

Ryan Holiday is the author of books such as "The Obstacle is the Way" and the popular Daily Stoic website. He talks about the philosophy, commercialism and his role as a steward of Stoicism. And, a young Black man named Winston Willis stopped in Cleveland in 1959 to shoot a little pool and walked away $35,000 richer. In an excerpt from the Last Seen podcast, writer Ajah Hales explores Willis' legacy.
30/05/22·41m 43s

New twists on grilling for Memorial Day; Lessons from Naval history

For Memorial Day, you can always cook up a burger or a hot dog, chicken or steak. But chef Kathy Gunst decided to take a look at a few of these favorites and give them a new twist. And, in his new book "To Risk it All: Nine Conflicts and the Crucible of Decision," retired Adm. James Stavridis draws lessons from the history of the United States Navy.
30/05/22·41m 6s

A journalist and parent reflects on Uvalde; 'Beethoven in Beijing' author

Here & Now's Peter O'Dowd opens up about the tension between covering the story as a journalist and experiencing the story as a parent of an elementary school child. And, her author and filmmaker Jennifer Lin discusses her book "Beethoven in Beijing," about how musical worlds opened when the orchestra went to China at a time when western music was banned there.
27/05/22·42m 2s

Alaska commercial pilot flies Yup'ik locals; TV shows and movies keep getting longer

"Stranger Things" season 4 debuts Friday — and each episode is over an hour. It's the latest example of TV shows getting longer and longer. BoxOffice Pro's Daniel Loría joins us. And, only 6% of professional American pilots are women. Dolena Fox recently became one of them. Olivia Ebertz of KYUK has this profile.
27/05/22·41m 42s

Sandy Hook mom supports grieving families in Uvalde; A gun owner's NRA criticisms

Nicole Hockley lost her 6-year-old son Dylan to a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut almost 10 years ago. In the wake of the Uvalde shooting in Texas, Hockley discusses her ongoing grief and her activism to prevent gun violence. And, gun rights activist Rob Pincus shares his criticism of the National Rifle Association and why he's against most restrictions on gun rights.
26/05/22·42m 24s

'We Feed People' documentary; Anti-drilling activist Nalleli Cobo wins Goldman Prize

The new documentary "We Feed People" showcases the work of World Central Kitchen, which gets meals to people in crisis situations around the world. Chef José Andrés and "We Feed People" director Ron Howard join us. And, Nalleli Cobo grew up just 30 feet from an oil well in Los Angeles. Her health complications pushed her to become an anti-drilling activist.
26/05/22·41m 58s

How Uvalde is responding to school shooting; Goldman Prize winner Julien Vincent

An 18-year-old gunman opened fire on an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday, killing at least 19 children and two adults. Sergio Martinez-Beltran, Texas Capital reporter for NPR's the Texas Newsroom, joins us from Austin. And, Julien Vincent sought to defund coal in Australia by directly going after banks that fund coal. The Goldman Prize winner joins us.
25/05/22·42m 4s

2 years since the murder of George Floyd; How to talk to kids about shootings

Two years ago, a video of officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd's neck sparked a protest movement across the country. But what tangible police reforms have we seen since Floyd's death? Minneapolis City Council President Andrea Jenkins joins us. And, school shootings are difficult to process— both for kids and adults. Dr. Laurel Williams explains how caregivers can talk to kids about violent events.
25/05/22·42m 19s

Why the ancient Stoic philosophy is making a comeback; How to sit better

What do Jeff Bezos and Warren Buffet have in common with former Defense Secretary James Mattis and politician Cory Booker? Turns out they're all part of the modern Stoic movement, which is having a renaissance. And, a retired doctor and his son make chairs that force people to use their muscles while sitting. They're even giving away a kid's chair blueprint for free.
24/05/22·42m 4s

Graham Nash revisits old songs; Surgeon general on nation's health worker shortage

Singer-songwriter Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young fame goes back half a century. His new album revisits his old solo albums from the 1970s. And, the Department of Health and Human Services is ringing the alarm bell over a projected massive worker shortage in medicine. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy discusses the implications.
24/05/22·41m 40s

Mother and daughter recall escape from Soviet Union; James Beard semi-finalist

Mother and daughter Galina and Yelena Lembersky's new memoir "Like a Drop of Ink in a Downpour" is a portrait of their lives behind the Soviet Union's Iron Curtain. They emigrated to the U.S. with 500 paintings by Galina's father Felix Lembersky, a noted Jewish Ukrainian artist. And, Chef Emiliano Marentes is a semi-finalist for the James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef. He talks about ELEMI, his restaurant in El Paso, Texas, and the art of handmade corn tortillas.
23/05/22·42m 26s

Notorious B.I.G.'s legacy; 'Riverman' details disappearance of canoeist Dick Conant

Christopher Wallace, better known as the Notorious B.I.G, would have turned 50 over the weekend. Justin Tinsley, author of "It Was All a Dream," recalls Biggie's friendship-turned-rivalry with Tupac and his mark on the world of hip-hop. And, New Yorker writer Ben McGrath talks about his book "Riverman: An American Odyssey." The book explores the life of Dick Conant, who continually canoed rivers across America before mysteriously disappearing in 2014.
23/05/22·42m 23s

Unpacking adoption as 'replacement' for abortion; Ukrainian teen adjusts to U.S. life

The leaked draft of the Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade includes some references to adoption. Some conservatives argue that adoption means abortion isn't necessary. An adoptee tells us why she believes that's wrong. And, Svitlana Pokliatska and her family fled to the U.S. shortly after the Russian invasion. We look at how one of the few Ukrainian families that have managed to enter America is doing.
20/05/22·42m 9s

Teens find joy in music during pandemic; 'This Is Us' and more beloved TV sagas end

It's been a hard two years for teenagers and their families. Two high schoolers on how making music carries them through difficult times. And, "This Is Us" is coming to an end. So are other favorites, like "Black-ish," "Grace and Frankie," and "Better Caul Saul." What's next for TV? NPR TV critic Eric Deggans has a few thoughts.
20/05/22·42m 5s

How video game social networks radicalize; What to do if you can't find baby formula

The shooter who killed 10 in a Buffalo grocery store broadcast his rampage on Twitch, a live streaming site popular among gamers. It's just one example of how extremists use gaming platforms and gaming-adjacent social media to recruit and promote violence. And, parents around the country continue to search for baby formula during a national shortage. One mom shares her story, and an expert advises parents on what to do if they end up in a tricky situation.
19/05/22·42m 44s

Alisa Amador wins Tiny Desk contest; Building hydroponic farms in a food desert

NPR announced Alisa Amador as the winner of the Tiny Desk contest. We revisit a conversation from last year with the singer and her mother. And, South Central Los Angeles is considered a food desert. Feed Our Soul tries to fix that by building hydroponic farms in schools across the city.
19/05/22·42m 35s

Chef Kwame Onwuachi's 'My America' cookbook; U.S. women's soccer wins equal pay

Kwame Onwuachi is a 32-year-old cooking sensation. He has just published his first cookbook, "My America: Recipes from a Young Black Chef." And, after a years-long battle for pay equity with the men's squad, American women's soccer has closed a deal with the U.S. Soccer Federation that puts their salaries and bonuses on par. Business Insider's Meredith Cash joins us.
18/05/22·41m 46s

Tom Daley opens up about his life in new memoir; Global abortion restrictions

At 27, Tom Daley is Britain's most decorated diver of all time. He talks about his new memoir, "Coming Up for Air." And, the U.S. Supreme Court could be on the verge of reversing its landmark ruling that legalized abortion across the country back in 1973. But abroad, even in some historically conservative countries, courts have been moving in a different direction.
18/05/22·41m 35s

Political rifts within evangelicalism; 'Emergency' deals with life-or-death decisions

Right-wing politics is creating divisions inside the evangelical church. The Atlantic's Tim Alberta writes that he's spent his life "watching evangelicalism morph from a spiritual disposition into a political identity. It's heartbreaking." He joins us. And, the new film "Emergency" is about three men of color whose night out becomes complicated when they find an unconscious white woman in their apartment. Director Carey Williams and screenwriter KD Davila talk about the movie, which opens in theaters Friday.
17/05/22·42m 46s

Simu Liu's origin story; Survivor describes experience at Indigenous boarding school

Actor Simu Liu plays Marvel's first Asian superhero, Shang-Chi. In his new memoir, "We Were Dreamers," he details what it took to get to that role. And, survivors of Native American boarding schools are talking publicly about the physical and sexual abuse that was rampant in those institutions. One of them talks about her experience.
17/05/22·42m 25s

Replacement theory, explained; The danger of buy now, pay later loans

The suspected gunman in the Buffalo grocery store mass shooting allegedly cited a racist theory that the white population has been systematically reduced and "replaced." We break down the origins of replacement theory, and how it's gained traction in right-wing media. And, buy now, pay later loans are increasingly popular. They can be convenient, but read the fine print and watch out for debt, says one business analyst.
16/05/22·42m 55s

The precise art of making olive oil; 'Invisible Child' details toll of homelessness

Chef Kathy Gunst visited ancient trees in Italy to demystify the process of making olive oil. Now she has three new recipes for you. And, "Invisible Child" chronicles the life of one girl dealing with homelessness. New York Times writer and Pulitzer Prize winner Andrea Elliott tells us about the decade she spent with Dasani.
16/05/22·42m 23s

History of abortion rights; Author Vanessa Hua's new novel 'Forbidden City'

Author Vanessa Hua talks about her new novel, "Forbidden City," about a teenage girl from a small village who is selected to serve the Communist Party and Chairman Mao Zedong at the start of the Cultural Revolution in China. And, the draft Supreme Court opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade cites a tradition of laws criminalizing abortion. But that's not the whole history, history professor Leslie Reagan explains.
13/05/22·42m 22s

How to catch the total lunar eclipse; Book recommendations on Roe, LGBTQ rights

The continental United States and all of South America will have the chance to see a total lunar eclipse Sunday night. Sky & Telescope's Kelly Beatty tells us how to catch a glimpse. And, "The Stacks" host Traci Thomas shares a list of books that can help illuminate the history of the Supreme Court, Roe v. Wade, and LGBTQ rights.
13/05/22·41m 48s

What overturning Roe v. Wade could mean for birth control; Monetary fines in schools

Medical and legal experts say the potential overturning of Roe v. Wade could have implications for other reproductive rights such as contraception and IVF. NPR's Sarah McCammon reports. And, Illinois law bans schools from fining students as discipline, but a new investigation from the Chicago Tribune and ProPublica finds police have been doing it for them. Reporter Jennifer Smith Richards joins us.
12/05/22·42m 47s

The environmental cost of deep sea mining; Delays in routine cancer screenings

Electric vehicles and other new technologies that may help alleviate climate change sometimes rely on rare metals and minerals found at the bottom of the ocean. Professor Douglas McCauley is against deep-sea mining. He joins us. And, Dr. Brian Englum talks about how the pandemic-caused delays in routine cancer screenings are leading to more advanced cancers that are harder to treat.
12/05/22·41m 46s

Author Sy Montgomery talks hawks; Craig McNamara's 'Because Our Fathers Lied'

Author and naturalist Sy Montgomery talks about her new book "The Hawk's Way: Encounters with Fierce Beauty" in which she writes about working with hawks as they hunt. And, Craig McNamara talks about "Because Our Fathers Lied: A Memoir of Truth and Family, from Vietnam to Today." The new book looks at his relationship with his late father, Robert McNamara, who was defense secretary under former Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.
11/05/22·40m 48s

Pulitzer winner 'Covered With Night'; America's baby formula crisis

We revisit a conversation with professor Nicole Eustace about her book "Covered with Night: A Story of Murder and Indigenous Justice in Early America." The book is a co-winner of the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in History. And, The Atlantic's Derek Thompson explains why he thinks U.S. trade policies and the Food and Drug Administration's regulation of baby formula have made the country much more vulnerable to supply chain issues.
11/05/22·40m 24s

Abortion restrictions impact on Black women; Longtime friend of Toni Morrison

States are set to restrict abortion rights once the Supreme Court gives the go-ahead. Dr. Jamilla Perrit, an obstetrician-gynecologist in Washington, D.C., discusses how those restrictions will have an adverse impact on Black women. And, author A.J. Verdelle used to call Toni Morrison Miss Chloe during their longtime friendship. She writes about that relationship in her new book, "Miss Chloe: A Memoir of a Literary Friendship with Toni Morrison."
10/05/22·40m 13s

What our cholera and COVID mistakes have in common; Evolution of diabetes tech

In the 19th century, officials thought cholera spread through smelly air, until one maverick doctor insisted that contaminated water was the culprit. Host Scott Tong looks at how the health establishment had false assumptions about cholera and the parallels with the COVID pandemic, where experts made a similar wrong assumption about how the virus spread. And, changing technology is revolutionizing diabetes care. One journalist with Type 1 diabetes details what's new.
10/05/22·41m 45s

A neurologist's terminal cancer; What Sinn Fein's win means for Northern Ireland

The Irish nationalist party, Sinn Fein, won a historic victory. What does that mean for the party, which supports a united Ireland, and the country? And, neurologist David J. Linden is dying but still learning. He explains what he's learned about how the human mind works in the face of impending death.
09/05/22·40m 37s

Sheryl Crow opens up about new doc; Physicians urge to allow gay men to donate blood

Sheryl Crow became one of the few women in music able to completely control her own career. The new Showtime documentary "Sheryl" looks at her life and music. And, the American Medical Association has urged the Food and Drug Administration to allow gay men to donate blood without restrictions. State officials are joining in the push.
09/05/22·41m 9s

A family man's long-buried prison escape; Climate change and coal in Kentucky

In January 2015, police and FBI agents showed up at the Brooklyn apartment of Bobby and Cheryl Love. It turns out that Bobby Love — a devoted husband and father — was also an escapee from a North Carolina prison. The couple joins us. And, in Kentucky, coal remains an important economic and energy generator and the reality of climate change is not one some lawmakers are willing to act on. WFPL's Ryan Van Velzer reports.
06/05/22·42m 21s

Trombone Shorty's 'Lifted'; Biden pardons Secret Service agent Abraham Bolden

Trombone Shorty's new album "Lifted" comes on the heels of the artist's first Grammy win. He joins us. And, Abraham Bolden was the first Black man in the country to serve on a presidential detail, for former President John F. Kennedy. Bolden discusses his recent pardon by President Biden.
06/05/22·42m 40s

Rebuttal to SCOTUS abortion opinion draft; Author Steve Almond turns to fiction

A draft Supreme Court opinion was leaked and published this week without a key part of the record: the dissenting opinion. Kathryn Kolbert, a women's rights attorney who argued the Supreme Court case Planned Parenthood v. Casey in the '90s that reaffirmed Roe, joins us. And, author Steve Almond about his novel "All the Secrets of the World." Set during the Reagan era, the book tells the story of how the pairing of two girls for a class project leads to a disappearance and an accusation of murder.
05/05/22·41m 58s

Colorado River's reservoirs; McDonald's and Black capitalism

If the water level at the country's second-largest reservoir, Lake Powell, drops about another 30 feet, the Glen Canyon Dam will be unable to create hydroelectric power. Host Peter O'Dowd visited Lake Powell on the Utah-Arizona border and saw just how far the water has fallen. And, in the Civil Rights era, McDonald's worked with the federal government to encourage Black citizens to own franchises in their communities. Historian Marcia Chatelain joins us.
05/05/22·42m 22s

The hidden history of 'Black Dolls'; Ukraine war could cause food crisis in Africa

Dominque Jean-Louis, co-curator of "Black Dolls" at the New York Historical Society in New York City, talks about the exhibit. And, 14 countries in Africa get at least half their wheat from Russia or Ukraine. Brookings Institution fellow Danielle Resnick talks about the nations dependent on grain imports from Eastern Europe.
04/05/22·42m 9s

How 'Under the Banner of Heaven' gets Mormons right and wrong; Guaranteed income

FX's new series "Under the Banner of Heaven" dramatizes the very real murder of a young woman and her child in a Mormon community. Columnist Jana Riess discusses discuss what the show gets right — and wrong — about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. And, thousands of Chicago residents are applying for the city's guaranteed income pilot. WBEZ's Esther Yoon-Ji Kang reports.
04/05/22·41m 56s

Budget-friendly meals; 'Healing' explores journey of an oncology nurse turned patient

With food costs rising, resident chef Kathy Gunst has been getting requests for lower-cost dinner options. She shares three new recipes that won't break the bank. And, Theresa Brown talks about her new book "Healing: When a Nurse Becomes a Patient," which intertwines stories of her work as an oncology and cancer nurse with her own treatment following a breast cancer diagnosis.
03/05/22·42m 10s

History of home economics; Lake Mead levels plummet

Danielle Dreilinger talks about her book "The Secret History of Home Economics: How Trailblazing Women Harnessed the Power of Home and Changed the Way We Live." The book is out in paperback Tuesday. And, water levels are so low in Lake Mead that the intakes for the city of Las Vegas are visible from the surface for the first time ever. The general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority talks about how the state is managing the shortage.
03/05/22·42m 24s

Science project solves a mystery from the Civil War; 30 years after 1992 LA riots

Reports of glowing wounds on injured Civil War soldiers led to a science fair project decades later that may have solved the mystery. "Endless Thread" podcast hosts Ben Brock Johnson and Amory Sivertson tell us more. And, "Slow Burn" host Joel Anderson talks about the latest season of the podcast, which looks at the 1992 riots in Los Angeles.
02/05/22·41m 46s

Photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier captures life in Flint; San Francisco tenants union

LaToya Ruby Frazier spent five years photographing people and places in Flint, Michigan. Karen Michel reports. And, Occidental College professor Peter Dreier talks about the "Right to Organize" ordinance in San Francisco that forces landlords to bargain with tenant associations. It is considered the first of its kind in the U.S.
02/05/22·42m 21s

Ukrainian folk musicians reflect on war through art; Racial trauma in Minneapolis

War has upended the lives of millions of Ukrainians, including the country's musicians. But many continue to make art. Radio host and music producer Dan Rosenberg joins us. And, Minneapolis resident Resmaa Menakem talks about a report on an investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department.
29/04/22·41m 39s

Turning the camera toward global humanitarian crises; Jupiter-Venus conjunction

This weekend, Jupiter and Venus will be in conjunction, creating an exceptionally bright object in the predawn sky. Find out how to see it from Sky & Telescope's Diana Hannikainen. And, in the new documentary "The Will To See," filmmaker Bernard-Henri Levy goes to places around the world where war and human suffering go on, even when the rest of the world doesn't notice. He joins us.
29/04/22·41m 25s

Arizona resident saves horses from wildfire; Kids and gun deaths

As a wildfire swept through Flagstaff, Arizona, one woman saved nearly two dozen horses in her care. But they have no home to go back to. Kathy Oliver, who runs the Sacred Peaks Equine Sanctuary, joins us. And, in 2020, firearms were the leading cause of death for children, surpassing car crashes for the first time in 60 years. Lisa Vitale of Children's Hospital of Michigan explains how children often find guns that aren't well-hidden at home.
28/04/22·41m 48s

Fighting climate change with Indigenous practices; How KevOnStage blew up online

Indigenous people are often viewed as research subjects. But they have critical expertise that could be used to protect land against climate change, says author and researcher Jessica Hernandez. She talks about her new book. And, comedian Kevin "KevOnStage" Fredericks is part of a generation of comedians who gained fame online. Over the last 12 years, he's built an audience of more than 3 million followers. He joins us.
28/04/22·41m 59s

The women who shaped hip hop; Harvard's lucrative and painful legacy of slavery

Martha Diaz and Kashema Hutchinson talk about the all-too-often forgotten legacy of women in hip hop such as Salt-N-Pepa and Missy Elliott. And, Harvard University has released an extensive report by a committee of faculty members, about its historical ties to slavery. Tomiko Brown-Nagin, dean of Harvard Radcliffe Institute, discusses the report's findings and the creation of a $100 million fund to address inequities.
27/04/22·41m 27s

'Kick Push' encourages kids to be themselves; Returning objects to Sioux tribes

Artist Frank Morrison discusses his new children's book "Kick Push" about a young skateboarder who has difficulty adjusting to his new neighborhood. And, the Barre Museum in Massachusetts voted this month to return some items that once belonged to Indigenous people. Nancy Cohen of New England Public Media reports.
27/04/22·42m 3s

AMC's '61st Street' star Courtney B. Vance; Clean Water Act turns 50

In the new AMC show "61st Street," Courtney B. Vance plays a Chicago attorney who takes on the case of a young Black man accused of killing a police officer. Vance and co-executive producer Marta Cunningham join us. And, Congress enacted the Clean Water Act in 1972. With the landmark legislation turning 50 later this year, we discuss the good, bad, and ugly with Eric Shaeffer, executive director at the Environmental Integrity Project.
26/04/22·42m 28s

Family photos left behind in Chernobyl; Mother on trial of slain son's ISIS captor

Ukrainian photographer and artist Maxim Dondyuk explains how he started collecting tens of thousands of family photographs left behind at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine, which exploded and melted down 36 years ago today. And, the federal trial of ISIS operative El Shafee Elsheikh ended in a guilty verdict. He was charged in the abduction, torture and deaths of hostages in Syria between 2012 and 2014. Among those killed was journalist James Foley. His mother, Diane Foley, joins us.
26/04/22·41m 2s

'Probably Ruby' explores forced Indigenous adoption; LA helps kids save for college

In the new novel "Probably Ruby," a young Canadian woman gets pregnant in the 1970s but is forced to give up the child for adoption, partly because the father is a young Indigenous man. Author Lisa Bird-Wilson talks about the book and Canada's centuries of anti-Indigenous policy. And, Los Angeles recently opened more than 40,000 bank accounts for every first-grader in the Los Angeles Unified School District and deposited $50 in each. Professor William Elliott joins us.
25/04/22·40m 31s

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss 'Raise the Roof'; Women are hungry as food costs rise

Musicians Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will soon embark on their first tour together in 13 years supporting their album "Raise the Roof." They join us. And, in the last year, food prices have risen nearly 9%. An analysis from the news organization The 19th finds that women are paying the steepest cost. Reporter Chabeli Carrazana tells us more.
25/04/22·41m 2s

Musicians remember John Prine; Archive preserving Ukrainian language, history

Songwriter and singer John Prine died April 7, 2020, in the early days of the pandemic. His death from COVID-19 was a shock to his fans. Musicians Amos Lee, Alison Krauss and Sturgill Simpson reflect on Prine's legacy. And, Wolodymyr Mirko Pylyshenko, a Ukrainian-American in Rochester, New York, gathered Ukrainian poems, books, pamphlets and family histories that told of Ukrainian persecution and identity. His daughter talks about the archive.
22/04/22·43m 6s

Spring chicken recipes; Pond skimming returns to Colorado slopes

Resident chef Kathy Gunst has three new chicken recipes for spring, including chicken Milanese and braised chicken with leeks, artichokes, and spring herbs. And, it's the end of ski season in Colorado — and that means it's time for pond skimming. Stina Sieg of Colorado Public Radio reports.
22/04/22·42m 22s

Napa's first Black woman winemaker; Rest as a form of resistance

Victoria Coleman is blazing a trail in the world of California winemaking. She's the first Black woman to be named a head winemaker in Napa Valley, at Lobo Wines. She joins us. And, Tricia Hersey, founder of The Nap Ministry, talks about why prioritizing rest is a form of resistance.
21/04/22·41m 42s

Pianist BLKBOK plays it all, from Cardi B to his own inventions; Future of Hillsong

BLKBOK is a classically trained pianist who covers musicians like Cardi B but also writes his own music based on current events. He joins us to discuss his work. And, global megachurch Hillsong is in crisis. Christianity Today reporter Mike Cosper talks about Hillsong's problems and its future.
21/04/22·42m 15s

Is there life on Europa?; Animal kingdom proves 'There Are Moms Way Worse Than You'

A group of scientists studying glaciers down here on Earth say they've found clues on Europa, a moon of Jupiter, pointing toward the ingredients for life. Professor Dustin Schroeder joins us with more. And, author Glenn Boozan talks about the new book "There Are Moms Way Worse Than You." The book uses examples of bad parenting from the animal kingdom to soothe moms who might be worried about their parenting skills.
20/04/22·42m 5s

Mask mandate for air travel ends; Exhibit celebrates playwright August Wilson

A judge's ruling striking down the federal mask mandate on domestic flights in the U.S. has been met with celebration, concern and confusion. Dr. William Schaffner joins us to discuss. And, a new exhibit in Pittsburgh celebrates the life and career of one of the country's most important playwrights, August Wilson. WESA's Bill O'Driscoll reports.
20/04/22·42m 14s

The end of transportation mask mandates; More countries eye NATO membership

Airlines and airports have removed their mask mandates after a federal judge struck down the CDC's authority to impose them, while other transit networks have kept requirements in place. Transportation analyst Seth Kaplan explains the new patchwork of mandates. And, Russia's invasion of Ukraine may have backfired in one way: It has prompted longtime neutral countries Finland and Sweden to consider joining NATO. Jason Moyer of the Wilson Center explains what's at stake.
19/04/22·41m 41s

How one Chicago politician wielded immense power; Queer love in Glasgow

Author Douglas Stewart writes vividly about addiction, love and queer adolescence in working-class Glasgow. He wrote Booker Prize-winning "Shuggie Bain" and the new novel "Young Mungo." And, Michael Madigan was the speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives for 36 years, the longest reign of any legislative leader in the country. A new book tells the story of his rise from Chicago machine politics and his fall from grace amid a corruption investigation.
19/04/22·41m 46s

Housing prices jump; Backlash as online forum celebrates COVID-19 deaths

The price of housing has skyrocketed during the pandemic, increasing about 20% nationwide in the last year. Jill Schlesinger, CBS News business analyst and host of "Jill on Money," discusses what it means for buyers and borrowers. And, the r/TheHermanCainAward is a subreddit that "awards" people who die from coronavirus complications after publicly expressing COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy online. It's drawing backlash.
18/04/22·41m 10s

First female Boston Marathon runner; Rachmaninoff's 'Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor'

Fifty years ago, women were not allowed to run in the Boston Marathon due to a myriad of false assumptions about the female anatomy. Sara Mae Berman ran anyway. And, Here & Now classical music opinionator Fran Hoepfner discusses Russian pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff, and why we shouldn't "cancel" classic Russian artists during the war against Ukraine.
18/04/22·42m 11s

Student loan pause helps borrowers; Safe drug injection sites in Rhode Island

Student loan payments have now been put on hold six times since the pandemic began more than two years ago. One of those borrowers, attorney Alpha Taylor, tells us what the extension means to him. And, Rhode Island legalized safe injection sites for drug users. But now the state has to find communities to host them, which may not be easy, as Lynn Arditi reports from Providence.
15/04/22·40m 32s

Landmines in Ukraine pose long-term threat; Dangerous fires spark in Colorado

As the war in Ukraine grinds on, there's new concern over the use of landmines put down by both Russian and Ukrainian forces. James Cowan, CEO of The HALO Trust, explains the risk they pose to civilians. And Colorado saw its most destructive wildfire over the winter. NPR's Kirk Siegler talks about new ignitions near densely populated areas this spring.
15/04/22·41m 48s

Obama narrates 'Our National Parks'; 'Shine Bright' chronicles Black women in pop

Netflix's new five-part series "Our National Parks" tells the stories of the world's most iconic national parks and the creatures who call them home. Producers Sophie Todd and James Honeyborne join us. And, music journalist Danyel Smith talks about her new memoir, "Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of Black Women In Pop."
14/04/22·40m 44s

Comedian Jo Koy's 'Mixed Plate'; Religious leaders on hope and evil during wartime

Comedian Jo Koy talks about his memoir "Mixed Plate: Chronicles of an All-American Combo." The book is now out in paperback. And, two religious leaders from Long Island, New York, talk about what they will teach their congregations this holiday weekend, as disturbing images from Ukraine spark conversations about moral responsibility.
14/04/22·41m 43s

What individuals can do to help the drought; MIT brings back standardized tests

A few months ago, the water outlook in the West seemed to be improving. But drought restrictions are being expanded in California. Andrew Schwartz of the University of California Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab joins us. And, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently announced that it is bringing back testing requirements. Stu Schmill, MIT's dean of admissions and student financial services, explains the decision.
13/04/22·41m 12s

Alicia Keys, Wu-Tang Clan join Library of Congress; Teaching kids about Anne Frank

We review some of the 25 recordings deemed worthy of preservation by the Library of Congress on Wednesday. And, a course at Loyola University trains middle school students to teach younger children about Anne Frank and the Holocaust. Bobbi-Jeanne Misick of the Gulf States Newsroom reports.
13/04/22·41m 12s

'Hive' tells one woman's story during Kosovo War; Cost of high-ethanol gas

The 2021 film "Hive" tells the story of one woman striving to support her family after her husband disappears in the Kosovo war. Writer-director Blerta Basholli and star Yllka Gashi join us. And, the Biden administration hopes to tackle rising gas prices by allowing the sale of high-ethanol gas during the summer months. Robert Brown, director of the Bioeconomy Institute at Iowa State University, explains what the change could mean.
12/04/22·40m 43s

Abortion arrest in Texas; New book assesses the Trump presidency

After a Texas woman was charged with murder for what officials say was a "self-induced abortion," the district attorney for Starr County Texas is moving to dismiss the case. Law professor Stephen Vladeck discusses the chilling effect this case could have on legal access to abortion in Texas. And, just over a year after former President Trump left office, voters and historians alike are taking stock of his time in the White House. Historian Julian Zelizer talks about his new book, "The Presidency of Donald J. Trump."
12/04/22·41m 40s

Librarians speak out against book banning; Fentanyl overdose deaths in Tenn. prisons

In 2021, an unprecedented number of attempts to ban books made teaching even tougher, according to the American Library Association. Most of these targeted books were by or about Black or LGBTQ people. Librarian Jennisen Lucas joins us. And, deadly overdoses have jumped more than eightfold in Tennessee prisons since the start of the pandemic. WPLN's Samantha Max reports.
11/04/22·40m 20s

Richard Thomas takes 'To Kill a Mockingbird'; U.S. population growth is slowing down

Actor Richard Thomas stars as Atticus Finch in a stage version of "To Kill a Mockingbird." The show is beginning a national tour. And, the United States's population is growing at the slowest rate in the country's history. The Atlantic's Derek Thompson explains the reasons why and why this slow growth matters.
11/04/22·41m 19s

Origins of the Milky Way galaxy; Transportation assistance for older Vermonters

A new analysis gives us a better understanding of the Milky Way galaxy's dramatic early years. Astronomer Hans-Walter Rix joins us. And, many older residents in Vermont are relying on the kindness of volunteer drivers to help them get around. Vermont Public Radio's Nina Keck reports on how volunteers are helping those in need during the pandemic.
08/04/22·42m 14s

Ke Huy Quan returns in front of the camera; Humanitarian aid in Afghanistan

Actor Ke Huy Quan stars in the new film "Everything, Everywhere, All At Once." Quan was a child actor in "The Goonies," and "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" but moved behind the camera for several decades. He explains why. And, more people in Afghanistan are experiencing emergency food insecurity than anywhere else in the world. Charlotte Slente of the Danish Refugee Council joins us to discuss the crisis.
08/04/22·41m 24s

3 fresh, colorful desserts for spring; Anthony Hamilton on 'Love Is The New Black'

As Passover and Easter approach, resident chef Kathy Gunst has dessert recipes for both holidays. Learn how to make her flourless chocolate and orange cake and angel food cake with vanilla whipped cream and spring berries. And, Grammy-winning R&B soul singer Anthony Hamilton talks about his latest album, "Love Is The New Black."
07/04/22·42m 14s

The case for standard time; 75 years since Jackie Robinson broke MLB's color barrier

In March, the U.S. Senate approved a bill that would make daylight saving time permanent in 2023. But some sleep experts say it should be standard time. Charles Czeisler of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston joins us to talk time. And, Jackie Robinson broke the MLB's color barrier 75 years ago this month. Author Andrea Williams joins us to discuss his legacy.
07/04/22·41m 0s

How 'the Cave' fostered a generation of blind innovators; Arizona weighs desalination

STAT's Isabella Cueto talks about a basement study center — known as "the Cave" — that helped blind students become innovators in adaptive technologies and disability rights advocates. And, as Arizona's water supplies dip to critical lows, the state's governor has got a plan — and it's an expensive one. Sharon Megdal, director of the water resources research center at the University of Arizona, explains Gov. Doug Ducey's idea for a desalination project.
06/04/22·41m 45s

'Squire' explores racism and oppression; Museum to bring hip-hop history to the Bronx

Co-authors Sara Alfageeh and Nadia Shammas discuss their new fantasy graphic novel "Squire" about a young girl who dreams of becoming a knight. And, as the founding generation of rap gets older, they decided that they needed to enshrine that history — and tell it to future generations. Universal Hip Hop Museum president Rocky Bucano joins us.
06/04/22·42m 5s

Pianist Lara Downes reconsiders Scott Joplin; Food stylist on 'Julia'

Pianist Lara Downes discusses her new album "Reflections: Scott Joplin Reconsidered," and why Joplin should be known as more than just the 'King of Ragtime.' And, each dish and food scene in HBO Max's "Julia" was styled by a woman who considers Julia Child her culinary hero. WBUR's Andrea Shea tells us how the food stylist honors the chef's legacy in this series.
05/04/22·42m 6s

Rhiannon Giddens' 'They're Calling Me Home' wins Best Folk Album; What's korfball?

Rhiannon Giddens talks about "They're Calling Me Home," the album she recorded with partner Francesco Turrisi. It won a Grammy Award Sunday for Best Folk Album. And, this summer's World Games in Birmingham, Alabama, will feature several sports including one less familiar to Americans, called korfball. WBHM's Kyra Miles tells us why it's already so popular in Birmingham.
05/04/22·41m 16s

Do the Grammys have a hip-hop problem?; 2 years of captivity in Syria

Andscape's Justin Tinsley explains Grammys' long history of overlooking hip-hop and rap when it comes to the biggest award of the night. And, journalist Theo Padnos about his book "Blindfold: A Memoir of Capture, Torture and Enlightenment," which tells of the two years he was held captive by an al-Qaeda affiliate group in Syria.
04/04/22·42m 11s

150 years of Yellowstone National Park; How to plan for paying for college

Yellowstone National Park is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. Cam Sholly, superintendent of Yellowstone National Park, joins us to discuss the significance of the park. And, as high school students make decisions about where to go to college next year, CBS News' Jill Schlesinger shares some important advice on how to plan for paying for college.
04/04/22·40m 10s

Why reading romance might just be what men need; Amazon's first U.S. warehouse union

Many people may assume that romance novels are exclusively for women. But one study found 18% of romance readers are men. "The Bromance Book Club" author Lyssa Kay Adams joins us along with Jason Rogers, who started his own real-life bromance book club. And, for the first time, workers at an Amazon warehouse have voted to unionize. The historic election was on Staten Island in New York. Stephan Bisaha, wealth and poverty reporter for Gulf States Newsroom, joins us.
01/04/22·40m 57s

Take a ride in a robot semi-truck; What it means to be 'Educated'

Here & Now's Peter O'Dowd went on a ride in an autonomous semi-truck through Tucson, Arizona, where a company called TuSimple is making deliveries in semi-trucks without drivers. And, we revisit a conversation with Tara Westover about her book "Educated." One of the top books of 2018, "Educated" was released in paperback in February.
01/04/22·40m 50s

The power of 'Holding Hands'; Efforts to ban hairstyle-based discrimination

After a couple of years with little to no human touch, photographer Diane Conn reminds us of the power of human connection in her recent book "Holding Hands." She talks about the significance of the simple gesture. And, after Chris Rock's recent wisecrack at the Oscars about Jada Pinkett Smith's shaved head, Angela Onwuachi-Willig of Boston University School of Law joins us to discuss efforts to pass legislation that bans discrimination against people based on hairstyles.
31/03/22·41m 4s

Americans are having less sex; 'Korean American' cookbook

New York Times food writer Eric Kim talks about his new cookbook "Korean American: Food That Tastes Like Home." And, researchers are seeing a decline in all forms of sexual activity, whether people are teenagers or in their 40s. Correspondent Tonya Mosley looks into some of the reasons why people aren't having as much sex and explores whether or not that's actually a bad thing.
31/03/22·40m 41s

Photographer sets out to portray life in Ukraine; States move to ban abortion access

Photographer Mark Neville has been documenting life in Ukraine with his camera since 2015. His book "Stop Tanks with Books" was ironically released just a week before the current war began. He joins us. And, with the Supreme Court weighing overturning Roe v. Wade, state legislatures have become a hot battleground for legislation banning or enshrining access to abortion. NPR's Sarah McCammon joins us.
30/03/22·40m 41s

'Bring Them Home' tells one American hostage's story; History of vaccine skepticism

Emad Shargi is an Iranian-American businesses man who has been detained in Iran under unsubstantiated espionage charges since 2018. Shargi is the subject of the new documentary "Bring Them Home." Co-director Kate Woodsome joins us. And, "Endless Thread" hosts Amory Sivertson and Ben Brock Johnson dive into the history of vaccines and vaccine hesitancy.
30/03/22·41m 49s

Emmett Till anti-lynching bill; Questions gallop around horse adoption program

President Biden is set to sign a new law Tuesday that makes lynching a federal hate crime, with sentences of up to 30 years. Two experts join us to discuss the history of racial terror lynchings and the significance of the new law. And, the federal government incentivizes people to adopt wild horses on public lands in the West. But advocates say the program doesn't have enough oversight or protections in place to properly care for the animals. Paul Flahive of Texas Public Radio reports.
29/03/22·41m 8s

Comedian Hannah Gadsby's 'Ten Steps to Nanette'; The internet processes the slap

Comedian Hannah Gadsby talks about her new book "Ten Steps to Nanette: A Memoir Situation." The memoir explores her childhood in Tasmania, Australia, her journey to comedy, and her decision to move away from self-deprecating humor. And, two days after Will Smith slapped Chris Rock during the Oscars, the internet is still processing. Al Jazeera's Femi Oke joins us.
29/03/22·40m 48s

Best selling novel 'Pachinko' goes from page to screen; Oscars wrapup

Adapted from the bestselling novel by Min Jin Lee, the Apple TV+ show "Pachinko" follows generations of a Korean family over the course of the 20th century. Creator and showrunner Soo Hugh joins us. And, KPCC entertainment reporter John Horn talks about last night's Oscar ceremony.
28/03/22·41m 3s

Free subscription alternatives; The case for more EV charging stations in cities

As prices soar, many Americans are looking for ways to cut back on expenses — and entertainment subscriptions are on the chopping block. Heather Kelly, technology reporter for the Washington Post, joins us to provide some cheap and free alternatives to subscriptions. And, WAMU's Jordan Pascale reports on calls to create more electric vehicle charging stations in urban neighborhoods.
28/03/22·40m 56s

Book club picks and tips; Boston Children's Chorus sings for Ukraine

Many Americans are showing support for Ukraine by sending money, wearing blue and yellow, and in the case of a children's chorus in Boston, singing the Ukrainian anthem. Judith Kogan reports. And, book clubs leaders, look no further for next month's selection. "The Stacks" creator and host Traci Thomas has a list of her picks for book club reads and shares tips for forming and maintaining a lively book club.
25/03/22·40m 29s

David Duchovny on 'Truly Like Lightning'; Ketanji Brown Jackson's old debate team

"The X-Files" actor David Duchovny talks bout his novel "Truly Like Lightning," which had its origins in an episode that Duchovny wrote for the show. The novel is now out in paperback and Duchovny is developing a series based on the book for Showtime. And, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson credits her path to success to her experience on her high school debate team. Current students on the team say Jackson's nomination is changing the way they see themselves. WLRN's Kate Payne reports.
25/03/22·41m 55s

John Cho's 'Troublemaker' explores the Rodney King riots; California condors

Actor John Cho talks about "Troublemaker," his debut novel for middle-grade readers. It centers around Jordan, a 12-year-old Korean-American boy living in Los Angeles during the Rodney King riots. And, California condors will soar again this spring when they're reintroduced by the Yurok Tribe of Northern California. Tiana Williams-Claussen, director of the Yurok Tribe's Wildlife Department, joins us.
24/03/22·41m 55s

Pritzker winner Diébédo Francis Kéré; Latina wage gap

Diébédo Francis Kéré made history as the first Black architect to win this year's Pritzker Prize. He uses his craft to serve the most underserved communities across Africa. Kéré explains his designs and the intention behind them. And, right now, Latinas earn $.57 for every dollar a non-Hispanic man makes, which adds up more than a million over a lifetime. Report author Jasmine Tucker joins us.
24/03/22·39m 51s

Reginald Dwayne Betts on the Freedom Library; B-29 bomber at the bottom of Lake Mead

Reginald Dwayne Betts says he survived his prison sentence by reading. He talks about the Freedom Library, which is now on display at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. And, a World War II-era plane was on a scientific mission when it crashed into Lake Mead. The National Park Service is taking steps to protect it. Frani Halperin of H2O Radio reports.
23/03/22·41m 44s

3 delicious fish dishes for spring; 'The Whiteness of Wealth'

Chef Kathy Gunst shares fish recipes that showcase some of the season's first greens — asparagus, spinach, chives, and scallions — in three light but satisfying spring dishes. And, Emory University tax law professor Dorothy Brown talks about her book "The Whiteness of Wealth." She argues in the book that the U.S. systems for generating wealth inherently favor white Americans while also penalizing Black Americans.
23/03/22·42m 8s

'Black Food' explores the African Diaspora; A new approach to treating depression

Bryant Terry, editor and curator of "Black Food: Stories, Art, and Recipes from Across the African Diaspora," joins us to talk about the book. And, researchers at Stanford University have tweaked a long-used technique to treat people with severe depression. Lesley McClurg of KQED reports.
22/03/22·41m 56s

Long-lost Jack Kerouac novella; Women volunteer to fight for Ukraine

"The Haunted Life" is a novella written by Jack Kerouac in late 1944 but published in March 2014. Alex Ashlock's reported the story back in 2014. And, Ukraine's military has been inundated with women volunteers, who are not required as men are to stay and fight the Russian invasion. NPR's Lauren Frayer reports.
22/03/22·42m 35s

Raw materials for energy found on Native American land; What's going on with ISIS?

Rising gas prices and the war in Ukraine are supercharging demand for new mining to support electrifying the country's transportation grid, but some of it lies on land considered sacred to Native Americans. And, we check on the latest with the Islamic State after their leader Abu Ibrahim al Hashimi al Quraysh was killed in a U.S. airstrike last month.
21/03/22·41m 58s

Supreme Court nomination hearing begins; Jazz bassist Ron Carter turns 85

Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson kick off Monday. NPR congressional editor Deirdre Walsh has the latest. And, legendary jazz bassist Ron Carter is celebrating his 85th birthday with a concert at Carnegie Hall.
21/03/22·42m 13s

Netflix puts a price on password sharing; Nixon's great wager with China

Netflix is testing a new plan that puts a price on account password sharing. Customers were furious. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans has the details. On the day that President Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping hold a phone call about the conflict in Ukraine, we look at the history of the relationship between the two world powers. Listen to the full Great Wager podcast on our feed.
18/03/22·41m 20s

Buttigieg explains new supply chain initiative; Wild ride for global nickel market

Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg talks about infrastructure and FLOW, a new data-sharing initiative aimed at resolving supply chain issues. And, Russia is one of the world's largest suppliers of nickel, and prices soared after the invasion of Ukraine. Bloomberg News senior editor Mike Regan discusses the volatility in the market and its broader implications.
18/03/22·39m 52s

'Audible' movie on deaf football team; Pro-democracy Russian activists take a stand

"Audible," a documentary about the football team at the Maryland School for the Deaf, has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary (Short Subject). We speak with director Matt Ogens. And, Dmitry Valuev, regional coordinator in Virginia for the group Russian America for Democracy in Russia, describes his and other Russians' efforts to support Ukrainians at home and abroad.
17/03/22·41m 36s

'Love Is Blind' shows complex racial dynamics; Urban climate change in Baghdad

Netflix calls the reality show "Love Is Blind" the ultimate experiment, but this second season pulls back some complicated layers about race. We hear from a contestant from the first season as well as a cultural critic. And, it's getting hotter in Baghdad, and new construction is worsening the effects of climate change. NPR's Jason Beaubien reports from the scorched city.
17/03/22·40m 43s

What are no-fly zones?; Nominees for the Best Original Song Oscar

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy repeated his call for a no-fly zone in an address to Congress. We speak with former military officer Mike Benitez, founder of the Merge, a defense newsletter. And, we take our annual look at the nominees for the Best Original Song Oscar with Jon Burlingame, who writes for Variety and teaches screen scoring at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.
16/03/22·40m 48s

Visa limbo for immigrants in U.S.; Kids reflect on pandemic school closures

Immigrants in the U.S. who need to renew their visas are stuck as U.S. consulates around the world experience a processing backlog. WBUR's Saurabh Datar tells us how Indian immigrants in Boston are coping. And, two years ago this month, schools across the country closed because of the pandemic and students switched to remote learning. We hear from kids who look back on the pandemic.
16/03/22·41m 33s

Shaquille O'Neal on 'The Queen of Basketball'; Tips to avoid Ukraine charity scams

"The Queen of Basketball," a documentary about the late basketball great Lusia "Lucy" Harris has been nominated for an Oscar. We hear from one of the executive producers of the film, NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal. Michelle Singletary, a personal finance columnist for The Washington Post, joins us on tips to avoid scams involving charity to Ukraine.
15/03/22·40m 56s

Kamasi Washington's springtime jazz; March Madness basketball preview

Kamasi Washington is a legendary saxophonist and jazz composer, and with the world where it is right now, we wanted to take some time and just listen to some jazz. Washington shares his four picks for the springtime. And, March Madness begins this week. Business Insider sports reporter Meredith Cash gives us the details on the top men's and women's college basketball seeds.
15/03/22·41m 35s

California's 'mystery gasoline surcharge'; Novel explores legacy of Sylvia Plath

The average price of regular gas in the U.S. is always higher in California because of added local taxes, environmental fees and something economist Severin Borenstein calls the "mystery gasoline surcharge." He joins us to discuss. And, Lee Kravetz, author of "The Last Confessions of Sylvia P," explains how his new book uses three interconnected stories to explore the life and literary legacy of poet Sylvia Plath.
14/03/22·41m 21s

Losing loved ones during two pandemics; Brittney Griner's arrest in Russia

Vince Crisostomo lost his life partner to AIDS in 1991. Thirty years later, COVID-19 killed his father. KQED's Lesley McClurg reports. And, Brittney Griner, one of the best basketball players in the world, was arrested in February in Moscow for alleged possession of vape cartridges filled with cannabis oil. Griner was there to play for a Russian team during the WNBA off-season. Adrienne Lawrence, a lawyer and former ESPN host, joins us to discuss.
14/03/22·42m 5s

U.S. and China's shared secrets; Winston Salem's Black-owned Safe Bus

In Episode IV of The Great Wager podcast, Jane Perlez of The New York Times reports exclusive information about how Chinese and American intel officials agreed to work together against their common rival of many years. And, Safe Bus was a Black-owned transportation company formed in 1926 to serve the African American community in Winston Salem, North Carolina. David Ford of WFDD on the company's important place in North Carolina's Black history.
11/03/22·42m 11s

Celebrating Jack Kerouac's 100th birthday; Cotton farming moves into the Midwest

Celebrated author Jack Kerouac would have turned 100 on March 12. Kerouac biographer Joyce Johnson talks about Kerouac's iconic "On the Road" and his continued resonance for readers today. And climate change — combined with dwindling water resources and new infrastructure — means states like Kansas are becoming cotton countries. David Condos of the Kansas News Service reports.
11/03/22·41m 16s

New children's book on refugees; Risks of a no-fly zone over Ukraine

Miry's List founder Miry Whitehill has co-authored a new children's book called "Our World Is A Family: A Book About Being A Good Neighbor." She speaks with us about having tough conversations with kids about refugees. And, there are a number of calls for NATO to establish a no-fly zone over Ukraine, including from the Ukrainian president. NATO has rejected the idea because it comes with significant risks. Expert Joshua Pollack says one of those risks is a nuclear conflict with Russia.
10/03/22·42m 14s

Parenting coach wants to break the racial trauma cycle; Apple takes a stand on Russia

We speak with parenting coach Yolanda Williams about breaking racial trauma when raising Black children. And, along with other big tech companies, Apple recently announced that it would halt sales and services in Russia. Lauren Goode, a senior writer for Wired, reports.
10/03/22·41m 55s

Remembering the only all-female Black unit to serve overseas in WWII; Bobby Rush book

Known as the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, a group of 855 Black women became the first and only all-female Black U.S. Army Corps unit to serve overseas during World War II. This year, Congress awarded the group the Congressional Gold Medal. Author Brenda L. Moore shares more. And, we revisit our conversation with Grammy-winning blues musician Bobby Rush about his memoir "I Ain't Studdin Ya: My American Blues Story." Rush goes on tour this month.
09/03/22·41m 11s

'Turning Red' director channels her inner panda; Artist Faith Ringgold gets her due

Domee Shi, the director and co-writer of "Turning Red," talks about the new Disney-Pixar animated film about a girl who turns into a giant red panda when she gets emotional. And, a retrospective of the works of Faith Ringgold is now on display at the New Museum in New York. The 91-year-old redefined the history of American art by carving a space for Black women artists. Karen Michel has the story.
09/03/22·41m 46s

War crime allegations against Russia; Giving voice to the world's animals

Russian forces continue to attack residential areas in cities across Ukraine. Investigators are looking into possible war crimes in the conflict, including the targeting of civilians. And, Martyn Stewart has spent more than 50 years capturing the sounds of creatures from around the world. Some of those animals are now extinct. Katy Sewall of "The Bittersweet Life" podcast reports.
08/03/22·42m 21s

Food guru J. Kenji López-Alt's new wok cookbook; U.S. intelligence in Russia

We speak with cookbook author and Youtube star J. Kenji López-Alt about his new book "The Wok: Recipes and Techniques." While the U.S. has made it clear that American troops will not fight Russia in Ukraine, there is still a lot the U.S. government is doing behind the scenes. Amy Zegart, author of "Spies, Lies, and Algorithms: The History and Future of American Intelligence," joins us to discuss.
08/03/22·41m 48s

MLB lockout leaves spring training stadiums are empty; Protecting jumping slugs

Normally stadiums in Arizona and Florida are buzzing with anticipation this time of year as Major League Baseball's spring training gets underway. But this year, an ongoing labor dispute has delayed the start of the season. Here & Now's Peter O'Dowd reports. And, conservationists are suing the federal government to protect a rare species that lives in Oregon and Washington state. KUOW's John Ryan reports.
07/03/22·42m 29s

Paralympic curler talks Beijing Games; The rise of Volodymyr Zelenskyy

USA wheelchair curler Batoyun 'Oyuna' Uranchimeg joins us to discuss how she's preparing for the Paralympics in Beijing. And, one of the most surprising things during the Russian invasion of Ukraine has been the rise of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Michael Idov, who wrote about Zelensky for GQ, joins us.
07/03/22·40m 39s

When Nixon met Mao; Rep. Adam Schiff on misuse of DNA from sexual assault victim

The news of President Nixon's trip to China is public, and he's getting credit for pulling off such a historic event. Now, he and his advisers have to work with the Chinese to forge a relationship between two very different countries. Jane Perlez of the New York Times reports Episode III of The Great Wager podcast. And, Rep. Adam Schiff wants the FBI to investigate the possible misuse of DNA collected from rape victims. He joins us to explain why.
04/03/22·41m 0s

A month-long paid break from work; Kathryn Schulz's 'Lost and Found' memoir

One non-profit newsroom wanted to alleviate burnout among its employees by giving them a month-long paid leave. Scalawag Magazine's Ko Bragg explains how restorative the rest period was for her and her colleagues. And, in her new memoir "Lost and Found," Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Kathryn Schulz uses the ideas of losing, finding, and the word and as a way to make sense of her life. She joins us.
04/03/22·41m 29s

3 savory pie recipes; Canadian doctors prescribe National Parks passes

Chef Kathy Gunst joins us to share three savory pie recipes: a quiche, a galette, and hand pies. And, nothing's better than the doctor saying you're fully healthy. But a close second is them prescribing time in nature — including a free National Parks Pass. In Canada, that dream is a reality. Dr. Melissa Lem, director of the Park Prescriptions Program, joins us.
03/03/22·39m 57s

The rush to aid Ukrainian refugees; Office romances are back

About half of the 1 million refugees who have fled Ukraine have arrived in Poland. We get an on-the-ground update with Nancy Dent of the International Rescue Committee who is in Lublin, Poland. And, as workers head back to the office, one report finds one in three people surveyed in January had been romantically involved with a colleague. Callum Borchers of The Wall Street Journal joins us to discuss.
03/03/22·40m 47s

Ukrainian refugees flee to Poland; Redistricting wins for Democrats

Poland has accepted the largest number of Ukrainian refugees out of all the war-torn country's neighbors, but there are reports of Polish border guards separating refugees into white and non-white groups. Jan Pieklo, the former Polish ambassador to Ukraine from 2016 to 2019, joins us. And, Michael Li, senior counsel with the Brennan Center for Justice, talks about which party is winning the battle over redrawing congressional district maps every 10 years.
02/03/22·41m 18s

Why is there so much romance in young adult fiction?; Birds can smell

Juanita Giles, director of the Virginia Children's Book Festival, explains why romance is featured in so many books for young adults. And, for a long time, it was widely believed that birds have no sense of smell. But that didn't sit right with evolutionary biologist Danielle Whittaker. She joins us to discuss her research.
02/03/22·40m 22s

Russian anti-war protesters take to the streets; Primary election in Texas

Russians are not in unanimous support of Putin's war in Ukraine. An independent Russian human rights group estimates that the police have already detained at least 6,000 anti-war protestors. Andrew Roth, The Guardian's Moscow correspondent, joins us. And, what happens in Texas' primary election on Tuesday could be a bellwether for what will likely be a busy election year around the country. Bret Jaspers of KERA in Dallas explains.
01/03/22·40m 44s

Kyiv resident takes up arms to defend city; Russian ruble plummets by nearly 30%

Dmytro Veselov, 31, discusses what the situation is like in Kyiv, Ukraine, as he and other Ukrainians take up arms to defend the city from the Russian invasion. And, sanctions against Russia have dropped the ruble by almost 30% against the U.S. dollar. The measures are meant to force Putin to the negotiating table, but the sanctions are hitting ordinary Russians too. NPR's Charles Maynes in Moscow joins us.
01/03/22·40m 39s

Colin Farrell in 'After Yang'; $1 billion investment in the Everglades

Star Colin Farrell and writer-director Kogonada talk about their new film "After Yang." The film centers around a family struggling to cope after the robot they bought as a caregiver breaks down. And, the White House infrastructure bill will give a much-needed investment to the Everglades. Jenny Staletovich of WLRN reports.
28/02/22·41m 24s

Learning to embrace Black History Month; Reviving the glory days of the Sunset Lounge

YR Media's Ivelisse Diaz, an Afro-Caribbean college student, grew up immersed in her Latinx heritage, and only lately has felt comfortable celebrating her Black identity and Black History Month. Diaz reports. For decades, the Sunset Cocktail Lounge was the hottest venue for Black entertainment in West Palm Beach, Florida. As WLRN's Wilkine Brutus reports, the Sunset is under a multimillion-dollar renovation to allow locals to relive its glory days.
28/02/22·40m 51s

How Kissinger pulled off a secret trip to China; Anti-China sentiment in South Korea

President Nixon and his national security adviser Henry Kissinger make contact with China. But in the midst of the Cold War, they don't want anyone to know. Jane Perlez of the New York Times reports Episode 2 of The Great Wager podcast. And, disputes over sports and culture at the recent Beijing Winter Olympics have increased anti-China sentiment in South Korea. NPR's Anthony Kuhn reports from Seoul.
25/02/22·41m 17s

A historic week for racial justice efforts; Rent hikes in Southern Florida

It's been a historic week for racial justice efforts. The New Yorker's Jelani Cobb discusses the significance of the guilty verdicts in the federal hate crime trial involving the murder of Ahmaud Arbery and civil rights violations in the death of George Floyd. And, cities in southern Florida including Miami and West Palm Beach have seen some of the highest rent hikes in the nation. WLRN's Danny Rivero reports how it's impacting residents.
25/02/22·41m 47s

Increasing wildfire risk; Maryland native explains decision to remain in Ukraine

A new U.N. report finds the risk of catastrophic wildfires will increase 30% by 2050. Dozens of researchers from around the world collaborated on the findings, including Don Hankins, a professor of geography at California State University, Chico. And, the U.S. government has been urging American citizens living in Ukraine to leave the country for weeks. Joel Wasserman, a Rockville, Maryland, native who teaches English in Ukraine, explains his decision to remain in the country.
24/02/22·25m 59s

Trayvon Martin's mother talks perseverance; Rep. Adam Schiff on invasion of Ukraine

This week marks the 10-year memorial of Trayvon Martin's death. Here & Now's Tonya Mosley spoke with his mother, Sybrina Fulton, and two other mothers who lost sons to gun violence, about grief and perseverance in the face of tragedy. And, Rep. Adam Schiff, chair of the House Intelligence Committee, discusses the Russian invasion of Ukraine and what President Biden is prepared to do to hold Russia accountable.
24/02/22·41m 16s

Books for Black History Month; Fiona Hill reacts to Ukraine/Russia crisis

Traci Thomas, host and creator of the podcast "The Stacks," discusses books you should know about this Black History Month and beyond. And, Fiona Hill is a career U.S. intelligence officer with multiple posts across administrations, most recently senior director for Europe and Russia on the National Security Council. She shares her thoughts on the crisis in Ukraine.
23/02/22·41m 48s

Recipes for brunch; What effect will sanctions on Russia have?

Chef Kathy Gunst shares brunch recipes for shakshuka, breakfast tacos with a simple chorizo hash, and coffee cake streusel muffins. And, sanctions expert Emily Kilcrease discusses whether what Biden calls the "first tranche" of sanctions on Russia for invading Ukraine will stop Russian President Vladimir Putin from further military aggression.
23/02/22·41m 25s

'Fresh Eggs Daily' cookbook; Diversity, equity initiatives challenged in schools

Lisa Steele shares her eggs-pertise from her new cookbook "Fresh Eggs Daily," which tells readers how to master eggs at every meal. And, schools and teachers have been challenged by a tense political climate during the pandemic. The fallout is now impacting broader diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in many public schools, says Dan Domenech, the executive director of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA).
22/02/22·30m 41s

Shovels & Rope's 'Manticore'; Olympian Andrew Blaser on LGBTQ representation

Musicians Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst talk about their band Shovels & Rope's new album "Manticore." The album features a number of songs about relationships and family. And, American broadcasters were quiet on LGBTQ representation during the Olympics — even with a record number of openly LGBTQ Olympic athletes. Olympic skeleton racer Andrew Blaser joins us.
22/02/22·42m 51s

'Apart' documents lives of incarcerated mothers; The toll of anti-violence work

The PBS Independent Lens documentary film "Apart" profiles three incarcerated mothers as they work to leave prison and rejoin their families. The film's director joins us. And, frontline outreach workers in Chicago try to intervene in disputes and get people off the streets before violence happens. As Patrick Smith of WBEZ reports, a new survey reveals that the work comes with a heavy cost.
21/02/22·41m 42s

Mindy Kaling wants more diversity in publishing; Oscar-nominated film 'CODA'

Mindy Kaling talks about her new venture with Amazon publishing, a book imprint called Mindy's Book Studio, that will publish books she selects. Kaling will also have the first option to develop those books into films and TV shows. And, "CODA," centered around high schooler Ruby, the only hearing child in her deaf family, has been nominated for three Academy Awards. We revisit our conversation with director Siân Heder from 2021.
21/02/22·40m 42s

The Great Wager, Ep. 5: The break-up

All of a sudden, it's less clear if President Richard Nixon's wager is paying off. After years of collaboration and mutual economic benefit, relations between China and the U.S. are at a low point. What does the start of this important relationship reveal about its next chapter? This is Part V — the final installment — of The Great Wager from WBUR Podcasts and Here & Now. For more on the podcast and to join the conversation, go to our website:
18/02/22·16m 47s

The Great Wager, Ep. 4: Shared secrets

The relationship between China and the U.S. is off and running — and now the two countries are collaborating on secret, sensitive intelligence. Host Jane Perlez shares exclusive information about how Chinese and American intelligence officials agreed to work together against their common rival of many years. This is Part IV of The Great Wager from WBUR Podcasts and Here & Now. For more on the podcast and to join the conversation, go to our website:
18/02/22·15m 8s

The Great Wager, Ep. 3: Grip and grin

The news of President Richard Nixon's trip to China is public, and he's getting credit for pulling off such a historic event. Now, the president and his advisers have to work with the Chinese to forge a relationship between two very different countries. This is Part III of The Great Wager from WBUR Podcasts and Here & Now. For more on the podcast and to join the conversation, go to our website:
18/02/22·15m 18s

The Great Wager, Ep. 2: Plots and private planes

President Richard Nixon and his national security adviser Henry Kissinger make contact with China. But in the midst of the Cold War, they don't want anyone to know. How will Kissinger get to Beijing without alerting anyone — and what's Frank Sinatra got to do with it? This is Part II of The Great Wager from WBUR Podcasts and Here & Now. For more on the podcast and to join the conversation, go to our website:
18/02/22·14m 57s

The Great Wager, Ep. 1: Richard Nixon's 'crazy' idea

President Richard Nixon has a big idea: He wants to go to China. The only problem? The U.S. and China have had zero contact since the Communist Party took over China two decades before. Host Jane Perlez of The New York Times digs into the beginning of Nixon's improbable diplomatic mission. This is Part I of The Great Wager from WBUR Podcasts and Here & Now. For more on the podcast and to join the conversation, go to our website:
18/02/22·13m 46s

Black History Month murals in Phoenix; Ohio city celebrates 'Toni Morrison Day'

A nonprofit has commissioned artists in Phoenix to paint 28 murals highlighting influential Black Americans over the 28 days in February that mark Black History Month. We speak with the organizer and one of the artists. And, Toni Morrison's hometown of Lorain, Ohio, is celebrating what would have been the renowned author's birthday. Her novels have been targets of book bans over the years. The Lorain Historical Society's executive director joins us.
18/02/22·42m 8s

80 years since Japanese American internment; Community college and mental health

Feb. 19, 2022, marks 80 years since President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 and authorized the forced internment of more than 100,000 people of Japanese descent living on the West Coast. Fred Korematsu chose to defy the order. His daughter Karen Korematsu, founder and executive director of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute, joins us to reflect on his legacy. And, unlike four-year schools, community colleges often lack mental health services. Host Scott Tong looks at how we can navigate the mental health gaps in community college.
18/02/22·42m 12s

'The Gospel According To Nikki Giovanni' reimagines hymns; History of the book index

Renowned poet Nikki Giovanni and saxophonist Javon Jackson speak with correspondent Tonya Mosley about their new album, "The Gospel According to Nikki Giovanni." And, Dennis Duncan's new book, "Index, a History of the: A Bookish Adventure from Medieval Manuscripts to the Digital Age," explores the development of those things in the back of a book that many of us turn to for reference.
17/02/22·41m 50s

Jewish puppeteer bridges gaps in Germany; Afghan refugee describes Taliban takeover

In October, Massachusetts welcomed its first Afghan refugee family — a young couple and their nearly 2-year-old son. Here & Now producer Karyn Miller-Medzon is among the volunteers helping the family navigate the cultural and bureaucratic complexities of life in the U.S. But all the steps forward with their new lives don't erase the trauma they experienced — or their fears for the loved ones they left behind. And Shlomit Tripp, founder of the Berlin-based Bubales Puppet Theater, talks about her work using puppet shows to bridge cultural divides between Jews and non-Jews in Germany.
17/02/22·41m 32s

Inside look at the dangerous path to asylum; Urgency to record Black history

New York Times reporter Matthieu Aikins joins us to talk about his new memoir, "The Naked Don't Fear the Water." The book chronicles his unlikely decision to pose as an Afghan refugee to help his interpreter escape the country in 2016 at the height of the refugee crisis. And, Claudia Booker died in February of 2020. Those close to her suspect she may have been an early case of COVID-19. Her story, profiled in TIME magazine, highlights some of the Black history lost during the pandemic. Janell Ross of TIME joins us.
16/02/22·41m 55s

'Freewater' reveals little-known part of Black history; Life in the Olympic bubble

Amina Luqman-Dawson talks about "Freewater," her book for young adults. The novel is a fictional account of a society founded by runaway slaves in the Great Dismal Swamp which stretches between parts of Virginia and North Carolina. And, the Beijing Olympics are playing out inside a massive quarantine bubble because of the pandemic. NPR's Brian Mann explains what life is like inside.
16/02/22·41m 20s

Reexamining Whitney Houston's life; Anxiety, depression among kids of color surges

It's been 10 years since the world lost one of the greatest artists of all time: Whitney Houston. Her life and legacy have always been clouded with gossip and judgment. Author Gerrick Kennedy says it's time to reexamine that. He joins us. And, one new study by Boston Medical Center reveals a surge in depression and anxiety in Black and Brown kids between the ages of 5 and 11 during the pandemic. Lead author Andrea Spencer discusses the findings.
15/02/22·40m 56s

Peng Shuai and China's #MeToo movement; 'The Impossible City' memoir

Last year Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai made sexual assault allegations against a former Chinese party leader and then went missing for weeks. Leta Hong Fincher, the author of "Betraying Big Brother: The Feminist Awakening in China," joins us. And, journalist Karen Cheung talks about "The Impossible City: A Hong Kong Memoir." She reflects on growing up in Hong Kong following the handover from Britain in 1997 and covering the turmoil following protests against the Chinese government in 2014 and 2019.
15/02/22·42m 3s

Romance authors reflect on the genre's importance; How the Rams beat the Bengals

In between the stolen glances and witty banter, romance novels contain thoughtful discussions of everything from dating with a disability to sex and consent. Authors Emily Henry and Helen Hoang chat all things love and romance. And, Fox Sports Radio talk show hosts, Andy Furman, who lives near Cincinnati, and Jonas Knox, who lives near Los Angeles, review the highlights of Super Bowl LVI.
14/02/22·41m 2s

Franz Schubert's 'Great Symphony'; Record number of fatal police shootings in 2021

Here & Now music opinionator Fran Hoepfner about her music pick for Valentine's Day: Franz Schubert's "Great Symphony." She says she hears "a lot of hope" in the symphony even though the composer tragically lived a short life. And, police shot and killed 1,055 people in the U.S. in 2021, a record for police killings even in the wake of George Floyd's murder and a pandemic. Marisa Iati of The Washington Post joins us.
14/02/22·40m 45s

Super Bowl LVI appetizer recipes; Koalas now an endangered species

Chef Kathy Gunst shares four new recipes that are a nod to the stars of the 2022 Super Bowl, the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals. And, Australia has listed koalas as an endangered species following a campaign from conservation groups who say the government has not done enough to protect the marsupial. The deputy vice president of conservation for the International Fund for Animal Welfare joins us.
11/02/22·41m 31s

Poet encourages Black kids to embrace their identity; Advanced Super Bowl ads

We speak with poet Ruth Forman about "Curls" and "Glow," her books for very young readers that celebrate Black children. And, brands have blanketed YouTube and social media with Super Bowl ad previews, trailers and teasers — all in hopes of getting more bang for their millions of bucks, says Here & Now media analyst John Carroll.
11/02/22·41m 16s

Record-breaking sprinter Julia Hawkins' 106th birthday; Community college access

Julia Hawkins, a record-breaking sprinter known as "The Hurricane," started sprinting at age 100 and shows no sign of slowing down. We celebrate her 106th birthday today. And, Yolanda Watson Spiva, president of the non-profit Complete College America, and Adrian Bell, a recent graduate of a public community college, discuss efforts to make college more accessible to low-income and minority students.
10/02/22·42m 33s

Meet the 1st Asian American mayor of a major Midwestern city; Flood maps shortfalls

Cincinnati's new Mayor Aftab Pureval is the first Asian American mayor of a major city in the Midwest. He joins us to discuss the Bengals in the Super Bowl and his plans to tackle gun violence, climate change and other challenges. And, a new analysis finds flood risk in the U.S. will increase 26% in the next three decades due to climate change. We talk with one of the researchers who broke down the impact on a more local level compared to most current maps.
10/02/22·41m 1s

Kirsten Dunst talks 'The Power of the Dog'; Extremists co-opt COVID-related protests

Kirsten Dunst been nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her portrayal of an emotionally frail wife of a Montana rancher. "The Power of the Dog" star joins us. And, The Freedom Convoy began as a rejection of a vaccine mandate for truckers entering Canada. But the protests have since morphed into something different. Ciaran O'Connor, who tracks online extremism, has been following developments.
09/02/22·42m 1s

Space junk makes a dangerous mess; Record number of LGBTQ Olympic athletes

Decades of space travel have left space filled with dangerous debris. Some of this space junk, ranging from tiny to the size of a school bus, is orbiting at more than 17,000 miles per hour. The Washington Post's Christian Davenport has the story. And, a record number of at least 36 out LGBTQ athletes are competing in the Beijing Winter Olympics. Cyd Zeigler of Outsports looks at how the athletes are faring so far.
09/02/22·40m 51s

The history of Olympic boycotts; 'The Power of the Dog' leads Oscar nominations

The U.S. is engaging in a diplomatic boycott of the Olympics to call attention to China's alleged human rights abuses. Former Olympic soccer player and author Jules Boykoff explains that the boycott draws upon a long tradition. And, nominees for the 94th Academy Awards were announced Tuesday morning in Los Angeles. KPCC entertainment reporter John Horn joins us to discuss.
08/02/22·42m 13s

Langston Hughes' poetry celebrates Black culture; Cases of kids with long COVID rise

Langston Hughes was born 120 years ago. At a 1957 visit to the University of Illinois, he gave a poetry reading and attended the premiere of the opera "Esther." Jim Meadows of WILL in Illinois has the story. And, specialists now estimate that about 10% of kids who get infected with COVID-19 are showing signs of having this post-COVID syndrome. Among them is 10-year-old Haley Bryson. Her mother joins us along with Dr. Alexandra Yonts.
08/02/22·42m 31s

New music can't compete with old music; Great Resignation — or the Great Reshuffle?

According to one analysis by a music analytics firm, 70% of the U.S. music market comes from songs at least two years old, with much of it decades old. We dig into this with music writer Ted Gioia. And, labor force participation has reached its highest level since the start of the pandemic. As financial expert Jill Schlesinger explains, all of these developments have some economists speaking of a great worker reshuffle versus a great resignation.
07/02/22·42m 9s

LGBTQ Afghans face violence under Taliban; What we're getting wrong about COVID-19

A recent report from the Human Rights Watch and OutRight Action International found that LGBTQ+ Afghans face increasing levels of violence and brutality under the Taliban. We hear from an activist and a senior fellow at OutRight Action International. And, COVID-19 cases are now down more than 50% over the past two weeks in the U.S. Deaths are still high though. Epidemiologist Michael Osterholm joins us.
07/02/22·42m 7s

New classical music for our times; China's app for Olympics has security flaws

Up and coming classical composer Kevin Day and cellist Leo Eguchi of the Sheffield Chamber Players talk about the premiere of Day's "String Quartet No. 5." And, athletes and other attendants at the Beijing Winter Olympics are required to use an app to track their health and travel data. That app has serious security flaws, according to a report by the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab. Jeffrey Knockel, author of the report, joins us.
04/02/22·42m 18s

Run-DMC's Darryl McDaniels publishes children's book; The legacy of Taffy Abel

Hip-hop artist Darryl "DMC" McDaniels talks about his book for young readers about a boy named Darryl who learns to overcome bullies and speak his poetry. And, hockey player Clarence "Taffy" Abel carried the American flag at the 1924 Winter Olympics. Few knew, however, that he was the first Indigenous athlete to carry the flag. Troy Oppie of Boise State Public Radio reports on Feb. 4, known as Taffy Abel Day.
04/02/22·41m 10s

Author Jennifer Haigh's 'Mercy Street'; The threat of Russian cyberattacks on Ukraine

Author Jennifer Haigh's new novel "Mercy Street" centers around a women's health clinic in Boston that performs abortions. She joins us. And, earlier this week, the U.S. sent its top cybersecurity official to NATO in a joint mission to prevent and thwart cyberattacks on Ukraine. John Arquilla, a defense analyst at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, joins us.
03/02/22·41m 32s

Amateur Night returns to the Apollo Theater; Medical schools teach climate change

The Apollo Theater will open its doors again for the first Amateur Night before a live audience since March 2020. The Apollo's talent competition began in 1934 and helped launch the careers of Billie Holiday and Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5, among others. And, at the urging of some medical students, some medical schools have started to teach future doctors about the health impacts of a warming planet. Emily Jones of WABE reports.
03/02/22·41m 37s

Speedskater Erin Jackson; Ursula Burns' journey from New York tenements to Xerox CEO

Top-ranked speedskater Erin Jackson slipped in a 500-meter qualifying race in January and almost missed the Beijing Olympics. But now, she's ready to compete. Jackson joins us from Beijing. And, former Xerox CEO Ursula Burns was one of the first Black women to rise to the top of corporate America. She talks about her memoir, "Where You Are is Not Who You Are."
02/02/22·41m 52s

3 recipes that let limes shine; What to watch for at the Winter Olympics

Lemons get all the attention. So chef Kathy Gunst thought it was time to put green citrus in the limelight. She shares three recipes that let limes shine. And, the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics is set to begin this Friday as planned despite logistical challenges and COVID-19. Les Carpenter of The Washington Post shares the latest from Beijing.
02/02/22·41m 33s

Bomb threats against HBCUs during Black History Month; Vermont's outdoor classrooms

A growing number of historically Black colleges and universities began Black history month in security lockdowns. The director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University San Bernadino joins us. And, a dad and his two sons in Rochester, Vermont, have designed a portable, easy-to-assemble structure that is being used as an outdoor classroom during the pandemic. Jon Kalish reports.
01/02/22·41m 34s

Ice dancers head to Olympics; 'Joan is Okay' novel explores family and identity

Jean-Luc Baker and Kaitlin Hawayek are partners in the event called ice dance, known as a cross between figure skating and ballroom dancing. They join us to discuss their expectations for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. And, Weike Wang speaks about her new novel "Joan is Okay," which centers around a Chinese American ICU doctor trying to chart her own course through family troubles and the pandemic.
01/02/22·41m 52s

Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams head to Super Bowl; Barriers to abortion

Sunday night's NFL Championships brought us the contenders for Super Bowl LVI — the Cincinnati Bengals and the Los Angeles Rams. Andy Furman, Fox Sports Radio talk show host, joins us. And, abortion will likely be further restricted later this year when the Supreme Court is expected to overturn Roe v. Wade. But for many people seeking the procedure, there are already serious barriers to access. Katia Riddle reports.
31/01/22·41m 41s

Can medieval times help us sleep better today?; Young Jewish women who fought Nazis

The Atlantic's Derek Thompson went searching for answers to his sleep issues and in the process stumbled on some interesting sleep history. He tells us about how people slept in medieval times and whether it might be helpful to sleep-weary Americans. And, we revisit our conversation with Judy Batalion, author of the book "The Light of Days," which tells the stories of young women resistance fighters in Polish Jewish ghettos during World War II.
31/01/22·42m 3s

Sundance film roundup; Ukrainian Americans react to crisis in Eastern Europe

The Sundance film festival wraps up this coming weekend. Aisha Harris, co-host of NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour, and film critic Ty Burr of Ty Burr's Watch List discuss some of their favorite festival offerings. And, there are communities of Ukrainian Americans who are now watching the crisis in Eastern Europe unfold. Yuliana Kletsun, a Ukrainian American attorney and political activist, shares her perspective.
28/01/22·41m 43s

'Uncharted' video game inspires Hollywood; 'Maus' author decries school ban

Inspired by blockbuster action-adventure movies, the video game series "Uncharted" has become such a success that Hollywood is adapting it into an upcoming film. We discuss. And, educators in McMinn County, Tennessee, have banned Art Spiegelman's "Maus," a novel based on his parents' story of surviving the Auschwitz concentration camp. Spiegelman joins us to talk about the controversy.
28/01/22·42m 3s

Moms balance pandemic parenting and work; Harriet Powers: A quilter's legacy

Economist Betsey Stevenson shares the latest data on the impact of the pandemic on women in the workforce, and our listeners weigh in with their parenting stories. And, Harriet Powers, who lived in Georgia in the 1800s, is considered to be at the forefront of the African American story quilt tradition. As WBUR's Amelia Mason reports, two of her only surviving quilts were recently exhibited together for the first time.
27/01/22·41m 36s

'The Legend of Vox Machina' series; Largest digital archive of Jewish history

"The Legend of Vox Machina" tells the story of the misadventures of a group of unlikely heroes in a fantasy realm. The series was years in the making, based on the popular "Critical Role" franchise. Cast members Marisha Ray and Matthew Mercer join us. And, a digitization process lasting seven years and costing $7 million has preserved the largest archive of Jewish documents in history. We learn more.
27/01/22·41m 6s
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