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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.
27/01/2241m 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.
27/01/2241m 6s

The country's crumbling child care industry; Immigration success and challenges

Child care has been a big challenge for families and for providers during the pandemic. Omicron has made it even harder to keep doors open. Two experts join us to talk about retaining staff, addressing COVID-19 concerns and policy changes to bolster the child care industry. And, Ali Noorani, president and CEO of the National Immigration Forum, discusses his group's recent report on immigration success and challenges in Biden's first year in office.
26/01/2242m 38s

Russia-Ukraine conflict started decades before Putin; Subway systems in 2022

We talk with Anatol Lieven of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft about the role of NATO in the Russia-Ukraine conflict and why the tension started decades before Vladimir Putin. And, the pandemic forced many major metro systems to cut back significantly as ridership dropped and many offices went remote. Seth Kaplan, Here & Now transportation analyst, discusses the future of subway systems.
26/01/2241m 16s

Aoife O'Donovan's 'Age of Apathy'; '76 Days' documentary goes inside Wuhan ICUs

Singer-songwriter Aoife O' Donovan talks about her new album "The Age of Apathy." And, the documentary "76 Days" gives a fly-on-the-wall view of what was happening inside the intensive care units on the frontline of the COVID-19 crisis in Wuhan, China. Director Hao Wu joins us.
25/01/2241m 53s

Kamala Harris' first year in office; Understanding Russian aggression

Politico's Eugene Daniels talks about the successes and challenges Vice President Kamala Harris faced during her historic first year in office. And, the U.S. and Europe are intensifying diplomatic and military efforts to try to deter Russia from invading Ukraine. But author Anne Applebaum argues that the West has forgotten many important history lessons about Russian aggression and the need for ongoing deterrence.
25/01/2243m 5s

Tips to make filing taxes easier; Remembering the 'Summer of Soul'

Tax filing season officially opens Monday. Personal finance expert Jill Schlesinger shares her top tax tips. And, the documentary "Summer of Soul" is on the shortlist for an Oscar nomination. Billy Davis Jr. and Marilyn McCoo of The 5th Dimension, one of the many acts that performed at the Harlem Cultural Festival in 1969, join us.
24/01/2242m 10s

New California law to combat STDs; Winter Olympics stare down climate change

California is the first state in the country to require private insurance to cover at-home testing for sexually transmitted diseases. The law is the first of its kind.Stephanie Arnold Pang of the National Coalition of STD Directors discusses the new law. And, a changing climate is making the winter Olympics harder to pull off — both in the future and the present. Porter Fox, author of "The Last Winter," joins us to discuss.
24/01/2242m 10s

25 years of Maxwell; A Maori journalist's journey to restore a culture erased

R&B singer-songwriter Maxwell talks about the 25th anniversary of his debut album, "Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite," a groundbreaking record of neo-Soul music. And, Oriini Kaipara is a Maori journalist from New Zealand who made history last month when she became the first woman with a traditional face marking to anchor a primetime TV news show. She joins us.
21/01/2241m 12s

Abortion before Roe v. Wade; Teens behind COVID-19 walkouts want schools to do more

As the Supreme Court debates various abortion-related laws before it, we revisit a conversation with Laura Kaplan, a former member of a Chicago group that provided abortions to women illegally before the Supreme Court legalized the procedure in the 1970s. And, high school students across the country are concerned about COVID-19 safety and demanding more protections from their districts. Students Haven Coleman and Eliana Smith join us.
21/01/2241m 35s

School closures spell trouble for Democrats ahead of midterms; Renaming schizophrenia

Republican strategist Jason Roe and Democratic strategist Adrian Hemond join us to discuss the political challenges that school closures during the pandemic present for Democrats, and how Republicans plan to take advantage of it. And, a group of Massachusetts-based researchers and advocates say changing the name of schizophrenia could reduce the stigma associated with the disorder. But others say the term itself is not the problem. Karen Brown of New England Public Media reports.
20/01/2241m 0s

Abuses of a superstar pastor; The big business of the Olympics

"The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill" tells the inside story of one of the country's first internet celebrity pastors and how his fall from grace shattered a community. Podcast host Mike Cosper talks about this intersection of faith, fame and power. And, U.S. is sticking with its diplomatic boycott of China over human rights concerns ahead of the Olympics. But athletes are heading there — as are big American companies. Republican Rep. John Curtis discusses why politicians are asking corporations to consider a more critical approach to China.
20/01/2240m 51s

Indigenous Canadian chief on child welfare abuses settlement; Alpaca breeders in Ohio

The Canadian government has agreed to pay $31 billion to compensate Indigenous families of about 115,000 children who were put into foster care for what Manitoba Indigenous Chief Cindy Woodhouse says had to do with poverty and racism — not parenting. She joins us. And, alpacas are abundant in Ohio. Questions about how to bolster the production of alpaca fiber into the local textile industry are resurfacing. Amy Eddings of WCPN ideastream reports.
19/01/2241m 14s

'Simple As Water' spotlights Syrian families; Chef Tanya Holland's next chapter

The HBO documentary "Simple As Water" looks at four Syrian families who have been displaced and separated by the civil war. Filmmaker Megan Mylan joins us. And, chef Tanya Holland has closed her trailblazing Brown Sugar Kitchen in Oakland, California. She talks about her next chapter and what soul food dishes give her comfort these days.
19/01/2241m 46s

Critics say Roblox shortchanges kids' safety; The state of voting rights legislation

Roblox is a global phenomenon and the most popular video game platform in the U.S. and Europe. But critics say the company hasn't done enough to protect kids or share profits with the young developers. Journalist Quintin Smith talks about his investigations into Roblox Corporation. And, U.S. senators begin debating legislation on voting rights on Tuesday. Michael Waldman, author and president of the Brennan Center, discusses the state of voting rights at the local and national levels.
18/01/2240m 22s

The alarming online presence of suicide enablers; Cleaning alligators after oil spill

Last month, The New York Times delved into one specific website which provides methods, encouragement and even pressure to die by suicide. Journalist Megan Twohey co-reported the story, which serves as a cautionary tale for those who find these sites while they're looking for support. And, in Louisiana, more than 30 alligators have received the scrubbing of a lifetime after an oil spill left them covered in diesel last December. The coordinator of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries' oil spill response team joins us.
18/01/2240m 47s

Betty White's impact on the LGBTQ community; Hidden history of MLK's mother

When Colorado Public Radio reporter Vic Vela found out he was HIV+ in the 1990s, he found comfort in an episode of "The Golden Girls" that helped him deal with his diagnosis. And, we revisit our conversation with Anna Malaika Tubbs about her book "The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation."
17/01/2241m 21s

Preparing for death and the human mind; Uptick in antisemitic incidents in U.S.

Neuroscientist David J. Linden recently received a terminal cancer diagnosis and was told he had between six and 18 months left to live. He tells us what he's learned about how the human mind works in the face of impending death. And, investigators are calling Saturday's hostage-taking crisis at a Colleyville, Texas, synagogue a "terrorism-related" attack. Congregation Beth Israel Rabbi Steven Folberg of Austin talks about the uptick in antisemitic events in the U.S.
17/01/2241m 11s

Good news for Boston's wastewater; 'Squid Game' makes history this awards season

New data measuring COVID-19 levels in Boston's wastewater show a sharp decline. WBUR's Gabrielle Emanuel brings us up to speed. And, Netflix's "Squid Game" has made history for scoring awards and nominations that previously only went to English language shows. We discuss with NPR's TV critic Eric Deggans.
14/01/2241m 56s

The pandemic-fueled feeling called 'languishing'; Elvis Costello's new album

In a The New York Times op-ed, psychologist Adam Grant puts a name to that feeling borne out of the pandemic — showing up for life, but living without purpose and aim. Emory University sociologist Corey Keyes coined that feeling "languishing." We discuss. And, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame musician Elvis Costello talks about his new album "The Boy Named If."
14/01/2241m 59s

About 200,000 kids were orphaned by COVID-19; How the Feds can reduce inflation

Researchers report an estimated 200,000 American children were orphaned by COVID-19 — each number representing a child who has parents or primary caregivers to the pandemic. Dr. Charles Nelson, who co-authored the report, and a Georgia couple who is adopting their two cousins after their parents died of COVID-19, join us. And, NPR's Scott Horsley explains what options the Federal Reserve has to reduce inflation.
13/01/2241m 32s

Toronto strip clubs offer COVID-19 vaccine; Actor Sidney Poitier's legacy

Last July, Maggie's Toronto Sex Workers Action Project began organizing vaccine clinics in strip clubs and other locations around the city. They've helped vaccinate more than 3,000 people to date. A clinic organizer joins us. And, actor and director Ruben Santiago-Hudson discusses the legacy of the trailblazing actor Sidney Poitier, who died last week.
13/01/2241m 37s

Author Echo Brown's 'The Chosen One'; Working toward a new normal

The new young adult novel "The Chosen One" centers around a Black woman who becomes the first in her family to attend college. Author Echo Brown drew much of the story from her own life. And, as the pandemic goes into its third year, experts say it's time to work toward a new normal. Immunologist Rick Bright shares his strategies for creating a new normal.
12/01/2242m 1s

Pregnant and confused about omicron; Education Sec. Miguel Cardona on closing schools

Expecting mothers have far bigger problems than tight clothes and morning sickness. Dr. Linda Eckert answers questions from pregnant listeners about staying safe as COVID-19 cases spike. And, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona explains why he and the Biden administration believe schools should stay open amid the omicron surge.
12/01/2241m 16s

'Slow Burn' looks back on 1992 LA riots; 20 years at Guantanamo Bay

"Slow Burn" host Joel Anderson talks about the latest season of the podcast, which looks at the 1992 riots in Los Angeles. And, on this day 20 years ago, the first detainees were brought from Afghanistan to Guantanamo Bay. New York Times Carol Rosenberg, who has covered Guantanamo Bay since its begining, talks about the state of the naval base today.
11/01/2241m 49s

Misty Copeland talks 'Black Ballerinas'; Physics pioneer Dr. Chien-Shiung Wu

American Ballet Theatre star Misty Copeland published the nonfiction kids book "Black Ballerinas" in November. We present an excerpt of a December event centered around the book. And, Washington Post reporter Jada Yuan reflects on the public and private life of her grandmother Dr. Chien-Shiung Wu, a trailblazing nuclear physicist who many say should have won the Nobel Prize.
11/01/2241m 52s

Leon Bridges' 'Gold-Diggers Sound'; Remembering Bob Saget

Soul singer and songwriter Leon Bridges' album "Gold-Diggers Sound" has been nominated for a Grammy for Best R&B Album. We revisit our conversation with Bridges from August. And, the Washington Post's Geoff Edgers talk about the actor and comedian Bob Saget, who died Sunday at age 65.
10/01/2241m 29s

Georgia voting activists' message to Biden; A vaccine for the world

President Biden is set to make a speech about voting rights in Atlanta Tuesday. James Woodall, former president of the NAACP in Georgia, explains why he signed a letter urging more action from the White House on voting rights. And, CORBEVAX is a low-cost, patent-free vaccine was developed by Dr. Peter Hotez and his colleague Maria Elena Bottazzi. Hotez discusses the importance of vaccinating the world.
10/01/2241m 43s

The argument to stop 'waste' COVID testing; Peer-to-peer mental health program

A new piece in The Atlantic suggests that wealthier Americans should stop "wasting" COVID-19 tests on social engagements and that instead, tests should be reserved for people who need them most. The author of the article, Dr. Benjamin Mazer, joins us. And, as part of a response to a tornado that killed more than 160 people, Joplin, Missouri, developed a peer-to-peer mental health program that's been widely replicated. KCUR's Frank Morris reports.
07/01/2242m 24s

'Day of Rage' documentary tells story of Jan. 6 riot; Work injuries at home

The film "Day of Rage" culls thousands of hours of videos and audio from protestors and police body cams to tell the story of the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. We speak with Malachy Browne, senior producer of the New York Times Visual Investigations team who produced and co-directed the film. And, a former senior policy adviser for the OSHA, Deborah Berkowitz, makes the case for stronger protections in the workplace for employees of all stripes.
07/01/2242m 0s

Austin, TX, renters face bidding wars; CA water board mandates new restrictions

A shortage of housing in some parts of the U.S. has led to a rental squeeze. Prospective renters are finding themselves having to offer more than the listing price. KUT's Audrey McGlinchy reports. And, beginning this week, Californians will have to deal with mandatory water restrictions. The director of research, planning and performance for the California State Water Resources Control Board joins us to explain.
06/01/2241m 31s

Biden calls insurrection 'a dagger' at democracy; How Jan. 6 will be remembered

Members of Congress mark one year since the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol with a ceremony and moment of silence on the floor of the House of Representatives. We have the latest. And, Rice University historian Douglas Brinkley joins us to reflect on Jan. 6 and how history will view that day.
06/01/2241m 49s

Superior mayor discusses historic wildfire in CO; Conservative media and Jan. 6

An investigation continues into the most destructive wildfire in Colorado's history. The Marshall Fire burned nearly a thousand homes in Boulder County. We check in on the recovery effort with Clint Folsom, mayor of Superior, CO. And, within days of Jan. 6, Fox News hosts started to diminish the significance of what happened at the Capitol. NPR's David Folkenflik joins us to take a look at the conservative media landscape since Trump left office.
05/01/2241m 23s

U.S. experiencing 'steady assault' on democracy; Defusing Russia, Ukraine tensions

Ahead of the first anniversary of the deadly insurrection on the U.S. Capitol, Eddie Glaude of Princeton University weighs in on the state of our democracy. And, Russian President Vladimir Putin maintains his threat to take more Ukrainian territory. We look at diplomatic efforts to defuse the crisis with NPR's Charles Maynes in Moscow.
05/01/2241m 49s

What it means to be a Republican in 2022; 'Winnie-the-Pooh' enters public domain

Michigan Rep. Peter Meijer was one of the only Republicans to vote for the impeachment of former President Donald Trump after Jan. 6. Today, he says the party has no choice but to back Trump in 2024. He joins us to discuss what it means to be a Republican in 2022. And, Jennifer Jenkins, director of Duke's Center for the Study of the Public Domain, talks about the copyrighted works from 1926 that will enter the public domain this year.
04/01/2241m 22s

Author Malcolm Nance on Jan. 6 rioters; Prairie dog kisses help relocation survival

Malcolm Nance, author and former military intelligence analyst, argues that those who believe the 2020 presidential election was stolen are planning for war. He joins us to talk about Jan. 6. And, prairie dogs are sometimes a nuisance for developers and farmers. There's a program that relocates the prairie dogs rather than kill them. But they don't often do well after they're moved. As Jill Ryan of KJZZ reports, new research shows that their greeting kisses may help them survive.
04/01/2241m 41s

What we know about the Jan. 6 rioters; China's ambitious winter Olympics plans

China has ambitious plans to compete in every winter sport and also to seed a new industry of recreational skiing and skating. The New Yorker's Peter Hessler was there in China to see it — and ski it. And, University of Chicago political scientist Robert Pape has pored over court documents over the past year to learn more about the Jan. 6 rioters. He discusses what he found.
03/01/2241m 55s

What to watch out for this flu season; New year, new global political risks

Microbiologist Scott Hensley talks about the study he led into this year's dominant flu strain and the vaccine. And, political scientist and international risk consultant Ian Bremmer discusses Eurasia Group's forecast of top political risks for 2022.
03/01/2241m 37s

Classical music highlights of 2021; Transgender veterans reflect on this year's gains

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra assistant conductor Jonathan Taylor Rush discusses his top classical moments of the year, including the aria "Men Don't Break" from Terence Blanchard's opera "Fire Shut Up in My Bones. And, during their service, Avalisa Ellicott and Paula M. Neira both feared getting kicked out of the military for being transgender. They join us to discuss a notable year for American military veterans identifying as transgender.
31/12/2142m 0s

Remembering two moms lost to COVID; Life in Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union

We remember the lives of Alicia Ugartechea and Usha Subrahmanyam, two mothers who were lost to COVID-19 this year. And, we look back at life in Russia these past three decades since the collapse of the Soviet Union with Masha Gessen, staff writer at The New Yorker.
31/12/2141m 43s

The monobob, a new Olympic event, explained; National security in 2021

A Winter Olympics like no other is coming in February. And a few new sports will debut, including something called the monobob. Cynthia Appiah, a member of the Canadian bobsled team, explains. And, as the year draws to a close, Here & Now security analyst Jim Walsh looks back at some of the most significant foreign policy developments in 2021.
30/12/2141m 7s

The origins of the 'Rick Roll'; 2021 in U.S. labor movements

In this excerpt of an "Endless Thread" podcast, hosts Amory Sivertson and Ben Brock Johnson talk with singer Rick Astley, whose video for the song "Never Gonna Give You Up" has become the internet meme we call "Rick-Rolling." And, U.S. labor movements captivated headlines this year. Harley Shaiken, professor and labor economist at the University of California Berkeley, reflects on the year in labor.
30/12/2141m 7s

Listeners' memorable moments of the year; Looking back on COVID-19 in 2021

For many of us, 2021 was hard — but we wanted to know about glimmers of happiness. We heard from listeners about what challenges they faced and what moments of joy from 2021 they'll hold onto heading into 2022. And, Ashish Jha, dean of Brown University's School of Public Health, reflects on COVID-19 in 2021.
29/12/2141m 52s

Top science stories of 2021; Insuring nature against extreme storms

This year, scientists learned more about COVID-19 as the virus continued to circulate and mutate. The cicadas emerged from underground, and Perseverance landed on Mars. Laura Helmuth, editor in chief of Scientific American, talks about the year in science. And, climate change is forcing the insurance industry to adapt and come up with new products. We dive into one experiment: a policy to insure nature against extreme storms, specifically a coral reef in Mexico.
29/12/2141m 56s

Moussaka recipe; New technology helps NYC renters deal with lack of heat

Chef Kathy Gunst shares her daughter's recipe for moussaka – a blend of sauteed ground lamb with spices layered with thin slices of potatoes and eggplant and then blanketed in a rich, cheesy bechamel sauce. And, a tiny non-profit has produced a high-tech tool called Heat Seek to record apartment temperatures. As Jon Kalish reports, the idea is to help tenants force their landlords to fix ongoing heat issues.
28/12/2141m 53s

Jackson Browne's 'Downhill From Everywhere'; Forecasting 2022 housing market

Jackson Browne's "Downhill From Everywhere" has received a Grammy nomination for Best Americana Album. We revisit our conversation with Browne from July. And, this year's real estate market was a wild ride marked by low inventory, bidding wars and prices surging to historic highs. Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors, shares housing market predictions for 2022.
28/12/2141m 31s

Personal finance tips for 2022; The first cloud-based microgrids

Jill Schlesinger, CBS News business analyst and host of "Jill On Money," joins us to discuss tax season, savings and more financial tips to get ahead before the start of the new year. And, scientists warn as the climate changes, we can expect more frequent and powerful storms to disrupt the electric grid. But as WBUR's Bruce Gellerman reports, two environmental justice communities in Massachusetts are preparing for the worst and planning for a more resilient energy future.
27/12/2140m 59s

Singing as therapy for aphasia; Kentucky Gov. Beshear on tornado recovery

When someone suffers a brain injury and loses the ability to speak, read and communicate, typically after a stroke, that condition is known as aphasia. KJZZ's Jill Ryan reports how singing is one way to help bring back the language and create a social community. And, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear joins us to discuss the latest on recovery from this month's deadly tornadoes.
27/12/2140m 31s

How to properly wear a mask to prevent omicron spread; Fall of the USSR 30 years ago

Vaccination and masking are the safest ways to prevent COVID-19. But epidemiologists warn that when it comes to preventing omicron, all masks are not equal. Infectious disease expert Saskia Popescu explains. And, Angela Stent of Georgetown University talks about the events that led up to the collapse of the Soviet Union 30 years ago. And Masha Gessen of The New Yorker talks about what life was like for people in Russia as it transitioned.
24/12/2140m 25s

Astronauts describe Christmas in space; Nashville's new Black wind symphony

Mark Vande Hei and Tom Marshburn will spend this Christmas further away from home than any other beings in the universe. The two astronauts are orbiting the planet on the International Space Station. They join us. And, the Nashville African American Wind Symphony is entirely made up of Black classical musicians. As Paige Pfleger of WLPN reports, its mission is to educate the younger generation of musicians and advocate for musicians of color.
24/12/2141m 26s

A year in TikTok music; Coping with perimenopause

This year, TikTok dominated the charts. We take a look back at the biggest songs of the year on the app and how the platform is changing the music industry with Insider's Dan Whateley. And, artist Emily McDowell started a conversation about perimenopause through her greeting card company. She talks about her personal experiences and her effort to spread knowledge and stem fear.
23/12/2142m 2s

Where the war on cancer stands; Dawn Turner's 'Three Girls From Bronzeville'

Former American Cancer Society chief medical officer Dr. Otis Brawley looks back on advances in cancer 50 years after President Richard Nixon signed the National Cancer Act. Journalist Dawn Turner about her book "Three Girls from Bronzeville: A Uniquely American Memoir about Race, Fate, and Sisterhood," which explores the divergent life paths of herself, her sister and her best friend who all grew up in the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois.
23/12/2142m 25s

Rare sea eagle from Asia spotted in Massachusetts; Favorite movies of 2021

A Steller's sea eagle — a bird larger than bald eagles — was spotted this week along the Taunton River in Massachusetts. Nick Lund, who works for the Maine Audubon and runs a bird blog, saw this eagle and joins us. And, Aisha Harris, co-host of NPR's "Pop Culture Happy Hour," shares some of her favorite films of 2021.
22/12/2141m 49s

Giant millipede fossil found in England; Travel trends this year and beyond

Geologist Neil Davies discusses the astonishing fossil of an 8-foot-long millipede that his team found in northern England. And, the global travel sector is expected to lose $2 trillion in revenue this year, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization. Here & Now transportation analyst Seth Kaplan considers what could be in store for 2022.
22/12/2142m 8s

Infectious disease doctor explains breakthrough cases; Digital inequality

While we know vaccinations are still doing what they're supposed to — preventing people from serious illness and death — we also know there's an increase in breakthrough infections among the fully vaccinated. Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo joins us to discuss the protocols if you become infected. And, professor Julia Ticona explains how the internet, inflation and expensive iPhones all are contributing to a precarious digital divide.
21/12/2142m 25s

Tools to combat climate change anxiety; Exhibit showcases toxic old-school toys

Health professionals say people are facing an increase of mental health issues including anxiety, fear and anger as the climate crisis continues. As Julie Grant of The Allegheny Front reports, experts are developing tools to help. And, "Dangerous Games," an exhibition at the Napa Valley Museum in California, harks back to a time when sharp and toxic playthings were on every kid's holiday wish list. KQED's Chloe Veltman reports.
21/12/2140m 46s

Construction isn't keeping up with climate change; Former GOP chair in Georgia

St. Louis Public Radio's Eric Schmid talks about his reporting on the patchwork of local building codes that experts and elected officials say need to be updated after this month's deadly tornadoes. And, we hear about how Republicans are thinking about engaging their base in the primary election for Georgia's next governor with Chuck Clay, a former Republican state senator and former Chair of the Republican Party of Georgia.
20/12/2140m 53s

How to stay safe as omicron spreads; Lessons from 30 years in leadership

Dr. Anthony Fauci says Americans are headed toward a difficult winter as omicron spreads. To explain more about this new variant, Dr. Peter Hotez joins us. And, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County President Freeman Hrabowski is retiring after 30 years in leadership. Hrabowski talks about leadership and his legacy.
20/12/2141m 42s

School counselor discusses youth mental health crisis; TikTok threats scare schools

The U.S. surgeon general recently issued an advisory saying the pandemic has contributed to already rising numbers in anxiety, depression and suicide rates among adolescents. We hear how middle school students are coping with Alma Lopez, who was named School Counselor of the Year. And, schools across the country are on wide alert after viral unconfirmed threats of violence spread on TikTok. Kim Lyons of The Verge shares the latest.
17/12/2141m 4s

Phoenix's new pipeline to address water supply; Old whaling logs and climate change

We speak with Phoenix's water services director about a new pipeline the city is building. The $280 million drought pipeline project will keep water flowing to 400,000 residents if cuts to the Colorado River continue. And, scientists are turning to 19th-century whaling logs in New England to figure out how critical wind patterns have changed due to climate change. WBUR's Hannah Chanatry reports.
17/12/2142m 36s

A look at NYC's new safe injection sites; Remembering feminist bell hooks

Dr. Dave Chokshi, New York City commissioner of health and mental hygiene, talks about the two safe injection sites that recently opened in Manhattan. And, bell hooks, the trailblazing feminist and cultural thinker, died on Wednesday at 69. Min Jin Lee, award-winning author and former student of hooks, joins us about the legacy hooks leaves behind.
16/12/2142m 33s

Psychic numbing, explained; Oneida Indian Nation uses art for COVID-19 remembrance

More than 800,000 Americans have died from COVID-19. But the number of deaths barely seems to register for many. Psychologist Paul Slovic has studied a phenomenon he calls "psychic numbing" for years. And, in response to the pandemic's threat to Indigenous communities, Oneida Indian Nation in central New York unveiled an art installation called "Passage of Peace." Oneida leader Ray Halbritter joins us to discuss.
16/12/2142m 24s

Forest Whitaker in 'Jingle Jangle'; Gun anxiety in America

Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker talks about his role in the Netflix musical "Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey." And, a recent survey found 81% of people said they're "anxious" about gun violence. Forensic psychologist Joel Dvoskin discusses what impact this fear is having on Americans' mental health.
15/12/2142m 35s

How students can learn by listening; New CDC outbreak forecasting center

Monica Brady-Myerov's company "Listenwise" uses curated public radio and podcast excerpts to help students hone their listening skills. She joins us to discuss her work. And, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hopes the new Center for Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics will stop the next pandemic. Marc Lipsitch, the center's science director, joins us.
15/12/2142m 48s

Yo-Yo Ma's 'Songs of Comfort and Hope'; Helping kids cope with grief

We revisit our conversation with Yo-Yo Ma about "Songs of Comfort and Hope," the album he recorded with British pianist Kathryn Stott. And, the Good Grief Program helps families and children who are grieving the loss of a loved one from COVID-19, drug use, violence or other diseases. Social worker Maureen Patterson-Fede talks about childhood grief.
14/12/2142m 38s

Simple, smaller entertaining this holiday season; Fentanyl test strips

Many people are rethinking how they will celebrate the holidays this year. Chef Kathy Gunst shares three new recipes that will dazzle guests: garlic shrimp and scallop linguine, sweet potato gratin and maple crème caramel. And, 100,000 people have died of drug overdoses in the U.S. this year — a record high. Health officials point to fentanyl for many of them. We hear from a public health worker in Virginia about fentanyl test strips.
14/12/2142m 8s

When to see Geminid meteor shower; The Taliban's decree on women's rights

The Geminids meteor shower peaks overnight on Monday. And Comet Leonard is visible. Sky & Telescope senior editor Kelly Beatty tells us when and where to look. And, Taliban leaders have issued a "special decree" outlining women's rights in Afghanistan — one that outlaws child marriage but doesn't mention jobs or education. Wazhma Frogh, an advocate for Afghan women, joins us to discuss the situation on the ground there.
13/12/2141m 58s

30+ book ideas for kids and adults; The fight over Wisconsin's Election Commission

Want to gift books this holiday season? We get suggestions for this year's best kids and adult books from Juanita Giles, director of the Virginia Children's book festival, and Traci Thomas, host of "The Stacks" podcast. And, we learn why some Republicans want to strip power from the Wisconsin Election Commission and give it to the Republican-controlled state legislature.
13/12/2142m 49s

Kirsten Dunst on 'The Power of the Dog'; Columbia graduate student workers strike

Kirsten Dunst stars in the new film "The Power of the Dog" as the emotionally frail wife of a Montana rancher. She tells us about the film. And, graduate student workers at Columbia University are striking for greater pay and benefits. Johannah King-Slutzsky, one of the students on strike, tells us about the movement.
10/12/2142m 7s

What's next for abortion rights; Insulin's hefty price tag, explained

The Supreme Court ruled Friday that Texas abortion providers can sue the state over its ban on abortion. The justices however have allowed the Texas law to remain in place. Slate's Dahlia Lithwick joins us. And, Dr. Jing Luo explains why the price of insulin has been increasing and what might work to bring it down.
10/12/2141m 41s

Car crash deaths increase substantially; Unpacking the U.S. reaction to omicron

Preliminary data from the U.S. Department of Transportation show the largest six-month increase in car crash deaths ever recorded by the department. Jane Terry of the nonprofit National Safety Council joins us. And, the omicron variant shows us, again, that this pandemic is not over yet. Or, as sociologist and writer Zeynep Tufekci says, that it's time we got our act together. She explains how the U.S. can do better.
09/12/2141m 34s

South Sudan faces massive vaccine challenges; Jussie Smollett hate crime trial

The stories of vaccination efforts in South Sudan are harrowing. Historic flooding and vaccine quantity issues plague the country. Dr. David Gai Zakayo with the Action Against Hunger in South Sudan explains. And, we speak with Megan Crepeau of The Chicago Tribune about the closing arguments in the trial of former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett.
09/12/2141m 22s

Chef Kathy Gunst's favorite cookbooks of 2021; MLB finally honors Negro League greats

Looking for holiday gift ideas? Resident chef Kathy Gunst about her favorite cookbooks of 2021. And, several baseball players from the early 1900s — even the late 1800s — were elected Sunday into baseball's Hall of Fame. Author Andrea Williams tells us more.
08/12/2141m 37s

Starbucks worker on her store's union drive; Why boycotting the 1936 Olympics failed

Starbucks workers at three Buffalo locations are on the cusp of forming a union. If successful, it would be Starbucks' first union in the country. Shift supervisor Gianna Reeve joins us. And, we look back at the calls to boycott the 1936 Olympics —which were held in Nazi Germany — with ESPN reporter Jeremy Schaap.
08/12/2141m 45s

How Pearl Harbor is remembered; Salary adjustments for remote workers

Tuesday marks 80 years since the attack on Pearl Harbor. The National WWII Museum in New Orleans has a new special exhibit called "Infamy: Pearl Harbor Remembered." Senior curator Tom Czekanski shares more about the exhibit. And, some companies are either debating or already implementing salary adjustments for employees who have relocated to less expensive areas during the pandemic. Business reporter Marc Stewart has more.
07/12/2140m 4s

Stress caused by climate change leads to albatross divorce; New tick-borne viruses

A new study shows that as the ocean's water surface temperatures rise, albatross mates are more likely to break up. One of the study's authors, Francesco Ventura of the University of Lisbon, joins us. And, with climate change expanding tick ranges and their seasonal activity periods in the U.S., more deadly new tick-borne viruses are expected to emerge in the coming years. Shahla Farzan of St. Louis Public Radio reports.
07/12/2142m 15s

Study links abortion denial and poverty; Omission bias and vaccines

Chabeli Carrazana, a reporter for The 19th, talks about a study that found 72% of women who were denied access to abortion ended up living in poverty. And, human beings are not always good at assessing risk and making rational decisions. Professor Gretchen Chapman about omission bias and how we make decisions and weigh risks.
06/12/2141m 34s

Former white supremacist on preventing radicalization; 'The Forever Prisoner'

Former neo-Nazi Christian Picciolini has spent the past few years trying to reform white supremacists through a group called the Free Radicals Project. He explains why he's making what he calls the difficult decision to shut the project down at the end of the year. And, director Alex Gibney's new film "The Forever Prisoner" about the treatment and incarceration of terror suspect Abu Zubaydah premieres on HBO Max on Monday night. He joins us.
06/12/2142m 10s

Long-haul COVID-19 study participant; Afghanistan's medical system in crisis

A new study of long COVID-19 finds a disturbing cluster of symptoms well after infection: tremors, vibrations, debilitating pain and mental decline. One of the authors of the study joins us. And, Afghanistan's economic collapse has pushed the medical system closer and closer to a breaking point. Dave Michalski of Doctors Without Borders tells us more.
03/12/2142m 43s

Will audiences return to movie theaters?; Hydroelectric dams

Though movies like "Dune" and "No Time to Die" are opening in movie theaters, attendance is still way down from pre-pandemic levels. KPCC entertainment reporter John Horn tells us more. And, researcher Dan Reicher joins us to discuss hydroelectric dams, which provide 7% of the U.S. energy portfolio.
03/12/2142m 36s

The lost history of America's first Koreatown; Genomic sequencing, explained

More than a century ago, about 300 Korean American immigrants founded a new community in Riverside, California. But a little over a decade later, it vanished. Their stories were lost — until now. Professor Edward Chang rediscovered that history and joins us. And, because of genomic sequencing, researchers are able to track the spread of omicron and other ways COVID-19 is mutating. Dana Crawford, a genetic epidemiologist, explains.
02/12/2141m 44s

Santa Claus in high demand; The impending book shortage

Santa Claus is coming to town — or is he? There's a shortage of actors who play Santa at malls and company parties during the Christmas season. We speak with professional Santas Tom Carmody and Ed Taylor. And, this year, an impending book shortage has booksellers worried about meeting demand. Here & Now's Kalyani Saxena has more.
02/12/2140m 53s

How some Catholics showed mercy to AIDS patients; Solar power in the U.S.

During the 1980s and 1990s, the Catholic Church was criticized for its lack of response to the AIDS crisis. Author Michael J. O'Loughin talks about his new book, "Hidden Mercy: Aids, Catholics, and the Untold Story of Compassion in the Face of Fear." And, President Biden wants to bring solar energy production in this country from less than 4% of our nation's energy to 45% in the coming decades. The New York Times' Ivan Penn tells us that this is about more than numbers.
01/12/2142m 1s

Women-run news service makes waves in India; The future of Roe v. Wade

The new film "Writing with Fire" focuses on the Indian news organization Khabar Lahariya. Run by women of the Dalit — or untouchable caste — their Youtube channel now has 545,000 subscribers. Filmmakers Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh join us. And, Santa Clara University law professor Michelle Oberman talks about what happens when the right to an abortion is not guaranteed in every state, which might happen if the Supreme Court decides to uphold Mississippi's law banning abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
01/12/2142m 30s

311 as an alternative to calling the police in Atlanta; A look at nuclear power

The new Policing Alternative and Diversion Initiative in Atlanta has a 311 line and sends out response teams to help people with non-emergency concerns like medical care, housing and financial issues. Lisa Hagen of WABE reports. And, Matthew Bunn of the Harvard Kennedy School joins us to talk about how nuclear power fits into a carbon-free energy future.
30/11/2141m 51s

Life and legacy of tennis great Arthur Ashe; Endangered bog turtle slowly recovers

New documentary "Citizen Ashe" tells the story of the life and activism of tennis great Arthur Ashe. His brother Johnnie Ashe, who appears in the film, joins us. And, in Massachusetts, conservationists have worked for decades to protect endangered bog turtles. As Hannah Chanatry of WBUR reports, their efforts are leading to some success.
30/11/2142m 28s

Billy Strings reflects on his musical journey; Remembering Virgil Abloh

We revisit our conversation with Bluegrass musician Billy Strings from March when he was fresh off of his first Grammy win. And, American fashion designer Virgil Abloh died Sunday at the age of 41 after privately battling a rare form of cancer. Fashion journalist Greg Emmanuel joins us.
29/11/2142m 2s

Exploring exoplanets with NASA's new telescope; New book chronicles the fall Boeing

The James Webb Space Telescope — the most powerful of its kind — will launch into space on Dec. 22. Astronomer Laura Kreidberg talks about what she hopes to learn about the atmosphere and weather of exoplanets. And, aviation reporter Peter Robison talks about his new book "Flying Blind: The 737 Max Tragedy and the Fall of Boeing," a deep dive into what caused two fatal crashes of Boeing planes.
29/11/2142m 57s

Marines open up about Afghanistan in 'Third Squad'; How Polish spies helped the CIA

"Third Squad" is a new podcast that tells the story of the bloodiest stage of the war in Afghanistan. A decade later, journalist Elliott Woods tracks members of the Third Squad down to talk about how what happened there still affects their lives today. And, a new book tells the story of how Polish and U.S. spy agencies began working together after the fall of the Iron Curtain. John Pomfret joins us to discuss "From Warsaw with Love."
26/11/2142m 17s

'Sweet Land' gives a new take on settling America; Chinese surveillance of Uyghurs

The opera "Sweet Land" incorporates both Indigenous and non-Indigenous voices for a new take on the settling of America. Composer Raven Chacon and Aja Couchois Duncan, who co-wrote the libretto, join us. And, investigative reporter Geoffrey Cain writes about the Chinese surveillance of the Uyghur ethnic minority in western China. We revisit our conversation with him about his book "The Perfect Police State."
26/11/2143m 10s

National Day of Mourning for Native peoples; Seeing the snow geese in Vermont

For Native people, Thanksgiving is not a day to rejoice. It's a day of mourning. We revisit our conversation with Kisha James, the granddaughter of one of the founders of the National Day of Mourning, which is honored every Thanksgiving in Plymouth, Massachusetts. And, we revisit Robin Young's trip to see the snow geese in Vermont with her now late uncle Lachlan Maclachlan Field — a Here & Now tradition.
25/11/2141m 46s

Chinese American authors dig up buried family stories; Traditional Turkmen cookbook

Here & Now's Scott Tong sat down with author Kat Chow to dive into the family histories and personal reflections that characterized their respective books, "A Village with My Name" and "Seeing Ghosts." And, chef and author Gyulshat Esenova describes how the desert climate of her native Turkmenistan shaped traditional Turkmen food, such as lamb cutlet. Here & Now's Lynn Menegon has the story.
25/11/2142m 47s

Developing flood-resistant rice; Movies to watch in your PJs this holiday

NASA researchers found that climate change may affect the production of rice as early as 2030. Among those trying to mitigate the losses is Pamela Ronald, who helped develop a new strain of rice that can survive weeks of flooding. She joins us. Film critic Ty Burr shares a list of film recommendations for films (and one TV show) that are available via streaming.
24/11/2141m 23s

New York Tenement Museum explores Black history; Race and kidney transplants

Last spring, the New York City's Tenement Museum added the Reclaiming Black Spaces walking tour, visiting important Lower East Side Black historical sites. Host Robin Young visited the museum to find out more. And, a single equation has been used for decades in the U.S. to determine whether you're eligible for a kidney transplant. Now, a task force has mandated the elimination of race as a variable. Sojourner Ahébée of WHYY's The Pulse reports.
24/11/2141m 4s

Bringing back the American chestnut; Alaska lacks tools to address eating disorders

Chestnuts were once a major food source in the U.S. for Native Americans and enslaved Black Americans. But a fungus killed off billions of American chestnut trees. Now, as Jacob Fenston of WAMU reports, there are efforts to revive trees and bring chestnuts back to the table. And, experts say the number of Americans with eating disorders has skyrocketed during the pandemic. Alaska does not have enough resources to help them. Claire Stremple of KTOO reports.
23/11/2141m 15s

How to be a whistleblower; Ask yourself these 5 questions before retiring early

In 2014, John Tye revealed that the National Security Agency was running a secret spying program targeting Americans. That experience inspired Tye to start a non-profit called Whistleblower Aid that counsels would-be whistleblowers on how to sound the alarm effectively and safely. He joins us to discuss. And, Washington Post financial columnist Michelle Singletary breaks down what you should consider if you are thinking about early retirement.
23/11/2142m 3s

COVID-19 and safe organ transplants; Ibram X Kendi on the Rittenhouse verdict

Can we safely transplant organs from former COVID-19 patients who recovered from the infection prior to donation? Dr. David Klassen joins us to explore that question. And, Kyle Rittenhouse was found not guilty of all charges last week. Author and historian Ibram X Kendi talks about what the verdict means.
22/11/2140m 8s

Thanksgiving recipes and tips; Larry Bird and the '80's Celtics

With Thanksgiving on Thursday, resident chef Kathy Gunst talks turkey tips, annual traditions and a festive vegan dish that can take center stage on the holiday. And, Boston Globe reporter Dan Shaughnessy talks about his new book, "Wish It Lasted Forever: Life With The Larry Bird Celtics."
22/11/2142m 14s

Truck driving industry stares down worker shortage; 'Wheel of Time' series continues

We get the latest on the massive truck driver shortage from Tim Kernstein of the Phoenix Truck Driving Institute. And, the "Wheel of Time" series — a fantasy epic stretching across 14 books — is now an Amazon show. Here & Now's Alexander Tuerk brings us the story of the late author, Robert Jordan, and how the series continues to inspire.
19/11/2141m 57s

Documentary on revolutionary radio station WBCN; How to have a safe Thanksgiving

Boston radio station WBCN revolutionized rock radio in the late 1960s and 1970s. Host Robin Young speaks with filmmaker Bill Lichtenstein about "WBCN and the American Revolution." And, while the vaccine should make this year's Thanksgiving gatherings safer than last year, many are wondering if they should be taking extra precautions like getting the booster shot. Dr. Abdul El-Sayed helps us answer that question and more.
19/11/2141m 17s

Meet the new Komodo dragons at the San Antonio Zoo; Civility in American politics

The San Antonio Zoo has successfully hatched 10 Komodo dragons. With less than 1,400 adults left in the wild, the event is also a chance to raise awareness about international conservation efforts. Craig Pelke, director of ectotherms at the zoo, joins us. And, the House of Representatives voted to censure Rep. Paul Gosar for posting an animated video that depicting him killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson talks about whether the recent references to violence in political discourse are anything new.
18/11/2141m 0s

Lunar eclipse graces night skies; 'Portraits of Valor'

Overnight, there is a near-total lunar eclipse that will be visible — weather permitting — across North America. It will be the longest lunar eclipse in almost 600 years, lasting for a few hours from start to finish. Sky & Telescope senior editor Kelly Beatty tells us all about it. And, before veteran Charles Waterhouse died, he painted portraits of more than 300 Marines who had received the Medal of Honor. His daughter Jane Waterhouse published those paintings in a book." She joins us.
18/11/2141m 45s

Nikole Hannah-Jones 'The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story'; Navigating Thanksgiving

Nikole Hannah-Jones has extended her work in the form of a new book. "The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story" expands versions of her original New York Times pieces through journalism, historical accounts, criticism and imaginative literature. And, with Thanksgiving just around the corner, Washington Post advice columnist Carolyn Hax shares tips on how to plan for tough holiday conversations on topics including politics, vaccines and more.
17/11/2142m 1s

Human rights abuses in renewable energy; Investing in the Colorado River Basin

Human rights abuses are just as common in renewable energy as they are in the fossil fuel sector, according to a new report by the Business and Human Rights Resource Center. Program manager Jessie Cato tells us more. And, KUNC Colorado River Basin reporter Alex Hager discusses how an estimated $8.3 billion dollars in federal infrastructure money earmarked for Western water infrastructure might be spent.
17/11/2141m 9s

NBA great Dwyane Wade on his new photographic memoir; Ohio attorney general sues Meta

Former Miami Heat basketball great Dwyane Wade joins us about his new book "Dwyane," which pairs photos of his life and career with thoughts and memories of those moments. And, on Monday, Ohio's attorney general announced a lawsuit against the company formerly known as Facebook, claiming Meta intentionally misled the public about the negative impact of its products on children. Roben Farzad, host of Public Radio's "Full Disclosure," has the details.
16/11/2140m 47s

How a cotton sack binds generations of Black women; School nurse shortage

Historian Tiya Miles, author of "All That She Carried," tells the story of a cotton bag that Rose, an enslaved woman, gave to her daughter, Ashley, who was sold and separated from her mother. Miles joins us. And, there has been a shortage of school nurses for years. And with COVID-19, this school year has been especially hard. We talk with Susan Morgan, a school nurse in Emmett, Idaho.
16/11/2142m 23s

'Black Food' gives a taste of the African Diaspora; Remembering NPR's Petra Mayer

We talk with Bryant Terry, editor and curator of the new book "Black Food: Stories, Art, and Recipes from Across the African Diaspora." And, NPR Books editor Petra Mayer died unexpectedly on Saturday. Producer Emiko Tamagawa, who worked with Mayer on Here & Now segments, has a remembrance.
15/11/2142m 23s

Gophers glow under UV lights; What to expect during Thanksgiving travel

Researchers have found that pocket gophers glow under UV lights. As WABE's Molly Samuel reports, scientists have some theories but they don't really know why. And, Thanksgiving this year could see the return of many Americans traveling to be with their families after being apart during the pandemic. But are airlines geared up for the surge in demand during this period? Transportation analyst Seth Kaplan explains.
15/11/2140m 47s

Bridging faith and climate change science; Scottie Pippen's new memoir 'Unguarded'

How can we reconcile faith and science — the spiritual and hard evidence — in the fight against climate change? We speak with Katharine Hayhoe, chief scientist for the Nature Conservancy and a devout Christian. And, we talk to Hall of Fame basketball player Scottie Pippen about his new memoir, "Unguarded."
12/11/2141m 49s

Flood control lessons from the Dutch; Frequency of wildfires in Alaska

Like many parts of the world, the Netherlands experienced heavy rainfall this year. But unlike its neighboring countries, it averted disastrous floods. Henk Ovink, the Netherlands' first special envoy for international water affairs, joins us to discuss what lessons we can learn. And, there's evidence that the frequency and intensity of burning in Alaska have increased in recent decades — and that has scientists worried. As Daniel Grossman reports.
12/11/2142m 3s

History behind the Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier; Native Americans and climate change

The Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery is 100 years old on Thursday. Author Patrick O'Donnell tells the story of how that first soldier was selected and interred there. And, a new study shows how forced relocation of Native Americans in the U.S. has moved them to lands more susceptible to climate change. Fawn Sharp, president of the National Congress of American Indians, discusses the climate crisis facing Indigenous peoples.
11/11/2141m 26s

Cutting methane emissions helps one Pa. farm; Former marine on Afghanistan legacy

Pennsylvania dairy farmer Brett Reinford discusses how methane digesters he installed on his family farm 13 years ago have been cutting down on environmentally harmful methane gas — and also generating revenue for the farm. And, many of those who served in Afghanistan are wrestling with the legacy on Veterans Day this year since the Taliban are in power once again. Former Marine Travis Horr joins us.
11/11/2142m 8s

Tips for making friends as adults; Take a bite out of these apple recipes

Making new friends can be an impossibly hard thing to do as an adult. Psychologist Marisa G. Franco says that's because as you get older, making friends no longer happens organically. She joins us to lend some friendly advice. And, it's apple season in some parts of the country. Resident chef Kathy Gunst joins us to share some new recipes using apples.
10/11/2142m 11s

Kenneth Branagh mines childhood memories in 'Belfast'; Hand signal saves missing teen

Sir Kenneth Branagh joins us to discuss his new film "Belfast," which he directed and wrote. The movie is loosely based on his childhood in Northern Ireland during the late '60s. And, a hand signal popularized on TikTok is credited with saving a North Carolina teenager who'd been reported missing by her parents. Andrea Gunraj of the Canadian Women's Foundation, the group that pioneered the gesture, explains its origins.
10/11/2142m 22s

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp pivots on climate change; Louise Erdrich's 'The Sentence'

Rupert Murdoch's company News Corp has recently rolled out an editorial campaign in tabloids in Australia playing up the need to cut global warming emissions by 2050. The coverage is a sharp turn for the Murdoch outlets, which for years have been peddlers of climate denial. Researcher Gabi Mocatta joins us. And, author Louise Erdrich talks about her new novel "The Sentence." The book is about a haunting at a Native American bookstore in Minneapolis in 2020.
09/11/2142m 28s

'The Last Winter' looks at changing climate; Colorblindness and fall foliage

Journalist Porter Fox talks about his new book, "The Last Winter: The Scientists, Adventurers, Journeymen, and Mavericks Trying to Save the World." The book documents retreating snow and ice around the planet. And, viewfinders at parks in Tennessee allow people with colorblindness to see the many hues of fall. Blake Farmer of WPLN reports.
09/11/2141m 24s

Rebecca Hall talks 'Passing'; Climate questions, answered

Writer-director Rebecca Hall adapted the story of the new film "Passing" from the 1929 novel by Nella Larsen. Hall talks about how the film connects to her own family history. And, as the COP26 climate summit heads into its final week, speeches and headlines are full of buzzwords like net-zero and carbon budget. Time Magazine's Justin Worland explains what it all means.
08/11/2140m 54s

Sleep deprivation in Black and Brown communities; Turning CO2 into rock

Compared to white people, Black and Brown communities are routinely getting less sleep, one recent study finds. Sleep researcher Girardin Jean Louis talks about the study. And, as COP26 continues, we revisit a conversation from Iceland, where scientists are using new technology to capture carbon emissions and inject them into basalt deposits.
08/11/2142m 3s

How insurance is protecting a coral reef from climate impacts; 'Misfire' book

Climate change is forcing the insurance industry to adapt and come up with new products. One experiment is testing out a policy to insure nature against extreme storms, specifically a coral reef in Mexico. Researcher Michael Beck tells us more. And, NPR investigative reporter Tim Mak's new expose of the National Rifle Association — "Misfire: Inside the Downfall of the NRA" — is out now. The book takes a deep dive into the three-decade-long reign of leader Wayne Lapierre.
05/11/2143m 31s

Novelists illustrate the climate futures; Updating road signs in Idaho

Kim Stanley Robinson's science fiction has long explored the impacts of a changing climate. He's so well-regarded that he was invited to COP26 in Glasgow this week. He talks about the responsibility fiction writers have to address the climate crisis. And, road signs and historical markers are being updated in Idaho to include the voices and perspectives on Native American tribes. Author and journalist Tony Tekaroniake Evans joins us to discuss.
05/11/2142m 56s

Kenyan climate activist on COP26; Iran hostages still seeking restitution

Young people from around the world are at this week's global summit in Glasgow to advocate for urgent solutions to address climate change. Elizabeth Wathuti, a 26-year-old climate activist from Kenya, talks about COP26. And, hostages held in Iran back in 1979 were promised restitution — $4.4 million each — in legislation passed by Congress and signed by former President Barack Obama. But almost none of that money has been paid to them. Kate Koob and Barry Rosen, two former hostages, join us.
04/11/2142m 18s

'Baking With Dorie' cookbook; Condor chicks hatch from unfertilized egg

Dorie Greenspan talks about her new cookbook — "Baking With Dorie" — and shares some baking advice. And, scientists recently discovered that two endangered California condors were born without any genetic input from a male. Oliver Ryder, director of conservation genetics at the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, joins us.
04/11/2142m 32s

New book has tips for talking about racism; Facebook's facial recognition technology

We speak with journalist and author Celeste Headlee about her new book "Speaking of Race: Why Everybody Needs to Talk About Racism—and How to Do It." And, Facebook has announced that it will shut down its facial recognition program for photo tagging but hasn't ruled out the technology completely. Elizabeth Dwoskin of The Washington Post explains more about the move.
03/11/2141m 58s

Climate reporters across the globe share challenges; Why Yahoo is leaving China

We convene a roundtable of climate change reporters from Argentina, South Africa and the Philippines to hear about the stories top of mind on their beats — from sea level rise to drought — as world leaders meet for COP26 in Glasgow. And, Yahoo is pulling out of China. The company points to the increasingly challenging business and legal environment in China for those decisions.James Griffiths, author of "The Great Firewall of China," joins us to discuss.
03/11/2142m 31s

Broadway's 'Girl from the North Country'; Melting tundra raises climate alarms

Broadway's "Girl from the North Country" is a powerful touchdown in Depression-era Duluth, Minnesota. The show showcases music in a way rarely seen on Broadway. We speak with some of the actors. And, more than 4 million square miles of carbon-rich soil in the Arctic has been frozen for hundreds, maybe thousands, of years. But in some places, it's beginning to thaw. Reporter Daniel Grossman talks with two scientists who say if that trend continues, the outcome could be catastrophic.
02/11/2142m 39s

Visualizing climate change; Chicagoans mourn lost loved ones on the Day of the Dead

Climate change impacts really hit home when they, well, hit home. But what if you're not yet seeing it first hand? A new website can make climate change exist right on your doorstep, virtually. Sasha Luccioni, lead researcher on the project, joins us. And, Tuesday is Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. The traditional Mexican holiday has taken on a new meaning as the list of those who've died of COVID continues to grow. Here & Now's Chris Bentley reports.
02/11/2142m 39s

Virginia voters weigh in on tight governor's race; Starbucks workers land union vote

Host Scott Tong spent some time with Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin's gubernatorial campaigns in Virginia. And, the National Labor Relations Board has allowed three Starbucks stores in Buffalo, New York, to cast their vote for a union, striking down the company's desire for a single vote from the 20 stores in the area. Matthew Bodie, professor of law at Saint Louis University, explains.
01/11/2142m 22s

Stars of 'The Tina Turner Musical'; FEMA administrator weighs in on climate change

Nkeki Obi-Melekwe is taking over the role of Tina Turner in the award-winning musical of the same name. We speak about the show with her and co-star Daniel Watts, who plays Ike Turner. And, the U.S. is on record to break 2020's record of 22 natural disasters. The increasing cost and destructiveness of these events pose a growing risk to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. We speak with Deanne Criswell, FEMA administrator, about the impact of climate change on these disasters.
01/11/2141m 51s

Get spooked by these scary stories; Streaming strategy for prequels

It's that time of year when a lot of us are looking for a thrill — a good scary story just in time for Halloween. Petra Mayer of NPR Books shares a few favorites. And, Disney dropped a trailer this week for a new movie about the origin story of Buzz Lightyear from "Toy Story." Widely panned online, the movie still demonstrates how streaming companies are capitalizing on their intellectual property. NPR's TV critic Eric Deggans explains.
29/10/2141m 18s

Halloween's ancient Celtic origins; Ancestry offers a missing link for Black families

The origins of Halloween traditions go back to an ancient Celtic festival involving animal sacrifice and a cave of demons in Rathcroghan, Ireland. Mike McCarthy, a tour guide at Rathcroghan, joins us. And last month, the company Ancestry unveiled the world's largest digitized and searchable collection of Freedman's Bank and Freedmen's Bureau, a post-Civil War agency created to help Black people transition from slavery. An Ancestry consultant shares what she found about her own family's origin.
29/10/2141m 15s

'Orpheus In The Underworld'; Big oil's disinformation campaign

Music opinionator Fran Hoepfner talks about why the 19th-century French comic opera "Orpheus in the Underworld" and its famous can-can music is perfect music for Halloween 2021. And, for years, companies like ExxonMobil and Shell have fudged scientific and economic data to protect business interests. Historian Ben Franta tells us more about the industry's disinformation.
28/10/2141m 22s

The inequities of gifted and talented programs; What's in 'The Facebook Papers'

Jason Grissom, a professor of public policy and education at Vanderbilt University's Peabody College, talks about his research into the inequities of gifted and talented programs. Plus, Elizabeth Dwoskin of The Washington Post and Sheera Frenkel of The New York Times dive into what the Facebook Papers reveal about the company and how the social media platform works.
28/10/2140m 29s

Disarming domestic abusers; Business booms in 'Joblessville, USA'

In the U.S., felons and those convicted of domestic violence crimes are not allowed to own or have guns. But an investigation found at least 100 cases of homicides by partners that were not legally supposed to have a firearm. Reveal reporter Jennifer Gollan joins us to discuss. And, Rod Roberson, mayor of Elkhart, Indiana, talks about how the self-proclaimed "RV capital of the world" went from "Joblessville, USA" a decade ago to topping a recent list of emerging housing markets.
27/10/2141m 6s

Pumpkin recipes to spice up spooky season; 'A Shot To Save the World'

Pumpkin can be used for so much more than pie. Resident chef Kathy Gunst shares three new recipes using pumpkin. And, there wasn't a COVID-19 vaccine this time last year. Wall Street Journal reporter Gregory Zuckerman talks about his new book "A Shot to Save the World: The Inside Story of the Life-or-Death Race for a Covid-19 Vaccine."
27/10/2141m 6s

Shad on 'Black Averageness'; Controversy over author's true identity

Canadian rapper Shad talks about his single "Black Averageness" and his new album "Tao." And, it was revealed that Spanish writer Carmen Mola is not a woman but rather three men. María Ramírez, deputy managing editor of the Spanish news outlet, tells us more.
26/10/2141m 18s

Howard University students protest; Analysts say Chinese jet was built on espionage

Howard University senior Erica England explains why students are protesting at one of the most prestigious historically Black colleges and universities in the country. And, analysts say the Chinese-made C919 jet is another example of China's industrial espionage. Adam Meyers, senior vice president of intelligence at cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike, talks about the plane's history.
26/10/2140m 45s

TikTok star Noodle the pug; 'Swamp Show' inspired by artist Thomas Cole

Noodle is a 13-year-old pug who — like many of us — loves sleeping. He is also TikTok's newest meme and obsession. We hear from his owner, Jonathan Graziano, about "bones" and "no bones" days. And, along the Connecticut River in Massachusetts, works of art were hung from trees, floated on water or partially submerged. The recent show was inspired by a painting of a bend in the river by 19th-century artist Thomas Cole. Jill Kaufman of New England Public Media has the story.
25/10/2141m 9s

How China spreads misinformation around the world; A look at 'The Facebook Papers'

Bret Schafer, a senior fellow at the Alliance for Securing Democracy, explains how China is able to spread misinformation around the world by taking advantage of the way search engines find and list content. And, there are more damaging revelations swirling about Facebook as new reporting has come to light based on information from whistleblower Frances Haugen. Sara Fischer, a media reporter at Axios, has the latest.
25/10/2140m 6s

Slim pickings for the flower industry; The fate of women's rights in Afghanistan

The Los Angeles Flower District is the largest wholesale flower market in the U.S. But lately, the pickings have been slim. Like many industries, the flower market is facing a shortage. The CEO of the Society of American Florists joins us. And, since the Taliban took power from the Afghan government, there has been immense uncertainty for women in the country. Heather Barr of Human Rights Watch discusses the future of women's rights in the country.
22/10/2141m 41s

COVID-19 and an eviction nearly unravel one family; The digital footprint of trauma

A single mother was evicted from her home in July after she contracted COVID-19 and was unable to work. Host Peter O'Dowd visits Shuntera Brown in Phoenix to learn how both events unraveled her family's life. And, when traumatic moments happen, Big Tech algorithms remember them and remind us of them online. Wired writer Lauren Goode discusses the digital footprint of trauma.
22/10/2141m 50s

Plastic is the new coal, report finds; Latina Equal Pay Day

The group Beyond Plastics is out with a new report that says in the next decade, plastic will emit more climate-changing greenhouse gases than coal-fired power plants. Beyond Plastics President Judith Enck explains why she thinks plastic is the new coal. And, over the course of her career, a Latina woman on average earns about $1 million less than a white non-Hispanic man. Diana Ramirez of the National Women's Law Center joins us to discuss the impact of this wage gap.
21/10/2141m 49s

Nurses on strike for 7 months; HBCU president on diminished federal funding

Hundreds of nurses at Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts, walked off the job on March 8, 2021, and have been on strike ever since. Marie Ritacco, one of the nurses on strike, and Vicki Good, a nurse and past president of the American Association of Critical-care Nurses, join us. And, cuts to Biden's spending package diminished the earmarked funding for historically Black colleges and universities. Kevin Cosby, president of Simmons College of Kentucky, explains why more federal funding is critical for institutions like his.
21/10/2141m 19s

Six-word memoirs about the pandemic; Executive privilege, explained

We speak to Larry Smith, editor of the new book "A Terrible Horrible No Good Year," a collection of essays and six-word memoirs about the pandemic written by teachers, students and parents. And, executive privilege has been invoked by former President Donald Trump and his former staffer Steve Bannon — but what is its history? Timothy Noah, staff writer at The New Republic, explains.
20/10/2141m 15s

Chef Russell Jackson on race and restaurant recovery; Yosemite's Chinese history

Chef Russell Jackson opened a restaurant in Harlem, New York, about six months before the pandemic began. During that time he became vocal about what it means to be a Black chef. He discusses restaurant recovery and race. And, this month, Yosemite National Park opened a restored Chinese laundry building on its grounds. The public exhibit will highlight the contributions of Chinese immigrants to the park. Ranger Yenyen Chan, who played a crucial part in making the exhibit a reality, joins us.
20/10/2141m 8s

All-refugee cooking company; How bystanders can safely intervene

Eat Offbeat is a catering business solely staffed by people who came to the country as refugees. Host Robin Young headed to Queens, New York, to meet and cook with the group. And, an incident of sexual assault on a SEPTA train outside Philadelphia has brought attention to the role of bystanders. Yolanda Edrington, director of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, talks about what bystanders should and shouldn't do.
19/10/2141m 33s

Author Elizabeth Strout's 'Oh William!'; Composer pens remembrance songs

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout talks about her new novel "Oh William!" The book explores the relationship between Lucy Barton, a familiar character to Strout's readers, and her ex-husband William. And, composer Phil Woodmore is creating music to capture the grief felt during this pandemic. His works debuted at a public memorial earlier this month in St. Louis. Angela Kender, who attended the public memorial in honor of her mother, also joins us.
19/10/2141m 44s

Broadway's 'Thoughts of A Colored Man'; Fighting climate change at national parks

Playwright Keenan Scott II's "Thoughts of a Colored Man" explores the lives, pressures and passions of seven contemporary Black men who live in one Brooklyn neighborhood. He discusses the play with two of its actors, Dyllón Burnside and Forrest McClendon. And, America's national parks are facing a huge problem: climate change. The Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio is taking steps to adapt in whatever ways it can. Amy Eddings of ideastream public media reports.
18/10/2140m 28s

Michigan city faces high levels of lead in tap water; Student-athletes profit off NIL

Residents of Benton Harbor, Michigan, are facing dangerously high levels of lead in their tap water. Residents are calling for further government action from state and federal officials to address this major public health issue. Reverend Edward Pinkney, president and CEO of the Benton Harbor Water Council, joins us. And, there's long been a controversy surrounding whether college athletes can make money off of their names, images, and likeness, or NIL. This summer, a Supreme Court ruling allowed it for hte first time. We hear what some sports directors and law expert Martin Edel have to say about the change.
18/10/2141m 8s

'Squid Game' resonates globally; Nobel Prize-winning labor economist

Netflix's "Squid Game" became its most streamed original show ever this week. It's popularity may lie in its handling of cultural touchstones in South Korea, and a more universal satire of capitalism. Professor Seung-hwan Shin weighs in. And, David Card shared the 2021 Nobel Prize in economics this week with two other economists. Card talks about his studies on the minimum wage, as well as the current state of labor — strikes, resignations and "stolen" jobs.
15/10/2141m 32s

One Tennessee county's history of illegally jailing kids; Climate protests in D.C.

Rutherford County, Tennessee, has been arresting and illegally jailing kids for years. Nashville Public Radio's Meribah Knight and ProPublica's Ken Armstrong investigated the situation. Knight talks about the report. And, climate protesters clashed with police in Washington D.C. Thursday night as part of a week of demonstrations demanding action on climate change. John Beard, director of the Port Arthur Community Action Network, talks about the protests.
15/10/2141m 5s

3 make-ahead recipes for a care-free dinnertime; Dave Chappelle controversy

Life can be hectic. But with a bit of planning, you don't need to scramble to get a week's worth of meals on the table. Chef Kathy Gunst shared three make-ahead meals. And, as a gay Black man, writer Saeed Jones has felt increasingly upset by Dave Chappelle's insistence on making jokes about queer people in the name of creative freedom. He talks about his story in GQ, "Dave Chappelle's Betrayal."
14/10/2141m 5s

Ron and Clint Howard on growing up in Hollywood; Expunging marijuana convictions

Actor-director Ron Howard and actor Clint Howard talk about their new memoir, "The Boys: A Memoir of Hollywood and Family." And, Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón is dismissing about 60,000 marijuana convictions from before California legalized adult use in 2016. Gascón explains why he wants to see more jurisdictions expunge marijuana convictions.
14/10/2142m 12s

Nobel laureate Abdulrazak Gurnah; Virginia governor's race tightens

2021 Nobel laureate Abdulrazak Gurnah's novels center on themes of migration, identity and effects of colonialism in East Africa. Gurnah joins us. And, polls show the Virginia governor's race tightening between former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and GOP businessman Glenn Youngkin. Jessica Taylor of Cook Political Report and Kyle Kondik of Sabato's Crystal Ball join us to analyze the campaigns.
13/10/2141m 20s

YA authors Angie Thomas and Tomi Adeyemi; Technology's evolving role in education

We speak with young adult authors Angie Thomas and Tomi Adeyemi about their work at a recent event at WBUR's CitySpace. And, there have been some longstanding concerns about ed-tech. For instance, many children don't have laptops and other tech tools at home, and what about student privacy? TechCrunch's Natasha Mascarenhas discusses the future of these education platforms.
13/10/2141m 9s

The public trial of Elizabeth Holmes; Human-caused climate change impact

Elizabeth Holmes' trial defense portrays a drastic contrast to the image of the empowered girlboss that the former CEO is known for. Anne Coughlin discusses whether feminism played a role in shielding Holmes from criticism and accountability. And, a new study found that 85% of the world's population is already being impacted by human-caused climate change. Climate scientist Richard Alley joins us to talk about the report.
12/10/2141m 11s

The health impacts of grief; New museum showcases Hollywood's best

Grief has a medical cost: It's linked to higher blood pressure, shorter lives, depression and sleeping problems. Professor Toni Miles explains why she's calling for a collective response. And Jacqueline Stewart, chief artistic and programming officer at the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, talks about the collection's focus on diversity.
12/10/2140m 17s

'Diet for a Small Planet' celebrates 50 years; Tips for 'Talking to Strangers'

In 1971, Frances Moore Lappe published "Diet for a Small Planet," a book that promotes a plant-centric approach to eating as being more beneficial for personal and global health. We speak with Moore Lappe as well as her daughter Anna Lappe, who helped update the book. And, in his 2019 book "Talking to Strangers," author Malcolm Gladwell explores the sometimes fatal miscues that occur when we make assumptions about people we don't know. We revisit our conversation with Gladwell.
11/10/2141m 10s

Musician William Prince melds Indigenous and Christian roots; Boston Marathon is back

Singer-songwriter William Prince has made an impact through his music, both in the U.S. and in Canada where he was born a member of Peguis First Nation. In 2020, Prince released "Gospel First Nation," an album that explores the complicated relationship between Christianity and Indigenous people in Canada. And, it's Marathon Monday in Boston — the first since April of 2019. Reporter Alex Ashlock is near the finish line in downtown Boston and joins us to set the scene.
11/10/2141m 0s

Dave Grohl explains how music and a Kurt Cobain t-shirt helped him heal

In our extended-length interview with Dave Grohl, the Foo Fighters frontman talks about starting over after Nirvana bandmember Kurt Cobain's heartbreaking suicide in 1994, healing with the help of music and picking up the guitar at age 10 to realize he could learn songs by ear. His new memoir, "The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music," is out now.
08/10/2124m 59s

Hot air balloon ride above Albuquerque; TV shows about the working class

Host Peter O'Dowd takes a moonlit ride with the Dawn Patrol during Albuquerque's annual International Balloon Fiesta. At 1,000 feet above the city, pilot Matthew Grote explains the wonders of hot air ballooning. And, Netflix's "Maid" tells the story of a young mom who leaves an abusive relationship, struggles to make ends meet through a low-wage job, all while cultivating a writing talent. As NPR's Eric Deggans explains, it's the latest in a string of TV shows about the working class.
08/10/2142m 2s

150th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire; Journalists win Nobel Peace Prize

As the tale goes, Miss O'Leary's cow kicked over a lantern and started the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, burning 17,500 buildings and killing around 300 people. Robert Loerzel, a Chicago-based freelance journalist, discusses his reporting of firsthand accounts. And, Maria Ressa, co-founder and CEO of the news website The Rappler in the Philippines, and Dmitry Muratov, founder and editor of the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, have won the Nobel Peace Prize. We learn more about their win with Joel Simon of the Committee to Protect Journalists.
08/10/2142m 28s

Dave Grohl's new memoir; First vaccine to treat malaria

Dave Grohl only spent three and a half years drumming for Nirvana — but he says it felt like a lifetime. The Foo Fighters frontman talks about his new memoir, "The Storyteller." And, Mosquirix is the first vaccine to treat malaria and the first developed to treat any parasitic disease. World Health Organization malaria expert Dr. Mary Hamel and Dr. Kwame Amponsa-Achiano of Ghana's Health Service join us to discuss the breakthrough treatment.
07/10/2142m 36s

Asian American bakers whisk together multicultural treats; '76 Days' documentary

Asian American bakers are melding ingredients from their heritage with "traditional" American and European pastries in a celebration of their bicultural identities. Sam Butarbutar and Wenter Shyu of Third Culture Bakery talk about identity, baking and loss. And, the Emmy Award-winning documentary "76 Days" gives a fly-on-the-wall view of what was happening inside the intensive care units on the frontline of the coronavirus crisis in Wuhan, China. Director Hao Wu joins us.
07/10/2142m 30s

Crossing borders for abortions before Roe v. Wade; Nobel Prize in chemistry winner

Before Roe v. Wade, women were crossing into Mexico for abortions. Professor Lina-Maria Murillo talks about transnational networks that have long helped pregnant people navigate treatment options outside the U.S. And, two scientists who developed a groundbreaking technique for forging molecules in a lab have won this year's Nobel Prize in chemistry. Benjamin List of the Max Planck Institute in Germany joins us to discuss his work.
06/10/2142m 25s

'Invisible Child' and childhood homelessness; Implants to relieve depression

"Invisible Child" follows the story of Dasani, a young homeless girl in New York City. Author Andrea Elliott followed Dasani and her family for nearly 10 years, chronicling Dasani's life and growth. Elliott talks about the book. And, STAT's Isabella Cueto talks about her reporting on the first woman to receive customized brain implants to help relieve depression.
06/10/2142m 2s

You are not your job; New book offers a guide for managing risks

How do we deal with risk? That's the topic of a new book by someone who has spent a career navigating risks with high costs: retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal. He joins us. And, the pandemic prompted many people to question their careers and relationship with work. Are you asking yourself: Does my job define me? Writer Arthur Brooks makes a case for why it shouldn't.
05/10/2141m 9s

Australia wildfire smoke triggered algal blooms; 'The Redemption of Bobby Love'

Smoke from fires in Australia from 2019 to 2020 drifted for thousands of kilometers and spurred an algae bloom in the southern Pacific Ocean. Nicolas Cassar talks about a study he co-authored. And, 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 two join us to discuss their remarkable story in the new book.
05/10/2141m 33s

Pregnant doctor receives COVID-19 booster; Colorado's sheepdog competition

A new study in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology shows that up to 15% of pregnant people who catch the coronavirus ending up hospitalized. Houston Methodist Hospital emergency room doctor Anh Nguyen is pregnant and got the booster shot. She joins us to discuss. And, every September, thousands of people flock to the small town of Meeker, Colorado, to watch sheepdogs compete. CPR's Stina Sieg went to this year's competition.
04/10/2141m 2s

A look at health care chatbots; Leaked documents reveal problems at Facebook

Health care chatbots exploded in use during the pandemic. We talk about the future of chatbots with two experts. And, we speak with Derek Thompson, staff writer at The Atlantic, about the trove of leaked documents published by The Wall Street Journal that reveal a slew of serious problems at Facebook.
04/10/2141m 43s

Why true crime is a white woman's genre; Washington at war with murder hornets

The majority of true crime is created by white women, consumed by white women, and about white, female victims. University of Denver's Lindsey Webb discusses the impact that's having on our culture amid the Gabby Petito case. And, Washington state officials are still waging a war against murder hornets, an invasive species that kill honeybees. Karla Salp from the Washington State Department of Agriculture explains the efforts to eradicate the pest.
01/10/2141m 8s

Fat Bear Week shenanigans; Foster care system aid expires for aged-out youth

Fat Bear Week is back! A dozen brown bears at Katmai National Park in Alaska are competing for the title of fattest bear. Mike Fitz, founder of the annual Fat Bear Week, discusses this year's contenders. And, on Friday, aid for thousands of aged-out foster youth expired, leaving many to wonder what's the next step. Sixto Cancel, CEO of Think of Us, was in that position years ago as a foster kid and makes the case that the system needs reform. He joins us.
01/10/2141m 24s

Stevie Van Zandt's 'Unrequited Infatuations'; MacArthur Fellow On Algorithm Bias

Rocker, actor and activist Stevie Van Zandt discusses his new memoir, "Unrequited Infatuations." And, MacArthur Fellow Safiya Noble wants the public to understand that internet search engines like Google are fine for finding out what time the mall opens — but inadequate or even dangerous when it comes to looking for historical, social and political information. She tells us about her work.
30/09/2141m 21s

3 Cozy Carrot Recipes; Wildfire Smoke Is Choking People Across U.S.

Early fall is, in resident chef Kathy Gunst's opinion, the best time of year to seek out freshly harvested carrots of all sizes, shapes and colors. She shares sweet and savory carrot recipes. And, a new investigation found millions of Americans can't escape the dangerous impacts of wildfire smoke. It doesn't matter if you live in the West or try to move as far away as Philadelphia. KCRW's Caleigh Wells talks about the findings.
30/09/2141m 21s

A Taste Of Trisha Yearwood's Kitchen; MacArthur Fellow Reginald Dwayne Betts

Grammy-winning singer and Food Network personality Trisha Yearwood talks about recovering from COVID-19 and her new cookbook, "Trisha's Kitchen: Easy Comfort Food for Friends and Family." And, before Reginald Dwayne Betts was a celebrated poet and lawyer, he was a 16-year-old boy serving time in prison for a carjacking. He talks about being awarded a MacArthur Fellowship.
29/09/2141m 42s

Schools Struggle To Serve Healthy Food; Staying Afloat By Riding The Waves

Schools are having trouble putting food on the table for thousands of kids. Many have resorted to raiding nearby stores for frozen foods just to get by. Jenna Knuth, director of food and nutrition at North Kansas City Schools in Missouri, joins us. Surfing was a lifeline for Sara Shukla when she was an awkward adolescent. This summer, she taught her young daughter how to surf. Shukla tells her story.
29/09/2141m 18s

'Surviving R. Kelly' Producer On Guilty Verdict; Facebook Pauses Instagram Kids

Allegations against R. Kelly have been made for decades, but several investigative reports, including the 2019 documentary "Surviving R. Kelly," led prosecutors to take another look. dream hampton, writer and executive producer of the documentary, joins us. And, Facebook says it's "pausing" its plans to build a separate version of Instagram for kids. The app, aimed at people 13 years old or younger, had been the subject of heavy criticism. Sarah Frier, author of "No Filter: The Inside Story of Instagram," discusses.
28/09/2141m 20s

Female Athletes Tell SCOTUS To Uphold Reproductive Rights; U.S. Murder Rates Escalate

More than 500 female athletes filed a brief with the Supreme Court this week asking the court to uphold reproductive rights. We talk to Olympic gold medalist Crissy Perham, who signed the brief and tells her personal story. And, the number of murders in the U.S. increased nearly 30% in 2020, according to new FBI data. Criminologist Richard Rosenfeld explains what's behind this spike and how it compares to the surging violent crime rate of the 1990s.
28/09/2141m 11s

William Goldstein's Instant Compositions; Seeing Green In The Cannabis Industry

Composer William Goldstein specializes in instant compositions, coming up with complete works from three notes. He talks about his new album, "Collaborative Composition." And, Florida's medical marijuana market has more than doubled in the past two years. One grower is a family business with roots in law enforcement and the military. WLRN's Chris Remington tells us about why the family got into the marijuana business.
27/09/2142m 2s

The Mental Health Crisis Among Kids; Washington Post Publisher Katharine Graham

The pandemic has taken a heavy toll on kids' mental health. Social worker Kim Bodie and Highlights Magazines editor-in-chief Christine French Cully talk about what kids are going through. And, Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham was known for her bold and history-making moves. But according to Jeanne Gutierrez, curator of the Katharine Graham exhibit at the New-York Historical Society, the CEO's fearlessness was part of an important personal evolution. Gutierrez joins us.
27/09/2141m 58s

Patagonia CEO Talks Activism; Filmmaker Turns Lens On Her 'Nuclear Family'

Patagonia has long taken activist stances to encourage what the company says is a new brand of capitalism. Ryan Gellert, CEO of Patagonia, joins us. And, Ry Russo-Young talks about her new documentary series "Nuclear Family," which looks at the lawsuit that threatened to break up her two-mom family in the early 1990s.
24/09/2141m 8s

How To Manage Fear Of The Dentist; Companies Pledge To Hire Afghan Refugees

Do you have dental anxiety — or even dental phobia? You're not alone. Clinical psychologist Lisa Heaton studies the fear of the dentist and joins us to discuss. And, some of the biggest companies in the U.S. are promising to hire and train refugees from Afghanistan. Amazon, Uber, UPS and Pfizer are among 33 companies that have made the pledge. Chobani CEO Hamdi Ulukaya talks about the coalition.
24/09/2140m 45s

Cozy Up With These Top Books For Fall; Parents Of Toddler In Vaccine Trials

NPR Books' Petra Mayer shares a bunch of book recommendations with us. And, Pfizer-BioNTech announced that its COVID-19 vaccine for kids ages 5 to 11 is safe and effective. Yet even for parents excited about it, the shots can be daunting. Maggie and Pierce Sandwith's 2-year-old daughter Caroline got the Moderna vaccine, both to protect her and her 4-year-old sister Louise who is being treated for leukemia.
23/09/2142m 11s

Chancellor Angela Merkel's Legacy; Wedding Caterers Heat Things Up With Open Fires

Germans vote Sunday for a new parliament and government, and longtime Chancellor Angela Merkel plans to step down when a new government is formed. Loveday Morris, Berlin bureau chief at The Washington Post, explains Merkel's legacy. And, journalist Jon Kalish reports on a unique breed of caterers that cook on an open fire in front of the wedding guests.
23/09/2142m 5s

Why The 'Big Lie' Persists; Phoenix Schools Struggle With Bus Driver Shortage

False claims of rampant election fraud and a stolen 2020 presidential election persist despite the fact that there is no evidence that it's true. What gives these lies so much staying power? "Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost" author Michael Bender joins us to explain. And, in Phoenix, Arizona, many school bus drivers are doubling or tripling up on routes. Brandon George, transportation director for PVUSD, talks about the shortage.
22/09/2140m 59s

Long-Term COVID-19 Symptom Makes Food Taste, Smell Rotten; Wooly Mammoths Extinction

Parosmia, a long-term COVID-19 symptom, is a disorder that can make food smell and taste rancid. Patty Wight of Maine Public Radio reports on this perplexing condition that has a profound impact on people's lives but few treatment options. And, scientists thought that humans with stone weapons may have caused the disappearance of Ice Age beasts like wooly mammoths. But as Jeff St. Clair of WKSU reports, new research shows that stones were no match for mammoths' hair and hide.
22/09/2141m 50s

'The Facebook Files'; How Rural Afghanistan Views The Taliban Takeover

The Wall Street Journal's series "The Facebook Files" dives into a trove of internal documents from Facebook that reveal how much the company knows about what's wrong with its platform, and what — if anything — it's doing to fix it. Sam Schechner, senior tech reporter for the Wall Street Journal, tells us more. and safety from U.S. drone strikes and Afghan government raids. The Wall Street Journal's Yaroslav Trofimov talks about his conversations with rural Afghans.
21/09/2141m 53s

Moms Start Company To Employ Adults With Autism; Farmers Of Color Await Debt Relief

Pat Miller and Pam Kattouf met on the playground years ago and discovered that both of their kids had autism. The two New Jersey mothers later founded Beloved Bath so that their kids and others like them would have employment opportunities. And, farmers of color across the U.S. are still waiting on billions in debt relief from the Department of Agriculture, which allocated the funds back in March. Mekela Panditharatne, an attorney with Earth Justice, explains why the money hasn't been issued and its impact. Correction: In this podcast, we referred to Dr. Joseph Mercola as one of the founders of America's Frontline Doctors. Dr. Mercola is not affiliated with that group. We regret the error.
21/09/2142m 50s

Drones And Revolutionizing Farming; How Trees Impact Mental, Physical Health

Drone technology could be a new frontier for farmers looking to keep a watchful eye on the health of their crops. Connecticut Public Radio's Patrick Skahill reports. And, trees are beneficial to one's mental and physical health — but not everyone gets to enjoy those benefits equally. WBUR's Martha Bebinger reports on the disparity laid bare in one community near Boston.
20/09/2142m 17s

Why Haitians Come To The U.S.; Ventilation In The Workplace

Francesca Momplaisir, a native Haitian and author of the novel "My Mother's House" talks about what it's like for Haitians to flee their country. And, experts agree that proper ventilation can help prevent COVID-19 spread, but they also warn that not all the technologies available are useful, or even safe. So what should offices do? Harvard University's Joseph Allen talks about filters, ionizers, windows and more.
20/09/2141m 29s

Rising Suicide Rate Among Black Girls; Backlash To Activist Reality TV Show

In 2018, researchers noted an increase in suicides among Black children over the last decade, but a new study shows that the biggest rise is among Black girls. Arielle Sheftall, lead author on the study, explains what's contributing to the increases and what can be done to stop it. And, CBS had a reality show in the works that would have put activists in competition against each other. After a swift backlash, its producers shifted format. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans weighs in on the controversy.
17/09/2141m 50s

The Many Benefits Of Trees; Remembering Comedian Norm Macdonald

Trees not only help slow the effects of climate change but also help clean and cool the air around them. WBUR's Martha Bebinger explains the many benefits of sugar maples. And, comedian and former Saturday Night Live cast member Norm Macdonald died this week after a long battle with cancer. Geoff Edgers, arts reporter for The Washington Post, profiles the comedian's career.
17/09/2141m 33s

Author C.J. Farley's New YA Novel; Nicholas Complicates Ida Recovery In Louisiana

Author C.J. Farley joins us to talk about "Zero O'Clock," his new book for young adults. The book focuses on a high school senior whose preoccupation with college admissions, her father's death and the K-pop group BTS becomes overshadowed by the pandemic. And, storm remnants of Nicholas is not as strong as Hurricane Ida was a couple of weeks ago, but all that water is complicating the recovery process for homeowners around New Orleans. Matt Sledge, a reporter for the Times-Picayune/New Orleans Advocate, joins us.
16/09/2140m 17s

An Afghan Refugee Helps Welcome New Arrivals; Mother To Elijah McClain Speaks Out

Thousands of refugees from Afghanistan are starting their lives over in the U.S. Host Tonya Mosley checks in with Miry Whitehill, founder of the nonprofit Miry's List, and Afghan refugee Wahidullah Ashghary, on the effort to welcome new arrivals in Los Angeles. And, following the new report from the Colorado Attorney General's Office, we hear from Sheneen McClain, mother to Elijah McClain, as she reflects on her son's life. Elijah McClain died at the hands of Aurora police and paramedics in 2019.
16/09/2141m 26s

A Grape Time To Try These 3 Recipes; Groundbreaking 'Phantom' Hand Surgery

Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst shares her favorite sweet and savory grape recipes with us, as well as her master recipe for roasting the fruit. And, Gideon Gil, STAT's infectious diseases and public health editor, joins us for an update on groundbreaking research that makes a "phantom hand" seem real.
15/09/2140m 47s

'The Killing Of Kenneth Chamberlain' As A 'Teaching Tool'; Saving Rare Plant Seeds

The new film "The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain" dramatizes the story of Chamberlain Sr., a 68-year-old Black retired Marine who was killed by police who were responding to a medical alert. Chamberlain Sr.'s son, Kenneth Chamberlain Jr., joins us to discuss. And, Georgia Public Broadcasting's Grant Blankenship has the story of Georgia conservationists who are saving the seeds of endangered plants, learning what they can about them in captivity and maybe one day find them new homes.
15/09/2141m 27s

Legacy Of Racist Housing Covenants; Broadway Makes A Return

Several states are moving to make it easier for homeowners to strike language in the fine print of home deeds that restricts sales to people of color. Those "housing covenants" have left a legacy of discrimination. Kiarra Zackery and her father Ulysses Zackery join us to talk about their effort to remove the housing covenant in Ulysses Zackery's housing deed in Minneapolis. And, Broadway is officially reopening on Tuesday. We revisit our conversation with Tony Award-winning actor Andre de Shields.
14/09/2141m 1s

Gabrielle Union Asks 'You Got Anything Stronger?'; How 9/11 Changed Flying

Actress Gabrielle Union joins us to talk about her new collection of essays "You Got Anything Stronger?" — a follow-up to her 2017 best seller "We're Going To Need More Wine." And, on Sept. 14, 2001, flights resumed for the first time in the U.S. a few days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. It marked the moment that flying as we knew it changed forever. We reflect on the changes 20 years later with Here & Now transportation analyst Seth Kaplan.
14/09/2141m 1s

The Rise Of 'Zoom Dysmorphia'; Meet This Self-Taught Cowbell Artisan

Video conferencing all day is causing "Zoom dysmorphia," where people are fixated on perceived flaws they see in the image of themselves on screen, says Dr. Shadi Kourosh. Kourosh, director of community health in the Department of Dermatology at Massachusetts General Hospital, joins us. And, after a master cowbell maker died a few years ago, Ulisis Santiago taught himself how to handcraft cowbells and has become internationally known for his instruments. Maayan Silver of WUWM reports.
13/09/2140m 48s

Transphobia In Health Care; U.S. Life Spans Fall Behind Europe

A recent report from the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, finds that nearly half of transgender people in the U.S have been mistreated by a health care provider. Calvin Gilbert, a nurse practitioner, shares what it's like to be both a provider and an advocate for transgender issues in medicine. And, we speak with Derek Thompson, staff writer at The Atlantic, about his latest piece on U.S. life spans, which have fallen behind Europe.
13/09/2142m 30s

Story Of 'The Plane People' On 9/11 Told Through A Musical; The Age Of Influencers

Beulah Cooper and Hannah O'Rourke join us to discuss how their lives intersected on Sept. 11, 2001. Both inspired characters in the musical "Come From Away," which will be performed on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Friday. Actress Happy McPartlin, who will sing the role of Cooper at the Lincoln Memorial, also shares her thoughts on the musical's healing message. And, to many, it feels like we're living in the age of social media influencers. Femi Oke, host of "The Stream on Al Jazeera," tells us more about the new and old class of influencers.
10/09/2141m 23s

Remembering The Mission To Intercept Flight 93 On 9/11; The Post-9/11 'Forever War'

After the attacks on the World Trade towers and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, Lt. Gen. Marc Sasseville and his colleagues at the National Guard learned of a fourth hijacked plane — Flight 93 — still in progress. That's when they sprung into action. Sasseville joins us. And, we speak with investigative journalist Spencer Ackerman about his new book, "Reign of Terror: How the 9/11 Era Destabilized America and Produced Trump."
10/09/2141m 22s

Remembering 9/11, 20 Years Later; Impact Of Sept. 11 On Policing

As the 20th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, host Robin Young looks back at that day through some of the voices we spoke with then and in the days following the difficult events. And, author and columnist Radley Balko discusses how federal grant money increased police access to military-grade equipment in the two decades since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and what that militarization means for society.
09/09/2142m 30s

Remembering 'The Red Bandana Man'; Unvaccinated ICU Patients' Regrets

Welles Crowther, known as "the man in the red bandana," was killed while saving people during the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The 24-year-old was a former volunteer fireman who worked as an equities trader on South Tower's 104th floor. His mother, Alison Crowther, joins us. And, Blake Farmer of WPLN in Nashville visited one hospital filled where unvaccinated intensive care unit patients are expressing regret for not taking the vaccine.
09/09/2141m 40s

Author Josh Ritter's Lumberjack Novel; Mohawk Steelworkers Reflect On 9/11

Acclaimed musician Josh Ritter discusses "The Great Glorious Goddamn of It All," his new novel about a young boy coming of age among lumberjacks in turn-of-the-20th-century Idaho. And, many members of New York's Mohawk tribe helped build the NYC skyline, including the Twin Towers. They also saw the towers fall and participated in the cleanup and rescue mission. North Country Public Radio's Ana Williams-Bergen spoke with some Mohawk steelworkers as they look back to that fateful time 20 years ago.
08/09/2142m 20s

André De Shields Celebrates Broadway's Return; 20 Years Of The War On Terror

We speak with André De Shields, Tony award-winning actor and star of the musical "Hadestown," about the reopening of Broadway. And, we talk to Souad Mekhennet, a Washington Post reporter who has been covering national security and terrorism in the U.S. and Europe, about how the global War on Terror that began following the 9/11 attacks shaped radicalism and terrorism in Europe. Dozens of terrible attacks have hit Europe in the past two decades.
08/09/2142m 45s

Muslim Americans On Growing Up In A Post 9/11 World; Access To Menstrual Products

Following 9/11, millions of Muslim Americans were faced with significant challenges in their lives. Now as the 20th anniversary approaches, we hear from three individuals on their experience growing up Muslim in a post-9/11 world. And, one in five teens within the U.S. reportedly struggle to afford menstrual products. Dr. Shelby Davies tells us more about the issue within the United States.
07/09/2142m 36s

Determining What A 9/11 Victim's Life Is 'Worth'; Climate Change In Nigeria

The new Netflix film "Worth" tells the story of attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who administered the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. We speak with Feinberg and his office administrator Camille Biros. And, climate change in Nigeria has led to seasons of drought and excess flood, impacting agriculture and causing loss of farmland. Environmentalist Nnimmo Bassey talks about the impact climate change is having on the country and the government's response to the crisis.
07/09/2142m 38s

David Byrne Takes Broadway; Streaming Recommendations From Film Critic Ty Burr

"American Utopia" is an unusual Broadway musical from Talking Heads frontman David Byrne, featuring new songs as well as old favorites from the rock band. We revisit host Robin Young's conversation with Byrne. And, film critic Ty Burr left his longtime job at the Boston Globe to start "Ty Burr's Watch List," a substack subscription newsletter with recommendations for films to stream as well as cultural commentary. He shares a few recommendations.
06/09/2141m 56s

The Role Of Women On Transatlantic Ocean Liners; Future Of Driverless Taxis

When people think of women on cruise ships in the early 1900s, many probably picture wealthy heiresses with hatboxes. Author Siân Evans tells the stories of the women below decks in her new book, "Maiden Voyages." And, Alphabet-owned Waymo rolled out a fleet of self-driving cars in Phoenix, Arizona, last year. But the company is colliding with the reality that widespread adoption of autonomous cars is further away than they previously thought. Bloomberg reporter Gabrielle Coppola tells us more.
06/09/2142m 21s

U.S. Men's Soccer Team Tries To Qualify For World Cup; Labor Day Travel

Four years ago the U.S. Men's Soccer Team suffered a disappointing loss in their attempts to qualify for the World Cup. But now they have a chance to qualify once more for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Roger Bennett, co-host of the "Men in Blazers" podcast, joins us. And as many Americans begin to head out for the holiday weekend, Here & Now transportation analyst Seth Kaplan talks about traveling during Labor Day.
03/09/2142m 44s

Life Lessons From Al Roker; Climate Expert On Shifting Policy

Longtime weatherman and "Today Show" co-anchor Al Roker was in New Orleans this week covering Hurricane Ida. We revisit a July 2020 conversation with Roker about his book "You Look So Much Better in Person: True Stories of Absurdity and Success." And, Ida took the lives of at least 60 people across eight states this week. This dark reality leaves policymakers with difficult questions for the road ahead. Climate expert Alice Hill joins us.
03/09/2142m 21s

Kindness May Help Lengthen Your Life; The Return Of A Titian

If you're looking to live a long life, the answer may lie in how kind and optimistic you are. We revisit a conversation with Marta Zaraska, author of "Growing Young: How Friendship, Optimism, and Kindness Can Help You Live to 100." Right before the pandemic, "Rape of Europa" — Isabella Stewart Gardner's "crown jewel" — left the Gardner Museum for the first time on international loan. Now it's finally back home for the last leg of a reunion exhibition tour that sheds light on Gardner as a collecting pioneer. WBUR's Andrea Shea reports.
02/09/2142m 6s

Remembering Aaliyah; How Louisiana Residents Are Coping Without Power

R&B singer and actress Aaliyah was on the cusp of stardom before she died in a plane crash 20 years ago at the age of 22. Writer Imani Mixon talks about Aaliyah's legacy. And, days after Hurricane Ida hit Louisiana, residents of Jefferson Parrish remain trapped in their homes without power, gas or running water. Councilman Deano Bonano explains what residents are facing.
02/09/2140m 56s

Hurricane Ida And Louisiana's Vanishing Coast; Uncertain Future For Afghan Refugees

Four years ago, host Peter O'Dowd visited the fishing village of Jean Lafitte, an area in Southern Louisiana that was battered on Sunday by Hurricane Ida. We revisit one of the residents that O'Dowd met in 2017 and listen back to some of his reporting on coastal erosion in the area where Ida hit. And, the U.S. military is out of Afghanistan, but many Afghan refugees still face an uncertain future. Krish O'Mara Vignarajah, president and CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, one of the groups helping resettle Afghans, joins us.
01/09/2141m 55s

Simu Liu Manifests His Destiny In New Marvel Movie; Power Outages In Louisiana

We speak with Simu Liu, star of the new movie "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings," which opens in theaters this week. And, in Louisiana, it's likely to be weeks before most people get the power back after the passage of Ida. For many, it's a terrible inconvenience, but for the elderly and people with disabilities, it can be life-threatening. Emily Woodruff, a health reporter for the Times-Picayune/New Orleans Advocate newspaper, joins us to discuss.
01/09/2142m 21s

Firefighter On California's Largest Wildfire; History Of The U.S. Ending Wars

The Dixie Fire is the largest fire burning in California at more than 770,000 acres. A few weeks ago, it destroyed the small town of Greenville and some of its firefighters are still working the Dixie Fire today. We speak with Danny Manning, assistant fire chief for the Greenville Rancheria. And, as the U.S. ends its longest war on the orders of President Biden, historian Julian Zelizer helps us look back at past presidents and how they have ended conflicts abroad.
31/08/2141m 43s

Rebuilding Louisiana From Hurricane Ida; The End Of Email

Hurricane Ida left hundreds of thousands without power and at least four people dead in Louisiana. Sen. Bill Cassidy surveyed the damage and joins us to discuss what it would take to rebuild. And, as many companies consider a return to the office this fall, we revisit our conversation with Cal Newport, author of "A World Without Email: Reimagining Work in An Age of Communication Overload."
31/08/2142m 0s

What Losing The Greenland Ice Sheet Means For The Planet; What Is ISIS-K?

Greenland's ice sheets contain enough water in ice to raise sea levels by about 24 feet. Josh Willis, lead scientist on NASA's Oceans Melting Greenland mission, discusses the ice's instability in the face of global warming. And, terrorist group ISIS-K claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed more than 170 people last week. Andrew Mines of George Washington University's program on extremism talks about the group and its motives.
30/08/2141m 57s

How Lifestyle Changes Could Ward Off Dementia; 'The Afghanistan Papers'

Recent research suggests that making a few lifestyle changes can curb memory decline and fight off dementia. KCUR's Alex Smith reports on a Kansas City-area woman who decided to take action when her own memory started to slip. And, in a new book, author Craig Whitlock looks at what went wrong in Afghanistan over the two decades the U.S. had troops there. He joins us to discuss "The Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the War."
30/08/2142m 46s

Right-Wing Extremism's Rural Roots; Rhiannon Giddens Sings Songs Of Lament

Some of the Jan. 6 rioters at the Capitol harbor the belief that the government has abandoned average Americans — particularly in rural areas of the U.S. Jim McLean of Kansas News Service reports. And, for Grammy-winning musician Rhiannon Giddens, singing songs of lament brings comfort. We revisit host Peter O'Dowd's conversation from April with the musician about her latest album, "They're Calling Me Home."
27/08/2142m 41s

Legendary Black Baseball Players; Purple Heart Veteran Reacts To Kabul Attack

Black baseball players made up about 20% of Major League Baseball in the 1970s. Today, they're less than 8%. The Washington Post profiled nine legendary Black players to understand what accounts for the drastic decline. The Post's Chelsea Janes joins us to discuss the project. And, the attacks that killed 13 U.S. service members and more than 150 Afghan civilians in Kabul on Thursday marked a sad day in history. Sebastian Gallegos of Texas is a Marine veteran who was deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 and lost his arm in an explosion on the frontlines. He joins us.
27/08/2142m 4s

What Sundown Towns Represent For Black Drivers; Vaccine Demographics

If a community is not safe for Black travelers, especially after dark, it's often called a "sundown town." Some of these towns are now integrating. But does that mean they're not dangerous for Black travelers anymore? Author Candacy Taylor dives into racial travel advisories. And, a recent poll from NBC has revealed that more Black communities are taking the vaccine as opposed to white and Latino people. Epidemiologist Debra Furr-Holden joins us.
26/08/2143m 4s

Reconnecting A Once Thriving Black Neighborhood; Breakthrough COVID Cases

Marvin Anderson grew up in the historically Black community of Rondo in St. Paul, Minnesota. Now chair of the group Reconnect Rondo, he talks about his vision of building a new "land bridge" over the I-94 highway to recreate and reconnect the neighborhood. And, breakthrough infections are cases where fully vaccinated people test positive for COVID-19. Virologist Angela Rasmussen explains what these cases mean for vaccinated people.
26/08/2142m 37s

Making Remote Work A Permanent Option; Rep. Barbara Lee On Afghanistan

For months, many Americans have gotten used to working from home. But as employers and companies start to call their employees back to the office, The Washington Post's Michelle Singletary argues remote work should be a permanent option. She joins us to explain why. And, in 2001, Rep. Barbara Lee of California was the only member of the House to vote against authorizing the war in Afghanistan. She joins us to reflect on her decision and the current situation in the country.
25/08/2141m 41s

COVID-19 Story Project In Kentucky; 'Together' Movie's Quarantine Nightmare

Every person who has died from COVID-19 is more than a number. They were a friend, family member, partner, coworker — someone with a story. Stephanie Wolf from WFPL reports on a project in Kentucky that collects those stories. And, screenwriter Dennis Kelly talks about the new film "Together," which follows an incompatible couple through a year of pandemic lockdown. The movie opens in theaters Friday.
25/08/2142m 28s

Worker Productivity Surges; Afghanistan Faces Public Health Crises

Some economists are noticing a boost in worker productivity. If it continues, it could help lead to sustained economic growth. Jan Mischke from the McKinsey Global Institute joins us. And, COVID-19 isn't the only immediate public health crisis in Afghanistan. Disrupted air traffic is preventing critical medical supplies from getting to the region, making malnutrition and other chronic health issues harder to treat. We speak with Rick Brennan of the WHO.
24/08/2141m 46s

Summer Tomato Recipes; Runner Eliud Kipchoge On 'The Last Milestone'

Resident chef Kathy Gunst shares three tomato recipes: tomato and watermelon salad, roasted bluefish with tomatoes, and white beans with tomatoes and summer herbs. And, in 2019, Eliud Kipchoge became the first human in history to run a marathon in under two hours in the city of Vienna, Austria. Documentary "The Last Milestone" follows his journey from his training grounds in Kenya to his record attempt. Kipchoge joins us.
24/08/2142m 34s

FDA Approves Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine; Countering Terrorism In Afghanistan

The Food and Drug Administration has given full approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on Monday. This could help convince people who may have resisted the vaccine and lead to more mandates. Dr. Joshua Sharfstein of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health joins us. And, U.S. intelligence officials are concerned that the Islamic State could attack people trying to flee Kabul following the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan. We get the latest with Charles Lister of the Countering Terrorism & Extremism Program at the Middle East Institute.
23/08/2142m 40s

Mandolin Orange Becomes Watchhouse; Afghan Interpreter Starts New Life In U.S.

We speak with musicians Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz about their new album, "Watchhouse." Watchhouse is also the new name of the duo's band, formerly known as Mandolin Orange. And, former U.S. military interpreter Zamzama Safi speaks with us about her evacuation from Afghanistan on the day Kabul fell. Safi had help from the office of Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, a Democrat of Missouri, and has arrived in the state to start a new life.
23/08/2142m 30s

How To Spot Planets, The Milky Way And Blue Moon; A Refugee From The Fall Of Saigon

The August night skies are filled with bright stars, planets and even a blue moon — all visible even without a telescope. Sky & Telescope's Kelly Beatty describes some of the celestial sights. And, Southeast Asian refugees from the largest resettlement effort in the history of the U.S. are thinking about the comparisons of the fall of Kabul to the fall of Saigon in 1975. Politically, they are very different situations. Visually, you may see why some find similarities. In 1975, Ngoc Nguyen was a baby when her family escaped Saigon as refugees and restarted their lives in the U.S. She joins us.
20/08/2141m 38s

Chicago's Independent Venues Weigh The Future; Fate Of Afghans Who Aided U.S. Troops

In Chicago, many venues received their federal grant money after months of delay from the Small Business Administration. We speak with two venue owners, Joe Shanahan of the Metro and Katie Tuten of the Hideout, for an update on Chicago venues. And, as the Taliban allows some Americans to leave Afghanistan, the picture is far less clear for Afghans who served the U.S. military as interpreters, drivers and partners. U.S. Army veteran Robert Couture, who served two tours in Afghanistan, joins us to discuss.
20/08/2140m 56s

America's Approach To Afghan Refugees; Preparing For Death With Few Regrets

Biden is aiming to present a more compassionate stance on immigration after years of anti-immigrant policies from the Trump administration. But as thousands of Afghan refugees arrive in the U.S, conservative pundits are already spreading fear-mongering about unvetted groups arriving. David Miliband of the International Rescue Committee joins us. And, longtime Boston Globe newspaper reporter Jack Thomas recently found out that he has months to live after being diagnosed with inoperable cancer. He reflects on a life well-lived and how he will spend the final months of his life.
19/08/2141m 48s

What Flu Season Might Look Like; Future For Afghan Women

This summer, as more people got the COVID-19 vaccine and masks came off, quite a few people got colds. So what does that mean for our immune systems and the upcoming cold and flu season? Dr. Helen Chu of the University of Washington School of Medicine joins us to discuss. And, in the aftermath of the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan, there have been speculations about the future of women in the country. Sunita Viswanath, co-founder of Women for Afghan Women, talks about offering help.
19/08/2141m 55s

Roger Federer's 'Long Run And Beautiful Game'; R. Kelly Trial Begins

New York Times tennis correspondent Christopher Clarey talks about 40-year-old Roger Federer's amazing longevity in the sport. Clarey's new book, "The Master: The Long Run and Beautiful Game of Roger Federer," comes out next week. And, singer-songwriter R. Kelly is pleading not guilty to sex trafficking and racketeering charges. Interest in the allegations of his abuse of women and girls reignited after "Surviving R. Kelly" debuted in 2019. NPR's Andrew Limbong discusses the trial.
18/08/2140m 24s

Name Discrimination Persists In Hiring; World's Fastest Blind Runner

Economists sent out 83,000 job applications as part of a study on name discrimination. Applicants with distinctively Black-sounding names were called back 10% fewer times across the board. One of the study's authors talks about the findings. And, David Brown was diagnosed with Kawasaki disease at 15 months old, which led him to lose his vision by the age of 13. But health issues didn't stop Brown from becoming the world's fastest blind runner. He joins us with his sighted guide runner.
18/08/2141m 14s

A Modern History Of Afghanistan; The Magic Of Foraging For Mushrooms

Afghanistan has been the battleground of global struggles and its own brutal civil wars. Robert Crews, a professor of history at Stanford University, talks about the country's modern history. And, the Northeast had a wet July, which led to an abundance of mushrooms. There's been a burst of interest in foraging but this comes with a caution: People have to know what they're harvesting. Sarah Gibson of New Hampshire Public Radio reports.
17/08/2141m 26s

The Perils Of Hiking Using GPS; Restaurant Owner Denied Revitalization Grant

Hiking experts say they're performing an increased number of mountain rescues for those relying on GPS programs like Google Maps for directions. Wesley Trimble of the American Hiking Society shares safer alternatives. And, some restaurant owners are wondering why they weren't selected to receive a grant through the $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund. Steve Postal, chef and owner of Commonwealth in Cambridge, Massachusetts, shares his story.
17/08/2141m 31s

Veteran On Getting Family Out Of Kabul; Search For Survivors In Haiti

Said Noor is a former U.S. Army interpreter who was born in Afghanistan. He's trying to get his family out of the country now that the government has collapsed. And, in Haiti, the search for survivors continues after a massive earthquake hit the southwestern part of the country on Saturday. Dr. Smith Altema explains how his hospital is handling patients.
16/08/2141m 23s

'Respect' Star Jennifer Hudson; Advocate On What Afghan Refugees Face

Before Aretha Franklin died in 2018, she hand-picked Jennifer Hudson to portray the "Queen of Soul" on screen. Hudson joins us to discuss "Respect." And, advocate Krish O'Mara Vignarajah talks about the ongoing situation in Kabul as chaos continues at the airport there, with many Afghans desperate to leave.
16/08/2142m 0s

Americans Face Burnout During The Pandemic; Reforesting In Iowa

For many Americans, the onset of the pandemic has led to increased burnout — that draining, exhausting feeling. Here & Now listeners share how burnout has affected them. And the Stress and Resilience Institute's Paula Davis weighs in. And, a year ago, a powerful derecho in Iowa downed tens of thousands of trees in a matter of minutes. Kate Payne of Iowa Public Radio reports on how residents are trying to reforest their communities.
13/08/2141m 26s

Mother On Teenage Daughter's COVID-19 Hospitalization; Bike Shortage

Elizabeth Gonzales' 14-year-old daughter has been hospitalized with COVID-19 since last week at the Children's Hospital of San Antonio, Texas. She shares her family's story. And, demand for bikes has been booming since the pandemic began. But the supply of bikes is tight because of global supply chain snags. Ira Kargel, co-owner of Gears bike shops in the Toronto area, talks about how this shortage is affecting her business.
13/08/2141m 39s

One Domestic Worker's Pandemic Experience; Angélique Kidjo's 'Celia'

Home health aides, nannies and other domestic workers have little job security or protection to keep them safe on the job. Domestic worker Glenora Romans talks about her experiences during the pandemic. And, we revisit our conversation with Grammy-winning singer Angélique Kidjo about her album "Celia," which she pays tribute to the songs of salsa star Celia Cruz.
12/08/2141m 5s

Parent Shares Electric Shock Treatment Story; Restoring A Ghost Town

The FDA issued a ban on electric shock therapy in 2020 — but a federal appeals court judge overturned it last month. We speak with MassLive reporter Heather Morrison and parent Cheryl McCollins, who found her son catatonic after being shocked 31 times in 2002. And, Dearfield, Colorado, was a booming Black community a century ago. Now there's a renewed push to preserve the ghost town that remains, Colorado Public Radio's Bente Birkeland reports.
12/08/2141m 29s

The Legal Battle Ahead Of Cuomo; Questions About Back To School

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigned Tuesday after a report revealed he sexually harassed multiple women. He could still face criminal charges or civil lawsuits. We speak with Debra Katz, the attorney representing Charlotte Bennett, who is the former executive assistant to the governor. And, with schools starting across the country, parents are facing tough choices around masks and vaccines. Dr. Peter Hotez joins us to discuss parents' back-to-school concerns.
11/08/2141m 48s

Zucchini Recipes For Summer; 'CODA' Director Siân Heder

Zucchini can be a "burden" — you plant a few seeds and find yourself in August with dozens of summer squash and no new ideas for using them. Luckily, resident chef Kathy Gunst has three zucchini recipes to share. And host Robin Young travels to Gloucester, Massachusetts, to speak to "CODA" director Siân Heder about the film, which is set in the town. "CODA" centers around high schooler Ruby, the only hearing child in her deaf family.
11/08/2141m 19s

How The EU's Carbon Border Tax Will Work; Colorado's Olathe Sweet Corn

Carbon border taxes charge fees on imports from countries not making efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Energy economist Catherine Hausman explains how the European Union's carbon border tax will work. And a small pocket of rural Colorado is known for its Olathe sweet corn — identified by its sugary, fresh taste. Colorado Public Radio Stina Sieg takes us to a harvest.
10/08/2140m 25s

The Impacts Of Climate Change; Robotic Knee Brace For Osteoarthritis

Author David Wallace-Wells started his 2019 book "The Uninhabitable Earth" with the sentence: "It's worse, much worse, than you think." He joins us to talk about the current climate situation. And, a California robotics company has developed a high-tech brace that could help millions of people in the U.S. with osteoarthritis of the knee. Journalist Jon Kalish has the report.
10/08/2141m 3s

China's 'Perfect Police State' That Monitors Uyghurs; Invasive Vines Take Over Trees

We speak with investigative reporter Geoffrey Cain who writes about the Chinese surveillance of the Uyghur ethnic minority in western China. He writes about the sophisticated technology and a so-called predictive policing system in his new book, "The Perfect Police State." And, trees in neighborhoods all over the mid-Atlantic U.S. are being choked by fast growing, non-native vines. As Jacob Fenston of WAMU reports, a new study says freeing trees from these invasive vines is an essential tool to fight climate change.
09/08/2141m 25s

Being Black In A White Yoga World; Key Findings From New Report On Climate Change

Author Jessamyn Stanley's new book "Yoke" is a series of honest, challenging, humorous and poignant essays about her life — mostly seen through the lens of her yoga practice. She joins us to talk about her life and book. And, a major report out Monday from scientists around the world spells out what many already suspected about climate change: that the Earth is warming at an accelerated pace and human behavior is the driving factor. We speak with Amanda Maycock, a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report.
09/08/2141m 59s

Forced Birth Control Routine In Conservatorships; Peruvian President Makes History

When Britney Spears spoke out against her conservatorship for the first time in June, she made the stunning allegation that her father's team had prevented her from removing an IUD. According to freelance journalist Sara Luterman, for women under conservatorships, forced birth control is routine. And, Peru's new leftist President Pedro Castillo was sworn into office last week. This is the first time in decades that Peru has had a president with no connections to the country's political or economic elite. Historian Gonzalo Romero explains the new president's significance.
06/08/2141m 52s

Leon Bridges Releases New Album; Anti-Immigrant Sentiment Festers

Grammy-award-winning soul singer and songwriter Leon Bridges is out with a new album. "Gold-Diggers Sound" steps firmly into the present as Bridges charts his own course and his own sound. He discusses the influences behind the new record. And, two years ago this week, a gunman in El Paso, Texas, killed 23 people in a Walmart — most of them Latino. The gunman's anti-immigrant language echoes the writing of an infamous white nationalist, John Tanton, who was known to some as "the architect of the modern anti-immigrant movement." Mark Potok of the Center for Analysis of the Radical Right explains.
06/08/2142m 51s

Rent Assistance Programs Gain Speed; Virtual Reality Is Viable In 'Ready Player Two'

Dawn Parker, director of UniteCT in Connecticut, joins us to talk about why it's taken so long to get COVID-19 rental assistance out to people to prevent evictions during the pandemic and how the situation is improving. And, with Facebook aiming to create a "metaverse" — where virtual reality would be possible on the platform — we revisit our conversation with Ernest Cline about "Ready Player Two," the sequel to the best-selling "Ready Player One."
05/08/2142m 28s

Teaching Asian American History; The Other Pandemic That Plagued The Olympics

Last month, Illinois became the first state to require that Asian American history be taught in public schools. Activists in Georgia are hoping for a similar measure in their state, but they are already facing resistance from state lawmakers. A Korean American organizer in Georgia joins us to discuss. And, the Tokyo Olympics do not mark the first time the world has hosted the games during a pandemic. More than 100 years ago, Belgium hosted the Olympics just months after the 1918 influenza pandemic killed at least 50 million people around the world. A historian at Macquarie University explains.
05/08/2142m 35s

A Look At Far-Right Militia Groups Post-Insurrection; Recycling Prescriptions

Nearly seven months after a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol, prosecutors are laying out their case against individual rioters and against at least three far-right militia groups they say contributed to the violence. Micah Loewinger, a reporter for WYNC's On the Media, explains. And, every year, pharmacists fill billions of dollars of prescriptions that patients never end up using. That's why a group in Memphis, Tennessee, set up a way of turning one patient's waste into another's lifeline. Katie Riordan from WKNO reports.
04/08/2142m 24s

Future Of Grocery Delivery Apps; Airline Chaos Ensues

Many Americans with a few extra bucks to spare turned to grocery delivery apps during the pandemic to avoid going to the store. Demand for this service is continuing to grow. We discuss the trends with Natasha Mascarenhas, a senior reporter at TechCrunch. And, as airlines delay hundreds of flights and cancel thousands of others, travelers across the U.S. have been left stranded, often for days on end. Transportation analyst Seth Kaplan tells us more.
04/08/2142m 27s

How Wage Gap Turns To Wealth Gap For Black Women; Back To School Advice

The wage gap persists between men and women in the U.S. — and it's even wider between Black women and white men. Fatima Goss Graves, president and CEO of the National Women's Law Center, talks about how the wage gap leads to a wealth gap for Black women. And, back to school is just around the corner for many families. Teacher and parent Abby Freireich answers questions about sending the kids back to school.
03/08/2142m 32s

'Honor Bound' Author Amy McGrath Dreams Big; Facebook's 'Metaverse'

Amy McGrath grew up dreaming of becoming a fighter pilot at a time when women weren't allowed to fly in combat. The former Marine pilot tells the story of pursuing her dream in her new memoir, "Honor Bound." And, Mark Zuckerberg has said Facebook will transform into a "metaverse company" over the next five years. Bloomberg's Kurt Wagner explains the CEO's vision for turning the platform into a virtual-reality world.
03/08/2142m 56s

The Scarlett Johansson And Disney Debacle; Federal Eviction Moratorium Ends

"Black Widow" star Scarlett Johansson is suing Disney over the simultaneous release of the film in theaters and on Disney+. KPCC entertainment reporter John Horn discusses the lawsuit. And, the end of the federal eviction moratorium has left many struggling renters without any protection. Jill Schlesinger, CBS News business analyst, tells us more about what's next.
02/08/2142m 32s

Women Athletes Fight Sexualization; A Look At The Paralympic Refugee Team

The head of Olympic broadcasting services announced that journalists' news feeds wouldn't highlight sexualized images of female athletes during the Tokyo Olympics. We speak with Akilah Carter-Francique, executive director of the San Jose State University's Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change. And, the Paralympics are just around the corner. We talk with Shahrad Nasajpour, a discus thrower who is among the six athletes on the Paralympic Refugee team this year.
02/08/2141m 58s

Ghost Kitchens, A Pandemic Trend; A Look At LeVar Burton And 'Jeopardy!'

Ghost kitchens have been on the rise since the start of the pandemic. It allows restaurants to have a business without the sit-down option. We speak with Tristan Roley, founder of The Feed, about his ghost kitchen in Logan, Ohio. And, LeVar Burton has held a number of iconic roles over the past four decades but this week he began his campaign for another legendary position: the host of "Jeopardy!" Femi Oke joins us to explore whether social media can get him the job.
30/07/2142m 30s

Los Lobos' Love Letter To LA; CDC Data On Delta Variant

American rock band Los Lobos has released "Native Sons," a new album that pays tribute to the music of their city — Los Angeles. We speak with singer, songwriter and guitarist David Hidalgo. And, an internal report at the CDC reveals vaccinated people infected with the Delta variant have measurable viral loads similar to those who are unvaccinated. Carolyn Y. Johnson, a science reporter for the Washington Post, has more on the story.
30/07/2142m 12s

Billy Mills' Upset Win In 1964; Dominique Dawes Talks Simone Biles

Billy Mills won the 10,000-meter race at the 1964 Olympics in Japan. We revisit a 2014 conversation with Mills. And, Olympic gold medalist Dominique Dawes was the first Black American woman to win an individual Olympic medal in gymnastics. She sheds light on what it's like to be Simone Biles right now.
29/07/2142m 50s

Dancer Alvin Ailey Documentary; Tiny Homes For Unhoused Veterans

The documentary "Ailey" tells the story of the late dance great Alvin Ailey. We speak with the film's director, Jamila Wignot, and a dancer at Ailey's company. And, homelessness is a problem among the veteran population in the U.S. In Kansas City, Missouri, one organization is lending a hand and providing tiny houses for unhoused vets. KCUR's Chris Haxel reports.
29/07/2143m 4s

4 Homemade Ice Cream Recipes; Back-To-School Splurge

We get a lesson in ice cream making from Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst at her home in Maine. Plus, back-to-school shopping is about to set a record, reaching $37 billion. Last year, it was all about desks and headphones. This year, it's time for clothes, shoes and more electronics. NPR's Alina Selyukh reports.
28/07/2142m 6s

Radio Host Regrets Spreading Vaccine Skepticism; Poet's Books Celebrate Black Kids

Nashville radio talk show host Phil Valentine has remained hospitalized in critical condition with COVID-19 for more than two weeks. Valentine is known for his COVID-19 vaccine skepticism. Now, the radio personality wants people to know that he was wrong — and that he should have taken the vaccine. His brother Mark Valentine joins us. Plus, we speak with poet Ruth Forman about "Curls" and "Glow" — her books for very young readers that celebrate Black children.
28/07/2142m 50s

Matt Damon Stars In 'Stillwater'; DACA Recipient Heads To Olympics

Matt Damon talks about his new movie "Stillwater." The film follows a man visiting his estranged daughter who's been accused of a murder she claims she didn't commit. And, DACA recipient Luis Grijalva got permission to leave the country for the Tokyo Olympics just two days before his deadline. Grijalva and his immigration attorney Jessica Smith Bobadilla tell his story.
27/07/2142m 45s

The Problem With Calling Food 'Exotic'; Anthony Bourdain AI Voiceover

The word "exotic" is often used to describe food. Washington Post food writer G. Daniela Galarza says that word is problematic no matter what it's describing, and we should stop using it. And, in the new Anthony Bourdain documentary, the director used an artificially generated version of Bourdain's voice to read aloud from an e-mail he sent to a friend. MIT Technology Review Karen Hao joins us to discuss.
27/07/2142m 8s

Remembering Journalist Priscilla McMillan; What's Killing Songbirds?

Host Robin Young remembers her neighbor and friend Priscilla McMillan. McMillan is known as the only person who knew both John F. Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald. And, songbirds sick or dead from a mysterious illness have been reported in the eastern United States. Andy Kubis of The Allegheny Front reports.
26/07/2142m 18s

Jackson Browne's 'Downhill From Everywhere'; Fox News, GOP On Vaccines

We speak with Rock & Roll Hall of Fame musician Jackson Browne, whose new album "Downhill From Everywhere" drops Friday. And, Fox News premiered a PSA this week encouraging viewers to get vaccinated. The network still features hosts skeptical of the vaccine. The news comes as some GOP lawmakers have also started to encourage vaccination. NPR's David Folkenflik reports.
23/07/2143m 0s

Black Lives Matter Marks 8 Years; Losing Everything In A Disaster

July marks the eighth anniversary of Black Lives Matter. Melina Abdullah, co-founder of Los Angeles' Black Lives Matter chapter, joins us. And, whether it's a wildfire or a condo collapse, a disaster services attorney and a survivor of the 2018 Camp Fire outline how to heal — physically and mentally — from such a sudden uprooting.
23/07/2142m 24s

How Unarmed Crisis Teams Save Lives; School Supplies Shortage

Unarmed crisis teams respond to suicide threats, substance abuse calls, welfare checks and other moments where a counselor — instead of a police officer — can de-escalate a situation. We check in with the country's first such crisis response program known as CAHOOTS. And, for many kids, going back to school means shopping for new supplies. But a number of challenges this year have left retailers struggling to stock the shelves. MSNBC's Ali Velshi explains.
22/07/2142m 41s

One Salvadoran Migrant's Journey Toward Asylum; History Of Cuba

Washington Post reporter Arelis R. Hernández has been following one Salvadoran woman who had been seeking asylum in the U.S. for more than a year. She shares Nancy's journey. And, Cuba is going through its largest protests against the government in half a decade. Professor Michael Bustamante gives us a primer on Cuban history from its time as a Spanish colony to the present.
22/07/2142m 12s

Climate Change Amps Up Extreme Weather; U.S. Women's Soccer Team Loses

Over the past few weeks, deadly flooding rocked Germany and a blistering heat wave struck the American West. Professor Friederike Otto discusses climate change and extreme weather events. And, Sweden beat the U.S. women's soccer team in Tokyo on Wednesday. The U.S. team has a chance to recover with two upcoming games. NPR's Tom Goldman joins us with more.
21/07/2141m 44s

A Paperclip For A House: The Trade-Up Economy; Milwaukee Bucks Win Big

A decade ago, Kyle MacDonald exchanged a paper clip for something a little more valuable, and so on and so on, until he had a home. His success went viral and inspired a fad, which gained traction during the pandemic. We talk to two college graduates with student loan debt who gave the trade-up fad a shot. And, the Milwaukee Bucks won the NBA Finals, beating out the Phoenix Suns. A. Sherrod Blakely, an NBA commentator, joins us to wrap up the season.
21/07/2142m 0s

Canada's Indigenous Residential Schools; COVID-19 Concerns At Olympics

More unmarked graves have been unearthed at a former Indigenous residential school site in Canada. The graves are believed to contain remains of Indigenous children forcibly taken from their families from the late 1880s to the 1990s. We talk with Assembly of First Nations National Chief RoseAnne Archibald. And, there have been a number of COVID-19 cases among athletes, team officials and others who've arrived in Tokyo for the Olympics. NPR's Mandalit del Barco reports from Japan.
20/07/2142m 44s

'Subpar Parks' Turns Bad Reviews Into Art; 'Vesper Flights' Essays

Illustrator Amber Share talks about her new book "Subpar Parks: America's Most Extraordinary Parks and Their Least Impressed Visitors." She pairs one-star reviews of national parks with her illustrations. And, author and naturalist Helen Macdonald talks about her essay collection "Vesper Flights."
20/07/2143m 33s

Summer Dessert Recipes; Ozarks Church Sponsors Queer Camp

Chef Kathy Gunst shares her recipes for three easy-to-bake berry dessert dishes to share this summer. And, in the wake of the passage of multiple anti-transgender laws in Arkansas, a Lutheran pastor decided to host a weeklong queer camp for kids ages 12 to 18. The idea is to provide a safe haven for LGBTQ youth and promote self-empowerment and fun. Jacqueline Froelich of KUAF reports.
19/07/2142m 46s

The 'Ugly Truth' About Facebook; How The Pandemic Shaped Fashion

In "An Ugly Truth," New York Times reporters Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang chronicle the series of scandals at Facebook between 2016 and 2021. The authors explore the inner workings of the company and its top executives. And, many people ditched the business-casual wear and dressy outfits during quarantine. GQ fashion critic Rachel Tashjian discusses pandemic fashion.
19/07/2142m 25s

High School Musicals Return; LGBTQ Athletes In Olympics

A lot of high school experiences were lost last year because of the pandemic — graduations, proms and musicals. Now, one school is reclaiming a show they thought they'd lost. North Country Public Radio's Amy Feiereisel reports. And, Cyd Zeigler joins us for an update on the record number of LGBTQ athletes participating in the Tokyo Olympics this year.
16/07/2141m 58s

Shemekia Copeland Reflects On Chicago Blues; Streaming Services Take Over

Shemekia Copeland joins us to talk about the release of "50 Years of Genuine Houserockin' Music," an album that celebrates the 50th anniversary of Chicago's own Alligator Records. And, the Emmy nominations make it abundantly clear that streaming services are overtaking cable TV. Seven of the 10 most-nominated shows were created for streamers like Netflix, Apple TV+, and Hulu. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans joins us.
16/07/2142m 0s

A Look At Cuban Protests; Giant Goldfish In Minnesota

Cuba's president acknowledged for the first time Wednesday that the government mishandled supply shortages in the country. But he also spoke out against recent protests that have led to violent confrontations between demonstrators and police. And, the city of Burnsville, Minnesota, warned residents against releasing their pet goldfish in lakes after massive goldfish were discovered. These feral goldfish could harm the environment and the water supply.
15/07/2141m 21s

Amazon Rainforest Carbon Dioxide Crisis; Idaho Wolf Management

A new study finds that regions of the eastern Amazon now output more carbon dioxide than they absorb, indicating that the planet is losing a crucial buffer in the fight against climate change. We speak with the study's author. And, a new Idaho law expands lethal methods to control wolves and protect livestock. The state also has one of the most established non-lethal predator-livestock coexistence programs in the U.S. We look at the future of those efforts.
15/07/2141m 53s

Alejandro Escovedo's SIMS Foundation; India's Cinema Woes

Singer-songwriter Alejandro Escovedo, co-founder of the SIMS Foundation, joins us to talk about his efforts to help musicians and their families get help for substance abuse and mental health issues. And, edged out by multiplexes, India's old-fashioned single-screen theatres have been struggling financially for decades, the pandemic only speeding up their demise. Sushmita Pathak has the report.
14/07/2141m 25s

Complicated History Of Color Indigo; Jingle Dress Healing Project

Renowned artist Firelei Báez's latest work explores the complicated history of the color indigo and pays homage to a majestic ruin in Haiti. And, a group of Native American women wearing traditional jingle dresses is traveling the U.S. to promote healing from COVID-19. The jingle dress was used for healing during another health crisis, the 1918 influenza pandemic.
14/07/2141m 48s

Virtual Support For Dementia Caregivers; China's 'Red Tourism'

Caregiver support groups were forced to go virtual because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But this helped some caregivers of loved ones with dementia find support for the first time. KJZZ's Kathy Ritchie has the story. And, as NPR's Emily Feng reports, China is promoting "red tourism" — visiting Communist Party historical sites that venerate Chairman Mao Zedong, and increasingly, the country's current leader Xi Jinping.
13/07/2141m 41s

Wisconsin Shipwreck Coast; Dr. Fauci On Future Of Pandemic

The Wisconsin Shipwreck Coast National Marine Sanctuary in Lake Michigan contains the remains of 36 known shipwrecks and perhaps dozens more that have yet to be explored. We speak to the president of the Wisconsin Underwater Archeological Association. And, Dr. Anthony Fauci joins us to talk about the future of the pandemic, vaccinations, booster shots, variants and more.
13/07/2141m 28s

Donkey Kong 40th Anniversary; Post-Pandemic Finances

First released in 1981 in Japan, the arcade game Donkey Kong became a mainstream hit in the U.S., with a strong competitive scene. Steve Wiebe, the first player to hit a million points, joins us. And, as many states emerge from the worst of the pandemic, personal finance expert Jill Schlesinger has tips on positioning yourself for financial success.
12/07/2141m 25s

The Case For Over The Counter Hearing Aids; Sun Valley Conference

President Biden signed a new executive order that seeks to allow hearing aids to be sold over the counter. Audiologist Meaghan P. Reed explains what that could mean for the 37 million American adults with hearing loss. And, tech and media giants flocked to the Sun Valley Conference over the weekend. NPR's Dan Gura joins us with more.
12/07/2141m 30s

TikTok Video Resumes; Author Sandra Boynton's New Puzzle Collection

A new pilot program from TikTok is helping job seekers apply online for openings with video resumes. Several companies are now experimenting with the format to appeal to Gen Z. Al Jazeera English's Femi Oke has more. And, we talk with cartoonist and author Sandra Boynton about her new collection of jigsaw puzzles featuring quirky animals.
09/07/2142m 40s

Advice For Buying And Owning Condos; Solar Cemeteries

Condo law expert Evan McKenzie gives us a lesson in Condos 101 — everything you should know about buying a condo or owning one, especially if it's in an older building. And, more families in the U.S. are choosing to cremate their deceased loved ones instead of burying them. Connecticut Public Radio's Patrick Skahill explains how this is creating a new partnership between cemeteries and the solar industry.
09/07/2138m 3s

DACA's 9 Year Anniversary; Pro Skateboarder's Olympic Debut

Greisa Martínez Rosas, a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipient and executive director of United We Dream, talks about the work the Biden administration has yet to do on immigration. And, pro skateboarder Jake Ilardi of Florida will be on the U.S.'s first Olympic skateboarding team as the sport makes its debut at the Tokyo Olympics. He discusses the historical moment.
08/07/2141m 52s

Blues Legend Bobby Rush Pens Memoir; Heat Wave In British Columbia

Grammy-winning blues musician Bobby Rush talks about his new memoir "I Ain't Studdin' Ya: My American Blues Story." And, British Columbia is struggling through a major heat wave that's already reported to have killed hundreds of people and a billion seashore animals. CBC News senior reporter Lyndsay Duncombe has more.
08/07/2142m 26s

Nikole Hannah-Jones Talks Tenure; Organ Transplants During Pandemic

Award-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones talks about her decision to reject a tenure offer at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and instead join the faculty at Howard University. And, surprisingly, a record number of transplants were completed in 2020 despite the pandemic. STAT reporter Liz Cooney explains how hospitals continued transplantation during the pandemic.
07/07/2143m 12s

Daryl Davis On Dismantling White Supremacy; 9/11 Lawsuit Against Saudis

Daryl Davis, a Black blues musician and author, has spent many years forming relationships and talking about racism with KKK members. He explains his approach and if it's changed this past year. And, thousands of family members of 9/11 victims are pressuring the courts to release information they say will help determine whether Saudi Arabia had a role in the attacks. We talk to one of the plaintiffs and a lawyer representing them.
07/07/2142m 51s

Bill Cosby Accuser Reacts To Release; Legal Implications Of Cosby Case

One of the women accusing Bill Cosby of sexual assault describes her reaction to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's decision last week to overturn the comedian's 2018 sexual assault conviction. And, National Women's Law Center President and CEO Fatima Goss Graves examines what the Cosby ruling means to survivors of sexual assault.
06/07/2142m 10s

'Firekeeper's Daughter' By Angeline Boulley; Post-Pandemic 'Normalcy Index'

Author Angeline Boulley talks about her new young adult novel "Firekeeper's Daughter," which centers around an investigation into a new form of crystal meth coming out of an Ojibwe community in Michigan. And, much of the world is not quite back to normal yet, according to a new "normalcy index" by The Economist. Data journalist James Fransham explains.
06/07/2142m 21s

COVID-19 Survivors Mark July 4th; Michael J. Fox On Optimism

COVID-19 survivors added pops of yellow to their July 4th decor to show solidarity with the more than 600,000 people who have died of the disease in the U.S. Survivor Marjorie Roberts participated. And, Michael J. Fox talks about his book "No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality."
05/07/2142m 33s

What It Means To Be American; Improvising In The Kitchen

With friends and families gathering across the country, following a bleak holiday last year, we ask some of our listeners what it means to them to be an American. And, New York Times food editor Sam Sifton talks about his book "The New York Times Cooking No Recipe Recipes."
05/07/2142m 8s

Black TikTok Creators Strike; June Jobs Report

Black TikTok creators are opting not to share their dance choreography on the app because they say they're tired of not receiving credit for it from users who co-opt them. Al Jazeera English's Femi Oke explains. And, 850,000 new jobs were added in June, defying economists' expectations. Bloomberg News senior editor Mike Regan joins us.
02/07/2141m 41s

'After The Apocalypse' Book; SCOTUS Weakens Voting Rights Act

In "After The Apocalypse," Andrew Bacevich argues that the most important threats the U.S. faces are in North America, not on battlefields in the Middle East. And, Thursday's decision by the Supreme Court to uphold Arizona voting restrictions dealt a blow to the Voting Rights Act. Wendy Weiser of the Brennan Center for Justice talks about the impact.
02/07/2142m 3s

'Be Anti-Racist' Podcast; New FTC Chair Opposes Big Tech

We speak with author and professor Ibram X. Kendi about his podcast "Be Anti-Racist with Ibram X. Kendi" which builds on his best-selling book. And, Biden's new Federal Trade Commissioner Lina Khan made a name for herself by advocating for stricter regulation of big tech companies. NPR's Shannon Bond gives us details about Khan's background on the day of her first open commission meeting.
01/07/2141m 18s

Philip Glass' 'Águas Da Amazônia'; Fatal Shooting Witness Speaks Out

Classical music opinionator Fran Hoepfner dives into the rivers of the Amazon as depicted by composer Philip Glass in his piece "Águas da Amazônia." And, two people were killed by a gunman in Winthrop, Massachusetts, on Saturday in what police are investigating as a hate crime. Paulo Correia was driving in the neighborhood when the gunman got into Correia's car.
01/07/2141m 59s

Unhoused People And Extreme Heat; Payday Pending For College Athletes

It's slightly cooler Wednesday in Oregon and Washington after triple-digit temperatures for several days. Jimmy Jones of a community action group discusses his team's efforts to help people who are homeless. And, the NCAA is expected to allow college athletes to make money from their likeness. NPR sports correspondent Tom Goldman joins us.
30/06/2141m 29s

Fourth Of July Grilling; Charlayne Hunter-Gault On 'Summer Of Soul'

With the Fourth of July around the corner, we get a lesson in grilling chicken skewers, clams and peaches from chef Kathy Gunst. And, the new documentary "Summer of Soul" about the Harlem Cultural Festival in the summer of 1969 opens in theaters and can be streamed on Hulu on Friday. PBS special correspondent Charlayne Hunter-Gault, who appears in the film, joins us.
30/06/2141m 19s

'Summer Of Soul' Documentary; Future Of Hong Kong

"Summer of Soul" documents the story of the Harlem Cultural Festival in 1969. We speak with Billy Davis Jr. and Marilyn McCoo of The 5th Dimension, one of the many acts that performed at the festival. And, it's been one year since China passed a sweeping national security law for Hong Kong that criminalized protest and curbed the city's autonomy from mainland China. Louisa Lim of the "Little Red Podcast" joins us to discuss.
29/06/2142m 4s

Maryland's Crab Industry Bounces Back; Tree Equity In Cleveland

Last year was difficult for Maryland's crab industry. But as WAMU's Dominique Maria Bonessi reports, this season is already promising to be much better. And, in Cleveland, Ohio, many low-income neighborhoods lack trees. A new campaign is trying to bring greater "tree equity" and help the city stay cooler as the climate changes. NPR's Dan Charles has the story.
29/06/2141m 18s

Incarcerated Voting Laws; Return To The Office Dealbreaker

Millions of formerly incarcerated people in the U.S. were eligible to vote in the 2020 election, but a new analysis suggests few did. The Marshall Project's Nicole Lewis joins us. And, with companies calling workers back to work after months of working from home, some people are realizing they don't want to return. Author and professor Dorie Clark weighs in with her advice.
28/06/2142m 22s

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Conductor; COVID-19 Long-Hauler Suicides

Jonathan Rush, assistant conductor for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, joins us to talk about what songs are on his summer playlist. And, COVID-19 long-haulers are people whose coronavirus symptoms linger, and even worsen, for months after they're cleared of infection. We speak with one husband whose 50-year-old wife died by suicide after enduring 13 months of debilitating post-virus symptoms.
28/06/2142m 30s

Journalists Rethink Their Role; Riding The California Zephyr

After last year's political turmoil and racial reckoning, newsrooms were looking inward at their own status quo. Three journalists discuss how the past year changed them. And, Amtrak's California Zephyr travels nearly 2,500 miles between Chicago and San Francisco. Colorado Public Radio's Stina Sieg brings us along on her ride all the way across the state and back.
25/06/2142m 12s

War On Drugs 50 Years Later; Mary J. Blige Documentary

50 years after President Nixon declared a War on Drugs, some of the hardest-hit communities are still dealing with its effect. NPR's addiction correspondent Brian Mann visits two of them and shares his reporting. And, we speak with Grammy-winning composer Mervyn Warren about his work on the new documentary "Mary J. Blige's My Life."
25/06/2141m 26s

Summer Book Recommendations; Britney Spears Asks To End Conservatorship

Petra Mayer of NPR Books shares her top book recommendations for summer 2021. And, Britney Spears appeared in court on Wednesday and pleaded for an end to the tight legal hold she's been under for the past 13 years. Variety's Elizabeth Wagmeister talks about Spears' conservatorship.
24/06/2142m 54s

'Sesame Street' Tackles Racism; Turning Plastic Into Vanilla Flavoring

Two new Black puppets have joined "Sesame Street" to teach children about systemic inequality and racism. Rocío Galarza of the Sesame Workshop discusses their efforts in teaching kids about racial literacy. And, for the first time, scientists at the University of Edinburgh have converted plastic bottles into vanilla flavoring. Researcher Stephen Wallace talks about the process, challenges and plastic sustainability.
24/06/2142m 31s

Are Humans Reaching Our Brain Capacity?; Drug Recovery Centers

Remember learning humans use 10% of our brains? That's 100% false! Our brains are always active and actually have limits. Author Annie Murphy Paul and neuroscientist Peter Reiner join us. And, Massachusetts drug recovery centers are giving drug users a second chance to rebuild their lives. WBUR's Martha Bebinger has the story of one longtime drug user.
23/06/2142m 22s

Kids Return To Summer Camp; SCOTUS Rules In Favor Of Cheerleader

After a dismal summer last year, the demand for day camps and sleepaway camps is up. The president of the American Camp Association explains what the camp experience is like this summer. And, the Supreme Court ruled comments a cheerleader made about her school on social media were protected speech under the First Amendment. NPR's Carrie Johnson discusses the ruling.
23/06/2143m 0s

Uber And Lyft Raise Prices; Kansas City's Initiative To End Traffic Deaths

Ride-hailing services are struggling to keep up with the increased demand brought on by the easing of pandemic-related restrictions. Now fares are going up but drivers aren't seeing a fair cut. We speak with a Lyft driver in Austin, Texas. And, even though the pandemic kept cars off the road, traffic fatalities went up in 2020. Kansas City, Missouri, has pledged to reach zero traffic deaths by 2030.
22/06/2141m 56s

Carl Nassib's Coming Out Story; College Cancels Student Debt

When Carl Nassib of the Las Vegas Raiders came out on his Instagram on Monday, he made history as the first openly gay active player in the NFL. Amit Paley of The Trevor Project discusses the significance of the announcement. And, Wilberforce University canceled $375,000 in debt for graduates. President Elfred Anthony Pinkard talks about the gesture.
22/06/2141m 58s

Family Of Police Shooting Survivor; Future Of Work And Saving

One family was reluctantly thrust into activism after their son survived a 2015 police shooting. Now, the Pean family is still wrestling with the meaning of being Black in America. Kaiser Health News' Sarah Varney joins us. And, as Americans navigate the next chapter of the pandemic, is it time to rethink how we save money? CBS's Jill Schlesinger weighs in.
21/06/2142m 18s

Greening The Steel Industry; A Look At '2nd Amendment Sanctuaries'

Science journalist Mark Peplow explains the ways the steel industry is moving toward producing less greenhouse gases, including a Swedish project that is preparing to make fossil-fuel-free steel commercially available in five years. And, so-called "Second Amendment sanctuaries" are states, cities or counties that adopted legislation meant to counter perceived encroachments on gun rights. A professor breaks down their legality.
21/06/2142m 26s

Millions Of Americans Quit Their Jobs; Mexico Sinkhole Swallows House

Despite the economic devastation caused by the pandemic, millions of Americans are leaving their jobs. In April, some 4 million people quit, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. We explore what's pushing so many people to quit their jobs. And, a large sinkhole has been growing at a farm in Mexico since May. It's already swallowed a house, and two dogs had to be rescued recently from the hole.
18/06/2142m 0s

Juneteenth Mural; Parenting In The Pandemic

It's a momentous day in the U.S. as a new holiday, Juneteenth, becomes official. In 1865 in Galveston, Texas, enslaved Black Americans learned of their freedom. Now, a new mural honors the day. Houston Public Media's Elizabeth Trovall has more. And, the pandemic and years of political and social unrest have changed parenting. Writer and parent Carvell Wallace joins us.
18/06/2142m 18s

Transgender Athletes In Tokyo Olympics; Dinner Party Recipes

Several transgender athletes around the world are vying to make history at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. We speak with LGBTQ sportswriter Cyd Zeigler and professional runner Nikki Hiltz, who recently announced they are transgender and nonbinary. And, ready to start hosting again? Chef Kathy Gunst has recipes for entertaining as many states lift pandemic restrictions.
17/06/2141m 54s

Relationship Between Freedom And Voting; Title IX Protects Trans Students

After record voter turnout in 2020, Republican-controlled legislatures are passing restrictive voting rights laws, emboldened by false claims of voter fraud. The CEO of the New Georgia Project explains what these attacks mean for the American freedom to vote. And, the Department of Education says transgender students are protected from discrimination under Title IX. The 19th reporter Kate Sosin joins us.
17/06/2141m 35s

Genetically Modified Mosquitoes; 'Truth Like Oil' Novel

Florida Keys officials are working on a unique experiment: hatching thousands of genetically modified mosquitos and releasing them. Andrea Leal of the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District explains. And, Connie Biewald discusses her new novel, "Truth Like Oil," about a Black teen struggling with his own demons as his prospects of walking across the stage on graduation day grow smaller.
16/06/2141m 23s

Ursula Burns' Journey To Xerox CEO; Cruise Industry And Vaccine Passports

When Ursula Burns was named the CEO of Xerox in 2009, she became the first Black woman to head a Fortune 500 company. Her new memoir takes readers through her nearly 30-year journey from intern to CEO. And, Celebrity Cruises is requiring passengers 16 and older to show COVID-19 vaccination proof, but that goes against the law in its home state of Florida. The Miami Herald's Taylor Dolven explains the fight over vaccine requirements.
16/06/2141m 30s

Teaching Juneteenth In Schools; Valedictorian Donates Scholarship

Author Clint Smith explains why Juneteenth isn't taught in schools and how that contributes to distorted views of slavery. And, valedictorian Verda Tetteh won a $40,000 scholarship at her high school graduation. Then, she headed back to the podium and announced that she would prefer that a student in greater need receive the scholarship instead. Tetteh joins us.
15/06/2141m 38s

Original Pride Flag; Museums Release Juneteenth Movie

A fragment of the original Pride flag has been discovered and is now on display in San Francisco. We talk with Charles Beal, a friend of the flag's creator. And, 10 Black cultural centers and museums are releasing their collaborative movie "Juneteenth." Asia Harris and Tiffany Cooper, who worked on the film, join us.
15/06/2141m 37s

Cover Songs Galore; The State Of Sex Education

Patrick Bryant's radio show "Subject to Change" covers the same song for two hours. He joins us to discuss his latest pick "I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself." And, state legislatures from multiple states have recently taken up bills that address sex education in schools. Oregon OB-GYN Dr. Jennifer Lincoln and sex educator KC Slack weigh in.
14/06/2141m 28s

New Cancer Blood Test; Re-Evaluating School Police

A new treatment could be a game changer for some patients with tumor-based cancers. It's a simple blood test that shows recurrence of cancer months before it can appear on MRIs, CT scans and X-rays. We speak to a doctor and a patient using the test. And, we speak with the executive director of the National Association of School Resource Officers, about the strengths and weaknesses of school policing.
14/06/2141m 4s

'Keeping Up With The Kardashians' Ends; Drama Book Shop Reopens In NYC

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans discusses the end of an era after "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" aired its final episode. And, NYC's Drama Book Shop shut down prior to the pandemic and was then saved by Lin-Manuel Miranda and his often-collaborator Thomas Kail. NPR's Jeff Lunden reports on the store's long-awaited reopening.
11/06/2142m 46s

Portraits Of Valor; Arizona Arboretum Saved From Wildfire

After World War II, veteran Charles Waterhouse made it his mission to honor his fellow Marines by painting their portraits. His daughter Jane Waterhouse joins us to discuss publishing his art in the book "Valor in Action." And, the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Arizona's oldest and largest botanical garden, was saved Monday from the Telegraph Fire after firefighters dropped flame retardant from an air tanker. The arboretum's executive director talks about the rescue.
11/06/2142m 22s

Future Of Fitness Industry; Tribal Leader On Keystone XL Pipeline

When gyms closed last year, millions of Americans went online to keep fit during the pandemic. Marc Santa Maria, national director of group fitness for Crunch Fitness, discusses the future of the fitness industry. And, the company behind the Keystone XL pipeline announced it's terminating the project after more than a decade of fighting. Larry Wright Jr, chairman of Nebraska's Ponca Tribe, shares his reaction.
10/06/2142m 10s

Alzheimer's Doctors On Biogen's New Drug; Tax Inequality

There's excitement — and controversy — surrounding Biogen's new Alzheimer's drug. What are doctors saying? Dr. Jason Karlawish and Dr. Gayatri Devi discuss the drug's promise and peril. And, ProPublica revealed a trove of tax records showing the megarich pay next to nothing in income taxes. Robert McClelland of the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center weighs in.
10/06/2142m 28s

History Of Home Economics; Annular Solar Eclipse

"The Secret History of Home Economics" author Danielle Dreilinger discusses how home economics classes gave women career opportunities in science. And, very few people will be able to catch the annular solar eclipse on June 10. Sky & Telescope senior editor Kelly Beatty explains how to see it and what it'll look like.
09/06/2142m 22s

Biden And LGBTQ Rights; Healing Trauma Through Writing

In 2012, then-Vice President Joe Biden became the highest-ranking Democrat to support marriage equality. Author Sasha Issenberg explains the evolution of Biden's position on LGBTQ rights. And, when Maryland psychotherapist Kerry Malawista noticed frontline health care workers struggling with the pandemic and deaths, she started a writing program to help them cope. She joins us to discuss.
09/06/2143m 24s

A Vaccine To Save The Bees; Abandoned Border Wall Construction

There's a lot of buzz around a newly developed technology that protects bees from some deadly pesticides. Researcher James Webb joins us. And, abandoned construction sites along the U.S.-Mexico border have left scars in the landscape of several natural areas. Host Peter O'Dowd traveled to the border to see what's going on.
08/06/2142m 31s

Chris Thile 'Laysongs'; Songs Of Remembrance

Mandolinist Chris Thile, out with a new solo album, joins us to talk about becoming more reflective as a result of the pandemic. And, for many, it's been tough to shake the grief that COVID-19 has caused. Here & Now listener Jamie Mayer and her daughter remember their dad and grandpa, who died from COVID-19, by singing his favorite song.
08/06/2142m 13s

Can We Trust What We See?; Illegal Dumping Public Art

New documentary "All Light, Everywhere" examines surveillance, police body cameras and the nature of how we see. Director Theo Anthony joins us. And, "A New View" art project in Camden, New Jersey, hopes to deal with the city's illegal dumping problem while involving the community in public art. WHYY's Elisabeth Perez-Luna reports.
07/06/2142m 33s

Remembering A Salem Witch Trials Victim; Wuhan Lab Leak

This year marks the 400th birthday of Rebecca Nurse, the oldest woman executed for witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials. One of Nurse's descendants discusses how the story resonates today. And, Betsy McKay of the Wall Street Journal talks about the evolution of the theory that the coronavirus originated from a lab leak in Wuhan, China.
07/06/2142m 37s

Escaping The 'Madhouse' Of Antarctica; Malala's Marriage Comments

"Madhouse At The End Of The Earth" tells the harrowing tale of the 19th century polar explorers aboard the Belgica. Author Julian Sancton joins us. And Malala Yousafzai recently graced the cover of British Vogue — but received backlash in Pakistan for her comments on marriage. NPR's Diaa Hadid explains the controversy.
04/06/2142m 36s

Rev. Barber On Third Reconstruction; The Barbecue King

Rev. William Barber has long been calling for a Third Reconstruction, a restructuring of U.S. policies to root out racism, poverty and other ills. Barber explains why he thinks now is the right time to push the vision forward. And, KCUR's Mackenzie Martin looks at how Henry Perry, the so-called "Barbeque King," built an American institution in Kansas City.
04/06/2142m 25s

Houston Vaccine Lawsuit; Aggressive NBA Fan Behavior

A group of over 100 hospital workers in Texas is refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine. They are suing their employer, Houston Methodist, for its compulsory vaccination policy as a violation of medical ethics standards. And, sportscaster and NBA veteran Len Elmore discusses aggressive fan behavior during the NBA playoffs.
03/06/2141m 50s

'Critical Role' Of Dungeons & Dragons; 2021 Movie Season

"Critical Role" — a show based on the tabletop roleplaying game Dungeons & Dragons — wraps up its narrative arc Thursday. We revisit a conversation with two cast members about the game's enduring appeal. And, NPR's Aisha Harris and KPCC's John Horn join us to talk about this year's movies and if anyone's going to the theatres these days.
03/06/2142m 25s

Jackson Family Legacy; Delicious Strawberry Recipes

The music of the Jacksons is resurfacing after the re-release of their albums. But how does Michael Jackson's complicated legacy impact the family's music? Writer Jody Rosen joins us. And, strawberry season begins in many parts of the U.S. this month. Resident chef Kathy Gunst has three strawberry recipes to share.
02/06/2140m 48s

Salt Marsh Restoration; Tech Job Migration

Salt marshes are among the most productive ecosystems in the world. In Bradenton, Florida, volunteers are working to bolder this coastal habitat. WUSF's Cathy Carter takes us there. And, new data shows the pandemic spurred a migration of tech jobs away from Silicon Valley and into some midsize metros. Bloomberg's Jonathan Levin explains this new trend.
02/06/2141m 51s

Sturgill Simpson On Loss; Could Vampire Bats Arrive In The U.S.?

When country singer John Prine was hospitalized last year with COVID-19, Sturgill Simpson felt he'd never see his friend again. Simpson joins us to discuss Prine and other country legends. And, vampire bats could soon arrive in the U.S. from Mexico due to climate change. WUSF's Jessica Meszaros reports.
01/06/2141m 59s

Naomi Osaka Withdraws From French Open; Experts Predict Above Normal Hurricane Season

Tennis player Naomi Osaka said Monday she's withdrawing from the French Open after being fined $15,000 for refusing to speak to the media to protect her mental health. ESPN's Pam Shriver joins us. And, experts predict the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season will have an above-normal number of named storms. Jeff Huffman of Florida Public Radio Emergency Network weighs in.
01/06/2141m 41s

Father Wonders Who's Responsible For Son's Death; Ohio Restaurant

A Washington law firm contacted Andrew Bacevich, asking his family to join a lawsuit against Iran connected to his son who died in the Iraq War. He denied, but wondered: who's responsible for the death of my son? He joins us to discuss. And, Jessica Parkison, co-owner of the restaurant Salt, in Lakewood, Ohio details how her business is faring.
31/05/2141m 10s

Tulsa Massacre 100 Years Later; Post-Vaccine Plans

A century ago, the all-Black community of Greenwood in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was attacked by a white mob. We excerpt an NPR Code Switch episode that looks at Greenwood 100 years later. And, as more pandemic restrictions lift, we hear from Here & Now listeners on what they're looking forward to doing as fully vaccinated people.
31/05/2142m 11s

Simone Biles Controversy; Geriatric Millennials, Explained

Gymnast Simone Biles received a 6.6 provisional score for landing the Yuchenko Double Pike. Journalist Dvora Meyers explains the controversy surrounding the score. And, the term "geriatric millennial" is raising the hackles of some folks. Al Jazeera's Femi Oke explains.
28/05/2142m 18s

Travel During Memorial Day Weekend; Texas Permitless Gun Carry Bill

An estimated 37 million Americans will travel this weekend, a 60% jump from last year. Dr. Leana Wen weighs in on what to know for this upcoming holiday. And, Texas state Rep. Joe Moody, a Democrat, discusses the permitless gun carry bill that is to become law soon in his state and his opposition to it.
28/05/2141m 33s

Activist Fund Wins ExxonMobil Board Seats; Emotional Toll In San Jose

The future of the oil and gas industry shifted dramatically this week when an activist hedge fund won against ExxonMobil. MSNBC's Ali Velshi explains what this means for the industry's future. And, we hear how residents are coping after the mass shooting in San Jose. Adhiti Bandlamudi lives a few blocks away from where the shooting occurred and joins us.
27/05/2142m 53s

How Dating Apps Handle Sexual Assault; Manufacturing Worker Shortage

A ProPublica investigation finds the online dating industry has done little to protect users from sexual assault. One survivor talks about her experience dealing with the company Bumble. And, the Biden administration wants to reverse a long-term decline in manufacturing jobs. But despite a post-pandemic surge in demand, hundreds of thousands of positions are going unfilled. Producer Chris Bentley reports.
27/05/2142m 23s

The Future Of The Pandemic; Joe Manchin And The Filibuster

Half the country's adults are now fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and nearly two-thirds have a single dose. But does that mean the pandemic is over? Expert Laurie Garrett weighs in. And, although Democrats want to get rid of the filibuster, Joe Manchin stands in their way. Vox's Andrew Prokop, who recently profiled Manchin, joins us.
26/05/2142m 55s

Byron Allen Calls For Inclusion; Return Of The Cicadas

Byron Allen is on a mission to tackle racism in the media industry — one lawsuit at a time. He joins us to discuss his push for economic inclusion. And, after spending 17 years sucking on tree roots underground, the largest brood of cicadas in the U.S. is out and about. Entomologist Mike Raupp takes us on a cicada safari.
26/05/2142m 16s

Super Blood Moon; Songwriting Program For Teen Girls In Nashville

A super moon and a lunar eclipse are coinciding overnight, turning the sky deep red. Sky & Telescope's Kelly Beatty explains where and when the moon will be visible. And, a song-writing program called Girls Write Nashville helped some teens channel their emotions into songs during challenging times. Paige Pfleger of WPLN reports.
25/05/2142m 39s

Washington's Police And Race Course; Mediterranean Migrant Rescues

Washington has enacted a course for police recruits to learn about the history of policing and race. Daudi Abe, a professor who helped create the curriculum, explains. And, despite staggering recent death counts, thousands of migrants continue to flee Africa by crossing the waters that lead to Europe. The head of one vessel mission discusses what she's seeing.
25/05/2142m 33s

Coping With Racial Trauma; Camp Jabberwocky Memoir

In collaboration with NPR's Life Kit, we speak with psychotherapist April Preston about the impact of racial trauma on people of color and how to cope with it. And, what's is it like to raise a child silenced by cerebral palsy? Steven Gardner details that journey in "Jabberwocky," a new memoir about his son Graham.
24/05/2142m 10s

'The Underground Railroad' On-Set Therapist; Scarce Spring Snowmelt

Spring snowmelt could relieve the extreme drought in the West — but it's falling short in some places, Colorado Public Radio's Michael Elizabeth Sakas reports. And, to help the cast of "The Underground Railroad" process the trauma of slavery, director Barry Jenkins took the novel step of hiring an on-set mental health counselor. Therapist Kim Whyte talks about that experience.
24/05/2143m 21s

Eartha Kitt And Her Daughter; Demi Lovato's Nonbinary Identity

The new book "Eartha & Kitt: A Daughter's Love Story in Black and White" chronicles Kitt Shapiro's relationship with her mother, legendary singer Eartha Kitt. Shapiro joins us. And, Demi Lovato came out as nonbinary and changed their pronouns to they/them. Al Jazeera's Femi Oke talks about the significance of Lovato's revelation and the conversations it's sparking on social media.
21/05/2141m 35s

John Hiatt And Jerry Douglas Drop 'Leftover Feelings'; Fall TV Line-Up

John Hiatt and Jerry Douglas have been making music for decades but they've never made a record together — unitl now. "Leftover Feelings" is out on Friday. And, TV networks just announced a slate of new programming for the fall. But will it be enough to attract the audiences they desperately need? NPR TV critic Eric Deggans weighs in.
21/05/2141m 21s

Artichoke Recipes And Tips; Traveling Diary

Chef Kathy Gunst shares tips for picking and cooking artichokes. She has recipes using fresh artichokes as well as the jarred or canned variety. And, Kyra Peralte had an idea during the pandemic: Start a traveling diary that makes its way around the world to women who can add an entry. She joins us to talk about the project.
20/05/2141m 48s

Young Poets; GOP Arizona Official On Fraud Claims

Four teenage poets are in the running for the title of this year's National Youth Poet Laureate. We speak with the finalists. And, after former President Trump alleged "election crime" in Arizona, Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer could be silent no more. Richer, a Republican who oversees voter registration, joins us.
20/05/2141m 46s

Rare Soul Collection; Mysterious Ailment Affects U.S. Officials

Over the past five years, U.S. diplomats, soldiers and CIA officers working overseas reported sudden neurological illnesses. Now, there are reports of White House officials being affected on U.S. soil. Edward Wong of the New York Times joins us. And, Jeff Kollath, executive director of the Stax Museum, discusses a rare collection of classic 'sweet soul' music.
19/05/2141m 51s

History Of Kent State Photo; EU Opens Borders

May marks the 51st anniversary of the Kent State shootings — the day four students were killed at an anti-Vietnam War protest. Jeffrey Miller is known for the iconic photo from the incident. His brother, Russ Miller, joins us. And, the European Union signals it will include the U.S. on its non-essential travel list, opening its borders for American tourists.
19/05/2141m 23s

U.S. Companies Top Plastic Waste Report; Police Training

A new analysis finds just 20 companies are responsible for more than half of the world's throwaway single-use plastic waste. Two U.S.-based companies top the list. Roben Farzad, host of public radio's "Full Disclosure," explains. And, Ervin Staub, a psychology expert, talks to us about his police intervention training and research.
18/05/2141m 44s

The Black Keys On 'Delta Kream'; A Sustainable 'Fashion Cookbook'

Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney of The Black Keys talk about their new album "Delta Kream," which has covers of many Mississippi blues classics. And, design label ADIFF is tackling fashion's waste problem through its new book, "Open Source Fashion Cookbook." The book offers recipes and tips for DIY sustainable designs. ADIFF's co-founders join us.
18/05/2142m 5s

'The Whiteness Of Wealth' Book; Taking Pictures Of Birds

In "The Whiteness of Wealth," tax law professor and author Dorothy Brown argues that the U.S. systems for generating wealth inherently favor white Americans while penalizing Black Americans. We speak with her. And, marine biologist Huw Griffiths takes amazingly clear and close-up photos of birds. He explains how he does it.
17/05/2143m 6s

Sebastian Junger On 'Freedom'; Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

In his new book, "Freedom," Sebastian Junger tries to unpack the tension between freedom and community. He joins us. And, the latest conflict in Israel and the Gaza Strip has entered the second week of fighting. Khaled Elgindy of the Middle East Institute explains what's driving the conflict.
17/05/2143m 11s

Barack Obama Examines Masculinity; 'The Underground Railroad'

Aarti Shahani, host of the WBEZ podcast "Art of Power," talks about her interview with former President Barack Obama about the role of toxic masculinity in our society. And, Amazon's "The Underground Railroad" depicts beautiful images of Black people, but it also features explicit depictions of violence against them. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans tells us more.
14/05/2142m 43s

To Mask Or Not To Mask; 'Land-Grab Universities'

The CDC says vaccinated Americans no longer have to wear masks. While the move signals a return to normal, it also stands in contrast to guidelines from states and local governments. And, land-grant universities broadened access to higher education in the U.S. at the expense of Native Americans. We speak with a reporter about "land-grab universities."
14/05/2142m 44s

Gun Violence Complicates Police Reform; Surviving Colon Cancer

Sociology professor Patrick Sharkey discusses how gun violence in America makes meaningful police reform more difficult. And, after actor Chadwick Boseman died last August at the age of 43 from colon cancer, the world learned about the startling rise of colorectal cancer rates. Ibram X. Kendi and Paul Rawate talk about their journeys and their message about early screening.
13/05/2142m 6s

'144' Highlights WNBA'S 2020 Season; Black Leadership Stalled At 4%

ESPN's "144" focuses on the 144 WNBA players who gathered in Bradenton, Florida, to play a shortened season that focused on Black Lives Matter activism. The documentary's co-directors join us. And, writer Jamal Simmons discusses why he thinks so few American institutional leaders are Black and why he thinks "staged integration" is the solution.
13/05/2142m 21s

Offsetting Emissions Using Forests; Urban Renewal Reparations

In Athens, Georgia, former residents of a neighborhood erased by Urban Renewal have won reparations of a sort. Georgia Public Broadcasting's Grant Blankenship reports. And, California's forest offset program has generated more than $20 million "ghost credits" that don't achieve real climate benefits. ProPublica's Lisa Song explains the problem with the program.
12/05/2142m 3s

'Los Hermanos/The Brothers' Documentary; Southeast Gas Shortages

Two brothers, both Cuban-born musicians, were separated for decades by tensions between the U.S. and Cuba. "Los Hermanos/The Brothers" shows how in recent years, the two have been able to perform together. And, after a ransomware attack forced the largest pipeline in the U.S. to shut down, there are reports of long lines and shuttered stations from Florida to Virginia.
12/05/2142m 47s

'Murderbot' Author Martha Wells; Jobs Numbers Spark Unemployment Debate

Martha Wells' science fiction series "Murderbot Diaries" has been a best seller. Producer Emiko Tamagawa talked to Wells about her creation. And, Friday's disappointing jobs numbers sparked a partisan debate over whether extended federal unemployment benefits are to blame. We explore both sides of the conversation.
11/05/2142m 24s

'Secrets Of The Whales'; Concerns Over Instagram For Kids

National Geographic's "Secrets of the Whales" explores the distinctive cultures of different whales around the world. Underwater photographer Brian Skerry joins us. And, 44 attorneys general have come out against Facebook's plan to make an app for kids called Instagram Youth. The executive director for the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood shares his concerns.
11/05/2142m 16s

Sexual Assault In The Military; Veteran On Ending The Afghanistan War

Amy Marsh says she was sexually assaulted after an Air Force function. She discusses a new bill that aims to overhaul how the military handles sexual assault. And, retired Staff Sgt. Travis Mills lost portions of both arms and legs in Afghanistan. Mill doesn't regret his sacrifice but he agrees with Biden's plan to bring the troops home.
10/05/2142m 57s

Fixing The Homeless Crisis On LA's Skid Row; 'Together Together'

An order from a federal judge says Los Angeles must provide shelter to all unhoused people living on Skid Row by fall. Host Tonya Mosley gets two differing opinions on the order. And, Nikole Beckwith's film "Together Together" tells the story of the relationship between a 40-something man who wants a child and his gestational surrogate. The writer-director joins us.
10/05/2142m 46s

Sol Y Canto Fuses Family With Music; Let's Talk About Race

Alisa Amador and Rosi Amador are two-thirds of Sol y Canto, a music group started by Rosi Amador and her husband 25 years ago. They join us to discuss their latest album. And, it's difficult for most white people to talk about race. Professors Marlene Fine and Fern Johnson discuss their book, "Let's Talk Race: A Guide for White People."
07/05/2141m 47s

In Conversation With Maxwell, 25 Years Since 'Urban Hang Suite'

In 1996, Maxwell planted the seed for what would become a new genre.
07/05/2123m 50s

Maxwell's 'Urban Hang Suite' Turns 25; Teaching Climate Change

Maxwell's "Urban Hang Suite" turns a quarter-century-old this year. He reflects on how the album helped usher in an era of R&B called neo-soul. And, last year, New Jersey became the first state to require all public schools to adopt climate change education into its curriculum. We speak with a science teacher and a senior at Chatham High School.
07/05/2141m 56s

Sufjan Stevens' New Album; Losing All Sense Of Time

Sufjan Stevens released "Convocations" on Thursday. The record represents a journey through the yin-yang of grief, drawing on the death of his father. And, French researchers are trying to better understand how humans adapt to losing all sense of time. Deep Time's project director explains what it was like to spend 40 days in a cave without sunlight or clocks.
06/05/2141m 51s

Recipes For Mother's Day; Debate Over Showing Violent Police Videos

Chef Kathy Gunst shares a few simple recipes that kids can help prepare for their moms on Mother's Day. And, journalism professor Allissa Richardson discusses her essay, "We Have Enough Proof," in which she argues for a moratorium on the public airing of videos showing the deaths of Black people at the hands of police.
06/05/2141m 26s

Racism In American Psychiatric Association; David Oyelowo's Directing Debut

The American Psychiatric Association is trying to come to terms with what it calls an appalling history of racism, both within the organization and in its treatment of patients. Dr. Cheryl Wills, chair of the APA's task force on racism, joins us. And, David Oyelowo talks about making his directing debut for "The Water Man."
05/05/2141m 33s

Pandemic Makes The Mega-Rich Even Richer; COVID-19 Testing Still Matters

Economists predict a post-pandemic boom that won't benefit everyone equally. Molly Kinder, a fellow at the Brookings Institution, explains. And, COVID-19 testing has been one of the few tools that health officials have to monitor the virus. Now, the focus has shifted to vaccination efforts — but as Connecticut Public Radio's Nicole Leonard reports, testing still matters.
05/05/2141m 36s

Seattle's Free Community College Program; Remembering A Ballet Legend

Seattle Colleges chancellor explains the impact of Seattle Promise, a program that provides city high school students with two years of free community college education in the city. And, we remember former New York City Ballet star Jacques d'Amboise, who died Sunday at 86 after a stroke.
04/05/2141m 30s

Pandemic-Fueled Languish; Jackson, Mississippi's Water Crisis

In psychologist Adam Grant's op-ed for The New York Times, Grant puts a name to that feeling borne out of the pandemic — showing up for life, but living without aim. Sociologist Corey Keyes coined that feeling as "languishing." And, a water crisis in Jackson, Mississippi, came to head recently when freezing storms left residents without running water for weeks.
04/05/2141m 50s

Regulating Massage Parlors; Summer Employment Woes

Polaris Project CEO Catherine Chen says marginalized women and immigrants suffer violence, discrimination and racism in unregulated massage parlors where trafficking, coercion and desperation can leave them few options. She joins us. And, as summer nears, business owners across the country are reporting a shortage of help. Jill Schlesinger, CBS News business analyst, explains.
03/05/2142m 4s

'Pose' Final Season; Vaccine Refusal And Incentives

The last season of the groundbreaking FX show "Pose" kicked off Sunday night. We speak with Steven Canals, Janet Mock and Ryan Murphy about the award-winning series. And, The Atlantic's Derek Thompson details the reasons some Americans are refusing to get vaccinated. He spoke to more than a dozen of them and then looked at what might change their minds.
03/05/2142m 42s

Lessons From Chernobyl; Evangelical Pastor Encourages Vaccinations

In 1986, Dr. Alla Shapiro was a first responder in the Soviet Union when the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded. She writes about the disaster in a recent op-ed. And, almost half of the 41 million white evangelical Christians in the U.S. say they won't get vaccinated. One pastor in rural Kentucky explains what he's doing to address hesitancy.
30/04/2143m 5s

Al Qaeda 10 Years After Bin Laden; Black Jockey Chases History

Ten years ago, Navy Seals killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of Al Qaeda, the group that carried out the 9/11 attacks. We discuss the current state of the terrorist group. And, Kendrick Carmouche would be the first Black jockey to win the Kentucky Derby in 119 years if he wins on Saturday. Veteran horse racing reporter Joe Drape explains.
30/04/2143m 13s

Woman Who Escaped Taliban; Epidemiologists Reflect On Pandemic

Zarifa Hamidi was 7 years old in 2000 when the Taliban killed her father and forced her family to flee their home. She joins us to describe how that experience shaped her belief that the U.S. should not leave Afghanistan. And, epidemiologists are taking stock of what they've learned throughout the pandemic.
29/04/2142m 41s

Bird Sounds; Lost Hiker Found Using Satellite Images

Depending on where you live, you may be waking up to a chorus of bird songs. Jessie Barry, program manager at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, explains what birds to listen for in various regions. And, Ben Kuo's hobby of using satellite images to find out where photos and films were shot helped rescuers find a lost hiker in California.
29/04/2142m 41s

Pandemic Drinking Increase; Submerged WWII-Era Bomber

A recent study shows that during the pandemic, Americans' alcohol consumption rose in every age group. Vanessa Kennedy, director of clinical psychology at a Texas recovery center, explains the surge. And, a World War II-era plane was on a scientific mission when it crashed into Lake Mead in 1948. The National Park Service is taking steps to protect it.
28/04/2142m 17s

How Far-Right Extremists Weaponize Irony; Investing In Universal Pre-K

Some extremist hate groups use irony and absurdity to recruit new members and evade criticism. Some leading extremists have weaponized humor to spread hate, NPR's Tom Dreisbach reports. And, professor W. Steven Barnett explains how well universal pre-k works to close achievement gaps and improve educational outcomes.
28/04/2142m 22s

Cindy McCain's Memoir; Black Runner Creates Community In Charlottesville

Cindy McCain, the widow of late Sen. John McCain, joins us to discuss her new memoir "Stronger." And, when William Jones III, a Black runner, relocated to Charlottesville, Virginia, he didn't see other Black runners. So he formed a diverse group who call themselves the Prolyfyck Run Crew. He explains what the running crew means to him.
27/04/2142m 18s

Embracing Diversity In Corporate America; Cost Of COVID-19 Deaths

In his early days at the consulting firm Deloitte, where few looked or sounded like him, Juan Fernando Lopera talks about his path and the recent sea change in corporate hiring. And, Marisa Taylor lost both of her parents last April. Now, she's struggling to cover the rent for her family's apartment in the Bronx.
27/04/2146m 50s

Tom Jones' New Album; Buffelgrass Wreaks Havoc In Arizona

Legendary Welsh singer Tom Jones joins us to discuss his new album, "Surrounded by Time." And, buffelgrass, an invasive plant, is ravaging Arizona's Sonoran Desert. As host Peter O'Dowd reports, the species is choking out native plants and making the region more prone to wildfires.
26/04/2142m 29s

What Biden's Climate Plan Means For Coal; Sustainable Meat Farming

The meat and dairy industry accounts for 15% of global greenhouse gas emissions. What would it take to reach net-zero? Here & Now's Dean Russell visits a sustainable livestock farm to find out. And, reaching President Biden's emission goals could mean retiring most or all of the nation's coal-fired power plants. Stanford University Mark Thurber joins us.
26/04/2142m 22s

Visiting (Almost) Every National Park; Meth Addiction Intervention

Emily Pennington set out to visit every National Park last year. The pandemic added some complications, but she made it to all but two of them. And, meth addiction grips the brain in a way no other drug does. Psychologist Dominick DePhilippis discusses a new intervention that has been successful in treating one of the most difficult addictions to break.
23/04/2142m 19s
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