Here and Now

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson

Here & Now offers a distinctive mix of hard news and rich conversation featuring interesting players from across the spectrum of arts and culture, business, technology, science and politics.

Genre: 
Composer ID: 
51deea82d76c38de3200015a|5187c93ce1c8256467c3b610

Pages

NPR Story
3:05 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Boston Celebrates Its Olympic Bid

Governor of Massachusetts Charlie Baker addresses the media as Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, right, looks on, during a press conference to announce Boston as the U.S. applicant city to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center on January 9 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 7:54 am

Last night, the U.S. Olympic Committee tabbed Boston as the American city that will bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics. City officials and representatives from Boston2024, the organization that backed the bid, discussed next steps during a press conference this morning.

Read more
NPR Story
3:05 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Made In The USA: Military Looking For Domestically-Made Athletic Shoes

U.S. Army soldiers run down Ardennes Street during pre-dawn physical training November 14, 2002 in Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. Ardennes Street has probably seen the footfall of millions of soldiers over the past decades, as the main area for the mandatory PT every morning on Ft. Bragg. Soon, soldiers could be running in military-issued domestically made sneakers rather than purchasing theirs through a stipend, as they do now. (Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Athletic shoe companies are clamoring to become the first official training shoe of the U.S. military.

In the 1940s, a law was created requiring that all components of the U.S. military uniform be made domestically, but there was a catch. Training shoes were not included in the requirement because, at the time, they were not produced domestically. But now, companies like Saucony, New Balance and Adidas are vying for the spot.

Read more
NPR Story
3:05 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

To Publish Or Not To Publish? Media Wrestles With Charlie Hebdo Covers

A person reads the latest issue of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris on January 7, 2015, after gunmen armed with Kalashnikovs and a rocket-launcher opened fire in the offices of the weekly in Paris, killing 12. (Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images)

Originally published on Fri January 9, 2015 3:29 pm

Twelve people were murdered in Paris on Wednesday at the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, apparently over offensive cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad.

In the days since, media outlets around the country and the world have struggled with whether or not to display the publication’s cartoons in their own pages, websites and television broadcasts.

Read more
NPR Story
3:05 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Assessing The Legacy Of The London Olympics

Cyclists ride the BMX track at the Lee Valley Velopark, formerly the cycling venue for the London 2012 Olympic Games, on March 12 in London, England. The Lee Valley Velopark opened to the general public on March 31, 2014 and offers all four Olympic cycling disciplines of track, BMX, road and mountain biking. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

Today, the U.S. Olympic Committee is expected to name the city that will bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. Boston, Washington, San Francisco and Los Angeles are competing to win that competition. The U.S. hasn’t hosted the summer games since Atlanta in 1996.

Rio won the bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics and Tokyo got the nod for the 2020 games. London hosted the summer games in 2012, so we thought we’d check in there to see what the legacy is two years later. Did the games live up their promise as a boost for the city?

Read more
NPR Story
3:05 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

California Dairy Owners Find Greener Pastures In Midwest

Dairy farmer Brian Azevedo plans to sell his dairy in Merced, Calif., and move to South Dakota. (Ezra David Romero/Harvest Public Media)

California is the nation’s number one dairy state. It’s branded as the state with happy cows, but not necessarily happy dairy owners. For many of them, drought, feed costs and development pressure mean it’s getting tougher to make a living.

That’s why some are some selling their cattle and heading to the Midwest.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Grant Gerlock of Harvest Public Media reports.

Read more
NPR Story
3:05 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Football May Be More Popular — And Shameful — Than Ever

Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens sits on the bench against the Dallas Cowboys in the first half of their preseason game at AT&T Stadium on August 16, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. Rice was let go from the Baltimore Ravens after a video surfaced from TMZ showing Rice knocking his then-fiance unconscious in a casino elevator. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The recent start of the college football playoffs drew the largest audience in the history of cable television, with 28.2 million TV viewers watching Oregon beat Florida State. And NFL games continue to dominate primetime TV.

This comes as football is under increased scrutiny for the injuries sustained by many players, and amid controversies over how the NFL handles players accused of domestic abuse.

Read more
NPR Story
3:12 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

HBO’s 'The Wire' Now Looks As Modern As It Feels

"The Wire" premiered on HBO in 2002. It was remastered and released on Monday, January 5, for digital HD purchase. (HBO)

Fans binge-watching the newly-released, high definition episodes of HBO’s classic cop show “The Wire” might feel like the decade-old show’s storylines are ripped from today’s headlines.

Read more
NPR Story
3:12 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

New Congress Includes Veterans, But None From WWII

Originally published on Fri January 9, 2015 3:22 pm

A number of military veterans are among the new members of Congress set to swear in Tuesday. Many will have served in the recent wars of Iraq and Afghanistan. Notably, however, the 114th Congress will be without a World War II veteran for the first time since 1944.

Veterans In Congress

Read more
NPR Story
3:12 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Rising Rents In 2014 Led By Small Cities

According to the Wall Street Journal, rents in Denver, Colo. rose 7.9% in 2014, second only to San Jose, Calif at 9.2%. The average rate rose 3.6% last year. (seanmugs/Flickr)

Average rents increased across the country by 3.6 percent in 2014, according to new data from the real estate research firm Reis, Inc. The average monthly lease rate is now $1,124.38, the highest number since Reis started collecting data in 1980.

It’s the fifth year in a row that rents have been on the rise, but this year rent increases affected residents in smaller and midsize cities, and not just the largest cities in the U.S.

Read more
NPR Story
2:20 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Renee Graham's Picks For Quintessentially American Music

Blues Legend B.B. King performs his 10,000th concert at B.B. KIng Blues Club & Grill in Times Square on April 18, 2006 in New York City. (Astrid Stawiarz/AFP/Getty Images)

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 3:49 pm

American composers, singers and other musicians have produced some great music, from country-western to jazz and hip-hop. In a new Here & Now series, host Robin Young asks people to share a playlist of songs they view as quintessentially American music. Up first is Here & Now pop culture critic Renee Graham, who shares the playlist below.

Read more
NPR Story
2:20 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Judge Approves Early Start To Florida's Gay Weddings

Same-sex couples and their attorneys who had previously challenged the wedding ban celebrate on court steps after Circuit Court Judge Sarah Zabel lifted the stay, allowing same-sex couples to marry January 5, 2015 in Miami, Florida. Miami-Dade County became the first place in Florida to allow same-sex couples to marry joining 36 other states and Washington D.C. (Emily Michot/The Miami Herald/Getty Images)

A Florida judge said Miami-Dade County can immediately start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, meaning Florida’s first gay weddings may begin shortly.

Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel on Monday lifted a stay on her July ruling that Florida’s same-sex marriage ban violates equal protections under the U.S. Constitution.

Miami-Dade County Clerk Harvey Ruvin says he will begin issuing licenses immediately, so the first gay and lesbian weddings could take place Monday afternoon. A gay rights group already lined up two couples to be the first.

Read more
Electric Cars
2:20 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Wisconsin Is Latest State To Consider Fees On Electric, Hybrid Vehicles

Chris and Ellie Eichman purchased a Nissan Leaf electric car in 2012 -- the first sold in Wisconsin. Chris says a fee for his Leaf is reasonable, but he's irked by the fee he'd pay for his second car, a Prius, given that he already pays a gas tax when he fills up. (Susan Bence/WUWM)

Keeping up with road repair — and finding funds to pay for it — is a struggle for many states, particularly in places where winter weather takes a toll on highways and streets. Wisconsin’s transportation department faces a deficit and is looking for ways to raise $750 million over the next two years.

Read more
NPR Story
3:37 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Documenting The Evolution Of Hip Hop

Graffiti in the Bronx -- where DJs laid the foundations for hip hop in the 1970s. Brian Coleman has written what he calls the "invisible liner notes" of hip hop. Most hip hop wasn't heavily documented, like other musical genres -- leading to lapses in surveying the genre's evolution. (AquaLungBX/Flickr)

If you love a piece of music, chances are you want to know more about the musician. What event prompted them to write a particular song, or what happened in the studio during the recording — the good, the bad, and, of course, the ugly. At minimum, maybe you want to know who produced an album and who it’s dedicated to.

You can usually find this kind of thing on liner notes — the printed little pamphlets slipped inside a CD or vinyl cover.

Read more
NPR Story
3:37 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Is The Supermarket The Next Big Food Trend?

To get to the Time Warner Center Whole Foods Market, customers must descend via escalator through a food court. More supermarkets are adding a seating area to their floor plans. (michaelnyc/Flickr)

Yesterday on our program we talked to a restaurant in Kentucky that has a no-tipping policy — doing away with tipping and instead adding a service charge is one of new food trends that is starting to take off.

Read more
NPR Story
3:37 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

What To Expect For The Stock Market In 2015

Broker distributor buyer at Quattro M. Securities Inc. Peter Touchman trades during the closing bell at New York Stock Exchange on December 31, 2014 in New York City. (Brad Barket/Getty Images)

On the first day of trading in 2015, we look at what’s expected in the stock market this year — after a strong year in 2014.

Mike Regan of Bloomberg News joins Here & Now’s Peter O’Dowd to share his outlook.

Read more
NPR Story
4:09 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

TV In 2015: The Brits Are Back

American television loves nothing better than a spot of tea, singing medieval knights, frightfully polite heirs and heiresses, and those delightful accents.

NPR’s TV critic Eric Deggans joins Here & Now’s Lisa Mullins about a few of the British-themed shows we’ll be seeing on television in 2015.

Read more
NPR Story
4:09 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

2015 Brings Freezing Temperatures Around The U.S.

This photo from Jan. 17, 2007 shows icicles created by drip irrigation hanging from an orange tree in Orange Cove, California. California citrus growers are facing another cold snap this year, but it is not expected to be anywhere as dramatic as the one in 2007, which resulted in the governor declaring a state of emergency. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Today is the beginning of a new year, and it is cold. Around the country temperatures are dropping below freezing putting citrus crops at risk in California and freezing fire hoses in Wyoming.

Here & Now’s Peter O’Dowd speaks with Joel Nelsen, president of California Citrus Mutual about how growers are dealing with the low temperatures.

Read more
NPR Story
4:09 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

What Factors Influence The Gender Pay Gap?

Waitress Sheila Abramson at Langer's Delicatessen serves customers on February 26, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. In his report for the Atlantic, Derek Thompson showed that the gender wage gap is almost nonexistent for food service jobs (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images).

The pay gap between men and women is at the lowest level for the Millennial generation, according to a new study by the salary information service PayScale and “personal branding agency” Millennial Branding.

Derek Thompson, senior editor at the Atlantic, tells Here & Now’s Lisa Mullins that some jobs have almost no pay gap, a phenomenon economists explain using the “sticky floor theory” of the wage gap.

Read more
NPR Story
4:16 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

'Life Itself': The Documentary About Film Critic Roger Ebert

Chaz Ebert and filmmaker Steve James attend the premiere of Magnolia Pictures' "Life Itself" at ArcLight Hollywood on June 26 in Hollywood, California. (Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

Roger Ebert once said that movies were an “empathy machine” — they allowed us to have more insight in to lives of other people who are sharing this human journey with us.

That may explain why he won a Pulitzer Prize and went on to become perhaps the most famous film critic in America, the “thumbs-up” partner to Gene Siskel on their TV program about the movies.

Read more
NPR Story
4:16 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

A Resurgence In Space Exploration

NASA's Orion resembles an Apollo capsule, signaling a return to this cheap and effective design (NASA).

It was a big year on Earth, but enough of that — let’s talk about space!

NPR science correspondent Geoff Brumfiel talks to Here & Now’s Lisa Mullins about new spacecrafts, new missions, and space triumphs and failures of 2014.

Read more
NPR Story
4:16 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Minimum Wage To Increase In 20 States On New Year's Day

Protesters march through the streets of New York on December 4 demanding a raise on the minimum wage to $15 per hour. The movement, driven largely by fast food workers, has risen in prominence in the past year. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Twenty states across the nation will ring in the New Year with higher minimum wages — increasing pay for around 3 million workers, according to the liberal Economic Policy Institute.

The highest minimum wage in the country will be in Washington state, where the minimum wage will rise to $9.47. The federal minimum wage is $7.25.

Read more
NPR Story
2:37 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

U.S. Veterans Return To The Front Lines

The BBC accompanied a group of veterans from both wars -- part of a program to help veterans come to terms with their physical and mental injuries -- back to the frontline in Afghanistan (screengrab/BBC).

The U.S. war in Afghanistan may be over, but for hundreds of thousands of veterans who served in that conflict, the scars may never heal.

There are physical wounds, of course, but many are also suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Troops who served in Afghanistan are among the estimated 20 veterans who kill themselves every day.

It would seem that the last place a veteran of the Afghanistan conflict would want to return is the front lines of battle. But that is exactly what some U.S. military veterans did recently.

Read more
Here & Now
2:37 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Uncertainty In Europe After Greece Calls Snap General Election

Main opposition leftist Syriza party leader, Alexis Tsipras speaks to the media after the Greek Parliament failed to select the country's next president. The upcoming general election has left investors holding their breath. (Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP/Getty Images)

A snap general election in Greece next month has triggered uncertainty among investors and government across Europe.

The election came about when the Greek Parliament rejected the presidential candidate nominated by Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.

The radical left Syriza party is leading in opinion polls, and its leader opposes the deep budget cuts and austerity measures that have been instituted in Greece as a condition of financial bailouts.

Read more
NPR Story
2:37 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

A Weekend Edition Editor Shares Her Picks For Best Books Of 2014

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 2:36 pm

Every list of “best books” of the year is as different as a special little snowflake.

Here & Now’s Robin Young speaks with NPR’s Weekend Edition editor Barrie Hardymon about her picks for the best books of 2014.

Read more
NPR Story
2:59 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

Ebola, A Year After The Epidemic Began

A Guinean health worker wearing protective suit poses at an Ebola Donka treatment center in Conakry on December 8, 2014. (Cellou Binani/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s been one year this month since the first case of Ebola was found in Guinea, setting off what has become the deadliest Ebola epidemic in history. New cases have slowed down — but there are reports today that a dozen or so new cases have erupted in Liberia along the border of Sierra Leone.

The Centers for Disease Control in the United States say the virus has killed more than 7,600 people in West Africa.

Read more
Theft
2:59 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

The Booming Black Market For Stolen Smartphones

Customers line up in front of an Apple Store to purchase the new iPhone 6 on September 23, 2014 in San Francisco, California. The rise in the popularity of smartphones has also spawned a lucrative and complex black market around stolen phones. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Originally published on Tue January 13, 2015 6:45 pm

It is no secret: the smartphone industry is booming. But as the number of users rise to one-third of the world’s population, so rises the number of smartphones stolen and traded on the black market.

It is a multibillion dollar industry growing increasingly complicated as security analysts look for answers and black market entrepreneurs work to stay ahead of the curve.

Read more
NPR Story
2:59 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

Economists Predict A Bullish 2015

Traders wear hats that say "DOW 18,000" as they work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during the afternoon of December 23 in New York City. That day, the Dow Jones Industrial Average crossed a landmark by closing above 18,000 points. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Every December, economists make predictions about the year ahead, and each year they get hit by unexpected events that make them look clueless. Take the plunge in oil prices — nobody saw that coming.

Still, top economists’ forecasts did get a lot right for 2014.

Last year at this time, most were predicting low inflation, more jobs and rising stock prices — and that’s what we got.

Now they are making their predictions for 2015.

Read more
NPR Story
2:27 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

Comedian Flings Insults At Here & Now Host

Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 2:28 pm

[Note: This show is from a previous interview that aired on March 28, 2014.]

Comedienne Susie Essman plays the sassy Susie Greene on HBO’s acclaimed “Curb Your Enthusiasm” series, bringing to it her own brand of biting sarcasm, pointed insults and no-nonsense panache.

Essman is also a veteran of late night comedy and the world of stand-up, where she made her mark.

Read more
NPR Story
2:27 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

Is Voicemail Becoming Obsolete? Coca-Cola Thinks So

Voicemail messages left on a workplace phone are pictured. (JAmes Kearney/Flickr Creative Commons)

Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 2:28 pm

Coca-Cola’s recent decision to eliminate their voicemail system at their Atlanta headquarters may be a sign of the times.

The company says this isn’t a cost-cutting measure – Coke estimates it will only save them $100,000 annually – but a move to increase worker productivity.

Read more
NPR Story
1:49 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

American Coal Mines Stay Open Despite Millions In Safety Fines

The injuries Jack Blankenship sustained after a 300-pound rock pinned him to the ground while working in a coal mine prevent him from sitting for long periods of time or walking far. He says he's in constant pain. (Anna Boiko-Weyrauch/NPR)

Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 2:28 pm

[Note: This show is from a previous interview that aired on November 13, 2014.]

There are federal regulations designed to keep American mineworkers safe, but this year, an NPR investigation found that there’s a loophole in the regulation, allowing mine owners to operate unsafe mines across the country.

For years, the mine owners have failed to pay penalties even as workers continue to be injured.

Read more

Pages