Airbnb, which allows users to rent out their own homes online, is in the middle of a political fight in San Francisco, the same city in which the company is headquartered.
As home prices have skyrocketed there in the last few years, many in part blame those short-term rentals, and a ballot initiative set for next week seeks to limit them to 75 days a year. It would also require hosts to file quarterly reports with the city.
Tonight, the NBA opens its 2015-2016 season with Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls hosting LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Tomorrow, small forward Caron Butler will begin his 14th season in the league, as the Sacramento Kings take on the Los Angeles Clippers.
San Franciscans go to the polls next week. There are five candidates running to unseat incumbent Mayor Ed Lee. But the most contested issues on the ballot have to do with housing – or the lack of it – in the city.
It’s an issue of importance to the tens of thousands of young tech workers who have flooded San Francisco in recent years looking for affordable places to live. Are the new arrivals to the city likely to affect the outcome of the results?
United Auto Workers members will vote Wednesday on a tentative deal the union reached with General Motors late yesterday. The deal includes “significant gains and job security protections,” according to a union statement, though not many details were released.
The deal comes after GM last week posted a record $3.1 billion in adjusted operating profits for July-September of this year, beating analysts’ expectations. Here & Now‘s Robin Young discusses this with CBS business analyst Jill Schlesinger.
President Obama’s climate change regulations, which call for cutting carbon emissions from power plants in order to slow climate change, were officially published today, and 24 states responded by filing legal actions challenging them.
These states say that the Clean Power Plan rules go beyond the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority and are an illegal interpretation of the 1970 Clean Air Act.
Along with Swedish healthcare firm Sobi and the World Federation of Hemophilia, the Boston-based biotech company Biogen has pledged to donate up to a billion doses of hemophilia therapy for people living in developing countries in Africa and around the world.
The treatment for hemophilia can be incredibly costly – it can run upwards of $100,000 annually for people in the U.S. For those with hemophilia in Africa, treatment can be hard to come by and even the diagnosis of the disorder doesn’t always happen.
A popular sports radio show in Kentucky is becoming a must stop for political candidates – even some of the presidential contenders. Ashley Lopez from Here & Now contributor WFPL in Louisville explains how Kentucky Sports Radio host Matt Jones turned a show about basketball into a place where sports fans can hear from people seeking elected office.
It’s fall, and mushrooms are sprouting up in many wooded areas around the country. Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst warns: don’t go foraging without an expert! But do look for them at your local farmer’s market or supermarket.
Here & Now spoke yesterday with Andy Puddicombe, the one-time Buddhist monk turned entrepreneur whose Headspace meditation app has been downloaded millions of times around the world. Yes, there is an app for that, and it’s good for people with any level of meditating experience. The app includes meditations for when you’re cooking, running, or even having a melt-down. It’s huge in Silicon Valley.
World leaders and World War II historians are criticizing remarks Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made earlier this week, that it was a Palestinian religious leader who gave Adolf Hitler the idea to exterminate the Jews during World War II.
Speaking before the Zionist Congress Tuesday night, Netanyahu said, “Hitler didn’t want to exterminate the Jews at the time; he wanted to expel the Jews. And Haj Amin al-Husseini went to Hitler and said, ‘If you expel them, they’ll all come here.’ ‘So what should I do with them?’ he asked. He said, ‘Burn them.’ ”
The United States and Cuba are teaming up to safeguard marine life in protected areas in the Florida Straits and the Gulf of Mexico. The two governments – and scientists from each country – will share resources and best management practices to help protect habitats and fish populations.
The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary will establish a sister sanctuary relationship with Cuba’s Guanahacabibes National Park, and the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary off the coast of Texas will be paired with Banco de San Antonio, off the western tip of Cuba.
The predicted El Niño that would bring heavy rainfall to California won’t bring an end to the drought there, so the state is looking for better ways to conserve and manage water. Los Angeles and other cities across the country are looking at ways to capture rainwater to add it to the water supply.
The American Cancer Society released new guidelines for mammograms today that strongly recommend women start having annual mammograms at age 45, then transition to mammograms every other year starting at age 55, continuing for as long as they are healthy and have at least a 10-year life expectancy.
Last year, a 19-year-old from Indiana, Zach Anderson, had sex with a 14-year-old girl from Michigan. She told him she was 17, and the age of consent in Michigan is 16.
Anderson served 75 days in jail after pleading guilty to fourth-degree sexual contact, and he was ordered to register as a sex offender, which restricted him from talking with anyone under the age 17, except for immediate family, and barred him from using a smartphone or the Internet.
This year, only 14 percent of initial public offerings (IPOs) in the U.S. were done by tech companies. That’s the smallest percentage since at least the mid-1990s, according to Dealogic.
The valuation of the document-sharing company Dropbox Inc. ballooned to $10 billion early last year, but now, investment bankers caution that the company most likely won’t be able to go public at that amount.
Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with Jason Bellini of The Wall Street Journal about what the journal is calling a “chill” for tech IPOs.
Donald Trump continues to place some blame on former president George W. Bush for failing to prevent the September 11 terrorist attacks in 2001. He says his tough immigration policy proposals could have prevented 9/11. In response, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush continues to defend his brother’s decisions before and after the event.
The issue is now consuming the Republican presidential primary debate. But the underlying questions remain: How much did the U.S. know before the 9/11 attacks occurred and could the attacks have been prevented under a different administration?
Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush last week unveiled his health care plan, and in it he ridicules research funded by the National Institutes of Health – specifically, smartphone games intended to teach healthy eating habits.
On a warm autumn night, it can sound like there are insects all over the place, calling out from every front lawn, bush and tree branch. But most of what insects are saying to one another, we can't hear.
With the help of evolutionary ecologist Kasey Fowler-Finn, St. Louis Public Radio's Véronique LaCapra listened in on the hidden world of insect communication and one bug's unusual love songs. Fowler-Finn says the treehoppers’ sounds resemble little whale calls.
What does #BlackLivesMatter have to do with Syrian refugee camps? Usually nothing, except this week, viewers of the Showtime series “Homeland” saw the phrase on the walls of a camp in Arabic graffiti.
The show hired real graffiti artists to vandalize the scene, but the artists decided to express their disapproval for the show with phrases like, “Homeland is racist,” “There is no Homeland” and “This show does not represent the views of the artists.”
This month, skygazers will have the chance to see something called “earthshine” on the moon, as well as Jupiter, Mars, Venus and a rare sighting of the elusive Mercury. Here & Now hosts Jeremy Hobson and Robin Young speak with Kelly Beatty, senior editor at Sky & Telescope magazine about where in the sky to look and when.
The ancient art of navigating by the stars is making a comeback at the U.S. Naval Academy. The academy did away with teaching classes on celestial navigation in 1998 and replaced it with GPS and satellite technology.
The decision to bring back celestial navigation comes after the escalation of hacking threats. Frank Reed is an expert in celestial navigation. He tells Here & Now’s Robin Young about the Navy’s decision and the pros and cons of modern and ancient navigation techniques.
After 1,657 days, adventurer Sarah Outen is back in England. She’s the British woman who undertook a round-the-globe odyssey, all powered by her own energy. Here & Nowspoke with her in April when she was in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, preparing the final leg of the journey – a row across the Atlantic Ocean.
Around the world, many major cities trying to improve public transit have adopted city rail lines that use open gangways.
Instead of multiple cars strung together, an open gangway is one long car, allowing passengers to walk the full length of the train without getting out. The design is believed to increase rider capacity of trains and even make late-night riding safer.