Here and Now

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson

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2:36 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Republicans Won More Of Latino Vote: What Will That Mean For Immigration Reform?

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 2:21 pm

In key races on Tuesday, such as the Colorado Senate race, more Latinos voted for Republicans than in other recent elections.

With immigration reform still in the works, President Obama vowed to issue executive actions on deportations, even though likely future Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says immigration reform by executive action would be like “waving a red flag in front of a bull.”

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2:36 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Celebrating John Philip Sousa's 160th Birthday

Legendary marching band composer John Philip Sousa was born in Washington, D.C. back in 1854. (AP)

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 3:59 pm

On this day in 1854, legendary marching band composer John Philip Sousa was born in Washington, D.C.

Today also happens to be the birthday of Here & Nows Robin Young, so to celebrate the dual occasion we listened to some Sousa favorites with longtime Sousa lover Keith Brion, founder and director of the New Sousa Band. He also happens to live next door to Robin Young in Cambridge, Mass.

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2:21 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

How Twitter Made #AlexFromTarget A Teen Idol

Photo of Alex Alex Laboeuf that went viral this week, and inspired the #alexfromtarget meme (@auscalum) .

Just how do things go viral? Sixteen-year-old Alex Laboeuf is certainly asking himself that question these days.

The relatively unknown Target employee from Frisco, Texas became the subject of a widespread teenage craze when someone posted his picture on Twitter.

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6:34 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Special Coverage: Remarks From President Obama And Sen. McConnell

President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference in the East Room of the White House on November 5, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Obama held the press conference one day after his Democratic party was defeated in midterm elections. President Obama congratulated his Republican opponents Wednesday on their midterm election victory and promised to work constructively with them in Congress for the next two years. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Note: Here & Now is providing special coverage of these two news conferences, beginning at 2 p.m. Eastern time. Audio for this special coverage will be posted here shortly after 4 p.m. Eastern time.

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6:34 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

A Look At Colorado, Kansas And New Hampshire Election Results

Republicans have won control of the Senate, reinforced their control of the House and defended some hotly contested governor seats across the country, in

After last night’s midterm elections, hosts Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson touch down in three key states with reporters from the Here & Now Contributor’s Network.

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6:34 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Sen. Bernie Sanders On The Midterm Results

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) awaits the start of a hearing by the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on September 9, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (Win McNamee/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s bad news for the Democrats. But, after the Republicans have taken the Senate by storm, Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is also taking note.

One of the most progressive voices in the Senate, he’s made huge calls for climate change legislation, universal healthcare, same-sex marriage and minimum wage.

He joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson for a look at what this new Senate means for him.

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NPR Story
3:24 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

The Suburbs Are The New Epicenter Of Poverty

Suburban America is now facing growing poverty. (The Brookings Institution via confrontingsuburbanpovery.org

You might think of the suburbs as those cozy places where people with more money live to escape the city. But it turns out that the suburbs are now the epicenter of poverty in America.

In the last decade, the rate of poverty in the suburbs has risen 66 percent — double the rise of poverty in the cities during the same time period.

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3:24 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Tape Measure Death Reminder That Construction Sites Are Dangerous

A construction worker was killed Monday November 3, 2014 after being struck by a tape measure that fell 50 stories at a construction site in New Jersey. (Elliot Brown/Flickr)

A construction worker 50 stories in the air at one of the largest development projects in Jersey City accidentally knocked a tape measure off his belt.

It became a lethal missile, plunging 50 flights down, where another worker, who was stepping out of a truck to deliver material, was struck in the head and later died Monday.

A rare accident, but a reminder that working on construction sites is dangerous.

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3:24 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Railroad Crossing Stirs Controversy In Miami

(WLRN)

The police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson has jump-started a conversation about police practices across the country.

One police force in Florida that usually flies under the radar has come under scrutiny recently for its treatment of people in one neighborhood in Miami.

Very few people know the Florida East Coast Railway police department even exists, but a deep dive into their operations found that the majority of their arrests in Miami-Dade County were for trespassing around one intersection.

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2:37 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

I Am A Teenage Witch

Youth Radio’s Akemi Weaver is a self-described "teen witch." (Screenshot from Youth Radio)

With Halloween upon us, images of witches abound. But for some, witching is a year-round thing. Youth Radio’s Akemi Weaver sent us this story to explain why.

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2:37 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Ghost Stories From Around The World

The popobawa is a shape-shifting demon that stalks the Tanzanian island of Pemba. (Phoebe Boswell/NPR)

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 11:20 am

Are you afraid of ghosts, vampires and witches? What about Hanako-san, a little girl who waits to drag her victims to hell in the third stall of the third-floor bathroom of schools in Japan? There’s also La Llorona, a woman who drowned her children then herself and roams around, wailing in anguish.

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2:37 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Defense Department Invests In Brain Implants For Depression, PTSD

Liss Murphy, who had surgery to implant Deep Brain Stimulation for depression in 2006 and got much better, on Cape Cod in summer, 2014, with husband Scott, son Owen and sheepdog Ned. (Courtesy)

More than 100,000 people have electrical stimulation devices implanted in their brains to treat Parkinson’s disease. The implants block the abnormal nerve signals that cause Parkinson’s symptoms like tremor and stiffness.

Now the Department of Defense is putting up $70 million to develop a new generation of brain implants to target depression and PTSD. These devices would detect and correct abnormal brain activity in real time.

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4:02 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

On Stage: A 1920s Halloween With Flapper Dresses And Tap Dancing

Tristan Bruns, Starinah 'Star' Dixon, Donnetta 'Lilbit' Jackson and Jabowen Dixon are members of the tap dancing group, M.A.D.D Rhythms. (Matt Glavin/Bril Barrett/Facebook)

In this week’s installment of “On Stage,” we turn to the 1920s-inspired “Harlem Nights” in Chicago, which features a speakeasy, a soiree, a murder mystery and tap dancing — period dress required.

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4:02 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Thomas Menino, Boston's Longest Serving Mayor, Dies At 71

Picture of Boston's longest-serving mayor, Thomas Menino. The former mayor died on October 30, 2014. He was 71. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Thomas M. Menino, the longest-serving mayor in Boston history, who guided the city for 20 transformative years, has died at age 71.

Just after 9 a.m. Thursday morning, he “passed into eternal rest after a courageous [battle] with cancer,” his spokeswoman said in a statement.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Delores Handy of WBUR has this remembrance of the former mayor.

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4:02 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Wow Air Offering Flights To Europe For $99

Pictured is a Wow Air Airbus. (Aero Icarus)

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 6:04 pm

Yes, you read correctly. The Icelandic airline Wow Air is offering transatlantic flights to Europe for as low as $99 each way.

Wow announced that it will be expanding service to the U.S. with flights to Boston and Baltimore for as low as $228 round trip. Flights from U.S. cities will be non-stop to Reykjavik, Iceland, and one-stop flights to London and Copenhagen.

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3:05 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Boko Haram Abducts More Nigerian School Girls

People demonstrate calling on the Nigerian government to rescue girls taken from a secondary school in Chibok region, in the city of Abuja, Nigeria . Days after Nigeria's military raised hopes by announcing Islamic extremists have agreed to a cease-fire, Boko Haram is still fighting and there is no word about 219 schoolgirls held hostage for six months. Officials had said talks with Nigeria's Islamic extremist rebels would resume in neighboring Chad this week, but there was no confirmation that negotiations had resumed by Wednesday. (AP Photo/Olamikan Gbemiga File)

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 3:05 pm

Recent headlines out of West Africa have been flooded with the news of the Ebola outbreak, shifting the attention away from the social media campaign #BringBackOurGirls, aimed at rescuing nearly 300 Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by the Islamist group Boko Haram.

On Friday, Nigeria’s Foreign Minister said that negotiations to get the girls back were underway and that their release was imminent.

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NPR Story
3:05 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Cooking With The Fruit Of Fall

Go beyond the apple this winter: try cooking with figs, persimmons and pears. (Kathy Gunst/Here & Now)

Fall is in full swing and Here & Now resident chef  Kathy Gunst is thinking about fall fruit.

Apples are abundant, but so are pears, pomegranates, persimmons and figs. Kathy brings suggestions for livening up a spicy salad with fruit, as well as poaching pears and using pomegranate juice and seeds to liven up fall carrots.

Kathy shares some of her favorite recipes featuring fall fruits:

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3:05 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

YouTube Considers Offering Subscriptions

A picture shows a You Tube logo on December 4, 2012 during LeWeb Paris 2012 in Saint-Denis near Paris. Le Web is Europe's largest tech conference, bringing together the entrepreneurs, leaders and influencers who shape the future of the internet. (Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images)

Google’s YouTube may soon offer users a subscription that allows them to watch videos free of advertisements, according to the Wall Street Journal, as other companies that require payment, from Netflix to Hulu and Amazon, continue to draw more viewers.

CBS News business analyst Jill Schlesinger joins Here & Now host Robin Young to discuss this potential move.

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NPR Story
4:27 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Police: Student Shooter Dead After School Attack

A screenshot taken from NBC News shows students being evacuated from the school to a nearby church, to be picked up by their families. (NBC)

A lone shooter was dead Friday after an attack at a high school north of Seattle, police said.

Marysville Police Commander Robb Lamoureux said the shooter was a student, but he did not have any additional information including where the shooting took place and if anyone else was killed or wounded.

Many students and staff members were seen walking out of Marysville Pilchuck High School, about 30 miles north of Seattle, after police and ambulance crews surrounded the campus. Lamoureux said police were going room by room, searching the school to make sure it was safe.

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4:27 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

It’s Prank Season In Michigan As The Football Rivalry Sparks Up

The University of Michigan Wolverines go up against the Michigan State University Spartans this weekend. It’s a rivalry that goes back decades, and the week before the game is peak prank season. Last year, MSU’s Spartan statue was painted gold and blue by rogue Michigan fans. This year, Michigan let its guard down.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Kate Wells of Michigan Radio explains.

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2:41 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

New Yorkers 'Pretty Chill' About City's First Ebola Case

A police officer guards the entrance to Bellevue Hospital on October 24, 2014 in New York, the morning after it was confirmed that Craig Spencer, a member of Doctors Without Borders, who recently returned to New York from West Africa tested positive for Ebola. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

Dallas nurse Nina Pham got a hug from President Obama at the White House this afternoon, after being declared Ebola free. She was one of the nurses who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan in Dallas and was successfully treated at the clinical research center of the National Institutes of Health in Maryland.

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3:34 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

How Important Is Speaking Chinese For American Business?

Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, left, speaks during a dialogue with students as a newly-appointed member to the advisory board for Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management in Beijing, China. (Tsinghua University via AP)

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg tried to appeal to a Chinese audience recently by speaking in Mandarin. Some audience members appreciated the gesture, others did not. Derek Thompson of The Atlantic spoke with Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson about how many business leaders are learning Chinese, and whether it can help a business.

Guest

  • Derek Thompson, business editor for The Atlantic. He tweets @DKThomp.
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NPR Story
2:27 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Aretha Franklin's New Album Further Proves She’s Queen Of Cover Songs

Aretha Franklin performing at the Ottawa Jazzfestl (Mike Bouchard/Flickr Creative Commons)

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 2:21 pm

This week saw the release of “Aretha Franklin Sings the Diva Classics,” with Franklin singing songs made famous by Adele, Barbra Streisand and Etta James. Here & Now pop culture critic Renee Graham joins host Robin Young to take a listen to the album.

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2:27 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Parliament The Day After: A Canadian Lawmaker Describes The Ordeal

Canadian MP David McGuinty, who represents the Ottawa area, was among those who were in Parliament on lockdown until late yesterday evening. (Twitter)

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 4:39 pm

Canada’s Parliament is back to business today, less than 24 hours after a lone shooter killed a soldier at the country’s War Memorial, and was later killed by Parliament’s Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, inside a crowded hallway.

Members of Parliament broke into spontaneous applause that lasted minutes as Vickers entered the floor of the House of Commons. He held back tears as hundreds of MPs honored what many are calling heroic actions that saved many lives.

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4:19 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

How Do You Judge A Secretary Of State?

Secretary of State John Kerry has a lot on his plate these days, including the fight against ISIS, Ebola, tensions with Russia and the possible nuclear deal with Iran.

He’s been traveling around the world, including a stop in Berlin today, to deal with these issues, just as past secretaries of state have done.

Is it too soon to judge his performance, and how does one even go about rating the success of a secretary of state?

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4:19 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Colorado Backs Away From Pot Edibles Ban

A baked food made of marijuana is seen at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center medical marijuana dispensary, which opened in 2006, on July 25, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

This week public health officials proposed banning all marijuana-infused edibles except for hard candy and liquid drops, but backed away from the idea after critics said it would violate the state’s voter-approved legalization of recreational marijuana, which took effect in January.

A working group has until next year to come up with ways to regulate the sale of edibles, which now constitutes up to 40 percent of the lucrative marijuana industry in Colorado.

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4:19 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Hoping For Turnaround, Target Offers Free Shipping

Retail giant Target is offering free shipping and bolstering advertising in an attempt to bring in business over the holiday season, amid slowing sales, a troubled expansion in Canada and last year’s massive data breach.

CNN’s Maggie Lake joins Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson to talk more about this business move and what it means for customers.

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3:08 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

'Pee-Wee's Playhouse' Is Out On Blu-Ray

Actor Paul Reubens 'Pee-wee Herman' speaks onstage at the 10th Annual TV Land Awards at the Lexington Avenue Armory on April 14, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

Remember Pee-wee’s Playhouse? The show had a following among kids, teens and hip adults alike.

Now, a remastered version is coming out on Blu-Ray. But what exactly does it mean when a show like Pee-wee’s Playhouse – which was shot on film – is digitally remastered?

NPR’s TV critic Eric Deggans talks to Here & Nows Jeremy Hobson about the remastering of this cult classic and the history of the show.

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3:08 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

DJ Sessions: Vivaldi To Scarlatti

The London Symphony Orchestra performs during a rehearsal at the National Concert Hall in Taipei on March 6, 2014. d in Kaoshiung on March 7, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Mandy CHENG (Photo credit should read Mandy Cheng/AFP/Getty Images)

For this week’s Here & Now DJ Sessions, Vic Di Geronimo, who hosts Classic Mornings on WILL Illinois Public Media in Urbana, Illinois, joins host Jeremy Hobson to talk classical music.

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3:08 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

The Case For A U.S. Surgeon General During Ebola Outbreak

In this Jan. 18, 2008 photo, former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona speaks during a news conference in Austin, Texas. (Harry Cabluck/AP)

Two Dallas hospital nurses are still receiving treatment for Ebola after the contracted the virus while treating a patient who became infected with the disease while visiting Liberia.

The infected patients in the U.S. have caused national panic and last week, President Obama appointed Ron Klain as the “Ebola czar.” But the onset of panic and the nomination of a czar has brought attention to the fact that there is currently no U.S. surgeon general in office. While President Obama nominated Dr. Vivel Murthy to the office a year ago, he is still awaiting Senate confirmation.

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