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  • Hosted by Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson

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Italians Adopt New Immigration Policies

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Italians are showing less tolerance toward the migrants arriving on their shores, and two new policies from the Italian government are a reaction to that.

Reporter Anna Bensted saw the changes on a recent visit to Tuscany.

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If you haven’t seen it already, you will: the faux fur craze that is taking over retailers at all price points this season. Long, short, colorful and spotted cruelty-free fashion is in.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with Kym Canter, CEO and creative director of House of Fluff, about her decision to create a faux fur brand.

Interview Highlights

On growing up a fur aficionado

Many people have anxiety about what to do when those at their Thanksgiving table say uncomfortable or offensive things. Teens deal with that too.

Youth Radio (@youthradioasked three teens how adults misbehave at their tables, and how they cope.

The day after Thanksgiving is Native American Heritage Day. Some Native Americans say the federal holiday should be moved so it doesn’t coincide with the Black Friday shopping holiday.

Simon Moya-Smith (@SimonMoyaSmith), a journalist and activist from the Oglala Lakota Nation, joins Here & Now‘s Robin Young to make his case for moving Native American Heritage Day.

The House has passed a sweeping tax cut bill, and the Senate is expected to vote on its own version next week.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson gets answers to commonly asked questions about the overhaul from Michael Regan (@Reganonymous) of Bloomberg News.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director Richard Cordray announced Wednesday that he’ll be stepping down. The future of the financial watchdog agency is unclear in an administration that supports slashing regulations.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson discusses what’s next with NPR’s Chris Arnold (@Chris_ArnoldNPR).

NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik (@davidfolkenflik) and Here & Now‘s Robin Young discuss reports of impostors claiming to represent The Washington Post and The New York Times.

Organic food is a $40 billion industry and growing. That has the attention of some farmers discouraged by years of low prices for their conventional crops.

Harvest Public Media’s Grant Gerlock (@ggerlock) has the story of a Nebraska farm making the switch to tap into the lucrative organic market.

Authorities say at least four people have been killed in shootings at multiple locations in rural Northern California, and the shooter has been killed by law enforcement.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young gets the latest from NPR’s Nathan Rott (@NathanRott).

Over the weekend, Keurig tweeted it was pulling ads from Sean Hannity’s show after he made controversial comments about Roy Moore, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Alabama accused of sexual misconduct with teenage girls when he was in his 30s.

Keurig’s announcement led to the call for a boycott from conservatives, and the smashing of Keurig coffee machines. Keurig was one of a number of companies that pulled advertising from “Hannity.”

In his debut novel “The Hidden Light of Northern Fires,” Daren Wang tells the story of Mary, who uses her New York farm as an Underground Railroad stop for escaped slaves during the Civil War. It’s a risky venture because her town has seceded from the Union.

The media shapes public perception about current events, but that doesn’t mean we all see or hear the same things. A team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed a platform for “studying media ecosystems” that reveals how news events are framed by media outlets around the world.

Natural history collections serve as a time capsule of sorts, preserving life on Earth. And these collections — birds, bones, stones — always carry the fingerprints of those who collected the specimens. Their passions, interests and hard work become part of what’s stored in flash display cases or dusty drawers.

So when a collection’s future is threatened, it gets personal.

It’s truffle season, a time when many upscale restaurants incorporate white and black truffles into their dishes.

Regalis Foods founder Ian Purkayastha (@IanPurkayastha) has had a longtime love affair with truffles. He joins Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson to discuss his memoir “Truffle Boy: My Unexpected Journey Through the Exotic Food Underground.”

This week, United made its last flight on a Boeing 747 aircraft. Delta will be retiring the 747 by the end of the year, which means no North American passenger airlines will operate the “Queen of the Sky.”

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Clive Irving, aviation correspondent for The Daily Beast and author of the book “Wide-Body: The Triumph of the 747,” about the end of the 747 era.

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