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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.

Donald Trump ended his speech at the Republican National Convention last night with the phrase that has become the central one of his campaign: “Make America great again.”

When people use that phrase, what era are they referring to? Here & Now producer Chris Ballman asked Republican delegates that question outside the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

When you hear “make America great again,” what era comes to mind? Let us know with a comment below.

Donald Trump officially accepted the Republican presidential nomination with a speech on the final night of the Republican National Convention.

NPR’s Sarah McCammon speaks with Here & Now‘s Robin Young about the speech and about what to expect from the upcoming Democratic National Convention.

Hear more of Here & Now‘s coverage from the Republican National Convention.

It’s been a big week for Cleveland with the Republican National Convention, but the city is used to royalty — rock royalty. The phrase “rock ‘n’ roll” is said to have originated here, from local DJ Alan Freed.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young went to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and spoke with visitors and Meredith Rutledge-Borger, the museum’s associate curator, about Cleveland’s music history.

A manhunt was underway Friday for a shooter or shooters who opened fire at a shopping mall in Munich, killing and wounding several people, a Munich police spokeswoman said.

Munich police spokeswoman Claudia Kuenzel told The Associated Press there had been “several dead and wounded” in the shooting at Olympia Einkaufszentrum mall. She could not provide exact numbers.

“The shooter or shooters are still on the run” either in or around the mall, she said.

The Bavarian Interior Ministry confirmed at least one dead and multiple people hurt.

The toilets, sewage systems and waste that a civilization leaves behind can tell researchers a lot about how that civilization lived.

Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow, who teaches at Brandies University, has studied the toilets and sewage systems of ancient Rome. She speaks with Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti about her research.

Interview Highlights: Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow

On the changing understanding of Roman toilets

Silicon Valley’s high tech giants and starts ups have drawn hundreds of thousands of South Asians to the San Francisco Bay Area in recent years. The influx has led to an explosion of Indian arts, especially music and dance.

Rachael Myrow of Here & Now contributing station KQED explores the growing scene.

Read more on this story via KQED.

Clevelanders used to cringe every time someone mentioned that the polluted Cuyahoga River caught fire in June 1969. But a new generation is embracing the “Burning River” name.

Elizabeth Miller from Here & Now contributor WCPN in Cleveland reports.

Read more on this story via WCPN Ideastream.

Two of the biggest beer companies in the world are getting closer to merging. Belgian-based Anheuser-Busch InBev received clearance from the United States Justice Department to take over London-based SABMiller, as long as it meets some specific conditions.

Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with Curt Nickisch of the Harvard Business Review about the merger.

Read more on this story via the Harvard Business Review.

The Republican National Convention has received plenty of media coverage, but what has the experience been like for convention delegates?

Here & Now‘s Robin Young met with delegates from New Jersey, Tennessee and California to get their views on how this unpredictable convention has gone.

Hear more of Here & Now‘s coverage from the Republican National Convention.

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There’s been a lot of controversy about parts of Melania Trump’s speech that mirrored Michelle Obama’s address to the Democratic Convention eight years ago. But how much did that matter to the delegates at the convention?

Here & Now host Robin Young talks with Fulton County, Georgia County Commissioner and GOP delegate Liz Haussman about Trump’s keynote address and what’s resonating with the delegates.

Interview Highlights: Liz Haussman

On claims of plagiarism in Melania’s speech:

A new study has found that, in some parts of Cleveland, people live 12 years less on average than people less than 10 miles away.
Here & Now’s Robin Young visited a neighborhood clinic to see some of the health issues hitting poorer neighborhoods. She spoke with patient Molly Hileman and Dr.

An internal investigation is underway at Fox News into allegations of sexual harassment against the network’s co-founder and CEO Roger Ailes.

New York Magazine reported Monday that Rupert Murdoch and his sons, who run 21st Century Fox, had already decided that Ailes is done at Fox; a short time later, the company released a statement saying, “This matter is not yet resolved and the review is not yet concluded.”

The man who killed three police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Sunday was a former Marine who served in Iraq. Gavin Eugene Long, who is black, carried out the attack on his 29th birthday. Officials say he had no known ties to radical groups and may have acted alone.

Thousands of police officers have been suspended in Turkey following an attempted coup over the weekend.

Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with security analyst Jim Walsh about what instability in that country could mean for the rest of the world, as well as what we’re learning about the recent terrorist attack in Nice, France.

Interview Highlights: Jim Walsh

On how the international community is reacting to the attempted Turkish coup:

Day one of the Republican National Convention begins in Cleveland today.

Demonstrations are planned in favor of — and against — Donald Trump, who will accept the party’s nomination for president. Cleveland police say they are ready for potential violence, but there is renewed tension in the city after yesterday’s police shootings in Baton Rouge.

Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd walks us through the scenes of the convention’s first day.

Big public events present a tough challenge for law enforcement officials. It’s possible to make them safer by adding extra layers of barriers and screening, but those measures also make public spaces less inviting.

Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd talks with Daniel Linskey of the security firm Kroll about seeking a balance between security and openness.

French officials say at least 84 people were killed last night in Nice, France when a French-Tunisian man drove a truck into Bastille Day crowds. Texans Sean Copeland and his 11-year-old son Brodie were among the dead.

Here & Now will be airing special coverage of President Barack Obama’s remarks about the attack, starting at 3:06 p.m. ET. Here & Now‘s Lisa Mullins will be joined by NPR White House correspondent Scott Horsley and national security editor Phil Ewing.

President Barack Obama addressed the attack in Nice, France in remarks at the White House this afternoon. The president spoke at a reception for the diplomatic corps.

Here & Now‘s Lisa Mullins discusses Obama’s comments with NPR’s Scott Horsley and Phil Ewing.

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Scott Horsley, NPR White House correspondent. He tweets at @HorsleyScott.

Since January 2015, France has experienced four major terrorist attacks, including the truck attack in Nice last night, as well as other incidents.

Why is it so vulnerable?

Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd talks with Chris Chivvis, associate director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center and a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation.

Interview Highlights: Chris Chivvis

On why there have been so many terrorist attacks in France

It used to be that the candidates didn’t even attend political party nominating conventions. Then, they evolved into four-day celebrations of the parties’ nominees.

Harvard University historian Jill Lepore speaks with Here & Now‘s Robin Young about some notable moments at American political conventions.

Interview Highlights: Jill Lepore

On the emergence of the legislative caucus, and its political impact

The Senate passed legislation Wednesday that addresses a nationwide opioid crisis. It expands treatment options and considers addiction a disease instead of a law-enforcement issue.

The measure now goes to President Barack Obama, although Democrats say it isn’t adequately funded. Meanwhile, lawmakers will leave Washington at the end of the week without passing bills on guns or funding for Zika virus treatment.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson gets the latest from NPR’s Susan Davis.

On June 11, a Latin dance party at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando ended in tragedy. A gunman opened fire at Pulse, killing 49 people and injuring 53 more. One of those wounded was 37-year-old Jeff Rodriguez.

Rodriguez was shot three times, and he remains in Orlando Regional Medical Center one month later. Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson checks in with Rodriguez’ stepbrother Santos for a glimpse of the grueling road to recovery that victims of gun violence face.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson looks at nine police-involved deaths.

Eric Garner

July 17, 2014

Staten Island, New York

Eric Garner was approached by police on the sidewalk for illegally selling loose cigarettes. NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo used a chokehold on Garner. A bystander video shows Garner saying “I can’t breathe” 11 times before he died.

A grand jury declined to indict Officer Pantaleo.

Michael Brown

August 9, 2014

Ferguson, Missouri

A New Treatment For Dogs Spooked By Noise

Jul 12, 2016

Summer thunder storms can provide relief on a hot day, but they also strike terror into the hearts of many dogs. Now, a solution might be at hand. Veterinarian Peter Eeg tells Here & Now‘s Robin Young about a new drug and other tactics for calming your pooch.

Interview Highlights: Peter Eeg

On why dogs are scared of thunderstorms

Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in four South Florida counties after a massive bloom of cyanobacteria, commonly called blue-green algae, seeped from polluted Lake Okeechobee into waterways throughout the Sunshine State’s “Treasure Coast.”

The massive algal bloom emits a foul odor and can cause skin and respiratory problems for people nearby. As a result, many beaches and businesses in the area were closed over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Five police officers were killed and seven others were wounded in Dallas last night after at least one sniper opened fire at protest downtown. Two civilians were also injured.

Hundreds of people were peacefully protesting the shooting deaths of two black men at the hands of police earlier this week, one in Louisiana and one in Minnesota.

Allison Griswold lives in downtown Dallas and heard gunshots from her apartment last night. She tells Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson she first thought they were fireworks. But as soon as she realized they were gunshots, she started videotaping and later tweeted the videos.

(Editor’s Note: This post previously included Griswold’s tweeted videos from the attack, but she has since set her account to private, so the videos no longer appear.)

Tomorrow night Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator and star of the Broadway show “Hamilton,” will appear for the last time in the title role.

Tony Award winner Leslie Odom Junior and Tony nominee Phillipa Soo are also leaving the cast. So what will be the impact of these departures be on this mega-hit show? Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with New York Times theater critic Ben Brantley.

For the low-income students who normally rely on their school cafeterias for a nutritious meal, summer vacation could mean they don’t eat lunch.

Fewer than 10 percent of students in the United States who receive free and reduced lunches during the school year get to sites that serve lunch in the summer. The lack of a midday meal can have a lasting effect on students’ health and ability to learn.

Two black men have been shot and killed in the past two days by police officers. Both shootings were captured on video.

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