Here & Now

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  • Hosted by Jeremy Hobson and Robin Young

Here & Now is an exciting daily news magazine hosted by veteran journalists Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson. The program is designed to reflect the fluid world of news as it's happening, with timely, smart and in-depth reporting and conversation. 

It's produced by NPR News, WBUR Boston and a consortium of 12 public radio stations that includes WUNC.

With the Winter Olympics only weeks away, excitement is mounting for participating athletes. But that joy has been marred by recent tragedies. French skier and Olympic hopeful David Poisson was killed at the Nakiska ski area in Alberta, Canada, in mid-November after crashing through a safety barrier and hitting a tree. Weeks later, German skier Max Burkhart was also killed in Alberta, competing at the Nor-Am Cup.

The accidents, and others, leave some asking whether the risks of some winter sports are at best unreasonable and at worst immoral.

Clock Is Ticking Toward Government Shutdown

Jan 18, 2018

The federal government will partially shutdown Friday night unless Congress approves a spending plan. Democrats also want to get a resolution to the DACA program that covers people brought illegally to the U.S. as children.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young get the latest on the negotiations with NPR’s Jessica Taylor (@JessicaTaylor).

You may have seen an illustration on Martin Luther King Jr. Day showing the civil rights leader with a hand over President Trump’s mouth, trying to get the president to stop tweeting. The artist is Watson Mere, he was born in the U.S., but his parents are Haitian.

Mere (@ArtOfMere_) speaks with Here & Now‘s Robin Young about his image, and the president’s recent alleged comments asking, “Why do we want people from Haiti here?”

The NFL playoffs are down to the final four teams, and the matchup for Super Bowl LII will be set after Sunday’s conference title games.

Legal sales of recreational marijuana have begun in California. But there’s no standard for how much marijuana you can have in your system and still get behind the wheel. So is it possible to test if someone is too high to drive?

Eli Wirtschafter (@RadioEli) from KALW reports an emerging industry is trying to answer that question.

U.S. counterintelligence officials warned Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, that Wendi Deng Murdoch might be promoting the interests of the Chinese government, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Collette and Scott Stohler gave up their respective careers in engineering and ad production to become “travel influencers” — charging tourism boards, hotels, adventure companies and others a fee to post pictures and videos (mostly of themselves) in the exotic location of the company’s choice, on their own social media, under the name Roamaroo.

The Dow Jones set a new record Tuesday, hitting the 26,000 mark. But there’s also some less-encouraging economic news out there: the U.S. dollar is weakening compared to global currencies.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with MSNBC’s Ali Velshi (@AliVelshi).

We usually think of vaccines as preventing illness. But some cancer researchers hope to create a vaccine that will “treat” the disease, and they’ve made progress recently on a whole new mode of fighting cancer called a “personal cancer vaccine” — a treatment that would be custom-made for a single patient.

In remarks at his golf club in Florida on Sunday night, President Trump said Democrats don’t want to reach a deal on immigration, and he told reporters he’s “the least racist person you have ever interviewed.” Trump made those remarks days after he reportedly spoke in crude terms in a White House meeting about immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries.

You may not have heard of them, but electronic sports, or e-sports, are a fast-growing industry in the U.S. Tournaments are now selling out arenas just like football and basketball games do.

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus said in a statement Friday that President Trump’s comments about Haiti, El Salvador and several African countries are “shameful, abhorrent, unpresidential” and deserve “our strongest condemnation.”

When Johnny Cash Met Glen Sherley

Jan 11, 2018

Johnny Cash first performed the song “Greystone Chapel” as part of his legendary recording session at Folsom State Prison near Sacramento, 50 years ago this Saturday. It was also the day Cash met the the song’s author, inmate Glen Sherley.

As Chloe Veltman (@chloeveltman) from KQED reports, the fateful encounter was to change both men’s lives — for better and for worse.

Environmental groups are applauding New York City’s decision to sue five major oil companies and divest its pension funds of $5 billion in fossil fuel investments.

Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio made the announcement Thursday that the city is suing BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell.

A new Republican bill being introduced Wednesday would allow young undocumented immigrants who receive protection from deportation under the expiring Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) program to receive three-year renewable legal status. It also would dramatically boost border security and immigration enforcement.

In a nearly hourlong live shot from inside the White House on Tuesday afternoon, President Trump and a bipartisan group of lawmakers from the House and Senate deliberated on whether there should be a deal on deportation protection for young immigrants living in the U.S. under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.

President Trump signed two executive orders Monday aimed at addressing broadband access for rural Americans. While the orders are supposed to reduce regulations for internet providers, critics say the real problem is a lack of government investment.

The U.S. is in the midst of a “moderately severe” flu season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Dave Feldman, chairman and medical director at the emergency department at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, California, joins Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti to discuss what his hospital and others in the area are seeing.

Interview Highlights

On whether California’s flu season has been worse than “moderately severe”

Viking Lumber cuts large trees like old-growth Sitka spruce and yellow cedar. It buys most of the trees from the federal government’s timber sales in the Tongass National Forest. But those sales could become a thing of the past, unless Congress steps in.

A new law in Oregon allows people in counties with a population of less than 40,000 to pump their own gas. Trouble is, that’s been banned in the state for so long that some Oregonians don’t know how to do it themselves. The reaction by some people in the state has led to Oregonians being mocked on social media.

Journalist Michael Wolff’s new book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” was released Friday.

Publisher Henry Holt & Co. decided to push the publication date up by four days after President Trump’s legal team issued a cease-and-desist letter to Wolff, the publisher and former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who was interviewed at length for the book.

The U.S. economy added 148,000 jobs in the last month of 2017, closing out a strong year of job growth. The unemployment rate held steady at 4.1 percent in December.

Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with CBS News’ Jill Schlesinger (@jillonmoney), host of “Jill on Money” and the podcast “Better Off.”

President Trump has been tweeting encouragement to protesters in Iran, bringing a sharp rebuke from the Iranian government. But former Obama administration official Dennis Ross says Trump is right to change U.S. policy toward Iran.

President Trump’s lawyer is trying to stop the publication of reporter Michael Wolff’s forthcoming book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.” Trump has also threatened legal action, sending a cease-and-desist letter to his former chief strategist Steve Bannon.

NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik (@davidfolkenflik) joins Here & Now‘s Robin Young to talk about the reaction to the book.

Throughout rural America, it’s common to see old, weathered houses abandoned and sinking back into the earth. But the people of Smith Center, Kansas, have made a point of saving one such home on the range. That’s because it is the home on the range.

The sharing economy is thriving in California: people share everything from car rides to community gardens to housing. Now, there’s a tiny nonprofit in the Bay Area that’s using sharing to help ease one of the nation’s worst homelessness crises.

Erica Garner died Saturday at the age of 27. She was an outspoken activist against police brutality following her father Eric Garner’s death in 2014, after a white NYPD officer put him in a chokehold.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young remembers Erica Garner’s role in the debate over race and police use of force with activist DeRay Mckesson (@deray), a leader of Black Lives Matter.

Interview Highlights

On Erica Garner’s work as an activist

Months after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck central Mexico, killing hundreds of people and displacing thousands, some survivors have asked why their homes and other structures weren’t strong enough to remain standing.

Jorge Valencia (@jorgeavalencia) of KJZZ reports from Mexico City.

Racially insensitive comments and unsportsmanlike behavior have spurred school and sports officials to take action in Pennsylvania.

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