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Jeremy Hobson and Robin Young

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Hosts Jeremy Hobson and Robin Young are thrilled to be a part of the WUNC lineup
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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.

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3:00 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

New FCC Proposal May Ban Internet Fast-Lanes

Federal Communication Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler waits for a hearing at the FCC December 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission Tom Wheeler on Wednesday proposed new rules that would treat the Internet like a public utility.

The new rules aim to prohibit access to so-called Internet fast-lanes for companies and websites willing to pay for faster delivery of their content.

The commission will vote on the rules later this month. And they could have a widespread impact on how we all use the Internet and the status of what’s known as “net neutrality.”

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3:00 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Automotive Rally Continues With Strong Sales

General Motors recorded a 91 percent jump in profit in the fourth quarter. (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

U.S. automakers reported strong sales in January, a time of year that’s normally slow for the industry.

General Motors also recorded a 91 percent jump in profit in the fourth quarter. The company says it will issue $9,000 profit-sharing checks to 48,000 of its employees.

The auto industry is in the midst of a rebound after the recession brought many of the large automakers to the brink of collapse several years ago.

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2:17 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Low Oil Prices Hit Industry Giants Hard

Regular gas cash price is displayed for $1.79 a gallon at a Mobil station January 6, 2015 in Livonia, Michigan. BP and Exxon Mobil attribute their loss in earnings to the steep fall in oil prices. (Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

Two oil giants this week released reports showing how their earnings have been impacted by the recent steep fall in oil prices.

BP on Tuesday reported a quarterly loss of $4.4 billion dollars in the fourth quarter of 2014, which the company attributes in part to falling oil prices.

On a similar note, Exxon Mobil on Monday reported a steep drop in revenue and profit, with both down 21 percent in the fourth quarter, over the previous year.

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2:17 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Purported ISIS Video Shows Jordan Pilot Burned To Death

Anwar al-Tarawneh, center, the wife of Jordanian pilot, Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, who is held by Islamic State group militants, holds a posters of him with Arabic that reads, "we are all Muath," during a protest in Amman, Jordan, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. Al-Kaseasbeh was seized after his F-16 jet crashed near the Islamic State group's de facto capital, Raqqa, Syria, in December last year. (Raad Adayleh/AP)

A video released online Tuesday purportedly shows a Jordanian pilot captured by the Islamic State extremist group in Syria last month being burned to death by his captors following a weeklong hostage drama.

The Associated Press was not immediately able to confirm the authenticity of the video, which was released on militant websites and bore the logo of the extremist group’s al-Furqan media service. The 20-minute-long video featured the slick production and graphics used in previous videos released by the group.

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2:17 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Kathy Gunst Goes Californian!

Kathy Gunst sent us some fresh produce from California. (Rachel Rohr)

Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 1:03 pm

Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst makes her home in Maine, but she’s been spending the early part of the winter in San Francisco.

Her new location has inspired new recipe ideas: avocado toast, filet of sole with Meyer lemons, artichoke soup and orange and ricotta salad. Kathy also sent host Jeremy Hobson a care package including fresh oranges and avocados for him to sample.

She shares these four recipes:

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3:13 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

California Snowpack Not Showing Any Promise For Ending Drought

Frank Gehrke, chief of California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program for the Department of Water Resources, walks past some weeds emerging from the snow pack as he conducts the second snow survey of the season at Echo Summit, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. The survey showed the snow pack to to be 7.1 inches deep with a water content of 2.3 inches, which is 12 percent of normal for this site at this time of year. In a normal year this location is usually covered in several feet of snow. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

Reports that California experienced its second driest January for a second year in a row have many predicting that the drought will continue in 2015.

While cities like San Francisco have seen no measurable rain this year, the snowpacks in the hinterlands of California are also seeing less of the fluffy white stuff.

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3:13 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

What Some Malls Are Doing To Survive

Robin Lewis says the South Coast Plaza mall in Costa Mesa, California, is popular for its wide range of restaurants and activities. (Coolcaesar/Wikimedia Commons)

According to the mall tracking group Green Street Advisors, more than two dozen shopping malls have closed since 2010, and dozens more are on the brink of failing.

Robin Lewis, co-author of “The New Rules of Retail: Competing in the World’s Toughest Marketplace,” says that some malls are doing interesting things to stay operating.

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3:13 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

Obama Floats $4 Trillion Budget To Congress

President Barack Obama speaks at the Department of Homeland Security about the administration's fiscal year 2016 budget request released earlier today February 2, 2015 in Washington, D.C. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Originally published on Mon February 2, 2015 3:09 pm

President Obama releases a $4 trillion budget today that calls for middle class tax cuts and major investment in infrastructure. The plan would rely on taxing rich Americans by closing tax loopholes on capital gains and trust funds.

Republicans are not on board. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin said Obama was exploiting “envy economics.” The president’s proposal included a child care tax credit, a $500 credit for “second-earners” in a household and more money for a preschool development program.

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2:44 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Rod McKuen, Mega-Selling Poet And Performer, Dies At 81

Rod McKuen performs on November 12, 2005, in Los Angeles, California. (David Livingston/Getty Images)

Rod McKuen, the husky-voiced “King of Kitsch” whose avalanche of music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and ’70s overwhelmed critical mockery and made him an Oscar-nominated songwriter and one of the best-selling poets in history, has died. He was 81.

McKuen died Thursday morning at a rehabilitation center in Beverly Hills, California, where he had been treated for pneumonia and had been ill for several weeks and was unable to digest food, his half-brother Edward McKuen Habib said.

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2:44 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Cowboy Poets Gather At Annual Celebration

The 31st National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is underway in Elko, Nevada. Last year, Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson spoke with an attendee named Gaul Steiger, a cattle rancher who comes from a long line of cowboy poets. We revisit that conversation.

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