Here & Now

Monday – Thursday at 2:00 pm
  • Hosted by Jeremy Hobson, Robin Young, Tonya Mosley

A live production from NPR and WBUR Boston, in collaboration with public radio stations across the country, Here & Now reflects the fluid world of news as it’s happening, with timely, smart and in-depth news and conversation.

Here & Now has a successful track record: it began at WBUR in 1997 and is carried today by over 180 stations nationwide. Here & Now will expand from one to two hours on July 1 in collaboration with NPR. The expanded program will serve as a bridge in midday, between NPR’s signature news magazines, Morning Edition and All Things Considered. This marks the first time NPR has collaborated with a member station on a daily news program.

Just after midnight Eastern Time tonight, another round of trade tariffs are slated go into effect on around $34 billion worth of Chinese machinery, auto parts, and medical devices. China says it’ll respond immediately with equivalent tariffs on U.S. products, which will impact pork farmers, cheese producers and more.

Rodney Smith Jr. is mowing lawns this summer — not only at his home in Huntsville, Alabama, but in all 50 states, including Alaska and Hawaii. And he’s doing it for free.

Smith (@iamrodneysmith) says his goal is to help the elderly, people who are disabled, veterans and single mothers, and his nonprofit organization Raising Men Lawn Care Service has gotten young kids involved in the effort.

This week marks one year since pot shops starting selling legal recreational marijuana in Nevada. The rollout came just eight months after voters approved a ballot measure in 2016.

Critics initially called out the state, saying sales began before all the kinks were worked out. But 12 months in, Nevada has surpassed its tax revenue goals and is looking forward to more industry growth.

Editor’s Note: This segment was rebroadcast on August 19, 2019. That audio is available here.

The U.S. border with Canada is the world’s longest international border, yet it receives very little attention. For three years, writer Porter Fox traveled that border.

A dangerous heat wave is hitting cities across the United States later this week and this weekend. Temperatures at the peak of the heat wave will run 10 to 20 degrees above normal.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with the Weather Channel meteorologist Mark Elliot (@twcMarkElliot) about the conditions and precautions people can take.

As Massachusetts marijuana growers get ready to plant their first crops for recreational use, the state has set some of the toughest energy use regulations in the country.

WBUR’s Bruce Gellerman (@AudioBruce) has the story.

Immediately after Hurricane Maria, a community center called Casa Pueblo in Adjuntas, Puerto Rico, provided its neighbors with solar energy. A few months after the event, some believe it’s possible that renewable energy could light up the whole island.

Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd speaks with Arturo Massol Deyá, Casa Pueblo’s co-director, about the alternatives Puerto Ricans have for renewable energy.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has called it a “national priority” to regulate some nonstick chemicals that used to be used on military bases and in Teflon, Scotchguard and firefighting foam. New Jersey wants even tougher standards.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with New Jersey Environmental Protection Commisioner Catherine R. McCabe about the dangers of the chemicals, and differing approaches to regulating them.

Debra Granik wrote and directed the Oscar-nominated film “Winter’s Bone.” Her new film, “Leave No Trace,” was inspired by the real-life story of a man and his daughter who were discovered living in the woods outside Portland, Oregon.

Granik joins Here & Now‘s Robin Young to talk about the film.

Justice Anthony Kennedy has announced he will retire from the Supreme Court. As NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg wrote, “More than any other justice, he was responsible for the advancement of LGBT rights.”

Legal scholar Alan Dershowitz (@AlanDersh) joins Here & Now‘s Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson to discuss Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement announcement Wednesday.

Starting next month, Chicago will join Seattle in requiring hotels to provide all housekeepers with panic buttons they can use if they are sexually assaulted, harassed or threatened by a guest.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with Ely Dar, a hotel housekeeper at the Westin Seattle, and Abby Lawlor, a researcher with Unite Here Local 8 in Seattle, a hospitality union which has been advocating for the panic buttons.

Uber earned a major win in London on Tuesday: A judge overruled the city’s September decision not to renew the ride-hailing company’s operating license.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Johana Bhuiyan (@JMBooyah), senior editor of transportation for Recode, about what the ruling means for Uber.

In a series of morning tweets, President Trump called again for suspension of due process for people who crossed the border illegally. He said that those immigrants should be deported immediately, without going before a judge.

It’s been another busy week on social media, with users sharing photos of protests as migrant parents waited to be reunited with their children after being separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. First lady Melania Trump also caused a firestorm over a jacket she wore to visit a children’s shelter in Texas. And New Zealand’s Prime Minister gave birth to a baby girl — and Twitter is celebrating.

Preserving A River With A Pint

Jun 21, 2018

Arizona’s Verde River has a lot of competing users: city dwellers, farmers, kayakers and environmentalists. They all want its water in different ways, but a new project aims to unite everyone over a glass of beer. A farm in Camp Verde, about 90 miles north of Phoenix, has planted a crop of malt barley to conserve water and give Arizona breweries a key ingredient to craft a truly local beer.

First Lady Melania Trump paid an unannounced visit to a detention center in Texas on Thursday, and at a cabinet meeting at the White House, President Trump said he is directing government agencies to reunite immigrant families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border.

NPR congressional correspondent Scott Detrow (@scottdetrow) joins Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson to discuss the latest.

There have been many voices against President Trump’s chosen policy of family separation at the U.S. border.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young gets the views of a supporter of the administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy, conservative talk show host Sandy Rios (@SandyRiosTweet).

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On supporting the policy

A recent report from the American Psychiatric Association urges people to “participate in policy and advocacy to combat climate change.”

And that’s just one of the medical groups writing about the connection between adverse mental health effects and global disasters related to changing climate.

The policy of separating children from their families at the Mexican border is dividing Republicans as Democrats push to end the practice.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Sen. Chris Van Hollen (@ChrisVanHollen), a Democrat from Maryland, about visiting a border patrol processing center over the weekend in McAllen, Texas.

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