Here & Now

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This midday newsmagazine combines updates on the top national and international news stories of the day with intelligent, broad-ranging conversations. This daily conversation about news, arts and culture is hosted by Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson.

Distributed by: NPR, Produced at: WBUR

U.S. troops are involved in combat, counterterrorism or combat support missions in Iraq, Africa, the Philippines and elsewhere. This year marks the American military’s 17th year in Afghanistan.

Editor’s Note: This segment discusses rape and sexual violence, and contains audio that some listeners may find disturbing or offensive.


There have been protests in northern India this week over the rape and murder of an 8-year-old Muslim girl in January. The case has taken a political turn, because two officials from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party protested in favor of the accused men, who are Hindus. Those officials resigned last week.

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner once called himself “unelectable.” Yet the 57-year-old attorney, known for being as outspoken as he is progressive, was sworn into office in January after winning the November election in a landslide.

The list of aging rock ‘n’ roll musicians who have damaged their hearing after a long career on stage is growing.

Huey Lewis and the News canceled its 2018 tour last week after Lewis told fans that he “can’t hear music well enough to sing.”

Eric Clapton told the BBC this year that he is going deaf.

A video that has garnered more than 9 million views on Twitter shows two black men being arrested at a Starbucks in Philadelphia. There have been large protests at the store.

Here & Now‘s Eric Westervelt (@Ericnpr) speaks with WHYY’s Peter Crimmins (@petercrimmins) for the latest.

Inspectors with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons say they were denied access to the Syrian town of Douma, where a suspected chemical weapons attack on April 7 killed dozens and prompted U.S.-led missile strikes over the weekend.

Here & Now‘s Lisa Mullins speaks with NPR’s Michele Keleman (@michelekelemen).

A new report from the Congressional Budget Office predicts the federal deficit will balloon past $1 trillion in the next two years. That takes into account the Republicans 1.5 trillion dollar tax overhaul signed into law last year, and a $1.3 trillion bipartisan spending bill last month.

The Dow opened down 200 points today after the President Tweeted that Russia should “get ready” because missiles “will be coming” at Syria.

Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd speaks with Michael Regan (@Reganonymous), senior editor at Bloomberg News.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is testifying before a joint Senate subcommittee hearing Tuesday, amid the ongoing controversy surrounding Facebook’s role in the Cambridge Analytica data leaks.

Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd discusses the latest with NPR’s Miles Parks (@MilesParks).

The federal deficit is expected to surpass $1 trillion in 2020, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The CBO also predicts that in 10 years the deficit will be about the same size as the country’s gross domestic product.

Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd looks at the implications of the deficit with MSNBC’s Ali Velshi (@AliVelshi), co-host of “Velshi & Ruhle.”

In his long career as a lawmaker and diplomat, George Mitchell dealt with many of the world’s thorniest problems. He helped broker the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland, which is marking its 20th anniversary Tuesday.

In the first of two conversations, Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd speaks with Mitchell about the Middle East, where he also served as an envoy.

A surprising number of animals in the animal kingdom take the idea of “repair” to the next level: They can actually regenerate an entirely new limb, or parts of their hearts and brains, after injury. Scientists around the world are studying this ability in hopes of someday harnessing it for humans.

Paige Pfleger (@PaigePfleger) from WHYY’s The Pulse reports.

With full military honors and an honorary flyover, Thomas Hudner Jr., who received the Medal of Honor in 1951 for bravery during the Korean War, was buried at Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday.

Here & Now‘s Alex Ashlock (@aashlock) was there for the ceremony, and has this report.

Fifty years ago today, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. He was 39 years old.

On the 50th anniversary of his death, new biographies of King reveal little-known facets of King’s connections to Boston, and to Robert Kennedy. Fred Thys (@fredthys) from member station WBUR begins with the civil rights leader’s ties to Boston University.

The country’s biggest owner of local television stations is under fire for making its news anchors read a scripted promo decrying “false news” and echoing conservative rhetoric about bias in the media. A compilation of anchors at stations owned or operated by the Sinclair Broadcast Group went viral over the weekend, and President Trump weighed in Monday morning on Twitter.

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