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A live production of 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 in the middle of the day, with timely, smart and in-depth news, interviews and conversation. Co-hosted by award-winning journalists Robin Young and Scott Tong, the show’s daily lineup includes interviews with NPR reporters, as well as leading newsmakers, innovators and artists from across the U.S. and around the globe.

Recent Episodes
  • The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, or OPEC+ Alliance, is meeting Wednesday to consider a cut in oil production of up to 2 million barrels a day. Managing editor at S&P Global Platts Herman Wang joins us to talk about how this could be disastrous for gas prices. Then, Brookings Institution senior fellow John Hudak joins us to examine the importance of political debates and why lately, many candidates have opted not to participate in them. And, a new documentary "Singing Our Way To Freedom" celebrates the life and music of Ramon "Chunky" Sanchez. Director Paul Espinosa joins us to talk about the film.
  • The Supreme Court is hearing a case Tuesday that experts say could further erode the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act. Yurij Rudensky, senior counsel at the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, joins us. Then, some residents in southwest Florida are seeking shelter at a local high school after Hurricane Ian flooded their homes. WUSF's Cathy Carter reports. And, Henry Louis Gates Jr. talks about a new PBS series focusing on the vast richness of Black life in American history called "Making Black America: Through the Grapevine."
  • Sanibel and Captiva Islands were hit with a barrage of tropical weather from Hurricane Ian. Maria Espinoza, the executive director of FISH, a nonprofit providing disaster assistance, joins us. Then, Florida's already-existing insurance crisis was worsened by the storm's damage. Florida State University associate professor Charles Nyce joins us to explain why state residents were paying some of the highest homeowners insurance rates in the country, even before the hurricane struck. And, the government's role in preserving the country's wetlands is at the center of a Supreme Court hearing on Monday. Dr. Bob Bond, who grew up going to Priest Lake — the site at the center of the case after a couple tried to fill in wetlands on their property to build a house — joins us.
  • Law professor Kimberly Wehle recaps what the House committee investigating the attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6 has revealed in recent months and what to look out for as it continues its investigation. Then, apartment rents dropped for the first time in two years in August. Roben Farzad of Public Radio's "Full Disclosure" talks about whether renters can expect this trend to continue. And, New York Magazine Washington correspondent Olivia Nuzzi explains why mainstream media should have paid more attention to the story of Hunter Biden's laptop and what she learned after viewing its supposed contents.
  • After Hurricane Ian rocked Sarasota County, Florida, the area is beginning recovery efforts. Jamie Carson, communications director for the county, joins us. Then, Sigourney Weaver joins us to discuss her new movie "The Good House," in which she plays Hildy Good, a woman trying to recover from alcoholism and care for her family and business. Plus, Black-led bike clubs carry on cyclist Major Taylor's legacy while carving out an inclusive space in Missouri's bicycling community. KCUR's Luke Martin reports.
  • Todd Dunn, a public information officer for Charlotte County, Florida talks about how the county is preparing for Hurricane Ian. And, three leaks in the Nord Stream pipelines that run under the Baltic Sea between Russia and Europe were most likely caused by explosions near the pipeline that happened almost simultaneously. NPR's Jackie Northam explains why European leaders say it's Russian sabotage. And, Dropkick Murphys frontman Ken Casey talks about their new album "This Machine Still Kills Fascists," which sets previously unpublished Woody Guthrie songs to new music.
  • As Hurricane Ian bears down on Florida, residents in several counties are under an evacuation order. Hillsborough County Fire Chief Dennis Jones describes how local residents are preparing for the region's biggest hurricane in 101 years. Then, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business professor Jeremy Siegel explains why the Federal Reserve's policy of hiking interest rates could lead to a major recession. And, many credit Bill Monroe as the "father" of Bluegrass. But when you listen to his music, you hear echoes of the man who mentored Monroe — Arnold Shultz, the son of a formerly enslaved man in Ohio Country, Kentucky. Among those working to restore that legacy is Dr. Richard Brown, a dentist and acclaimed mandolin player.
  • Russian protestors are still demonstrating following President Vladimir Putin's announcement last week of troop mobilization. More than 100 protesters have already been detained. We learn more with NPR's Charles Maynes. Then, we get an Iran news roundup with Here & Now security analyst Jim Walsh. Protests continue in the country over the death of a woman held in police custody for not wearing a headscarf. And, we talk about the latest in state abortion rules: An Arizona judge allowed a state law that bans nearly all abortions. Washington Post health reporter Rachel Roubein joins us. Plus, more details are coming to light about a welfare fraud scandal that funneled money to former NFL player Brett Farve, among others. Mississippi Today reporter Anna Wolfe tells us more.
  • On Friday, House Republicans launched their "Commitment to America" agenda. NBC senior congressional reporter Scott Wong and Politico national political reporter Holly Otterbein join us to speak about the agenda and latest on Senate and Governor races in Pennsylvania. Then, it's banned books week, and residents across U.S. communities weigh in on what it means to see books being pulled from shelves in schools and public libraries. Jonathan Friedman, director of free expression and education programs at PEN America, joins us. And, a new study shows that there are 20 quadrillion ants on Earth, and that's a conservative estimate. Entomologist Adam Hart joins us to talk about the study and what all those ants mean.
  • Clashes between Iranian security forces and protesters began following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in police custody. Iranian-American journalist Negar Mortazavi shares the latest. Then, MSNBC's Ali Velshi talks about the impact of the Federal Reserve's latest rate hike. And, naturalist and filmmaker Tom Mustill talks about his new book "How to Speak Whale: A Voyage Into the Future of Animal Communication." A close encounter with a humpback whale started Mustill on a journey to find out how scientists are attempting to determine how whales and other cetaceans communicate.