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By Random Person2019 - Nov 21 2019
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Here and Now has been serving me for years and always manage to make the news fascinating.

Great news daily newscast

By Prophittman - Mar 26 2019
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I listen every day. Love it that it is in podcast format.

iTunes Ratings

473 Ratings
Average Ratings
293
72
41
35
32

The Best of the Best

By Random Person2019 - Nov 21 2019
Read more
Here and Now has been serving me for years and always manage to make the news fascinating.

Great news daily newscast

By Prophittman - Mar 26 2019
Read more
I listen every day. Love it that it is in podcast format.
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Here & Now

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Universal Basic Income Pilot Program; Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan

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U.S. schools are trying to plan for the upcoming academic year as the pandemic intensifies. Arne Duncan, former Secretary of Education under Obama, joins us to discuss the push by the Trump administration to reopen schools in the fall. Universal basic income, the policy that promises a regular paycheck regardless of employment, is starting to gain traction and funding. Stockton, California, Mayor Michael Tubbs joins us to discuss the city's pilot program.

Jul 10 2020

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K-pop Top Hits With Soju; Upcoming Missions To Mars

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Soju, who competed on "RuPaul's Drag Race," tells us about what it was like growing up queer and Korean in the Midwest and answers all our burning questions about K-pop idols and fans. Plus, she shares tracks from H.O.T, 2NE1, Tiffany Young, and herself. Also, three missions to Mars are set to blast off in the coming weeks. NASA is even planning to bring back Martian rocks for the first time ever. We talk with science journalist Alexandra Witze.

Jul 10 2020

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Empathy And Power; U.S. Military Confronts Racism

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Why did George Floyd's death spark a worldwide movement demanding social change? Stanford Professor Jamil Zaki says it has to do with empathy, how it's fostered and how it atrophies. He joins us to discuss the connection between power and empathy. And, the U.S. military is one of the many institutions dealing with the nation's current racial reckoning. We speak with Retired Adm. James Stavridis about efforts to rename military bases that bear the names of Confederate generals.

Jul 09 2020

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'Pandemic Dreams' Captured In New Book; House Race In New Mexico

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Dream researcher Deidre Barrett has collected thousands of COVID-19 related dreams online. She joins us to discuss publishing a number of them in the new book "Pandemic Dreams." Also, in New Mexico's second Congressional district, Democratic Rep. Xochitl Torres Small faces a challenge from Republican former state Rep. Yvette Herrell, a re-match of 2018. Host Jeremy Hobson speaks with New Mexico politics writer Joe Monahan.

Jul 09 2020

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Ohio Epidemiologist; Gail Caldwell's 'Bright Precious Thing' Memoir

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Ohio is one of several states seeing an uptick in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations after remaining fairly steady in May and June. Dr. Tara Smith, an infectious disease epidemiologist at Kent State University, joins us to discuss what's behind the recent surge in cases. And, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Gail Caldwell talks about her new memoir "Bright Precious Thing," which explores feminism, friendship and what she learned from her 5-year-old neighbor.

Jul 08 2020

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Gen Z Talks Protests, Pandemic; Stargazing Without A Telescope

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Americans have been grappling with the emergence of a deadly pandemic and a nationwide protest movement forcing a reckoning on police violence and racial injustice. Host Jeremy Hobson speaks with three young people about how they've been handling it all. Looking for something to do this summer? Astronomer Dean Regas says, "Look up!" Regas joins us to describe some of the brightest stars and constellations visible throughout the summer, and how to find them without a telescope.

Jul 08 2020

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Blackout Day Economic Protest; How Newt Gingrich Shaped The GOP

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Tuesday marks #BlackoutDayt2020, a day when Black Americans and their allies are being encouraged to spend their money at minority-owned stores exclusively to highlight the consumer power of minorities. Roben Farzad, host of Public Radio's "Full Disclosure," explains who is organizing the event and why. When President Trump uses phrases like "radical left" he's pulling from a playbook Newt Gingrich helped write. Historian Julian Zelizer makes that case in his new book about Gingrich's rise from a young and unknown congressman to shaping the Republican Party in ways still ...

Jul 07 2020

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COVID-19 Medical Flights On The Rise; Live Music Venues Struggle

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In Imperial County, one of Southern California's remote coronavirus hot spots, medical crews have been flying out hundreds of sick people after two local hospitals ran low on intensive care beds. We speak with the program director for Reach Air Medical Services. Also, as states slowly reopen, the live music industry remains mostly dormant. Many music venues are hoping the government will offer support but, in the meantime, are considering other ways to survive. WAMU's Mikaela Lefrak reports.

Jul 07 2020

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Arizona Lessons On COVID-19; College Admissions In A Pandemic

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Arizona reported thousands of new coronavirus infections over the weekend, with young adults leading the growth. University of Arizona epidemiologist Dr. Saskia Popescu joins us to discuss the lessons learned from Arizona, which was one of the first states to ease coronavirus restrictions. And, high school students are facing uncertainty about applying to college next year due to the pandemic. One college counselor joins us to discuss some of the challenges.

Jul 06 2020

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Mysterious Elephant Deaths; Wearing Masks Could Help GDP

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More than 350 elephants have mysteriously died in Botswana over the past few months. We talk with the Director of National Park Service Dr. Niall McCann about what could be causing these deaths and what's at stake for the larger ecosystem. Also, Goldman Sachs says if a mandatory mask order were imposed nationally, it could help the economy avoid a 5% hit to GDP. The study assumes that if everyone wore a mask, states would not have to impose mandatory lockdowns which are disrupting the economy.

Jul 06 2020

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Native Americans Occupied Mount Rushmore 50 Years Ago; Best TV Of 2020

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Fifty years ago this summer, a group of Native American activists scaled the top of the Mount Rushmore and occupied the area for months to demand the land be returned to the Sioux. We look back on the significance of this event with the son of one of the original protesters, Executive Director of United Native Americans Quanah Parker Brightman. Also, while much TV production has halted across the world, there's still quality programming to catch up on. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans shares some of his favorites to ...

Jul 03 2020

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Texas Restaurant Owner; Americans Share What Freedom Means To Them

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As restaurants in some states begin to shut down again due to spikes in coronavirus infections, some owners are considering whether to close for good. Houston restaurant owner Bill Loveday joins us to discuss how his restaurant is handling the pandemic and the rapidly changing public health restrictions in Texas. And, we asked several Americans from across the country to explain what freedom means to them this Independence Day.

Jul 03 2020

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Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon; Miami-Dade Police Officer Relieved Of Duty

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Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon joins us to discuss the state's massive budget shortfall as it also faces rising coronavirus cases. And, a Miami-Dade police officer was relieved of duty after widely circulated body cam footage revealed a dispute he had with a Black woman at the Miami International Airport. Miami Herald reporter David Ovalle has the details.

Jul 02 2020

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#OscarsSoWhite Creator On White Actors Voicing Non-White Characters; Protest Songs

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Several animated TV series including long-running hits like "The Simpsons" and "Family Guy" have made a decision to no longer use white actors for the voices of characters from other ethnic groups. Host Lisa Mullins speaks to April Reign, the creator of #OscarsSoWhite, about criticism regarding minority characters played by white actors. Also, from "Yankee Doodle" to viral Tik Tok remixes, protest music is American music. Oregon Public Broadcasting's Claudia Meza takes us through the history of protest songs in this country.

Jul 02 2020

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Northern California COVID-19 Spikes; Mount Rushmore History

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom says he plans to further scale back the state's reopening plans due to a new surge in coronavirus cases, including a cluster at San Quentin State Prison. And, author John Taliaferro joins us to discuss the complicated history of Mount Rushmore ahead of Trump's visit this week at a time of heated debate over monuments linked to racism and discrimination.

Jul 01 2020

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Teacher Calls For Anti-Racism Curriculum; COVID-19 Pool Testing

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Sixth-grade English teacher Zakia Jarrett was temporarily placed on administrative paid leave for telling students that "most cops are racist" during a class discussion on race and racism. We speak to Jarrett about her suspension regarding anti-racism education in Milton, Massachusetts. Also, public health officials are scrambling to increase the country's capacity for testing. One solution could be to test multiple people at once using a method known as pool testing.

Jul 01 2020

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WNBA's Renee Montgomery Fights For Social Justice; Clint Black's New Album

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WNBA veteran and Atlanta Dream star Renee Montgomery has announced she's leaving the league in order to seize this moment of change to fight for social and racial justice. We talk to her about the move. Also, we speak with Grammy-winning country musician Clint Black, who has just released a new studio album called "Out of Sane."

Jun 30 2020

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Princeton Drops Woodrow Wilson's Name; College Students On Edge About Fall

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Citing his racism and racist policies, Princeton University will remove Woodrow Wilson's name from its school of international and public affairs. The move comes amid ongoing efforts to take down statues and monuments that honor the Confederacy around the U.S. We speak with historian Julian Zelizer. Also, college students are wrestling with whether or not to enroll for the fall — or try to defer enrollment until they can be sure to have a full college experience. KUOW's Eilís O'Neill has more.

Jun 30 2020

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Family Of Woman Who Portrayed Aunt Jemima Speaks Out; COVID Toe Mystery

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Quaker Oats announced it's rebranding Aunt Jemima pancake mix and syrup because of its racist history. While descendants of Lillian Richard, who portrayed Aunt Jemima for years, support the company's decision to rename the brand, they want to ensure her legacy lives on. We speak to Vera Harris, a family historian for the Richard family of Hawkins. Also, one of the weird symptoms we've heard about when it comes to the coronavirus is something called COVID toe. KUOW's David Hyde reports.

Jun 29 2020

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Boston Artist Calls To Remove Lincoln Statue; COVID-19 Puts Kids Behind In School

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When Boston artist Tory Bullock looks at the Emancipation Memorial in Boston's Park Square, he sees subservience instead of freedom. Bullock says it's time to remove the statue, so he's circulating an online petition to achieve his goal. We talk to Bullock about the statue's history and why he believes it would be better situated in a museum. Also, Robin Lake, director of the Center for Reinventing Public Education, says the average student may be one full year behind in math when school starts in the fall.

Jun 29 2020

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iTunes Ratings

473 Ratings
Average Ratings
293
72
41
35
32

The Best of the Best

By Random Person2019 - Nov 21 2019
Read more
Here and Now has been serving me for years and always manage to make the news fascinating.

Great news daily newscast

By Prophittman - Mar 26 2019
Read more
I listen every day. Love it that it is in podcast format.