Here & Now

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  • Hosted by Robin Young

Here & Now brings you the news that breaks after Morning Edition, and before All Things Considered. Produced at WBUR in Boston, and hosted by Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson, Here & Now combines the best in news journalism with intelligent, broad-ranging conversations on public policy and foreign affairs, science and technology, as well as features on arts and culture. 

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Mike Shirkey grew up in the Arkansas Delta, listening to “pickin’ music” — bluegrass, country, folk and the like. Years later, in 1980, he started the show “The Pickin’ Post” on KUAF to highlight some of his favorite musical finds, often bypassing the latest trends and releases.

The traditional fish hooks used by the Makah Tribe in Washington state have been found to be better at catching halibut than modern circle fish hooks.

As John Ryan (@heyjohnryan) of KUOW reports, the historical hooks help prevent the problems of “bycatch” — hauling up the wrong type of fish.

Democratic strategist Jamal Simmons (@JamalSimmons) and Republican strategist Paris Dennard (@PARISDENNARD) join Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson and Peter O’Dowd to discuss results of primaries in four states Tuesday, and other news from Washington.

Federal food benefit programs are vital for low-income immigrant families. But if a parent is unauthorized to live in the U.S., they may decide not to enroll their children who are citizens in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP to get money for groceries.

Literary Giant Tom Wolfe Dies

May 15, 2018

Literary giant Tom Wolfe, who chronicled everything from hippies to the space program before turning his eye to fiction, has died. Wolfe was known for creating a “New Journalism” and writing bestsellers that defined eras of American life. His books included “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test” and “The Bonfire of the Vanities.”

Since the opioid crisis took off in the U.S., cities across the country have added more and more needle exchange programs, which allow people with addiction to turn in used syringes for new, clean ones.

Most researchers say such programs are effective at reducing the spread of HIV and hepatitis C. However, some cities — including Charleston, West Virginia, where opioid use is pervasive — have moved to close their needle exchanges, citing problems with crime and mismanagement.

The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, said last week that if Iran restarted its nuclear weapons program his country would pursue a nuclear weapon, too.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Ali Shihabi (@aliShihabi), founder of The Arabia Foundation.

It’s been 20 years since the finale of “Seinfeld.”

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson talks about some of the show’s most quotable scenes and its impact with comedian Carol Leifer (@carolleifer), who was a writer on the show’s fifth, sixth and seventh seasons.

Spotify has announced it will stop promoting R. Kelly’s music on its streaming service, via playlists or recommendations. It comes as a movement called #MuteRKelly grows. R. Kelly has been accused of various sexual misconduct for years, including controlling a group of women that lives with him by blocking them from contact with the outside world.

Trump Announces Plan To Lower Drug Prices

May 11, 2018

President Trump announces a plan Friday to lower drug prices, something he’s been talking about since his campaign. Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Michael Regan (@Reganonymous), senior editor for Bloomberg News, about the plan.

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