Here & Now

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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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This fall marks the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, one of the most explosive political events of the 20th century. Bolsheviks led by Vladimir Lenin destroyed the tradition of czarist rule, which eventually led to the Communist Party, the Cold War and the Soviet Union before its dissolution in 1991.

For a century, Missouri was considered the ultimate swing state: Its voters backed every presidential winner but one from 1904 to 2004.

In the last 40 years, it has had four Republican governors and five Democratic ones, and the state legislature shared a similar split in power. But in recent years, political scientists — who once saw the purple state as a microcosm of the country — have started to notice a change.

Nurx is a smartphone app that offers birth control, including the morning after pill, and PREP, the drug that prevents HIV infection, to patients online. It’s part of a wave of reproductive health telemedicine services. Nurx is available in 15 states and Washington, D.C., but it’s under fire from anti-abortion activists who consider the morning after pill to be an abortion medicine. The FDA classifies it as a contraceptive. The activists also say there should be stricter telemedicine laws.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson (@jeremyhobson) makes a trip to the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum in Independence, Mo. The 33rd president is remembered for dropping atomic bombs on Japan to end World War II, but his legacy is rich and it offers lessons to the man in the White House today.

The vast majority of Puerto Ricans are still without power, more than a month after Hurricane Maria devastated the island’s power grid. Rebuilding that infrastructure is a huge job, but the biggest contract awarded so far went to a tiny, for-profit company that had only two permanent employees when the storm hit.

President Trump joins Republican senators Tuesday at their weekly policy lunch. Tax overhaul legislation is on the table, but feuds between Trump and some GOP lawmakers, including Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, are complicating that effort.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young gets the latest from NPR’s Domenico Montanaro (@DomenicoNPR).

Three people in the past two weeks have been shot to death in the Seminole Heights neighborhood of Tampa.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young gets an update from Howard Altman (@haltman) of The Tampa Bay Times.

Is This The End For Sears?

Oct 23, 2017

Sears has slipped billions of dollars into debt, and industry analysts are predicting the end. And Sears Canada is closing all of its remaining stores and laying off 12,000 employees. Sears was once an icon of American consumer culture.

A young Cub Scout, 11-year-old Ames Mayfield, got compliments for his question about gun control at a meeting with a Colorado state senator. But then, Mayfield was kicked out of his Cub Scout den.

One of the youngest victims in the Northern California wildfires was 14-year-old Kai Logan Shepherd of Redwood Valley. His family is trying to survive his loss, and their own injuries. His mother, father and sister were seriously burned and have undergone multiple surgeries.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with the children’s aunt, Mindi Ramos, who has started a fundraiser to help the Shepherds rebuild their life.

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