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Here! Now! In the moment! Paddling in the middle of a fast moving stream of news and information. Here & Now is a daily midday news magazine, bringing you the news that breaks after "Morning Edition" and before "All Things Considered."  Hosted by Robin Young and central Illinois native Jeremy Hobson.

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4:06 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Not Enough (Cod)Fish In The Sea?

Monkfish, one of the "trash fish" species that sustainable fisheries advocates say consumers should be eating more of now that cod is depleted. (Rowan Jacobsen)
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4:06 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

The Economic Legacy Of JFK

At the time of John F. Kennedy’s death in November 1963, an employment boom was beginning.

Stocks were soaring, swept up in the emerging “go-go” era on Wall Street. It was a time when investors were falling in love with mutual funds and conglomerates.

So, what exactly did Kennedy do? As the nation marks the 50th anniversary of his assassination, do the experts credit him with having a lasting economic legacy?

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5:31 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Pat Conroy No Longer Hides Behind Fiction To Tell His Family's Stories

Pat Conroy is author of "The Death of Santini." (Jennifer Hitchcock)

Pat Conroy’s troubled family history has been the wellspring of many of his novels, including “The Great Santini” and “The Prince of Tides.”

As he tells Here & Now’s Robin Young, “No writer has been imprisoned by his family like I have, in the history of American letters. I have been writing about this family for 40 years.”

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5:31 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Facebook Helps Reunite Tornado Victims With Lost Mementos

Photo found in Seneca, IL. (From the Facebook page "PHOTOS found from Nov 17, 2013 Illinois Storms/Tornadoes")
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5:31 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Cleanup Continues Across Midwest After Devastating Tornadoes

Dozens of tornadoes struck the Midwest on Sunday, leaving hundreds of homes damaged or destroyed. Now starts the long cleanup process, as families sift through the debris of what used to be their homes.

The American Red Cross and other aid groups are moving in, to provide shelters for displaced residents. NPR’s David Schaper joins Here & Now’s Robin Young with details.

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3:44 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Will Sugar Be The FDA's Next Target?

(Ninja M/Flickr)

The Food and Drug Administration is taking steps to further reduce trans fats in processed foods — a move that would require food companies to prove hydrogenated oils harmless before using them in products.

These days, most consumers consider this a good thing, but trans fats have historically been championed as a healthier alternative to butter and lard. It wasn’t until the 1990s that studies began to link trans fats to heart attacks and disease.

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3:44 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Inseparable Abandoned Dogs Need A Home

(Chester County SPCA)

They say a dog is man’s best friend, but don’t tell that to Jermaine. Jermaine’s best friend is his blind brother Jeffrey. The two are inseparable.

Here & Now’s Robin Young takes a couple of minutes to draw attention to the huge problem of abandoned animals, and the attention that these two 8-month-old pit bull mix dogs have drawn, because of a picture that’s gone viral.

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3:44 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Japanese Animator's Film Causes Controversy

The latest film from celebrated Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki, "The Wind Rises," centers on the engineer who designed the plane used in the kamikaze attacks during World War II. (Studio Ghibli/Walt Disney)

What may be the final film from acclaimed Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki is a departure from his earlier fantasies.

“The Wind Rises” tells the story of a real-life airplane designer who created what some say was the best fighter plane of WWII. The film has proved controversial in Japan, and opens briefly in the U.S. this month to qualify for an Oscar nomination.

Allen Yu, KROC Fellowship winner for NPR, has our story.

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3:36 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

It's BatKid To The Rescue!

Miles gets a big hug after "rescuing" a damsel in distress. (Mike Pelton/Twitter)

Miles Scott, 5, who in remission from leukemia, is having his wish to be “Batkid” granted by Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area and the city of San Francisco. If you’re on Twitter, you can follow the the hashtag #SFBatKid to see the updates, or you can watch the live stream.

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3:36 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

The Man Behind The Pastels Of Miami's South Beach

The Park Central in Miami Beach, Fla. (Julia Duba/WLRN)

Miami Beach’s South Beach neighborhood is a popular destination for tourists who head to Florida as temperatures start to plummet up north. And when they get there, the first thing many of these “snow birds” notice are the colors: A palette of pastels.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Julia Duba of WLRN has the story of Leonard Horowitz, the man who forever changed the color of South Beach.

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3:36 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Michigan Homeowner Charged In Deadly Porch Shooting

Renisha McBride (Facebook)

In the early hours of November 2, 19-year-old Renisha McBride was fatally shot by a homeowner in Dearborn Heights, Mich. McBride had apparently been knocking on the front door, looking for help after she crashed her car into a parked vehicle about a mile away.

Authorities say the man shot the unarmed young woman in the face while she was standing on his porch. The homeowner originally told police that the gun went off accidentally, but has since said that he shot McBride because he feared for his life.

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3:14 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Learning Websites Vie To Become 'School Of Everything'

All kinds of online marketplaces offer ways to sell your stuff: eBay, Craigslist, Etsy. But what about a place to sell your skills and expertise?

Now sites like Udemy, Skillshare and Lynda.com are in a race to become the “School of Everything.” As more courses appear, the competition among teachers is intensifying.

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3:14 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Texas County Implements New Policy For LGBT Inmates

Originally published on Fri November 15, 2013 6:55 am

Transgendered inmates in Houston’s Harris County will now be housed based on the gender with which they identify, instead of their biological sex.

The sweeping new policy, designed to protect and guarantee equal treatment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender inmates, is being implemented by the sheriff of Houston’s Harris County.

The policy is believed to be one of the most comprehensive in the country. Houston has the third-largest county jail in the United States and processes around 125,000 individuals annually.

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3:14 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Pre-Double Mastectomy Dance Party Inspires

Dr. Deborah Cohan recently had a double mastectomy. But moments before, in the operating room, the mother of two turned up Beyonce’s “Get Me Bodied,” and she and the entire masked and scrubbed surgical team danced.

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3:58 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

The Denuding Of Cleveland, One Scrap At A Time

Shorty Rock on the streets of Central, the neighborhood that is the epicenter of Cleveland’s scrap trade. (Peter Larson)

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 11:26 am

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3:58 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

A String Of Attacks On Militants In Pakistan

Youngsters gather at spot where Nasiruddin Haqqani, a senior leader of the feared militant Haqqani network, was assassinated at an Afghan bakery in the Bhara Kahu area on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

A senior leader in the Haqqani network was killed on Sunday in Pakistan. Nasiruddin Haqqani was gunned down outside a bread store in Rawalpindi.

His death is the latest in a string of attacks on militants in the region. Earlier this month, a U.S. drone strike killed the Pakistani Taliban’s leader Hakimullah Mehsud. Before that, U.S. forces detained Latif Mehsud, a senior commander in the Pakistani Taliban.

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3:58 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

What Will An Airline Merger Mean For Holiday Travel?

Yesterday, American Airlines and U.S. Airways reached a settlement with the Justice Department, avoiding a trial that could have stopped the $11 billion deal to combine the two airlines.

Now the two carriers are free to combine and create the world’s largest airline, but they must make room for low-cost competitors at seven airports.

NPR’s Marilyn Geewax joins Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti to discuss what the merger entails and how it could affect holiday travel. 

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2:36 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

DJ Sessions: Female Artists Making Waves

Deanne Reynolds, lead singer of Tiny Hearts. (Tiny Hearts/Facebook)

KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to look at some female artists who have caught his ear.

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2:36 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Researcher: Climate Change To Cause Human Migration

One of the effects of climate change: drought. (Vicki/Flickr)

Scientists say rising sea levels, more frequent and intense droughts and an increase in the severity and number of storms, are all consequences of a warming planet.

This may make some regions uninhabitable and lead to residents moving elsewhere to support themselves. And some say that competition for increasingly scarce resources could lead to a higher incidence of human conflict.

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2:36 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

American-US Airways Merger Clears Last Major Hurdle

The Justice Department has reached a preliminary agreement with U.S. Airways and American Airlines, allowing the two to merge, creating the world’s largest airline.

The settlement requires the airlines to sell slots, gates and ground facilities at major airports around the country.

The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Bellini joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson with details.

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3:22 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Journalist Depicts Battle In 24-Foot-Long Cartoon

Detail from Plate 5 of Joe Sacco's The Great War: July 1, 1916: The First Day of the Battle of the Somme. The basilica of the town of Albert, visible in the top right, is an important staging point behind the front. (Joe Sacco/W. W. Norton & Company)

Joe Sacco is best known as a journalist whose dispatches from places like the Middle East and Bosnia come in the form of cartoons.

In his latest book, “The Great War,” Sacco uses his drawings to depict the first day of one of the worst battles of  World War I: the Battle of the Somme.

Sacco recreates that day from its hopeful beginning to its brutal end in a book that is a 24-foot-long panorama.

NPR’s Lynn Neary reports.

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3:22 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Manufacturing Making A Comeback In The US

Airbus is one of a number of companies that has opened manufacuring facilities in the U.S. This image shows the initial manufacturing-related employess at the Airbus plant in Mobile, Alabama. (Airbus)

After decades of losing jobs and business to China, manufacturing is starting to look up again in the United States, according to the latest data.

The high cost of shipping, higher wages abroad and an abundance of domestic natural gas are all contributing to a manufacturing upswing in the U.S.

Companies like Dow Chemical, Shell Chevron, Exxon and Bayer are expanding current U.S. plants and building new ones.

Airbus will make planes in Alabama and Samsung is building a semiconductor plant in Texas.

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3:22 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Remembering Vietnam Through Photographs

Gen. Nguyen Ngoc Loan, South Vietnamese chief of the national police, fires his pistol into the head of suspected Viet Cong official Nguyen Van Lem on a Saigon street early in the Tet Offensive, February 1, 1968. Photographer Eddie Adams reported that after the shooting, Loan approached him and said, “They killed many of my people, and yours too,” then walked away. (Eddie Adams/AP) 1969 Pulitzer Prize winner for Spot News Photography
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12:38 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Families Seek Congressional Medal For All-Hispanic Unit

World War II veteran Luis Rodriguez, 91, is pictured with his daughters, Judy and Beth. (Lucy Nalpathanchil/WNPR)

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 8:44 am

The history of the U.S military includes contributions from segregated units. One unit many Americans know little about are the Borinqueneers. They were an all-Hispanic unit in the U.S Army that served in World Wars I and II. But it was the Korean War when the unit rose to prominence. As Lucy Nalpathanchil of WNPR reports, there’s a growing movement to honor these veterans with the Congressional Gold Medal.

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2:53 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

A Doctor's Prescription To Play Outside

Melody Salhudin hits the swings during a break from her walk. (Martha Bebinger/WBUR)

Originally published on Fri November 8, 2013 3:27 pm

In an era of childhood obesity, exercise might be one of the best things a doctor could prescribe. So why not do that?

Leaders at one of country’s oldest outdoor organizations — the Appalachian Mountain Club — brought that question to pediatricians at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

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2:53 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

FDA Moves To Declare Trans Fats 'Unsafe'

Originally published on Fri November 8, 2013 3:27 pm

The Food and Drug Administration wants to get rid of trans fats in processed foods, such as donuts, frozen pizza and margarine.

The agency now classifies trans fats as “generally recognized as safe,” but the proposed rules would withdraw that status.

Trans fats have been shown to be a contributor to heart disease, and a dozen or so localities across the country have already banned trans fats from restaurants.

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2:53 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

CBS Apologizes For '60 Minutes' Benghazi Story

Lara Logan apologizes on CBS This Morning for her "60 Minutes" report on Benghazi. (CBS screenshot)

Originally published on Fri November 8, 2013 3:27 pm

CBS made a highly unusual apology this morning, for its Oct. 27 “60 Minutes” report on the 2012 attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya.

In the segment, CBS correspondent Lara Logan interviewed a former security officer whose credibility has since been undermined by revelations he gave a different account of the attack to the FBI.

NPR’s media correspondent David Folkenflick joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to explain the story and its implications.

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2:42 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

'Here & Now' Interview Inspires Song Of The Year

Paul Monti is pictured in May 2011 with his son Jared's truck. Jared Monti was killed while serving in Afghanistan in 2006.(Anna Miller/Here & Now)

At the Country Music Association Awards last night, “I Drive Your Truck” won Song of the Year.

The song tells the story of a Massachusetts father whose son was killed in Afghanistan. The father drives his son’s Dodge Ram to honor his memory.

Paul Monti talked about his son Jared’s truck with Here & Now’s Alex Ashlock in May 2011. A songwriter in Nashville heard that interview and co-wrote the song, which was recorded by Lee Brice.

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2:42 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Murder Of Teen Sheds Light On World Of Street Youth

22-year-old “James” from Tillamook, Oregon shows off his graffiti art in an Olympia alleyway. (Austin Jenkins/Northwest News Network)

Originally published on Fri November 8, 2013 2:38 pm

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2:42 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

US Economic Growth Accelerates In Q3

Things are looking up in the U.S. economy — at least for the third quarter of this year.

The gross domestic product (GDP) — the measure of goods and services — rose at a 2.8 percent annual rate, much stronger than expected.

Economists expected third-quarter growth to be around a 2 percent annual rate, according to a Dow Jones survey.

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