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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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3:36 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

How Mercury Poisons Gold Miners, Water In Indonesia

A gold miner in Indonesia holds up a bottle of mercury. (BBC)

Next month, 140 nations will sign the United Nations’ Minamata Convention.

It’s a treaty that aims to regulate the use of mercury worldwide, and is named after the Japanese community that witnessed the world’s biggest mass mercury poisoning 60 years ago.

Today, contamination with mercury is a particular problem in countries where small-scale gold miners operate. Mercury is used to separate fragments of gold from the rock or earth.

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4:33 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

First Nations DJs Mix Tradition With Electronic Beats

Members of the First Nations trio of deejays, A Tribe Called Red. (A Tribe Called Red)

A Tribe Called Red is an Ottawa-based trio of First Nations DJs who remix social powwow music with electronic dance beats.

The group’s music has put them at the forefront of a First Nations political and cultural renaissance.

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4:33 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Flood Cleanup Begins In Colorado

Downtown Estes Park, Colo., is pictured on the morning of Friday, Sept. 13, 2013. (Town of Estes Park Facebook page)

The rain has stopped and the flood waters are beginning to recede in Colorado.

Many communities are now trying to figure out how to move forward, the how to begin cleaning up and returning home.

Kate Rauch is spokeswoman for the city of Estes Park, Colo., one of the hardest-hit areas.

She told Here & Now that the cleanup process has already begun.

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4:33 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Mapping Software Helps Stores Find Profitable Locations

A Starbucks across the street from another Starbucks in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Rob Williams/Flickr)

A recent story in the Boston Globe caught our eye: A Dunkin Donuts restaurant increased its business by a whopping 50 percent by moving to a location a couple hundred yards away.

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3:50 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Director Makes Debut With Critically Acclaimed 'Una Noche'

The three main actors of Una Noche, from left, Dariel Arrechaga, Javier Nuñez Florian and Anailín de la Rúa de la Torre. (Facebook/UnaNocheFilm)

Una Noche” is documentary filmmaker Lucy Mulloy‘s first feature film and also her graduate thesis.

The film tells the story of three Cuban teens — brother and sister Elio and Lila, along with friend Raul — who embark on a journey from Havana to Miami on a makeshift raft after Raul is wrongfully accused of a crime.

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3:50 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Colorado Rescue Efforts Continue Amid Flooding

Water flows through an evacuated neighborhood after days of flooding in Hygeine, Colo., Sunday Sept. 15, 2013. (Brennan Linsley/AP)

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is meeting with FEMA administrator Craig Fugate today to let the public know how they are responding to massive flooding.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is sending two 80-person search-and-rescue teams to assist with continuing rescues in Larimer County and providing aid to other communities following massive flooding that began Wednesday along the Front Range.

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3:50 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

The Week Ahead In Washington

President Obama addressed the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard before speaking on the fifth anniversary of the financial collapse.

In the week ahead, Congress will return to budget talks as the Obama administration considers its choice for who will lead the Federal Reserve.

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5:09 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Boxing's Most Anticipated Match Up Also Has A Huge Payday

Floyd Mayweather (left) will fight Saul "Conelo" Alvarez in what could be one of the most lucrative fights in recent history. (AP)

Tomorrow in Las Vegas, two undefeated boxers — Floyd Mayweather and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez — will duke it out for the super welterweight title.

The highly anticipated fight is also setting a record as the highest paid fight in history. It could garner as much as $200 million in sponsorships and pay-per-view fees.

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5:09 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Ex-Con Parents Blocked From Volunteering At School

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 7:28 pm

Ex-felons often have difficulty transitioning back into society. It’s tough for them to find a job, and the label “ex-felon” alone can close even more doors.

For example, in Louisville, Kentucky, many parents have been blocked from volunteering at their children’s schools because of prior crimes they’ve committed. In most cases, the convictions involved non-violent offenses and didn’t involve children.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Devin Katayama of WFPL has more.

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5:09 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

New Hybrids And Electric Cars Debut At Frankfurt Auto Show

Porsche's new hybrid sports car the 918 Spyder retails for $850,000. (Porsche)

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 7:28 pm

The 65th International Motor Show in Frankfurt is one of the biggest in the world. A wide array of the latest and greatest vehicles and technologies is on display in Germany and open to the public through September 22nd.

There are some 70 new or concept vehicles on display at the show, and just about every manufacturer is introducing a vehicle with electric battery technology.

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3:31 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Budweiser Ousts Old Style Beer At Wrigley Field

A vendor sells an Old Style beer to a fan during a Chicago Cubs baseball game at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Aug. 25, 2011. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)

Originally published on Thu September 12, 2013 3:33 pm

There was big news this week for Chicago Cubs fans.

Anheuser-Busch, the maker of Budweiser, signed an exclusive sponsorship deal with the Cubs, edging out the beloved Old Style beer at Wrigley Field.

The partnership between the Cubs and Old Style, which is made by Pabst Brewing Company, dated back to the 1950s.

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3:31 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Rethinking Childhood Food Allergies

(sean dreilinger/Flickr)

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 1:55 pm

There has been a change in thinking about childhood food allergies.

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3:31 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Defense Contractors Look To Border For New Business

Originally published on Thu September 12, 2013 3:33 pm

Yesterday, we reported that in the coming months, the federal government will finalize contracts — worth hundreds of millions of dollars — for new surveillance technology to be deployed along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Immigration reform — if it passes — will likely include new funds for security and border enforcement.

And that’s generating a buzz among defense contractors and private tech companies that see border security as a lucrative business venture.

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3:36 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Firefighter's Son Remembers 9/11 And Sandy

Lieutenant Kevin Dowdell was a firefighter who died in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. (Courtesy of Patrick Dowdell)
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3:36 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Post-Sandy, NYC Shop Owner Is Optimistic On 9/11 Anniversary

Pasanella & Son Vintners is pictured after Sandy. (Marco Pasanella)
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3:36 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Border Contracts Awarded Using New Guidelines

In the coming months, contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars will be finalized for new surveillance technology along the Southwest border.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Jude Joffe-Block of Fronteras Desk reports that past mistakes are now dictating the way the federal government is awarding these contracts.

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4:07 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Apple Unveils iPhone 5S And 5C

Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, speaks on stage during the introduction of the new iPhone 5c in Cupertino, Calif., Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Apple has unveiled the latest iPhones — the 5C and 5S — and says they will replace the current iPhone 5. Apple also says its next mobile operating system, iOS 7, will be available as a free download on Sept 18.

Craig Federighi, head of software at Apple Inc., said at an event at the company’s Cupertino, Calif., headquarters that “downloading iOS 7 is like getting an all new device.”

The new system can be downloaded on the iPhone 4 and later models, as well as on the tablets beginning with the iPad 2.

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4:07 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Grandparents Raising Kids Hit Roadblocks In School Enrollment

Across the country, it’s becoming increasingly common for grandparents to raise their grandchildren.

That can be troublesome when these same grandparents try to enroll the children in school.

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4:07 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Research Shows Microbes Are Crucial To Our Health

There are trillions of microbes living in and on our bodies. Bacteria, fungi, viruses and other microorganisms. And a growing body of evidence indicates that these bugs aren’t bad for us. In fact, it looks like they’re vital for our health.

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3:11 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

'Portugal. The Man' Collaborates With Danger Mouse On New Album

The band Portugal. The Man is out with a new album and touring the Europe and the United States. (Portugal. The Man)

John Gourley was living in Wasilla, Alaska, when his family suddenly moved.

“My dad just decided that he wanted to race sled dogs and when he did that, he took us out of Wasilla and we never really went back,” Gourley told Here & Now.

Gourley and his family ended up living all around the state, but he and Zach Carothers — a friend from Wasilla — ended up forming what became the band Portugal. The Man.

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3:11 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Mississippi Voters Weigh In On Syria

President Obama is expected to go to Capitol Hill tomorrow to try to persuade Congress to authorize his plan for military strikes on Syria — just hours before he addresses the nation at 9 p.m. Eastern.

Here & Now is hearing from people around the country on the issue.

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3:11 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

The Lehman Brothers Bankruptcy, Five Years Later

Lehman Brothers' building in Manhattan, before the company filed for bankruptcy in September 2008. (Edgar Zuniga, Jr./Flickr)

Five years ago this week, the historic Wall Street institution Lehman Brothers collapsed.

With home prices falling and mortgage-backed securities in jeopardy, it was the worst panic on Wall Street since the Great Depression.

The Dow has now returned to pre-crisis levels, but have we learned anything since the Lehman collapse? Are we any safer?

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12:11 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

New Indie Music: From Franz Ferdinand To Big Black Delta

Big Black Delta is one of the bands KCRW DJ Travis Holcombe is listening to. (Big Black Delta)

KCRW’s DJ Travis Holcombe joins us regularly to play some of the music that’s been catching his ear.

This time, he is listening to new music from indie bands Franz Ferdinand, Larry Gus, Big Black Delta, and King Khan and the Shrines.

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12:10 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

What Does 'The Fox' Say?

The Norwegian band Ylvis is causing an internet sensation with the music video for their single, "The Fox." (Screenshot from Ylvis)

Think Old MacDonald meets Daft Punk.

It’s a YouTube video gone viral — answering the age-old (or maybe not-so-age-old) question: “What Does the Fox Say?”

More than 2 million viewers have clicked on the music video for “The Fox” over the last two days.

The video features outrageous costumes and an ethereal woodland scene. And momentum is only growing.

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12:10 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

2020 Olympic City To Be Named This Weekend

The finalists to host the 2020 Summer Olympics in 2020 are Tokyo, Istanbul and Madrid.

The International Olympic Committee will announce the winner Saturday.

Then on Sunday, the IOC will announce if there will be new or returning sports added to the Games.

Finally on Tuesday, the IOC will select a new president to replace Jacques Rogge.

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8:48 am
Mon September 9, 2013

August Jobs Report Shows Slight Decline In Unemployment

Originally published on Mon September 9, 2013 10:46 am

The U.S. economy added 169,000 jobs in August and the unemployment rate ticked down to 7.3 percent from 7.4 percent according to data from the Department of Labor.

August’s report has taken on special significance because it’s the last report before the Federal Reserve meets to decide whether to begin curtailing its stimulus.

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3:05 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Remembering The 1972 Olympic Massacre

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 4:56 pm

As the International Olympic Committee meets to decide whether Tokyo, Istanbul or Madrid will host the 2020 summer Olympics, we look back to a terrible moment in Olympic history.

On September 5, 1972, Palestinian terrorists stormed into the apartment where 11 Israeli athletes were staying in Munich.

Two men were killed and the other nine were taken hostage. By the time the crisis ended, all of them were dead.

American marathon runner Kenny Moore and his roommate Frank Shorter were staying in a nearby apartment.

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3:05 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Middle East Expert Says Don't Rush To War With Syria

Fawaz A. Gerges is pictured in 2007. (Wikimedia Commons)

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 4:56 pm

Fawaz Gerges is a longtime observer of the Middle East and fears the United States is rushing to take military action in Syria.

Gerges, a professor of international relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science, says Assad’s use of force and likely use of chemical weapons against his people should not be tolerated.

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3:05 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Is This The End Of The College Boom?

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 4:56 pm

The Census Bureau reports that the number of students pursuing college degrees has fallen for the first time since 2006.

The greatest decline happened among students age 25 and older.

Derek Thompson, business editor for The Atlantic, joins us to explain what the statistics mean.

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3:24 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Do You Have A Twitter 'Accent'?

(MDGovpics/Flickr)

With 500 million users and 500 tweets a day, the social networking site Twitter has changed the way we communicate. It also changes the way we write.

This year alone there were more than 100 Twitter-based studies. One study found that tweets often use words and spellings  that are consistent with — and unique to — the user’s region, reflecting local accents and terminology.

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