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Robin Young & Jeremy Hobson

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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1:42 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

White House Pushes For Tougher Rules On Retirement Funds

Today, the Obama administration is expected to show its support of a Department of Labor proposal about Americans’ retirement savings.

The measure would require brokers to act in their client’s best interest, meaning that it would be harder for them to push people towards high-fee products and funds, but industry officials say it’s unnecessary and could be bad for investors.

Jill Schlesinger of CBS News joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to discuss the proposal and its implications.

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3:25 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Greece And Eurozone Creditors Reach Deal, Official Says

Greece and its European creditors have reached a deal over the country’s request to extend its bailout.

An official close to discussions, who spoke only on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to comment publicly, says a deal was reached between the two sides at Friday’s meeting of finance ministers in Brussels.

The official said that, as part of the agreement, Greece could “present a first list of reform measures by Monday” for the country’s debt inspectors to assess.

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3:25 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

A Mother's Battle Against Medical Errors

Alyssa Hemmelgarn reading a book. Alyssa died shortly after being diagnosed with leukemia. (Courtesy of Hemmelgarn family)

Hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. die from medical errors every year. It is the third leading cause of death in the United States.

Carole Hemmelgarn is on a mission to help medical professionals avoid errors. She says the healthcare system failed her family and her daughter.

“I had a 9-year-old daughter, named Alyssa, and she was diagnosed with leukemia on a Monday and she died 10 days later,” said Hemmelgarn.

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3:25 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Home Sick? Try These Recipes

Kathy Gunst's avgolemono soup (Greek-style chicken-lemon-orzo soup) with Meyer lemon and dill is a delicious, soothing and healing winter soup. (Kathy Gunst)

What do you like to eat when you’re sick? Chicken soup? The comfort foods you grew up with? Something hot and spicy? Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst brings in some of her ideas, including her ginger tea, Greek lemon soup and her own chicken soup recipe.

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1:49 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Trillions Of Dollars In Household Debt Dragging Americans Down

Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 6:18 pm

Household debt is on the rise again. Economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York have released a new report showing our debts – including mortgages, credit cards, car loans and student loans – have been shooting up, even though the economy has been improving.

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1:35 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Steve Inskeep's Reporter’s Notebook: The Opening Up Of Iran

On the anniversary of Iran’s 1979 revolution, young women pass by a banner proclaiming, “America Owes Humanity.” (Steve Inskeep and Molly Messick via NPR's On The Road Tumblr)

NPR Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep is recently back from Iran, where he visited three different cities and interviewed dozens of people in a matter of days.

He arrived amid celebrations marking the anniversary of the Iranian revolution, marked with clear anti-American sentiment. But as Iran, the U.S. and other countries continue to negotiate a possible nuclear deal, Inskeep met many people there who are open to changing the strained relationship with the United States.

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1:35 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Injecting Creativity Into Overscheduled Lives

Danny Gregory sketched this picture of himself sketching breakfast. (Danny Gregory)

Think you’re too busy to be creative? How about taking a few minutes to draw your breakfast? That’s just one of the suggestions from artist and author Danny Gregory in his new book “Art Before Breakfast: A Zillion Ways to be More Creative No Matter How Busy You Are” (excerpt below).

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1:23 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Toymakers Face Shifting Market

Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 6:22 pm

The International Toy Fair wrapped up in New York City this week, as the industry deals with shifting demand. Children have become interested in playing games on tablets and mobile phones.

CNN’s Maggie Lake interviewed a number of CEOs about how their companies are dealing with the new landscape. She joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson with details.

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1:19 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Sampling Chinese Cuisines With Ming Tsai

Originally published on Wed February 18, 2015 1:23 pm

Chinese New Year begins tomorrow. We celebrate by revisiting our conversation last year with James Beard Award-winning chef Ming Tsai. Ming came into our studios to share some New Year’s customs and take Here & Now host Jeremy Hobson on a taste tour of four different Chinese cuisines: Mandarin, Hunan, Szechwan and Cantonese.

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1:19 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Jehovah's Witness Leaders Accused Of Covering Up Child Sexual Abuse

Jehovah's Witnesses have been using the 1st amendment to hide child sexual abuse claims, according to Reveal and the Center for Investigative Reporting. (Image via revealnews.org)

Originally published on Wed February 18, 2015 1:23 pm

It’s been 13 years since the Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal broke. Now, a new investigation finds that the leaders of the Jehovah’s Witnesses have instructed elders to keep cases of child sexual abuse a secret, both from law enforcement and from their own congregations.

Memos from the religion’s parent organization, the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, show this policy dates back at least 25 years.

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1:13 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

A Young Malcolm X, Through The Eyes Of His Daughter

American civil rights activist Malcolm X (1925 - 1965) speaks at a podium during a Black Muslim rally in Washington DC, circa 1963. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Originally published on Tue February 17, 2015 5:33 pm

Ilyasah Shabazz is Malcolm X’s daughter and co-author of a new young adult novel based on her father’s teen years.

X: A Novel” focuses on when Malcolm X, then known as Malcolm Little, dropped out of school after the death of his father and started using drugs and breaking into houses.

That behavior eventually led to his imprisonment, which is where he came into contact with Islam.

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1:13 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Meet The New Top Dog Judge At Westminster

A Komondorok being groomed in the benching area at Pier 92 and 94 in New York City on the 2nd day of competition at the 139th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show February 17, 2015. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

Originally published on Tue February 17, 2015 3:08 pm

The Westminster Kennel Club 139th Annual Dog Show concludes tonight with the much-anticipated anointing of the Best in Show dog.

Taking to the ring to judge that dog will be David Merriam. Merriam is a retired judge, champion breeder of bull terriers and past chairman of board of the American Kennel Club, but this will be his first time judging the Best in Show dog at Westminster.

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1:13 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Aging HIV-Positive Population Faces Challenges

Michael Hawkins, 56, contracted HIV when he was in his late 20s. He now joins a growing number of older Americans living with the virus. (Aundrea Murray, WNPR)

America is growing older, and so is its population of HIV-positive adults. This year, for the first time ever, half of Americans living with HIV are 50 years old and older.

For many of them, life presents a unique set of challenges. Among those challenges is increased social isolation.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Lydia Brown of WNPR reports.

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2:02 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

Greece Rejects New Bailout Offer From Europe

The eurozone’s top official on Monday effectively gave Greece an ultimatum to request an extension to the country’s bailout program, a proposal Athens has so far rejected stridently.

Greece and its eurozone creditors have been at an impasse over how to lighten the country’s bailout loans.

Athens would like to scrap the existing bailout program and instead agree on a “bridging program” to support its finances. Greece’s new government blames the current bailout program for inflicting budget austerity on the country and has promised its electors it would get rid of it.

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2:02 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

6 Tips From An Online Dating Coach

Looking for love online? Dating coach Kimberly Koehler has some advice to share. (Ashley Bishop/Flickr)

Online dating is now a billion-dollar business. Singles have their choice of a number of Internet services through apps and websites that range from totally free to very costly.

There are also online dating coaches, like Kimberly Koehler. She charges $200 for her online class teaching dating strategies. She also offers one-on-one dating coaching for $495.

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2:02 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

Water Cooler: Social Media News From SNL To #BOSnow

Will Ferrell and Cheri Oteri play "Spartan Cheerleaders" in a skit on "Saturday Night Live." (Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC via AP)

Annie Colbert of Mashable joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to take a look at how the news is reverberating on social media, from meteorologist Jim Cantore’s celebration over “thundersnow” in Plymouth, Mass., to Saturday Night Live’s 40 year anniversary celebration.

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1:55 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Love Lessons From WNYC's 'Death, Sex & Money'

Anna Sale is the host and managing editor of the WNYC podcast "Death, Sex & Money." (Amy Pearl/WNYC)

For nearly a year, Anna Sale has been talking to people about love and life – and not just the fun parts. She’s the host of “Death Sex & Money,” a podcast from WNYC about “the things we think about a lot, and need to talk about more.”

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1:55 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Parents Of Slain Hostage Ask The U.S. To Do More

Diane and John Foley, parents of journalist James Foley, sit for a portrait at their home during an interview August 24, 2014, in Rochester, New Hampshire. (Dominick Reuter/AFP/Getty Images)

Earlier this week, we spoke to the parents of Austin Tice, a former marine and freelance journalist kidnapped in Syria in 2012. Marc and Debra Tice said they’ve received little assistance from the Syrian and U.S. governments in securing the safe release of their son.

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1:55 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Expedia And Orbitz To Merge In The Face Of Competition

Expedia has reached a deal to buy Orbitz in order to strengthen their enterprise against competition. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Expedia has reached a deal to buy Orbitz, as both travel companies try to defend their turf from the likes of Google and Airbnb.

The companies are also facing competition from hotels and airlines who are increasingly doing business through their own websites.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Michael Regan of Bloomberg News about the implications for the industry.

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1:51 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Eavesdropping On The Ocean

(Graphic by Rachel Feierman via WHYY)

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 3:32 pm

There’s a layer in the ocean – in between the warm surface waters and the deep, high pressured waters – where sound waves move more slowly. The so-called SOFAR channel is a sweet spot of ocean acoustics.

American and Soviet researchers independently discovered the channel in the 1940s. The U.S. military deployed hydrophones in the underwater channel for surveillance purposes, and today still uses them for scientific research.

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1:51 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

DJ Sessions: Fusing Jazz, Classical And Roots

The Fretful Porcupine is Jake Armerding (strings) and Kevin Gosa (saxophones). (thefretfulporcupine.com)

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 2:41 pm

For this week’s DJ Session, Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson sits down with Julie Lavender, a jazz musician and host of Dream Farm Radio in New Hampshire. She shares some of her favorite new eclectic jazz, from artist Mark Shilansky and the group The Fretful Porcupine.

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1:51 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Oil Isn't The Only Commodity That's Taken a Nosedive

Oil prices have fallen nearly 60 percent since June, but it’s not the only commodity that’s dropping in value. Grains, metals and other bulk products have been plunging too.

Since February 2011, copper has fallen from $4.50 a pound to $2.53; corn fell from $7.50 a bushel to $3.88. The changes have a put a squeeze on farmers and miners, but so far they haven’t really trickled down to consumers.

NPR’s Marilyn Geewax joins Here & Now’s Robin Young with details.

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2:09 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Pepsi And Coke Grapple With Shrinking Demand For Soda

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Originally published on Wed February 18, 2015 12:15 pm

PepsiCo today reported that the company’s revenue and profit fell in its fourth quarter, a day after The Coca-Cola Company reported that its earnings fell 55 percent last quarter.

Both companies are grappling with a weak demand for soda. Pepsi continues to rely on its snack business Frito-Lay to offset some of the declines in the soda market. CNN’s Maggie Lake discusses Pepsi and Coke’s struggles with Here & Now’s Peter O’Dowd.

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2:06 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Mimi Sheraton's '1,000 Foods To Eat Before You Die'

Mimi Sheraton's latest book is "1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die." (Courtesy)

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 3:01 pm

Mimi Sheraton has written about food for some six decades. She’s been the restaurant critic for The New York Times, traveled the world writing about food for numerous magazines and published several books including the James Beard award winning “The Whole World Loves Chicken Soup: Recipes and Lore to Comfort Body and Soul.”

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2:06 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Choices While Pregnant With Cancer: Shellfish? No. Chemo? Yes.

Mary Harris was relieved when Stella was born with a mop of thick black hair, as if she had been protected from the chemo somehow. (Howard Harris)

When Mary Harris was 35 years old, she got the devastating diagnosis that she had breast cancer. As she was preparing to deal with surgery and chemotherapy, she got another surprising piece of news: she was also pregnant.

Harris was faced with a series of wrenching decisions about how to treat her cancer while also trying to protect the health of her unborn baby. Her story is featured as part of a 10-part series on cancer co-produced by WNYC and NPR.

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1:57 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Labor Secretary Calls Surge In Job Openings 'A Good Sign'

On the heels of last Friday’s jobs report, the U.S. Department of Labor released new numbers today that put some flesh on the bones of Friday’s report, which showed employers adding 257,000 new jobs.

Today’s Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) shows there were 5 million job openings at the end of December 2014, the highest number since January 2001.

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1:57 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

The Real Eddie Huang Of 'Fresh Off The Boat'

Producer Eddie Huang speaks onstage during the 'Fresh Off the Boat' panel at the Disney/ABC Television Group portion of the 2015 Winter Television Critics Association press tour at the Langham Hotel on January 14, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Tonight, “Fresh Off the Boat” moves into its regular time slot on ABC. It’s the first network sitcom in two decades to feature an Asian-American family.

Though the show is inspired by former restaurateur, TV show host and author Eddie Huang‘s 2013 memoir of the same name, the real Eddie Huang is ambivalent about the show.

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1:57 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Samsung Faces Backlash Over TV Capable Of Spying

Consumers are suspicious of the new Samsung smart TV's voice recording capability. (PRNewsFoto/M-GO/AP)

Samsung Electronics is downplaying the possibility that its Smart TVs are spying on viewers. The statement comes after reporters found a statement in the privacy policy for Samsung’s Smart TV warning users about how their voices could be captured when they use the voice recognition feature.

The policy reads: "Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party.”

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3:16 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

A Transgender Police Officer's Marriage In Transition

Greg Abbink and Joan Henke were married in 2012. Greg was born a female. This summer, he decided to transition. (Filipa Rodrigues for KUT)

Greg Abbink, the first transgender police officer in Austin, Texas, has had to come out of the closet twice in his life: first, many years ago, as a lesbian, and more recently, as transgender.

His wife is going through some difficulties adjusting to Greg’s transition from female to male but she knows that Greg is the same person she fell in love with years ago when he was known as Emily.

Reporter Joy Diaz of KUT has this profile.

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3:16 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Former Foe Remembers Coach Dean Smith

Former North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Dean Smith attends a halftime ceremony honoring ACC legends at the Virginia Tech Hokies and Tar Heels game at the 2008 Men's ACC Basketball Tournament at Bobcats Arena on March 15, 2008 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Legendary college basketball coach Dean Smith died on Saturday at the age of 83. He coached the University of North Carolina Tar Heels for 36 years and his teams won two national championships.

He’s being remembered by former players, including Michael Jordan, as a father figure. Here & Now’s Peter O’Dowd speaks with one of Smith’s former rivals, retired Georgia Tech head coach Bobby Cremins, who says Smith “made the game of basketball better.”

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