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Here & Now is public radio's live mid-day news program. A production of NPR and WBUR Boston, in collaboration with public radio stations across the country, Here & Now reflects the fluid world of news as it’s happening in the middle of the day, with timely, smart and in-depth news, interviews and conversation. Co-hosted by award-winning journalists Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson, the show’s daily lineup includes interviews with NPR reporters, editors and bloggers, as well as leading newsmakers, innovators and artists from across the U.S. and around the globe.

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11:56 am
Fri June 13, 2014

College Sports Legal Battle Wraps Up First Week

Former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon Jr. sits in his office in Henderson, Nev., in September 2010. (Isaac Brekken/AP)

The biggest legal battle in college sports history is wrapping up its first week of arguments in a courtroom in Oakland, California.

Former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon is the lead plaintiff in a class action suit against the NCAA.

Here & Now sports analyst Mike Pesca discusses what’s at stake in the lawsuit with host Jeremy Hobson.

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11:56 am
Fri June 13, 2014

States Reconsider Common Core

Richard Burton works with his second grade class at George Buck Elementary School in Indianapolis, Tuesday, March 25, 2014. The day before, Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill that made Indiana the first state to revoke the Common Core standards. (AJ Mast/AP Photo)

The Common Core education standards have been a point of contention for school boards around the country. Forty-five states and the District of Columbia have adopted the standards which aim to create a more homogenous education across the country.

While many states signed on, some states have already completely dropped the program and others make modifications in state legislatures where there are currently more than 340 bills addressing college and career readiness programs.

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11:42 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Debut Novel Asks: What's A Little Fakery For Family?

Boris Fishman is author of "A Replacement Life." (Rob Liguori)

In Boris Fishman‘s debut novel “A Replacement Life,” Slava is an immigrant from the former Soviet Union who wants to make it as a writer at a prestigious magazine. In order to do so, he moves to Manhattan and minimizes contact with his family in Brooklyn.

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11:42 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Charles Wright Named 20th U.S. Poet Laureate

Charles Wright, pictured here in 2006, has been named the 20th U.S. Poet Laureate. (Library of Congress)

The Library of Congress has chosen Southern writer Charles Wright to serve as the nation’s next poet laureate beginning this fall.

Wright hails from Pickwick Dam, Tennessee. For years, he was a professor at the University of Virginia.

He began writing poetry while he was stationed in Italy with the U.S. Army, inspired by the work of Ezra Pound.

In announcing the selection, Librarian of Congress James Billington says Wright is a master of the “meditative, image-driven lyric.”

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11:42 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Does Lockdown Training Save Lives?

Students receive training for barricading a classroom door in the event of a shooter entering their school as part of the ALICE program. (ALICE Training Institute)

New details are emerging today about the school shooting at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon, earlier this week.

Officials have identified the shooter as freshman student Jared Michael Padgett, and say he was armed with an AR-15 rifle and carrying nine loaded magazines, which could have shot off several hundred rounds. The gun and ammunition belonged to the boy’s family. Padget killed fellow freshman Emilio Hoffman and wounded a teacher.

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11:49 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Political Thriller Author Brad Meltzer Wants To Thrill Kids With History

Brad Meltzer's "Ordinary People Change the World" series tells the stories of famous Americans such as Abraham Lincoln, Amelia Earhart and Rosa Parks -- as children. (Eric Ogden)

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 12:33 pm

Brad Meltzer is known for writing political thrillers like “The Inner Circle” and hosting the History Channel series “Decoded.” But he’s also the author of “Ordinary People Change the World,” a series of children’s picture books.

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11:49 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Taxi Strikes Across Europe Protest Uber App

Roads are snarled on June 11 in London as taxi drivers stop their black cabs, blocking the street to protest over new technology they say endangers passengers. The strike action by taxi drivers hit many European cities, Wednesday, sparked by fears about the growing upheaval in the travel and transport industry, largely due to digital technologies like Uber. (Sang Tan/AP Photo)

City streets across Europe are jammed today as tens of thousands of taxi drivers block traffic. Cabbies in Madrid, Milan, Paris and London are protesting Uber, the smartphone app-based chauffeur service that they say is threatening their livelihood.

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11:49 am
Wed June 11, 2014

The Environmental Risks Of Corn Production

Nearly one-third of all U.S. cropland is used for corn. Growing corn uses a lot of water and fertilizer, and some of these production techniques, coupled with the effects of climate change, are threatening U.S. corn production. (Chris Bartnik/Flickr)

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 10:18 am

Nearly one-third of all U.S. cropland is used for corn — but it’s not all the type you eat off the cob. More than a third of U.S. corn is used for animal feed, with another third grown for ethanol for cars.

Growing corn uses a lot of water and fertilizer, and some of these production techniques, coupled with the effects of climate change, are threatening U.S. corn production.

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11:59 am
Tue June 10, 2014

World Cup Preview

The 2014 World Cup gets underway on Thursday, when host country Brazil takes on Croatia. Then 63 more soccer games will be played until one of the 32 teams is crowned winner on July 13.

Bill Littlefield, the host of NPR’s Only A Game, joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson and Meghna Chakrabarti to talk about the teams and the players, who are carrying with them the hopes of entire countries.

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11:59 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Las Vegas Shooter Ranted About Police, Government In Online Videos

Jerad and Amanda Miller are pictured in a photo from Facebook. (Facebook)

YouTube videos have surfaced of 31-year-old Jerad Miller, in which he rants about not trusting police or government and relying on guns to protect himself from forces that want to limit his freedom.

He and his 22-year-old wife Amanda Miller shot and killed two police officers and a third person in Las Vegas on Sunday, before taking their own lives.

The Millers left a “Don’t tread on me” flag and a swastika on the body of one of the officers.

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11:59 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Police: Gunman Kills Student In School Shooting

Police in Oregon say a gunman fatally shot a student at a high school near Portland.

Authorities said Tuesday the suspect also was dead and the situation is stabilized.

The Multnomah County sheriff’s office said there were reports of shots fired about 8 a.m. at Reynolds High School in Troutdale.

Authorities say they’re now focusing on reuniting students with their parents.

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11:58 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Documentary Tells Story Of Landscape Design Pioneer Olmsted

Landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted designed some of America's most well known green spaces, including Central Park, a green oasis in the middle of busy Manhattan. (PBS)

Nineteenth-century landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted designed some of America’s most well-known green spaces, including Central Park in New York City.

A new documentary, “Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America,” which premieres on PBS stations around the country on June 20, shows how Olmsted not only designed the city parks, but influenced the way America looked at landscape design.

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11:58 am
Mon June 9, 2014

'All The Way' Wins Tony Award For Best Play

Robert Schenkkan’s “All The Way” has won the Tony Award for best play.

Starring Bryan Cranston, the play focuses on President Lyndon B. Johnson’s first year in office and explores both his fight for re-election and the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Cranston, the former “Breaking Bad” star also nabbed the Tony for best lead actor in a play in his Broadway debut.

Also, after years of helping hand out Tony Awards to others, Neil Patrick Harris finally has one of his own.

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11:22 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Study Looks At What's Killing Centenarians

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 12:16 pm

The population of centenarians — people age 100 and over — is growing across the globe.

People over 100 years are expected to reach 3.2 million by 2050, according to a new study by Kings College in London.

The study, which examined the cause of death among the growing demographic, found that centenarians are less likely to die of cancer or heart disease at that age, and more likely to die from pneumonia or frail health.

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12:23 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

'The Fault In Our Stars' Resonates For Esther Earl's Parents

Today, the much anticipated film “The Fault In Our Stars” opens in theaters.

The movie stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as two teens who meet in a cancer support group and fall in love, and is based on the blockbuster John Green novel.

Green was inspired to write the book by one of his fans, Esther Earl, a young woman who succumbed to cancer in 2010 shortly after her 16th birthday.

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12:23 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

D-Day Artifacts On Display At Massachusetts World War II Museum

Kenneth Rendell, owner of the Museum of World War II, has been amassing his collection of WWII memorabilia since he was a kid. (Andrea Shea/WBUR)

The announcement of the the invasion of Normandy which signaled the end of World War II, happened 70 years ago today.

A special exhibition about D-Day is on display at the World War II museum in Natick, Mass. It houses the world’s most comprehensive collection of documents and artifacts about the war.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, WBUR’s Andrea Shea takes us on a tour of the museum.

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12:23 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Walmart Workers Air Grievances At Annual Meeting

Walmart workers and union activists protest outside a Walmart store on June 4 in Chicago. Workers and activists were scheduled to hold strikes at Walmart stores in more than 20 cities today in their campaign to raise wages. The strikes are scheduled to draw attention to worker grievances before Walmart’s annual shareholder meeting, taking place today in Fayetteville, Arkansas. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Walmart’s annual meeting today is a star-studded affair, but the company’s new CEO Doug McMillon has a big challenge on his hands.

The giant retailer faces increased scrutiny amid allegations of bribery in Mexico, lack of oversight in Bangladesh factories, and growing criticism about low wages and benefits, and high compensation for its executives.

Bob Moon of Bloomberg Radio tells Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson that this comes as Walmart is seeing declining sales for five consecutive quarters.

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11:27 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Young Doctor Becomes Crusader To Keep Teens Out Of Tanning Beds

Dr. Brundha Balaraman, a dermatology resident at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, is behind new Missouri law requiring anyone under 17 to get parental consent before using an indoor UV tanning device. (Valerie Yermal/Flickr)

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 1:12 pm

The FDA has just put in a place some new guidelines for indoor tanning beds and booths, but the state of Missouri is going even further.

A bill signed into law today by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon requires anyone under 17 to get parental consent before using a tanning bed or booth.

The person behind the law is Dr. Brundha Balaraman, a dermatology resident at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She pushed for seven years to get the bill approved by state lawmakers.

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11:19 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Military Law And The Case Of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

How does military law handle a deserter or a defector? And how will the U.S. military deal with the controversial case of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl? Military law expert Eugene Fidell discusses these questions with Here & Now’s Robin Young.

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11:19 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Preview: NHL And NBA Finals

Drew Doughty, #8, of the Los Angeles Kings, celebrates after he scores a second period goal past Henrik Lundqvist, #30, of the New York Rangers, during Game One of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Staples Center on June 4 in Los Angeles. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Tonight, the NBA finals begin as the Miami Heat compete against the San Antonio Spurs.

The two teams will meet for the second year in a row in the finals as Miami fights for a three-peat win, making them the fourth team ever to achieve the record and the first team since the Los Angeles Lakers since 2000 to 2002.

NHL finals also continue tonight as the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings fight for the Stanley Cup. The Kings dominated in game one, but will they hold up against the Rangers’ speed?

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