Here & Now

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  • Hosted by Jeremy Hobson & Robin Young

Supreme Court rulings. Breaking news. Thoughtful interviews. A live 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. Here & Now began at WBUR in 1997, and expanded to two hours in partnership with NPR in 2013. Today, the show reaches an estimated 3.6 million weekly listeners on over 383 stations across the country. Stay connected to what’s happening…right now…with Here & Now from NPR and WBUR.

Ben Franklin's Not-So-Famous Sister

Jul 4, 2014

Ben Franklin is arguably the most famous American ever. His youngest sister Jane is mostly lost to history. But a Harvard historian found her in the letters she and her brother exchanged over their long lives. They were called Benny and Jenny, and Benny wrote more letters to Jenny than he did to anyone else. Most of his survive; many of hers do not. But Jill Lepore finds a life unknown in those that do. Her book about Jane Franklin, Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin ,...

On Stage: Orlando Story Club

Jul 4, 2014

In todays On Stage segment, we look at the art of storytelling, which has taken off in venues across the country. We go to Orlando, Florida, and the Orlando Story Club . The club was co-founded by South African-born Robin Cowie , who has a background in bringing powerful stories to life as a former Hollywood producer. He helped launch the pseudo-reality horror genre as co-producer of the 1999 film, The Blair Witch Project. Now he works with regular people who want to share their stories...

Dow Jones Closes At An All-Time High

Jul 4, 2014

The cherry on top to yesterday’s encouraging jobs report was a record close for the Dow Jones industrial average. Derek Thompson , senior editor at the Atlantic talks to Here & Now s Robin Young about what the record means in context, for the economy as a whole, and for the average American Guest Derek Thompson , senior editor for The Atlantic . He tweets @DKThomp . Copyright 2014 WBUR-FM. To see more, visit .

Walter Dean Myers , the award-winning childrens book author and former ambassador for young peoples literature, died this week at the age of 76. He was a longtime advocate of childrens reading. Earlier this year, he appeared on Here & Now with his son Christopher to discuss the lack of characters of color in childrens literature. We revisit that conversation with host Robin Young, as well as her 2012 interview with Walter Dean Myers about his career and what advice he had for young people who...

'Smart' Homes May Be Vulnerable To Hackers

Jul 3, 2014

Our homes are becoming more and more connected. Thermostats, televisions, lights and appliances can all be controlled remotely by our smartphones, tablets and computers, with smart-home software. But  Gunter Ollman , chief technology officer of tech security firm IOActive, tells Here & Now s Jeremy Hobson that technology has not caught up to current security measures, and all this connectivity is leaving us vulnerable to hacking. Interview Highlights On how this security issue came about The...

Germany Boosts Its Minimum Wage

Jul 3, 2014

The German Parliament voted today to set the countrys first national minimum wage, 8.5 euros, which is $11.60 per hour. The new minimum wage will be phased in starting next year. Chancellor Angela Merkels government supported the move at the insistence of her government coalition partners, the center-left Social Democrats. The minimum wage passed over arguments that it would hurt Germanys economy, which is Europes largest. The BBCs Steve Evans joins Here & Now s Jeremy Hobson from Berlin with...

The Fourth of July is almost upon us, and for many people that means two things: fireworks and grilling.  Here & Now  resident chef Kathy Gunst may not have pointers on the pyrotechnics, but she sure knows her way around a grill. Kathys special ingredient for burgers? Bacon. Lots and lots of bacon. She also shares recipes for a goat cheese crostada, vegetable kebabs, potato salad (with bacon or without) and corn relish: Tomato-Zucchini-Goat Cheese Crostata Vegetable Kebabs Best Bacon Burgers...

Red Spruce Makes A Comeback

Jul 2, 2014

There’s a dramatic recovery underway in the forests of New England. Red spruce, a tree that researchers once thought was doomed because of acid rain, is now growing faster than ever. And it’s not the only tree growing like gangbusters. The story of the red spruce hints that with a changing climate, there will be species that are winners as well as losers. From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Sam Evans-Brown of New Hampshire Public Radio reports. Read more on this story at NHPR Reporter...

Not Your Father's Hog

Jul 2, 2014

Harley Davidson is known for the size of its motorcycles and their distinctive growl. But the bike maker may soon be offering a model thats a lot quieter. Theres no shifting and no clutch on the LiveWire, and the motorcycle weighs only about 450 pounds, compared to the 700 to 800 pounds for a more typical Harley. From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Latoya Dennis  of WUWM reports from Milwaukee on the LiveWire, Harleys possible foray into the electric motorcycle market. Reporter Latoya...

World Cup: The Loser Goes Home

Jul 1, 2014

Today in Brazil, its do or die, one and done, all or nothing and any other sports cliche you can think of to describe the winner-take-all World Cup match between the U.S. and Belgium. Doug Tribou of NPRs Only A Game tells Here & Now s Jeremy Hobson that while Belgium is the favorite, the Red Devils are pretty banged up and some of their key players may not take to the pitch. Meanwhile, U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann says his team will be going on the attack. Guest Doug Tribou , covers sports...