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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 public radio's daily news magazine.

A collection of stringed instruments, largely silent for seven decades, is giving voice to the horrors of the Holocaust. The “Violins of Hope” were once owned by the inmates of Nazi concentration camps and are now part of a three-month exhibit that opens today in Cleveland. David C. Barnett from Here & Now contributor WCPN has the story behind the violins.

Cancer was once referred to as “The Big C.” Then along came another C. A miracle, really, for so many: chemotherapy. It attacked cancers, prevented them from spreading, and helped so many people into remission. But, of course, it also has debilitating side effects.

Now, a landmark study, sponsored by the National Cancer Institute and published in the New England Journal of Medicine, finds that many women with early stage breast cancer can skip chemotherapy and do just fine.

Computer models are now showing a shrinking likelihood that Joaquin will make landfall in the U.S., even as the hurricane batters the Bahamas with heavy winds, rain and coastal flooding. The National Hurricane Center says the Category 4 storm is “extremely dangerous.”

Fishing For Gold After Viral Video Fame

Oct 2, 2015

Michael “Mikey” Bergin and his friend Jason “Jay” Foster have become Internet video celebrities, thanks to their raucous, expletive-laden discovery of an ocean sunfish near Boston. But what happens after a viral video vaults two unsuspecting stars to fame?

Mikey’s sister Leanne Bergin, who is now also his agent, discusses the promises and pitfalls of social media stardom with Here & Now‘s Robin Young.


Here & Now‘s Robin Young checks in with Mike Barry of the Guardian about how the mass shooting in Oregon is reverberating on social media, and whether the dialogue on gun violence has changed.

They also discuss the hashtag #ShoutYourAbortion, which has provoked death threats for one of its creators.

Russian planes were in the skies over Syria for the third straight day. The Russian Defense Ministry says it’s targeting ISIS and other extremist groups, but U.S. officials believe they’re also hitting the U.S.-backed rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a Russian ally.

Russia’s military entry into the conflict raises concerns for the U.S., which is leading a coalition that’s also conducting airstrikes against ISIS inside Syria. Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson discusses those concerns with Kevin Baron, executive editor of Defense One.

Mass Shootings By The Numbers

Oct 2, 2015

Responses to the mass shooting in Oregon yesterday, in which at least nine people were killed, include words like “tragic,” “devastating” and, as President Obama said, “routine.” Mass shootings are so common that there are many that never get national headlines.

Cereal Cafe Sparks Protest

Oct 2, 2015

There’s a new trend of cafes that serve only cereal. There’s one in East London that serves Trix, Fruity Pebbles, Golden Grahams and more than 100 other brands, starting at 2.50 pounds (about $3.80) for a small bowl. A large bowl of an American brand cereal with almond milk, strawberries and bananas would cost 6 pounds, or about $9.10, before tax.

What's It Like To Work On SNL

Oct 2, 2015

This weekend, the sketch comedy show “Saturday Night Live” kicks off its 41st season with guest host Miley Cyrus. What’s it like to be a cast member of a show that’s had such an influence on American pop culture? We revisit Here & Now host Jeremy Hobson’s conversations with current cast member Cecily Strong and original cast member Laraine Newman.

California’s fig industry has undergone some big changes, but after years of struggles, some growers hope that new food trends might provide a turnaround – if the drought doesn’t cause them more problems. Valley Public Radio’s Ezra David Romero reports on how the fig industry is working to keep its product relevant.

Official: At Least 7 Dead, 20 Hurt In Oregon Shooting

Oct 1, 2015

A gunman opened fire at an Oregon community college Thursday, killing at least seven people and wounding 20, authorities said.

The shooting happened at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, about 180 miles south of Portland. The local fire district advised people via Twitter to stay away from the school. It later tweeted that there were “multiple casualties” but did not elaborate.

What It's Like To Be A UN Interpreter

Oct 1, 2015

Among the most heard and least recognized players at the United Nations General Assembly session these last two weeks were the interpreters.

A Radio Free Europe journalist once referred to the annual event as the World Cup of professional interpretation, and it’s easy to see why. It can be grueling. One interpreter famously collapsed during a long speech by the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. He had made it through 75 of the speech’s 95 minutes.

In addition to mulling a move of its corporate headquarters out of Connecticut, General Electric has announced it will close a gas engine plant in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and move the 350 jobs to Canada.

Last year, President Obama touted the plant as a proud example of American manufacturing. GE says its closing the Waukesha plant due to Congress’s failure to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank.

General Electric, one of the world’s largest companies, has dropped a bombshell on its home state of Connecticut: It’s looking to relocate to another state.

As part of an attempt to plug a deficit, Connecticut lawmakers decided in June that its corporate citizens weren’t doing their part. So they proposed levying $700 million in new business taxes on them. GE responded by saying it would consider leaving Connecticut.

Trade Pact Negotiations Continue

Oct 1, 2015

Pacific trade ministers are meeting in Atlanta to try to come to an agreement on the biggest trade deal in a generation, the Trans-Pacific Partnership. They are attempting to reach a deal this week, but sticking points remain. NPR’s Marilyn Geewax joins Jeremy Hobson at Here & Now for the latest.