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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.

Here & Now’s Peter O’Dowd is retracing part of the route that Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train took 150 years ago. The train was carrying the body of the late president and was making its way to Springfield, Illinois from Washington, D.C.

The HBO film “Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown” won a Peabody Award this week. When the documentary first premiered, Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson spoke with the filmmaker, Alex Gibney, longtime Brown trombonist Fred Wesley and Michael Veal, a professor of ethnomusicology. We revisit that conversation.

Drone Strike Deaths Raise Questions

Apr 24, 2015

Italy says it wants more information from the United States about how an Italian aid worker was killed in a U.S. drone strike on the Afghan-Pakistani border.

Legendary Rock Climber Lynn Hill

Apr 24, 2015

Lynn Hill, 54, is regarded as one of the best rock climbers in the world. She was the first person to free climb the edge of El Capitan, known as the Nose, in Yosemite Valley, Calif., and she was the first to do it in one day in 1994.

Hill has been pushing boundaries since she started climbing as a teenager in the 1970s, a time when there were very few women in the sport.

Japanese Train Breaks Speed Record, Again

Apr 24, 2015

A Japanese maglev that’s already the fastest passenger train in the world, has broken its own speed record.

Earlier this week, it hit a speed of 375 miles per hour on a test run near Mount Fugi, surpassing its previous record of 361 miles per hour.

Japan’s high-speed rail services are among the most advanced in the world, with hundreds of trains running each day with minimal delays.

However, unlike regular shinkansen or “bullet trains” that run on steel rails, magnetic levitation trains hover above rails, suspended by powerful magnets.

Opening statements will begin Monday in the trial of James Holmes, who opened fire at a midnight screening of “The Dark Night Rises” in Aurora, Colorado, in July 2012.

The attack killed 12 people and injured 70. Nearly three years later, the case is finally going to trial. Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, and the prosecution is seeking the death penalty.

Cable giant Comcast has officially abandoned its bid to buy Time Warner cable. “Today, we move on” were the words of Comcast chief executive Brian Roberts in a written statement released this morning.

The $45.2 billion deal disintegrated after meetings this week between corporate executives and federal regulators revealed the government was mobilizing to block the deal.

25 Years Later, What's Next For Hubble?

Apr 24, 2015

It was 25 years ago that Hubble Space Telescope launched into space. The 44-foot orbiting telescope has made 1.2 million observations of celestial bodies far into the reaches of the universe. It has helped change the understanding of space, and it’s made nebulae and black holes the thing of elementary school classrooms.

Russell Crowe might be best known for his Academy Award-nominated performances in “A Beautiful Mind” and “The Insider,” or his Academy Award-winning role in “The Gladiator.”

For his latest film, “The Water Diviner,” Crowe also takes the director’s chair. The movie tells the story of an Australian farmer, played by Crowe, who is searching for his sons – all believed to have been killed in the battle of Gallipoli in 1915.

A student at Fresno State University is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide with new music by contemporary Armenian composers. The concerts organized by Joseph Bohigian include original compositions inspired by his family, many who were killed by the Ottoman Turks around World War I, and music by other Armenians who live in Armenia and in the U.S. From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Alice Daniel of KQED has our story.

Lessons From Australia's 17-Year Drought

Apr 23, 2015

As California continues to deal with a drought, a study predicts that the state will only get dryer. How will it adapt? Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Rebecca Nelson, a senior fellow at the University of Melbourne School of Law, about policies and laws that Australia put in place during its 17-year drought.

If “Full House” was a major part of your childhood, you might get a kick out of this. Netflix announced this week that it’s coming back – as “Fuller House.”

John Stamos – or Uncle Jesse – will produce the new series, and will also reprise his role, along with some of his old co-stars (though not all).

“Full House” is just the latest in a parade of old favorites that seem to be returning to television. There’s also “Arrested Development,” “The X-Files,” “Coach,” “Twin Peaks,” “Boy Meets World” (reimagined as “Girl Meets World”), “Bewitched” and the list goes on.

Mike Barry of The Guardian joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to look at how the news is reverberating on social media. The stories include:

Big farms are collecting taxpayer dollars that they haven’t necessarily earned, by taking advantage of a loophole in government subsidy rules, according to regulators, members of Congress and the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is taking aim at what is known as the “actively engaged” loophole, which has been gaping for nearly three decades, by changing the qualifications for some subsidy payments.

The Texas House State Affairs Committee has passed a bill that would ban state and local funds from being used to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

The vote comes despite a U.S. Supreme Court hearing taking place next week to rule on whether gay marriage bans are constitutional.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Bobby Blanchard, a reporter for The Texas Tribune, about the committee vote.