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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.

College graduates are leaving school with an average debt of $35,000 dollars. But there’s one place an increasing number of Americans are going to avoid that: Germany. In Colorado this year, 100 students are taking the German language college entrance test – the first step towards entering one of Germany's tuition-free state universities. Jenny Brundin from Here & Now contributor Colorado Public Radio has more.

The odds of making a full recovery following a stroke aren’t great. Nearly half of all people who survive end up either needing permanent assistance to perform basic functions, or wind up in a nursing home.

Physical rehabilitation exercises post-stroke can help people recover use of a damaged limb, but there’s a growing belief that the typical exercises and routines aren’t providing enough repetitions.

From Capitol Hill To The Silver Screen

Apr 28, 2016

In the new film “The Congressman,” actor Treat Williams plays Charlie Winship, a Vietnam-era veteran turned U.S. congressman. The plot is based on the real life of Robert Mrazek, who represented Long Island, New York, from 1983 to 1993. But, as he tells Here & Now’s Robin Young, he always wanted to be a filmmaker.

The Commerce Department reported today that the U.S. economy grew at its slowest quarterly rate in two years, with the GDP expanding just 0.5 percent. Consumers are cutting back on spending, and businesses on investments, as Rana Foroohar of Time Magazine explains to Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson.

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Two Chicago-area sports journalists were tired of being the target of abusive online comments from men, so they gathered up the degrading tweets that had been directed at them and asked other men to read them to their faces. The result is a video that has been viewed more than a million times.

In an unexpected move, Republicans joined Democrats on the House Armed Services Committee to vote in favor of a proposal that would require young women to register for military conscription through the Selective Service System.

Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter of California sponsored the amendment, but voted against it, saying he only proposed the measure to raise questions about the recent policy change allowing women to serve in all combat roles.

A hospital backed by Doctors Without Borders and the International Committee of the Red Cross was hit overnight by an airstrike in the Syrian city of Aleppo. Patients, children and doctors are among the dead.

More than 60 people have been killed in Aleppo in the last 24 hours, and the Red Cross is warning that the city is on the brink of a humanitarian disaster, with fighting once again intensifying there.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is calling for state lawmakers to eliminate the statute of limitations for child sex crimes, following the sentencing yesterday of former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert to 15 months in prison for making illegal cash withdrawals.

Hastert was accused trying to pay off a former student who claimed that Hastert molested him decades ago when Hastert was his high school wrestling coach.

In the second part of Here & Now’s conversation with HBO CEO Richard Plepler, host Jeremy Hobson asks him if movies are still HBO’s bread and butter, what their plans are for virtual reality and what was behind the “Sesame Street” move.

Interview Highlights: Richard Plepler

Is HBO exploring virtual reality for the future?

Legislation that supporters call “religious freedom bills” continue to be debated in state legislatures across the country. Yesterday, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed legislation that allows mental health counselors and therapists to refuse to treat patients based on religious objections or personal beliefs.

Businesses are playing an increasingly vocal role in the debates over these laws, which opponents say allow discrimination against people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

How Greece Is Managing The Migrant Crisis

Apr 27, 2016

Over a million migrants have arrived in Greece since 2015. Most are fleeing war and violence in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. This month, about 340 migrants have been deported to Turkey, as part of an agreement between Turkey and the European Union aimed at reducing the flow of migrants arriving in Greece.

It’s perhaps the only thing that businessman Donald Trump and democratic socialist Bernie Sanders agree on: free trade. Both say that if elected president they’ll get out of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which they say floods the American market with inexpensive goods, produced with cheap foreign labor, in turn making American-made goods – and jobs – disappear.

In this week’s View from the Top interview, Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson speaks to HBO CEO Richard Plepler about the new “Game of Thrones” season, how the company is going after millennials and what he sees as the future of HBO and television. The company now offers a paid subscription to stream HBO called “HBO Now.” It’s distinct from its “HBO Go” service, which requires a cable subscription to HBO.

After Hillary Clinton’s big win in Northeast states on Tuesday, Bernie Sanders is spending the day “reassessing” where his campaign goes from here. He won only Rhode Island.

Democratic strategist Angela Rye tells Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson that Sanders sent out mixed messages yesterday about whether he’ll moderate his attacks against Clinton in the remaining primary contests.

Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” album has sent pop culture critics and gossip columnists into overdrive. One line in particular, “Becky with the good hair,” raised questions about infidelity and marital strife, but MTV’s Rebecca Thomas says it’s also a carefully coded lyric that says something much more complicated about black women in America.

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