Here & Now

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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.

Gyms and personal trainers across the country are watching new regulations coming from the Board of Physical Therapy in Washington, D.C. The board is preparing new guidelines that would make a registry of personal trainers and place further requirements on the industry.

Gyms fear Washington will be a testing ground for other states. Here & Now’s Robin Young speaks with Phillip Godfrey, a medical exercise specialist in Washington, D.C. who opposes the regulations.

As the nation marks 10 years since Hurricane Katrina, Here & Now has a special New Orleans edition of the DJ Sessions. Host Jeremy Hobson sits down with Nick Spitzer, a New Orleans resident and host of “American Routes,” from Tulane University and WWNO in New Orleans, distributed by PRX. He talks about the music that has resonated in the city since the storm, and how the music scene has changed.

A ruling yesterday from the National Labor Relations Board gave contract workers and employees of franchises a lot more leverage to unionize.

The NLRB’s decision gives those employees the right to negotiate a union contract not only with a franchise owner, but also with the larger parent company. It has implications in the fast food industry, which is locked in a national debate about worker pay and benefits.

Michael Regan of Bloomberg News discusses this with Here & Now’s Robin Young.

As immigration emerges as a top issue on the presidential campaign trail, all this week, Here & Now has been looking at the U.S. immigration system. To wrap up the series, host Jeremy Hobson looks outside U.S. borders, at how other countries are dealing with the issue.

Greece, of course, has been very much in the news, as tens of thousands of refugees have been flooding across its borders. On the other side of the world, in Japan, the picture is about as different as could be: it’s a country with very little immigration of any kind, illegal or legal.

Flaws In Scientific Studies Not Uncommon

Aug 28, 2015

A new analysis has found that more than half of 100 research findings published in three prominent psychology journals could not be replicated by independent scientists.

The review study led by a University of Virginia researcher is reinvigorating a conversation about how true the current scientific literature really is.

Many say a fear of failure and the pressure of “publish or perish” have become a barrier in the quest for the truth across scientific disciplines. Carolyn Beeler from Here & Now contributor “The Pulse” at WHYY reports.

New data released by the California State Water Resources Board shows that residents have surpassed the mandatory water restrictions for the second month in a row. In July, Californians cut back on their water use by 31 percent, compared to 2013. In June, they cut back by 27 percent.

Hurricane Katrina shut down the New Orleans Times-Picayune’s presses but that didn’t stop the staff from covering the storm around the clock. Radio stations took impromptu calls from government officials, and Brian Williams made his name inside the Superdome.

Journalism at the time was invaluable to the people of New Orleans for providing information they had no access to otherwise, and for holding officials accountable. NPR’s David Folkenflik talks with Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson about how that has and hasn’t changed in the 10 years since.

According to a new survey by the Federal Highway Administration, there isn’t enough parking for long-haul trucks and that’s a national safety concern. The survey found most states don’t have enough places for trucks to pull over for required rest stops.

Twitter has shutdown Politwoops, a website that keeps track of politicians’ deleted tweets.

Twitter’s reasoning was that Politwoops was misusing a Twitter tool that allowed users to find out about any changes to Twitter accounts. But the action has raised concerns from political reporters and government watchdog groups.

Donald Trump is spending another week at the top of the GOP polls. Yesterday at an event in South Carolina, he defended his tone, his immigration plan and his hair as real and not a toupee.

Hillary Clinton said this week that she “gets it” that people are concerned about investigations into her use of a private email server as Secretary of State, and she compared Republican attitudes towards women to those of Islamic terrorists.

In many cities around the U.S., thousands of young adults have toxic levels of lead in their blood from growing up in rundown housing built before 1950. Lead poisoning – from eating peeling paint and breathing paint dust – can lead to learning disabilities, irreversible brain damage, and impulse problems.

According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, African Americans are disproportionately affected, with black children nearly three times more likely than white children to have elevated blood levels.

Baby Panda Dies At The National Zoo

Aug 27, 2015

Only few days after its birth, the smaller of the two newborn panda cubs at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo has died. Brandie Smith, associate director for animal care sciences at Smithsonian’s National Zoo speaks with Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson about the death of the cub and why it is so difficult for twin pandas to survive.


As immigration emerges as a top issue on the presidential campaign trail, all this week Here & Now is looking at the U.S. immigration system. So often, the debate over immigration centers on those who are here illegally. But the majority of immigrants to the United States come legally. More often than not, it’s a complicated process that can take many years.

Global Turmoil Spurs Decline In Commodities

Aug 27, 2015

There are signs today that the U.S economy is weathering uncertainty across the globe. The U.S. Commerce Department says gross domestic product grew at a 3.7 percent rate in the second quarter, which is an upward revision from the 2.3 percent growth rate that had been reported last month.

An anti-abortion rights group that has been targeting Planned Parenthood with undercover sting videos, released its eighth clip this week.

The hidden camera videos, which are heavily edited, claim to show that the organization profits from sales of fetal tissue. Planned Parenthood denies that claim, saying the tissues are donated for research and that the organization is reimbursed for the costs of transporting the tissue to researchers.