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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.

Facebook is millennials’ No. 1 source for political news, according to a recent study by Pew Research Center. Now, other social media outlets are trying to get on board.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with media analyst John Carroll about social networks’ stampede to become news outlets and get journalists on staff.

The Supreme Court’s recent ruling on same-sex marriage is a striking reminder of the strides LGBT Americans have made toward acceptance in recent years.

But it wasn’t very long ago that the broader society treated them with scorn. That’s clear from a 1961 television documentary called “The Rejected.” It was one of the first to openly address sexual orientation, and was considered progressive at the time.

After the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, couples in states around the country rushed to courthouses to get marriage licenses. Many states that had been hold-outs, including Michigan, shifted policies very quickly.

But in some places in the South, including counties in Alabama, clerks are pushing back. One clerk in Arkansas has reportedly quit in opposition. Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with NPR reporter Debbie Elliott about the trend.

Greece’s government is offering concessions to its creditors, in an attempt to get more aid, hours after it failed to pay a nearly $2 billion loan back to the IMF.

In a letter to creditors, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras offered a fresh proposal for budget cuts and policy changes, saying he’d stick with what Greek voters say in Sunday’s referendum. But many European officials dismissed the proposal as falling short of their demands.

Since the 1950s, Delaware-based high-tech engineering company W. L. Gore & Associates, most famous for Gore-Tex outdoor apparel, has been a non-hierarchical workplace where few employees have titles and anyone can take leadership positions.

U.S. To Reopen Embassy In Havana

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President Obama announced today that Cuba and the United States have agreed to reopen their embassies in Washington and Havana. It’s a major step in restoring diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Guillermo Grenier, professor in the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs at Florida International University, about what the move means for both countries.

Gettysburg Gets A Makeover

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Thousands of visitors will travel to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, this week to mark the 152nd anniversary of the bloodiest battle of the Civil War. They come to stand in the battlefield’s most storied places, like Little Round Top or Devil’s Den, and imagine the battle those landscapes witnessed.

Joy Williams' New American Songbook

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Singer-songwriter and four-time Grammy-winner Joy Williams is a true American artist. Born just outside of Santa Cruz, California, she grew up listening to Billie Holiday and Janis Joplin. She later stole a lot of hearts as one half of the now-disbanded folk/Americana duo The Civil Wars.

The U.S. territory of Puerto Rico has more than $70 billion in debt it can’t pay. Some are calling the island America’s Greece. Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson looks at the roots of the problem with someone who wrote a report on the island’s financial crisis.

There’s an old myth that humans only use 10 percent of their brains. While that’s been proven to be an old wives’ tale, what is true, according to scientists, is that human beings can better harness their brain power.

Researchers are already looking at a number of technologies they think will make people smarter, starting with drugs and moving all the way to chips implanted in our brains – chips that would have constant access to the Internet, and maybe to each other, as well.

It’s down-to-the-wire for Greece. Negotiations continued today with a 6 p.m., Washington time, deadline for Greece to pay the International Monetary Fund what it owes – the equivalent of $1.7 billion.

Greece could become the first developed country ever to default on a loan to the IMF, with symbolic and economic ripple effects across Europe and beyond.

Shawn Donnan of the Financial Times joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to discuss the concerns from the U.S. perspective.

On July 15, NASA’s unmanned spacecraft New Horizons is expected to encounter its primary target of Pluto. It’s a project nine years in the making, and with 3 billion miles recorded, it is the longest, farthest and fastest-ever space mission.

“Time flies when you’re having fun,” Alan Stern, who leads the mission, told Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson. “We’ve crossed the entirety of the solar system and now we’re on Pluto’s doorstep.”

Obama To Expand Overtime Pay For Millions

Jun 30, 2015

President Obama announced this week that the Labor Department will expand overtime pay, in a move the administration estimates would impact 5 million U.S. workers. That would double the income threshold at which employers can avoid paying overtime.

Right now, only salaried employees earning less $23,660 a year are eligible for overtime. This rule would raise that threshold so that employees making up to $50,660 a year would get paid overtime.

Its been a busy week for the Supreme Court. Not surprisingly, that means it has been a busy week for linguists. Consider that in the last few days we’ve heard Justice Antonin Scalia use both jiggery-pokery and mummeries.

While watching the match between Rafael Nadal and Thomaz Belucci at Court 1, former Wimbledon champion Stan Smith joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to talk about how the game has changed since the ’70s. He says he can tell by the grass what kind of game today’s players are executing.

Interview Highlights: Stan Smith

On the new lines in the grass at Wimbledon

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