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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.

Birkenstock Design Has Staying Power

Mar 27, 2015

Its official, spring has begun and we will begin to see more and more toes revealed, perhaps in Birkenstocks.

The German footwear company with roots dating back to the 1700s is not looking to be the trendy shoe of the moment, but is updating the designs with relevancy in mind.

As federal prosecutors prepare to rest their case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the Boston Marathon bombing trial, they are calling medical examiners to the stand to testify about the deaths of three victims near the finish line.

To reinforce their point, the prosecution has put full-scale replicas of the bombs in the hands of the jurors. From the Here & Now Contributors Network, David Boeri reports from the courtroom.

What We Know About The Germanwings Co-Pilot

Mar 27, 2015

Update 3 p.m.: Authorities say co-pilot Andreas Lubitz was being treated for depression and concealed this from the airline.

Prosecutors continue to look for more information regarding Andreas Lubitz, the 27-year-old Germanswings co-pilot who is believed to have intentionally crashed an airliner into the French Alps, killing himself and 149 other people.

Are We Winning The 'War On Cancer'?

Mar 27, 2015

This week, in collaboration with WNYC in New York, NPR is exploring progress in fighting cancer. One frequent question is whether we are winning the “war on cancer.”

NPR Science Correspondent Richard Harris tells Here & Now’s Lisa Mullins that there are a number of ways to get at that question. The number of Americans who will die from cancer each year is growing, but there is evidence we’re moving in the right direction.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid announced today that he would not seek reelection, months after the 75-year-old suffered an eye injury and Democrats lost control of the Senate to Republicans. And Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas became the first major declared presidential candidate for 2016.

Margaret Talev of Bloomberg News and Don Gonyea of NPR join Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to discuss the latest in 2016 politics and Capitol Hill news.

IRS Cuts Can Make Filing Difficult

Mar 27, 2015

It’s tax season. Are you among those who wait until the last minute to file? This year, that might not be the best idea. When the federal agency in charge of tax collection gets hit with budget cuts, there can be problems. And reduced IRS services are creating real road blocks for many people. Sara Lerner from Here & Now contributor KUOW reports from Seattle.

Plan To Save Astrodome Tops $240 Million

Mar 27, 2015

A report out this week outlines a $240 million plan to renovate and save the iconic Houston Astrodome. When it first opened in 1965, some people called it the Eighth Wonder of the World.

But time caught up to the world’s first domed stadium. In 1999, the Houston Astros found a new home, the stadium fell into disrepair, and Harris County has been looking for a way to save it now for years.

Voters rejected a bond initiative in 2013, but the latest plan calls for a mix of public and private funding.

Alissa Quart is a journalist, a keen observer of our culture and a believer in the power of poetry to cut to the heart of issues around us: money, class, gender and the environment.

She has just released her first book of poetry that is both personal and universal – inspired by work and research she has done as a journalist.

The price of Brent crude jumped 5 percent yesterday as Saudi Arabia began airstrikes in Yemen. It was the biggest spike in oil prices since February. The benchmark settled near $60 a barrel.

Saudi involvement in Yemen’s growing unrest has led to fears of instability in the oil market, even though a global supply glut was a primary reason why oil prices have been so low.

The late comedian George Carlin is being honored with a portrait at the Smithsonian Museum’s National Portrait Gallery, to be unveiled today.

The museum’s historians and curators selected three comedians to choose from – Carlin, Groucho Marx and Ellen DeGeneres – and the public chose Carlin in a vote on the website.

Carlin, who died in 2008, was known for his blunt and unapologetic approach to taboo subjects.

The 70th anniversary of the end of WWII will be marked later this year. In the meantime, some veterans of that war are embarking on one more mission.

In some cases, wives or children are taking on the mission if the veteran has passed away. The object is to return Japanese flags taken as war souvenirs from Pacific battlefields.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Tom Banse reports from Astoria, Oregon on an emotional gesture of peace and reconciliation.

In writer-director Noah Baumbach‘s new film “While We’re Young,” Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts play a documentary filmmaker and his wife who live a reasonably content life in New York City. They befriend a younger couple whose free-spirited ways first energize them and then cause them to question themselves and their marriage.

Trying To De-Radicalize French Prisons

Mar 26, 2015

French prisons have come under the spotlight in the past two months, as a key recruiting ground for Islamist extremists. January’s attacks in Paris by brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi and Ahmedy Coulibaly, in which 17 people were killed, led to fresh questions about the links they made in prison.

For the first time in 16 years, the opposition party in Nigeria has enough support that it could win in national elections. But would the president allow for a peaceful handover of power?

Election monitor Darren Kew says the answer to that question could determine whether this is the beginning of a new era for democracy in Nigeria, or the beginning of devastating internal strife. He speaks with Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson.

A series of severe thunderstorms led to tornadoes across Oklahoma last night, killing one person and injuring several others. More than 75,000 people are without power and numerous schools are closed, as the damage is assessed.

On the same day in 1948, a tornado hit the Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma, causing considerable damage but few injuries and no fatalities. That is because Air Force Captain Robert Miller and Major Ernest Fawbush predicted the atmospheric conditions that led to the storm, based on another storm that occurred five days earlier.