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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.

More than four months after Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced a 10-point plan to remedy the drinking water crisis in Flint, the source of the problem remains present. Like many older cities, Flint is full of lead pipes.

As lead poisoning captures the attention of presidential candidates, Gerald Markowitz reminds Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd that the problem is anything but new.

Despite regulatory efforts that span decades, lead persists in paint, pipes and many other places.

After decades crafting funk, soul and disco hits with the seminal R&B band Earth, Wind & Fire, Maurice White died in his sleep on Thursday, according to his brother. He was 74.

White revealed he’d been living with Parkinson’s disease in 2000, the same year Earth, Wind & Fire joined the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Ten years later, White was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, along with several of his bandmates.

Earth, Wind & Fire Songs In This Segment

“That’s the Way of the World”

U.S. Economy Adds 151,000 Jobs In January

Feb 5, 2016

The U.S. economy added 151,000 jobs in January, according to today’s Labor Department report.

That is far lower than the job growth seen towards the end of last year but it was enough to bring unemployment down to 4.9 percent, the lowest level since 2008. Wages also increased by 2.5 percent, after recent stagnation.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young discusses the report and its implications with Michael Regan, editor for Bloomberg News.

With the New Hampshire primary four days away, candidates from both parties are making their final pitches to voters.

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton landed political punches in a debate last night but also highlighted many areas of agreement.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump accused Ted Cruz of stealing Monday’s Iowa election and the Republican field is winnowing down, with Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum dropping out.

The last GOP debate before Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary takes place tomorrow night – without Carly Fiorina.

In China, the Lunar New Year prompts a mass homecoming for those working in large cities. The holiday, which begins Monday, is seen as the largest collective movement of people in the world each year.

Long journeys by bus, plane and train are made worse with delays due to unexpected snowfall. Up to 100,000 people were stranded at Guangzhou Railway Station earlier this week.

NPR’s Anthony Kuhn speaks to Here & Now’s Peter O’Dowd about how China will be ringing in the Year of the Monkey.

Voter Anger And Anxiety In New Hampshire

Feb 5, 2016

A new poll out today from Here & Now contributor WBUR poll finds Bernie Sanders up 15 percentage points over Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side, and Donald Trump up 17 points over Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz among likely GOP voters.

If you’ve been watching the campaign and the debates and feel like it’s an anger fest, you ‘re not alone. WBUR’s Bob Oakes reports from New Hampshire.

Overcoming Addiction In Vermont

Feb 5, 2016

Vermont Public Radio has been exploring the heroin problem in Vermont, and today we take a closer look at recovery. Treatment that leads to recovery rarely involves a quick fix. As VPR’s Lynne McCrea reports, overcoming addiction is a “life change.” She has this profile of one woman’s path to recovery.

The 2016 presidential campaign dominated social media this week, but what were some of the other hot topics? Here & Now’s Robin Young speaks with Danielle Belton, associate editor at The Root, about what’s trending on social media this week.


Researchers working in conjunction with the Brazilian government announced today that active Zika virus was found in urine and saliva samples. That means it might be possible to transmit the virus through those bodily fluids.

There are already two known cases of sexual transmission of Zika virus. The virus is mainly spread by mosquitoes, and in most people causes no symptoms or mild symptoms, but it has been linked to birth defects in cases where the mother contracted the virus while pregnant.

The American electorate right now is arguably divided between people who can’t believe everyone isn’t voting for Donald Trump, and people who can’t believe anyone is. Here & Now’s Robin Young heard from two New Hampshire women who are planning to vote for Trump.

“I believe our government is a business” said Sandra Riendeau, co-chair for the Trump Campaign in Coos County, New Hampshire. “Donald Trump is very much a business man, he knows how to negotiate, and he knows how to get things done. That is why I am voting for Donald.”

Do Babies Understand FaceTime And Skype?

Feb 4, 2016

Video chatting on Skype or FaceTime with a baby is an adorable idea, and reassuring for parents and grandparents far away from their little loved ones, but what do the babies and toddlers get out of it? Do they understand what’s happening?

Dr. Michael Rich, who heads the Center on Media and Child Health in Boston, tells Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson that young children connect to voices and other audio cues first.

The Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers meet Sunday at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, to decide the NFL Championship.

Future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning leads the Broncos and it may be his last game, while one of the league’s best young signal callers, Cam Newton, leads the Panthers.

Here & Now sports analyst Mike Pesca joins host Robin Young to preview the game.


Much of the focus of the opioid crisis has been on heroin, but another opioid is killing users at a much higher rate: fentanyl. A new Fusion documentary called “Death By Fentanyl” explores the rise of the drug, which has two main sources: pharmaceutical companies and Mexican drug cartels.

World leaders pledged a total of $10 billion Thursday to help millions of victims of Syria’s civil war – even as diplomatic efforts to end the conflict stuttered and stalled.

Leaders attending an international donors’ conference in London committed almost $6 billion in aid for 2016, with the rest to be handed over by 2020, British Prime Minister David Cameron said. But the funding commitments came as military bombardments in Syria intensified and tentative peace talks in Geneva were on hold.

Here is a look at what some countries have pledged for 2016 and beyond: