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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.

As the Founding Fathers established the United States of America, they had their eyes on the future and they knew they were making history. But not everyone had the same opinion of the timeline of that history.

Most thought the big day was July 4, when then Continental Congress approved the text of the Declaration of Independence and sent it to the printer. But John Adams believed July 2, 1776, was the really the big day.

Recent attacks in North Carolina have heightened the negative public perception of sharks. But for 21-year-old Australian Madison Stewart, sharks are almost family.

Since she was in her early teens, Stewart has made it her mission to preserve and educate the world about the creatures she feels so passionate about.

In China today, stock markets continued what is now an unprecedented economic slide. In the three weeks since the Shanghai Composite Index hit a seven-year high, the market has lost 30 percent. That’s the sharpest decline over that time period since 1992.

While some experts point to the loss as the inevitable burst of the Chinese economic bubble, officials in China suspect foreign manipulation.

A Cherished Synagogue Prepares To Close

Jul 3, 2015

After serving the Jewish community in Revere, Massachusetts, for 103 years, Congregation Tifereth Israel is closing. Recently, synagogue members past and present returned to reclaim part of their family histories and recall enduring memories. Bruce Gellerman from Here & Now contributor WBUR was there and has our story.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is calling on voters to reject a proposed bailout when they head to the polls on Sunday. In a televised address today, he also told Greeks that Sunday’s referendum is not a vote on whether Greece will stay in the eurozone.

Law enforcement officials are boosting security for holiday events, after an FBI warning about possible terrorist activity timed to the Fourth of July celebration.

Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with Seth Jones, director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at Rand, about why law enforcement issued the alert.

The Return Of Ebola In Liberia

Jul 3, 2015

This week, Liberia found three new cases of Ebola. The country was declared Ebola-free two months ago, but now it seems the deadly disease is back. Health officials are on high alert and scrambling to figure out how the victims contracted the disease. NPR’s Michaeleen Doucleff joins Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti with details.

Not Your Typical Summer Reading List

Jul 3, 2015

If you’re looking for some books to read on your next vacation, Petra Mayer, an editor at NPR Books, and R. A. Washington, co-owner of Guide to Kulchur, a bookstore in Cleveland, Ohio, have a few suggestions. They share some ideas with Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti.

A New Look At America's Founding

Jul 3, 2015

Historian Joseph Ellis is well known for his work on the era of the American revolution and the founding fathers. His latest book, “The Quartet: Orchestrating The Second American Revolution, 1783-1789,” takes us beyond the Declaration of Independence and tells the story of what happened after the war ended, the creation of the Articles of Confederation, the Constitutional Convention and the drafting of the Bill of Rights.

The Supreme Court finished its term at the beginning of this week, marking several historic and contentious legal decisions, including deciding for a constitutional right to same-sex marriage.

Sometimes when you are in the heat of the moment, major news from the Supreme Court can seem even more grandiose than reality. But this time, the historic nature of the decisions – and the strong feelings on both sides – may be justified.

After Japan beat England yesterday in a close Women’s World Cup semi-final game that was decided by an own goal from England, the stage was set for a tough match-up with the U.S.

Who is favored to take home the top prize in women’s soccer? And how is the woman who scored the accidental goal into her own net yesterday faring?


Sousa Beyond 'Stars And Stripes Forever'

Jul 2, 2015

John Philip Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever” is an intrinsic part of many Fourth of July celebrations. An act of Congress named it the official United States National March.

But as Keith Brion, longtime Sousa lover and founder of the New Sousa Band told Here & Now’s Robin Young, Sousa “was patriotic to the core” and many of his other works would also fit well into a fourth of July concert.

Last Friday the Supreme Court made a landmark decision for gay rights. But another institution has also played a significant role in changing American public opinion about this issue: Hollywood.

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans talks with Here & Now‘s Robin Young about the “Modern Family effect” and how television has changed the way Americans think about gay relationships.

DJ Session: Sounds For The Holiday Weekend

Jul 2, 2015

For the upcoming holiday weekend, this week’s edition of the Here & Now DJ Sessions features KCRW’s Anthony Valadez, with new music from the artist Bilal, a trained opera singer who has now gone in a very different direction. He also shares songs from U.K. artist LA Priest, Canadian singer and musician Mocky and Argentine DJ/producer Chancha Via Circuito.