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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.

The killing of an adult male lion in Zimbabwe – one locals knew as Cecil – has sparked outrage and debate around the world, raising questions about hunting, conservation and the quest for big game trophies.

Cecil lived in the protected Hwange National Park, but crossed outside its border, where he was shot by a Minnesota dentist who allegedly paid about $50,000 for the experience.

'Key & Peele' To End After Fifth Season

Jul 29, 2015

After receiving multiple Emmy nominations earlier this month, Key & Peele's co-creator Keegan-Michael Key announced that the current fifth season of the series will be its last.

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to talk about the comedy show's distinct handling of sensitive topics like race and sexuality, and what its end – along with Jon Stewart’s and Stephen Colbert’s departures – spell for Comedy Central.


Boston is torn over the city’s now-failed Olympic bid.

On Monday, the U.S Olympic Committee pulled its support for Boston’s plan to host the 2024 Summer Games after Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said he wouldn’t put taxpayers on the hook for cost overruns. Now the second-guessing is on.

When wildfires break out and hundreds of responding firefighters need to be equipped and fed, their bosses order from a special warehouse.

There are 16 regional wildfire supply storehouses operated by the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and partner states.

Tom Banse of Here & Now contributor Northwest News Network got a tour of what you might call the for wildfire fighting in Boise, Idaho.

Garden-Inspired Cooking With Kathy Gunst

Jul 29, 2015

Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst gets much of the fresh produce she enjoys in the summer from her garden in southern Maine.

As she told host Jeremy Hobson, keeping a garden “is hours and hours” of work that she and her husband put in year-round. But “for me to come out in the morning and pick raspberries off my vine and pull together a lettuce for my lunch and know exactly what was in the soil, that it’s completely organic, that no one has sprayed it – the food just tastes so good.”

Microsoft Quietly Launches Windows 10

Jul 29, 2015

Microsoft is launching Windows 10 today without the usual midnight sales parties and marketing campaigns.

The company is hoping that users are happier with Windows 10, after Windows 8 was widely criticized when it was released in 2012. Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson takes a look at what Windows 10 means for Microsoft with CNN’s Maggie Lake.

The House votes today on a patch to keep federal highway and transit aid going to states, ahead of leaving tomorrow for August recess.

In the Senate, there’s debate over a long-term bill. Some senators are criticizing House members for not taking up a long-term funding bill – there hasn’t been one in 10 years.

One thing is now almost certain – or as certain as it gets with forecasting and climate: El Niño is here to stay, at least through the fall, and most likely through the end of the year. Models show it’s been growing steadily stronger since the spring.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson talks with Bill Patzert, climate scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory at CalTech, about what the latest models are showing, and what we might expect from a strong El Niño year.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady vowed to fight his four-game suspension for the scandal known as Deflategate, writing Wednesday in a 507-word Facebook post: “I did nothing wrong, and no one in the Patriots organization did either.”

Breaking his silence a day after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld the punishment, Brady also denied destroying his cellphone to keep it out of the hands of investigators.

Two Sides Of The GMO Debate

Jul 29, 2015

Now that the House has passed a bill that would make it illegal for states to force food manufacturers to label foods made with genetically modified crops – also called GMOs (genetically modified organisms) – the Senate debate on the issue is next.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson moderates a conversation with Michael Gruber of the Grocery Manufacturing Association, who supports the bill, and Richard Eidlin of the American Sustainable Business Council, who is against it.

Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking joined with hundreds of scientists and other concerned citizens to sign a letter calling for a worldwide ban on autonomous weapons. The letter was shared yesterday at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Buenos Aires.

It may sound like science fiction, but researchers are concerned that these robots, unlike drones, operate on their own, without human direction and could set off a global arms race unlike any seen since the Cold War.

Twitter's Search For Stability

Jul 28, 2015

Later today, Twitter will report its earnings and profits for the past three months, and many expect them to be disappointing. The company also recently lost its CEO.

The social network is currently – temporarily – helmed by Jack Dorsey, a founder of Twitter, but also multi-tasking as the CEO of Square, another company exploring a possible IPO.

The search in Mexico for the 43 students who vanished 10 months ago has turned up 129 other bodies in 60 graves across the state of Guerrero, according to Mexico’s attorney general.

Reaction to the news has been predictable outrage, along with renewed charges that the government is unwilling to properly investigate the more than 23,000 reported disappearances in Mexico since 2006, or to identify the 15,000 bodies that have been found.

China Stocks Continue To Tumble

Jul 28, 2015

A day after the worst drop in eight years, the main market index in Shanghai fell another 1.5 percent. Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson talks with NPR’s Anthony Kuhn about the global effects this slide could have, and about China’s changing economy.

Australia’s decision to kill 2 million feral cats is the latest event in a battle among cat lovers, bird lovers and even celebrities over cats and their impact on wildlife. Feral cats roam in solitude, but issues surrounding the treatment of homeless cats is tangled in both pet owner and non-pet owners’ lives.