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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.

Let the holiday gadget shopping begin. Samsung’s Gear VR, considered the first major consumer-ready virtual reality headset, was made available for purchase on Friday. Is it worth your time?

Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with Kurt Wagner of Re/code for his review of Gear VR and what it means for the virtual reality industry.


Belgium's Counterterrorism Weaknesses

20 hours ago

Brussels remains in a state of heightened security for the fourth day in a row, as Belgian authorities search for one of the terrorists who attacked Paris on November 13.

Here & Now’s Indira Lakshmanan talks with Ryan Heath, senior EU correspondent and associate editor for Politico, about how Brussels became a breeding ground for terrorists, and the security challenges Belgium is facing.

Food scientists at Washington State University have an unusual new partner to help them evaluate drinks, medicines and sweeteners. It’s called the “electronic tongue.” Tom Banse from the Northwest News Network got face-to-face with the machine at a sparkling wine tasting in Pullman, Washington.

There’s a long history of people chaining themselves to trees or posts or buildings – or to each other – to protest some injustice or simply to get their voices heard. But up in New Hampshire, they may have a first.

Early in November, Kevin Dumont, the owner of Liquid Planet Water Park in Candia, New Hampshire climbed to the top of his water slide tower and chained himself to the rail. His goal: To save the park from a planned December 2nd auction.

Ferguson: One Year Later

20 hours ago

One year ago tonight, an announcement came from the St. Louis County prosecutor in Ferguson Missouri. Darren Wilson, a white police officer, would not be indicted for fatally shooting an unarmed black 18-year-old named Michael Brown.

The city of Ferguson erupted. Protesters set fire to more than a dozen buildings around the city. Police officers used tear gas, smoke, armored vehicles, snipers and police dogs to quell the demonstrations, which continued for weeks.

Millions of Americans are hitting the road, rails and skies for the Thanksgiving holiday. Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with Bart Jansen, transportation reporter for USA Today, about the heightened security as a result of the terrorist attacks in Paris earlier this month, and how it could affect holiday travel.

Friendsgiving: The Best Fall Holiday?

20 hours ago

The basic idea behind Friendsgiving is all in the name: friends plus Thanksgiving-type foods around the Thanksgiving holiday equals Friendsgiving. It has all the trappings of a standard holiday-season gathering, with one notable absence: blood relatives. Perhaps that’s what makes Friendsgiving special: hanging out with your closest friends.

Welcome to Night Vale” debuted as a podcast in 2012. The show is presented as a radio broadcast from the fictional town of Night Vale, which co-creator Joseph Fink describes as “a weird desert town where every single conspiracy theory is true” including (but not limited to) black helicopters, aliens and secret sects.

A “stab in the back” is how Russian President Vladimir Putin is describing the downing of a Russian jet by Turkey. After news came out of the downing, oil prices rose. Here & Now’s Indira Lakshmanan looks at why with Ali Velshi, host of “Ali Velshi on Target” on Al Jazeera America. We also look at a fight in OPEC over oil production levels.

French President Hollande Meets With Obama

20 hours ago

French President Francois Hollande arrived in Washington this morning and held a joint press conference with President Barack Obama, just over a week after Paris suffered a series of terrorist attacks that left 130 civilians dead.

Hollande is embarking on a tour of meetings this week. He hosted British Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday and will have met with German, Italian, Chinese and Canadian leaders by the end of the week.

Mark Bertolini has been CEO of Connecticut-based health insurance provider Aetna since 2010, the year the Affordable Care Act was passed.

He talks with Here & Now’s Indira Lakshmanan about why premiums are going up next year, and also how his near-fatal skiing accident caused him to view healthcare and his own work culture differently. He now provides free yoga and meditation classes to all of his employees, as well as base minimum wage of $16 an hour.

The drug companies Pfizer and Allergan said today that they will merge, in a nearly $160 billion deal that would create the world’s biggest drug maker, and bring Botox and Viagra under one roof.

Allergan is based in Dublin, Ireland, and the joint company could reincorporate there – making it an inversion, and the biggest inversion ever. Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with CBS News’ Jill Schlesinger to understand what’s happening.

Five-time Grammy winner James Taylor will receive the Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor, at a ceremony tomorrow at the White House.

“I’m actually just a bit gobsmacked,” the singer-songwriter told Here & Now’s Indira Laskhmanan. “I’m a little overwhelmed… It has been an amazing ride.”

French President To Visit White House

Nov 23, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama will welcome French President Francois Hollande to the White House tomorrow in the aftermath of the attacks in Paris that left 130 people dead. NPR’s Ron Elving joins Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti with insight on the domestic ramifications of ISIS and what’s been going on in Europe.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is planning to take two months of paternity leave when his daughter is born. On Nov. 20, he posted on Facebook, “studies show that when working parents take time to be with their newborns, outcomes are better for the children and families.”