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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.

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.

Since 1875, the town of Superior, Arizona, has relied on copper mining to drive its economy. That reliance has come at a cost though, as many of Superior’s residents have lived through several cycles of mines opening and closing. But town officials are now hoping to put an end to that cycle. Carrie Jung from Here & Now contributor KJZZ reports.

The Benefits Of State-Of-The-Art Airports

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Vice President Joe Biden unveiled a $4 billion plan yesterday to completely rebuild LaGuardia Airport.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Mitchell Moss about the role airports play in a region’s economy, and why it matters to have a state-of-the-art airport in a city. Moss is director of the Rudin Center for Transportation and Policy Management at NYU.

Ford today announced that its second quarter profits increased 44 percent over this time last year, and the profits in North America hit a record level. Ford credited steady demand for pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles for the positive news.

Jason Bellini of the Wall Street Journal joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to discuss Ford and other news in the auto world.

The Boy Scouts of America announced yesterday that it was ending its longtime ban on openly gay adult leaders, two years after it lifted its ban on gay youth.

The new policy does allow troops sponsored by religious organizations – about 70 percent of all troops – to continue to choose leaders “whose beliefs are consistent with their own.”

But that may not be enough to keep the more conservative churches in the fold. The Mormon Church, for one, is already saying that it may leave the Boy Scouts, and possibly start its own program.

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

14 hours ago

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

14 hours ago

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.

The Risks And Rewards Of Hummingbird Rescue

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For over a decade, Terry Masear rescued and rehabilitated hummingbirds in Los Angeles. As she told Here & Now’s Robin Young, people will go to great lengths to save birds: they’ll jump into swimming pools fully clothed, face down rottweilers and dodge cars to rescue a hummingbird they think is in peril.

Historical movements, wars and disasters around the globe have created signature sounds in music. Think freedom songs like “We Shall Overcome” or even Prince’s “Baltimore.” California is in its fourth year of drought and songs about a drying state are now emerging. From Here & Now’s contributing station Valley Public Radio, Ezra David Romero reports.

According to psychiatry professor and author John Ratey, something as simple as a walk can improve both physical and mental well being. Ratey is co-author of the book “Go Wild: Free Your Mind from the Afflictions of Civilization.” Last year, he and Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson went for a walk near the Charles River in Boston. Today we revisit that conversation.

China Stocks See Biggest Drop Since 2007

Jul 27, 2015

Stocks in China slid dramatically today and yesterday, with the Shanghai Composite Index ending down 8.5 percent. The drops come after huge gains in the markets earlier this summer, and amid fears that the government is going to stop taking certain actions to prop up the market. Jill Schlesinger of CBS News joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson with details.

U.S. Wind Power On Course To Grow Big

Jul 27, 2015

The Department of Energy says wind power is poised to become one of the country’s largest sources of energy, generating 35 percent by 2050, up from 5 percent today.

And it’s not just the windiest states that will generate wind energy. Thanks to improvements in technology, every state now has the capacity to produce wind power.

The Global Impact Of Low Oil Prices

Jul 27, 2015

China’s stock market dropped 8 percent last night, sending oil prices to a four-month low. China is the world’s biggest energy consumer and a large oil importer, and as the Iran deal looms, there is significant uncertainty in the world’s oil markets.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Phil Flynn, senior market analyst and author of The Energy Report for The PRICE Futures Group about global oil prices in the face of the China and a worldwide oil glut.