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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.

Confederate flags are coming down across the South as governments and institutions respond to calls to remove symbols of a racist past. At the University of Texas at Austin, thousands of students have petitioned the school to remove a statue of Jefferson Davis, who was president of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War.

This week in presidential campaign politics, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie promised to “tell it like it is” as he announced he’s running for the Republican nomination. Democrat Hillary Clinton raised a record $45 million in the first three months of her campaign. And Republican Donald Trump stood by his claims that Mexicans crossing the border are rapists and criminals, even though NBC and Macy’s are among the businesses that backed away from the celebrity candidate this week.

This week, military planes began to fly home the remains of victims of last Friday’s rampage in Sousse, as a Tunisian terror cell promised more attacks.

Meanwhile, many Tunisians and Tunisia watchers are calling for a careful balance in the government’s response: strengthened security without infringement on the democracy that emerged from the Arab Spring and set Tunisia apart in the region.

The U.S. economy added 223,000 jobs in June, and the unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent, according to new numbers from the Department of Labor.

The unemployment rate is now at the lowest mark since the Great Recession. But while the overall report was positive, there were some cloudy signs. Wages did not move, and the unemployment rate fell in large part because Americans were leaving the work force. The labor force participation rate fell to 62.6 percent, the lowest point since 1977.

Sweet And Savory Watermelon

Jul 2, 2015

A big slice of juicy sweet watermelon is a great way to wrap up a Fourth of July cookout. But Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst has been experimenting with other uses for the summertime staple and has discovered how well watermelon goes with savory foods. She shares these five recipes:

The Supreme Court’s recent ruling on same-sex marriage is a striking reminder of the strides LGBT Americans have made toward acceptance in recent years.

But it wasn’t very long ago that the broader society treated them with scorn. That’s clear from a 1961 television documentary called “The Rejected.” It was one of the first to openly address sexual orientation, and was considered progressive at the time.

After the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, couples in states around the country rushed to courthouses to get marriage licenses. Many states that had been hold-outs, including Michigan, shifted policies very quickly.

But in some places in the South, including counties in Alabama, clerks are pushing back. One clerk in Arkansas has reportedly quit in opposition. Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with NPR reporter Debbie Elliott about the trend.

Greece’s government is offering concessions to its creditors, in an attempt to get more aid, hours after it failed to pay a nearly $2 billion loan back to the IMF.

In a letter to creditors, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras offered a fresh proposal for budget cuts and policy changes, saying he’d stick with what Greek voters say in Sunday’s referendum. But many European officials dismissed the proposal as falling short of their demands.

Since the 1950s, Delaware-based high-tech engineering company W. L. Gore & Associates, most famous for Gore-Tex outdoor apparel, has been a non-hierarchical workplace where few employees have titles and anyone can take leadership positions.

U.S. To Reopen Embassy In Havana

Jul 1, 2015

President Obama announced today that Cuba and the United States have agreed to reopen their embassies in Washington and Havana. It’s a major step in restoring diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Guillermo Grenier, professor in the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs at Florida International University, about what the move means for both countries.

Gettysburg Gets A Makeover

Jul 1, 2015

Thousands of visitors will travel to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, this week to mark the 152nd anniversary of the bloodiest battle of the Civil War. They come to stand in the battlefield’s most storied places, like Little Round Top or Devil’s Den, and imagine the battle those landscapes witnessed.

Joy Williams' New American Songbook

Jul 1, 2015

Singer-songwriter and four-time Grammy winner Joy Williams is a true American artist. Born just outside of Santa Cruz, California, she grew up listening to Billie Holiday and Janis Joplin. She later stole a lot of hearts as one half of the now-disbanded folk/Americana duo The Civil Wars.

The U.S. territory of Puerto Rico has more than $70 billion in debt it can’t pay. Some are calling the island America’s Greece. Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson looks at the roots of the problem with someone who wrote a report on the island’s financial crisis.

There’s an old myth that humans only use 10 percent of their brains. While that’s been proven to be an old wives’ tale, what is true, according to scientists, is that human beings can better harness their brain power.

Researchers are already looking at a number of technologies they think will make people smarter, starting with drugs and moving all the way to chips implanted in our brains – chips that would have constant access to the Internet, and maybe to each other, as well.

Facebook is millennials’ No. 1 source for political news, according to a recent study by Pew Research Center. Now, other social media outlets are trying to get on board.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with media analyst John Carroll about social networks’ stampede to become news outlets and get journalists on staff.