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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 number of teenagers having sex is lower than any time in the last 25 years, at the same time that the use of condoms has risen and teen pregnancy rates have fallen.

According to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control, less than half of teens between 15 and 19 say they’ve had sex, and teen births have declined by 57 percent over the last 30 years.

How hackable is your car? Years ago, that question did not need asking. But times have changed. Two hackers featured in Wired magazine this week showed how they were able to remotely take control of a Jeep Cherokee that was driving down the highway.

As vehicles become more and more like computers, what does that mean for safety? And privacy?

International drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is once again Mexico’s most-wanted man after his escape from a Mexican maximum security prison on July 11.

There’s an international hunt for El Chapo, and the Drug Enforcement Administration’s deputy administrator, Jack Riley, has professional and personal reasons for wanting to recapture El Chapo. He speaks with Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti.

ESPN Loses Some Of Its Biggest Names

Jul 23, 2015

There’s a bit of a talent drain occurring at ESPN. The network is either losing or letting go three of its biggest names.

Bill Simmons is leaving for HBO, Colin Cowherd is moving Fox Sports 1 and Keith Olberman, who made his name on ESPN’s SportsCenter, is leaving the network for the second time. His current gig at ESPN is ending just two years after he was lured back from MSNBC.

President Barack Obama makes his first trip as president to Kenya this weekend. Kenya is of course where president Obama’s father was born. President Obama was not born there; he was born in Hawaii. He released his birth certificate to prove that, and Hawaiian officials have confirmed it.

Despite that, there have been many in this country who have thought that President Obama was born in Kenya, and was therefore ineligible to be president. Among them is the Republican presidential candidate currently leading the polls: Donald Trump.

Aurora Shooting Trial Enters Penalty Phase

Jul 22, 2015

The trial of James Holmes, found guilty of the movie theater shooting rampage in Aurora, Colorado, that killed 12 people and injured 70 others, enters the penalty phase today.

Jurors will hear testimony before deciding whether Holmes will be sentenced to death or life in prison. Megan Verlee of Colorado Public Radio joins Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti with the latest.

This weekend’s Newport Folk Festival marks the 50th anniversary of what many believe is a defining moment for American music: when Bob Dylan put down his acoustic guitar and plugged in an electric one.

The moment has been written and talked about extensively, and people are still arguing today about whether it permanently changed the definition of American folk music.

Volcker Bank Rule Takes Effect

Jul 22, 2015

Starting today, Wall Street banks have to comply with the Volcker Rule, considered one of the biggest new restriction they’ve faced in decades.

The rule bans taxpayer-insured banks from making bets on their own money, and banks fought it for years. But many have since fallen in line.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson takes a look at what the move will mean with Maggie Lake of CNN.


Records from the city of Philadelphia obtained by Here & Now contributor WHYY show that in the past five years, Philadelphia has paid out more than $50 million to settle lawsuits of alleged police misconduct.

And there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight. As WHYY’s Bobby Allyn reports, experts say taking a hard look at the lawsuits could change the public’s relationships with law enforcement.

A dashcam video of State Trooper Brian Encinia pulling over Sandra Bland on a Texas highway on July 10 – before her detention and eventual death in police custody – has gone viral, leaving viewers to wonder what should have been done differently.

What are the police and driver’s legal rights and obligations?

Cuban dancers and the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, founded by Alicia Alonso, are known all over the world. Now that diplomatic relations have been restored between the United States and Cuba, opening the island up for more cultural exchange, what will that mean for Cuba’s ballet scene?

Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti spoke with José Manuel Carreño, a Cuban-born former principal dancer with the American Ballet Theater, who is now artistic director of Silicon Valley Ballet, based in San Jose.

What One Man Learned From Losing 100 Pounds

Jul 22, 2015

Losing weight is a big business and no doubt fueled by the numbers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that one-third of all U.S. adults are obese, resulting in medical costs of $147 billion per year.

Simply Google “best way to lose weight” and you’ll find thousands of ideas. One writer recently chronicled his journey for Vox, in a piece called “I lost 100 pounds in a year. My ‘weight loss secret’ is really dumb.” 

Turkish authorities have identified the man behind a suicide bombing that killed 32 people near the Syrian border on Monday.

The 20-year-old suspect was a university student – an ethnic Kurd – who had allegedly been recruited by the Islamic State six months ago, according to Turkish state media.

The bombing has put pressure on the Turkish government to crack down on ISIS inside Turkey, as protesters say authorities are turning a blind eye to the threat.

Ever since 1978, Anthony Geary has played Luke Spencer on the soap opera “General Hospital.” He and co-star Genie Francis are perhaps the most beloved couple in daytime drama, Luke and Laura.

The characters’ 1981 wedding was the highest-rated hour in soap opera history. The romance has had its critics because Laura falls in love with Luke despite having been raped by him. As Geary told Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti, Luke was one of the earliest anti-heroes in daytime drama.

Last night, President Obama made his last appearance on “The Daily Show” before Jon Stewart leaves the show in August.

"I can't believe you're leaving before me," the president said at the beginning of the interview. Obama has appeared on the show seven times before – three times while in the White House.

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans joins Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti to discuss how Obama did last night, and his overall track record on late-night TV.