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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 Wonkish Ways Of D.C.'s Tech Scene

May 19, 2015

When you think of the technology industry’s boundary-breaking coalition of hackers and visionaries, Washington, D.C. may not exactly be the first place that comes to mind. It may not even be the ninth.

But Washington, the same home of deadlocked congresspeople and bureaucratic red tape, is also home to a unique technology hub more eager to work with lawmakers and lobbyists to navigate the most heavily regulated industries, including healthcare, education, energy and transportation.

U.S. Raid In Syria Targets ISIS Leader

May 19, 2015

Last weekend, Army Delta Forces commandos took off from Iraq and slipped across the border into Syria. After touching down they came under fire and the battle escalated into hand-to-hand combat.

The fight eventually left about a dozen ISIS fighters dead, including a man known as Abu Sayyaf. He was the raid’s target because he was an ISIS money man who helped spearhead the militant group’s lucrative black market oil, gas and financial operations.

Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff is the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee and he was briefed on last weekend’s raid on ISIS leaders in Syria before it happened.

Rep. Schiff says it was “a bold call by the president,” but he’s concerned about the balance between the risk that a U.S. soldier might have been killed or captured and the value of the intelligence the commandos were able to obtain.

Can Boston Lose Its 2024 Olympic Bid?

May 19, 2015

Many U.S. cities tried out for the 2024 Summer Olympic bid, but in January the U.S. Olympic Committee selected Boston.

There has been tough opposition from citizens in the city who don’t agree with the local committee’s plans, but Monday at a Boston City Council meeting Angela Ruggiero, a USOC and IOC member said, “There’s no guarantee that Boston will be the city in September.”

KCRW’s Tom Schnabel joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to share some of the music he’s listening to from around the world, including Brazilian guitarist Fabiano do Nascimento, the New York artist collective “Brooklyn Gypsies” and a 12-year-old pianist named Joey Alexander.

How does free college sound?

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders will propose legislation on Tuesday that would make tuition at four-year public colleges free – much like it is in many European Countries.

Here & Now’s Robin Young talks to Scott Jaschik, editor of Inside Higher Ed, about how various European countries offer free college tuition, and how well such a model might work in the United States.

There’s a new term that is unfortunately now a part of our lexicon: selfie-stick.

You’ve seen them. The idiotic plastic or metal arms that tourists all over the world are using to take medium-distance selfies with their phones.

I was in Europe last week and I saw it for myself: In front of the Rosetta Stone at the British Museum in London, underneath the Eiffel Tower in Paris, even on a train a couple decided to take a photograph of themselves from above.

Gender Pronouns And The History Of 'They'

May 18, 2015

The use of the word “they” as a gender-neutral singular pronoun is gaining wider acceptance, even among copy editors. But linguist and Wall Street Journal columnist Ben Zimmer says the use of the universal pronoun ‘they’ is nothing new.

Zimmer tells Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson that writers including Chaucer and Shakespeare have used “they” instead of he or she. But will modern-day English speakers adapt their style to incorporate “they”?

Airlines in the U.S. are expected to see 4.5 percent more passengers than last year, a record number, according to the industry trade group Airlines for America.

From June through August, about 2.4 million passengers a day are expected to fly on airlines in the U.S., and in response, airlines are working to increase the seats they have available by more than 4 percent this summer.

Jeff Bauman lost his legs in the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. He’s walking today though on two high-tech prosthetic legs.

Here & Now’s Robin Young spoke to him last year about his book about his experiences called “Stronger,” and she paid a visit to his home on Sunday to hear his reaction to the death sentence handed down on Friday against bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

As Feet Grow, So Do These Shoes

May 18, 2015

It sounds like something out of a fairy tale: a shoe that grows. But for Nampa, Idaho, resident Kenton Lee, the shoes are the answer to a question he first asked eight years ago after spending time in an orphanage in Kenya.

There, he noticed that children were cutting holes in their shoes to accommodate growing feet, if they had shoes at all.

President Obama’s top legislative priority right now is trade, specifically a Pacific Rim trade deal called the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

He has a lot of support from Republicans, namely Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, but some Democrats are having a hard time seeing things his way.

Americans spent $70 billion on the lottery in 2014, according to the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries, which looked at spending in the 43 states where lotteries are legal.

The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson calculates that’s more than $230 for every man, woman and child in states where the lottery is legal – more than Americans in all 50 states spent on sports tickets, books, video games, movie tickets and recorded music sales.

Jerusalem-born, London-based chef Yotam Ottolenghi is widely acclaimed for his restaurants and the cookbooks “Plenty” and “Jerusalem,” which he wrote with Sami Tamimi, who is Palestinian.

No one can compare to the great bluesman B.B. King, who died last week. But today we’re taking a moment to remember another artist who was a legend in his own right.