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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.

As immigration emerges as a top issue on the presidential campaign trail, all this week Here & Now is looking at the U.S. immigration system. So often, the debate over immigration centers on those who are here illegally. But the majority of immigrants to the United States come legally. More often than not, it’s a complicated process that can take many years.

Global Turmoil Spurs Decline In Commodities

Aug 27, 2015

There are signs today that the U.S economy is weathering uncertainty across the globe. The U.S. Commerce Department says gross domestic product grew at a 3.7 percent rate in the second quarter, which is an upward revision from the 2.3 percent growth rate that had been reported last month.

An anti-abortion rights group that has been targeting Planned Parenthood with undercover sting videos, released its eighth clip this week.

The hidden camera videos, which are heavily edited, claim to show that the organization profits from sales of fetal tissue. Planned Parenthood denies that claim, saying the tissues are donated for research and that the organization is reimbursed for the costs of transporting the tissue to researchers.

College Football Coaches Under Fire

Aug 27, 2015

The season hasn’t even started yet but several college football coaches are already on the hot seat for a variety of reasons.

USC coach Steve Sarkisian made a drunken speech at a USC rally; Rutgers coach Kyle Flood allegedly contacted a faculty member about a player who was in danger of being ruled academically ineligible and Baylor coach Art Briles is under fire because he accepted a transfer who had a violent past.

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, is New Orleans better protected? The answer is complicated.

Historian John Barry says Louisiana’s new master plan for flood protection could help save the city, but it will cost billions of dollars and he wonders whether the political will exists to put it into place.

Barry says the plan faces several challenges, including sea level rise, due to land loss he says is caused in part by the energy industry, and the 100-year flood protection standard. He joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to talk about it.

After Hurricane Katrina, A Traffic Deluge

Aug 26, 2015

Right after Hurricane Katrina, tens of thousands of people rushed from New Orleans and elsewhere along the Gulf Coast to Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The influx of evacuees and recovery crews was a recipe for road congestion. Traffic volumes hit 25-year projected growth overnight. There was gridlock in Louisiana’s capital city.

On TV, Katrina Has Gone Mostly Unseen

Aug 26, 2015

TV journalism was crucial to the country seeing what was and wasn’t being done to help the survivors of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Since then, however, there has not been a focus – in either fictionalized television or in journalism – on the underlying issues that were uncovered.

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to discuss why issues like poverty and class are generally unattractive to many TV audiences.

Update 2:23 p.m.: Franklin County Sheriff Bill Overton says the suspect in the shooting has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Virginia State Police say that as they were pursuing the suspect in an on-air fatal shooting, he ran off the road and crashed, and was found suffering from a gunshot wound.

Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said Wednesday that the suspect is being treated for life-threatening injuries.

Mount Everest Reopened To Climbers

Aug 26, 2015

Japanese mountaineer Nobukazu Kuriki is heading up Everest. This week he became the first person granted a permit to climb the mountain since a 7.8 magnitude earthquake devastated much of Nepal in April.

After four attempts, Kuriki hopes to reach the top. He also says he hopes to send a message that the mountain is safe for climbers.

Seven-time summiter Peter Athans says Nepal needs tourists now more than ever. He speaks with Here & Now’s Robin Young.

Origami For The Digital Age

Aug 26, 2015

Origami, the art of folding paper to create intricate sculptures and designs, was first practiced as far back as 6th century Japan. Now there’s a sophisticated engineering process called “photo origami.” Middle school kids in Boulder are learning a lot about this summer. Jenny Brundin from Here & Now contributor Colorado Public Radio reports.

As immigration emerges as a top issue on the presidential campaign trail, all this week Here & Now is looking at the U.S. immigration system.

The idea that the immigration system is “broken” is reinforced by politicians and activists on all sides of the debate. Today, host Jeremy Hobson talks with someone who argues the U.S. immigration system is not broken.

The fires in Washington state have gotten so bad – and the crews are getting stretched so thin – that firefighters from New Zealand and Australia have flown in to help. The state is also asking civilians to pitch in.

Some residents have donated their bulldozers to the cause and those who are qualified are volunteering to fight the fires on the front line. More than 5,000 residents answered the call, and about 600 have been vetted and approved for work.

China’s main index closed down again today, in what has been a very turbulent week for markets in that country and around the world. CNN business reporter Maggie Lake joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to take a look at the health of the U.S. economy, and whether it is insulated from turmoil in China’s stock markets.

Update 2:23 p.m.: Franklin County Sheriff Bill Overton says the suspect in the shooting has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

A TV reporter and cameraman were shot to death during a live television interview Wednesday by a gunman who recorded himself carrying out the killings and posted the video on social media after fleeing the scene.

Rush hour delays in the United States have doubled in the last 30 years. Not surprisingly, cities like New York and Los Angeles were at the top of the list, but Washington, D.C. has the worst traffic, with 82 hours of delays per driver each year.

The assessment comes from a new study by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute and the Washington State-based traffic data company Inrix.