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A live production of NPR and WBUR Boston, in collaboration with public radio stations across the country, Here & Now reflects the fluid world of news as it’s happening in the middle of the day, with timely, smart and in-depth news, interviews and conversation.

Co-hosted by award-winning journalists Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson, the show’s daily lineup includes interviews with NPR reporters, editors and bloggers, as well as leading newsmakers, innovators and artists from across the U.S. and around the globe.

Now that the 2016 elections are over, many state governments can begin making plans for the new term. With many of President-elect Donald Trump’s plans still up in the air, governors are making plans to tackle issues like state budgets, Obamacare and marijuana.

The New York Times reports that during Donald Trump’s meeting with paper’s editorial board, the president-elect was asked about the white nationalist group known as the National Policy Institute. That group held a conference blocks from the White House this past weekend, in which attendees made “Sieg Heil” Nazi salutes.

Robert Zemeckis won an Oscar for directing “Forrest Gump.” He’s also the creative force behind the hugely successful “Back to the Future” films.

This week, Zemeckis’s latest movie “Allied” opens in theaters nationwide. It’s a romantic thriller set in World War II, starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard.

Zemeckis joins Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd to talk about the film, and his celebrated career.

Here’s a trailer for the film:

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What comes to mind when you think of food native to the U.S.? For many people it’s soda, hamburgers and hot dogs.

But think back further to a time when Native Americans were the country’s sole inhabitants, and there was no European influence on food.

Big City Rats And How To Get Rid Of Them

Nov 21, 2016

Many U.S. cities have a rat problem. Besides freaking most people out, the rodents also devour food supplies or contaminate what they don’t eat. Rats also spread harmful viruses and bacteria, and they can eat through almost any obstacle in pursuit of a meal or a safe haven to breed.

Seattle ranks high on the list of cities with a big rat problem. Households there are more than twice as likely to report rat sightings than the national average.

Cyber Monday may be moving in on Black Friday this year.

Wal-Mart is moving up its Cyber Week deals to Black Friday, a day that is normally dedicated to in-store deals. Meanwhile, Macy’s will kick off its Black Friday sales an hour earlier this year, opening at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

Author Joe Ide grew up in South Central Los Angeles and as a Japanese American in a primarily African-American neighborhood, he always felt like an outsider. But he found solace in Sherlock Holmes stories.

Table Service Is On The Menu At McDonald's

Nov 18, 2016

Get ready to tip your server at McDonald’s.

The fast-food chain said yesterday that it’s getting ready to offer table service at all of its U.S restaurants. This is just one of many adjustments the company is making to help turnaround sales.

The Ohio River runs over 980 miles long, flowing through or bordering six states. Farm waste is a major source of pollution in the Ohio River watershed.

Why Markets Are Surging After Election

Nov 10, 2016

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Curt Nickisch (@CurtNickisch), senior editor at Harvard Business Review, about why markets are surging, even though investors had previously shown signs of favoring a Clinton presidency.

Was Trump's Victory A Loss For Polling?

Nov 10, 2016

There are a lot of questions being raised about polling in the wake of Tuesday’s election results. Most polls gave Hillary Clinton a big chance of winning, but that’s not what happened.

What Can President Trump Accomplish?

Nov 10, 2016

President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump met at the White House today to discuss the transition of power. NPR’s Ron Elving (@NPRrelving) joins Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson to discuss the meeting and Obama and Trump’s new relationship.

We’re checking in with voters we met on our election road trip, and one we’ve checked with for years is Toni Halla. She owns the Canterbury Store in Canterbury, New Hampshire. Halla is a staunch Republican, but when Here & Now spoke with her during the primaries, she was struggling with who to vote for.

Note: This conversation originally aired on Nov. 9, 2016 as part of our expanded election coverage.

How The Latino Vote Impacted The Election

Nov 9, 2016

Latino voters played a key role in this year’s election. Immigration was one of the primary issues in this year’s campaigns. Univision news anchor Maria Elena Salinas (@MariaESalinas) joins us to talk about the Latino vote and its impact.

NPR’s hit quiz show “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” has offered a non-stop diet of political news and humor throughout the campaign. The show’s host, Peter Sagal (@petersagal), tells Here & Now how he views the election results.

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