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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.

Charter schools throughout the country are increasingly competing with public schools for students. In Washington DC, nearly half of all students attend charter schools, some switching to them between grades. This can wreak havoc on the stability of enrollment from one grade to the next. Matthew Schwartz from Here & Now contributor WAMU visited Brent Elementary, a public school that has seen a steep decline in enrollment.

By the time alto-saxophonist, singer and composer Grace Kelly was 15, she’d performed with the Boston Pops and released several albums. Now 23, Kelly has released her tenth album: “Trying to Figure it Out,” she’s performed hundreds of concerts around the world, and she’s a regular member of Jon Batiste’s “Stay Human,” the house band for “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.”

Her music has also been featured on the Amazon TV series “Bosch,” on which Kelly made an appearance. Here & Now’s Robin Young catches up with Grace Kelly.

Apple CEO Tim Cook visited a Hindu temple in Mumbai before dawn Wednesday. Coming on the heels of a trip to China that resulted in a major investment in the Chinese company Didi Chuxing, Cook’s India itinerary is likely to include some significant business meetings.

Medical students are complaining that they’re not getting adequate training on how to safely prescribe opioid painkillers or how to treat patients with opioid addiction. About 28,000 people in the United States died from an opioid overdose in 2014, and half of those deaths involved medication prescribed by a doctor.

STAT reporter Melissa Bailey talks to Here & Now’s Robin Young about the call for medical schools to do a better job preparing doctors to deal with this problem.

When Linda Barry was in medical school, she was one of the few women and African Americans in her class. A 2011 study from the National Institute of Health revealed a large deficit in funding for minority students in science compared with whites.

Arizona: The Latest State To End Dog Racing

May 18, 2016

Dog racing has been a part of American society since the 1920’s. For decades, tracks across the country have drawn millions of spectators, but the sport is falling out of favor. There are now only six states that still allow live dog racing. As Jimmy Jenkins reports from Here & Now contributor KJZZ, Arizona is set to end dog racing at the last track in the West.

Sanders Under Fire Over Supporter Outbursts

May 18, 2016

Bernie Sanders won last night’s primary in Oregon and Hillary Clinton claimed victory in a race that’s officially too close to call in Kentucky. He issued a statement denouncing chair-throwing and threats from some of his supporters, but Democratic Party officials say he’s not speaking out forcefully enough. Here & Now political analyst Angela Rye speaks with Here & Now’s Robin Young about the divisions in the party.

The state of Michigan has a $460 million dollar budget hole, according to new estimates released yesterday, and also will have to find a way to cut that much out of its budgets for 2016 and 2017. That could have a major impact on the amount of money available to help Flint, which is still very much in the midst of the water crisis, and the Detroit Public Schools, which are mired in debt, and set to run out of money in June.

Our 2008 Conversation With Grace Kelly

May 18, 2016

In 2008, Here & Now’s Robin Young spoke with teenage musician Grace Kelly. She was only 15 at the time, but Grace was already wowing critics and jazz fans around the country with her alto sax, singing and composing. Hear the interview from our archives.

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A rare original copy of a letter written by Christopher Columbus is being returned from the New World to the Old. The letter, which details his 1492 voyage to the Americas, was stolen from the Riccardiana Library in Florence, Italy and replaced with a forgery. A tip made in 2012 led U.S. investigators to the real copy, which was being held at the Library of Congress. With historian Bill Keegan, Here & Now’s Peter O’Dowd details the return of the letter and its significance as one of the earliest surviving documents written about America.

As Democrats vote today in Kentucky, Hillary Clinton looks to strengthen her mathematical advantage over Sen. Bernie Sanders. Kentucky is a closed primary, meaning only registered Democrats can vote, a situation that typically favors Clinton. But Sanders has won 7 out of the last 12 primary elections, including neighboring West Virginia and Indiana, and a win in Kentucky could further energize voters heading into two major contests in New Jersey and California.

Warren Buffett’s conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway revealed a $1 billion investment in Apple made earlier this year, boosting the technology company’s stock by almost 4% Monday. Arguably one of the most well-known investors in the world, Buffett has long had an aversion to technology stocks, making the move somewhat unexpected, especially alongside his announcement that he will join Dan Gilbert, the founder of Quicken Loans, in a bid for Yahoo.

In bike-loving Portland, there is a movement afoot to get people to use bicycles for something unheard of—moving out. By hitching trailers to bikes, volunteers can haul unruly items like mattresses or desks. Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson stopped by a bike-move happening in Portland.

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Voters in Oregon have already cast their ballot in the state’s presidential primary today. That’s because all 2.3 million voters in Oregon now get their ballots through the mail. And this year, Oregon became the first state to automatically register new voters when they get their drivers’ license. Chris Lehman from the Northwest News Network reports on how it works.

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Scientists are testing a parasitic wasp as a tool against the plant disease called citrus greening. Citrus greening is one of the biggest threats to the U.S. agricultural industry. In Florida, citrus growers say many as 80% of their trees are infected with citrus greening, which is caused by a tiny insect called the Asian citrus psyllid. Growers in other citrus-producing states, like Arizona, are trying to head off the destruction.