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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.

The National Institutes of Health is retiring all of its research chimpanzees. NIH retired most of its chimps two years ago, but kept 50 on hand in case they were needed for important research, as in the case of a public health emergency.

Since 2013, though, only one request has been submitted to do research with the chimpanzees, and even that request was eventually withdrawn. Also during that time, the animals have received endangered species protection from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Will Bombing ISIS Only Make It Stronger?

Nov 19, 2015

In the wake of the Paris attacks, Jessica Stern, author of “ISIS: The State of Terror,” joins Here & Now‘s Indira Lakshmanan to explain the history of the extremist group and its apocalyptic vision for the rest of the world.

As Western allies ramp up their bombing campaign against ISIS in Syria, Stern asks a provocative question: Will destroying the Islamic State on its home turf feed into the group’s broader strategy and foster more extremism abroad?

Across the country, student loan debt is at an all-time high, and more than 10 percent of student loans are delinquent at least 90 days. Now, a 57-year-old Wisconsin man, who has been unable to pay back his student loans, has filed a petition with U.S. Supreme Court to ask to discharge his student loans in bankruptcy court. From the Here & Now Contributors Network, LaToya Dennis of Milwaukee Public Radio has the story.

Amid the fear, the sirens, the horrific images of slain neighbors and fellow citizens, Parisians are trying to show another face.

Retailers and restaurant owners have scrawled bold statements across their walls and windows stating “We are not afraid.” Shows of solidarity – from spontaneous chants of the French national anthem to the Eiffel Tower lit up in blue, white and red – have reinforced the message of resilience.

More than half of the nation’s governors have come out against resettling more Syrian refugees in their states. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is one of them. He tells Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson, “The governors are bringing up very legitimate questions that the people of the United States are bringing up.”

Nuremberg Trials: 70 Years On

Nov 19, 2015

Tomorrow will mark 70 years since Nazi leaders went on trial in the German city of Nuremberg for war crimes committed during the Holocaust. The Holocaust was an unprecedented crime – millions of murders, wrongful imprisonment and torture, theft and destruction. The trials were also unprecedented. One Nuremberg prosecutor called them “the greatest history seminar ever held in the history of the world.”

Backlash from last Friday’s rampage in Paris prompted many American governors to say they oppose allowing Syrian refugees to settle in their states. But the current refugee crisis started well before Paris. Migrants have been flooding Europe for months. We hear from a leading advocate for refugees who says European countries are responding differently to the challenge.

New TV Drama 'The Art Of More' Gets Raves

Nov 19, 2015

Pilot episodes often fall flat, but many TV critics are praising the new drama “The Art of More.” The show, which streams for free on, centers around a slimy group of wealthy art collectors and thieves who are driven by their individual ambitions and desires. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans joins Here & Now’s Indira Lakshmanan to explain why critics are so pleased with this show.

Christie’s auction house in New York is auctioning off some great American artworks today, including a Norman Rockwell painting that belonged to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. As the price of art soars, the press club was confident it would make millions off the sale. The winning bid: $10.2 million ($11.6 million with buyer’s premium).

Payment apps like Square that are used by many cafes, food trucks and coffee shops, are doing more than just change payments. They’re changing consumer behavior. From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Joy Diaz of KUT’s Texas Standard reports.


In his 55 years in the film industry, Burt Reynolds has made dozens of films, including 1972’s “Deliverance” and his Oscar-nominated turn in 1997’s “Boogie Nights.”

E-Cigarette Sales Drop Off

Nov 18, 2015

Sales of electronic cigarettes have been falling in recent months, as the industry deals with inventory issues, increasing safety concerns and some new state laws targeting e-cigs.

CNN’s Maggie Lake speaks with Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson about what’s happening to the e-cig industry and what this means for big tobacco.


High School Football Deaths Raise Concerns

Nov 18, 2015

At least 11 high school football players have died this year, either from head or neck injuries or heat-related illnesses. The most recent was a 17-year-old football player in Silver Springs, Kansas, who collapsed on the field after scoring an extra point and could not be revived.

Succeeding By 'Thinking Like The Enemy'

Nov 18, 2015

You might not be familiar with the term “red team” but it’s a concept that is used by the CIA, the military and many corporations to assess their vulnerabilities and better protect themselves against threats.

How safe are American cities? Since the attacks in Paris on Friday, cities across the United States have been on alert. On Monday, an unverified ISIS video threatened to strike Washington, D.C.

Here & Now‘s Indira Lakshmanan speaks with Christopher Geldart, the Homeland Security director for the District of Columbia, about how his team is managing security in the nation’s capital.