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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.

Ninety-nine years ago today, President Woodrow Wilson signed legislation creating the National Park Service. Today, the service celebrates its birthday with a list of “99 Ways to Find Your Park” and by offering free admission to its 408 national parks.

We revisit Jeremy Hobson’s April conversation with U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell about how the park service can continue to bring in visitors and embrace 21st century technology.

In a news conference last week about his cancer diagnosis, President Jimmy Carter said one thing he’d like The Carter Center to achieve in his lifetime is the eradication of the guinea worm.

There are now only 11 guinea worm cases left in the world, compared to 3.6 million cases when The Carter Center started its eradication project in 1986. Here & Now’s Robin Young speaks with the man who has led the effort since the start: Dr. Donald Hopkins.

Detroit played a prominent role in U.S. abolitionists’ efforts to end slavery in the United States. It was one of the last stops on the Underground Railroad, a stopping point when slaves were on their way to be smuggled out of the country.

Lester Graham of Here & Now contributor Michigan Radio visits the Second Baptist Church, Michigan’s oldest African-American church, where many slaves hid until they could make safe passage to Canada.

Before the stock market plummeted, travel industry watchers were predicting that this Labor Day could break records for airline travel.

As part of Here & Now’s “View from the Top” conversation series, host Jeremy Hobson speaks with TripAdvisor co-founder, CEO and president Stephen Kaufer. TripAdvisor calls itself the world’s largest travel site.

Kaufer says the financial turbulence “might have a temporary effect” but “people will continue to travel no matter whether the weather’s a bit choppy at the moment or not.”

For decades, sandwiches have been the go-to food for picnics and school lunches. In the 1950’s, various trade organizations declared August to be National Sandwich Month. Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst shares a few of her favorites with hosts Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson.

As we mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the Gulf Coast and killed more than 1,800 people in August of 2005, Here & Now listens back to some of the memorable moments from the storm and the news coverage.

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The Napa Valley Wine Train is facing backlash, after members of women’s book club said they were kicked off the train over the weekend because of their race. All but one of the 11 book club members kicked off the train was African-American. The train company says the group was being too noisy. Danielle Belton of The Root discusses the story with Here & Now’s Robin Young.

Living In America Without The Proper Papers

Aug 25, 2015

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. Host Jeremy Hobson talks with two women who are currently living in the United States – both are undocumented.

Alejandra came to the U.S. from Uruguay when she was 25. She asked that we not use her last name because she says she is afraid of being deported.

Has The Arab Spring Arrived In Lebanon?

Aug 25, 2015

As trash piles up in the streets of Beirut, the “You Stink” movement has been leading demonstrations and demanding the resignation of the entire government and an end to the country’s dysfunctional sectarian system.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Rami Khouri, a columnist for Daily Star in Beirut, who says the recent protests bring Lebanon into line with the other Arab societies that have risen up to protest against oppressive and corrupt central governments.

Stocks plummeted again today in China, closing 7 percent lower. The crash wiped out more than $1 trillion from Shanghai stocks in the last four days. Markets elsewhere seemed to rebound slightly after huge losses yesterday, but with the instability in Chinese stocks and oil prices below $40 a barrel, the easing to a global sell-off is far from certain.

A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that most U.S. middle and high schools start the school day too early, before 8:30 a.m.

Lead author Dr. Anne Wheaton says if teens don’t get enough sleep, they are more prone to not getting enough exercise and engaging in risky behavior like drinking alcohol. She cites a recommendation from the National Sleep Foundation that 14 to 17-year-olds need eight to 10 hours of sleep a night.

What makes American music “American”? The answer depends on who you ask.

Guitarist Albert Hammond, Jr. was born in Los Angeles to two immigrants, the British-Gibraltarian musician Albert Hammond and Argentine model Claudia Fernández. When he was 18, he moved to New York City to form what would become the hugely successful band The Strokes.

A pioneering mushroom scientist and a bee expert have teamed up to help fight against a disease-carrying killer of the honeybee called the varroa mite. The scientists’ weapon of choice: mushrooms. They believe a special fungus mixture they’re working on may be able to kill parasites without harming bees. Ken Christensen of Here & Now contributor EarthFix went into the field with the scientists and reports.

U.S. Immigration By The Numbers

Aug 24, 2015

Immigration has been a top issue in the presidential campaign so far, so all this week, Here & Now is looking at the U.S. immigration system, starting first with the numbers.

Host Jeremy Hobson talks with Marc Rosenblum, deputy director of the U.S. Immigration Policy Program at the Migration Policy Institute, about immigrants in the U.S. – where they’re coming from and how the demographics – and numbers – have changed over the years.

Four men – three Americans and a Briton – received the French Legion of Honor today, days after they thwarted an armed gunman on a train to Paris. Two of the men are credited with tackling 26-year-old Moroccan Ayoub El-Khazzani; the other two helped subdue El-Khazzani, who witnesses say had an assault rifle strapped to his bare chest.

As he presented the medals, French President Francois Hollande said that “faced with terror, we have the power to resist. You also gave a lesson in courage, in will, and thus in hope.” Hollande added that “veritable carnage” had been avoided.