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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.

The championship fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao is a long-anticipated boxing match. On Saturday, the fighters will face off to split a prize estimated at $200 million.

Mayweather – the world’s highest-paid athlete – may favored to win, but Pacquiao, who is also congressman in the Philippines, has dominated the battle for marketing and endorsements.

At Long Last, It's The Peepers Big Night

Apr 28, 2015

After a long and frigid winter, the sound of peepers is a welcome sound for New Englanders. But before frogs can start singing in the spring, a massive migration has to take place first. It all happens on a handful of nights with a cast of millions of amphibians. From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Sam Evans-Brown of New Hampshire Public Radio reports.

The Midwest has come to be synonymous with certain aspects of America’s cultural history. From waves of grain to hoedowns to Grant Wood’s classic pitchfork-toting couple in “American Gothic.”

A group of historians meeting this week in Grand Rapids, Mich., say that is only a part of the story. Compared to the intellectual Northeast, literary South and innovative West Coast, they say the Midwest is too often ignored – its rich landscape and cultural diversity left out of elementary school classrooms, while the Gold Rush and Liberty Bell get the spotlight.

After the mass shootings in Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn., many family members of victims made an emotional pleas for stricter gun control measures. Has anything changed since then? Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson talks with professor Robert Spitzer of SUNY Cortland about the state of gun control in America today.

More National Guard troops are heading to Baltimore to supplement those deployed last night after the riots that followed the funeral for 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who died after suffering injuries while being detained by police.

Baltimore City Councilor Nick Mosby represents the seventh district, where the majority of last night’s destruction and violence took place. He speaks with Here & Now’s Robin Young.

If you’ve spent any time on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter in recent days, you will likely have noticed special attention given to the massive earthquake in Nepal on Saturday that left more then 5,000 people dead.

That attention goes beyond the phenomenon of global communications. Facebook and Google are making it easier for survivors to be identified, while Apple and PayPal are streamlining the donation process.

O, Miami Celebrates Poetry for All

Apr 28, 2015

A poem for every person is the goal of the annual O, Miami poetry festival. As the festival draws to a close, Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson speaks with founder and organizer Scott Cunningham about some of the festival highlights, including an event that enlists dogs to wear bandanas with a line of Emily Dickinson poetry, and a project that inscribed a passage of poetry on urinals around Miami.

Remote Villages In Nepal Wait For Aid

Apr 28, 2015

The official death toll has risen to more than 5,000 after Saturday’s earthquake, the worst there in 80 years. Humanitarian aid has started to reach the capital, Kathmandu, but some of the worst-hit villages are very remote and extremely hard to access.

Jeffrey, Shannon, director of programs for Mercy Corps in Nepal, spoke with Here & Now’s Robin Young about bringing aid to the country.

Police in Indianapolis are struggling to contain a surge in murders. Last year police counted 138 homicides – a 44 percent jump from 2012.

Patrol Officer Lona Douglas works on the city’s west side in one of six neighborhoods designated as a high-crime area. On a recent afternoon, I was with her as she responded to a potential burglary.

David Breashears is an American filmmaker and climber who’s well aware of the dangers of Mount Everest.

He’s summited five times, and he was on the mountain filming in May 1996 when a sudden blizzard killed eight climbers, among them his friends. His film about that event, the first IMAX movie shot on the mountain, aired in 1998.

Recipes: Healthy Salads With Spring Produce

Apr 28, 2015

From asparagus and fava beans to ramps and radishes, Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst is reveling in spring produce and thinking of ways to turn it into healthy salads. She shares her ideas with hosts Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson, along with these four recipes:

Here & Now’s Peter O’Dowd is retracing part of the route that Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train took 150 years ago. The train was carrying the body of the late president and was making its way to Springfield, Illinois from Washington, D.C.

The HBO film “Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown” won a Peabody Award this week. When the documentary first premiered, Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson spoke with the filmmaker, Alex Gibney, longtime Brown trombonist Fred Wesley and Michael Veal, a professor of ethnomusicology. We revisit that conversation.

Drone Strike Deaths Raise Questions

Apr 24, 2015

Italy says it wants more information from the United States about how an Italian aid worker was killed in a U.S. drone strike on the Afghan-Pakistani border.

Legendary Rock Climber Lynn Hill

Apr 24, 2015

Lynn Hill, 54, is regarded as one of the best rock climbers in the world. She was the first person to free climb the edge of El Capitan, known as the Nose, in Yosemite Valley, Calif., and she was the first to do it in one day in 1994.

Hill has been pushing boundaries since she started climbing as a teenager in the 1970s, a time when there were very few women in the sport.