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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 introduction of infant formula led many women to stop breastfeeding in the 1950s and ’60s. It has taken decades, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say breastfeeding rates are on the rise.

Although it’s the most natural way to feed babies, and there is a scientific consensus on the benefits of breastfeeding, it can be extremely difficult for some mothers.

The trio known as Algiers fuses gospel and punk music to confront racism, cultural assimilation and other issues specific to the American experience.

The band members are from Georgia, and there is a distinct Southern sound to much of their music.

Franklin James Fisher, Algiers’ lead singer and songwriter, talks to Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti about the band’s mission.

Looks like John Updike’s poem about neutrinos being mass-less objects, “Cosmic Gall,” might need an update.

Takaaki Kajita of Japan and Arthur McDonald of Canada have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for their discovery that the subatomic particles called neutrinos do have mass. Scientists have called this a historic and major discovery.

The city of Forest Acres, South Carolina, was hit hard by flooding over the weekend and after dams that breached yesterday.

Mayor Frank Brunson says some homes and businesses had up to 8 feet of water in them, and some people lost both their cars and their jobs.

He tells Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti it will likely take years to rebuild.

In August, a team of researchers visited the Sequoia National Park to access how the trees, among the largest and oldest in the world, were responding to the drought.

They noticed that the sequoias were showing visible signs of exhaustion, such as browning and fallen leaves.

The community of Roseburg, Oregon, is still reeling after last week’s shooting at Umpqua Community College. Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis knows what it’s like to try to move forward after experiencing an unspeakably tragic and violent incident.

Three years ago, she was a teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary school when an armed gunman took the lives of twenty students and six adults.

Roig-DeBellis and her class survived by crowding into a tiny bathroom. Afterward, she had not only her own recovery to think of, but that of her students, as well.

Earlier this year Planet Fitness canceled a woman’s membership after she complained that a transgender woman’s presence in the locker room made her feel unsafe. She’s now suing the gym chain. Planet Fitness says it was not her complaint that led to the decision, but her showing up three days in a row to warn other customers about “a man in the locker room.”

Another Hat In The Ring For House Speaker

Oct 5, 2015

Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz declared on Fox News Sunday his candidacy for speaker of the House of Representatives. He is now the third Republican to vie for the seat, along with Majority Leader Kevin O. McCarthy of California and Rep. Daniel Webster of Florida.

Chaffetz’s announcement comes one week after Speaker John Boehner announced he was stepping down at the end of October. NPR’s lead political editor Domenico Montanaro joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to talk about the process of selecting a new speaker of the House.

New Supreme Court Term Begins

Oct 5, 2015

It’s the first Monday in October, and for legal nerds that means one thing: The Supreme Court gets back to work. The historic term that just wrapped up ruled on Obamacare and same-sex marriage.

So what’s at issue for the justices this time around? Court watchers say the big cases involve deciding how unions charge dues, abortion regulations and birth control access under Obamacare.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with NPR’s legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg about what to expect in the upcoming term.

South Carolina Hit Hard By Weekend Storm

Oct 5, 2015

After historic flooding this weekend, tens of thousands of South Carolinians are without electricity and the South Carolina National Guard is assisting in search and rescue missions.

In Columbia, the state capital, residents are being urged to boil their water and hospitals are considering evacuation because water main breaks are causing outages and low pressure. Portable toilets have been placed outside of University of South Carolina residence halls.

The U.S. and 11 other countries agreed on a historic trade agreement that would bring together 40 percent of the world’s economy.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership comes after eight years of negotiations, and could be a defining moment for the Obama administration. Congress has 90 days to review the deal before voting on it.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Ali Veshi, host of “Ali Velshi on Target” on Al Jazeera America, on what this monumental agreement could mean for the U.S. and the global trading market.

A Closer Look At Gun Ownership In The U.S.

Oct 5, 2015

In the wake of the shooting at Umpqua Community College last week, Here & Now looks at gun ownership and gun-related deaths in the U.S., and also how that compares with other countries.

The U.S. has the highest private gun ownership rates in the world, or as Vox recently put it, Americans make up about 4.43 percent of the world’s population, but they own roughly 42 percent of all the world’s privately-held firearms.

Host Jeremy Hobson looks at some of the research on guns in the U.S. with Derek Thompson, senior editor at The Atlantic.

For the sixth straight day, Russian war planes are striking Syria. The Russians say they’re hitting ISIS and other extremists who oppose Syrian President Bashar Assad. The U.S. believes the targets include American-supported rebels who also oppose Assad. Here & Now’s Robin Young asks military analyst Andrew Bacevich about the Russian decision to escalate its role in the conflict, and whether U.S. strategy should change.

DraftKings and FanDuel are spending hundreds of millions of dollars in marketing to try to dominate the fast-growing fantasy sports industry. Both companies offer the chance to win big bucks for crafting the week’s winning fantasy roster.

Curt Nickisch of Here & Now contributor WBUR reports the two companies are duking it out for domination, despite growing calls to regulate the fantasy sports business.