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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 Syrian Army, helped by Russia, is advancing toward Raqqa, the ISIS stronghold in northern Syria. At the same time, the U.S. is backing the Syrian Democratic forces who are assaulting another city held by ISIS in the region, the city of Manbij, near the border with Turkey.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young hears the latest from Syria-based Reuters reporter John Davison.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is in Washington today ahead of the Washington, D.C. primary on Tuesday.

Sanders is also meeting with President Barack Obama, where they are expected to discuss how Sanders’ plans to approach the rest of the campaign and the Democratic convention next month.

NPR’s Ailsa Chang joins Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson to discuss what the meeting will mean for Sanders, and how it will shape the remainder of the Democratic race.

India's Prime Minister Speaks To Congress

Jun 8, 2016

Narendra Modi’s three-day visit to the United States features a speech to a joint session of Congress. Modi heads the world’s largest democracy, and is the fifth Indian leader to make such a speech since 1985.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson talks with Michael Kugleman on what this visit means for relations between the two countries.

1968 was a landmark year in American history. There were riots, assassinations and protests against the war in Vietnam. And it all affected the presidential election that year.

A new book from author Michael A. Cohen digs into the big political players in that drama, and argues that what happened in that 1968 campaign is still being reflected in the politics of today – and this year’s presidential election. Cohen joins Here & Now‘s Robin Young to talk about “American Maelstrom: The 1968 Election and the Politics of Division.”

The New York law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore announced in a memo this week that it is increasing the annual salary it pays to first-year lawyers, from $160,000 to $180,000, for the first time in nea

Treating Diabetes With Light

Jun 8, 2016

For many people with diabetes, needles are a blessing and a curse. They make it possible to keep blood sugar levels in check with insulin. But they also make injection rituals uncomfortable, even painful. A Missouri researcher may have found a way to ease their plight with light. Alex Smith from Here & Now contributor KCUR’s Heartland Health Monitor and The Pulse reports.

Read more via The Pulse. 

The Fresh Air Fund is a non-profit that began 140 years ago to provide New York City children with an outdoor summer experience. Here & Now’s Robin Young speaks with executive director Fatima Shama about how the program has changed since then – and how it’s stayed the same.

Like millions of Americans growing up in the 1960s, author Davis Miller was inspired by Muhammad Ali. Although he wouldn’t know it until years later, Ali helped Miller overcome depression and a series of personal tragedies throughout the writer’s childhood.

Hispanics across the country have seen some of the biggest gains in health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. But some disparities remain when it comes to rates of coverage compared to white residents.

We check in on Colorado where ObamaCare will be a big topic this election year. From Here & Now contributor Colorado Public Radio, John Daley reports.

After strong wins in Tuesday’s primaries in California, New Jersey and New Mexico, Hillary Clinton made history last night becoming the first woman to claim the mantle of presumptive Democratic nominee for president. And in California, two minority women, both Democrats, will face off in the general election for California’s first open senate seat in 24 years.

On his trip to California this week, Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson sat down with Anne Litt and Travis Holcombe, DJs at KCRW. They talked about some of the new music coming out of LA, including the first song in more than 15 years from the LA group The Avalanches, and a new song from Beck.

A group of cyclists were hit in Cooper Township, Michigan. Five of them were killed. The crash happened Tuesday evening after several people had called law enforcement agencies to complain about an erratic driver in a pickup truck. That truck then plowed into a group of bicyclists outside of Kalamazoo.

Here & Now’s Robin Young speaks with Tom Hillen, reporter for WOOD TV-8 in Grand Rapids.

Tech workers who are concerned about free trade with China, immigration and education, are keeping a close eye on the 2016 election.

And as Californians vote in the state’s primary today, it appears that Bernie Sanders is the Silicon Valley favorite.

“By quite a long way,” said Steve Hilton, the CEO of Bay Area startup Crowdpac. The company helps individuals make small campaign donations and compiles data on political giving.

Former California Democratic Governor Gray Davis was recalled in 2003, and replaced by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Analysts say Schwarzenegger’s name recognition and celebrity helped fuel his rise, but Davis says he sees major differences between Schwarzenegger’s political success and Donald Trump.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Davis, who is supporting Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential race.

A growing number of Republicans are publicly criticizing likely GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump for insisting that federal judge Gonzalo Curiel cannot objectively rule on two lawsuits against Trump University because the judge has Mexican heritage.

Legal expert David Post tells Here & Now‘s Robin Young that the First Amendment protects Trump’s right to say anything he wants about the judge or the court system, but voters must consider what it means for a presidential candidate to attack judicial independence and the rule of law.