Here & Now

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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 Oregon Trail Game’s Minnesota Roots

May 17, 2016

The Oregon Trail game has sold over 65 million copies worldwide and it is considered to be the most widely distributed educational game ever. But it was created in Minnesota by three aspiring teachers. Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson speaks with one of them, Paul Dillenberger, about why he and his friends created the game and what its popularity has meant for them. He also stops by the end of the Oregon Trail in Oregon City and talks with school children on a field trip about the game.

Why It's 'Transgender' Not 'Transgendered'

May 17, 2016

The word “transgender” has only recently come into widespread usage, largely as a result of the firestorm over state laws restricting which bathrooms transgender people should use. Assistant professor K.J. Rawson explains the word’s history, and tells Here & Now’s Robin Young why the proper use is “transgender,” not “transgendered” — because “transgender” is something you are, not something you do.

Why Are Oil Prices Going Up?

May 17, 2016

Oil prices hit a six-month high yesterday and could reach $50 a barrel for the first time since November. For the past two years, the global demand for oil has been less than supply, but that may be changing. Here & Now’s Robin Young speaks with Jason Bellini of The Wall Street Journal.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Oregon Democrats, including State Rep. Shemia Fagan, to see if the party is uniting behind Hillary Clinton. She leads Bernie Sanders by a wide margin nationally in delegates and a poll from DHM research shows her up over Sanders by double digits in Oregon. But many people expect that Sanders may win anyway, partly because he has spent a good amount of time campaigning in the state.

New evacuations have been ordered in Alberta, Canada, where a wildfire that started May 1st has already forced the evacuation of 88,000 residents of Fort McMurray. This time 8,000 oil workers at camps north of the city are being asked to leave as the evacuation zone expanded when hot dry conditions returned to the region, hampering containment. Workers had been trying to restart oil production at the facilities – an effort that will be further delayed. Officials today also released air quality index information. Normally a scale of one to ten, Monday’s reading was 38.

The show Portlandia made fun of Portland’s obsession with food that’s local and sustainable. In one episode, the characters have to visit the farm where a chicken was raised before deciding whether they can eat it.

401(k) Fees Keep Getting Lower

May 16, 2016

Employers are shopping around to find 401(k) plans that mean lower fees for the employees who are saving for retirement. And as a result, management fees have fallen. Here & Now's Robin Young talks with CBS's Jill Schlesinger about what kind of savings a person could amass if their plan — which used to charge 1.25% — lowers their management fee to .25%.


Are Republicans Uniting Behind Trump?

May 16, 2016

With Donald Trump the presumptive Republican nominee, Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson talks with Republicans around Oregon about whether they are uniting behind the New York developer. Jeremy also visits a Trump campaign office to hear from campaign volunteers.

Kentucky's Feuding Governors

May 16, 2016

Kentucky holds its presidential primary for Democrats tomorrow with Hillary Clinton trying to put an end to Bernie Sanders’ recent string of victories. The fallout from Kentucky’s last general election is still reverberating in the Bluegrass State. It’s been a messy transfer of power as the historically Democratic state voted in a Republican governor.

The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously refused to weigh in on a dispute between the Obama administration and faith-based groups over birth control, sending the issue back to lower courts to find a compromise.

State Of Emergency Declared In Venezuela

May 16, 2016

Venezuela is struggling both economically and politically, facing massive food shortages, regular blackouts, skyrocketing inflation and an increasingly dire public health situation. Hospitals lack beds, antibiotics, medical equipment, doctors, even running water. U.S. intelligence officials said Friday that the country may be on the verge of a crisis. Just hours later, President Nicolas Maduro declared a 60-day state of emergency to “stabilize our country, and confront all the international and national threats against our fatherland.”

In the 1970s, the cities in Oregon, including Portland, took a dramatic step meant to prevent the kind of urban sprawl seen in Los Angeles. In Portland, an urban growth boundary was established around the city, outside of which, urban development could not occur. It was an attempt to stop sprawl and allow farming to continue right outside the city. But critics argue that the urban growth boundary has led to increased housing costs.

Over the weekend, activists blockaded railroads in crude-oil hubs from Anacortes, Washington to Albany, New York. In the Pacific Northwest, police arrested 52 people at a protest campsite that disrupted BNSF Railway shipments from Friday until Sunday afternoon. And in upstate New York, protesters camped on railroad tracks at the Port of Albany, a major corridor for shipments of oil from North Dakota’s Bakken shale region. The campaign included events in Chicago, Los Angeles and Colorado, as well as in several other countries, from Brazil to Nigeria.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson talks with Sen. Jeff Merkley, the only senator who is backing Bernie Sanders in the presidential primaries. Merkley admits that “the mathematical path is very very uphill” for Sanders. But he says Sanders is bringing important issues to the table.

Interview Highlights: Jeff Merkley

How much longer should Senator Sanders stay in the race?

David Norman grew up in Harlem, sold and took drugs, and killed a man in a street fight.

In prison he nourished his love for reading, when he got out he counseled inmates, and

though it took him ten years, he graduates today from Columbia University with a degree in philosophy.

Interview Highlights: David Norman

On people’s reactions to his past crimes