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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.

If you think the 2016 campaign was rough, check out the 1884 election. Democrat Grover Cleveland ran against Republican James Blaine. Cleveland was called “Grover the Good,” but he had to endure allegations he had fathered an illegitimate child. Blaine fought charges of corruption. The poet Walt Whitman was watching, and he wrote a poem called “Election Day November 1884. Here & Now s Robin Young speaks with former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky about it. Read Election Day November 1884 Guest...

The last U.S. jobs report before the Election Day is released Friday. About 161,000 jobs were added, lowering the unemployment rate slightly to 4.9 percent. This could have an impact not just on voters, but also on the Federal Reserve and whether or not it will raise interest rates. Here & Now s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Mike Regan of Bloomberg Gadfly about the numbers and their implications. Guest Mike Regan , columnist for Bloomberg Gadfly. He tweets  @Reganonymous . Copyright 2016 NPR. To...

Two former aides to Gov. Chris Christie were convicted Friday of creating an epic traffic jam at the George Washington Bridge for what prosecutors say was political revenge, capping a trial that cast doubt on Christies claims he knew nothing about the scheme. Bridget Kelly, Christies former deputy chief of staff, and Bill Baroni, a Christie appointee to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, were found guilty of all counts against them. Here & Now s Robin Young speaks with Here & Now...

When Anurudh Ganesan , 17, learned that his grandparents walked 10 miles carrying him when he was an infant in India to get a vaccination only to find the vaccine was spoiled by hot temperatures he was determined to come up with an inexpensive device to refrigerate vaccines and other medication. Similarly, Hannah Herbst , 16, has a pen pal in Ethiopia whose family didnt have a reliable source of electricity, which spurred her to create an inexpensive, water-powered light. Herbst and Ganesan...

Its not just about Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton: Democrats are relying on battleground-state ballot initiatives like minimum wage to excite voters and get them out to the polls, while Republicans use the topic to raise funds for their campaigns. NPR senior business editor Marilyn Geewax joins Here & Now ’s Jeremy Hobson to discuss why minimum wage has become a major issue for voters especially in two key swing states and why the system for setting the minimum wage wont change any time...

Trump Urges Early Voters To Change Ballot

Nov 2, 2016

Donald Trump is calling on early voters who may have second thoughts about Hillary Clinton to change their votes. Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota and Pennsylvania allow for that, and the New Hampshire secretary of state says that voters who have used absentee ballots can change their votes only in the first two hours after the polls open on Election Day, before absentee ballots are counted. Rebecca Sinderbrand of the Washington Post joins Here & Now s Robin Young to discuss where the...

A fox, face-planted in the snow, lifts his hind legs in a graceful, gymnastic pose; a winged-bear sits in a river and two African lions share a good laugh. These are among the 40 finalists for this year’s Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards . The contest received about 2,200 entries from 75 countries. The entrants will be judged by wildlife experts and photographers, including competition founder Paul Joynson-Hicks . While the photos are meant to entertain, Joynson-Hicks tells Here & Now s...

The Federal Reserve kicks off a two-day meeting today, and it is not expected to raise interest rates. Here & Now s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Jason Bellini of the Wall Street Journal about when a rate hike may be coming, and about two other business stories in the news today Gannett abandoning its pursuit of the media company known as Tronc, and the dive in Sonys second quarter profits. Guest Jason Bellini , video reporter and senior producer at the Wall Street Journal. He tweets ...

Thousands of people are homeless after the fourth major earthquake in Italy in the last three months. Sundays quake was a magnitude 6.6 and struck near the central region of the country where nearly 300 people were killed by a quake in August . Here & Now s Jeremy Hobson checks in with Associated Press reporter Colleen Barry , whos in the region. Guest Colleen Barry , Associated Press reporter based in Milan. She tweets @collbarry . Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Less than two weeks out from Election Day, the gender gap appears to be bigger than ever. Polls show Hillary Clinton with a 19 point lead over Donald Trump among likely female voters, and others indicate 79 percent of Republican women plan on voting for Trump, as opposed to the 93 percent who voted for Mitt Romney in 2012. There is a hot gender war underway in the Republican Party, according to Nicolle Wallace, a former spokesperson for President George W. Bush. Meanwhile, the Democrats are...

As the offensive to retake Mosul continues, Here & Now s Jeremy Hobson speaks with military analyst  Andrew Bacevich  about the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Interview Highlights: Andrew Bacevich On the offensive to retake Mosul Back in Cold War days, the Soviet military used to have a concept the he called correlation of forces, that was a relative, aggregated strength. Its a crude measure but maybe useful in this circumstance. And it seems to me that the correlation of forces is now...

At just 33 years old, Donald Glover has achieved quite the resume as a comedian: a regular on NBCs popular show Community, and a Grammy-nominated musician under the stage name Childish Gambino. His most recent success is creating and starring in a new comedy Atlanta on FX. NPRs  Eric Deggans talks with Here & Now s Jeremy Hobson about how Atlanta discusses the concept of being black in America while also examining other class and gender divides. Heres more: [Youtube] Guest Eric Deggans ,...

New York Times photographer Bryan Denton was embedded with Iraqi counter-terrorism forces near Mosul this week when they were targeted by a series of ISIS car bombs. One of them reached its target and exploded. He was wounded, along with some of the Iraqis. Dentons story and photographs about the experience appeared in the Times and Here & Now s Robin Young speaks with him about it. Guest Bryan Denton , photographer for the New York Times. He tweets @bdentonphoto  and is on Instagram ...

Twitter has released its third quarter earnings and, along with them, announced the layoff of around 350 employees. Here & Now s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Curt Nickisch , senior editor at Harvard Business Review, about why Twitter is struggling and what might be next for the company. Guest Curt Nickisch , senior editor at Harvard Business Review. He tweets at  @CurtNickisch . The Harvard Business Review tweets at @HarvardBiz . Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Sweet potatoes are a big part of many a holiday meal. But  Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst says that you can do so much more with them. She brings Here & Now s Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson sweet potato chips, a puree and a chocolate cake made with a recipe from her friend and cookbook author Raghavan Iyer . If youre looking for something a little more savory, Kathy also says that you can substitute sweet potatoes for the winter squash in the recipes from her September 2014 visit . See...

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