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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.

Doug Hughes, 61, landed his fragile ultralight gyrocopter on the Capitol lawn yesterday. He piloted the aircraft at roughly 45 miles an hour down the Potomac River and to Congress to raise awareness about campaign finance laws.

South Korean Ferry Will Be Salvaged

Apr 16, 2015

Today, on the one-year anniversary of the sinking of the Sewol ferry in South Korea, President Park Geun-hye announced that the boat will be salvaged.

Elise Hu, NPR’s correspondent in Seoul speaks with Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson about what has changed, as far as regulations go, in the last year since the ship sank 11 miles off the coast of South Korea, killing more than 300 people – most of them teenagers.

J. Geils Band frontman Peter Wolf will be inducting the Paul Butterfield Blues Band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this weekend in Cleveland.

Chicago native Paul Butterfield became an influential band leader and blues harmonica player in the 1960s and early ’70s, but died young, at the age of 44 in the late ’80s.

NHL And NBA Playoffs Begin

Apr 16, 2015

The long regular seasons are over and now it’s time for the post-season on the ice and the court. Hockey teams are already facing off in the playoffs and the pro basketball playoffs tip off Saturday. Here & Now sports analyst Mike Pesca joins host Robin Young to preview both.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson is broadcasting from Washington, D.C. today, and sits down with Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy of South Carolina.

On this day in 1861, a day after Fort Sumter fell, President Lincoln ordered up 75,000 troops. Within days, volunteers swarmed to Washington. It was decided that some would stay in the U.S. Senate chamber, which had only been in use for two years. Upwards of 4,000 troops took up residence, and soon the chamber was described as filthy and “alive with lice.”

In a federal court this week, the British sportswear and equipment supplier Mitre Sports International is claiming HBO defamed the company in a 2008 segment of "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" called "Children of Industry."

The segment portrayed the story of children under the age of 14 hand-sewing Mitre soccer balls for little to no money. Mitre claims that the interviews were edited to be misleading, that parts of the story were fabricated and that the children were coerced to say what they did on camera.

The agriculture industry in California accounts for 80 percent of the state’s total water use, so when Governor Jerry Brown’s recent mandatory water restrictions didn’t include farmers, he got a lot of flak.

Global demand for California almonds is driving prices to all-time highs. Experts predict this year’s crop will be the largest and most profitable ever. But, as Lesley McClurg of Capital Public Radio in Sacramento reports, meeting demand during a historic drought raises complicated questions.

A poultry farm in Iowa announced yesterday that part of the flock there had contracted the latest round of the bird flu.

The H2N2 strain of the virus is highly contagious among birds, but scientists say not contractible by humans.

What does this outbreak mean for consumers in the U.S.? Patricia Wakenell, associate professor of avian diagnostics at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine discusses this with Here & Now’s Robin Young.

European Union Targets Google Tactics

Apr 15, 2015

The European Union has Google in its crosshairs. On Wednesday, the EU filed a complaint against the search giant’s shopping service. The European Commission says Google unfairly promotes its own service over competitors, regardless of whether it’s the most “relevant response to the query.”

Boston Marks Bombing Anniversary

Apr 15, 2015

It was two years ago today that two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring more than 260 people. Today, the city is remembering what happened that day by unveiling banners to honor the victims and survivors.

Watson Can Win 'Jeopardy!' But Can It Cook?

Apr 15, 2015

The artificial intelligence program IBM Watson can do a lot of brainy things. In 2011, Watson beat the human competition on the game show “Jeopardy!”, and in the past few years, it’s been helping cancer centers devise treatment plans for patients. But can a computer program throw a good dinner party? Eliza Strickland, from our tech partner IEEE Spectrum, tried out IBM’s latest offering – a cooking app by name of Chef Watson.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson continues to broadcast today from New York City, which is home to the largest subway system in the U.S.

It has 468 stations, more than 6,000 subway cars and a record 6 million daily riders, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. But it is also very congested, with delays that rose last year, according to MTA data.

The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, home to the Oglala Sioux tribe, is wrestling with a sudden surge of teen suicides.

Seven young people have taken their lives since early December, and some fear others are being encouraged do so on Facebook – and with nooses that have been hung near kids’ homes.