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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.

Millions of Americans are hitting the road, rails and skies for the Thanksgiving holiday. Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with Bart Jansen, transportation reporter for USA Today, about the heightened security as a result of the terrorist attacks in Paris earlier this month, and how it could affect holiday travel.

Friendsgiving: The Best Fall Holiday?

Nov 24, 2015

The basic idea behind Friendsgiving is all in the name: friends plus Thanksgiving-type foods around the Thanksgiving holiday equals Friendsgiving. It has all the trappings of a standard holiday-season gathering, with one notable absence: blood relatives. Perhaps that’s what makes Friendsgiving special: hanging out with your closest friends.

Welcome to Night Vale” debuted as a podcast in 2012. The show is presented as a radio broadcast from the fictional town of Night Vale, which co-creator Joseph Fink describes as “a weird desert town where every single conspiracy theory is true” including (but not limited to) black helicopters, aliens and secret sects.

A “stab in the back” is how Russian President Vladimir Putin is describing the downing of a Russian jet by Turkey. After news came out of the downing, oil prices rose. Here & Now’s Indira Lakshmanan looks at why with Ali Velshi, host of “Ali Velshi on Target” on Al Jazeera America. We also look at a fight in OPEC over oil production levels.

French President Hollande Meets With Obama

Nov 24, 2015

French President Francois Hollande arrived in Washington this morning and held a joint press conference with President Barack Obama, just over a week after Paris suffered a series of terrorist attacks that left 130 civilians dead.

Hollande is embarking on a tour of meetings this week. He hosted British Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday and will have met with German, Italian, Chinese and Canadian leaders by the end of the week.

Mark Bertolini has been CEO of Connecticut-based health insurance provider Aetna since 2010, the year the Affordable Care Act was passed.

He talks with Here & Now’s Indira Lakshmanan about why premiums are going up next year, and also how his near-fatal skiing accident caused him to view healthcare and his own work culture differently. He now provides free yoga and meditation classes to all of his employees, as well as base minimum wage of $16 an hour.

The drug companies Pfizer and Allergan said today that they will merge, in a nearly $160 billion deal that would create the world’s biggest drug maker, and bring Botox and Viagra under one roof.

Allergan is based in Dublin, Ireland, and the joint company could reincorporate there – making it an inversion, and the biggest inversion ever. Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with CBS News’ Jill Schlesinger to understand what’s happening.

Five-time Grammy winner James Taylor will receive the Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor, at a ceremony tomorrow at the White House.

“I’m actually just a bit gobsmacked,” the singer-songwriter told Here & Now’s Indira Laskhmanan. “I’m a little overwhelmed… It has been an amazing ride.”

French President To Visit White House

Nov 23, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama will welcome French President Francois Hollande to the White House tomorrow in the aftermath of the attacks in Paris that left 130 people dead. NPR’s Ron Elving joins Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti with insight on the domestic ramifications of ISIS and what’s been going on in Europe.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is planning to take two months of paternity leave when his daughter is born. On Nov. 20, he posted on Facebook, “studies show that when working parents take time to be with their newborns, outcomes are better for the children and families.”

How The U.S. Ended Up With The Fed

Nov 23, 2015

For more than 100 years after the founding of the United States, the country resisted having a central bank. But finally in 1913, after a big run on banks, years of deflation and a secret meeting on an island off the coast, the Federal Reserve we know today was founded.

The last time I went to the NCAA Cross Country Championship was 1982. The races were held in Bloomington, Indiana, on a cloudy November day. I don’t even think there was an announcer for that race. All you could hear was the wind rustling the leaves as the runners poised at the starting line before the gun went off.

I never forgot that experience and I promised myself I’d go to another cross country championship eventually. I never fulfilled it until this weekend, when I was in Louisville for the meet at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park.

How To Travel While Black During Jim Crow

Nov 23, 2015

Travel in America really started to flourish in the mid-20th century, as cars became more common and roads got better. But for many black Americans, traveling wasn’t as easy as picking a destination and hitting the road.

This was the era of Jim Crow and the civil rights movement, and there were potential land mines everywhere for black travelers, from hotels and businesses that would turn them away, to “sundown towns,” where being out after dark meant risking arrest, beatings or worse.

Millions of people around the world apply for visas to the United States each year. Experts say national security concerns have made the process much more difficult. Now, it may be blocking a final reunion between a terminally-ill teenager in Houston and her parents in Pakistan.

Syeda Hasan from Here & Now contributor Houston Public Media brings us the story of 18-year-old Qirat Chappra, who has spent most of her life at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston and hasn’t seen her parents in 13 years.

Walk into popular clothing stores and you’ll find trendy garments embellished with Native American-inspired patterns. That kind of cultural borrowing raises questions and concerns about commodification for the community of contemporary, indigenous American fashion designers. For them, tribal symbols, imagery and materials go much deeper than the mass marketplace.