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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.

Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” album has sent pop culture critics and gossip columnists into overdrive. One line in particular, “Becky with the good hair,” raised questions about infidelity and marital strife, but MTV’s Rebecca Thomas says it’s also a carefully coded lyric that says something much more complicated about black women in America.

A federal judge has sentenced Dennis Hastert to 15 months in prison in a hush-money case that centered on accusations that the former U.S. House speaker sexually abused at least four students when he was a high school wrestling coach.

Judge Thomas M. Durkin announced the sentence Wednesday. Hastert also must undergo sex offender treatment, two years of supervised release after his time behind bars and a $250,000 fine to go to a crime victims fund.

Six people have been diagnosed with measles in the Memphis area in less than a week. That’s more cases in just a few days than the entire country had seen so far in 2016.

There are also several outbreaks of mumps right now, including at universities in Indiana, Ohio and Massachusetts. At Harvard University alone, at least 40 people have been diagnosed in the last couple of months.

DJ Sessions: Improvising In Harlem

Apr 27, 2016

When you think of musical improvisation, classical music probably does not come to mind. But WQXR classical music DJ Terrance McKnight tells Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson that there’s a lot of it going on right now, particularly in the classical music coming out of Harlem.

Apple’s stock was falling Wednesday, after the company reported its first quarterly drop in earnings in 13 years on Tuesday. Exxon Mobil also this week saw its credit rating drop for the first time since the Great Depression. And Chipotle reported a double-digit sales drop in the first quarter of this year. Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson talks with Curt Nickisch of the Harvard Business Review about what this week’s news means for these three companies.

Pennsylvania has one of the most unique methods of assigning delegates in the country. The statewide winner of Tuesday’s election gets only 17 of 71 delegates. The rest are unbound and can vote for whomever they want on the first ballot at July’s convention.

U.S. Rep. Tom Marino is the chair of Donald Trump’s campaign in Pennsylvania, and he’s reaching out to those delegates to help his candidate clinch the nomination. He speaks with Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson.

With 71 Republican and 210 Democratic delegates, Pennsylvania is the biggest prize in today’s presidential primaries. But appealing to the state’s voters can be difficult.

Pennsylvania, because of its diverse economies, communities, geography and politics, is sometimes described as a set of microstates, or as political strategist James Carville is often credited with saying, Pennsylvania is Philadelphia and Pittsburgh with Alabama in between.

While media giant Gannett tries to acquire the parent company of the Los Angeles Times and eight other daily newspapers, The New York Times says it will close its Paris editing and printing operations, eliminating 70 jobs. NPR’s David Folkenflik speaks with Here & Now‘s Robin Young about news in the print journalism world.

Pittsburgh has more than 440 bridges in its city – more than Venice, Italy – earning it the nickname the “City of Bridges.” For many residents, the bridges represent the city’s historic ties with industrial production, engineering and steel.

But at least 20 bridges are now labeled “structurally deficient” by state and local officials, often due to age and weather damage. The Liberty Bridge, which once carried an estimated 54,000 vehicles a day, is now undergoing a three-year reconstruction estimated to cost almost $90 million.

More than 700,000 people have signed an online pledge to boycott Target, in response to its inclusive bathroom policy. The pledge was started by the American Family Association after Target last week published a statement saying “we welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity.”

It’s been 30 years since the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl. The accident forced the evacuation of thousands of people from about 1,000 square miles around the power plant. Construction of a huge steel shield, which is scheduled to be moved over the damaged reactor next year, is almost complete. The shield is supposed to better contain radioactive material for at least 100 years.

Open Senate Race Also Draws Maryland Voters

Apr 26, 2016

A hotly contested race to fill retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s seat is among the electoral contests drawing voters to the polls in Maryland today. That’s in addition to the presidential contests, which Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are expected to win.

Senior reporter Patrick Madden at Here & Now contributor WAMU tells Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson what issues are important to voters in the state.

Two big music stories in one week demonstrate the changes that are roiling the music industry. After music icon Prince died, sales of his records soared. Prince fought hard while he was alive to retain control of his work.

The results of the presidential primary contests held Tuesday in Pennsylvania, as well as four other states, could have a significant impact on the fate of the eventual nominees.

Already the contest in Pennsylvania has proved interesting: more than 165,000 of the state’s voters switched their party registration for the closed primary. Many are also wondering about the effects of Pennsylvania Republican’s unique system of electing uncommitted delegates.

LGBT Magazine Editor Murdered In Bangladesh

Apr 26, 2016

The editor of Bangladesh’s only magazine for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community was hacked to death Monday night in his apartment in Dhaka. Xulhaz Mannan, 35, was the editor of Roopbaan, and also worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). His friend was killed along with him.