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  • Hosted by Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson

Paddling in the middle of a fast moving stream of news and information, Here & Now is public radio’s daily digest of news and culture. Produced by WBUR in Boston.

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When he was assassinated in 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. left behind a legacy of inspiring words in the many sermons and speeches he delivered during his push for civil rights. On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Here & Now listens back to his words that still resonate today.

Revisiting A Wedding For The Ages

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In 1969, Leroy and Gloria Griffith got married in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It would have been an ordinary event, except that they are believed to be the one of the first interracial couples to legally wed in the county.

The pipe organ dates back to ancient Greece. It has grown ever more complicated and ever more associated with Christianity.

But virtuoso organist Cameron Carpenter (@CameronOrganist) is on a mission to change the whole organ world, from its religious ties to archaic technology. Carpenter spoke with Here & Now‘s Robin Young ahead of his performance with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Winter on the Great Lakes means that a seasonal pastime is underway.

Anglers’ quest to catch a popular fish brings an economic bump to an area known as “Steelhead Alley,” as Elizabeth Miller (@llmiller12) from Great Lakes Today reports.

In the wake of December’s Ghost Ship warehouse fire in Oakland, California, that killed 36 people, cities all over the country have been trying to create more affordable housing for artists so they don’t have to trade basic safety for cheap rent.

Senate committees heard testimony Wednesday from three of President-elect Donald Trump’s picks for his cabinet. Rex Tillerson, chief executive of Exxon Mobil, for secretary of state; Elaine Chao, former labor secretary, for secretary of transportation; and, for the second day, Sen. Jeff Sessions, Republican of Alabama, for attorney general.

BuzzFeed on Tuesday published a 35-page document that contained explosive and unsubstantiated allegations about ties between President-elect Donald Trump and Russia.

BuzzFeed’s editor-in-chief defended the decision as “the job of reporters in 2017.”

Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions is the first of President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet picks to testify in front of Congress.

It isn’t the attorney general nominee’s first time in this position either — he testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1986, as a nominee for a federal judge post.

The North American International Auto Show continues Tuesday in Detroit, and there have been some surprising headlines from the annual event so far.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Michelle Krebs (@MichKrebs), director of automotive relations at Cox Automotive and senior analyst at Autotrader, about trends from the show.

A powerful storm in northern California and Nevada has caused major flooding throughout the area, with more snow and rain expected in the coming days.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson checks in with Jay Famiglietti (@JayFamiglietti), hydrologist and senior water scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, about what the flooding could mean for those states.

Just 2 percent of the 3 million teachers in the U.S. are black males. In Philadelphia, educator Sharif El-Mekki is leading an effort to encourage more black men to pursue careers in education.

While acknowledging it is not the only solution, he says seeing more black men in teaching roles could help close the achievement gap for black boys, who on average struggle more in school, with far lower graduation rates than white boys or girls.

Why do our bodies hold on to fat despite diets? How can genetics, microbes and even viruses affect how much we weigh?

Among the many unconventional wedding traditions popular in 2016 were bridal parties wearing black, Mad Men-era cocktails, and casual-but-chic destination events.

In Minnesota, sex offenders are often detained indefinitely, even following the end of their prison sentence, as a way to ensure public safety. Civil rights advocates have been fighting the current system for years, saying it’s unfair to those who have served their time.

The late Tupac Shakur will soon become the sixth hip-hop artist inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an honor Ben Westhoff says is well-deserved.

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