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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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Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School will gather later this month to call for gun measures after the shooting at their school that left 17 dead. It’s a political youth movement with echoes of the past, including the 1960s Berkeley protests and the 1903 Children’s Crusade.

More than 20 states allow community colleges to offer bachelor’s degrees, because forecasts show gaps between available jobs in the U.S. and the number of educated workers available to fill them.

StateImpact Ohio’s Ashton Marra (@AshtonMarra) looks at Ohio’s program, and how the state’s four-year institutions are responding.

The Trump administration is now looking at additional health care changes, and one of the strategies being put forward is removing restrictions on short-term health insurance.

Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti talks with NPR’s Alison Kodjak (@alikodjakNPR) about how that type of insurance works.

The Academy Awards are this weekend, and while the provocative, uncompromising German filmmaker Werner Herzog isn’t up for an Oscar, critics and cinephiles alike have long ranked him high among the living masters of cinema.

Before legendary French filmmaker François Truffaut died in 1984, he called Herzog “the most important film director alive.”

Put your phone down. Seriously, you can do it.

OK, we know it’s hard — these pocket supercomputers are tough to put away. There are biological reasons for that. But say you wanted to not check it 47 times a day, and actually do other things?

Science journalist Catherine Price, author of “How to Break Up with Your Phone,” has a few ideas.

Wednesday marks the end of Black History Month, and we have a story that begins at the end of the Civil War in 1865. Four million African-American slaves were emancipated. In the chaos following war, where would they go? How would they reunite with family?

David Freudberg of Humankind explores this history in his new documentary, “The Freed People.”

Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst has three nutritious and easy recipes using canned and dried beans, and brings them in for Here & Now‘s Robin Young to taste and share.

Beans 101: Cooking Tips And Nutrition

Beans are not only inexpensive, but also wildly versatile: You can use them in soups, stews, chilis, dips, tacos, enchiladas and more. They can be pureed, mashed, sauteed, stir-fried or baked.

And the bonus? Beans are very good for you.

The Justice Department this week focused new attention on the 2001 murder of federal prosecutor Thomas Wales in Seattle.

A conservative group on the UCLA campus, the Bruin Republicans, recently invited controversial far-right activist Milo Yiannopoulos to speak on campus — then quickly rescinded the offer.

Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with UCLA student Mariela Muro about why the group decided to uninvite Yiannopoulos.

In 2016, more than 20 percent of homeless people over age 50 were living in shelters, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. And that figure doesn’t include people living on the streets.

There have been thousands of spills from oil and gas pipelines in the U.S. over the past decade. When the Keystone XL, or any big transmission line, spills, it gets attention from the federal government and the public.

But in states like Ohio and Pennsylvania, thousands of miles of smaller pipelines are being built, connecting drilling well pads to the larger energy distribution system.

Lindsey Vonn won the bronze medal in the women’s downhill at the Winter Olympics in South Korea. Meanwhile, the U.S. men’s hockey team is out of the tournament.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with NPR’s Russell Lewis (@NPRrussell) in Pyeongchang.

Walmart had strong holiday sales, but in its latest quarter, it reports online sales growth slowed. Walmart has made major investments in e-commerce to challenge Amazon.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with MSNBC’s Ali Velshi (@AliVelshi) about the company’s progress so far.

Academy Award-wining director, writer and animator Nick Park‘s new film “Early Man” pits cavemen versus Bronze Age-men in an epic soccer match.

“Being a non-soccer fan, I was really trying to make just an entertaining family comedy that happens to have soccer as a kind of a — you know, it’s an underdog prehistoric sports movie,” Park says.

Interview Highlights

On where the idea for “Early Man” came from

The U.S. women’s hockey team advanced to the gold medal final with a 5-0 win over Finland.

Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti gets an update on all of the Olympic action in Pyeongchang from NPR’s Russell Lewis (@NPRrussell).

How Analog Audio Recording Lives On

Feb 19, 2018

It wasn’t that long ago that the things we heard on air — through speakers, through headphones — were recorded, edited and played back on magnetic tape, reel to reel, and later on cassettes. But, today, sound recording has totally changed and tape technology has all but been abandoned. Or, so one would think.

NPR national security editor Phil Ewing (@philewing) joins Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson to discuss a federal grand jury indicting 13 Russian nationals for interfering with the 2016 U.S. election.

How One New York School Thwarted An Attack

Feb 16, 2018

Following the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead, many are asking what could have been done to stop it from happening.

Some attacks have been thwarted before they were carried out. Here & Now‘s Robin Young finds out about one such instance in New York from Ruschell Boone (@RuschellBoone), a reporter with NY1.

Comic book and superhero fans in the U.S. are anxiously awaiting the opening of Marvel’s “Black Panther” in theaters Friday. Early reviews call it “exhilarating,” but also “groundbreaking.” That’s because “Black Panther” stars a black superhero.

Texas Standard’s Laura Rice (@LauraRiceKUT) reports from Austin.

American Mikaela Shiffrin won the gold medal in the women’s giant slalom Thursday. Meanwhile, the U.S. women’s hockey team lost to Canada 2-1 but remains alive in the tournament.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with Here & Now sports analyst Mike Pesca (@pescami) about the results.