Here & Now

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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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Under Armour’s speedskating suits were blamed for the American team’s dismal showing at the 2014 Sochi games. A post-Olympic review by the U.S. team vindicated the technology. But the suits have been redesigned, and the company is hoping for redemption in 2018.

DJ Sessions: Fresh Funk For A Good Day

Feb 7, 2018

In this week’s Here & Now DJ Session, host Jeremy Hobson speaks with KCRW DJ Travis Holcombe (@TravisHolcombe), who shares his latest favorite funk-infused songs from artists including Ty Segall, Kali Uchis, and Superorganism.

President Trump’s immigration framework calls for eventual citizenship for young immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, funding for a border wall and crackdowns on legal and illegal immigration.

Rex Tillerson will wrap up his first tour of Latin America as U.S. secretary of state Wednesday. His focus is to drum up support in the region as the U.S. considers applying more pressure on the Venezuelan government, amid the country’s worsening political and humanitarian crisis.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Tim Padgett (@TimPadgett2), Americas editor with WLRN in Miami.

The luxury restaurant Bob Bob Ricard (@bobbobricard) in London has adopted dynamic pricing, charging less during off-peak hours.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson talks with Leonid Shutov, founder and owner of Bob Bob Ricard, about how the pricing is affecting business.

Recyclers in the United States are feeling the impact of China’s new strict standards for the recycling it imports from around the world. China wants to eliminate the contamination that comes with the plastic, paper and some metals, but because these new standards are very hard to meet, it is essentially a ban on foreign recyclables.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson talks with Joe Fusco, vice president at Casella Waste Systems, about what these changes mean for his company and the U.S. recycling industry.

The New England Patriots are hoping to claim their sixth championship in 16 years on Sunday, when the team takes the field in Minneapolis against the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII.

Perhaps no one has been more mesmerized by the team’s success than its youngest fans. But as NPR’s Tovia Smith (@toviasmithnpr) reports, too much winning may actually be sending the wrong message to some kids.

President Trump gave his first State of the Union address on Tuesday night, but the week in politics was dominated by discussion surrounding the release of a Republican memo from the House Intelligence Committee alleging FBI surveillance abuse in the Russia investigation.

The Kenya government had ordered three TV stations off the air after they tried to broadcast the mock inauguration of an opposition political leader who lost the presidential race last year.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with NPR’s East Africa correspondent Eyder Peralta (@eyderp).

Alan Greenspan, former Federal Reserve chairman, this week said we are in both a stock market and bond market bubble.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with CNN’s Maggie Lake (@maggielake) about whether we should be worried.

A memo drafted by House Republicans accuses the FBI of illegally wiretapping a Trump aide. The White House is expected to approve the memo’s release Thursday, over the objections of the FBI and Democrats, who say it isn’t accurate.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with NPR’s Phil Ewing (@philewing).

In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Trump talked about gang violence and introduced the parents of two teenage girls killed by MS-13 gang members.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with MS-13 specialist David Pyrooz (@dpyrooz), a criminologist and assistant professor of sociology at the University of Colorado Boulder, about the gang and the extent of its activity in the U.S.

President Trump delivers his first State of the Union address Tuesday night. The White House says he’ll focus on jobs, the economy, immigration and national security.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Ohio State University professor Randall Schweller, who believes Trump’s first year in office has been a success.

Interview Highlights

On how President Trump has done in his first year

The Cleveland Indians and Major League Baseball have announced that the team will no longer use its Chief Wahoo logo on uniforms or in the team’s stadium starting with the beginning of the 2019 season.

As Matt Richmond from WCPN ideastream in Cleveland reports, the character has long been a central part of the team’s identity — and the subject of protests.

What happens when you’re a Latino teenager assigned to write about one of your heroes, and you decide to choose someone from your own heritage? Not much, according to actor and comedian John Leguizamo, because history books and public school curricula don’t do enough to highlight Latino contributions to U.S. history.

Minnesota is gearing up to host the Super Bowl in less than two weeks. The state is also embracing a new identity — instead of being part of the Midwest, it’s branding itself as “the North.”


How HQ Trivia Became So Popular

Jan 25, 2018

HQ is a hugely popular trivia game app that connects people around the world at preset times each day for live games.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson learns more about the app from Ben Johnson (@TheBrockJohnson), senior producer of Endless Thread and a tech correspondent for Here & Now.

The former sports doctor who admitted to molesting some of the nation’s top gymnasts for years was sentenced Wednesday to 40 to 175 years in prison as the judge declared: “I just signed your death warrant.”

The sentence capped a remarkable seven-day hearing in which scores of Larry Nassar’s victims were able to confront him face to face in a Michigan courtroom.

One year after the Women’s March, the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have helped create momentum among women from diverse communities — fighting issues including sexual harassment, but also pushing for equal pay, worker’s rights and legal protections.

Parents are grappling with how to prevent their children from becoming too tied to technology. And others are worried about it as well. Earlier this month, two major Apple investors called on the company to help curb heavy smartphone use. But there are other ways of implementing parental controls.