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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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Most restaurants pack their plates with portions that are often two or three times the recommended serving size. And because people don’t always know how many calories they’re consuming when they dine out, they often eat all that food.

How Animals Use Physics To Survive

Mar 29, 2017

How does a gecko manage to walk on the ceiling? Do cats drink like we do? And what happens when a dog shakes water off its coat? A new book explores how animals use physics in their daily lives.

Washington College anthropology professor Bill Schindler (@drbillschindler) wants his students to experience what life was like in prehistoric times. So he tasks the students with making their own tools, butchering their own meat and gathering nuts for sustenance.

And he’s lived the life himself. Last year, Schindler took part in the National Geographic show “The Great Human Race.”

President Obama called the Chesapeake Bay a “national treasure.” In a 2009 executive order, he helped launch a massive cleanup effort orchestrated by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Now that restoration, and others like it around the country, are in limbo because President Trump’s budget blueprint would eliminate funding for the Chesapeake and other regional cleanup programs.

According to a recent Gallup poll, daily worry has increased among Americans since the presidential election. There was also an increase in worry after President Obama’s 2008 election, though not as much. Times of change and uncertainty often cause people to worry more.

Every Sunday The New York Times wedding section describes happy couples’ march to matrimony. The announcements are a popular weekend read, but they also draw criticism and satire because so many of the couples appear to be so perfect.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with Steve Bell, senior staff editor at The New York Times, about the section people love to hate.

Homicide is the leading cause of death for African-American men aged 15 to 34 in the United States. It’s the third-leading cause for all men in that age group, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Actor Woody Harrelson has played a number of dramatic parts in the past few years in “The Hunger Games” films, the HBO series “True Detective” and his Oscar-nominated turn in “The Messenger.”

But as the title character in the new film “Wilson” (@WilsonMovie), Harrelson plays a man with no filter, who has no qualms about telling total strangers his life story. As he tells Here & Now‘s Robin Young, the role is a welcome return to comedy.

S&P And Dow See Worst Drops In 5 Months

Mar 22, 2017

The S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average both fell by around 1 percent Tuesday, for the first time in five months. Many investors saw the drops as a sign of doubts about whether President Trump will be able to accomplish tax cuts or infrastructure spending.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with CNN’s Maggie Lake (@maggielake) about what we can take from market moves this week.

High school juniors and seniors are well into their college preparation — taking the SAT, visiting schools and filling out applications. But it’s not too early for sophomores to start planning.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson gets some tips on what 10th-graders — and their parents — should be thinking about from Lisa Micele (@LisaMicele), director of college counseling at the University of Illinois Laboratory High School in Urbana, Illinois.

There are thousands of varieties of rice and, as resident chef Kathy Gunst tells Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson, it’s a useful ingredient in cooking because it both enhances and is enhanced by other flavors. Kathy shares recipes for a warm rice salad, a stir fry and a rice pudding spiced with Indian flavors. She also provides a primer on some of her favorite rice varieties.

Food shortages in Venezuela have led to a spike in the consumption of yucca, an inexpensive starchy root. But there's a sweet variety and a toxic, bitter version of the root vegetable.

As reporter John Otis (@JohnOtis) found, some Venezuelans are mistakenly eating the poisonous yucca and dying.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jimmy Breslin died Sunday at the age of 88. Breslin’s writing, which appeared in New York City newspapers for 40 years, evoked working-class characters like the man who dug President John F. Kennedy’s grave.

So how’s your bracket looking? Top seeds have fallen like timber in a forest as the men’s NCAA basketball tournament heads into its second weekend. The losers include defending champion Villanova and Duke.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with sports analyst and author John U. Bacon (@johnubacon) about the results so far.

FBI Director James Comey confirmed Monday that the bureau is investigating possible links and coordination between Russia and associates of President Trump as part of a broader probe of Russian interference in last year’s presidential election.

NPR’s Scott Detrow (@scottdetrow) joins Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti with more on the congressional hearing, and Comey’s testimony.

With reporting from The Associated Press.

Lehigh University in Pennsylvania takes students to Ghana to learn about the Transatlantic slave trade.

Among other cuts to domestic spending called for in President Trump’s budget proposal is the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts. The NEA helps fund cultural institutions large and small across the country, and many of them are now worried about their future.

Andrea Shea from Here & Now contributor WBUR takes a look at how some Massachusetts-based arts organizations might be affected.

The White House on Thursday stood by President Donald Trump’s unproven accusations that his predecessor wiretapped his New York skyscraper, despite growing bipartisan agreement that there’s no evidence to back up the claim and mounting pressure to retract the statement.

Angrily defending the president’s statement, White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters Trump “stands by” the four tweets that sparked a firestorm that has threatened Trump’s credibility with lawmakers.

In the new film “The Belko Experiment,” brutal mayhem ensues when workers at Belko Industries are told that they must kill or be killed. The film is a change of pace for screenwriter and producer James Gunn (@JamesGunn), who’s best known for the hit 2014 film “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

What Is The Alternative Minimum Tax?

Mar 16, 2017

The release of two pages of President Trump’s 2005 tax return this week has drawn attention to what’s known as the alternative minimum tax.

Trump reported $153 million in income that year, and paid a tax rate of around 25 percent. But if it weren’t for the alternative minimum tax, he would have paid closer to 4 percent in taxes. NPR’s Marilyn Geewax (@geewaxnpr) explains what the alternative minimum tax is with Here & Now‘s Robin Young.

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