Here & Now

Weekdays 12 Noon - 2 p.m.
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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NPR Story
1:50 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Comedy Central Hit 'Inside Amy Schumer' Returns Tonight

Comedy Central's 'Inside Amy Schumer' returns tonight. (Inside Amy Schumer Facebook Page)

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 4:15 pm

The season premier of “Inside Amy Schumer” airs on Comedy Central tonight. The sketch comedy series recently won a Peabody award, and was also just picked up for a fourth season.

The show’s star, comedian Amy Schumer, hosted the MTV Movie Awards on April 12, and will soon be starring in a Judd Apatow film, out this summer.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson talks to NPR TV critic Eric Deggans about the show and its star.

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NPR Story
1:50 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Photographing Armenian Lives Around the World

Catedral Apostólica Armênia São Jorge - São Paulo, Brazil - "There is a small area of land in Asia Minor that is called Armenia, but it is not so. It is not Armenia. It is a place. There are only Armenians, and they inhabit the earth, not Armenia, since there is no Armenia. There is no America and there is no England, and no France, and no Italy. There is only the earth." -William Saroyan in The Armenian and The Armenian (Scout Tufankjin)

April 24 marks the 100th anniversary of what most historians refer to as the Armenian Genocide, when 1.5 million ethnic Armenians were killed by the Ottoman government in modern day Turkey. Millions more fled, in a diaspora that spans the globe.

“The only stories I could find were about the genocide. As if 1915 had ended the Armenian story.”

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NPR Story
1:50 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Blue Bell Recalls All Products Following Deadly Listeria Outbreak

Blue Bell is voluntarily recalling all of its products after the bacteria listeria was found in two cartons of Blue Bell ice cream in March. (Randy OHC/Flickr Creative Commons)

Blue Bell Creameries is voluntarily recalling all of its products after the bacteria listeria was found in two cartons of Blue Bell ice cream in March.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday that tests indicate the outbreak started from plants in Texas and Oklahoma.

Five adults have been sickened, and three have died. Officials in Kansas say listeriosis didn’t cause the deaths, but it may have been a contributing factor. Blue Bell distributes ice cream and other frozen desserts to about half of the United States.

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Race and Diversity
5:06 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

University Of Oklahoma's New Diversity Chief: 'We Can Do Better'

Tape with the word "UNHEARD" covers the mouth of the sculpture "The Sower" at the University of Oklahoma on March 11, 2015 in Norman, Oklahoma. The statue was marked by the black student group OU UNHEARD at the university. (Brett Deering/Getty Images)

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 2:23 pm

The University of Oklahoma’s first chief diversity officer starts his new job soon, three months after the university kicked out a fraternity and expelled two students who were seen on video leading a racist chant.

University president David Boren was praised for acting swiftly once the video was made public last month. But the University of Oklahoma is one of only four schools in the Big 12 Conference without a chief diversity officer.

Some minority students at the university are asking, what took the university president so long to hire one?

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NPR Story
2:23 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

75-Year-Old Figure Skater Won't Let Stroke Stop Her

Patricia competes to the song 'The Rose'. (Quick Silver Shots)

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 11:04 am

Patricia McNamara, 75, of Orange County, Calf. started skating in her late 40s, and she’s participated in every one of the U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships since the Adult Nationals event started in 1995.

“I feel like the best of myself is really being expressed.”

She says skating helped her recover from breast cancer, and she’s hoping it helps her fully recover from a stroke seven years ago, in which she lost some muscle control on her left side.

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NPR Story
2:23 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Australia's Kevin Rudd On U.S.-China Relations

President Obama smiles as a group of children wave flags and flowers during a welcome ceremony held by Chinese President Xi Jinping on Nov. 12, 2014. (Andy Wong/AP)

Time magazine just released its list of the 100 most influential people in the world. One of the names on the list is China’s premier Xi Jinping.

That comes as no surprise to former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who writes in Time that Xi looks like he’s on track to pass Chairman Mao as China’s most powerful leader.

But what about beyond China? What influence does Xi have on the global stage – especially with the United States?

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NPR Story
2:23 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Millions Of 'Boomerang Buyers' Could Reshape Housing Market

Signs are seen outside a foreclosed home and a house for sale February 24, 2009 in North Las Vegas, Nevada. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 2:53 pm

The first wave of millions of homeowners who lost their home to foreclosure may soon be on the market to get back into buying real estate.

These so-called “boomerang buyers” are now past the seven-year window they need to begin repairing their credit to qualify to buy a new home.

CBS News business analyst Jill Schlesinger tells Here & Now’s Lisa Mullins about these boomerang buyers and how they may change the housing market in the next decade.

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Arts and Entertainment
1:51 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

An Alliance Between Circuses A World Apart

"Circus Without Borders" is a documentary about the ArtCirq and Kalabante circuses. (Screenshot)

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 6:47 am

Circus performance – especially acrobatics – is both entertainment and art. In some parts of the world, it’s also survival.

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World
1:41 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

22,000 Miles Later, Adventurer Prepares For 3,000-Mile Solo Row Across Atlantic

Sarah Outen kayaks off the Aleutian Islands, Alaska, June 2014 (Courtesy of Sarah Outen)

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 1:32 pm

For most transatlantic travelers, a trip from London to Cape Cod takes about nine hours, including getting to and from the airport. For 29-year-old Sarah Outen, the journey has lasted nearly four years. But it was hardly a direct route! Outen has so far traveled 22,000 miles on a self-propelled round-the-world voyage.

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Politics and Government
1:40 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Interior Secretary On Parks, Funding And Polarization In Washington

United States Interior Secretary Sally Jewell talks with park rangers during a tour of Jamestown Island in Jamestown, Va., Thursday, June 5, 2014. (Steve Helber/AP)

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 1:32 pm

On his trip to Washington, Here & Now host Jeremy Hobson spent some time with Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, who leads the U.S. Department of the Interior, a government agency that oversees the National Park Service.

The two toured the National Mall, which was first conceptualized by the French-born American architect Pierre Charles L’Enfant in the late 1700s. It is one of more than 400 national parks across the country.

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