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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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The Trump administration has declined to list the Pacific walrus as endangered, a decision that at least one conservation group calls a “death sentence” for the species.

#MeToo Resonates For These Teens

Nov 2, 2017

Youth Radio shares stories from three teenagers, who say the #MeToo social media campaign has led to many conversations about sexual assault and harassment.

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With Facebook, Twitter and Google executives being grilled on Capitol Hill about how and why Russian operatives were able to set up alternate social media sites to tamper with the 2016 U.S. election, many teenagers say they regularly use fake social media accounts.

Youth Radio spoke with four teenagers to explain why.

President Trump’s commission on fighting the opioid epidemic releases its recommendations Wednesday.

Lev Facher (@levfacher), Washington correspondent for STAT, joins Here & Now‘s Robin Young with more on what to expect.

Critics are angered by Kevin Spacey’s response to allegations that he sexually assaulted a teenage boy in the 1980s. And now Netflix says his hit show, “House of Cards,” will end after six seasons.

In her best-selling 2015 book “H is for Hawk,” Helen Macdonald wrote about training a goshawk after her father’s death. Now a new Nature special, “H is for Hawk: A New Chapter,” follows Macdonald as she trains a new bird and also observes goshawk chicks in the wild. The show airs Wednesday on PBS stations around the country.

Trump To Nominate New Federal Reserve Chair

Oct 31, 2017

This week President Trump is scheduled to nominate a new Federal Reserve chair, and the chances that current chair Janet Yellen will remain in her position are slim.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with MSNBC’s Ali Velshi (@AliVelshi) about the future of the Federal Reserve chair.

What foods are you scared to attempt in the kitchen? In honor of Halloween, Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst tries to exorcise a few common culinary phobias. She brings Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson her takes on fried chicken, chocolate soufflé and apple pie.


Fried Chicken

There are a few tricks (and many treats) to frying chicken. Ask your butcher to cut the bird into eight to 10 pieces so you are not frying huge pieces.

The new film “LBJ” chronicles the career of President Lyndon Johnson, from his term as President John F. Kennedy’s vice president to his push to pass a landmark civil rights bill.

The first criminal charges were unsealed Monday in the FBI’s investigation of Russian election interference and the possible involvement of the Trump campaign. Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates were charged with 12 counts of conspiracy, money laundering and making false statements about undisclosed money that Manafort earned as an overseas lobbyist.

This fall marks the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, one of the most explosive political events of the 20th century. Bolsheviks led by Vladimir Lenin destroyed the tradition of czarist rule, which eventually led to the Communist Party, the Cold War and the Soviet Union before its dissolution in 1991.

For a century, Missouri was considered the ultimate swing state: Its voters backed every presidential winner but one from 1904 to 2004.

In the last 40 years, it has had four Republican governors and five Democratic ones, and the state legislature shared a similar split in power. But in recent years, political scientists — who once saw the purple state as a microcosm of the country — have started to notice a change.

Nurx is a smartphone app that offers birth control, including the morning after pill, and PREP, the drug that prevents HIV infection, to patients online. It’s part of a wave of reproductive health telemedicine services. Nurx is available in 15 states and Washington, D.C., but it’s under fire from anti-abortion activists who consider the morning after pill to be an abortion medicine. The FDA classifies it as a contraceptive. The activists also say there should be stricter telemedicine laws.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson (@jeremyhobson) makes a trip to the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum in Independence, Mo. The 33rd president is remembered for dropping atomic bombs on Japan to end World War II, but his legacy is rich and it offers lessons to the man in the White House today.

In just a few months, the Kansas legislature will gavel in and funding for public schools will be at the top of the agenda. It’s a perpetual problem — but this year lawmakers are facing a deadline imposed by the state’s Supreme Court, and 2018 is an election year.

Sam Zeff (@samzeff) from KCUR reports.

Three people in the past two weeks have been shot to death in the Seminole Heights neighborhood of Tampa.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young gets an update from Howard Altman (@haltman) of The Tampa Bay Times.

The vast majority of Puerto Ricans are still without power, more than a month after Hurricane Maria devastated the island’s power grid. Rebuilding that infrastructure is a huge job, but the biggest contract awarded so far went to a tiny, for-profit company that had only two permanent employees when the storm hit.

President Trump joins Republican senators Tuesday at their weekly policy lunch. Tax overhaul legislation is on the table, but feuds between Trump and some GOP lawmakers, including Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, are complicating that effort.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young gets the latest from NPR’s Domenico Montanaro (@DomenicoNPR).

It’s apple and pumpkin season in much of the country. But, there’s another food that signals autumn: pawpaws. Pawpaws are a regional delicacy that have gone from obscure local fruit to “hipster banana.”

Ally Schweitzer (@allyschweitzer) from WAMU visited a Maryland pawpaw orchard to get a taste.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young meets a chef from the Sioux nation, Sean Sherman (@the_sioux_chef), who is on a mission to revitalize Native American food and introduce it to the world.

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