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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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Lessons Learned From Ancient Toilets

Jul 13, 2017

Though it may sound distasteful, the ruins of toilets and sewer systems can be a treasure trove for researchers who want to know how early Romans lived and ate.

Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti spoke with Brandeis classics professor Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow about her work in archaic sanitation last summer, and today we revisit that conversation.

What's At Stake As Trump Visits France?

Jul 13, 2017

NPR’s Domenico Montanaro (@DomenicoNPR) joins Here & Now‘s Robin Young to discuss the politics around President Trump’s visit to France today.

Two former directors of Medicaid — one who served under a Democrat, the other under a Republican — are asking Congress not to change Medicaid right now.

The avant-garde classical composer Molly Herron doesn't make easy music. It's work that asks the listener to engage, and open up to new ways of hearing sound. At Dartmouth College recently, Herron unveiled a new piece played entirely on homemade instruments.

Todd Bookman (@toddbookman) from Here & Now contributor New Hampshire Public Radio reports.

Godsmack frontman, singer-songwriter Sully Erna, is known for his hard rock sound. Now, he’s out with a different kind of album.

“Hometown Life” is a mix of country, rock and blues, and the song “Different Kind of Tears” is part of an awareness campaign to fight opioid addiction. The song and accompanying video were created in partnership with the Recovery Centers of America and the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation.

In Gayle Forman‘s novel “Leave Me,” a heart attack prompts an overcommitted mother of twins to leave her family and start a new life.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young revisits a conversation about the book with Forman (@gayleforman) from last September.

Forty years ago, President Jimmy Carter awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The civil rights icon was assassinated about a decade earlier.

Sean Powers (@SeanPowersGPB) of Georgia Public Broadcasting revisits that day at the White House with an audio postcard.

From a stock market milestone to a low unemployment rate, there have been a number of important economic indicators to follow in the first half of 2017.

During National Lake Appreciation Month, we asked for your favorite lakes and you responded. Check out the second part in our summer series on lakes.


This summer, we’re going to spend some time cooling off with lakes. If you have some time to get away this summer, even if it’s only for the day, where should you go?

Last week a federal appeals court blocked the Environmental Protection Agency from suspending an Obama-era limit on methane emissions from new oil and gas wells. The ruling was a blow to EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt, who has made it his mission to undo much of his predecessor’s work combating climate change.

A Pakistani family is one of the last group of refugees to be resettled in the U.S., ahead of new federal guidelines restricting refugee arrivals, expected to go into effect next week.

Carmel Delshad (@cdelshad) of Here & Now contributor WAMU was at Dulles Airport in Virginia, when they arrived and has this report.

Tens of thousands have taken to the streets of Hamburg, Germany, to protest the G-20 Summit there. Meanwhile, President Trump sat down for his first face-to-face meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, as concerns about Russia’s interference in the 2016 election mount at home.

Mosquito biologist Andy Lima sometimes goes by another name. As MC Bugg-Z, he raps about mosquitoes and the illnesses they can spread. It is all part of a campaign to educate the public on disease prevention.

Jacob Fenston (@JacobFenston) of Here & Now contributor WAMU reports on the scientist/rapper who figured out that “Zika” rhymes with “mosquita.”

More than 150 people showed up Thursday at a town hall in Palco, Kansas — which is home to less than 300 people — to talk to Senator Jerry Moran about health care. Some were from Palco and the surrounding communities, others had driven from as far away as Kansas City to voice their concerns over the bill.

Sick Of Sequels? Try These Summer Movies

Jul 6, 2017

Looking for a movie that isn’t the latest iteration of “Transformers,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” or “Despicable Me?”

Claudia Puig (@claudiapuig), president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, joins Here & Now‘s Lisa Mullins with her picks for fresh summer films.

Claudia Puig’s Top Summer Film Picks:

“Baby Driver”

Circus sideshow displays of “freaks” were very popular in the United States up until the 20th century. In 1899, George and Willie Muse, the African-American children of sharecroppers, were lured from their home to become part of one such sideshow.

Francis Scott Key is most famous for writing “The Star-Spangled Banner” after the Battle of Baltimore during the War of 1812. But after he penned the now-famous lyrics, he hardly mentioned them during his life.

The Wimbledon Tennis Championships gets underway Monday. This year marks the 90th anniversary of the first radio commentary of the historic competition, which was broadcast by the BBC.

Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd speaks with Robert Seatter, head of BBC History, about the championship and its impact on sports broadcasting over the years.

In the 1960s, the American bald eagle was nearly extinct due to the pesticide DDT and habitat destruction. DDT was banned in 1972, and the eagle population eventually came back. But now, there’s another threat to the American bald eagle: lead ammunition.

Angelica Morrison (@amorrisonWBFO) of Here & Now contributor Great Lakes Today reports.

MSNBC hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough on Friday wrote a Washington Post opinion piece in response to President Trump’s tweets Thursday, saying that Brzezinski was “bleeding badly from a face-lift” when she recently visited his Florida resort Mar-a-Lago.

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