Here & Now
Here & Now

A live production of NPR and WBUR Boston, in collaboration with stations across the country, Here & Now reflects the fluid world of news as it's happening in the middle of the day, with timely, in-depth news, interviews and conversation. Hosted by Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson.

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42 min

Sept. 20, 2019: White House On California Emissions; Soil Degradation

The Trump administration is revoking a waiver that allowed California to set its own standards for automobile emissions. Host Jeremy Hobson talks with Russ Vought, acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, about the change. And, the health of the world's soil is crucial to storing carbon. But a recent UN report finds that the Earth's soil is being lost 10 to 100 times faster than it is forming. We speak with scientist Louis Verchot.
42 min

Sept. 19, 2019: Environmental Impact Of Oil Attacks; 'They/Them' Pronouns And Equality

The attacks on the Saudi oil plant last weekend were not the first time a country's oil industry or infrastructure has been targeted. One Dutch researcher says attacks on oil facilities can have disastrous environmental consequences. Also, a study looked into what impact the use of gender-neutral pronouns like 'they' is having in Sweden. Here & Now's Tonya Mosley spoke with one of the researchers about the impact pronouns have on equality.
42 min

Sept. 19, 2019: Speaker John Bercow; Kids And Plant-Based Milk

John Bercow, speaker of Britain's House of Commons, is famous for his calls for "order, order!" when he chairs debates. Lately, the main issue has been Brexit. He joins Jeremy Hobson for a conversation. Also, new guidance from a panel of leading public and private health organizations says that kids under age of five should avoid drinks that are high in sugar. That includes juice and popular plant-based milks, such as rice or coconut milk.
42 min

Sept. 18, 2019: Strategists On 2020 Race; 'Downton Abbey' Creator On New Film

The 2020 presidential race is heating up. We spoke with political strategists from the left and right about the latest from the presidential campaign trail. Also, Here & Now's Robin Young talks with "Downton Abbey" creator Julian Fellowes about writing the screenplay for a new film based on the TV series.
42 min

Sept. 18, 2019: New National Security Adviser; 1619 Project

Trump has named Robert C. O'Brien as national security adviser. O'Brien had served as presidential envoy for hostage affairs and has a long background in diplomacy. NPR's Greg Myre joins us to discuss. Also, this year marks 400 years since the first enslaved Africans arrived on America's shores. Tonya Mosley speaks New York Times journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, who spearheaded the 1619 Project, a collection of essays dedicated to chronicling slavery and revealing its ties to America's modern systems and cultural norms.
42 min

Sept. 17, 2019: Remembering Cokie Roberts; Climate Change And Religion

Veteran journalist Cokie Roberts has died at 75. According to a family statement, Roberts died Tuesday due to complications from breast cancer. We take a look at her legendary career as an NPR and ABC News journalist. Also, a growing number of churches are taking an active roll in fighting against climate change. Host Tonya Mosley speaks with Reverend Michael Malcolm in Birmingham, Alabama, about his faith-based approach to environmental activism.
42 min

Sept. 17, 2019: Climate Change Reporting; Frank Bruni Talks Blindness

Journalists reporting on climate change say there are nuances and intersectional issues in covering the "climate emergency." We speak with three reporters covering the issue throughout the country. Also, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni woke up one morning without sight in one eye and now he has a 20% chance of going blind entirely. Here & Now's Robin Young talks with Bruni about blindness, writing and empathy.
42 min

Sept. 16, 2019: NRA Board Meeting; 'Motherhood So White' Author

Leaders of the National Rifle Association met over the weekend near the nation's capital. Rob Pincus, a member of the NRA who is pushing for reform inside the organization, talks about the meeting. Also, a climate change advice column from Yale Climate Connections aims to help people navigate conversations on the topic. Here & Now's Robin Young talks with the author of the "Ask Sara" column, Sara Peach. And, host Tonya Mosley speaks with Nefertiti Austin, author of "Motherhood So White: A Memoir of Race, Gender, and Parenting In America."
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