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, Jeremy Hobson and Tonya Mosley.

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43 min

Atlanta Mayor On COVID-19; Hospital Cancel Elective Surgeries

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms provides an update on the situation in her city, which is under a stay-at-home order due to the coronavirus outbreak. More than 100 people have died from COVID-19 across the state of Georgia. And, many hospitals are stopping elective surgeries amid the current pandemic. Dr. David Hoyt, executive director of the American College of Surgeons, talks about why canceling these surgeries is important.
43 min

Stranded Americans Overseas Amid Coronavirus; Florida Cruise Ships

The more than 30,000 Americans still stranded overseas because of the coronavirus are getting frustrated as the State Department mounts an unprecedented effort to help get them home. WAMU's Daniella Cheslow reports. Also, more cruise ships are pleading for somewhere to port in Florida, but so far Gov. Ron DeSantis has denied their requests, saying the state's health care resources are already stretched thin. We speak with The Miami Herald's Taylor Dolven.
42 min

Book Recommendations For Social Distancing; Coronavirus And Addiction

To help pass the time during social distancing, host Jeremy Hobson speaks with Petra Mayer of NPR Books about what she suggests we read while we're contained in Also, many Americans are feeling isolated these days as we stay home. But what impact is social distancing efforts having on people who are in addiction recovery? Vic Vela, host of new recovery podcast "Back From Broken," joins us to discuss.
42 min

Coronavirus Cripples Cattle Country; New Orleans Becomes Major COVID-19 Hotspot

The cattle industry has its own name for an economic downturn: a wreck — and we are right in the middle of one. As the Texas Standard's Michael Marks reports, the coronavirus injected the cattle market with a big dose of uncertainty at just the wrong time. Also, Louisiana's overall death rate is on par with New York's, though the southern state faces unique challenges. WWNO's Patrick Madden talks to us about the latest in New Orleans.
42 min

Coronavirus Impact On Improv Theaters; Epidemiologist On COVID-19

Comedy theaters are among the many entertainment outlets struggling with the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. Host Jeremy Hobson speaks with Charna Halpern, owner of The iO Theater in Chicago. Also, Dr. Larry Brilliant has been on the front lines in the fight against disease for decades. He shares his thoughts on COVID-19.
42 min

Coronavirus Reveals Inter-Generational Conflict; Challenges Truckers Face Due To COVID-19

There's been an outcry on social media: Millenials don't think their boomer parents are taking warnings about coronavirus seriously enough. NPR's Ina Jaffe profiles a father and daughter. Also, we talk to John Lex, a truck driver for Walmart, about some of the challenges he is facing on the road due to the coronavirus, and the newfound respect he feels truckers are finally earning.
43 min

Unemployment Claims Skyrocket; Staying Connected To Loved Ones

Nearly 3.3 million people filed for unemployment last week as the coronavirus pandemic brought many industries to a standstill. We get an expert view from Diane Swonk, chief economist at Grant Thornton LLP. Also, so many people are worried about family and loved ones right now. WBUR's Anthony Brooks's mother, Esther Brooks, is in Italy — one of the hot spots of the global pandemic.
43 min

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma's #SongsOfComfort; Vaping And Coronavirus

Host Robin Young speaks with cellist Yo-Yo Ma about the music he's been tweeting using the hashtag #SongsOfComfort. Also, some physicians are speculating that vaping could make some young people more susceptible to the worst COVID-19 complications. Cleveland Clinic pulmonologist Dr. Humberto Choi joins us to talk about the issue.