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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41 min

Universal Basic Income Pilot Program; Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan

U.S. schools are trying to plan for the upcoming academic year as the pandemic intensifies. Arne Duncan, former Secretary of Education under Obama, joins us to discuss the push by the Trump administration to reopen schools in the fall. Universal basic income, the policy that promises a regular paycheck regardless of employment, is starting to gain traction and funding. Stockton, California, Mayor Michael Tubbs joins us to discuss the city's pilot program.
41 min

K-pop Top Hits With Soju; Upcoming Missions To Mars

Soju, who competed on "RuPaul's Drag Race," tells us about what it was like growing up queer and Korean in the Midwest and answers all our burning questions about K-pop idols and fans. Plus, she shares tracks from H.O.T, 2NE1, Tiffany Young, and herself. Also, three missions to Mars are set to blast off in the coming weeks. NASA is even planning to bring back Martian rocks for the first time ever. We talk with science journalist Alexandra Witze.
41 min

Empathy And Power; U.S. Military Confronts Racism

Why did George Floyd's death spark a worldwide movement demanding social change? Stanford Professor Jamil Zaki says it has to do with empathy, how it's fostered and how it atrophies. He joins us to discuss the connection between power and empathy. And, the U.S. military is one of the many institutions dealing with the nation's current racial reckoning. We speak with Retired Adm. James Stavridis about efforts to rename military bases that bear the names of Confederate generals.
41 min

'Pandemic Dreams' Captured In New Book; House Race In New Mexico

Dream researcher Deidre Barrett has collected thousands of COVID-19 related dreams online. She joins us to discuss publishing a number of them in the new book "Pandemic Dreams." Also, in New Mexico's second Congressional district, Democratic Rep. Xochitl Torres Small faces a challenge from Republican former state Rep. Yvette Herrell, a re-match of 2018. Host Jeremy Hobson speaks with New Mexico politics writer Joe Monahan.
41 min

Ohio Epidemiologist; Gail Caldwell's 'Bright Precious Thing' Memoir

Ohio is one of several states seeing an uptick in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations after remaining fairly steady in May and June. Dr. Tara Smith, an infectious disease epidemiologist at Kent State University, joins us to discuss what's behind the recent surge in cases. And, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Gail Caldwell talks about her new memoir "Bright Precious Thing," which explores feminism, friendship and what she learned from her 5-year-old neighbor.
41 min

Gen Z Talks Protests, Pandemic; Stargazing Without A Telescope

Americans have been grappling with the emergence of a deadly pandemic and a nationwide protest movement forcing a reckoning on police violence and racial injustice. Host Jeremy Hobson speaks with three young people about how they've been handling it all. Looking for something to do this summer? Astronomer Dean Regas says, "Look up!" Regas joins us to describe some of the brightest stars and constellations visible throughout the summer, and how to find them without a telescope.
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Blackout Day Economic Protest; How Newt Gingrich Shaped The GOP

Tuesday marks #BlackoutDayt2020, a day when Black Americans and their allies are being encouraged to spend their money at minority-owned stores exclusively to highlight the consumer power of minorities. Roben Farzad, host of Public Radio's "Full Disclosure," explains who is organizing the event and why. When President Trump uses phrases like "radical left" he's pulling from a playbook Newt Gingrich helped write. Historian Julian Zelizer makes that case in his new book about Gingrich's rise from a young and unknown congressman to shaping the Republican Party in ways still ...
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COVID-19 Medical Flights On The Rise; Live Music Venues Struggle

In Imperial County, one of Southern California's remote coronavirus hot spots, medical crews have been flying out hundreds of sick people after two local hospitals ran low on intensive care beds. We speak with the program director for Reach Air Medical Services. Also, as states slowly reopen, the live music industry remains mostly dormant. Many music venues are hoping the government will offer support but, in the meantime, are considering other ways to survive. WAMU's Mikaela Lefrak reports.