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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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Black bluegrass musician Arnold Shultz's forgotten legacy; Preparing for a hurricane

As Hurricane Ian bears down on Florida, residents in several counties are under an evacuation order. Hillsborough County Fire Chief Dennis Jones describes how local residents are preparing for the region's biggest hurricane in 101 years. Then, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business professor Jeremy Siegel explains why the Federal Reserve's policy of hiking interest rates could lead to a major recession. And, many credit Bill Monroe as the "father" of Bluegrass. But when you listen to his music, you hear echoes of the man who mentored Monroe — Arnold Shultz, the son of a formerly enslaved man in Ohio Country, Kentucky. Among those working to restore that legacy is Dr. Richard Brown, a dentist and acclaimed mandolin player.

How Arizona and other states are moving to restrict abortion access; Protests in Iran

Russian protestors are still demonstrating following President Vladimir Putin's announcement last week of troop mobilization. More than 100 protesters have already been detained. We learn more with NPR's Charles Maynes. Then, we get an Iran news roundup with Here & Now security analyst Jim Walsh. Protests continue in the country over the death of a woman held in police custody for not wearing a headscarf. And, we talk about the latest in state abortion rules: An Arizona judge allowed a state law that bans nearly all abortions. Washington Post health reporter Rachel Roubein joins us. Plus, more details are coming to light about a welfare fraud scandal that funneled money to former NFL player Brett Farve, among others. Mississippi Today reporter Anna Wolfe tells us more.

Fight over banned books plays out; More than 20 quadrillion ants live on Earth

On Friday, House Republicans launched their "Commitment to America" agenda. NBC senior congressional reporter Scott Wong and Politico national political reporter Holly Otterbein join us to speak about the agenda and latest on Senate and Governor races in Pennsylvania. Then, it's banned books week, and residents across U.S. communities weigh in on what it means to see books being pulled from shelves in schools and public libraries. Jonathan Friedman, director of free expression and education programs at PEN America, joins us. And, a new study shows that there are 20 quadrillion ants on Earth, and that's a conservative estimate. Entomologist Adam Hart joins us to talk about the study and what all those ants mean.

The human cost of the Fed's interest rate hikes; How whales communicate

Clashes between Iranian security forces and protesters began following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in police custody. Iranian-American journalist Negar Mortazavi shares the latest. Then, MSNBC's Ali Velshi talks about the impact of the Federal Reserve's latest rate hike. And, naturalist and filmmaker Tom Mustill talks about his new book "How to Speak Whale: A Voyage Into the Future of Animal Communication." A close encounter with a humpback whale started Mustill on a journey to find out how scientists are attempting to determine how whales and other cetaceans communicate.

It's banned books week. Here's what to read; Aaron Judge reaches Babe Ruth's record

Russian President Vladamir Putin is declaring a partial mobilization of forces in Ukraine. Russia expert Jeffrey Edmonds joins us to unpack what this means. Then, in Puerto Rico, recovery efforts are underway for the more than 1 million homes without power. Denise Santos, the president of the Food Bank of Puerto Rico, joins us. And, it's banned book week. Creator of "The Stacks" podcast Traci Thomas offers reading recommendations around gender, race and sexuality that topped banned book lists across the country. Plus, Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge has hit a major milestone in his career: 60 home runs this season. The Washington Post Chelsea Janes joins us to talk about the achievement.

'Reverse Freedom Rides' of the early '60s; Biden declared the pandemic over. Is it?

The number of Venezuelans taken into custody at the U.S. border soared in August, according to new numbers from Customs and Border Protection. Immigration reporter Uriel J. García joins us from El Paso. Then, the news about southern governors shipping immigrants north echoes a political stunt by segregationists during the Civil Rights movement of the early 1960s. WBUR's Gabrielle Emanuel talks about the Reverse Freedom Rides and the striking similarities to today's news. And, on Sunday, President Biden declared that the pandemic was over. Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo discusses all things COVID and boosters.

The music that defined Queen Elizabeth II; Monkey Island franchise returns

Puerto Rico is without power Monday following Hurricane Fiona. NPR's Luis Trelles joins us from San Juan. Then, when Queen Elizabeth II was laid to rest at Windsor Castle on Monday, she was accompanied by a lifetime companion: music. Paul Gambaccini, host of Her Majesty's Music on the BBC, joins us to talk about the tunes that inspired and defined the late queen. And, "The Secret of Monkey Island" broke ground in 1990 with a pirate adventure game full of puzzles and wit. Now, the original game designers are back with "Return to Monkey Island." Producer James Mastromarino reports.

Captured, Ep. 5: Permanent capture

Congressional hearings about the management of the EPA lead to firings, dramatic resignations, and for one person, a prison sentence. EPA staffers are making T-shirts to celebrate what they see as a victory. But after all of that, how do we ensure a system that effectively regulates industry? In the long run, did the bureaucrats and government workers who plotted and leaked documents to "save the EPA" get what they want?