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

Daughter Shares Late Father's COVID-19 Story; Karen Russell's 'Sleep Donation'

Shafqat Khan is among the more than 200,000 people who have died from the coronavirus in the U.S. He was 76. His daughter, Sabila Khan, shares his story and her memories of him. And, we speak with author Karen Russell about her novella "Sleep Donation" about an insomnia pandemic. It's out in paperback on Tuesday.
42 min

Florida Seniors On 2020 Election; Hypnosis Used In Texas Courts

President Trump swept the senior vote in 2016, but Joe Biden is pulling many of those voters back to the Democratic party. We talk to three senior Floridians across the state and the political spectrum. Also, we speak with Lauren McGaughy of the Dallas Morning News about her year-long investigation looking into why some police officers still use hypnosis in court cases after it was banned in many states.
41 min

Sunrise Movement On Biden's Climate Change Plan; No-Knock Warrants

Climate change could be a key issue for many younger voters this election. We discuss Joe Biden's climate plan with Aracely Jimenez-Hudis, deputy communications director for the Sunrise Movement. And, Howard University law professor Lenese Herbert joins us to discuss the grand jury decision in the police-involved killing of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky.
42 min

Audio Deep Fakes; Trump's Federal Taxes

We tend to trust our ears because we're so attuned to the voices of our family members and famous people. But experts say artificial intelligence allows computers to learn voices and reproduce them. We discuss with sound expert Dallas Taylor. Also, The New York Times reported Sunday that President Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes in 2016 and 2017 — and none at all in 10 of the previous 15 years. NPR's Franco Ordonez has the latest.
41 min

$6 Million To Improve Elections In Kentucky; How The Allies Won WWII

Kentucky received $6 million from Congress through the Cares Act for election improvements. We speak with Jared Dearing, executive director of the Kentucky State Board of Elections. And, John Arquilla wrote a book that looks at the strategy and tactics used by the Allies and the Axis powers in World War II. He joins us to discuss how the Allies won the war.
40 min

Domestic 'Troll Farms'; Mosaic Arctic Expedition

We talk to Graham Brookie of the Atlantic Council about Turning Point USA, a pro-Trump youth group that has been paying young conservatives to make false posts online claiming that mail-in ballots will lead to election fraud. Brookie says this kind of domestic misinformation is more dangerous than foreign because of its scale and scope. Also, a group of researchers from 20 countries is about to conclude what they're calling the largest polar expedition in history. We talk to one of the researchers.
41 min

Ibram X. Kendi On Breonna Taylor; Gillian Flynn's 'Utopia'

After no officers in Louisville, Kentucky, were charged in the death of Breonna Taylor, many people are feeling pain, anger and uncertainty about where to go from here in the fight for justice for Black Americans. Author and historian Ibram X. Kendi joins us to discuss what's next for the movement. And, author Gillian Flynn talks about her new Amazon series "Utopia."
41 min

Former RBG Clerk On The Justice's Legacy; Trump's 'Patriotic Education'

Across the country, Americans are remembering Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a woman who dedicated her life to the fight for equality before the law. We talk with professor Jonathan Entin, who once a clerk for the Supreme Court justice. Also, Education Week reporter Andrew Ujifusa discusses Trump's call for patriotic education designed by the 1776 Commission that he established last week.