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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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Skate shop owner reflects on Tyre Nichols; How much dark chocolate is safe to eat?

Sac Ramp Skate Shop owner Christopher Dean reflects on the life of Tyre Nichols, who will be buried in Memphis, Tennessee, on Wednesday. Skateboarders in Sacramento, California, where Nichols grew up, will remember him at a "homegoing celebration" on Saturday. Then, meteorologist Mark Elliot talks about the freezing rain and brutal cold that is causing power outages across Texas, Arkansas and other states in the region. And, a new study by Consumer Reports confirms that most dark chocolate is contaminated by heavy metals lead and cadmium. So what does that mean for consumers? And how did the metals get there in the first place? James Rogers, director of food and safety research at Consumer Reports, joins us.

Surgeon general calls gun violence an 'epidemic'; How Waco reverberates today

Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy has long called gun violence in America an epidemic. He's pushing for more research into gun violence and what the government can do to prevent it. Then, a federal appeals court ended Johnsons & Johnson's attempt to sidestep lawsuits over its baby powder Monday. The company tried to use a bankruptcy filing to block the nearly 40,000 lawsuits from people alleging its baby powder contains asbestos. NPR's Scott Horsley joins us. And, author Kevin Cook talks about his new book, "Waco Rising: David Koresh, the FBI, and the Birth of America's Modern Militias."

Coping with racial trauma from Tyre Nichols' death; VA school reopens after shooting

The Memphis Police Department has disbanded its SCORPION unit. The acronym stood for "Street Crimes Operation to Restore Peace in Our Neighborhoods," and the specialized unit of five officers was charged in the death of Tyre Nichols. Keith Taylor, an adjunct professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, joins us. And, Tyre Nichols' death shocked the nation, but many weren't surprised as more information about police brutality came to light. How does the Black and Brown community — in Memphis and around the country — move forward from this racial trauma? Trauma therapist Resmaa Menakem joins us. Then, earlier this month, a 6-year-old shot his teacher in a Virginia classroom. Monday, the Richneck Elementary School in Newport News reopens for the first time since. Thomas Britton has a 6-year-old in the same class as the shooter and joins us.

Tyre Nichols' family lawyer on charges; Breaking barriers to Asian mental health care

Tyre Nichols died at the hands of Memphis police officers earlier this month at what should have been a routine traffic stop. One of the attorneys representing Nichols' family, Antonio Romanucci, joins us. And, the Biden administration is proposing changes to the U.S. census and federal surveys that research shows will make data on Latinos and people of Middle Eastern or North African descent more accurate. NPR correspondent Hansi Lo Wang joins us. Then, the Asian Mental Health Collective started during the pandemic to provide free therapy and work toward erasing the stigma around mental healthcare. The group is rallying counselors across the country amid shootings targeting Asian communities. Jeanie Chang, board president of the Asian Mental Health Collective joins us.

Economy expands in Q4, but fear of recession looms; 'The Persian Version' at Sundance

U.S. GDP rose 2.9% in the final quarter of 2022. It beat expectations, but fears of a recession still loom large among economists. MSNBC's Ali Velshi breaks down the latest numbers. And, we check back with Isom, Kentucky, grocery store owner Gwen Christon, six months after flood waters ruined her store, the only grocery store within miles in her small, rural town. Then, the Sundance Film Festival is underway in Park City, Utah. Director Maryam Keshavarz talks about "The Persian Version," a sweeping family dramedy about three generations of Iranian women.

'My Selma' details growing up Black in 1960's South; Can Congress fix Ticketmaster?

Two mass shootings occurred in California during Lunar New Year celebrations, leaving Asian communities in the surrounding areas reeling. They came at a time of increased anti-Asian violence. Anh Do of the Los Angeles Times and Cecilia Lei of the San Francisco Chronicle join us. And, Willie Mae Brown was 12 years old when Martin Luther King Jr. first visited the church in her town. Her new book is "My Selma: True Stories of a Southern Childhood at the Height of the Civil Rights Movement," and Brown joins us. Then, it'll be a cruel summer for Taylor Swift fans who couldn't score tickets to the pop star's tour. After the chaos and Ticketmaster site shutdown, Swifties know there's a problem with Ticketmaster all too well, but now Congress is weighing in. The New Republic's Pablo Manríquez joins us to recap Tuesday's hearing.

Earth's inner core appears to be slowing; Asian American elders process shootings

The nation is now processing a second mass shooting involving Asian Americans in California in the midst of the Lunar New Year. Connie Chung Joe, CEO of Asian Americans Advancing Justice Southern California, talks about the community impact. Then, Elizabeth Day, a senior teaching fellow in geophysics at Imperial College London, talks about new research that shows the Earth's core is spinning at a rate slightly slower than the rest of the planet. And, the Oscar nominations were announced Tuesday morning. "Everything, Everywhere, All at Once" led the way with 11 nominations, including Best Picture. KPCC's John Horn runs down some of the top nominees.

Lunar New Year shooting in Monterey Park; Scientist loses job for climate protest

Lunar New Year is supposed to be a time of joy for Asian cultures. But it's off to a somber start for Monterey Park residents after a shooting over the weekend killed at least 10 people and left at least another 10 injured. Josie Huang reports on Asian American communities in Southern California for KPCC and joins us. And, protests abound in Atlanta, Georgia over constructing a police training facility. A protestor and member of the Forest Defenders, a group of activists living in the South River Forest to protest the facility, was shot and killed recently. WABE's Chamian Cruz joins us. Then, an Earth scientist reportedly lost her job after participating in climate activism protests. Rose Abramoff joins us to talk about being let go from her position at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.