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Produced every weekday at WBUR in Boston, Here and Now features fast breaking news, more leisurely analysis, and human interest stories. The program also covers the arts: film, theater, music and much more.

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Justice Anthony Kennedy has announced he will retire from the Supreme Court. As NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg wrote, “More than any other justice, he was responsible for the advancement of LGBT rights.”

Legal scholar Alan Dershowitz (@AlanDersh) joins Here & Now‘s Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson to discuss Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement announcement Wednesday.

Starting next month, Chicago will join Seattle in requiring hotels to provide all housekeepers with panic buttons they can use if they are sexually assaulted, harassed or threatened by a guest.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with Ely Dar, a hotel housekeeper at the Westin Seattle, and Abby Lawlor, a researcher with Unite Here Local 8 in Seattle, a hospitality union which has been advocating for the panic buttons.

Uber earned a major win in London on Tuesday: A judge overruled the city’s September decision not to renew the ride-hailing company’s operating license.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Johana Bhuiyan (@JMBooyah), senior editor of transportation for Recode, about what the ruling means for Uber.

In a series of morning tweets, President Trump called again for suspension of due process for people who crossed the border illegally. He said that those immigrants should be deported immediately, without going before a judge.

It’s been another busy week on social media, with users sharing photos of protests as migrant parents waited to be reunited with their children after being separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. First lady Melania Trump also caused a firestorm over a jacket she wore to visit a children’s shelter in Texas. And New Zealand’s Prime Minister gave birth to a baby girl — and Twitter is celebrating.

First Lady Melania Trump paid an unannounced visit to a detention center in Texas on Thursday, and at a cabinet meeting at the White House, President Trump said he is directing government agencies to reunite immigrant families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border.

NPR congressional correspondent Scott Detrow (@scottdetrow) joins Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson to discuss the latest.

Preserving A River With A Pint

Jun 21, 2018

Arizona’s Verde River has a lot of competing users: city dwellers, farmers, kayakers and environmentalists. They all want its water in different ways, but a new project aims to unite everyone over a glass of beer. A farm in Camp Verde, about 90 miles north of Phoenix, has planted a crop of malt barley to conserve water and give Arizona breweries a key ingredient to craft a truly local beer.

There have been many voices against President Trump’s chosen policy of family separation at the U.S. border.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young gets the views of a supporter of the administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy, conservative talk show host Sandy Rios (@SandyRiosTweet).

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The policy of separating children from their families at the Mexican border is dividing Republicans as Democrats push to end the practice.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Sen. Chris Van Hollen (@ChrisVanHollen), a Democrat from Maryland, about visiting a border patrol processing center over the weekend in McAllen, Texas.

A recent report from the American Psychiatric Association urges people to “participate in policy and advocacy to combat climate change.”

And that’s just one of the medical groups writing about the connection between adverse mental health effects and global disasters related to changing climate.

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Across the country and beyond, drug donations are quietly emerging. At least 37 states in the U.S. have created drug donation programs for unused medication.

Undergraduate applicants to the University of Chicago no longer have to include SAT or ACT scores in their applications. It’s the first top-tier university to make the tests optional, though a growing number of other schools are making similar moves.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson talks with James Nondorf, dean of admissions and vice president of enrollment and student advancement at the University of Chicago.

Chavie Weisberger grew up in an ultra-Orthodox Hasidic community in Monsey, New York, where she raised her three children after her 2008 divorce. But as she began questioning her faith and her sexuality, her neighbors told the religious authorities there that she was allowing secular behavior in her home.

How Religious Courts Impact Trying To Leave The Ultra-Orthodox Community

A federal judge Tuesday approved AT&T’s plan to acquire Time Warner, in an $85 billion deal with sweeping consequences for consumers and the media industry. AT&T has promised to close the deal by June 20.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Roben Farzad (@robenfarzad), who hosts the podcast “Full Disclosure.”

The alternative rock band Belly has its first album out in 23 years. The indie group shot up the charts in 1993 and was in heavy rotation on radio and MTV. Now, Belly is back on tour with their collection of new songs.

Andrea Shea (@asheaarts) from WBUR reports.

Looking Back At D-Day, 74 Years Later

Jun 6, 2018

It was the major turning point in World War II. Seventy-four years ago today, June 6, 1944, the allies stormed ashore in France to drive the Germans out. Less than a year later, the bloody conflict was over.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young looks back at an interview with historian John McManus, who wrote “The Dead And Those About To Die: The Big Red One at Omaha Beach” about what happened that day.

As the wedding season gets underway, Here & Now‘s Robin Young talks with Atlanta-based wedding planner Summer McLane about the costs of tying the knot, tips for finding the right planner and some of the most common budget surprises.

The computer game “Active Shooter” has been pulled from the online gaming platform Steam a few days before its release, after it provoked widespread outrage.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson learns more from Ben Johnson (@TheBrockJohnson), senior producer of “Endless Thread” and a tech correspondent for Here & Now.

 

“The Americans” ends Wednesday. The FX show centers on husband and wife Russian spy team Philip and Elizabeth Jennings, played by real-life couple Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell.

The couple poses as Americans living in a D.C. suburb with their children running a travel agency, while murderously carrying out espionage in Cold War Washington. The show was created by former CIA officer Joe Weisberg, after several Russian spies were discovered living in America.

For most people, “early music” means Beethoven, Bach and Debussy. But scholar Angela Mariani is interested in what came before those composers.

On this week’s Here & Now DJ Session, host Jeremy Hobson speaks with Mariani, host of the nationally syndicated radio show “Harmonia Early Music” from WFIU Public Radio, which highlights medieval, renaissance and baroque music.

The Trump administration has announced that it’s ending temporary protected status for nearly 57,000 Hondurans living in the U.S. TPS gives legal status to migrants who are already in the U.S. when their country suffers a conflict or natural disaster.

ABC has cancelled “Roseanne” after its star, Roseanne Barr, sent a racist tweet about a former Obama aide.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson discusses the latest with NPR TV critic Eric Deggans (@Deggans).

President Trump has said he wants to launch a new anti-drug ad campaign to fight opioid use. But how have these public service announcements worked in the past?

Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with Keith Humphreys (@KeithNHumphreys), professor of psychiatry at Stanford University and former senior policy adviser for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy under Presidents Bush and Obama.

Wednesday is the deadline for officials in Philadelphia to clear out two homeless encampments which have attracted many people who are addicted to drugs. Outreach workers are trying to place each person into treatment programs.

Joel Wolfram (@joelwolfram) of WHYY reports.

Composer Thea Musgrave has had her work performed by many of the world’s top symphony orchestras: Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, London. She was born in Scotland 90 years ago this Sunday — and she’s still composing. A concert on her birthday in New York will feature two world premieres.

Naomi Lewin brings us this profile.

Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with Balbina Hwang, visiting professor at Georgetown University and a former State Department senior adviser, about what might be next after President Trump cancelled next month’s North Korea summit.

Two different congressional briefings will be held in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, for lawmakers to review secret documents in the FBI’s Russia investigation, including information that Republicans demanded to see about a government informant who contacted Trump campaign aides in 2016.

President Trump said on Twitter on Wednesday that he’s going to sign into law “big changes” to the Dodd-Frank banking regulations put in place after the financial crisis.

The bill passed the House late Tuesday, with supporters saying it would make it easier for midsize and regional banks to lend. It already passed the Senate in March.

Las Vegas hotel and casino workers have voted to authorize a strike as early as next month. Contracts for about 50,000 culinary and bartender union workers expire at the end of May.

Workers are demanding a bigger share of the casino profits, but also protections against the use of robots and artificial intelligence to automate service jobs.

Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with the Culinary Union’s Bethany Khan (@BethanyKhan) about those demands.

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