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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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President Trump joins Republican senators Tuesday at their weekly policy lunch. Tax overhaul legislation is on the table, but feuds between Trump and some GOP lawmakers, including Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, are complicating that effort.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young gets the latest from NPR’s Domenico Montanaro (@DomenicoNPR).

Three people in the past two weeks have been shot to death in the Seminole Heights neighborhood of Tampa.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young gets an update from Howard Altman (@haltman) of The Tampa Bay Times.

Is This The End For Sears?

Oct 23, 2017

Sears has slipped billions of dollars into debt, and industry analysts are predicting the end. And Sears Canada is closing all of its remaining stores and laying off 12,000 employees. Sears was once an icon of American consumer culture.

A young Cub Scout, 11-year-old Ames Mayfield, got compliments for his question about gun control at a meeting with a Colorado state senator. But then, Mayfield was kicked out of his Cub Scout den.

One of the youngest victims in the Northern California wildfires was 14-year-old Kai Logan Shepherd of Redwood Valley. His family is trying to survive his loss, and their own injuries. His mother, father and sister were seriously burned and have undergone multiple surgeries.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with the children’s aunt, Mindi Ramos, who has started a fundraiser to help the Shepherds rebuild their life.

The revelation that Republican Rep. Tom Marino of Pennsylvania — the White House nominee to head the National Office of Drug Control Policy — sponsored legislation that favored the drug industry while receiving campaign contributions from that same industry led to Marino withdrawing his name from consideration. Meanwhile, President Trump has announced that he will declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency.

Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus Campos spoke for the first time publicly about his experience the night a gunman killed 58 people at a country music festival in Las Vegas. Campos, who was the first person to confront the killer, had remained largely out of the public eye.

The Trump administration says it wants lawmakers to pass the Republican tax overhaul plan by the end of the year. It aims to spur revenue by cutting taxes for U.S. businesses and earners, including the country’s wealthiest. Arthur Laffer is considered by many to be “the father of supply-side economics,” the theory that forms the backbone of the current overhaul plan.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Laffer, who was also a Trump campaign adviser and an adviser to President Ronald Reagan.

An increasing number of mental health professionals are diagnosing students with “school refusal” — a condition characterized by anxiety, stress and depression that leaves kids unable to attend school. The Maine Academy of Natural Sciences charter school debuted its “Threshold Program” in September, and enrolled 21 students. The program sends teachers to students at home.

Many GOP lawmakers have long been concerned about the rising debt in the United States, now over $20 trillion. But fiscal conservatives are also hoping to push through tax cuts in the coming months, which might make the deficit even larger.

Those 'Luxury' Condos Look A Little Drab

Oct 16, 2017

In cities like Seattle, Boston, Denver and Charlotte, new “luxury” condos and apartment buildings are going up to meet demand for new housing. But many of these buildings look like simple, plain boxes.

More than 150 years ago, the Great Lakes region played a key role in the Underground Railroad. Runaway slaves made their way to cities along the lakes and crossed the border to freedom in Canada.

Today, thousands of asylum seekers who came to the U.S. are heading north, too. Great Lakes Today’s Angelica Morrison (@amorrisonWBFO) reports.

President Trump is telling Congress that he won’t certify Iran’s compliance with the nuclear agreement, but he is also asking Congress to leave the agreement in place.

Here & Now security analyst Jim Walsh (@DrJimWalshMIT) tells Here & Now‘s Robin Young that Trump’s move is largely symbolic.

Two German artists have just completed a project called “linear,” in which they dragged a large foam pen around the desert. They walked in a 400-mile rectangle through Utah, Colorado and Wyoming — pulling their pen behind them — completing the circuit in three weeks.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson talks with Wolfgang Aichner and Thomas Huber about their project.

What happens when you’re a 12-year-old wizard with no magic? Or an enemy warrior girl with no interest in fighting? In Cressida Cowell‘s new novel “The Wizards of Once,” you embark on a series of adventures involving giants, wildcats, sprites, domineering parents — who happen to be rulers — dungeons and magic.

Editor’s Note: This segment discusses sexual assault and sexual harrassment, and contains audio that some listeners may find disturbing or offensive.

The gun control debate is heating up again in the aftermath of the Las Vegas massacre — and that will likely invigorate staunch Second Amendment groups like the Three Percenters Militia. Militia groups have recently become much more visible, showing up at political demonstrations.

The endangered black-footed ferret became nearly extinct more than three decades ago. The species is an important part of the ecosystem, as the animals are both predators and prey.

Crews are battling wildfires in Northern California, with officials requiring some residents in Napa and Sonoma counties to evacuate.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young gets the latest from KQED’s Tiffany Camhi (@tiffanycamhi) at the scene.

Vice President Pence walked out of an NFL game in Indiana this weekend when players protested during the national anthem. Meanwhile, the White House demanded Congress fund a border wall and restrict immigration in exchange for a continuation of a DACA policy. And, President Trump picked a fight with Republican Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee.

You Can’t Turn That Into A House” on FYI takes home improvement to a new level: transforming old grain silos, chicken coops, a dumpster and more into tiny houses.

The film “Blade Runner” opened to mixed reviews in 1982. Eventually it came to be considered a science fiction masterpiece, and is now included in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry. A sequel, “Blade Runner 2049,” opens in theaters this weekend.

Reporter Jon Kalish (@kalishjon) finds out how screenwriter Hampton Fancher helped craft both films.

The Clark County sheriff said more than 100 investigators were combing through evidence collected in Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock’s home and hotel room. But the sheriff said Paddock had lived a secret life, and warned that much of it may never be fully understood.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson talks with KQED’s John Sepulvado (@JohnLGC) about the latest from the investigation.

An algae bloom in Lake Erie’s western basin, bordering Michigan and Ohio, is turning portions of the lake bright green. Algae blooms have been getting larger and more frequent in the lake, and in 2014 one affected Toledo, Ohio’s water supply.

The New York Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins in Tuesday night’s American League wild card playoff game. Wednesday night, in the National League, the Arizona Diamondbacks take on the Colorado Rockies. It’s the first step on the road to Major League Baseball’s World Series.

A Community Mourns A Loss After Las Vegas

Oct 4, 2017

A beach community near Los Angeles is mourning the loss of a favorite police department employee, Rachael Parker, who died in the Las Vegas shooting.

Reporter Susan Valot (@susanvalothas the story.

Police still don’t know what suspect Stephen Paddock’s motive was in the Las Vegas shooting. He brought more than 10 bags of legally purchased guns into his hotel suite.

John Sepulvado (@JohnLGC) of KQED joins Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson to discuss what investigators are focusing on in the case.

There are nearly 6,500 troops and support staff deployed to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands as part of the government’s relief response to the devastation of Hurricane Maria. Among the military units already helping is the 45th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron. The Air Force Reserve unit is flying medical patients to the mainland U.S.

Bobbie O’Brien of WUSF visited the squadron’s staging area at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.

Trinity County in Northern California is one of the state’s most food insecure regions, meaning many people there don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

Reporter Lisa Morehouse (@cafoodways) accompanied the county’s food bank director on his 10-hour food delivery route in this isolated region.

Dennis Guerrero, a photographer from Montebello, California, had just finished taking pictures of the Route 91 Harvest Festival for a Palm Springs, California, radio station when he heard gunfire.

Guerrero joins Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson and Robin Young to describe what he saw.

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