Here & Now

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  • Hosted by Robin Young, Jeremy Hobson

A fast-paced program that covers up-to-the-minute news and also provides regular features on food, technology, finance, culture and more.

A dangerous heat wave is hitting cities across the United States later this week and this weekend. Temperatures at the peak of the heat wave will run 10 to 20 degrees above normal.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with the Weather Channel meteorologist Mark Elliot (@twcMarkElliot) about the conditions and precautions people can take.

As Massachusetts marijuana growers get ready to plant their first crops for recreational use, the state has set some of the toughest energy use regulations in the country.

WBUR’s Bruce Gellerman (@AudioBruce) has the story.

Immediately after Hurricane Maria, a community center called Casa Pueblo in Adjuntas, Puerto Rico, provided its neighbors with solar energy. A few months after the event, some believe it’s possible that renewable energy could light up the whole island.

Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd speaks with Arturo Massol Deyá, Casa Pueblo’s co-director, about the alternatives Puerto Ricans have for renewable energy.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has called it a “national priority” to regulate some nonstick chemicals that used to be used on military bases and in Teflon, Scotchguard and firefighting foam. New Jersey wants even tougher standards.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with New Jersey Environmental Protection Commisioner Catherine R. McCabe about the dangers of the chemicals, and differing approaches to regulating them.

Debra Granik wrote and directed the Oscar-nominated film “Winter’s Bone.” Her new film, “Leave No Trace,” was inspired by the real-life story of a man and his daughter who were discovered living in the woods outside Portland, Oregon.

Granik joins Here & Now‘s Robin Young to talk about the film.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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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.

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.”

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

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