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A live production of NPR and WBUR Boston, in collaboration with public radio stations across the country, Here & Now reflects the fluid world of news as it’s happening in the middle of the day, with timely, smart and in-depth news, interviews and conversation.

Co-hosted by award-winning journalists Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson, the show’s daily lineup includes interviews with NPR reporters, editors and bloggers, as well as leading newsmakers, innovators and artists from across the U.S. and around the globe.

Here & Now began at WBUR in 1997, and expanded to two hours in partnership with NPR in 2013. Today, the show reaches an estimated 3.6 million weekly listeners on over 383 stations across the country.

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11:15 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Will Supreme Court Weigh In on Four Same-Sex Marriage Cases?

A view of the Supreme Court, January 16, 2015 in Washington, D.C. On Friday, the Supreme Court is meeting in closed conference to decide whether it will take up cases on the issues of same sex-marriage and marriage recognition from several states. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The U.S. Supreme Court will soon decide whether to hear cases from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee challenging bans on same-sex marriages. Earlier this week, the court declined to take a same-sex marriage case from Louisiana because an appeals court has not yet ruled on that case.

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11:30 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Pre-Diabetes Support Groups Aim To Stem The Epidemic

Myriam Coenegrachts, left, listens as group coach Susan Walden talks about the negative metabolic effects of skipping meals. (Carrie Feibel/Houston Public Media)

Almost one in 10 Americans has diabetes. That’s a startling statistic, but not as alarming as the forecast: if present trends continue, one in three Americans will have diabetes by 2050. But it’s not inevitable.

There’s a new national program to slow down the epidemic by rolling out hundreds of support groups across the country. From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Carrie Feibel of Houston Public Media reports.

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11:30 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Wisconsin VA Hospital Investigated For Overprescribing Narcotics

Adam Glantz of the Center for Investigative Reporting writes that some veterans and staff call Dr. David Houlihan (pictured) the "Candy Man" because of how freely he prescribes narcotic painkillers. (Facebook photo via Center for Investigative Reporting)

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 11:46 am

The chief of staff at a Wisconsin VA hospital has been temporarily reassigned while the facility is investigated for the overmedication of veterans.

This comes after the Center For Investigative Reporting published a story about the overprescribing of narcotic painkillers at the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

The facility has gained the reputation of “Candy Land” because of its generous dispensation of drugs. The man in charge of the hospital, Dr. David Houlihan, is called the “Candy Man” by veterans and staff.

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11:30 am
Thu January 15, 2015

NASA's Pluto Probe Begins Observations

An artist's concept of the New Horizons spacecraft as it approaches Pluto and its three moons in summer 2015. The craft's miniature cameras, radio science experiment, ultraviolet and infrared spectrometers and space plasma experiments would characterize the global geology and geomorphology of Pluto and large moon Charon, map their surface compositions and temperatures, and examine Pluto's atmosphere in detail. The spacecraft's most prominent design feature is a nearly 7-foot (2.1-meter) dish antenna, through which it will communicate with Earth from as far as 4.7 billion miles (7.5 billion kilometers) away. (Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute)

NASA’s spacecraft New Horizons officially began its six-month approach to Pluto on Thursday, which is expected to be the first close flyby of the dwarf planet.

After a 3-billion-mile journey that began in 2006, New Horizons is finally collecting scientific data that may shed light on Pluto, its five known moons and the solar system’s “third zone,” known as the Kuiper Belt. The closest approach is expected in July.

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12:01 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

The Real People Who Inspired The Film 'Spare Parts'

Fredi Lajvardi (left) and Cristian Arcega are pictured at the Los Angeles Premiere of Pantelion Films' "Spare Parts" at Arclight Cinemas on Thursday, January 8, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Todd Williamson/Invision for Pantelion FIlms via AP)

Originally published on Wed January 14, 2015 3:51 pm

In 2004, a team of high school students from Carl Hayden Community High School in Phoenix, Arizona, defeated college teams, including MIT, in an underwater robotic competition.

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12:01 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Orangutan Speaks? Google Translates!

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There’s news this week about an orangutan that’s doing something very unusual: she is making noises that sound like human noises. Human speech patterns have been heard in monkeys before, but not in the so-called great apes, such as gorillas and orangutans, which typically grunt.

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12:01 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Seattle Zoo Ponders Where To Send Its Elephants

Chai, the Woodland Park Zoo's 35-year-old Asian elephant, browses for treats thrown by her keeper in the zoo's elephant enclosure. The zoo is looking for a new home for Chai and other remaining elephant, Bamboo. (Deborah Wang/KUOW)

Officials at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle are in the process of looking for a new home for their two Asian elephants.

In November, they announced they would close their exhibit and send their elephants to another facility to allow them to be part of a larger social herd.

But there is still an active debate in Seattle about where the elephants should go next. Deborah Wang from Here & Now contributor station KUOW in Seattle reports.

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1:16 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

DJ Sessions: From Traditional To Virtual Choirs

Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir ‘Lux Aurumque’ was launched in March 2010 and featured online performances by 185 singers. (Screenshot via Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir)

For this edition of the Here & Now DJ Sessions, Steve Staruch, a host at Classical Minnesota Public Radio, joins Jeremy Hobson to survey a range of choral music.

Staruch takes us through older classics — including one from the late Swiss composer Frank Martin — to the virtual choir created by Eric Whitacre.

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1:16 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

26 Measles Cases Tied To Disneyland Outbreak

Health officials say 26 people have been diagnosed with measles, part of an outbreak that originated at Disneyland last month. (Hector Mata/AFP/GettyImages)

Health officials in California are saying seven more people have come down with measles, part of an outbreak that originated at Disneyland last month.

That brings the total up to 26 people diagnosed with measles, most of them in California, at least two in Utah, and one in both Colorado and Washington State. These diagnoses come after public health officials announced the elimination of measles fifteen years ago.

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1:16 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

USDA Hunts For Avian Flu In Pacific Northwest

Randy Wilson, with the USDA, holds a duck just after testing it for avian flu at a press event in Kennewick, Washington. (Anna King/Northwest News Network)

Originally published on Wed January 14, 2015 5:58 am

In a setback for U.S. poultry producers, China has joined the list of more than thirty countries that have banned all imports of American poultry, poultry products and eggs.

The action comes after discoveries of the highly pathogenic H5N8 avian flu in the Pacific Northwest. The same strain killed thousands of birds on two farms in British Columbia.

Now, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and state officials are testing flocks near the latest outbreaks in southeast Washington state.

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