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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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11:58 am
Fri March 13, 2015

White Collar Criminals May Soon Be In Utah Public Registry

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes began his job in the Utah State House in December 2013. (Douglas C. Pizac/AP)

On Wednesday, Utah approved the first white-collar felon public registry in the country. The registry needs final approval from the governor and it would include a recent photo of white-collar offenders, their eye color, hair color, date of birth, height and weight.

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11:58 am
Fri March 13, 2015

A Pi Day That Comes Once A Century: 3-14-15 At 9:26:53

Matt Parker poses with the pies that he used to calculate Pi. (Numberphile/Flickr)

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 1:44 pm

Just once per century, the date and time line up with the first 10 digits of the mathematical symbol pi (π). Saturday at 9:26:53 is the big moment.

Pi has perplexed and puzzled mathematicians for millennia. We learn it in school as having something to do with circles, but it turns up as the solution to lots of other problems, even when there are no circles involved.

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11:58 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Dallas Police Arrest Suspect In Shooting Death Of Iraqi Refugee

This undated photo provided by Zahraa Atlaie shows Atlaie, left, and her husband Ahmed Al-Jumaili. Ahmed fled the violent grip of militants in his homeland had come to Dallas to reunite with his wife. (Courtesy of Zahraa Atlaie)

At a press conference this morning, Dallas police identified a suspect in the March 4 shooting death of Iraqi immigrant Ahmed Al-Jumaili last week. Nykerion Nealon, a black 17-year-old, was arrested last night and charged with murder.

Al-Jumaili was shot while taking pictures of his first snowfall outside his new home in Dallas, Texas. Community leaders say it’s left many Muslims who live in the area feeling afraid.

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NPR Story
12:39 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Are Women's Colleges Still Relevant?

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Sweet Briar College, a small women’s school in Virginia, announced last week that it will close in August. Students, faculty, staff and alumnae were caught by surprise. The college’s president, James Jones, announced that enrollment was down and the college couldn’t cover its expenses.

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12:39 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Union Reign On Kentucky Coal Comes To An End

A coal miner in Jenkins, KY, pictured in 1935. (Library of Congress)

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 12:28 pm

For the first time in about a century, there are no working union coal miners in Kentucky. The state’s few remaining union coal miners were laid off New Years Eve when Patriot Coal’s Highland Mine in Western Kentucky shut down.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Erica Peterson of WFPL reports that the union is struggling to appeal to younger coal miners, but others feel organized labor still has a role to play.

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NPR Story
12:39 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Obama And Unions Clash On Trade Deal

This week, labor leaders let President Obama know that when it comes to foreign trade, they are living on opposite sides of the tracks – the fast track, that is. That’s a term people use for giving a president the power to negotiate a trade agreement, and then put the final package on a “fast track” through Congress.

Lawmakers can give it a yes-or-no vote, but can’t amend the deal. Presidents have been using this power for decades, but only because Congress has regularly renewed it. Now the authority has expired, which is making it tough for Obama to wrap up an Asian trade deal.

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NPR Story
12:26 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

What The 'Blurred Lines' Verdict Means For The Music Industry

Musicians Robin Thicke (left) and Pharrell Williams perform onstage during the 2013 BET Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on June 30, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images for BET)

On Tuesday, a California federal jury delivered its verdict after eight days of trial testimony examining whether Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams’ song “Blurred Lines” infringed on the copyright for Marvin Gaye’s 1977 hit “Got to Give It Up.”

The Gaye estate walked away with a victory and Thicke and Williams were ordered to pay more than $7 million in damages, plus profits attributable to infringement. It is a sad day for the “Blurred Lines” duo, but what could the ruling mean for the music industry?

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12:26 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Get Injured Often? It Could Be In Your Genes.

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Are you one of those people who constantly ends up on crutches? Friends say you should be covered in bubble wrap? Well it could be that it’s not your fault. In fact, it could be your genes.

A new review article published in the Journal of Sports Medicine concludes that genetics play a key role in a person’s risk of suffering from sports injuries. That holds true for athletes of all ages and all abilities, from weekend warriors to Olympians.

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12:26 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Why A Strong Dollar Sent Markets Plummeting

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U.S. stock indexes opened a little higher Wednesday, after taking a tumble the day before. The Dow and S & P 500 both fell by close to 2 percent. The moves come as the U.S. dollar continues to make gains against the euro and other currencies. Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson takes a look at what’s happening with Maggie Lake of CNN.

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What Shapes Health
12:54 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Are American Workplace Policies Stuck In The 1950s?

Many more women have joined the workforce, but policies haven’t caught up – and that's affecting public health. (wackystuff/Flickr)

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 11:30 am

People in the United States have shorter lifespans than in almost any other industrialized country in the world, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Lisa Berkman set out to find out why and what can be done about it. She's a professor of epidemiology and public policy at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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