May 15, 2019: FAA Faces Questions From Congress On 737 Max; Scientists Struggle For Green Workplaces
The acting head of the Federal Aviation Authority faces questions Wednesday from a House committee about the agency's role in approving the Boeing 737 Max airplane. Here & Now's transportation analyst Seth Kaplan talks about the FAA's safety assessments of the aircraft. Also, 53-year-old Victor Vescoso from Texas has resurfaced from what he claims is the deepest ocean dive in human history. He talks to host Jeremy Hobson about what he found at the bottom.
May 15, 2019: Alabama Senate Passes Abortion Bill; San Francisco Bans Facial Recognition Technology
As the country's most restrictive abortion bill goes to the Governor's desk in Alabama, NPR's Nina Totenberg and host Jeremy Hobson discuss the path this legislation could take to the Supreme Court. Also, San Francisco's board of supervisors voted to ban the use of facial recognition technology by city agencies and police. KQED's Rachael Myrow explains why. And, Birmingham, Al., was once the industrial hub for iron and steel, but is now a leader in attracting tech talent to the South.
May 14, 2019: Debate Over Breaking Up Tech Giants; Baby Boomers And 'The Theft Of A Decade'
Break up Facebook — that's the main takeaway from a recent New York Times piece by Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes. But there's a lot more to unpack beyond splitting up the social media giant. Also, Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson talks with author Joseph C. Sternberg about the new book "The Theft of a Decade: How the Baby Boomers Stole the Millennials' Economic Future." That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's May 14, 2019 full broadcast.
May 14, 2019: U.S. And Iran Tensions Build; Dinosaur Fossils Found In Austin, Texas
Tensions have been ratcheting up between the U.S. and Iran. Last week, Iran's president threatened to walk away from some parts of the Iran nuclear deal — a deal that the U.S. has already left. Host Robin Young talks to James Stavridis, former Navy admiral and now operating executive at the Carlyle Group in Washington. Also, host Jeremy Hobson speaks with the British Ambassador to China, Dame Barbara Woodward, about increasing tensions between the U.S. and China over trade tariffs.
May 13, 2019: China Puts New Tariffs On $60 Billion Of U.S. Goods; 'Game Of Thrones' Recap
President Trump raised tariffs on Chinese goods last week, and on Monday, the Chinese retaliated in kind. Here & Now's Robin Young gets the latest from NPR White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe. Also, scientists continue to be fascinated by squid, which are incredibly smart in more ways than you might think. We talk to Sarah McAnulty, a squid biologist and self-proclaimed "squid nerd," about all things cephalopods. And, HBO's "Game of Thrones" is speeding toward its series finale next Sunday.
May 13, 2019: China Retaliates With New U.S. Tariffs; 'The Uninhabitable Earth'
China retaliated Monday morning with a new round of tariffs against the U.S. as the trade war between the two countries heats up. NPR's Jim Zarroli joins Here & Now's Robin Young to discuss the latest. Also, author David Wallace-Wells' new book, "The Uninhabitable Earth," looks at the catastrophic consequences global warming is already having on the planet. And, a man was arrested this weekend in the killing of a hiker along the Appalachian Trail. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's May 13, 2019 full broadcast.
May 10, 2019: U.S.-China Trade Talks Resume; 'The Simpsons' Celebrates 30th Anniversary
Trade talks between Washington and Beijing resumed Friday after the U.S. increased tariffs from 10% to 25% on $200 billion in goods from China at midnight. Also, for the 30th anniversary of "The Simpsons" on Fox this year, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans speaks to key figures — including creator Matt Groening — about how a series of animated short bits that aired between sketches on "The Tracey Ullman Show" became the longest-running scripted series on U.S prime-time TV.
May 10, 2019: Former Defense Secretary Hagel On Iran; KCRW DJ Jeremy Sole's Music Picks
Nuclear tensions between Iran and the U.S. continued to tighten this week, one year after President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, more commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal, which put restrictions on Iran's nuclear activities. We get perspective from former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Also, KCRW DJ Jeremy Sole brings us a never-before-released Marvin Gaye song, and three other special picks, in this week's DJ Session. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's May 10, 2019 full broadcast.
May 9, 2019: Alabama Delays Abortion Bill; Roz Chast And Patricia Marx On Their Moms
Alabama's state senate has delayed a vote on a bill that would be the strictest abortion ban in the country. If passed, the ban would criminalize the procedure for doctors, with certain exceptions. Also, New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast illustrates New Yorker writer Patricia Marx' mother's sayings in the new book, "Why Don't You Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It?: A Mother's Suggestions." Host Robin Young speaks with the pair about the book and their mothers. And, high level trade talks between the U.S. and China ...
May 9, 2019: Battle Over Mueller Report; What Are Students Taught To Do When A Shooter Opens Fire?
A battle is on between the White House and House Democrats over the release of the unredacted Mueller report. We get the latest from NPR congressional reporter Kelsey Snell. Also, in the past week, two students — one in college and the other a high schooler — lost their lives when they tackled active shooters on their campuses. But what motivated these two young men to take such action? And are kids being taught to fight back when there is an active shooter?
The House Judiciary Committee voted to hold Attorney General Barr in contempt of Congress. The move came after Barr failed to provide the unredacted version of the Mueller report. The White House has said that they'll invoke executive privilege to prevent Congress from seeing other documents related to the Mueller investigation. Also, Iran's president said Tehran will stop complying with portions of the nuclear deal the U.S. pulled out of a year ago. And, drivers for Uber, Lyft and other app-based ride services are striking to demand higher wages ...
May 8, 2019: Colorado School Shooting; New Auschwitz Exhibit Opens
One student is dead and eight others are injured after a school shooting at a STEM school in Colorado, just miles from Columbine High School. Also, "Auschwitz. Not Long Ago. Not Far Away." opens Wednesday at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York. The exhibit, produced in partnership with Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Poland, brings more than 700 artifacts to North America for the first time to tell the story of the Holocaust. And we talk to a marine biologist about basking sharks off the coast of California.
May 7, 2019: 2 Reuters Reporters In Myanmar Freed; Tim Blake Nelson On 'Socrates'
Two Reuters journalists — who were imprisoned for breaking Myanmar's Official Secrets Act over reporting on security forces' abuses of Rohingya Muslims — were pardoned and released Tuesday. Also, we hear from writer and director Tim Blake Nelson on his new play "Socrates," which chronicles the centuries old tale of the famous Greek philosopher. And host Robin Young talks with Courtney Finlayson, a pediatric endocrinologist in Chicago, about what it means to be intersex.
May 7, 2019: Georgia's Abortion Bill; 2 USC Students On The College Admissions Scandal
On Tuesday morning, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed into law one of the most restrictive abortion bills in the country. The bill bans abortions after a doctor hears a fetal heartbeat at around six weeks of pregnancy, which is before most women know they're pregnant. Also, we hear from two USC students on the recent college admissions scandal. And, chef Kathy Gunst joins host Robin Young to celebrate spring with a rhubarb cake, a strawberry-rhubarb crumble and a caramelized maple-rhubarb soda.
May 6, 2019: Week Ahead In Politics; Glenda Jackson And Ruth Wilson On 'King Lear'
President Trump now says special counsel Robert Mueller should not testify before Congress. We speaks with NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson about what's ahead this week in Washington, D.C. Also, Here & Now's Robin Young speaks with Glenda Jackson and Ruth Wilson about their production of "King Lear." That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's May 6, 2019 full broadcast.
May 6, 2019: Watergate Lawyer On Subpoena Battles; Inside A New Dermatology App
Michael Conway joins Here & Now's Robin Young to discuss his legal advice to the House Judiciary Committee in the 1970s during Watergate, and how it might inform Democrats on the committee. Also, May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. We learn about a new app that provides users with a first line of advice about whether any of their moles, rashes or skin conditions are dangerous. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's May 6, 2019 full broadcast.
May 3, 2019: Arkansas Governor Reacts To Barr News; 'Handmaid's Tale' Opera Debuts
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Attorney General William Barr lied to Congress when he said he wasn't aware of any concerns the special counsel had with his summary of the Mueller report. A letter surfaced this week contradicting that. How is all this playing outside the capitol? Also, an opera based on the Margaret Atwood novel has its East Coast premiere in Boston this weekend. Boston is also where Atwood, who studied at Harvard, set her novel. That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's May 3, 2019 full broadcast.
May 3, 2019: Europe's High-Tech Trash Incinerators; Reviewing Barr's Testimony
Burning trash has been linked to health problems in the U.S., which could be largely due to the old incinerator models in use. But in Europe, cleaner incinerators are coming online. We learn about one in Copenhagen. Also, we review the week in politics news, including Attorney General William Barr's defense of his handling of the Mueller report and Democrats' calls for Barr to be impeached. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's May 3, 2019 full broadcast.
May 2, 2019: Barr Skips House Hearing; Notre Dame Cathedral Music Playlist
Attorney General William Barr informed lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee he will not attend the hearing on special counsel Robert Mueller's report, escalating an already acrimonious battle between Democrats and the Justice Department. Also, host Peter O'Dowd talks with Wichita Symphony double bassist and music professor Mark Foley about what's on his playlist of music about Notre Dame. And, the global measles outbreak is raising a lot of questions in the U.S. about which adults may need to get a booster shot. Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease ...
May 1, 2019: Spoken-Word Album 'The Cowboy Iliad'; More Protests In Venezuela
Producer, director and writer Walter Hill steps in front of the microphone for his new spoken-word album, which tells the story of a legendary shootout in Newton, Kansas, in 1871. Also, Republican strategist Alice Stewart and Democrat Bill Press discuss the latest on Attorney General Bill Barr's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, and how President Trump is reacting to Joe Biden's entry into the presidential race. That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's May 1, 2019 full broadcast.
May 1, 2019: Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Is On A Mission; Barr Testifies
Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has founded an organization called USAFacts that provides one-stop shopping for federal, state and local government statistics. It's just released its annual report. Also, earlier this week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the number of measles cases in the U.S. has reached a 25-year high: more than 700. But the problem is much worse in other countries. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's May 1, 2019 full broadcast.
April 30, 2019: Guaidó Calls For 'Final Phase' In Venezuela; Alabama Prison Crisis
Opposition leader Juan Guaidó posted a video online Tuesday morning, standing with soldiers at a Caracas military base, to launch what he has called the "final phase" of the effort to force President Nicolás Maduro from power. Also, Alabama's prisons are among the most violent in the country. Under threat of a federal lawsuit, the state is preparing a new strategic plan. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's April 30, 2019 full broadcast.
April 30, 2019: 1963 Birmingham Church Bombing Survivor Shares Story; Turmoil In Venezuela
Four girls were killed in the bombing at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963. But a fifth girl survived. Also, Here & Now's Robin Young speaks with Grammy Award-winning singer Angélique Kidjo about her new album "Celia," on which she pays tribute to the songs of salsa star Celia Cruz. That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's April 30, 2019 full broadcast.
April 29, 2019: New Book Explores 9/11 From All Angles; Japan Marks Historic Transition
Journalist and author Mitchell Zuckoff spent years researching the stories of individuals whose lives were forever altered, if not ended, on Sept. 11, 2001. Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson talks with Zuckoff about his new book "Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11." Also, Japan will mark something it hasn't seen in more than two centuries this week: the abdication of a monarch. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's April 29, 2019 full broadcast.
April 29, 2019: Violence At Places Of Worship; 'The Life And Death Of A Grizzly Bear'
Why are attacks on places of worship happening now, and how do communities of faith carry on? We talk with Atalia Omer, associate professor of religion at the University of Notre Dame, after a deadly attack at a synagogue in Southern California over the weekend. Also, Here & Now's Peter O'Dowd speaks with author Bryce Andrews about his book "Down from the Mountain: The Life and Death of a Grizzly Bear." That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's April 29, 2019 full broadcast.
April 26, 2019: Measles Outbreak Leads To Quarantine; 2020 Campaign Ads On Facebook
Hundreds of people are under quarantine Friday on the Los Angeles campuses of two top universities after they came into contact with people infected with measles. Also, groups begin investing in 2020 campaign ads on social media. And, Saudi Arabia executed 37 people earlier this week in what Amnesty International is calling a "shocking execution spree." That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's April 26, 2019 full broadcast.
April 26, 2019: Reviewing The Week In Politics; One Man's Journey To Every National Park
We look back at the week in politics, including former Vice President Joe Biden's entry to the 2020 presidential race, and why the White House is defying congressional subpoenas. Also, in April 2016, Mikah Meyer set out on a journey to visit every National Park site — 419 in all. He's set to finish his single continuous trip on Monday. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's April 26, 2019 full broadcast.
April 25, 2019: What Biden Means For 2020; British Synchronized Swimmers
As former Vice President Joe Biden officially enters the 2020 presidential race, Democratic strategist Bill Press considers what this means for the Democratic nomination fight. Also, a British synchronized swimming duo made a splash last month when they performed their world championship routine in a pool of floating plastic waste. That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's April 25, 2019 full broadcast.
On any given day, 300 trucks pull up to a building not far from downtown Baltimore and dump their loads into a pit filled with 2,200 tons of the city's trash. A fire burning inside that building turns the mountain of garbage into a manageable pile of ash, and creates electricity as a byproduct. But the fire could be going out. Also, we take a closer look at Sen. Bernie Sanders' prospects in the increasingly crowded Democratic field for 2020. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's April 25, 2019 full broadcast.
April 24, 2019: Supreme Court Hears Final Oral Arguments; 'The Next Great Paulie Fink'
Today marks the last day the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments this term. Justices argued about one of the term's biggest cases on Tuesday: whether the Trump administration can include a question about citizenship in the 2020 census. Also, award-winning author Ali Benjamin's new young adult novel "The Next Great Paulie Fink" explores familiar teen themes — with a twist. That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's April 24, 2019 full broadcast.
April 24, 2019: Jason Rezaian On New Book 'Prisoner'; Coachella's Best Music
It's been a little more than three years since journalist Jason Rezaian's release from an Iranian prison. He's written a new book about his experience. Also, Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson talks about his first Coachella experience with KCRW DJ Travis Holcombe, and the two share some of their favorite music from the festival. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's April 24, 2019 full broadcast.
April 23, 2019: Plastic Waste Crisis In Southeast Asia, Internet Star Oobah Butler
A new report from the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives reveals how some countries in Southeast Asia are struggling to manage higher volumes of plastic waste as a result of China's ban on imports of mixed recyclable plastics last year. Also, internet star Oobah Butler joins Here & Now's Robin Young to discuss his new book, "How to Bullsh*t Your Way to Number 1: An Unorthodox Guide to 21st Century Success." That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's April 22, 2019 full broadcast.
April 23, 2019: Democrat John Hickenlooper On 2020; Sri Lanka Shuts Down Some Social Media
Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson continues our series of conversations with 2020 presidential candidates by talking with Democrat John Hickenlooper, former governor of Colorado. Also, in an effort to prevent the spread of misinformation, the Sri Lankan government temporarily shut down access to social media sites including Facebook and YouTube after a series of church and hotel bombings on Easter Sunday. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's April 23, 2019 full broadcast.
April 22, 2019: Quebec Divided Over Proposed Religious Symbols Ban; Antarctica's Oldest Ice
President Trump continued to attack Democrats and the Mueller report over the weekend, while Democrats are considering how to approach the report. NPR's Tamara Keith joins Here & Now's Robin Young to discuss the latest. Also in Quebec, a bill that would ban public workers from wearing religious symbols on the job has Canadians in the province divided. And later this year, European scientists will begin drilling for what's believed to be the world's oldest ice in Antarctica. That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's April 22, 2019 full broadcast.
April 22, 2019: Reaction To Sri Lanka Attacks; Compensation For Clergy Sex Abuse Survivors
The coordinated Easter Sunday bombings that ripped through Sri Lankan churches and luxury hotels, killing nearly 300 people, were possibly carried out by suicide bombers from a domestic Islamist group, according to a government official. Also, Attorney Ken Feinberg and his longtime associate Camille Biros have worked on compensation funds for the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and the Deepwater Horizon spill. Now they are overseeing compensation funds for survivors of clergy sex abuse. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's April 22, 2019 full broadcast.
It's been four years since the death of New York Times columnist David Carr. Now, his daughter, Erin Lee Carr, is out with a memoir about her relationship with her father. Also, after the release of the redacted Mueller report Thursday, we speak with Paul McNulty, the deputy attorney general under George W. Bush, who has worked at the Justice Department under Attorney General William Barr.
Maps are crucial to understanding severe weather threats to various areas — but what good are they if viewers can't read them? Also, the Supreme Court will hear opening arguments next Tuesday about whether the Trump administration can bring back a question about citizenship to the 2020 U.S. Census. We take a look at past censuses and how they have been used for both good and bad.
Democrat Jamal Simmons and Republican Matt Mackowiak join Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson to discuss what they expect from the release Thursday of special counsel Robert Mueller's redacted report on the Russia investigation. Also, in our latest DJ Session, David Sommerstein of North Country Public Radio shares his love for world dance music. That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's April 17, 2019 full broadcast.
President Trump vetoed a bipartisan resolution passed by Congress to end U.S. military assistance in Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen. Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson talks about Trump's veto with Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy from Connecticut. Also, host Robin Young talks with news photographer Maya Vidon-White about what it was like to cover the devastating fire that destroyed major sections of the city's Notre Dame Cathedral. That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's April 17, 2019 full broadcast.
Here & Now's Robin Young gets the latest on the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral from NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton. Also, Maryland lawmakers recently became the first in the U.S. to approve a statewide ban on Styrofoam food containers — and a local Baltimore celebrity may have had something to do with it. That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's April 16, 2019 full broadcast.
Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson speaks with philosopher and author Bernard-Henri Lévy about the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral and its impact on the French psyche. Also, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Janny Scott joins Here & Now's Robin Young to talk about her new book "The Beneficiary: Fortune, Misfortune and the Story of My Father." That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's April 16, 2019 full broadcast.
Chelsea Handler is out with a new memoir, "Life Will Be the Death of Me." The book covers a wide swath of the stand-up comedian's life — from the 2016 election to her crush on special counsel Robert Mueller. It's also an examination of the death of her older brother Chet. Also, 28 employees at Amazon have filed an activist shareholder proposal asking Amazon to take a stronger stance on climate change. We hear from one of them. That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's April 15, 2019 full broadcast.
What might be in special counsel Robert Mueller's more than 300-page redacted report on the Russia investigation? NPR national security editor Phil Ewing shares details, with the report's release expected in the next few days. Also, we talk with Jeff Benedict, co-author of the biography "Tiger Woods," about the magnitude of Woods' career comeback after the golfer won the Masters on Sunday. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's April 15, 2019 full broadcast.
After WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested Thursday at the Ecuadorian Embassy, where he has lived for nearly seven years, Here & Now's Peter O'Dowd speaks with Vaughan Smith, Assange's friend. Also, award-winning songwriter T Bone Burnett's new album, "The Invisible Light: Acoustic Space," is a departure for the artist, who has spent most his career behind the scenes as a producer for the music industry's biggest stars.
The Dallas public library wants to follow the lead of several large city's libraries across the U.S. by getting rid of late fees for overdue books. Also, Meb Keflezighi — the only man to win the New York and Boston marathons, plus an Olympic medal in the 26.2-mile race — has come out with a new book on faith and identity.
Some people say the WikiLeaks' founder is a hero, while others call him a traitor. So who really is Julian Assange? Also, Scott Jurek broke the speed record for running the Appalachian Trail, navigating 2,189 miles — from Georgia to Maine — in 46 days, 8 hours and 7 minutes. We revisit our conversation with Jurek and his wife Jenny, who supported him throughout the run, from last year. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's April 11, 2019 full broadcast.
Host Robin Young speaks with "Wild Nights With Emily" star Molly Shannon and writer-director Madeleine Olnek. The film explores poet Emily Dickinson's relationship with her sister-in-law Susan and how her literary legacy was shaped by those who knew her least. Also, thousands of Amazon employees have added their names to a letter, calling on Amazon to adopt a shareholder proposal to fight climate change. And we speak with Chance Briggs, country director for Save The Children in Mozambique, for an update on relief efforts after Cyclone Idai caused massive flooding ...
Benjamin Netanyahu is set to win a fifth term, making him the longest serving prime minister in Israel's history. He ran a tight race against his former military chief, Benny Gantz. Also, a clinic at the University of Central Florida is using virtual reality to treat veterans and active service members with PTSD. And, KCRW DJ Chris Douridas serves up some Gen Z angst with songs about everything from being ghosted to messaging the wrong boy on the internet. That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's April 10, 2019 full ...
It's deadline day for President Trump to release his tax returns to House Democrats. NPR congressional reporter Kelsey Snell has the latest. Also, comedian and actor Zach Galifianakis joins Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson to talk about his role in the new animated film"Missing Link." And unexpectedly high pollen counts in North Carolina this week are creating a haze that is expected to worsen. That and more, in hour one of Here & Now's April 10, 2019 full broadcast.