June 26, 2017: Hour 2
In hour two of Here & Now's June 26, 2017 full broadcast, we begin with a look at the Senate health care bill and whether it will have enough votes to pass this week. Also, we hear from Matt Salo, executive director of the National Association of Medicaid Directors, about what a rollback of the Medicaid program would mean at the state level for millions of Americans. And we meet Eqbal Dauqan, a woman who has made a career as a biochemistry professor in Yemen, which is ranked by the World Economic Forum as the worst country for women's rights.
June 26, 2017: Hour 1
In hour one of Here & Now's June 26, 2017 full broadcast, we'll discuss the Supreme Court letting a limited version of the Trump administration ban on travel from six mostly Muslim countries take effect. Also, groups of female Kurdish fighters, known as Women's Protection Units, have been fighting on the front lines against ISIS for years. One scholar tells us more about the women and their motivations. And vertical farming is like growing vegetables in a greenhouse on steroids. We visit one of the centers of vertical farming in the U.S.: Tennessee, where the technique is providing locally grown vegetables year-round.
June 23, 2017: Hour 2
In hour two of Here & Now's June 23, 2017 full broadcast, it's been a week since Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted in the shooting death of 32-year-old Philando Castile during a traffic stop. We talk with John Thompson, a community activist who was a co-worker and friend of Castile. Also, The Washington Post has published an in-depth look into the internal struggle within the Obama administration over how to respond to Russia's attempts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. We hear more from one of the reporters who worked on the story. And toxic posts, arguments and insults around politics are convincing many that they should avoid gatherings with their former classmates.
June 23, 2017: Hour 1
In hour one of Here & Now's June 23, 2017 full broadcast, Univision's Enrique Acevedo and Chad Pergram of Fox News join us to discuss the Senate health care bill released Thursday. Also, the ride-sharing company Uber says in-app tipping should be available to all drivers in the U.S. by the end of July. But how much should passengers tip? And the Interior Department will soon remove the Yellowstone grizzly bear from its endangered species list. We listen back to tips on how to stay safe in grizzly country from Yellowstone National Park bear biologist Kerry Gunther.
June 22, 2017: Hour 2
In hour two of Here & Now's June 22, 2017 full broadcast, Republican leaders in the Senate on Thursday unveiled their health care bill after weeks of secrecy. NPR's Geoff Bennett tells us more about the bill, and reaction to it. Also, there's been record-breaking heat across much of the U.S. this week, and in the Southwest all that heat means people are blasting their air conditioners day and night. We hear what the impact has been for one energy provider. And some cancer specialists are trying a gentler, steadier kind of treatment that aims not to cure cancer, but to keep it at bay.
June 22, 2017: Hour 1
In hour one of Here & Now's June 22, 2017 full broadcast, we discuss Senate Republicans unveiling their long-awaited health care bill with NPR's Domenico Montanaro. Also, education officials in Colorado have started a summer-long statewide listening tour to find a solution to a growing teacher shortage crisis. And Sen. Tammy Duckworth discusses leadership and strategy among Democrats in Congress, increasing troop levels in Afghanistan and why she joined nearly 200 other lawmakers in a lawsuit against President Trump.
June 21, 2017: Hour 2
In hour two of Here & Now's June 21, 2017 full broadcast, Senate Republicans are planning to unveil their health care bill on Thursday after weeks of crafting it in secret. Vox reporter Sarah Kliff fills us in on what we know and don't know about the bill so far. Also, backyard gardeners might be surprised to find out that their "hardiness zone" — the Department of Agriculture's designation of where specific vegetables, trees, fruits and flowers can survive — has changed. And we go inside the college meme craze with one of the founders of "Yale Memes for Special Snowflake Teens" at Yale University.
June 21, 2017: Hour 1
In hour one of Here & Now's June 21, 2017 full broadcast, we get the latest on dual hearings in Washington on Wednesday related to the ongoing investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Also, over the past few weeks some Ramadan observers in Southern California have been breaking their daily fast with tacos. And Republican candidate Karen Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff in last night's closely watched Georgia special election. We check in with Republican strategist Paris Dennard and Democratic strategist Jamal Simmons about the race's implications for both parties.
June 20, 2017: Hour 2
In hour two of Here & Now's June 20, 2017 full broadcast, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) joins us to discuss Senate Democrats taking to the Senate floor Monday night to criticize Republicans for writing their bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act behind closed doors. Also, world leaders have called President Trump's withdrawal from the Paris climate accord "regrettable" and "disappointing." But for Honduran farmers, climate change is personal. And cherry season has begun, and our resident chef Kathy Gunst has been experimenting with the fruit's sweet and savory sides.
June 20, 2017: Hour 1
In hour one of Here & Now's June 20, 2017 full broadcast, voters head to the polls Tuesday for two special elections, one in South Carolina and one in Georgia. We get an update on the closely watched race for Georgia's 6th Congressional District from Bradley George of Here & Now contributor Georgia Public Broadcasting. Also, this week marks eight years since the death of Michael Jackson. We look back at some of his music with KCRW's Anthony Valadez. And only 43 of President Trump's nominees for government positions have been approved, and more than 100 are awaiting confirmation. We explore the impact of so many open positions with the president of a non-partisan nonprofit that tracks political appointments and nominations.
June 19, 2017: Hour 2
In hour two of Here & Now's June 19, 2017 full broadcast, a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS wrote he and other members could no longer be effective serving a "president who simply does not care." We speak with Scott Schoettes about his decision to resign from the council, along with five other members. Also, how can more traditional forms of education and entertainment compete with social media and the digital world we inhabit every day? That's the challenge that one museum designer faces in his work with museums across the country. And pundits say the special election in Georgia's 6th Congressional District will be a test of young voter turnout. But will 30-year-old candidate Jon Ossoff bring out young voters?
June 19, 2017: Hour 1
In hour one of Here & Now's June 19, 2017 full broadcast, we speak with Jesse Ventura, former professional wrestler and governor of Minnesota, about Russia, why he's an advocate of legalizing marijuana and what he thinks of the Trump presidency. Also, what will Amazon's move to purchase Whole Foods mean for how we buy groceries? We check in with The Atlantic's Derek Thompson. And states like Nevada, Arizona and California have been experiencing dangerously high temperatures. Jen Carfagno, meteorologist and host of "America's Morning Headquarters" at The Weather Channel, tells us more about the extreme heat.
June 16, 2017: Hour 2
In hour two of Here & Now's June 16, 2017 full broadcast, it took Tripp, Chris and Trevor Burd four days to travel 750 miles from Port Townsend, Washington, to Ketchikan, Alaska, navigating extreme conditions in a 28-foot sailboat. We check back in with the brothers, who have been declared the winners in this year's treacherous Race to Alaska. Also, the Pentagon is expected to send nearly 4,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. Military analyst Andrew Bacevich weighs in on the move, and where the war stands under the Trump administration. And a woman who sent her boyfriend a barrage of text messages urging him to kill himself when they were both teenagers was convicted Friday of involuntary manslaughter.
June 16, 2017: Hour 1
In hour one of Here & Now's June 16, 2017 full broadcast, The Washington Post's Abby Phillip and NPR's Geoff Bennett join us to review the week in politics, including the shooting that shook Washington on Wednesday, and reports that President Trump is now under investigation for obstruction of justice in the FBI's Russia probe. Also, Amazon announced Friday that it's buying Whole Foods for nearly $14 billion. We discuss the implications of the deal with Michael Regan, senior editor for Bloomberg News. And it's been four years since brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev bombed the Boston Marathon. What questions remain about the attack?
June 15, 2017: Hour 2
In hour two of Here & Now's June 15, 2017 full broadcast, the investigation continues into the shooting Wednesday morning at a baseball practice for Republican members of Congress in Alexandria, Virginia. We get an update from NPR's Greg Myre. Also, scholar A. David Lewis' new book explores the history of Muslim characters in the comic book genre. Lewis joins us to discuss some of that history, and explain why comic books and Islam "actually go pretty well together." And author Jonathan Taplin argues that internet companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon grew so quickly that they took over American culture and broke its democracy.
June 15, 2017: Hour 1
In hour one of Here & Now's June 15, 2017 full broadcast, NPR's Carrie Johnson joins us with the latest on the Department of Justice investigation into Russian election meddling, and reports that special counsel Robert Mueller is looking into whether President Trump attempted to obstruct justice. Also, the college student Otto Warmbier has been released by North Korea after spending more than a year there. Euna Lee, an American journalist who spent four months in a North Korean labor camp, joins us to describe her personal experience of being held prisoner. And cursive writing has all but disappeared from many grade schools. But at one Denver school, it's seen as an essential skill.
June 14, 2017: Hour 2
In hour two of Here & Now's June 14, 2017 full broadcast, we hear the latest on the shooting Wednesday morning at a congressional baseball practice in Virginia from WAMU's Brakkton Booker and NPR's Greg Myre. Also, Hawaii has passed legislation that commits the state to follow goals outlined in the Paris climate accord. We check in with the state's governor about the move, and how Hawaii is dealing with climate change. And KCRW's Eric J. Lawrence shares music he's excited about right now, including a new album from Canadian musician Daniel Romano, in our latest DJ Session.
June 14, 2017: Hour 1
In hour one of Here & Now's June 14, 2017 full broadcast, we hear the latest on the shooting at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, from NPR's Geoff Bennett and Susan Davis. Also Attorney General Jeff Sessions spent nearly three hours before a Senate committee Tuesday, testifying about Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign. We'll revisit the key moments. And what potential policy changes might we hear from President Trump when it comes to Cuba-U.S. relations? We discuss his scheduled trip to Miami on Friday.
June 13, 2017: Hour 2
In hour two of Here & Now's June 13, 2017 full broadcast, we take a look inside the race to export natural gas from the U.S. While just one export terminal in the lower 48 currently has permission to ship liquefied natural gas to foreign countries, that is about to change. Also, ISIS claimed responsibility for the London Bridge attack this month, but there are also underlying cultural issues to consider, including Europe's colonial history. We take a look back. And the gun violence prevention nonprofit Sandy Hook Promise has dropped NBC's Megyn Kelly as host of its annual gala, over Kelly's plans to air an interview with conspiracy theorist and Infowars host Alex Jones.