Here And Now Hits The Road

Randy Duncan, an Abraham Lincoln impersonator, poses for a portrait outside the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, in Springfield, Ill. (Neeta Satam for Here & Now)MoreCloseclosemore
Randy Duncan, an Abraham Lincoln impersonator, poses for a portrait outside the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, in Springfield, Ill. (Neeta Satam for Here & Now)

Here & Now went on a road trip to Illinois and Indiana this week. Once again this election season, they're visiting locations to take the pulse of the electorate. Click through to view some highlights:

Jeremy and Alex Ashlock went to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield, IL and met Randy Duncan, who calls himself a Lincoln presenter, so seriously does he take the job of portraying Lincoln.

Jeremy visited a neighborhood in Indianapolis, where people are fighting violent crime and building community with a bike shop. The photos are spectacular.

A Trump voter in Indiana who lost his factory job just 12 weeks before he would have been eligible for his pension is trying to make a new life for himself.

And this audio postcard from Alex... a visit to the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in downtown Indianapolis.

Thanks to NPR Member Stations WFYI and WUIS. Next up from the Here & Now team before the Nov. 6 mid-term voting happens — Robin Young and Karyn Miller-Medzon from Florida and Jeremy Hobson from Orange County, California.

WBUR's New Sunday Night Line-up

Starting Sunday, September 16, WBUR will begin airing a nine week hour-long roundtable discussion program title "The Politics Show from NPR".

The Politics Show from NPR is the definitive guide to the 2018 midterms — a one-hour roundtable discussion airing for nine weeks that presents a deep dive on the major races, themes, and issues defining these historic elections. Featuring the trademark wit that has long characterized the popular NPR Politics Podcast, The Politics Show from NPR will feature reporters who cover politics from a number of different perspectives — from NPR's White House and Congressional teams to Member station reporters covering local races. Their unique insights into the elections will enable listeners to come away able to discuss the major choices facing voters this election.

Message from WBUR

WBUR has issued the following statement regarding political commentator Paris Dennard who was the subject of a Washington Post article published Wednesday night alleging misconduct allegations:

"Paris Dennard is not an employee of NPR. He has provided periodic contributions as a political commentator on Here & Now, a program NPR and WBUR coproduce. We are deeply concerned by the recent report about his alleged conduct at Arizona State University. WBUR is suspending usage of Mr. Dennard on Here & Now, effective immediately, pending further review."


Introducing NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Talks

NPR Music will expand its unique presence at the convergence of music discovery and industry conversations with a series of Tiny Desk Talks this fall in select cities around the country. The can’t-miss, curated conversations will feature celebrated voices in the music and public radio space and cover topics like the technical side of recording performances, soundtracking for film and television, getting music on the radio and the art of songwriting.

These events will be communal deep dives that bring together local musicians, experts, music lovers, public radio supporters, and industry personalities together to talk about their shared interest and expertise of a specific facet of modern-day music-making. See ticket listings at

Endless Thread Returns With Season Two Friday, August 10

Amory Sivertson, left, and Ben Brock Johnson, at their AMA (Ask Me Anything) at SXSW in Austin, Tuesday, March 16, 2018. (Photo/Reddit)MoreCloseclosemore
Amory Sivertson, left, and Ben Brock Johnson, at their AMA (Ask Me Anything) at SXSW in Austin, Tuesday, March 16, 2018. (Photo/Reddit)

Endless Thread returns with a new season of episodes on Friday, August 10. Join hosts Ben and Amory for more stories from Reddit's vast ecosystem of online communities. Including...Ben getting hypnotized, a full month of scary stories, conspiracies around the mattress industry, Amory performing stand-up comedy for the first (and last) time, and a sci-fi movie script written collaboratively by strangers.

Click here for more.

Endless Thread sponsored by the All-New 2019 Toyota Avalon


McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at UMass Boston, WBUR, The Boston Globe to Host Political Debates this Summer

UMass Boston’s McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, WBUR, and The Boston Globe plan to host live debates among the candidates for several offices this year, prior to the September 4 primaries.

The first debate, between the Democratic gubernatorial candidates, took place on the UMass Boston campus on May 17.

WBUR And The Boston Globe Partner To Launch A New True-Crime Podcast On The Largest Unsolved Art Heist In History

WBUR, and The Boston Globe, announced today they have joined forces to launch Last Seen, a weekly podcast that will debut on September 17. Hosted by WBUR’s award-winning producers and reporters Kelly Horan and Jack Rodolico, and with exclusive contributions from Boston Globe’s Pulitzer prize-winning reporter Stephen Kurkjian, author of “Master Thieves: The Boston Gangsters Who Pulled Off the World’s Greatest Art Heist,” Last Seen examines the most valuable and confounding art heist in history: the theft of 13 artworks, including Rembrandt’s only seascape, from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

“Twenty-eight years later, this unsolved crime still exerts an irresistible curiosity, and we’re excited to offer WBUR and The Boston Globe’s first true-crime podcast on this significant case originating in the city where it happened,” said Iris Adler, Executive Director for Programming, Podcasts and Special Projects at WBUR. “The producers of Last Seen have obtained unprecedented access to case files, first-ever interviews and this podcast is the result of a year of investigative reporting to unravel the crime’s many mysteries.”

"Our reporters have spoken to key people who have never before publicly talked. They have seen places and documents that no other reporters have seen before. Their work even led federal authorities to conduct a high-stakes excavation in a residential neighborhood in Florida. It all comes together in a provocative look not only at the crime and all the colorful characters around it, but at the investigation that has failed to solve it," said Jane Bowman, Vice President, Marketing and Strategic Partnerships, The Boston Globe.

The podcast begins with the night of the robbery. Like many museums in the 1990s, the Isabella Gardner Museum was uninsured and poorly secured. On March 18, 1990, the thieves — dressed in police uniforms — tied up the security guards and stole 13 pieces of artwork valued at $500 million, including three Rembrandts, a Vermeer, a Manet and sketches by Degas. The empty frames, where the treasured art once hung, still line the walls of museum.

Despite promises of immunity and a profitable reward, which started at $1 million and now stands at $10 million, no one has ever been charged in the crime, and none of the artwork has been recovered.

Who pulled off what the FBI describes as the largest property crime case in U.S. history? Was it a mob associate who ran the TRC Auto Electric repair shop in Dorchester, the Irish Republican Army and Whitey Bulger, two wannabe rock ‘n’ rollers or someone else entirely? Last Seen looks at these and many more suspects as hosts Horan and Rodolico travel from Boston to Philadelphia, Florida, Ireland and Italy investigating motives, scenarios and dead bodies with key players and leading experts on the robbery.

Last Seen offers unprecedented access to many of the key players involved in the case including:
Richard Abath, the night watchman who let in the robbers who were disguised as policemen;
• A first-ever interview with the second security guard on duty the night of the heist;
Anthony Amore, the Gardner Museum’s chief investigator for the past 12 years;
Shelley Murphy, renowned Boston Globe investigative journalist and co-author of “Whitey Bulger: America’s Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice;”
Brian Kelly, former assistant US attorney who oversaw the investigation for a decade;
David Nadolski, a former FBI agent who ran the robbery task force and had the infamous Anthony Romano as an informant;
Myles Connor, lifelong thief, suspect, would be rock star and Mensa member; and
• the lawyers and family members of numerous suspects.

Last Seen, a 10-episode series, will launch on September 17, 2018 with new weekly episodes available every Monday to stream or download on Apple Podcasts. The podcast, along with supporting documentation, photographs and additional reporting will be online at and—users can also subscribe to be notified when the podcast becomes available.