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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.

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The New York Times reports that during Donald Trump’s meeting with paper’s editorial board, the president-elect was asked about the white nationalist group known as the National Policy Institute. That group held a conference blocks from the White House this past weekend, in which attendees made “Sieg Heil” Nazi salutes.

What comes to mind when you think of food native to the U.S.? For many people it’s soda, hamburgers and hot dogs.

But think back further to a time when Native Americans were the country’s sole inhabitants, and there was no European influence on food.

Robert Zemeckis won an Oscar for directing “Forrest Gump.” He’s also the creative force behind the hugely successful “Back to the Future” films.

This week, Zemeckis’s latest movie “Allied” opens in theaters nationwide. It’s a romantic thriller set in World War II, starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard.

Zemeckis joins Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd to talk about the film, and his celebrated career.

Here’s a trailer for the film:

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Big City Rats And How To Get Rid Of Them

Nov 21, 2016

Many U.S. cities have a rat problem. Besides freaking most people out, the rodents also devour food supplies or contaminate what they don’t eat. Rats also spread harmful viruses and bacteria, and they can eat through almost any obstacle in pursuit of a meal or a safe haven to breed.

Seattle ranks high on the list of cities with a big rat problem. Households there are more than twice as likely to report rat sightings than the national average.

Cyber Monday may be moving in on Black Friday this year.

Wal-Mart is moving up its Cyber Week deals to Black Friday, a day that is normally dedicated to in-store deals. Meanwhile, Macy’s will kick off its Black Friday sales an hour earlier this year, opening at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

Author Joe Ide grew up in South Central Los Angeles and as a Japanese American in a primarily African-American neighborhood, he always felt like an outsider. But he found solace in Sherlock Holmes stories.

Table Service Is On The Menu At McDonald's

Nov 18, 2016

Get ready to tip your server at McDonald’s.

The fast-food chain said yesterday that it’s getting ready to offer table service at all of its U.S restaurants. This is just one of many adjustments the company is making to help turnaround sales.

The Ohio River runs over 980 miles long, flowing through or bordering six states. Farm waste is a major source of pollution in the Ohio River watershed.

Massachusetts resident Dianna Ploss was a lifelong Democrat. But during the campaign, she quit her job so she could volunteer full time for Donald Trump.

Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti talks with Ploss about what compelled her to make the switch, and about what she’s saying to friends and family who might have a problem with some of the racist attitudes that have surfaced in the last year.

It’s been more than 40 years since the end of the Vietnam War, but some veterans are just now getting a rare cancer related to their time overseas. And many find themselves not just fighting cancer, but also fighting the government for benefits.

During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump attacked Ford Motor Company for moving some of its production to Mexico, and was accused of sending jobs out of the U.S.

Mary Jo White, the chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission, said she will step down at the end of President Barack Obama’s term. The choice is raising questions about the agency’s path forward.

Thousands of firefighters are battling wildfires across the South today.

Some of the biggest are in North Carolina and Georgia, where the Rough Ridge fire has already chewed up more than 19,000 acres. Others are burning in Kentucky, South Carolina and Tennessee.

For more on the latest, Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with Georgia Public Broadcasting’s Sam Whitehead (@sclaudwhitehead).

In January, Congress will have a record number of women of color serving — a total of 38.

One of them will be Pramila Jayapal (@PramilaJayapal), the first Indian-American congresswoman. She will represent one of the most liberal districts in the country — Washington state’s 7th — and will face some challenges in the Republican-led Capitol.

Trump And Asia: What Can We Expect?

Nov 14, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump took a hard-line stance toward China during the campaign, promising to place big tariffs on imported Chinese goods, and there’s concern in Asia about what a Trump presidency will mean. Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke by telephone Monday.

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