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Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson

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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1:35 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Injecting Creativity Into Overscheduled Lives

Danny Gregory sketched this picture of himself sketching breakfast. (Danny Gregory)

Think you’re too busy to be creative? How about taking a few minutes to draw your breakfast? That’s just one of the suggestions from artist and author Danny Gregory in his new book “Art Before Breakfast: A Zillion Ways to be More Creative No Matter How Busy You Are” (excerpt below).

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1:23 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Toymakers Face Shifting Market

Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 6:22 pm

The International Toy Fair wrapped up in New York City this week, as the industry deals with shifting demand. Children have become interested in playing games on tablets and mobile phones.

CNN’s Maggie Lake interviewed a number of CEOs about how their companies are dealing with the new landscape. She joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson with details.

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1:19 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Sampling Chinese Cuisines With Ming Tsai

Originally published on Wed February 18, 2015 1:23 pm

Chinese New Year begins tomorrow. We celebrate by revisiting our conversation last year with James Beard Award-winning chef Ming Tsai. Ming came into our studios to share some New Year’s customs and take Here & Now host Jeremy Hobson on a taste tour of four different Chinese cuisines: Mandarin, Hunan, Szechwan and Cantonese.

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1:19 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Jehovah's Witness Leaders Accused Of Covering Up Child Sexual Abuse

Jehovah's Witnesses have been using the 1st amendment to hide child sexual abuse claims, according to Reveal and the Center for Investigative Reporting. (Image via revealnews.org)

Originally published on Wed February 18, 2015 1:23 pm

It’s been 13 years since the Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal broke. Now, a new investigation finds that the leaders of the Jehovah’s Witnesses have instructed elders to keep cases of child sexual abuse a secret, both from law enforcement and from their own congregations.

Memos from the religion’s parent organization, the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, show this policy dates back at least 25 years.

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1:13 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

A Young Malcolm X, Through The Eyes Of His Daughter

American civil rights activist Malcolm X (1925 - 1965) speaks at a podium during a Black Muslim rally in Washington DC, circa 1963. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Originally published on Tue February 17, 2015 5:33 pm

Ilyasah Shabazz is Malcolm X’s daughter and co-author of a new young adult novel based on her father’s teen years.

X: A Novel” focuses on when Malcolm X, then known as Malcolm Little, dropped out of school after the death of his father and started using drugs and breaking into houses.

That behavior eventually led to his imprisonment, which is where he came into contact with Islam.

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1:13 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Meet The New Top Dog Judge At Westminster

A Komondorok being groomed in the benching area at Pier 92 and 94 in New York City on the 2nd day of competition at the 139th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show February 17, 2015. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

Originally published on Tue February 17, 2015 3:08 pm

The Westminster Kennel Club 139th Annual Dog Show concludes tonight with the much-anticipated anointing of the Best in Show dog.

Taking to the ring to judge that dog will be David Merriam. Merriam is a retired judge, champion breeder of bull terriers and past chairman of board of the American Kennel Club, but this will be his first time judging the Best in Show dog at Westminster.

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1:13 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Aging HIV-Positive Population Faces Challenges

Michael Hawkins, 56, contracted HIV when he was in his late 20s. He now joins a growing number of older Americans living with the virus. (Aundrea Murray, WNPR)

America is growing older, and so is its population of HIV-positive adults. This year, for the first time ever, half of Americans living with HIV are 50 years old and older.

For many of them, life presents a unique set of challenges. Among those challenges is increased social isolation.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Lydia Brown of WNPR reports.

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2:02 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

Greece Rejects New Bailout Offer From Europe

The eurozone’s top official on Monday effectively gave Greece an ultimatum to request an extension to the country’s bailout program, a proposal Athens has so far rejected stridently.

Greece and its eurozone creditors have been at an impasse over how to lighten the country’s bailout loans.

Athens would like to scrap the existing bailout program and instead agree on a “bridging program” to support its finances. Greece’s new government blames the current bailout program for inflicting budget austerity on the country and has promised its electors it would get rid of it.

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2:02 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

6 Tips From An Online Dating Coach

Looking for love online? Dating coach Kimberly Koehler has some advice to share. (Ashley Bishop/Flickr)

Online dating is now a billion-dollar business. Singles have their choice of a number of Internet services through apps and websites that range from totally free to very costly.

There are also online dating coaches, like Kimberly Koehler. She charges $200 for her online class teaching dating strategies. She also offers one-on-one dating coaching for $495.

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2:02 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

Water Cooler: Social Media News From SNL To #BOSnow

Will Ferrell and Cheri Oteri play "Spartan Cheerleaders" in a skit on "Saturday Night Live." (Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC via AP)

Annie Colbert of Mashable joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to take a look at how the news is reverberating on social media, from meteorologist Jim Cantore’s celebration over “thundersnow” in Plymouth, Mass., to Saturday Night Live’s 40 year anniversary celebration.

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