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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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2:13 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

The Real People Who Inspired The Film 'Spare Parts'

Fredi Lajvardi (left) and Cristian Arcega are pictured at the Los Angeles Premiere of Pantelion Films' "Spare Parts" at Arclight Cinemas on Thursday, January 8, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Todd Williamson/Invision for Pantelion FIlms via AP)

Originally published on Wed January 14, 2015 5:51 pm

In 2004, a team of high school students from Carl Hayden Community High School in Phoenix, Arizona, defeated college teams, including MIT, in an underwater robotic competition.

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2:01 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Orangutan Speaks? Google Translates!

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There’s news this week about an orangutan that’s doing something very unusual: she is making noises that sound like human noises. Human speech patterns have been heard in monkeys before, but not in the so-called great apes, such as gorillas and orangutans, which typically grunt.

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2:01 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Seattle Zoo Ponders Where To Send Its Elephants

Chai, the Woodland Park Zoo's 35-year-old Asian elephant, browses for treats thrown by her keeper in the zoo's elephant enclosure. The zoo is looking for a new home for Chai and other remaining elephant, Bamboo. (Deborah Wang/KUOW)

Officials at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle are in the process of looking for a new home for their two Asian elephants.

In November, they announced they would close their exhibit and send their elephants to another facility to allow them to be part of a larger social herd.

But there is still an active debate in Seattle about where the elephants should go next. Deborah Wang from Here & Now contributor station KUOW in Seattle reports.

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3:16 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

DJ Sessions: From Traditional To Virtual Choirs

Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir ‘Lux Aurumque’ was launched in March 2010 and featured online performances by 185 singers. (Screenshot via Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir)

For this edition of the Here & Now DJ Sessions, Steve Staruch, a host at Classical Minnesota Public Radio, joins Jeremy Hobson to survey a range of choral music.

Staruch takes us through older classics — including one from the late Swiss composer Frank Martin — to the virtual choir created by Eric Whitacre.

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3:16 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

26 Measles Cases Tied To Disneyland Outbreak

Health officials say 26 people have been diagnosed with measles, part of an outbreak that originated at Disneyland last month. (Hector Mata/AFP/GettyImages)

Health officials in California are saying seven more people have come down with measles, part of an outbreak that originated at Disneyland last month.

That brings the total up to 26 people diagnosed with measles, most of them in California, at least two in Utah, and one in both Colorado and Washington State. These diagnoses come after public health officials announced the elimination of measles fifteen years ago.

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3:16 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

USDA Hunts For Avian Flu In Pacific Northwest

Randy Wilson, with the USDA, holds a duck just after testing it for avian flu at a press event in Kennewick, Washington. (Anna King/Northwest News Network)

Originally published on Wed January 14, 2015 7:58 am

In a setback for U.S. poultry producers, China has joined the list of more than thirty countries that have banned all imports of American poultry, poultry products and eggs.

The action comes after discoveries of the highly pathogenic H5N8 avian flu in the Pacific Northwest. The same strain killed thousands of birds on two farms in British Columbia.

Now, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and state officials are testing flocks near the latest outbreaks in southeast Washington state.

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1:46 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Hilarious And Unforgiving: Fey and Poehler At The Golden Globes

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted their third and final Golden Globes Awards January 11, 2015.(Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Last night, the Foreign Press Association awarded the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards. The evening began with the highly anticipated opening monologue from comedy duo Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. It was the pair’s third and reportedly final time hosting the awards, and no star was safe from Fey and Poehler’s biting humor.

From affectionately labeling the star-studded audience as “despicable, spoiled, minimally talented brats” to reviving national headlines such as North Korea and the Bill Cosby scandal, laughs and gasps rose from the crowd.

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1:46 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Good Samaritan Provides Free Roadside Assistance

Walt Brinker provides roadside assistance on a horse trailer tire. (Roadside Survival)

A North Carolina man has made it his mission to offer free roadside assistance to broken-down drivers all over the state.

With a trunk full of tools, reflective vests and air compressors, Walt Brinker is not only a good Samaritan, but he also teaches drivers how to change their tires and jump their cars so they won’t have to call AAA.

With over 2,000 free roadside assists under his belt, he has amassed decades of experience in quick solutions to get people back on the road.

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1:46 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Congress Focuses On Homeland Security Amendments And Keystone

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 1:01 pm

Republicans begin their second week in control of Congress with the Senate tonight kicking off debate on approving the Keystone XL pipeline, even though the GOP lacks the votes right now to override a presidential veto.

Also this week, the House will take up a measure to fund the Department of Homeland Security through September, debating whether to add amendments to the funding bill that would block President Obama’s most recent executive actions deferring deportations for some immigrants.

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2:05 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Boston Celebrates Its Olympic Bid

Governor of Massachusetts Charlie Baker addresses the media as Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, right, looks on, during a press conference to announce Boston as the U.S. applicant city to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center on January 9 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 6:54 am

Last night, the U.S. Olympic Committee tabbed Boston as the American city that will bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics. City officials and representatives from Boston2024, the organization that backed the bid, discussed next steps during a press conference this morning.

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