Here and Now

Weekdays 12-3 PM
  • Hosted by Robin Young, Jeremy Hobson

Here & Now reflects the fluid world of news as it’s happening, with timely, smart and in-depth news and conversation.

Here & Now is co-hosted by Robin Young.  A Peabody Award-winning journalist, she has reported for NBC, CBS and ABC television, and was substitute host and correspondent for The Today Show.

Co-host Jeremy Hobson, hosted the Marketplace Morning Report. Hobson has broad producing, reporting and hosting experience at the program and network level and at the station level including sister station WILL in Urbana.

Additionally, Meghna Chakrabarti, is the program’s primary back-up host.

A Community Mourns A Loss After Las Vegas

Oct 4, 2017

A beach community near Los Angeles is mourning the loss of a favorite police department employee, Rachael Parker, who died in the Las Vegas shooting.

Reporter Susan Valot (@susanvalothas the story.

There are nearly 6,500 troops and support staff deployed to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands as part of the government’s relief response to the devastation of Hurricane Maria. Among the military units already helping is the 45th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron. The Air Force Reserve unit is flying medical patients to the mainland U.S.

Bobbie O’Brien of WUSF visited the squadron’s staging area at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.

Trinity County in Northern California is one of the state’s most food insecure regions, meaning many people there don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

Reporter Lisa Morehouse (@cafoodways) accompanied the county’s food bank director on his 10-hour food delivery route in this isolated region.

Police still don’t know what suspect Stephen Paddock’s motive was in the Las Vegas shooting. He brought more than 10 bags of legally purchased guns into his hotel suite.

John Sepulvado (@JohnLGC) of KQED joins Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson to discuss what investigators are focusing on in the case.

President Trump is reacting to the mass shooting in Las Vegas today. Over the weekend he lashed out at the mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz, who criticized the government’s efforts to help Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. Trump also said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is wasting his time by reaching out to North Korea.

How Hospitals Deal With Mass Shootings

Oct 2, 2017

Las Vegas is in the midst of a medical crisis. After Sunday night’s deadly shooting, the city’s hospitals are dealing with hundreds of casualties.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young talks with Eric Alberts, emergency preparedness manager for Orlando Health, about how he dealt with the situation after the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando.

Dennis Guerrero, a photographer from Montebello, California, had just finished taking pictures of the Route 91 Harvest Festival for a Palm Springs, California, radio station when he heard gunfire.

Guerrero joins Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson and Robin Young to describe what he saw.

One man is dead and two people are injured after a pair of spectacular rockslides at Yosemite National Park this week. On Thursday a slab of granite tumbled off the park’s famous climbing destination El Capitan, injuring an elderly man driving nearby. On Wednesday another piece of rock broke off the same site, killing British climber Andrew Foster, 32, and seriously injuring his wife, according to park officials.

A Sonic Oasis In A Colorado Desert

Sep 27, 2017

On a high desert hilltop in northwestern Colorado, there’s a metal enclosure that over the years has become something of a sonic playground for musicians.

Brad Turner (@bradturner1) from Colorado Public Radio explains why the world is about to hear more music from inside the place known as “The Tank.”

The pharmaceutical industry has long used targeted ads on television and in magazines to encourage certain populations to use their medicines. Now drug companies, with the help of Facebook and Pandora, are buying ads to target specific individuals.

One week after Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico, many on the island say they’re still waiting for help. Most of the island’s 3.4 million people remain without electricity. Food, water, fuel and cell service are scarce, especially outside the capital of San Juan, where thousands of federal employees from FEMA and other agencies are coordinating relief efforts.

The battle to fill the Senate seat left vacant by Jeff Sessions has become a battleground for different wings of the Republican party. Roy Moore and incumbent Sen. Luther Strange face each other in a primary runoff election Tuesday, but many in the party see it as a contest between the establishment and a more fiery populist branch.

Directors Lynn Novick (@LynnNovick) and Ken Burns (@KenBurns) tell Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd about the effort it took to produce their 18-hour documentary about the Vietnam War that con

Hurricane Maria left destruction throughout Puerto Rico when it slammed the island last week. It also tore down most of the communications infrastructure that connects the U.S. territory with the rest of the world, including the millions of Puerto Ricans living on the mainland.

With the coming of fall and cooler weather, comfort foods are on Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst‘s mind. Kathy brings Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson and Robin Young her takes on their favorites — coq au vin and mashed potatoes — as well as macaroni and cheese and her recipe for summer tomato soup that tastes just as good in fall.

On Saturday the Catholic church will beatify a priest from Okarche, Oklahoma. Three assailants murdered the Rev. Stanley Rother in Guatemala in 1981 during that country’s civil war. Pope Francis declared last year that Rother is a martyr, setting the stage for him to possibly become a saint.

The United Nations General Assembly is in session this week, and the top question on many minds: How will President Trump’s “America First” message mesh with the rest of the world?

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson revisits some of the week’s speeches to see how world leaders are addressing that and other issues.

As the sun set Wednesday night, Jews around the world began observing Rosh Hashana.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Rabbi Jeremy Fine of the Temple of Aaron in St. Paul, Minnesota, about the Jewish New Year’s meaning and rituals.

President Trump issued disaster declarations for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands after the passage of Hurricane Maria.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson talks with U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. Kenneth Mapp (@govhouseusvi) about the recovery effort there.

Interview Highlights

On the situation after Maria

Montana has been ravaged by wildfires this season, and a new report out Wednesday examining climate change finds the new normal for Montana will be hot and dry summers.

Kids who start playing tackle football before the age of 12 are at much higher risk of developing behavioral and emotional troubles as adults, according to a new study.

Researchers found much higher rates of depression, apathy and other neurological problems among those who started young — whether or not they suffered concussions.

Officials in Puerto Rico are warning residents to prepare for catastrophic winds and floods as Hurricane Maria bears down on the island. The storm has already devastated the island of Dominica, where the governor describes the damage as “mind-boggling.”

Meteorologist Jeff Huffman (@HuffmanHeadsUp) of the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network gives Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson the latest on Maria.

More than 100,000 homes were damaged or destroyed in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, which left much of Houston underwater.

Four decades ago, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins published a book that changed science. In “The Selfish Gene,” Dawkins argued that genes competing for survival not only drive evolution but also animal and human behavior. It was an abstract idea at first, but now scientists, including researchers at the Stowers Institute in Kansas City, are figuring out how selfish genes actually do their work.

St. Martin, St. Thomas and Tortola’s ports have all been closed indefinitely to cruise liners. What does this mean for passengers as the winter season approaches?

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with cruise analyst Andrew Coggins, a management professor at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business, about this hurricane season’s impact on the industry.

A musical based on the songs of 1970s singer-songwriter Dan Fogelberg has launched in Nashville. It’s called “Part of the Plan.”

Amy Eskind of Nashville Public Radio spoke with its LA producers about why they created the show, and chose Nashville for the opening.

As ISIS loses territory in Iraq and Syria, authorities in Europe fear that people who left to fight for the group will return to Europe and carry out attacks across the continent. There have already been examples of that in recent months.

The extent of the damage caused by Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean is still coming into view. On St. John, many residents remain without power and officials fear the fresh water supply is low.

But the devastation may be even worse on St. Thomas, where aid has been slowed by destroyed infrastructure. Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson talks with NPR’s Jason Beaubien (@jasonbnpr), who is in St. Thomas.

The mayor of Baltimore says she has no plans to remove the city’s monument to Francis Scott Key, after the words “racist anthem” were sprayed this week on a statue of him. Key wrote what would become the national anthem 205 years ago today while he was held captive on a British ship during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812.

Former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli, infamous for price gouging and currently awaiting sentencing for a fraud conviction, has been sent back to jail. Shkreli had his bail revoked after he took to Facebook this week, posting that he would offer $5,000 to anyone able to obtain a hair from Hillary Clinton. Clinton is touring publicly to promote her new book.

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