Here and Now

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  • 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.

Long-term care facilities across Florida are being evaluated as police investigate the deaths of eight elderly people who died in a nursing home after Hurricane Irma. The storm has knocked out power at a time of sweltering heat.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with Associated Press reporter Terry Spencer (@terryspen) for the latest.

Bitcoin's Uncertain Future

Sep 13, 2017

JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon took another shot at Bitcoin this week, calling it a fraud and saying the market will eventually blow up. And late last week, state-owned media in China reported that Beijing plans to ban all cryptocurrency exchanges.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson talks about Bitcoin’s future with Jason Bellini (@jasonbellini) of The Wall Street Journal.

Two recent studies have found strong evidence that intestinal bacteria play a role in multiple sclerosis, an incurable autoimmune disease. The studies advance our understanding of how the microbiome is linked to multiple sclerosis and what potential treatments or prevention methods might be developed for the disease.

Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti talks with Sharon Begley (@sxbegle) of our partners at STAT about what the findings mean.

Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd sits down with Seth and Scott Avett of The Avett Brothers to talk about a new film about the making of the band’s Grammy-nominated album, “True Sadness.”

That film, “May It Last,” comes out today and is in theaters for one night only.

One of the coastal cities in Florida inundated with historic flooding after Irma was Jacksonville. The flooding was so severe in some places on Monday that the sheriff’s department said it had to rescue more than 350 people.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young talks to WJCT reporter Ryan Benk (@RyanMichaelBenk), who’s on the scene.

Airports across Florida are reopening Tuesday following closures due to Hurricane Irma. In order to get up and running again, airlines face many logistical hurdles in terms of getting equipment and workers where they need to be.

Plus, airlines have to look at the long-term losses that might come from hurricane damage. Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson talks with Seth Kaplan of Airline Weekly.

Experiencing Irma In Naples, Fort Myers

Sep 11, 2017

Here & Now‘s Robin Young gets two updates from Florida assessing the situation as Irma — now a tropical storm — moves through the state. She speaks with Randy Henderson, the mayor of Fort Myers, Florida, about how the storm has affected the city, and Ed Laudise, assistant principal of a school in Naples, where people were sheltered as Irma passed overhead.

At the White House and the Pentagon Monday morning, the president and first lady observed the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

NPR’s Ron Elving (@NPRrelving) joins Here & Now‘s Robin Young to discuss President Trump’s remarks, and also to look ahead to the week in politics.

Hurricane Irma hit hard in Turks and Caicos early Friday, knocking out all communications with the islands. Earlier this week the storm destroyed most of Barbuda and wreaked havoc on St. Martin and St. Barts.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson talks with Hugh Riley, secretary general of the Caribbean Tourism Organization, a development agency representing all 28 Caribbean countries. Riley is in Antigua, where he arrived Thursday night as part of an emergency response team.

Each summer, around 600 Mexican women come to Hooper’s Island in Maryland under the H-2B visa program to do jobs their employers say Americans don’t want.

Armando Trull (@trulldc) of WAMU reports that for more than two decades, the women have helped keep the iconic seafood alive.

Many of Evelin Salgado’s students at Cane Ridge High School in Nashville are DACA recipients, able to work, drive and enroll in college thanks to the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals program.

As Hurricane Irma brings devastating winds closer to the mainland United States, the 6 million people who live in South Florida are preparing for the worst. Broward County, which includes Fort Lauderdale, on Thursday issued an evacuation order for people living east of U.S. Route 1.

In the aftermath of Harvey and with Hurricane Irma gaining strength in the Atlantic, people need essential items when they evacuate from their homes: medications, clothing and, for some families, diapers.

Courtney Collins (@courtneylc82) of KERA in Dallas reports that shelters are making sure they’re well-stocked.

Florida Keys residents are beginning to make the 113-mile journey on the Overseas Highway to the mainland, ahead of Hurricane Irma.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson checks in with WLRN’s Nancy Klingener (@keywestnan), who is on Key West.

President Trump overruled congressional Republicans and his own treasury secretary Wednesday and cut a deal with Democrats to fund the government and raise the federal borrowing limit for three months, all part of an agreement to speed money to Harvey relief.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young discusses the latest with NPR’s Domenico Montanaro (@DomenicoNPR).

Now that school’s back in session, first-year college students are making the adjustment to campus life, which can be a big change from high school. And high school seniors who are applying to college should be thinking about who to ask for recommendation letters.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Lisa Micele (@LisaMicele), director of college counseling at the University of Illinois Laboratory High School in Urbana, Illinois, to get some advice for students.

The name “Calhoun” will be removed Tuesday from a residential building at Yale University. John C. Calhoun was a Yale graduate, U.S. vice president and a white supremacist who supported slavery. Student activists, faculty and some members of the community lobbied the administration to change the name, which they viewed as a symbol of racism.

Here & Now's Phoebe Petrovic (@phoebepetrovic) reports.

Thais Marques was marching at the base of New York’s Trump Tower Tuesday when the White House announced its plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA.

Marques (@thais_tweets), who was brought to the U.S. illegally from Brazil at the age of 5, has been a beneficiary of the program for more than four years. Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with her.

Hurricane season is in full swing and another powerful storm is brewing in the Atlantic. Irma, a Category 5 hurricane, is expected to make landfall in the Virgin Islands, Cuba, Hispaniola and Puerto Rico this week. Florida is also taking precautions for Irma’s blow.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with Jeff Huffman (@HuffmanHeadsUp), director and chief meteorologist of the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network, about Hurricane Irma.

The United Nations Security Council held another emergency session on North Korea Monday after criticizing Pyongyang’s nuclear test over the weekend.

Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with Abe Denmark (@AbeDenmark), director of the Asia Program at the Wilson Center and a former deputy assistant secretary of defense for East Asia.

Harvey was a 1,000-year flood event, according to a new analysis from the University of Wisconsin’s Space Science and Engineering Center. As recovery efforts continue, scientists are studying how much climate change had to do with Harvey’s record-setting rainfall and unusual path over Texas, drawing on data gathered from Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy.

Like many families in Houston, the Garcia family was forced to leave their home as floodwaters rose. They tried to save important documents, photos and some other items.

Now that the floods have receded, the Garcias have returned home to clean up and see what’s salvageable. Christopher Connelly (@hithisischris) of KERA reports.

Beaumont, Texas, is without running water after service from the main pump station broke down due to rising waters from the Naches River. Beaumont was hit by an intense second round of rain Wednesday, which left that region underwater.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young checks in with NPR’s Debbie Elliott (@NPRDebElliott) from Beaumont.

Some former homeland security officials have criticized the Trump administration for focusing on Muslim extremists at the expense of efforts to combat violent white supremacists at a time when hate crimes are on the rise. That conversation has taken on a new urgency since Charlottesville.

In the wake of disasters, there are a lot of people who need help — and a lot of people who want to offer it.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson talks with Bob Ottenhoff (@BobOttenhoff), president and CEO of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, about the best ways to give after a disaster.

Lorrine Adamore is holed up in one of the three shelters the city of Dallas has set up for people fleeing Hurricane Harvey, now a tropical storm. It’s a familiar, and unsettling feeling. Twelve years ago she was rescued by boat when her New Orleans home was swamped by Hurricane Katrina and she relocated to Houston.

When Will The Rain Stop In Texas?

Aug 29, 2017

It’s been four days since Harvey struck Texas’ southeastern coast as a Category 4 hurricane. Harvey, now a tropical storm, has dumped more than 43 inches of rain in southern Houston since Friday, and forecasts predict more is on the way for the region and parts of southwestern Louisiana.

Officials expect more than 30,000 people may be forced out of their homes in Texas by surging flood waters. The damage is raising questions not only about the state’s preparation leading up to now-Tropical Storm Harvey, but also about the layout of its natural landscape and urban design.

Catastrophic Flooding Inundates Houston

Aug 28, 2017

Harvey, now a tropical storm, is expected to drop more heavy rain on the Houston area Monday. Officials say once Harvey moves out, drainage will continue to be a problem, and flooding that’s already devastated the region could get worse.

Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti checks in on recovery efforts with NPR’s Nathan Rott (@NathanRott) in Texas.

Hurricane Harvey is expected to make landfall near Corpus Christi, Texas, late tonight or early Saturday. Officials are warning the storm surge and torrential rain could cause significant damage.

KUT reporter Claire McInerny (@ClaireMcInerny) is in Victoria, Texas, and joins Here & Now‘s Lisa Mullins with the latest on evacuations and storm preparations.

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