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Here & Now

Produced by NPR and WBUR in Boston featuring long-form storytelling mixed with discussion and investigative pieces on topics ranging from breaking news to new music and the arts.


  • Millions Of Americans Quit Their Jobs; Mexico Sinkhole Swallows House
    by NPR on June 18, 2021 at 2:19 pm

    Despite the economic devastation caused by the pandemic, millions of Americans are leaving their jobs. In April, some 4 million people quit, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. We explore what's pushing so many people to quit their jobs. And, a large […]

  • Juneteenth Mural; Parenting In The Pandemic
    by NPR on June 18, 2021 at 2:13 pm

    It's a momentous day in the U.S. as a new holiday, Juneteenth, becomes official. In 1865 in Galveston, Texas, enslaved Black Americans learned of their freedom. Now, a new mural honors the day. Houston Public Media's Elizabeth Trovall has more. And, the […]

  • Transgender Athletes In Tokyo Olympics; Dinner Party Recipes
    by NPR on June 17, 2021 at 3:14 pm

    Several transgender athletes around the world are vying to make history at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. We speak with LGBTQ sportswriter Cyd Zeigler and professional runner Nikki Hiltz, who recently announced they are transgender and nonbinary. And, ready to […]

  • Relationship Between Freedom And Voting; Title IX Protects Trans Students
    by NPR on June 17, 2021 at 3:13 pm

    After record voter turnout in 2020, Republican-controlled legislatures are passing restrictive voting rights laws, emboldened by false claims of voter fraud. The CEO of the New Georgia Project explains what these attacks mean for the American freedom to vote. […]

  • Genetically Modified Mosquitoes; 'Truth Like Oil' Novel
    by NPR on June 16, 2021 at 1:49 pm

    Florida Keys officials are working on a unique experiment: hatching thousands of genetically modified mosquitos and releasing them. Andrea Leal of the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District explains. And, Connie Biewald discusses her new novel, "Truth Like […]

  • Ursula Burns' Journey To Xerox CEO; Cruise Industry And Vaccine Passports
    by NPR on June 16, 2021 at 1:43 pm

    When Ursula Burns was named the CEO of Xerox in 2009, she became the first Black woman to head a Fortune 500 company. Her new memoir takes readers through her nearly 30-year journey from intern to CEO. And, Celebrity Cruises is requiring passengers 16 and […]

  • Teaching Juneteenth In Schools; Valedictorian Donates Scholarship
    by NPR on June 15, 2021 at 1:33 pm

    Author Clint Smith explains why Juneteenth isn't taught in schools and how that contributes to distorted views of slavery. And, valedictorian Verda Tetteh won a $40,000 scholarship at her high school graduation. Then, she headed back to the podium and […]

  • Original Pride Flag; Museums Release Juneteenth Movie
    by NPR on June 15, 2021 at 1:27 pm

    A fragment of the original Pride flag has been discovered and is now on display in San Francisco. We talk with Charles Beal, a friend of the flag's creator. And, 10 Black cultural centers and museums are releasing their collaborative movie "Juneteenth." Asia […]

  • Cover Songs Galore; The State Of Sex Education
    by NPR on June 14, 2021 at 2:18 pm

    Patrick Bryant's radio show "Subject to Change" covers the same song for two hours. He joins us to discuss his latest pick "I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself." And, state legislatures from multiple states have recently taken up bills that address sex […]

  • New Cancer Blood Test; Re-Evaluating School Police
    by NPR on June 14, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    A new treatment could be a game changer for some patients with tumor-based cancers. It's a simple blood test that shows recurrence of cancer months before it can appear on MRIs, CT scans and X-rays. We speak to a doctor and a patient using the test. And, we […]

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