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2:30 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

High Stakes Financial News: From Greece To China

A Chinese stock investor monitors share prices at a securities firm in Fuyang, in China's Anhui province on June 19, 2015. Shanghai shares plunged 6.42 percent on June 19, ending a torrid week as the benchmark index was hit by tight liquidity and profit-taking after a powerful surge over the past year. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

There are a number of dramatic economic stories in the news today. In Greece, banks and markets are closed, as the country edges towards a default and or exit from the eurozone.

Meanwhile, Puerto Rico’s governor now says that the commonwealth cannot pay its $72 billion in debts. And in China, stocks have tumbled into a bear market, despite a move by the central bank there to cut interest rates to a record low.

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2:30 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Smart Meters: An Experiment In Power Grid Innovation

John Phelan with Fort Collins Utilities inspects the smart meter at his home. (Dan Boyce)

Our electricity system is changing rapidly around us. New sources of renewable power are meeting technologies that can crunch unprecedented amounts of data. It’s all leading to a major shakeup for how utilities do business. Dan Boyce from Here & Now’s contributor Inside Energy takes us to Fort Collins, Colorado, for a peek into our utility’s possible future.

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2:30 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

How Historic Was Last Week? A Historian Puts It In Context.

President Barack Obama sings "Amazing Grace" as he delivers the eulogy for South Carolina state senator and Rev. Clementa Pinckney during Pinckney's funeral service June 26, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

President Obama won a series of huge victories in the Supreme Court last week, including health care and same sex marriage. And officials in South Carolina called for the removal of the Confederate flag from the state capitol grounds after nine African Americans were gunned down in a Charleston church. Here & Now’s Robin Young asks historian Julian Zelizer to put the week into historical context.

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2:11 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Obama Delivers Rousing Eulogy For Rev. Pinckney

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers the eulogy for South Carolina state senator and Rev. Clementa Pinckney during Pinckney's funeral service June 26, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina. Suspected shooter Dylann Roof, 21, is accused of killing nine people on June 17th during a prayer meeting in the church, which is one of the nation's oldest black churches in Charleston. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama has delivered a rousing eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who was among nine who were slain at an African-American church in South Carolina last week.

“The nation shares in your grief,” Obama said Friday at the funeral for Pinckney, 41, who was shot and killed during a Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Eight others also died.

“What a good man,” Obama said. “What an example he set.”

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12:41 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Kentucky Will Recognize Same-Sex Marriage Starting Today

Fourteen states must lift their bans on same-sex marriage, after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry anywhere in the United States. One of the states that must lift its ban is Kentucky. Joseph Lord of Here & Now contributing station WFPL in Louisville joins host Jeremy Hobson with details.

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12:41 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Opponent Of Same-Sex Marriage Reacts To Ruling

James Campbell, a Scottsdale, Ariz., lawyer representing nearly two dozen current and former New Mexico legislators, talks to reporters outside the New Mexico Supreme Court building on Wednesday Oct. 23, 2013 in Santa Fe, N.M. after making arguments in a case that could determine whether gay marriage is legal statewide. Campbell said the legislature, not the court, should decide the issue of same-sex marriage. He is an attorney for a conservative Christian law group called Alliance Defending Freedom. (Barry Massey/AP)

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled to extend the right to marry to same-sex couples in all 50 states. Among those who oppose the ruling is Jim Campbell, senior counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom. He speaks with Here & Now’s Robin Young.

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12:41 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

A Conversation With San Antonio's First Black Female Mayor

Ivy Taylor was initially appointed as interim mayor of San Antonio, following Julian Castro's departure to serve in the Obama administration. She won reelection on June 13, 2015. (Facebook)

On his final day broadcasting from Texas, Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson sits down with San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor, who took the oath of office this week.

He asks her about San Antonio’s rapid growth, housing prices, a controversy over an anti-discrimination ordinance that protects members of the LGBT community, and the recent departure of the ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft from San Antonio.

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1:36 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Wild Animal Selfies Lead To Injuries, Charges

When people take selfies with wild animals, they may be putting themselves or the animals at risk. (jentwen/Instagram)

More and more people are putting themselves and wild animals in danger, all in the name of a cool selfie. The trend of taking exciting selfies and videos has resulted in injured animals and animal harassment charges for the humans involved.

Vicki Croke, host of WBUR’s The Wild Life blog joins Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti to talk about the abuse of animals in pursuit of a good selfie.

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1:36 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Social Media Buzz: From #Charleston To #SCOTUS

Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with Julia Turner, editor-in-chief of Slate, about what’s trending on social media.

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1:36 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

California Lawmakers Pass Bill Requiring Vaccines For School Entry

Christy Pritchard carries her son, Zachary, 3, as she waits to appear before the Assembly Health Committee to voice her opposition to a measure mandating that schoolchildren be vaccinated at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, June 9, 2015. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

The California State Assembly has passed a bill that would require all children – except for those with medical wavers – to receive vaccinations before attending school. Current law allows for personal belief exemptions.

Many California parents choose not to vaccinate their children out of fear that it will cause autism or other medical problems, but medical professionals assert that there is no risk of such side effects.

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1:18 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

Boston Marathon Bomber Apologizes For The First Time

Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev apologized for the deadly attack for the first time Wednesday just before a judge was set to formally sentence him to death.

“I am sorry for the lives that I’ve taken, for the suffering that I’ve caused you, for the damage that I’ve done – irreparable damage,” the 21-year-old college student said, breaking more than two years of public silence.

To the victims, he said: “I pray for your relief, for your healing.”

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1:18 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

What Is The Supreme Court Doing Behind The Scenes?

The Supreme Court is scheduled to rule on two landmark cases in the next few days – same-sex marriage and the Affordable Care Act. Advocates and critics of the death penalty are also watching for a ruling on the constitutionality of some lethal injection drugs.

But why do all these big cases come at the same time? What goes on behind the scenes of the Supreme Court as a session winds down? Here & Now’s Robin Young asks NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg.

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1:18 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

CEO Activism And The Corporate Battle Against The Confederate Flag

A search for Confederate flags in Google Shopping on June 24, 2015, did not match any shopping results. (Screenshot)

As politicians across the South are stepping in to call for the removal of the Confederate battle flag and other symbols of the Confederacy, big businesses are also joining the fray. Wal-Mart, eBay, Amazon and others have promised to pull merchandise tied to the flag, in some cases adding strong arguments against the products.

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1:28 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

Garlic Scapes, Green Garlic And Roasted Garlic: Recipes And Tips

Clockwise from top left: garlic scapes, mature garlic and green garlic. (Kathy Gunst)

Of all the ingredients she uses in her dishes, Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst prizes garlic above all. “Garlic is the spine of all my cooking. I cannot imagine cooking without it,” she told host Robin Young.

Kathy gave us this primer on garlic scapes, green garlic and roasted garlic. She also brought us these four recipes:

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1:28 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

What Will It Take To Prevent Future Russian Aggression?

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg adjusts his spectacles during a debate of the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee and its Subcommittee on Security and Defence, in Brussels on March 30, 2015. (John Thys/Getty Images)

As NATO defense ministers gather for a meeting in Brussels tomorrow, they face a central question: Just how serious is the threat from Russia? Some say they have much bigger problems than Vladimir Putin, but others fear the Kremlin is growing dangerously hostile.

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1:28 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

Hollywood’s History Of Putting Gay Rights On Trial

Teachers Karen and Martha (Audrey Hepburn and Shirley MacLaine) find the extent of their relationship questioned in the courts of public and private opinion in 1961's "The Children's Hour." (John Springer Collection/Corbis)

Any day now, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to decide whether or not states have the constitutional right to ban same-sex marriage. Whichever way the court goes, this ruling could create a murky legal situation for several states that allow same sex marriage, as well as several states that prohibit it.

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2:38 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Jordan Spieth's One-Stroke Win At The U.S. Open

Jordan Spieth kisses the trophy after winning the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay on June 21, 2015 in University Place, Washington. (Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Golf has a new star – 21-year-old Jordan Spieth. He won the U.S. Open trophy yesterday with a one-stroke victory. He also won the Master’s in April, and is the youngest to win two majors in one year since 1922. Sports reporter Dave Sheinin of The Washington Post joins Here & Now’s Robin Young with details.

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2:38 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

The Confederate Flag's History In South Carolina

Hundreds of people protest against the Confederate flag during a protest rally in Columbia, South, Carolina on June 20, 2015. (Mladen Antonov/Getty Images)

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 2:56 pm

It has been six days since nine people were shot and killed at Emanual AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The shooting has ignited a debate about the Confederate flag, which still flies at the statehouse in South Carolina, while the state and American flags are at half-mast.

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2:38 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Remembering Composer Gunther Schuller

Gunther Schuller conducts at Jordan Hall in Boston, Massachusetts. (Courtesy of the Boston Symphony Orchestra)

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Gunther Schuller died on Sunday at the age of 89. He was known for his versatility: as a horn player he performed with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and recorded with Miles Davis. As the head of the New England Conservatory in Boston, he introduced jazz into the curriculum. His works “Where the Word Ends” and “Dreamscape” were also performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

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1:04 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Chimpanzees Endangered, No Longer Eligible For Most Research

A baby chimpanzee relaxes on its mother Swela at the Leipzig Zoo in Leipzig, central Germany, Thursday, April 23, 2015. (Jens Meyer/AP)

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that chimpanzees in captivity are now considered endangered and ineligible for certain biomedical research.

Chimps are the closely related to humans and are the preferred animal for testing. Some research will continue, but only if it’s beneficial to the chimps.

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12:31 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Music Legend Glen Campbell's Long Goodbye

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 1:32 pm

Legendary performer Glen Campbell has been struggling with Alzheimer’s disease for several years. In 2011, he embarked on a farewell tour that saw him play to sold out crowds. But now he’s no longer performing. He’s living in a memory support community in Nashville.

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12:31 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Obama Proposes New Rules To Cut Truck Emissions

A loaded logging truck heads down the road in the forest near Banks, Ore. (Don Ryan/AP)

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 1:32 pm

The Obama administration is proposing new regulations aimed at cutting carbon pollution from medium and heavy-duty trucks.

Citing climate change concerns, the rule from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Transportation Department would raise fuel efficiency for rigs hauling goods like steel, oil and timber, as well as delivery vehicles and dump trucks.

The proposal will be open for public comment, and the administration is expected to have a final version next year.

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12:02 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Every Student At This Inner-City High School Is Going To College

Nicholas Spates, valedictorian of the class of 2015, delivers a speech at a Verbum Dei supporters' event. (Courtesy of Verbum Dei High School)

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 2:09 pm

For the eighth year in a row, the entire senior class at Verbum Dei High School – an all-male college and career preparatory Jesuit high school in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles – has been accepted into college.

The 68 seniors, many of whom are the first in their families to go to college, will be leaving their inner-city neighborhood to pursue higher education across the country.

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11:15 am
Fri June 19, 2015

Here & Now Celebrates The Graduates Of 2015

It’s time for our annual graduation send-off tradition. A few years back, Here & Now’s Robin Young sat down with Tom Rush to talk about his iconic “Child’s Song,” written by Canadian Murray McLauchlan in the turbulent ’60s. If you are graduating, or someone you love is, grab a tissue. We’ll also give a shout-out to graduates at our home station WBUR.

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11:15 am
Fri June 19, 2015

The Social Media Response To #CharlestonShooting

Social media may always be “on fire,” but this week was especially big. There were jokes about Donald Trump’s presidential bid and deeper discussions about Rachel Dolezal’s claims of identifying as black.

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1:24 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

Southern Poverty Law Center: Charleston Shooting Is 'An Obvious Hate Crime'

A memorial near the Emanuel AME Church is viewed on June 18, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina, after a mass shooting at the church on the evening of June 17, 2015. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Police say they’ve captured a man they suspect opened fire and killed nine people at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, last night. Authorities released stills from a security video they say shows 21-year-old Dylann Roof entering the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church about an hour before the shooting.

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1:24 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

Waterloo Changed The World, But For Better Or Worse?

Battle of Waterloo re-enactors walk near the Lion's Mound during a historical walk for journalists in Braine-l'Alleud, near Waterloo, Belgium. On Wednesday, June 17, 2015, four days of commemoration will begin on the historic battlefield, with the re-opening of Hougoumont farm and a reconstruction of the battle with more than 5,000 re-enactors. (Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP)

Today is the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, which brought down Napoleon Bonaparte for good.

But even with 200 years perspective, historians disagree about Napoleon’s legacy. Some see him as a tyrant determined to build an empire at all costs. Others give him credit for introducing ideals such as public education and meritocracy that form the basis of modern society.

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1:24 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

International Students Unsettled After Balcony Collapse In Berkeley

Two women embrace while watching sheriff's deputies move the body of a person who died when a fourth floor balcony collapsed in Berkeley, Calif. on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. (Noah Berger/AP)

The San Francisco Bay Area has always been a draw for Irish students working for the summer. They come on a special work/travel visa program that brings thousands of international college students to California each year.

But after a tragedy this week in Berkeley that took the lives of five college students from Ireland, young adults drawn to this area for school or work are feeling unsettled, as Youth Radio’s Olivia Cueva reports.

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12:55 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

Jeb Bush Slow Jams The News

Jeb Bush "slow jamming the news" on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon." (YouTube)

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We listen to Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush “slow jam the news” with Jimmy Fallon last night on “The Tonight Show.”

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12:55 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

Alaskan Wildfire Hits The Heart Of Mushing Country

Steve Charles sits alongside his sled dog, Bridger, at an American Red Cross evacuation center in Houston, Alaska, on Monday, June 15, 2015. Many mushers had to evacuate not only themselves or but their dogs after a fast-spreading wildfire sprang up near Willow, Alaska. (Mark Thiessen/AP)

A ferocious wildfire in Alaska is threatening homes and forest, but also one very special type of resident.

More than 500 sled dogs have been evacuated from Willow, Alaska – the traditional starting place for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The fire began on Sunday and spread quickly in the unusually hot, dry conditions.

Among the residents of Willow is Dallas Seavey, who has won the Iditarod three times and became its youngest-ever winner in 2013 when he took first place at age 25. He lives with almost 100 sled dogs of his own.

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