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2:52 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Terry Gilliam Goes Back To The Dystopian Future

Director Terry Gilliam (R) on the set of his new film, "The Zero Theorem." (Amplify)

In the new film “The Zero Theorem,” director Terry Gilliam gives us a dystopian yet fantastically colored and absurd future that will seem very familiar to fans of his films “Brazil” and “Twelve Monkeys.”

That’s no accident, Gilliam tells Here & Now’s Robin Young.

When he first read screenwriter Pat Rushin’s script, it was clear that Rushin had seen every film he’d made.

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2:52 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Robots On The Dairy Farm

Nate Tullar shows off his Lely robotic milker at Tullando, his family farm in Orford, New Hampshire. (Charlotte Albright/VPR)

In a bygone era, if you wanted milk from a cow, you had to get it by hand.

Then came machines that a farmer would attach to a cow’s udder to pump out the milk.

These days, on more and more farms, robots are doing that chore, resulting in lower labor costs, increased yields, and better knowledge for farmers about the health and productivity of their herds.

From the Here & Now Contributor’s Network, Vermont Public Radio’s Charlotte Albright has the report.

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1:32 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Unable To Vote, Scottish Americans Watching Closely From Afar

A selection of the British National Newspaper front pages are displayed on September 18, 2014 in London, England. Scots abroad are unable to vote in the Scottish referendum, but are watching closely as the vote unfolds today. ( Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Across Scotland today, people are headed to the polls to vote on a simple, but momentous question: Should Scotland be an independent country?

Only those currently living in Scotland are eligible to cast ballots, but many Scots living abroad are watching closely — along with the rest of the world.

Jack Crombie, who moved to the U.S. from Scotland 30 years ago, is the co-owner of the Duke of Perth, a Scottish pub in Chicago.

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1:53 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Federal Reserve Will Keep Interest Rates At Record Low

The Federal Reserve is signaling that it plans to keep a key interest rate at a record low for a considerable period because a broad range of U.S. economic measures remain subpar.

The Fed says it plans to keep its benchmark rate near zero as long as inflation remains under control, until it sees consistent gains in wage growth, long-term unemployment and other gauges of the job market.

Additionally, the Federal Reserve announced that it will stop buying bonds to prop up the US economy.

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1:53 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Playwright Israel Horovitz Turns Filmmaker

Kevin Kline and Maggie Smith in a scene from the film "My Old Lady"(Cohen Media Group)

Israel Horovitz has written over 70 plays. He’s had some 50 of them produced in France, which bestowed on him its Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters.

Now he’s directed his first feature film, “My Old Lady” based on his 2002 play. “My Old Lady” tells the story of Mathias, played by Kevin Kline, a down on his luck New Yorker who inherits an apartment in Paris from his father.

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1:53 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

NASA Picks Companies To Launch US Astronauts Back Into Space

Members of a panel announce NASA's choice of Boeing and SpaceX to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station during a news conference at the Kennedy Space Center on Sept. 16, 2014, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. (John Raoux/AP)

 

NASA said it will give more than $6 billion to private space companies that will launch Americans into orbit.

Since the demise of the shuttle program in 2011, the United States has had to buy seats on Russian vehicles to get crew members to the International Space Station.

NASA announced this week that Boeing and SpaceX would have their own space vehicles ready to launch in 2017.

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12:39 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Trump Plaza Hotel And Casino Closes Its Doors

Ruth Hardrick, a dealer who worked at Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino for 26 years, stands with friend, Anthony Powell, on The Boardwalk, as she answers a question after the casino closed early Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. Trump Plaza is the fourth Atlantic City casino to go belly-up so far this year. (Mel Evans/AP)

After 30 years in business Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey is closing its doors.

This is the fourth hotel in the coastal gambling destination to close this year. Has Atlantic City lost its luster?

Vince Mazzeo, state assemblyman representing New Jersey’s 2nd Legislative District speaks with Herw & Nows Jeremy Hobson about the casino closures.

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12:39 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Detroit's Post-Bankruptcy Blues

Monument to Joe Louis in downtown Detroit. (memories_by_mike/Flickr)

Detroit is one step closer to ending its bankruptcy ordeal after it reached a settlement with one of its remaining creditors.

Syncora Guarantee Inc. has withdrawn its objections to the city’s restructuring plan in return for a deal worth a fraction of the $200 million the company said it was owed.

Still, when Detroit does emerge from bankruptcy it doesn’t mean its revenue problems will be over.

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12:39 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Sheriff Defends Use Of Military Equipment

The images of combat vehicles rolling in to confront demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri, after the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, provoked national debate over police departments receiving military equipment.

Since 2006, the Pentagon’s Excess Property Program has supplied police departments with almost 80,000 assault rifles, more than 600 armored vehicles, and hundreds of millions of dollars-worth of other equipment.

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1:29 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

HBO's New Documentary Captures Terror On Film

It seemed like just a normal, busy shopping day on September 21, 2013 at the West Gate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya.

Everything suddenly changed when four men from the terrorist group Al Shabab attacked the mall with high-powered weapons. The attack went on for hours and more than 60 people were killed. Nearly all of the carnage was captured on security cameras.

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1:29 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Frustration Over Fracking Could Play Role In November Elections

Anti-fracking activist Kaye Fissinger gestures out to a reservoir near her community of Longmont where oil and gas companies are looking to drill.(Brian Gill/Inside Energy)

Communities in Colorado have been engaged in a political fight with the state to get more local control over oil and gas drilling.

It's a battle many thought was heading to the ballot box this November, until a last minute compromise stopped the initiative in its tracks.

Colorado’s governor John Hickenlooper declared the compromise a victory, but that left some members of the state’s environmental community furious and vowing payback on election day.

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1:29 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Baja Coast Gets Pummeled By Hurricane Odile

Winds blow palm trees on the beach in Los Cabos, Mexico, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. (Victor R. Caivano/AP)

Residents and tourists hunkered down in shelters and hotel conference rooms overnight as a powerful and sprawling Hurricane Odile made landfall on the southern Baja California peninsula.

The area is home to gleaming megaresorts, tiny fishing communities and low-lying neighborhoods of flimsy homes. Forecasters predicted a dangerous storm surge with large waves as well as drenching rains capable of causing landslides and flash floods.

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1:45 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

'We Expect You Back': A Friend's Poem For James Foley

Daniel Johnson (R) and his friend James Foley at a friend's wedding in Sept. 2001. Foley was captured and killed by Islamic militants in Syria. (Courtesy Daniel Johnson)

Poet Daniel Johnson has long tackled difficult subjects.

But his recently published poem “In the Absence of Sparrows” took on a much more personal note.

It’s a poem he penned for and about his friend James Foley, who was killed in Syria by Islamic militants, where he was working as a freelance reporter.

“I turned to poetry as a way to speak to him directly,” Johnson told Here & Now’s Robin Young.

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1:45 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

NFL Commissioner Tells CBS NFL Had Not Seen Rice Footage

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told CBS that to the best of his knowledge, no one at the NFL had seen the full video of Ray Rice assaulting his fiancee in an elevator until this week when TMZ posted it online.

Goodell said that the League had only seen one video — that of Rice dragging his unconscious fiancee from an elevator.

“We were told that was not something we would have access to,” Goodell said. “On multiple occasions, we asked for it. And on multiple occasions we were told no.”

 

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1:35 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

NFL Youth Safety Program Takes A Hit

LaToya Cook and her son Braylon Powell, who has complained of headaches since a hit before a game two years ago. (John Daley/CPR)

Concussions continue to plague the NFL. There were eight reported concussions in the first week of the NFL season.

The injuries are not just a problem for professional football, but youth football, as well.

As a result, the NFL is trying to teach moms of young players about the risks and how to prevent concussions.

But, critics are calling these efforts white-washing.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Colorado Public Radio’s John Daley reports.

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1:37 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

U.S. Open Men's Final Is Battle of Unknowns

Marin Cilic of Croatia (R) shakes hands with Roger Federer of Switzerland (L) after defeating Federer during the US Open men's seminfinal. Cilic will face Kei Nishikori of Japan today. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)

The men’s US Open final will pit two relative unknowns against each other: 14th seeded Marin Cilic and 10th seeded Kei Nishikori.

It’s the first time in nearly a decade that any Grand Slam final has not included Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal, who have dominated men’s tennis.

Here & Now’s Robin Young speaks with Tom Perrotta, sports correspondent for The Wall Street Journal about the the players and what tennis fans can expect in today’s match.

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1:37 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Ty Burr's Take On The Toronto International Film Festival

Pictured here is Jake Gyllenhaal in a scene from the film, "Nightcrawler" which was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival (Open Road Films via AP)

The Toronto International Film Festival started on September 4th runs through this Sunday. It’s a place where many films start generating Oscar buzz.

Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr joins Here & Now‘s Robin Young to discuss some of his early favorites including “The Theory of Everything,” “Nightcrawler,” A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence,” and “The Last Five Years.”

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1:37 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

A Community For Holocaust Survivors

Edith Stern, pictured in her apartment in Chicago's SelfHelp Home. She is a 93 year old Holocaust survivor. (Bill Healey/Here & Now)

The SelfHelp Home in Chicago was established in 1938 by European Jewish immigrants for those who escaped Nazi Germany.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson spoke to 93-year-old Edith Stern, who survived Auschwitz.

She says she started working at the SelfHelp Home in her 40s because she wanted to help elderly Holocaust Survivors.

“I could never do anything for my own parents — they were killed,” Stern said. “Those people who live in the retirement home could have been my parents.”

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1:09 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

The Day Before The Day That Changed Everything

Evan Kuz was visiting New York City for the first time from Canada. As the dark storm rolled in on the late afternoon of Sept 10th, he took this photo from the Ferry near Liberty Island. He later had coffee at Windows On the World that evening. It's something he'll carry with him for the rest of the life he says. (Evan Kuz via National Geographic)

Originally published on Fri September 5, 2014 3:02 pm

What were doing the day before 9/11?

The new National Geographic documentary “9/10: The Final Hours” is compelling, if at times difficult to watch, because even though it’s about the day before the attacks on September 11, 2001, what happened that morning shadows everything the people in the film say.

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1:09 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Just When You Thought Dinosaurs Couldn't Get Any Bigger

An artist rendering of the newly named dinosaur, Dreadnoughtus schrani. (Illustration by Jennifer Hall via WHYY)

Move over Brontosaurus. There’s a new — and bigger — dinosaur on the block. Scientists from the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University have just named the enormous beast Dreadnougtus shrani. It measured 85 feet long and two and a half stories high, and weighed 65 tons.

The Dreadnoughtus skeleton is the most complete ever found for a dinosaur of its size. The 77-million-year-old bones were unearthed in southern Patagonia during excavations that began in 2005.

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1:09 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Chinese Firm To Invest $1 Billion In U.S. Homes

Pictured are renderings of homes that Chinese developer Landsea has planned in California's Simi Valley. (Landsea Group via KPCC)

The Chinese real estate developer Landsea plans to invest $1 billion in the U.S. housing market, according to the company. “The Chinese housing market is slowing down. In the U.S., it’s coming up,” said John Ho, managing director of Landsea’s U.S. subsidiary, yesterday.

Michael Regan of Bloomberg News spoke to Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson about how the developer will start with three projects — one in California’s Simi Valley, another near San Francisco and a third outside of Manhattan.

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12:25 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Road Trip Explores Americans' Obsession With Dogs

Benoit Denizet-Lewis is pictured with his dog Casey. (@BenoitDLewis/Twitter)

Originally published on Wed September 3, 2014 2:44 pm

In 2012, writer Benoit Denizet-Lewis took a four-month journey with his lab/golden retriever mix Casey, in a rented RV. He visited veterinarians, dog trainers and dog rescuers, in an effort to find out why Americans love dogs so much and pamper them. He even spoke with pet psychics.

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12:25 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Senate Tracker: A Close Race In Alaska

U.S. Senator Mark Begich (left) is facing a challenge from Republican Dan Sullivan (right). (U.S. Congress; sullivan2014.com)

In Alaska, Democratic incumbent U.S. Senator Mark Begich is facing a challenge from Republican Dan Sullivan, a former state attorney general under then-Governor Sarah Palin.

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12:25 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

CVS Stops Selling Tobacco

Originally published on Wed September 3, 2014 2:21 pm

Today, CVS Pharmacy plans to stop selling tobacco products at all of its locations nationwide. Experts say the move, which was announced back in February, could prompt other major pharmacy chains to do the same. Jordan Weissmann of Slate joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson with details.

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1:56 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Why This Gaza Ceasefire Is Holding

Palestinians wave Hamas flags as they celebrate in Gaza City on August 27, 2014, during a rally following a deal hailed by Israel and the Islamist movement as 'victory' in the 50-day war. (Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images)

The latest ceasefire between the militant group Hamas and Israel appears to be holding, allowing thousands of Palestinians to return home and Israelis to send children back to school without worrying about rocket fire.

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12:56 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

'Exoskeleton' Lets Some Paraplegics Walk Again

Gene Laureano, a 51-year-old Army veteran from the Bronx, uses the ReWalk exoskeleton. (Sacha Pfeiffer/WBUR)

One of the great dreams of the medical research world is to help paralyzed people who are unable to use their legs, to be able to walk again.

Implanting electrode stimulators into injured spinal cords has shown some promise. Stem cell spinal cord regeneration has been elusive so far. But one Massachusetts tech company is taking a completely different approach.

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12:56 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Snapchat Reportedly Valued At $10 Billion

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers has agreed to invest in Snapchat at a valuation of around $10 billion.

Derek Thompson of The Atlantic joins Here & Now’s Sacha Pfeiffer to take a look at why the photo messaging app is valued so high, even though it has very little revenue.

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3:12 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Volvo Rolls Out First New SUV Under Chinese Ownership

The XC90 is the first Volvo in about a decade to be without Ford Motor parts. (volvocars.com)

The Volvo XC90 makes it debut today. It’s the first Volvo model to be released by Zheijiang Geely Holding Co., the Chinese company that took over the Swedish brand from Ford in 2010.

The XC90 is the first Volvo in about a decade to be made without Ford Motor parts. As Jason Bellini of the Wall Street Journal tells Here & Now’s Robin Young, Volvo hopes this SUV will be a game-changer for the company, as it pursues the international market.

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3:12 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

35 Years Later, Kate Bush's Stage Return Has Fans Buzzing

British singer-songwriter Kate Bush is returning to the stage after a 35-year absence. (katebush.com)

When British singer-songwriter Kate Bush announced that she would return to the stage after a 35-year absence, her devoted fans immediately began snapping up tickets.

All 77,000 seats for her series of London concerts sold out in 15 minutes, with fans planning to fly in from around the world. Tonight is the first show.

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3:12 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Senate Tracker: Colorado, The New Swing State

In Colorado's Senate race, Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Udall (left) is being challenged by Colorado Congressman Cory Gardner (right). (U.S. Senate, U.S. House)

In the latest installment of Senate Tracker, our weekly look at Senate races across the country, Here & Now’s Sacha Pfeiffer turns to Megan Verlee of Colorado Public Radio for a look at the race there.

Republican Congressman Cory Gardner is trying to unseat Democratic incumbent Senator Mark Udall, in a race that is very close and is bringing issues of women’s rights and the president’s health care law into play.

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