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12:47 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

In California Drought, Musicians Find Inspiration

Composer and professor Dr. Benjamin Boone created Waterless Music, a symphony about water and the lack of it in California. (Benjamin Boone)

Historical movements, wars and disasters around the globe have created signature sounds in music. Think freedom songs like “We Shall Overcome” or even Prince’s “Baltimore.” California is in its fourth year of drought and songs about a drying state are now emerging. From Here & Now’s contributing station Valley Public Radio, Ezra David Romero reports.

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12:47 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

China Stocks See Biggest Drop Since 2007

An investor walks past a screen that shows share prices in a security firm in Hangzhou, east China's Zhejiang province on July 27, 2015. China's benchmark Shanghai stock index slumped 5.22 percent in afternoon trade on July 27, dragged lower by worries over the economy. AFP PHOTO CHINA OUT (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Stocks in China slid dramatically today and yesterday, with the Shanghai Composite Index ending down 8.5 percent. The drops come after huge gains in the markets earlier this summer, and amid fears that the government is going to stop taking certain actions to prop up the market. Jill Schlesinger of CBS News joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson with details.

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12:26 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Psychiatrist: Walking Stimulates The Brain 'In Many, Many Ways'

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 12:47 pm

According to psychiatry professor and author John Ratey, something as simple as a walk can improve both physical and mental well being. Ratey is co-author of the book “Go Wild: Free Your Mind from the Afflictions of Civilization.” Last year, he and Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson went for a walk near the Charles River in Boston. Today we revisit that conversation.

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12:57 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

U.S. Takes Home Gold... In Math

Members of the U.S. International Mathematical Olympic team, including coach Poh-Shen Loh (far left), Ryan Aleweiss (middle) and Yang Liu (fourth from right) pose with their gold medals. (Courtesy Poh-Shen Loh)

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 6:38 am

On July 5, Americans around the country rejoiced when the women’s World Cup team brought home the gold medal, beating out 23 teams for soccer’s greatest prize.

At the same time, in Chiang Mai, Thailand, another American team was competing for victory. But instead of taking on 23 teams, this team took on participants from 103 other countries. And they won.

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12:57 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

Food Innovators Develop Seaweed That Tastes Like Bacon

Dulse, a type of seaweed, has for centuries been harvested in the wild and used in northern European cuisine. (Akuppa/Flickr)

Chefs working with the Food Innovation Center at Oregon State University have been experimenting with a patented, fast-growing new form of a seaweed called dulse, which has for centuries been harvested in the wild and used in northern European cuisine.

Researchers say their dulse, when fried, tastes like bacon. Vegans everywhere are rejoicing. Michael Morrisey, the center’s director, joins Here & Now host Jeremy Hobson to talk about the results.

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12:57 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

New Relationship With U.S. Promises Big Changes For Cubans

As the United States and Cuba slowly resume diplomatic relations, one of the biggest question marks has been what effect these changes will have on the people of Cuba.

The reopening of the barriers between the two countries offers new opportunities for improvement in the quality of life for Cubans, promising major growth in Cuban tourism and more freedom for the transfer of remittances – money sent from the U.S. that goes directly to people in Cuba.

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1:46 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Tulsa Braces For 100-Degree Weekend

Liz Moody, left, and Stephanie Russell, right, both of Forest Grove, Oregon, cover their heads with towls to keep cool as they watch the Japan-Canada World Cup of Softball game in Oklahoma City, Thursday, July 21, 2011. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)

NOAA’s National Climate Data Center reported this week that temperatures across the globe for the first six months of 2015 are the warmest on record.

While that is great for beachgoers, it also endangers millions of lives, as heat is the No. 1 weather-related killer in the United States.

One city that’s feeling the heat is Tulsa, Oklahoma, which has 100-degree temperatures forecast for the weekend.

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1:46 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Dunkin' CEO: Wages Should Go Up, But Not So Quickly

Dunkin' Brands Group President and CEO Nigel Travis, the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, celebrates their initial public offering outside the NASDAQ MarketSite on July 27, 2011 in New York City.(Mario Tama/Getty Images)

One of the nation’s most recognizable coffee chains, Dunkin’ Donuts, is expanding in the United States and abroad.

Dunkin’ Brands announced today that it opened 80 new Dunkin’ Donuts stores in the U.S. and 154 worldwide in the second quarter. The company is making a push into the coveted West Coast market, where the competition is brutal.

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1:46 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Wind, Dry Ground Fueling Wildfire In Washington State

Smoke from the Blue Creek fire billows over wheat fields east of Walla Walla, Washington, on July 21, 2015. (Anna King/Northwest News Network)

A wildfire sweeping through Glacier National Park in Montana is prompting more evacuations. Officials are clearing the small community of St. Mary, at the park’s eastern entrance. The fire has burned through more than six square miles.

Another wildfire has charred six square miles in Northern California, prompting evacuations about 30 miles north of Napa. And about a thousand firefighters are continuing to battle a blaze 10 miles east of Walla Walla, Washington. It’s only about 5 percent contained.

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2:01 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

Aurora Shooting Trial Enters Penalty Phase

Family members of Aurora Theater shooting victim Veronica Moser walk into the Arapahoe County Justice Center as opening arguments for the trial of Aurora Theater Shooting defendant James Holmes opened at the courthouse April 27, 2015 in Centennial, Colorado. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)

The trial of James Holmes, found guilty of the movie theater shooting rampage in Aurora, Colorado, that killed 12 people and injured 70 others, enters the penalty phase today.

Jurors will hear testimony before deciding whether Holmes will be sentenced to death or life in prison. Megan Verlee of Colorado Public Radio joins Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti with the latest.

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2:01 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

An American Music Playlist From The Man Behind Newport Folk Festival

The Rhode Island-based band Deer Tick is among those playing this year's Newport Folk Festival. (Courtesy)

This weekend’s Newport Folk Festival marks the 50th anniversary of what many believe is a defining moment for American music: when Bob Dylan put down his acoustic guitar and plugged in an electric one.

The moment has been written and talked about extensively, and people are still arguing today about whether it permanently changed the definition of American folk music.

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2:01 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

Volcker Bank Rule Takes Effect

Former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Paul Volcker, visits FOX Business Network's "CAVUTO: Coast To Coast" at FOX Studios on June 17, 2015 in New York City. (Monica Schipper/Getty Images)

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 12:42 pm

Starting today, Wall Street banks have to comply with the Volcker Rule, considered one of the biggest new restriction they’ve faced in decades.

The rule bans taxpayer-insured banks from making bets on their own money, and banks fought it for years. But many have since fallen in line.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson takes a look at what the move will mean with Maggie Lake of CNN.

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1:33 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

Delivery By Drone Is Hovering Closer To Reality

An employee of the US drone company Matternet shows a drone carrying a mail box of Swiss Post on July 7, 2015 at the airport of Bellechasse, western Switzerland during a press conference. Swiss Post started a series of test for parcel delivery by drone in the alpine country that has many isolated villages in valleys surrounded by mountains. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

Last week, a drone delivered 24 packages of medicine and supplies to a health fair in rural Virginia. The delivery marks the first FAA-approved delivery by drone and more are in the planning stages.

This is sure to interest a Silicon Valley startup, which has teamed up with the Swiss Post and Swiss WorldCargo. Matternet and the Swiss companies are joining in testing the commercial use of logistics drones.

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1:33 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

Old Photo Stirs Memories Of Bygone Vermont

Willis Hicks, an auctioneer who ran the Commission Sales in Cadys Falls, drew crowds at his auctions and caught the eye of not one, but two photographers: Nathan Benn, of National Geographic, and Vermont photographer Peter Miller. NATHAN BENN/NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PETER MILLER/VERMONT PEOPLE

Sometimes the memory of a person resurfaces in an unusual way. Earlier this year, Here & Now contributor Vermont Public Radio aired an interview with the National Geographic photographer Nathan Benn, whose photographs of Vermont in the 1970s were on display at a local exhibit.

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1:33 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

Jet.com Launches With The Goal To Rival Amazon

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 1:37 pm

Jet logo via Facebook

The new online shopping service Jet.com launches today, and the company is trying to take on the likes of Amazon and Walmart.

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12:52 pm
Mon July 20, 2015

Snapshots Make Way To Fine Art Museum

Unidentified photographer, American, about 1950s. The gelatin silver print is part of the collection Unfinished Stories: Snapshots from the Peter J. Cohen Collection at the MFA. (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 1:46 pm

Some of us have dusty boxes filled with fading family snap shots. Sift through and there’s a chance you’ll find pictures of strangers. Mystery photos can be amusing and perplexing.

Collector Peter Cohen has rescued 50,000 “found” vintage photographs, and now about 300 are on display at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Andrea Shea of Here & Now contributor WBUR reports on Cohen’s quest to secure the snapshot’s place in history.

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12:52 pm
Mon July 20, 2015

What Will Latino Votes Mean For The 2016 Elections?

Republican presidential hopeful Senator Ted Cruz of Texas fields questions at The Family Leadership Summit at Stephens Auditorium on July 18, 2015 in Ames, Iowa. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 1:46 pm

A new poll from the Spanish-language broadcaster Univision has some bad news for Republicans. Democrats once again hold a big lead among Latino voters going into the next presidential campaign.

But there are a few bright spots for Republicans. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush has made big strides in closing the gap in a hypothetical matchup against Hillary Clinton, and both Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have Latino parents.

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12:48 pm
Mon July 20, 2015

Greek Banks Reopen, As Some Austerity Measures Take Effect

A policeman stands guard as people queue to get money from ATMs as Greek banks reopened on Monday morning after three weeks of closure on July 20, 2015 in Athens, Greece. (Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 1:46 pm

Greek bank branches reopened today after being closed for three weeks in an effort to prevent a collapse of its banking system. But there are still many banking restrictions in place.

Meanwhile, some of the austerity measures enacted as a condition for a new bailout are taking effect this week. For instance, today Greeks are being hit by increases in the value-added tax on goods and services.

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1:41 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

Remembering The Civil Rights Activist Who Turned A Motel Into A Museum

The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. D'Army Bailey founded the museum in 1991. (Sean Davis/Flickr)

D’Army Bailey, a civil rights activist, author and judge will be buried tomorrow in Memphis. He died Sunday at age 73.

Bailey is probably best remembered as the founder of the National Civil Rights Museum at the site of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, where Dr. Martin Luther King Junior was assassinated in 1968.

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1:12 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

FBI Joins Investigation Of Sandra Bland's Death In Texas Jail

Sandra Bland is pictured in this photo posted to her Facebook page in November 2014. (Facebook)

There is now a video of the arrest of Sandra Bland, the 28-year-old black woman who was found dead in her jail cell in Waller County, Texas, on Monday. She was initially pulled over last Friday for not using her signal when she changed lanes, and arrested for “assault on a public servant.”

In the video of her arrest, recorded by a bystander, you can see police on top of Bland. She is down on the ground, and she can be heard asking officers why they are being so rough with her.

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1:12 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

A Redhead Roundtable

According to author Jacky Colliss Harvey, the term "redhead" dates back to the 15th century, while negative portrayals of redheads come from red hair's association with Judas. (photodonny/Flickr)

Yesterday, Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson spoke with Jacky Colliss Harvey about her new book “Red: A History of the Redhead.” In it, she charts the genetic, historical and cultural journey of redheads across the globe – the good and, yes, the bad.

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2:17 pm
Thu July 16, 2015

Official: 4 Marines Killed, Along With Gunman

Police officers enter the Armed Forces Career Center through a bullet-riddled door after a gunman opened fire on the building Thursday, July 16, 2015, in Chattanooga, Tenn. (John Bazemore/AP)

A gunman unleashed a barrage of gunfire at two military facilities Thursday in Tennessee, killing at least four Marines, officials said. The suspect also was killed.

A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation, told The Associated Press the death toll included the four U.S. Marines and the sole gunman believed responsible. Two others, a soldier and a police officer, were wounded, the official said.

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2:17 pm
Thu July 16, 2015

This Nashville Vinyl Factory Is Still Pressing Records

United Record Pressing operates out of the same cinderblock building on Chestnut Street that's been its home since 1962. The company originally opened in 1949, when it was called Southern Plastics. (Stephen Jerkins/Nashville Public Radio)

As vinyl pressing plants around the world shut down in the heyday of CDs, one historic vinyl factory remained operating in the same facility where it pressed The Beatles’ first American single in 1963.

United Record Pressing has presses from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s – machines the company bought after other vinyl facilities closed shop.

Steve Haruch from Here & Now contributor Nashville Public Radio pays a visit to the United Record Pressing, a working museum of vinyl history.

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2:17 pm
Thu July 16, 2015

A New Threat To Coral Reefs: China's Man-Made Islands

Scientists say the dredging project that created the islands has done massive damage to the coral reefs and aquatic life in the area. (juska/Flickr)

China’s neighbors were alarmed to see it build five islands in the South China Sea earlier this year. They were equipped airstrips, ports and military supplies, and were a clear indication of China’s military ambitions in the disputed region.

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2:35 pm
Wed July 15, 2015

Massachusetts Terror Suspect Held Without Bail

In this courtroom sketch, Alexander Ciccolo, second from right, is depicted with his attorney David Hoose, right, during a bail hearing Tuesday, July 14, 2015, in federal court in Springfield, Mass. (Jane Flavell Collins via AP)

Twenty-three year old Alexander Ciccolo, the son of a Boston police officer, is being held without bail in Springfield, Massachusetts, on charges that he was plotting a terrorist attack on college campuses. At a court hearing, the government played a video of Ciccolo talking to an FBI agent after his arrest. He embraced ISIS in the interview and said “Allah is the most high.”

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2:35 pm
Wed July 15, 2015

Obama Now Pitches Iran Deal At Home

President Obama took questions from reporters about the Iran nuclear agreement on July 15, 2015. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

After striking a historic deal with Iran and five other nations, President Obama now turns to his American audience. At a press conference today, the president lobbied for support for the bill. He’s trying to persuade critical Republicans as well as skeptical members of his own party.

Ailsa Chang, congressional correspondent for NPR, joins Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson.

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2:35 pm
Wed July 15, 2015

Facing Critics, Obama Makes A Pitch For Iran Nuclear Deal

President Obama makes opening remarks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington on July 15, 2015. (Susan Walsh/AP)

President Obama held a press conference at the White House Wednesday to sell the American public and a skeptical Congress on a landmark nuclear deal with Iran.

Critics are saying the administration gave up too much to its longtime adversary in the Middle East. But Nicholas Burns, one the negotiators that put the original sanctions on Iran, says the deal is sensible. He joins Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson.

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2:00 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

Under Austerity, Greece Still Faces Difficult Path To Growth

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras talks to the media at the end of an Eurozone Summit over the Greek debt crisis in Brussels on July 13, 2015. Juncker said there was no longer any risk of Greece crashing out of the euro after Athens agreed a bailout deal with eurozone partners. (Theirry Charlier/Getty Images)

The Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has until tomorrow to convince the Greek parliament to accept the country’s latest bailout package from Europe. That deal, worked out in Brussels early yesterday, requires the very austerity measures that Greek voters rejected in a referendum just more than a week ago.

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1:21 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

Hot Foods For Hot Days: 2 Spicy Summer Recipes

Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst says eating spicy food on a hot day can actually make you feel cooler. (rex_imperator/Flickr)

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 2:07 pm

Here & Now listeners may have noticed: host Jeremy Hobson is a big fan of spicy food. Resident chef Kathy Gunst brought in a couple of dishes for Jeremy to try: her take on sesame noodles and a grilled eggplant with harissa and yogurt sauce. She also shared some tips and facts on chile peppers.

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1:09 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

And The Winner Of Our Photo Contest Is...

At the end of a story about the photography and the future of film yesterday, Here & Now host Jeremy Hobson asked listeners to tag hereandnowradio on Instagram to show us the best photo they’v

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