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Investors continue to unload government bonds, with the thinking that Trump’s presidency may increase inflation and interest rates. Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Jill Schlesinger (@jillonmoney), CBS News business analyst and host of “Jill on Money,” about the selloff.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson talks with Larry Summers (@LHSummers), former U.S. Treasury secretary and president emeritus of Harvard University, about the economic outlook for Donald Trump’s presidency and the global financial reaction to the election.

There is a long tradition of writing about war, and the veterans of the most recent wars — Iraq and Afghanistan — are adding their books to the canon. Here & Now‘s Alex Ashlock has been speaking with some of them, and has this report.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is defending the social network against accusations that his network disseminated fake news in favor of Donald Trump leading up to the election.

Why Markets Are Surging After Election

Nov 10, 2016

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Curt Nickisch (@CurtNickisch), senior editor at Harvard Business Review, about why markets are surging, even though investors had previously shown signs of favoring a Clinton presidency.

Was Trump's Victory A Loss For Polling?

Nov 10, 2016

There are a lot of questions being raised about polling in the wake of Tuesday’s election results. Most polls gave Hillary Clinton a big chance of winning, but that’s not what happened.

What Can President Trump Accomplish?

Nov 10, 2016

President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump met at the White House today to discuss the transition of power. NPR’s Ron Elving (@NPRrelving) joins Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson to discuss the meeting and Obama and Trump’s new relationship.

How The Latino Vote Impacted The Election

Nov 9, 2016

Latino voters played a key role in this year’s election. Immigration was one of the primary issues in this year’s campaigns. Univision news anchor Maria Elena Salinas (@MariaESalinas) joins us to talk about the Latino vote and its impact.

NPR’s hit quiz show “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” has offered a non-stop diet of political news and humor throughout the campaign. The show’s host, Peter Sagal (@petersagal), tells Here & Now how he views the election results.

Here & Now political analysts Angela Rye (@Angela_Rye) and Paris Dennard (@PARISDENNARD) provide analysis and perspective on the election results. Rye is a Democratic strategist who is not working for the Clinton campaign. Dennard is a Republican strategist who is not working for the Trump campaign.

If you think the 2016 campaign was rough, check out the 1884 election. Democrat Grover Cleveland ran against Republican James Blaine.

Cleveland was called “Grover the Good,” but he had to endure allegations he had fathered an illegitimate child. Blaine fought charges of corruption. The poet Walt Whitman was watching, and he wrote a poem called “Election Day November 1884.”

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky about it.

The last U.S. jobs report before the Election Day is released Friday. About 161,000 jobs were added, lowering the unemployment rate slightly to 4.9 percent.

This could have an impact not just on voters, but also on the Federal Reserve and whether or not it will raise interest rates.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Mike Regan of Bloomberg Gadfly about the numbers and their implications.

Two former aides to Gov. Chris Christie were convicted Friday of creating an epic traffic jam at the George Washington Bridge for what prosecutors say was political revenge, capping a trial that cast doubt on Christie’s claims he knew nothing about the scheme.

Bridget Kelly, Christie’s former deputy chief of staff, and Bill Baroni, a Christie appointee to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, were found guilty of all counts against them.

When Anurudh Ganesan, 17, learned that his grandparents walked 10 miles carrying him when he was an infant in India to get a vaccination — only to find the vaccine was spoiled by hot temperatures — he was determined to come up with an inexpensive device to refrigerate vaccines and other medication.

Similarly, Hannah Herbst, 16, has a pen pal in Ethiopia whose family didn’t have a reliable source of electricity, which spurred her to create an inexpensive, water-powered light.

Trump Urges Early Voters To Change Ballot

Nov 2, 2016

Donald Trump is calling on early voters who may have second thoughts about Hillary Clinton to change their votes.

Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota and Pennsylvania allow for that, and the New Hampshire secretary of state says that voters who have used absentee ballots can change their votes only in the first two hours after the polls open on Election Day, before absentee ballots are counted.

Rebecca Sinderbrand of the Washington Post joins Here & Now‘s Robin Young to discuss where the presidential race stands today.

A fox, face-planted in the snow, lifts his hind legs in a graceful, gymnastic pose; a “winged-bear” sits in a river and two African lions share a good laugh.

These are among the 40 finalists for this year’s Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards. The contest received about 2,200 entries from 75 countries. The entrants will be judged by wildlife experts and photographers, including competition founder Paul Joynson-Hicks.

The Federal Reserve kicks off a two-day meeting today, and it is not expected to raise interest rates.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Jason Bellini of the Wall Street Journal about when a rate hike may be coming, and about two other business stories in the news today — Gannett abandoning its pursuit of the media company known as Tronc, and the dive in Sony’s second quarter profits.

Thousands of people are homeless after the fourth major earthquake in Italy in the last three months. Sunday’s quake was a magnitude 6.6 and struck near the central region of the country where nearly 300 people were killed by a quake in August.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson checks in with Associated Press reporter Colleen Barry, who’s in the region.

Less than two weeks out from Election Day, the gender gap appears to be bigger than ever.

Polls show Hillary Clinton with a 19 point lead over Donald Trump among likely female voters, and others indicate 79 percent of Republican women plan on voting for Trump, as opposed to the 93 percent who voted for Mitt Romney in 2012.

As the offensive to retake Mosul continues, Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with military analyst Andrew Bacevich about the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

Interview Highlights: Andrew Bacevich

On the offensive to retake Mosul

At just 33 years old, Donald Glover has achieved quite the resume as a comedian: a regular on NBC’s popular show “Community,” and a Grammy-nominated musician under the stage name Childish Gambino.

His most recent success is creating and starring in a new comedy “Atlanta” on FX.

NPR’s Eric Deggans talks with Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson about how “Atlanta” discusses the concept of being black in America while also examining other class and gender divides.

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Twitter has released its third quarter earnings and, along with them, announced the layoff of around 350 employees.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Curt Nickisch, senior editor at Harvard Business Review, about why Twitter is struggling and what might be next for the company.

Sweet potatoes are a big part of many a holiday meal. But Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst says that you can do so much more with them.

She brings Here & Now‘s Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson sweet potato chips, a puree and a chocolate cake made with a recipe from her friend and cookbook author Raghavan Iyer.

U.S.-sponsored peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians broke down two years ago. But very quietly, the Palestinian government in the West Bank has been running its own initiative to reach out to Israelis.

Reporter Daniel Estrin has more from the Palestinian city of Ramallah.

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Secret Service Recruitment Campaign Amps Up

Oct 26, 2016

The U.S. Secret Service has an aggressive hiring campaign underway. But many qualified candidates are being disqualified from the application process because of their past illegal use of prescription drugs, including Adderall.

This comes at a time when the agency is stretched thin after several controversies, and the country is in the middle of a contentious presidential election.

For more, Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with USA Today reporter Kevin Johnson, who covers national law enforcement issues and the Justice Department.

As European and Asian investors seek out safe places to put their money, many are piling into the U.S. bond market.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with CNN’s Maggie Lake about what’s happening.

If you’ve ever donated to a political candidate — or asked for information on a campaign website — you might find your email inbox flooded with fundraising appeals, perhaps from candidates you’ve never even heard of.

Dave Davies from Here & Now contributor WHYY took a look at what kind of messages we’re getting and why there are so many of them.

Amid low unemployment, retailers are scrambling to find enough holiday workers this year, leading employers to offer slightly higher wages. At least one company is offering the enticement of free lunch.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with Jason Bellini about the holiday hiring season.

Obamacare premiums are going up next year, the administration said Monday. People who buy health insurance through federal and state exchanges should expect to pay, on average, 22 percent more for a mid-level plan in 2017 than they did in 2016.

A number of insurers have also dropped out of the exchanges, meaning there will be fewer options for people to choose from in many states, too.

Manhunt Underway In Oklahoma

Oct 25, 2016

Police in Oklahoma have been searching for more than 24 hours for a man who police say stole a police car, killed two family members, shot four other people then started a Facebook Live broadcast while on the run. Michael Vance, who is 38, was recently released from jail, facing charges of child sex abuse.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young gets the latest from KGOU’s Kate Carlton Greer.

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