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Saudi Crown Prince Visits The White House

Mar 20, 2018

President Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meet at the White House on Tuesday. Among the topics of discussion will be Saudi investment in the United States, U.S. investment in Saudi Arabia, the war in Yemen and the Saudi relationship with Russia.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson talks with Ali Al-Ahmed (@AliAlAhmed_en) from the Institute for Gulf Affairs.

There are reports the political data firm Cambridge Analytica was able to gather private information on about 50 million Facebook users without their knowledge. Cambridge Analytica is also facing a lawsuit in a British court that could reveal how those users were targeted.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with David Carroll (@profcarroll), professor of media design at The New School and the man who filed that suit.

A potentially unprecedented conflict is unfolding in Pennsylvania’s state House of Representatives. After allegations of abuse, one Republican lawmaker has been granted a restraining order against another.

But WITF’s Katie Meyer reports the accused representative is still allowed in the state Capitol.

Ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft have had a noticeable effect on parking, especially at airports and stadiums.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson talks with Mary Smith, senior vice president at Walker Consultants, about the extent of the impact and what it means for the future.

United Airlines is apologizing after a dog died on one of its flights after an attendant reportedly forced the dog’s owner to keep the dog in an overhead bin for a flight.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with CNN’s Maggie Lake (@maggielake) about what happened.

Washington may soon become the first state to restrict a certain kind of chemicals found in products from food wrappers to fire-fighting foams. The chemicals are used because they’re non-stick and flame-resistant — but they’ve also been associated with liver problems, weakened immune systems and certain kinds of cancer.

EarthFix’s Eilís O’Neill (@eilis_oneill) reports.

How To Recognize And Overcome Your Biases

Mar 13, 2018

Almost every day, there’s at least one story in the news that involves racism, sexism or another kind of bigotry. But when you hear those stories, do you think, “Well, that’s not me”? Turns out, even among the best-intentioned people, unconscious biases can exist.

So how can we identify these biases, and is it possible to overcome them?

Sigrid Nuñez‘s new novel “The Friend” is about a lot of things — the suicide of a friend which will never be explained, the writing world and, at one point, sex trafficking. But most of all, it’s about a Harlequin Great Dane, white with black patches, named Apollo.

After her friend’s suicide, the book’s narrator — a cat person — is asked to take his massive pet in. They mourn together.

The Labor Department reported Friday that U.S. employers added 313,000 jobs in February, the most since July 2016. The unemployment rate remains at 4.1 percent.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with USA Today’s Charisse Jones (@charissejones).

A new MIT study shows false news travels six times faster on Twitter and reaches significantly more people than actual news.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young rounds up stories trending online with Femi Oke (@FemiOke) of Al Jazeera English, including one judge’s novel idea to resolve free-speech concerns over President Trump blocking some Twitter followers.

A deliberate act, that’s how Scotland Yard is describing the poisoning of a former Russian intelligence officer and his daughter in the southern English city of Salisbury on Sunday. Investigators will not say exactly what toxin was used, only that it was a nerve agent.

The Justice Department is suing the state of California for interfering with the Trump administration’s immigration policies.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Ben Bradford (@JBenBradford), state government reporter with Capital Public Radio.

A charity named in honor of Philando Castile says it has paid off the school lunch debt for hundreds of kids in Minnesota. Castile was killed by a police officer during a traffic stop in 2016.

Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd speaks with Pam Fergus, who started the charity, Philando Feeds the Children.

Interview Highlights

On starting the fund

The women’s basketball team at tiny Grace University in Omaha, Nebraska, has a winning season and qualified for a regional postseason tournament that begins on Wednesday.

But as Mike Tobias (@mtobiasnetnews) from NET Nebraska reports this season is about a lot more than wins and losses for the Royals.

There were several notable moments at the Oscars last night, including Frances McDormond’s call for an inclusion clause to promote the hiring of women and people of color.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young discusses the night’s storylines with Gene Demby (@GeeDee215) of NPR’s Code Switch.

Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School will gather later this month to call for gun measures after the shooting at their school that left 17 dead. It’s a political youth movement with echoes of the past, including the 1960s Berkeley protests and the 1903 Children’s Crusade.

More than 20 states allow community colleges to offer bachelor’s degrees, because forecasts show gaps between available jobs in the U.S. and the number of educated workers available to fill them.

StateImpact Ohio’s Ashton Marra (@AshtonMarra) looks at Ohio’s program, and how the state’s four-year institutions are responding.

The Trump administration is now looking at additional health care changes, and one of the strategies being put forward is removing restrictions on short-term health insurance.

Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti talks with NPR’s Alison Kodjak (@alikodjakNPR) about how that type of insurance works.

The Academy Awards are this weekend, and while the provocative, uncompromising German filmmaker Werner Herzog isn’t up for an Oscar, critics and cinephiles alike have long ranked him high among the living masters of cinema.

Before legendary French filmmaker François Truffaut died in 1984, he called Herzog “the most important film director alive.”

Put your phone down. Seriously, you can do it.

OK, we know it’s hard — these pocket supercomputers are tough to put away. There are biological reasons for that. But say you wanted to not check it 47 times a day, and actually do other things?

Science journalist Catherine Price, author of “How to Break Up with Your Phone,” has a few ideas.

Wednesday marks the end of Black History Month, and we have a story that begins at the end of the Civil War in 1865. Four million African-American slaves were emancipated. In the chaos following war, where would they go? How would they reunite with family?

David Freudberg of Humankind explores this history in his new documentary, “The Freed People.”

The Justice Department this week focused new attention on the 2001 murder of federal prosecutor Thomas Wales in Seattle.

A conservative group on the UCLA campus, the Bruin Republicans, recently invited controversial far-right activist Milo Yiannopoulos to speak on campus — then quickly rescinded the offer.

Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with UCLA student Mariela Muro about why the group decided to uninvite Yiannopoulos.

In 2016, more than 20 percent of homeless people over age 50 were living in shelters, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. And that figure doesn’t include people living on the streets.

There have been thousands of spills from oil and gas pipelines in the U.S. over the past decade. When the Keystone XL, or any big transmission line, spills, it gets attention from the federal government and the public.

But in states like Ohio and Pennsylvania, thousands of miles of smaller pipelines are being built, connecting drilling well pads to the larger energy distribution system.

Lindsey Vonn won the bronze medal in the women’s downhill at the Winter Olympics in South Korea. Meanwhile, the U.S. men’s hockey team is out of the tournament.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with NPR’s Russell Lewis (@NPRrussell) in Pyeongchang.

Walmart had strong holiday sales, but in its latest quarter, it reports online sales growth slowed. Walmart has made major investments in e-commerce to challenge Amazon.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with MSNBC’s Ali Velshi (@AliVelshi) about the company’s progress so far.

Academy Award-wining director, writer and animator Nick Park‘s new film “Early Man” pits cavemen versus Bronze Age-men in an epic soccer match.

“Being a non-soccer fan, I was really trying to make just an entertaining family comedy that happens to have soccer as a kind of a — you know, it’s an underdog prehistoric sports movie,” Park says.

Interview Highlights

On where the idea for “Early Man” came from

How Analog Audio Recording Lives On

Feb 19, 2018

It wasn’t that long ago that the things we heard on air — through speakers, through headphones — were recorded, edited and played back on magnetic tape, reel to reel, and later on cassettes. But, today, sound recording has totally changed and tape technology has all but been abandoned. Or, so one would think.

The U.S. women’s hockey team advanced to the gold medal final with a 5-0 win over Finland.

Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti gets an update on all of the Olympic action in Pyeongchang from NPR’s Russell Lewis (@NPRrussell).

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