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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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1:09 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

Iran Nuclear Deal Expected To Have Widespread Economic Impact

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Philip Hammond and US Secretary of State John Kerry talk prior to a plenary session at the United Nations building in Vienna, Austria July 14, 2015. Iran and six major world powers reached a nuclear deal on Tuesday, capping more than a decade of on-off negotiations with an agreement that could potentially transform the Middle East, and which Israel called an "historic surrender". (JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

The landmark deal over Iran’s nuclear program will lift sanctions against the country, which will have economic consequences around the globe.

In terms of oil prices, Iranian officials are trying to get up to a million additional barrels of Iranian oil to the market, in a time when there is already oversupply and low prices. The lifting of sanctions also opens the door to other countries who want to expand their oil industries into Iran.

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1:20 pm
Mon July 13, 2015

A Snapshot Look At Changes In Photography

Kodak’s Brownie camera, introduced in 1900, made photography accessible to the masses because it was a point-and-shoot, compact and simply designed technology, similarly to cell phone cameras today. (janellie23/Flickr)

Digital technology has changed the way we live today, and perhaps one of the greatest examples is photography. InfoTrends predicts that consumers will take about one trillion photos in 2015.

The use of cellphones to take photos has not only changed how and when we take photos but how we share them, as well. What does this mean for the basic nature of photography?

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1:12 pm
Mon July 13, 2015

And It's A Serena Slam! Williams Wins Wimbledon

Serena Williams leaves the court with the Venus Rosewater Dish after her victory against Garbine Muguruza of Spain during day 12 of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 11, 2015 in London, England. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)

On Saturday the moment that tennis fans had been talking about for weeks finally came, a “Serena Slam” – four consecutive major titles. This is the 33-year-old American tennis player’s second Serena Slam.

Next month, Serena is positioned to make history if she wins the U.S. Open. It would be the first time a woman has completed a Grand Slam – winning all four majors in a calendar year – since Steffi Graf did that in 1988.

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1:12 pm
Mon July 13, 2015

Top U.S. Companies Pledge To Hire 100,000 Youths

Starbucks Chairman and CEO Howard Schultz speaks during Starbucks annual shareholders meeting March 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. Schultz announced a 2-for-1 stock split, the sixth in the company's history, during the meeting. (Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

Several of the nation’s largest companies, including Starbucks, CVS and Walmart, have signed on to a pledge to hire 100,000 16 to 24-year-olds who are out of school and out of work.

It’s called the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, and it’s designed to target “disconnected youth.” Roben Farzad, the host of Full Disclosure on NPR One, discusses this with Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti.

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1:09 pm
Fri July 10, 2015

Baby Rhino Rescued In Northeast India

A nearly three-day-old male rhino calf found alone in the wilderness is rescued by the Kaziranga Forest staff and handed over to Centr for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC) (Subhamoy Bhattacharjee/IFAW-WTI)

An baby rhino has been rescued Kaziranga National Park in northeast India. It is monsoon season in the park right now and not uncommon for young rhinos to get separated from their parents on the trek to higher land.

Now that the small rhino, just a few weeks old, is safe in the care of the International Fund for Animal Welfare and the Wildlife Trust of India, what happens next?

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1:09 pm
Fri July 10, 2015

A Marine Who Fought In Iraq On The Fight Against ISIS

Retired Marine Matt Victoriano (center) served as a scout and sniper team leader from 2000 to 2004, participated in the invasion of Iraq in 2003. (Facebook)

Here & Now concludes a series of conversations about Iraq and ISIS with someone who served in the Iraq War.

Retired Marine Matt Victoriano, who served as a scout and sniper team leader from 2000 to 2004, participated in the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and returned to conduct combat operations in Al Anbar and Babylon provinces.

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1:09 pm
Fri July 10, 2015

What Satellite Images Can Tell Us About Countries' Economies

An early morning view photographed by one of the Expedition 40 crew members aboard the Earth-orbiting International Space Station on July 22, 2014. (NASA)

Cameras orbiting the earth are becoming less expensive and therefore more widespread. And as Bloomberg News reports, the images collected are providing a lot of economic information, to everyone from investors to aid organizations.

Jeff Kearns writes in Bloomberg:

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1:52 pm
Thu July 9, 2015

DJ Session: Gospel Sunday

Gospel musician Jason Davis is also a pastor at the Greater Bethlehem Temple Church, a ministry in Randallstown, Maryland. (Courtesy)

We turn to the music of the church pews for this week’s edition of the Here & Now DJ Sessions. Our guide to gospel is Cecilia Webb, host of “Train to Glory” Sunday mornings on KUNM in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Webb says the music that began during American slavery is evolving, with some artists bringing in sounds of hip hop, rhythm and blues, and rock.

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1:52 pm
Thu July 9, 2015

Lessons Learned A Day After The NYSE Shutdown

Traders wait for trading to resume on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) after trading was halted due to a "technical glitch" on July 8, 2015 in New York City. Trading was to resume in the afternoon. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Officials at the New York Stock Exchange say a nearly four-hour halt in trading yesterday was the result of a technical problem. But most investors didn’t really feel the impact of the shutdown. The NYSE is now just one of many exchanges to choose from.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with NPR senior business editor Marilyn Geewax about the glitch and its effects.

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1:52 pm
Thu July 9, 2015

New Delay Complicates U.S. Ability To Implement Iran Nuke Deal

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is signaling diplomats won’t conclude an Iran nuclear agreement by early Friday morning, complicating American efforts to quickly implement any deal.

Under U.S. law, the seven nations negotiating in Vienna have to complete the accord before the end of Thursday in Washington to avoid invoking a 60-day congressional review period during which the Obama administration cannot waive sanctions on Iran.

If they meet the target, the review would only be 30 days.

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12:41 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

Showtime Vs. HBO: A Fair Fight?

The 12-episode third season of Showtime's "Masters of Sex" airs July 12. (Showtime)

Showtime brings back two hit shows this Sunday: “Masters of Sex,” about a pair of sexuality researchers working in the ’50s and ’60s, and “Ray Donovan,” centered on a clean-up guy for Los Angeles’ rich and famous.

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to talk about the premieres and how Showtime might set itself apart from HBO.

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12:41 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

The July Effect: Is It Really A Bad Time To Go To The Hospital?

Imagine it’s the final game of the season. The stakes are high and suddenly, a quarter of your team is subbed out and replaced with – rookies.

That’s how some people in medicine describe what happens each July when senior residents move on, and a wave of 30,000 or so newly minted doctors begin their residencies at hospitals across the country.

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12:27 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

Glitch Halts Trading On New York Stock Exchange

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 1:52 pm

Update 3:15 p.m.: Trading on the New York Stock Exchange has resumed.

The New York Stock Exchange says a technical problem that has suspended trading since late morning is an internal technical issue and not the result of a security breach.

The exchange made the statement in a tweet on its official Twitter account. The trading halt is ongoing.

NYSE-listed stocks are still trading on other exchanges. The Nasdaq and other exchanges are unaffected by the outage.

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1:16 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

What Newly-Unsealed Testimony Could Mean For Bill Cosby And His Accusers

Bill Cosby pauses during a news conference on Nov. 6, 2014. According to documents released on July 6, 2015, Cosby admitted in a 2005 deposition that he obtained Quaaludes with the intent of using them to have sex with young women. (Evan Vucci/AP Photo)

More allegations against Bill Cosby have emerged, this time from the comedian himself. In sworn court testimony from a 2005 sexual abuse lawsuit that was unsealed yesterday, Cosby admitted to having obtained prescription sedatives with the intention of giving them to women he wanted to have sex with. The documents were unsealed Monday, after the Associated Press went to court to compel their release.

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1:16 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Sanctuary City Laws: What They Do And Don't Support

San Francisco is one of hundreds of so-called 'sanctuary cities' around the country (diversey/Flickr)

When 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle was shot to death on a pier in San Francisco last week, attention immediately turned to her accused killer. That’s because the 45-year-old immigrant had a long felony rap sheet and a history of deportations.

It has also been reported that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had turned over the suspect, Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, to city authorities on March 26 on an outstanding drug warrant and asked the city to notify them when he got out – something San Francisco officials apparently did not do.

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1:16 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Starbucks Is Raising Its Drink Prices

Starbucks is raising prices again starting Tuesday, with the increases ranging from 5 to 20 cents for most coffee drinks. (luizfilipe/Flickr)

Starbucks will be charging more for its coffee drinks, despite a decline in the price of raw coffee. The company says it’s due to rising rents and wages. Jason Bellini of The Wall Street Journal joins Here & Now’s Peter O’Dowd to talk about how it might affect sales and whether the competition will follow suit.

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12:43 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Reforesting After Fracking: Working To Restore Pennsylvania's Drilled Land

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 4:24 pm

While most of the attention on the impacts of fracking has focused on things like drinking water, air pollution and earthquakes, state regulators in Pennsylvania are working on another less-discussed, but no less serious, side effect of oil and gas development: forest fragmentation.

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12:13 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Grownups Read Things They Wrote As Kids: Dear Mr. Prime Minister

On a stage in Toronto, a grownup reads something she wrote as a kid. (Photo via Grownups Read Things They Wrote As Kids' Facebook)

A Canadian podcast series features grown-ups reading things they wrote as kids.

All this week, we’ll hear excerpts from the series and today Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson talks with the podcast’s creator and producer Dan Misener, as they listen to a bit of Caleb Beyers giving advice to the Prime Minister on nuclear disarmament.

Interview Highlights: Dan Misener

On how the podcast was born

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12:13 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Aetna Acquires Humana As Other Health Insurers Look to Merge

Aetna Inc., the nation's third largest insurer, headquartered in Hartford, Conn., bought its rival Humana for $37 billion. (Jessica Hill/AP Photo)

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 4:28 pm

The recent Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act was a relief to the six and a half million Americans who receive subsidies to purchase health insurance. It was also a relief for the health insurance industry.

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12:43 pm
Fri July 3, 2015

Kids Books Feature Famous Figures As Children

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12:43 pm
Fri July 3, 2015

John Adams Wanted Independence Day On July 2, Not July 4

Founding Father John Adams thought that America's independence day celebration should be on July 2, not July 4. July 2, 1776 was day the Continental Congress voted for independence. (Karsun Designs Photography/Flickr)

As the Founding Fathers established the United States of America, they had their eyes on the future and they knew they were making history. But not everyone had the same opinion of the timeline of that history.

Most thought the big day was July 4, when then Continental Congress approved the text of the Declaration of Independence and sent it to the printer. But John Adams believed July 2, 1776, was the really the big day.

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12:43 pm
Fri July 3, 2015

Conservationist Madison Stewart Stands Up For Sharks

Originally published on Fri July 3, 2015 12:33 pm

Recent attacks in North Carolina have heightened the negative public perception of sharks. But for 21-year-old Australian Madison Stewart, sharks are almost family.

Since she was in her early teens, Stewart has made it her mission to preserve and educate the world about the creatures she feels so passionate about.

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2:27 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Professor Says Jefferson Davis Statue Should Be Removed, Preserved

A statue of Jefferson Davis is seen on the University of Texas campus in Austin, Texas.(Eric Gay/AP)

Confederate flags are coming down across the South as governments and institutions respond to calls to remove symbols of a racist past. At the University of Texas at Austin, thousands of students have petitioned the school to remove a statue of Jefferson Davis, who was president of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War.

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12:27 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

How The 'Modern Family Effect' Is Changing Public Opinion About Gay Rights

ABC's "Modern Family" has won five Emmy Awards, and was renewed for its seventh season on May 7. (ABC)

Last Friday the Supreme Court made a landmark decision for gay rights. But another institution has also played a significant role in changing American public opinion about this issue: Hollywood.

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans talks with Here & Now‘s Robin Young about the “Modern Family effect” and how television has changed the way Americans think about gay relationships.

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