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1:54 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Make-A-Wish Foundation To Transform San Francisco Into Gotham City For A Day

Miles, 5, who has leukemia, wishes to be a superhero. The Make-a-Wish Foundation is enlisting San Franciscans to make his wish come true. (Make-a-Wish)

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 2:02 pm

The mayor of San Francisco, the police chief and a cast of thousands of volunteers are transforming their city into Gotham City for a day to help fulfill a little boy’s wish.

Five-year-old Miles is fighting leukemia, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation in the Greater Bay Area will grant his wish to be “Batkid” on Nov. 15.

Patricia Wilson, executive director of Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area, joins Here & Now’s Robin Young.

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1:54 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Voters Approve Minimum Wage Increases, But Congress Won't Take it Up

Supporters of Proposition 1 which raises the minimum wage to $15 in SeaTac, Washington, celebrate their victory. (Craig Newcomb/Twitter)

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 2:08 pm

Last night, New Jersey voters approved a constitutional amendment to raise the minimum wage by a dollar to $8.25 an hour.

And in SeaTac, Washington, a proposition that would make the minimum wage in some in airport-related industries $15 an hour was leading with over 50 percent of the vote.

But if raising the minimum wage is so popular with voters, why won’t Congress take up the issue?

NPR’s Marilyn Geewax joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to explain.

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2:12 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

DJ Sessions: Afrobeat After Fela Kuti

Members of the Afrobeat band, Soul Jazz Orchestra. (Soul Jazz Orchestra)

The genre of Afrobeat was started by Fela Kuti, the legendary Nigerian singer and political activist who died of AIDS in 1997.

There’s been a push to teach people more about him, with museum exhibits, books and the critically acclaimed Broadway musical, “Fela!”

But how has Afrobeat developed since Fela Kuti, and what does it sound like today?

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2:12 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Tensions Continue To Rise Between US And Pakistan

Pakistan’s parliament will discuss the country’s ties to the U.S., after an American drone strike killed Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud last week.

Pakistanis reacted angrily, saying the strike violated its sovereignty.

“The two sides will continue to need each other and to continue to distrust each other,” Owen Bennett Jones, a BBC contributor based in Pakistan, told Here & Now‘s Robin Young.

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2:12 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Twitter Looks To Its News Role In Upcoming IPO

Screenshot of Twitter feed.

Expectations are high this week as Twitter gets ready to go public.

The company raised its initial public offering price yesterday to $25 a share, up from $23. That would put the company’s value at around$13.6 billion — almost 12 times the value of its projected 2014 sales.

Twitter has 230 million users and not all of them are following Lady Gaga or Justin Bieber. A new Pew study shows 8 percent of Americans use Twitter to get news.

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2:11 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

YouTube Launches Its First-Ever Music Awards

What if someone held an awards show with no red carpet, no fanfare, short speeches and it finished in under the projected running time?

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2:11 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Organization Seeks To Preserve Slave Dwellings

Joe McGill, of the Slave Dwelling Project, at Stagville Plantation in North Carolina. (Stagville Plantation/Facebook)

There are still plenty of physical reminders of slavery today. Among them: hundreds of former slave cabins across the country.

A group called the Slave Dwelling Project sets out to identify these mostly small, dilapidated structures and bring attention to their preservation by inviting people to sleep in them.

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2:11 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Adding Up The Cost Of Low Literacy Among Adults

Students participate in a health literacy class at Mary's Center, role-playing a visit to the doctor. (Kavitha Cardoza/WAMU)

For the past few days, NPR has been taking a look at the challenges facing the 30 million American adults who lack basic literacy skills.

In the final part of our series on adult education, Kavitha Cardoza of member station WAMU examines the economic and social impacts — not just on individuals, but on society as a whole.

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2:04 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

New York Mayor's Race Enters Final Day

Joe Lhota, the Republican candidate for New York City Mayor, left, gestures toward his opponent, Democrat Bill de Blasio, as de Blasio holds his hand up in defense, during their final debate, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2103 in New York. (Peter Foley/Wall Street Journal via AP)

Originally published on Mon November 4, 2013 2:11 pm

For the first time in 20 years, New York City is poised to put a Democrat in the mayor’s office.

The city’s Public Advocate, Democrat Bill de Blasio, is running against Republican Joe Lhota, who was formerly the chairman of the Metropolitan Transit Authority.

A New York Times/Siena College poll puts de Blasio well ahead of Lhota in tomorrow’s vote.

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2:55 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

'Ender's Game' Director Says Focus On The Message, Not The Author

Asa Butterfield (left) plays Ender Wiggin and Harrison Ford (right) plays Colonel Graff in the new film "Ender's Game." (Richard Foreman Jr., SMPSP, © 2013 Summit Entertainment, LLC. All Rights Reserved.)
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2:55 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Microbiologist Says To Avoid The Flu, Go Outside

A microbiologist recommends spending time outside in order to avoid getting sick this flu season. (Maxwell GS/Flickr)

Want to avoid catching the flu or your co-worker’s cold this year? 

Get some fresh air and wash your hands with soap and water, microbiologist Jack Gilbert tells Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson.

Gilbert says we’ve created an urban world complete with air conditioning, filtration and windows that don’t open, leading to an environment of homogeneous microbes.

Add a healthy dose of bacteria from the outdoors, and you may just be fine. Getting a dog could help, too.

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2:55 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Suspected Gunman In Custody After LAX Shooting

A still image from NBC LA shows a person being loaded into an ambulance at Los Angeles International Airport. (Joseph Weisenthal/Twitter)

Update 4:23 p.m.: Law enforcement officials identify LAX shooting suspect as 23-year-old Paul Ciancia.

Update 2:49 p.m.: Union official: TSA agent killed in LAX shooting.

Update 2:20 p.m.: Police say 3 shot, including TSA agent, by gunman with semi-automatic weapon at LAX.

A suspected gunman was in custody Friday following a shooting at Los Angeles airport that left multiple people wounded and disrupted flights nationwide.

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2:02 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Wally Lamb Mines Childhood Memories For New Novel

Wally Lamb, whose latest book is "We Are Water," is pictured in the Here & Now studios. (Jesse Costa/Here & Now)

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 3:35 pm

In novels such as “I Know This Much is True” and “The Hour I First Believed,” best-selling author Wally Lamb explores how a traumatic incident continues to reverberate years afterward.

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2:02 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

'Spinning Plates' Documentary Explores Restaurants

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 3:35 pm

The new foodie documentary “Spinning Plates” takes us inside three extraordinary restaurants and introduces us to the teams that keep them running.

And though the title might suggest the chaos of a busy kitchen, the documentary is warm and gentle, and anything but hectic.

NPR’s Trey Graham has this review.

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2:02 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Senate Democrats Pledge Support For Employment Non-Discrimination Act

Get Equal, a LGBT rights group, holds a march to pass ENDA in 2010. The bill has languished in Congress, but the Senate will take a vote on it as early as next week. (Matt Baume/Flickr)

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 3:35 pm

West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin says he’ll vote for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, known as ENDA, making him the latest Senate Democrat to throw his support behind the law that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in the workplace.

The bill is now only one vote shy of a filibuster-proof majority. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said earlier this week that he will push for a vote as early as next week.

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2:30 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Resident Chef Kathy Gunst Takes Stock Of Soup

Clockwise from top: Kathy Gunst's Roasted Fall Vegetable Soup, Winter Parsley Pesto, Greek-Style Turkey-Lemon-Rice Soup ("Avgolemono"), store-bought chicken stock and homemade chicken stock. (Rachel Rohr/Here & Now)

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 4:02 pm

As the weather turns cooler, Here & Now Resident Chef Kathy Gunst’s thoughts turn to nice warming soups.

And as she tells Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson, making a simple soup base or stock is easy and a great way to get rid of leftovers.

“Everything that’s in the vegetable bin that looks like ‘uh,oh, if we don’t use it tonight we’re in trouble’ kind of feeling? Throw it into the pot, boil it up, make a soup.”

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2:30 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Company Aims To Go Beyond Credit Cards

Credit card companies charge businesses 2 to 4 percent of each purchase with a credit card. (tom.arthur/Flickr)

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 3:29 pm

Businesses frustrated by the fees they pay to credit card companies are looking at a European Union proposal that would reduce the swipe fees merchants have to pay every time a customer pays with a card.

The EU proposal calls for a cap on the swipe fees of 0.3 percent of the amount charged to a card — far lower than the 2 to 4 percent typically charged now.

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2:30 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Obama-Era Stock Market Gains Surpass Reagan Era

A view from the Member's Gallery inside the New York Stock Exchange in August 2008. (Wikimedia Commons)

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 3:29 pm

President Obama has passed Ronald Reagan and is gaining on Bill Clinton, when it comes to how far the stock market has climbed during his time in office.

Under Obama, the S & P 500 has has jumped 120 percent. That beats Reagan’s 118 percent and is closing in on Bill Clinton’s 210 percent.

Is it fair to compare these presidents? And how much down the president have to do with the stock market, anyway?

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson asks Roben Farzad of Bloomberg Businessweek.

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2:18 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Perhaps Contraption: 'Twisted Brass, Avant Pop Marching Band'

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2:18 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Looking Back At NYC Outages During Sandy

Pushcart Coffee in New York City drew many new customers during the Hurricane Sandy power outages, because it had a generator. (Jeffrey/Flickr)

One year ago today, Superstorm Sandy left part of Manhattan completely in the dark and without cell coverage.

One coffee shop owner, just opening a new shop, drew many new customers because he had a generator.

Jamie Rogers, owner of Pushcart Coffee speaks with Here & Nows Jeremy Hobson about those days without power and how his generator idea has paid off.

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2:18 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Infosys Expected To Pay $35M Fine For Alleged Work Visa Fraud

Indian software giant and outsourcing firm Infosys is expected to pay a $35 million fine to settle visa fraud charges — the largest fine of its kind in United States history.

The government is expected to announce tomorrow that a joint investigation by the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security found that the Indian company gamed the immigration system in order to increase company profits.

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2:47 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Visiting Staten Island A Year After Sandy

Jean and Mary outside Mary's home in Staten Island. (Robin Young/Here & Now)

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 6:56 am

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2:47 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

What Should the Fed Do To Stimulate Growth?

The Federal Reserve’s two-day policy meeting begins tomorrow. It’s unclear what action the Fed will take, given the sluggish economy, high unemployment and the effects of the recent government shutdown.

Some economists say inflation is just what the country needs. Meanwhile, Republican Senator Rand Paul is threatening to delay the confirmation of Janet Yellen as the next chair of the Federal Reserve.

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2:47 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Song Of The Week: 'Tourniquet' By Jeremy Messersmith

Jeremy Messersmith's latest single is "Tourniquet." (Cameron Wittig)

Jeremy Messersmith

This week, NPR Music writer and editor Stephen Thompson introduces us to a newly-released single by Jeremy Messersmith.

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1:55 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Appalachian Mountain Club Huts Turn 125

The Mizpah Spring Hut welcomes its visitors. (Chris Ballman/Here & Now)

Originally published on Mon October 28, 2013 2:43 pm

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1:55 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Blanket Of Smog In Chinese City Renews Coal Debate

The cloud of smog that smothered Harbin, China, as seen from space. (NOAA)

Cool winds are bringing relief to nearly 10 million residents of the northern Chinese city of Harbin, where thick smog caused schools, airports and businesses to shutter their doors earlier this week. Residents were ordered to remain indoors. At the pollution’s worst, visibility was only 65 feet.

The smog coincided with the first day residents fired up their heating systems in a city known for its cold temperatures and ice festivals.

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1:55 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

SEC Approves Crowdfunding For Startups

New businesses will soon be able to raise raise money online and give investors a stake in the company.

The Securities and Exchange Commission just approved a proposal that would allow startups and small businesses to solicit relatively small sums of money on the web.

The rule would allow entrepreneurs to raise up to $1 million a year from investors. Critics say this sort of crowdfunding does not protect investors – or companies.

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2:32 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

What Hits A Home Run In Sports Writing?

Bill Littlefield in his pre-Only A Game days, interviewing legendary sportswriter Roger Angell. (Only a Game)

What defines good sports writing? Two men at the top of their craft join Here & Now’s Robin Young to answer that question.

Bill Littlefield is host of the NPR show Only a Game. He’s also a terrific writer. One of his stories was chosen for the 2013 edition of ”The Best American Sports Writing.”

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2:32 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Gas Prices At Three Year Low

(futureatlas.com/Flickr)

The federal shutdown had economists worried, but consumers have had something to smile about.

Gasoline prices are the lowest in three years — under $3 a gallon in some places.

Analysts credit greater supplies, lower demand, the easing of Middle East tensions and even a slow hurricane season.

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12:21 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

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