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In the wake of December’s Ghost Ship warehouse fire in Oakland, California, that killed 36 people, cities all over the country have been trying to create more affordable housing for artists so they don’t have to trade basic safety for cheap rent.

BuzzFeed on Tuesday published a 35-page document that contained explosive and unsubstantiated allegations about ties between President-elect Donald Trump and Russia.

BuzzFeed’s editor-in-chief defended the decision as “the job of reporters in 2017.”

Senate committees heard testimony Wednesday from three of President-elect Donald Trump’s picks for his cabinet. Rex Tillerson, chief executive of Exxon Mobil, for secretary of state; Elaine Chao, former labor secretary, for secretary of transportation; and, for the second day, Sen. Jeff Sessions, Republican of Alabama, for attorney general.

Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions is the first of President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet picks to testify in front of Congress.

It isn’t the attorney general nominee’s first time in this position either — he testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1986, as a nominee for a federal judge post.

The North American International Auto Show continues Tuesday in Detroit, and there have been some surprising headlines from the annual event so far.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Michelle Krebs (@MichKrebs), director of automotive relations at Cox Automotive and senior analyst at Autotrader, about trends from the show.

A powerful storm in northern California and Nevada has caused major flooding throughout the area, with more snow and rain expected in the coming days.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson checks in with Jay Famiglietti (@JayFamiglietti), hydrologist and senior water scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, about what the flooding could mean for those states.

Just 2 percent of the 3 million teachers in the U.S. are black males. In Philadelphia, educator Sharif El-Mekki is leading an effort to encourage more black men to pursue careers in education.

While acknowledging it is not the only solution, he says seeing more black men in teaching roles could help close the achievement gap for black boys, who on average struggle more in school, with far lower graduation rates than white boys or girls.

Why do our bodies hold on to fat despite diets? How can genetics, microbes and even viruses affect how much we weigh?

Among the many unconventional wedding traditions popular in 2016 were bridal parties wearing black, Mad Men-era cocktails, and casual-but-chic destination events.

In Minnesota, sex offenders are often detained indefinitely, even following the end of their prison sentence, as a way to ensure public safety. Civil rights advocates have been fighting the current system for years, saying it’s unfair to those who have served their time.

The late Tupac Shakur will soon become the sixth hip-hop artist inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an honor Ben Westhoff says is well-deserved.

Roadways, once paved, shape cities for decades. In many places, road projects cut through the core of the community — and its history.

According to historians Ed Ayers (@edward_l_ayers) and Brian Balogh (@historyfellow), President-elect Donald Trump would not be the first U.S. president to have an unlikely friendship with a controversial world power like Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Top U.S. intelligence officials briefed the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday on Russia’s alleged cyber meddling in the 2016 election.

Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti gets the latest from NPR congressional reporter Scott Detrow (@scottdetrow).

Looking to eat healthier in 2017?

How about cutting down the amount of meat in your diet, even for just one day a week? It’s a movement called “meatless Monday,” and Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst brings Here & Now‘s Robin Young three satisfying dishes that put vegetables front and center.

President Barack Obama took office in 2009 with a goal to end the war in Afghanistan, launched in 2001 after the 9/11 attacks. But Obama will leave office with thousands of U.S. troops on the ground — an unfinished mission that the new president, Donald Trump, will inherit.

In an end-of-year interview with the health and medicine publication STAT, CDC Director Tom Frieden said he’s concerned that people mistakenly think the worst of Zika is over, and that it’s no longer a threat.

House Republicans have dropped plans to gut the independent Office of Congressional Ethics after widespread criticism and questions from President-elect Donald Trump about GOP priorities.

Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti discusses the reversal and what it means with NPR’s Domenico Montanaro (@DomenicoNPR).

This year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most well-known technology conferences in the world.

The event, which is expecting between 165,000 and 175,000 attendees, will officially begin Thursday, with companies large and small showing off the latest updates for smart TVs, drones and cars, as well as some more unusual additions — internet-connected vacuum cleaners, washing machines and consumer robots.

If you are looking for a new taste sensation for the New Year: consider a small-batch soft drink from Squamscot Beverages. It’s a New Hampshire-based, family-owned New Hampshire company that’s been selling old-time sodas for generations.

New Year’s Eve is only a day away. There will be lots of celebrations to ring in the New Year — and with celebrations come toasts.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Maureen Zappala (@mzappala10), distinguished toastmaster with Toastmasters International, about how to give a great toast this holiday season.

In 1924 a Connecticut prosecutor saved a suspect from the gallows, in a case of justice that’s taught today in law books. The movie “Boomerang” was based on the case.

Here & Now‘s Lisa Mullins looks back at the case, and how it resonates today in the debate of over sentencing and overzealous prosecutions.

Why Self-Driving Cars Won 2016

Dec 29, 2016

The automotive industry had a good year in sales. It had an even better year in innovation.

The Replacements remain one of rock’s best-loved bands. But they also lived up to the title of a biography released this year — “Trouble Boys: The True Story Of The Replacements.”

“Opportunity disregarded,” is the way author Bob Mehr (@bobmehr) describes the band’s career, which started when they formed in Minneapolis in 1979 and ended when the broke up in 1991.

For more than 30 years, several dozen developmentally disabled men were consigned to work in a turkey processing plant in a small Iowa town.

They lived in an abandoned schoolhouse in increasingly decaying conditions, were paid next to nothing for their work, had to pay for their own medical care and were often abused. They were virtually prisoners and for decades, almost no one did anything to help them even though the men were well-known in town.

African-American neighborhoods in Chicago are on edge as another holiday weekend approaches. Last weekend seven people were killed on Christmas Day alone — some of them at family gatherings — in violence that’s thought to be gang-related.

Chicago pastor Corey Brooks (@CoreyBBrooks) joins Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti to discuss ways to break a cycle of violence.

Secretary of State John Kerry outlined a vision for how peace in the Middle East can be achieved in a farewell speech in Washington on Wednesday. The speech comes less than a week after the U.S. abstained from a U.N. Security Council vote condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, angering Israel.

Kerry defended the move, saying the U.S. couldn’t “stand in the way of a resolution at the United Nations that makes it clear that both sides must act now to preserve the possibility of peace.”

Actress Carrie Fisher, who found enduring fame as Princess Leia in the original “Star Wars,” has died. She was 60.

Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, released a statement through her spokesman saying Fisher died Tuesday just before 9 a.m PST. Lourd said her mother was “loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly.”

This year, the artist Christo (@xtojc_tweet) was finally able to present “The Floating Piers,” an ambitious project he and his wife and artistic partner the late Jeanne-Claude had begun to envision after completing “The Wrapped Coast” in Australia in 1969.

Charles “Wick” Moorman took over as president and CEO of Amtrak in September.

Moorman tells Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti about his plans to chart a course for Amtrak’s future growth, and what Donald Trump’s infrastructure spending plan might mean for improving and modernizing the railroad network.

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