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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).

NPR national security editor Phil Ewing (@philewing) joins Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson to discuss a federal grand jury indicting 13 Russian nationals for interfering with the 2016 U.S. election.

How One New York School Thwarted An Attack

Feb 16, 2018

Following the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead, many are asking what could have been done to stop it from happening.

Some attacks have been thwarted before they were carried out. Here & Now‘s Robin Young finds out about one such instance in New York from Ruschell Boone (@RuschellBoone), a reporter with NY1.

Comic book and superhero fans in the U.S. are anxiously awaiting the opening of Marvel’s “Black Panther” in theaters Friday. Early reviews call it “exhilarating,” but also “groundbreaking.” That’s because “Black Panther” stars a black superhero.

Texas Standard’s Laura Rice (@LauraRiceKUT) reports from Austin.

American Mikaela Shiffrin won the gold medal in the women’s giant slalom Thursday. Meanwhile, the U.S. women’s hockey team lost to Canada 2-1 but remains alive in the tournament.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with Here & Now sports analyst Mike Pesca (@pescami) about the results.

President Trump is weighing in on domestic violence allegations Wednesday. The controversy around former Trump staff secretary Rob Porter is front and center, and the House Oversight Committee is now investigating how the White House has handled the case.

Here & Now‘s Lisa Mullins speaks with NPR’s Domenico Montanaro (@DomenicoNPR) for the latest.

James Hunter sings the blues, and he sings soul, too — two genres that trade in heartache and hard times.

His latest album “Whatever It Takes” sounds like a valentine, because the hard-scrabble school dropout from Britain has fallen in love, and married a fan from America.

Hunter (@JamesHunterSix) joins Here & Now‘s Lisa Mullins to talk about the album.

Why Are Oil Prices Falling?

Feb 13, 2018

Oil prices have dropped more than 10 percent since late January. Meanwhile, shale companies in the U.S. are producing crude at a record clip.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with MSNBC’s Ali Velshi (@AliVelshi).

There’s been a steady shift in how many Americans prefer to live: a movement away from suburbia and a car-based existence, and a growing preference for walkable communities, urban centers and traditional Main Streets. In one very old New Hampshire town, Londonderry, private developers are trying to build a new shopping and residential district from scratch.

Todd Bookman (@toddbookman) from New Hampshire Public Radio reports.

The HBO documentary “May It Last” explores the making of The Avett Brothers’ album “True Sadness.”

Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd caught up with Scott and Seth Avett last September before a show to talk about the documentary and the album.

About 5 percent of people in the U.S. suffer from seasonal affective disorder, a form of depression brought on by the dark days of winter. Many more may experience a mild form of the disorder.

Pregnancy can be challenging for mothers-to-be struggling with drug use, addiction or homelessness. Now, some of them are finding solace through a program that helps them write lullabies before their children are born.

Andrea Shea (@asheaarts) of WBUR has more.

Under Armour’s speedskating suits were blamed for the American team’s dismal showing at the 2014 Sochi games. A post-Olympic review by the U.S. team vindicated the technology. But the suits have been redesigned, and the company is hoping for redemption in 2018.

DJ Sessions: Fresh Funk For A Good Day

Feb 7, 2018

In this week’s Here & Now DJ Session, host Jeremy Hobson speaks with KCRW DJ Travis Holcombe (@TravisHolcombe), who shares his latest favorite funk-infused songs from artists including Ty Segall, Kali Uchis, and Superorganism.

The luxury restaurant Bob Bob Ricard (@bobbobricard) in London has adopted dynamic pricing, charging less during off-peak hours.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson talks with Leonid Shutov, founder and owner of Bob Bob Ricard, about how the pricing is affecting business.

President Trump’s immigration framework calls for eventual citizenship for young immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, funding for a border wall and crackdowns on legal and illegal immigration.

Rex Tillerson will wrap up his first tour of Latin America as U.S. secretary of state Wednesday. His focus is to drum up support in the region as the U.S. considers applying more pressure on the Venezuelan government, amid the country’s worsening political and humanitarian crisis.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Tim Padgett (@TimPadgett2), Americas editor with WLRN in Miami.

Recyclers in the United States are feeling the impact of China’s new strict standards for the recycling it imports from around the world. China wants to eliminate the contamination that comes with the plastic, paper and some metals, but because these new standards are very hard to meet, it is essentially a ban on foreign recyclables.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson talks with Joe Fusco, vice president at Casella Waste Systems, about what these changes mean for his company and the U.S. recycling industry.

The New England Patriots are hoping to claim their sixth championship in 16 years on Sunday, when the team takes the field in Minneapolis against the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII.

Perhaps no one has been more mesmerized by the team’s success than its youngest fans. But as NPR’s Tovia Smith (@toviasmithnpr) reports, too much winning may actually be sending the wrong message to some kids.

President Trump gave his first State of the Union address on Tuesday night, but the week in politics was dominated by discussion surrounding the release of a Republican memo from the House Intelligence Committee alleging FBI surveillance abuse in the Russia investigation.

The Kenya government had ordered three TV stations off the air after they tried to broadcast the mock inauguration of an opposition political leader who lost the presidential race last year.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with NPR’s East Africa correspondent Eyder Peralta (@eyderp).

Alan Greenspan, former Federal Reserve chairman, this week said we are in both a stock market and bond market bubble.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with CNN’s Maggie Lake (@maggielake) about whether we should be worried.

A memo drafted by House Republicans accuses the FBI of illegally wiretapping a Trump aide. The White House is expected to approve the memo’s release Thursday, over the objections of the FBI and Democrats, who say it isn’t accurate.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with NPR’s Phil Ewing (@philewing).

In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Trump talked about gang violence and introduced the parents of two teenage girls killed by MS-13 gang members.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with MS-13 specialist David Pyrooz (@dpyrooz), a criminologist and assistant professor of sociology at the University of Colorado Boulder, about the gang and the extent of its activity in the U.S.

President Trump delivers his first State of the Union address Tuesday night. The White House says he’ll focus on jobs, the economy, immigration and national security.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Ohio State University professor Randall Schweller, who believes Trump’s first year in office has been a success.

Interview Highlights

On how President Trump has done in his first year

The Cleveland Indians and Major League Baseball have announced that the team will no longer use its Chief Wahoo logo on uniforms or in the team’s stadium starting with the beginning of the 2019 season.

As Matt Richmond from WCPN ideastream in Cleveland reports, the character has long been a central part of the team’s identity — and the subject of protests.

What happens when you’re a Latino teenager assigned to write about one of your heroes, and you decide to choose someone from your own heritage? Not much, according to actor and comedian John Leguizamo, because history books and public school curricula don’t do enough to highlight Latino contributions to U.S. history.

Minnesota is gearing up to host the Super Bowl in less than two weeks. The state is also embracing a new identity — instead of being part of the Midwest, it’s branding itself as “the North.”

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How HQ Trivia Became So Popular

Jan 25, 2018

HQ is a hugely popular trivia game app that connects people around the world at preset times each day for live games.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson learns more about the app from Ben Johnson (@TheBrockJohnson), senior producer of Endless Thread and a tech correspondent for Here & Now.

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