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A live production of NPR and WBUR Boston, in collaboration with public radio stations across the country, Here & Now reflects the fluid world of news as it’s happening in the middle of the day, with timely, smart and in-depth news, interviews and conversation.

Co-hosted by award-winning journalists Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson, the show’s daily lineup includes interviews with NPR reporters, editors and bloggers, as well as leading newsmakers, innovators and artists from across the U.S. and around the globe.

Here & Now began at WBUR in 1997, and expanded to two hours in partnership with NPR in 2013. Today, the show reaches an estimated 3.1 million weekly listeners on over 365 stations across the country.

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Ice Storm Wreaks Havoc In Midwest, Plains

Jan 16, 2017

From Oklahoma to Kansas to Illinois, many towns are reeling from this weekend’s ice storm. The tiny town of Beaver, Oklahoma, had an inch of ice; many trees are downed and the town is without electricity.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson hears an update on the storm’s impact from Jon Elfers, the city’s fire chief and Beaver police officer Travis Snowden.

Republican Oklahoma Rep. Markwayne Mullin (@RepMullin) joins Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti to discuss the Trump transition, the push to repeal Obamacare and the House GOP’s failed efforts this week to weaken the Office of Congressional Ethics.

The city of Flint still doesn’t have clean water. It’s been more than two and a half years since the city switched its water supply, and lead first appeared in its tap water.

But a new investigation by the Reuters news agency found that even with the water crisis, there are places elsewhere in the U.S. with more dangerous lead poisoning than Flint.

Wind energy is still relatively new in the United States, but there’s a big problem ahead for the industry — what to do with the 170-foot, 22,000-pound blades when they need to be taken down and replaced.

Many landfills won’t take them, and the fiberglass materials are difficult to recycle.

Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd asks Karl Englund, an engineering professor at Washington State University, about the industry’s attempts to the solve the problem before it becomes a crisis.

Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

President-elect Donald Trump has named his pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is seen as pro-energy business, and has been an outspoken critic of the EPA — even filing lawsuits against the government agency.

On Twitter this weekend, St. Louis activist Danielle Muscato (@daniellemuscato) gained a lot of attention for writing that President-elect Donald Trump was “embarrassing” himself by his regular tweets attacking “Saturday Night Live,” calling him a fraud who “never wanted to win anyway.”

President-elect Donald Trump is meeting with more potential administration picks at Trump Tower Monday. They’re just the latest in a parade of high-profile meetings Trump’s been having over the last few days.

Also over the weekend, Trump settled three civil lawsuits over his now-defunct Trump University for $25 million.

Earlier this month Here & Now visited the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur, Oklahoma — a center not only for culture and history, but also the preservation and revitalization of the critically endangered Chickasaw language.

Among the 30 or so remaining native speakers we met was Jerry Imotichey. He grew up speaking Chickasaw, and called the language and culture his “soul.”

How Determination And Technology Are Fostering The Chickasaw Language's Rebirth

Oct 6, 2016
Karyn Miller-Medzon / Here & Now

With only 30 or so remaining native Chickasaw speakers — those who learned Chickasaw as a first language — the language has been considered critically endangered. That didn't sit well with Joshua Hinson when his son was born in 2000.

Realizing that his son would be the sixth generation of Chickasaw children to grow up speaking English, he decided to take matters into his own hands.

Another earthquake shook Oklahoma today. It measured 3.1 on the Richter scale, and struck just after 7 a.m. near Stroud, 65 miles from Oklahoma City.

That’s one of more than 500 this year, compared to California’s 156. Scientists have linked Oklahoma’s sharp increase in earthquakes in recent years to the underground injection of wastewater during oil and gas production.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young checks in with Joe Wertz, KGOU’s StateImpact reporter, about Oklahoma’s earthquake trends.

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