Here and Now

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  • Hosted by Robin Young, Jeremy Hobson

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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The superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools said Tuesday that the Trump administration’s decision to end the DACA program will be “devastating” to students and staff in the majority Hispanic district.

President Trump will tell the world Thursday whether he plans to keep the U.S. in the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Inhofe (@JimInhofe), one of the deal’s most vocal critics in Congress.

A jury on Wednesday acquitted a white police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man who had his hands up. Many of the jurors and the family of Terence Crutcher were in tears as the not-guilty verdict was read for Tulsa police officer Betty Jo Shelby.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with Samantha Vicent (@samanthavicent), courthouse reporter for The Tulsa World.

As the nation’s opioid addiction and overdose crisis grows, the Cherokee Nation is launching the first-ever lawsuit against drug distributors that will be litigated in a tribal court.

The suit takes on companies including pharmacies CVS Health, Walgreens and Wal-Mart, and drug distributors Cardinal Health, Inc. and McKesson Corporation, alleging that they didn’t properly monitor prescription painkillers, which eventually “flooded” every Cherokee county.

The Environmental Protection Agency has dismissed academic scientists from its 18-member Board of Scientific Counselors. An EPA spokesperson says the agency wants “to take as inclusive an approach to regulation as possible” and include members of industry.

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Jimmy Webb (@realjimmywebb) is one of the world's greatest songwriters. His list of hits, including "Up Up and Away," Wichita Lineman" and "MacArthur Park," has been recorded by Glen Campbell, Frank Sinatra, Linda Ronstadt and countless other artists.

Those with ophidiophobia — that’s a fear of snakes — might want to steer clear of this next story. That’s because the town of Okeene, Oklahoma, holds its 78th annual rattlesnake roundup this week.

The price of solar panels has dropped 20 percent in the last year, making it more affordable for homeowners to buy rather than lease. That’s hurting big solar companies that have thrived on the lease model.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Jason Bellini (@jasonbellini) of The Wall Street Journal about how some solar companies are rethinking their strategy.

The state of Arkansas is set to execute seven death-row inmates in the span of 11 days, starting Monday. The executions are being rushed by the state, apparently because its supply of the drug midazolam — the sedative used in its lethal-injection procedures — will expire this month.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson defended the state’s decision, even though it is facing a number of legal challenges from the inmates, and two of the drug makers, which claim the way the drugs were acquired was improper and constitutes a breach of contract.

America’s self-proclaimed toughest sheriff, Joe Arpaio, lost his re-election bid in Maricopa County, Arizona, in November. Now his successor, Paul Penzone, says he is shutting down one of Arpaio’s most-visible legacies: an outdoor jail known as Tent City that has attracted international attention over the course of more than two decades.

Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd talked with Penzone about his plans, and has this report.

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