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The news you need to know today — and the stories that will stick with you tomorrow. Plus, special series and behind-the-scenes extras from Here & Now hosts Robin Young, Scott Tong and Deepa Fernandes with help from Producer Chris Bentley and the team at NPR and WBUR.


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The news you need to know today — and the stories that will stick with you tomorrow. Plus, special series and behind-the-scenes extras from Here & Now hosts Robin Young, Scott Tong and Deepa Fernandes with help from Producer Chris Bentley and the team at NPR and WBUR.






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Black bluegrass musician Arnold Shultz's forgotten legacy; Preparing for a hurricane

As Hurricane Ian bears down on Florida, residents in several counties are under an evacuation order. Hillsborough County Fire Chief Dennis Jones describes how local residents are preparing for the region's biggest hurricane in 101 years. Then, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business professor Jeremy Siegel explains why the Federal Reserve's policy of hiking interest rates could lead to a major recession. And, many credit Bill Monroe as the "father" of Bluegrass. But when you...


How Arizona and other states are moving to restrict abortion access; Protests in Iran

Russian protestors are still demonstrating following President Vladimir Putin's announcement last week of troop mobilization. More than 100 protesters have already been detained. We learn more with NPR's Charles Maynes. Then, we get an Iran news roundup with Here & Now security analyst Jim Walsh. Protests continue in the country over the death of a woman held in police custody for not wearing a headscarf. And, we talk about the latest in state abortion rules: An Arizona judge allowed a state...


Fight over banned books plays out; More than 20 quadrillion ants live on Earth

On Friday, House Republicans launched their "Commitment to America" agenda. NBC senior congressional reporter Scott Wong and Politico national political reporter Holly Otterbein join us to speak about the agenda and latest on Senate and Governor races in Pennsylvania. Then, it's banned books week, and residents across U.S. communities weigh in on what it means to see books being pulled from shelves in schools and public libraries. Jonathan Friedman, director of free expression and education...


The human cost of the Fed's interest rate hikes; How whales communicate

Clashes between Iranian security forces and protesters began following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in police custody. Iranian-American journalist Negar Mortazavi shares the latest. Then, MSNBC's Ali Velshi talks about the impact of the Federal Reserve's latest rate hike. And, naturalist and filmmaker Tom Mustill talks about his new book "How to Speak Whale: A Voyage Into the Future of Animal Communication." A close encounter with a humpback whale started Mustill on a journey to find...


It's banned books week. Here's what to read; Aaron Judge reaches Babe Ruth's record

Russian President Vladamir Putin is declaring a partial mobilization of forces in Ukraine. Russia expert Jeffrey Edmonds joins us to unpack what this means. Then, in Puerto Rico, recovery efforts are underway for the more than 1 million homes without power. Denise Santos, the president of the Food Bank of Puerto Rico, joins us. And, it's banned book week. Creator of "The Stacks" podcast Traci Thomas offers reading recommendations around gender, race and sexuality that topped banned book...


'Reverse Freedom Rides' of the early '60s; Biden declared the pandemic over. Is it?

The number of Venezuelans taken into custody at the U.S. border soared in August, according to new numbers from Customs and Border Protection. Immigration reporter Uriel J. García joins us from El Paso. Then, the news about southern governors shipping immigrants north echoes a political stunt by segregationists during the Civil Rights movement of the early 1960s. WBUR's Gabrielle Emanuel talks about the Reverse Freedom Rides and the striking similarities to today's news. And, on Sunday,...


The music that defined Queen Elizabeth II; Monkey Island franchise returns

Puerto Rico is without power Monday following Hurricane Fiona. NPR's Luis Trelles joins us from San Juan. Then, when Queen Elizabeth II was laid to rest at Windsor Castle on Monday, she was accompanied by a lifetime companion: music. Paul Gambaccini, host of Her Majesty's Music on the BBC, joins us to talk about the tunes that inspired and defined the late queen. And, "The Secret of Monkey Island" broke ground in 1990 with a pirate adventure game full of puzzles and wit. Now, the original...


Captured, Ep. 5: Permanent capture

Congressional hearings about the management of the EPA lead to firings, dramatic resignations, and for one person, a prison sentence. EPA staffers are making T-shirts to celebrate what they see as a victory. But after all of that, how do we ensure a system that effectively regulates industry? In the long run, did the bureaucrats and government workers who plotted and leaked documents to "save the EPA" get what they want?


Captured, Ep. 4: Contempt

Congress wants documents from the EPA about the clean up of toxic waste sites, including the Stringfellow Acid Pits in Glen Avon, California. But Gorsuch won't hand them over. Soon she's in the political hot seat and becomes the first Cabinet-level official to be held in contempt of Congress. And Lavelle is about to get into even more trouble, no thanks to the EPA staffers who have been keeping records, taking notes and are ready to testify.


Captured, Ep. 3: Rita

The resistance's plan seems to be working. The public and Congress are alerted to the directives amiss at the EPA. But then, the White House brings on a deputy to oversee hazardous waste at the EPA: Rita Lavelle. She's even more committed to industry and Reagan's small government agenda than Gorsuch. Almost immediately, a conflict of interest arises over the Stringfellow Acid Pits. And that's just the beginning.


Captured, Ep. 2: Operation Save EPA

Anne Gorsuch's first order of business: slashing the EPA budget to fit Reagan's idea of small-government edict. Enforcement of environmental rules and regulations plummets. But a group of bureaucrats both in and outside of the agency unite to leak documents to the press. Their goal? To rally the public and put pressure on Gorsuch and the Reagan administration to keep the EPA intact. But will their plan work?


Captured, Ep. 1: Poison in the Water

Ronald Reagan wants a leaner government with fewer regulations and much less spending. And who does he bring in to run the EPA? A glamorous conservative politician from Colorado named Anne Gorsuch, who is skeptical of the very agency she's been tasked to lead. To many staffers, it smells like regulatory capture: when the agenda of a government agency becomes beholden to the interests of companies or an ideology.


Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka; Saving the Florida grasshopper sparrow

Acclaimed Nigerian author and Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka talks about the relationship between the British Monarchy and his homeland of Nigeria, and the legacy of colonialism. And, the Florida grasshopper sparrow was on the brink of extinction but now numbers are rebounding in the wild. WMFE environmental reporter Amy Green reports.


The story of YouTube; Federal bill would ban the practice of putting lyrics on trial

Bloomberg tech reporter Mark Bergen joins us to talk about his book "Like, Comment, Subscribe: Inside YouTube's Chaotic Rise to World Domination." And, Rep. Jamaal Bowman, a Democrat from New York, talks about the federal bill that would ban the use of song lyrics as evidence in court.


Lang Lang's Disney tunes; Founder gives away Patagonia to fight climate change

Pianist Lang Lang talks about "The Disney Book," which contains piano versions of classic Disney songs such as "Let it Go" and "When You Wish Upon a Star." And, Yvon Chouinard, the eccentric rock-climbing billionaire and founder of popular brand Patagonia, is giving away the company. MSNBC's Ali Velshi talks about how the company's $100 million yearly profits will be used to combat climate change.


Latino representation in Hollywood; Sexual assault reports rise within the military

Latinos make up nearly 20% of the population in the U.S., but they remain underrepresented in front of and behind the camera. NPR's Mandalit del Barco has a five-part series for NPR that explores that subject. She joins us. And, in the past year, as pandemic restrictions have lifted, reported sexual assaults across the military increased by 13% according to the Pentagon's latest survey of military members. Col. Don Christensen joins us. He's president of Protect Our Defenders, a nonprofit...


Captured teaser: A new Here & Now podcast

The Environmental Protection Agency was created to protect public health and the environment by regulating pollution. But during an early and often-forgotten chapter of the EPA's history, the agency became an ideological battleground, pitting then-President Ronald Reagan's pick for EPA administrator — Anne Gorsuch, a Washington newcomer known for her cozy relationships with businesses the EPA regulates — against her staff. Here & Now and WBUR Podcasts bring you Captured, a five-part series...


French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard dies; States try to eliminate hepatitis C

Acclaimed filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard died Tuesday at 91. Godard is known to have revolutionized French cinema in the 1960s. We learn more about him with Paris-based film critic Lisa Nesselson. And, Nicholas Florko with our partners at STAT tells us about two states that tried to eliminate hepatitis C despite the high cost of new cures.


Author Ian McEwan shares 'lessons' in new book; Twitter whistleblower

Author Ian McEwan talks to us about his new book "Lessons," which blends personal history with world events. The book follows a man from his schoolboy days to an elderly man in the midst of COVID-era Britain. And, Twitter whistleblower Peiter "Mudge" Zakto's testimony about the company included alarming details about access by some Twitter employees to high-profile accounts and more. The Washington Post's Joseph Menn joins us.


Remembering jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis; Tracking sales from gun shops

Many credit Ramsey Lewis with helping to revive jazz, a genre that was lagging in popularity in the 1960s. We hear some music made famous by the jazz pianist to mark his passing. And, Visa, Mastercard and American Express have announced that they will begin separately categorizing sales from gun shops. Roben Farzad of Public Radio's "Full Disclosure" talks about the effort to help track suspicious purchasing activities before future mass shootings.