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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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Navajo Nation goes to Supreme Court over water; Chineke! Orchestra on tour

It's been 20 years since U.S. troops stormed into Baghdad at the start of the Iraq war based on the dubious claims of weapons of mass destruction. Retired U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus calls it a "massive cautionary tale." And, the Navajo Nation has been battling for access to Colorado River water. Before the Supreme Court on Monday, the Navajo Nation will argue the federal government has failed to live up to its duty to provide the tribe with an adequate water supply. Here & Now's Peter...


Violation trailer: Who pulls the levers of power in the justice system?

Violation, a new podcast from The Marshall Project and WBUR, tells the story of how a horrible crime has connected two families for decades. The series explores suffering and retribution, as well as power and privilege. It also pulls back the curtain on parole boards — powerful, secretive, largely political bodies that control the fates of thousands of people every year. Hosted and reported by The Marshall Project's Beth Schwartzapfel, Violation debuts on March 22. Listen to new episodes...


The groups behind anti-trans legislature; Carbon capture pipelines in Midwest

Texas is moving to take over Houston's public school system. It would be one of the largest state takeovers in U.S. history. Dominic Anthony Walsh, education and families reporter for Houston Public Media and Zeph Capo, president of the Texas American Federation of Teachers, join us. And, Madison Pauly, a reporter at Mother Jones, joins us to talk about her findings of a coordinated effort at the state level that's resulted in a wave of legislation to restrict gender-affirming care for...


Will selling TikTok to a U.S.-owned company make us safer?; How to master a craft

Security analyst Jim Walsh talks about the release of a video Thursday morning showing that Russian jets interfered with a U.S. drone in international waters over the Black Sea on Tuesday and forced the U.S. military to down it. And, TikTok parent company ByteDance says the Biden administration is ordering it to sell the video-sharing app to an American-owned company or face being banned in the United States. Axios media reporter Sara Fischer tells us more. And, in his new book "The Real...


Former chief on Detroit policing; Margaret Atwood releases short story collection

The Environmental Protection Agency has moved to limit the amount of "forever chemicals" called PFAS in drinking water to the lowest detectable levels. These chemicals have been linked to cancer, birth defects and other health issues. Sharon Lerner, reporter for ProPublica, joins us. And, in 2003, the Detroit Free Press uncovered the use of excessive force and improper arrests and detainments in the Detroit Police Department. Under federal oversight, did the state of policing change? Former...


Recovering from major bank collapses; 'My Vermont Table' offers tastes of the state

After Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank failed, many customers were left confused. Sheila Bair, former chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, joins us to discuss. And, the Federal Reserve is dealing with raising inflation in conjunction with bank failures. Roben Farzad, host of public radio's "Full Disclosure," joins us to talk about the Fed's next steps. Then, President Biden recently approved an oil and gas drilling project in Alaska after campaigning against drilling in...


3 years of COVID-19; 'Schoolhouse Rock' turns 50. Do we need a new, updated version?

Over the weekend, two major banks in the U.S. failed: Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank. President Joe Biden offered reassurance that the banking system is safe. Kathryn Judge, professor of law at Columbia Law School, joins us. And, we've hit the 3-year mark since COVID-19 broke out. More than 1.1 million Americans have died from the virus and the cause of it remains unknown. Dr. Leana Wen joins us to break down reflections and lingering questions. Then, "Schoolhouse Rock" is 50 years...


Sen. Warren on debt ceiling, inflation; Oscars; Health concerns post-train derailment

Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts talks about the looming fight over the debt ceiling and the Federal Reserve's projections that 2 million people will be out of work before the end of the year under the current policy. And, activist Erin Brockovich talks about what she's advising East Palestine residents to do to ensure they get compensation and that the company is held accountable for the accident and the impact on the community. Then, 16 of the nominees in the acting...


Aboriginal land acknowledgments; Chipperfield: Architects can tackle climate crisis

The Department of Justice issued a report that found that the Louisville Police Department has a pattern of using excessive force and targeting Black residents. Local activists see the report as "vindication," a justification of their long-held claims against the department. Chanelle Helm, an organizer and activist with Black Lives Matter Louisville, joins us. Then, Here & Now's Deepa Fernandes recently visited family in Australia. While listening to the radio, she heard broadcasters...


3 delicious date recipes; The Beatbox House goes global

This is the first International Women's Day in 50 years where American women do not have the right to abortion. Washington Post correspondent Abha Bhattarai joins us. And, the State Department sends musicians from all genres to places where people don't have many opportunities to meet performers from America. The Brooklyn-based Beatbox House will travel to Asia for beatbox competitions, workshops and collaborations with local artists. Members Chris Celiz and Gene Shinozaki join us. Then,...


California residents still digging out snow; Former BET CEO releases 'I Am Debra Lee'

Four Americans were kidnapped in Mexico last week, and according to U.S. and Mexico officials, two of them have been found dead. Another is injured. Alfredo Corchado, Mexico City bureau chief for the Dallas Morning News, joins us. Then, residents of Georgetown, California are still digging themselves out of several feet of snow. The forecast predicts rain next. Georgetown resident Alayna Poplan joins us. And, former Black Entertainment Television CEO Debra Lee released a memoir titled "I Am...


Judy Heumann's legacy; 'The Great Escape' tells of human trafficking in Mississippi

Judy Heumann is known as the mother of the disability rights movement. Her advocacy and lobbying eventually led to the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Rebecca Cokley, U.S. disability rights program officer with the Ford Foundation, joins us to talk about what today's activists can learn from Heumann's legacy. Then, an investigation by the Washington Post uncovered evidence of a massacre in Tigray carried out by Eritrean troops just days before a peace deal was made. Katharine...


Pandemic food assistance ends; Remembering jazz legend Wayne Shorter

The House Ethics Committee is moving forward with an investigation into New York Republican Congressman George Santos. And President Biden ruffled some feathers on Thursday when he told Senate Democrats he won't stop Republicans from repealing D.C.'s new crime law. USA Today's Francesca Chambers and ABC's Rick Klein join us. And, starting this month, the extra pandemic food benefits have ended and left households with anywhere between $95 and $250 less per month for groceries. Michael Flood,...


What causes Havana Syndrome?; Dispelling misinformation about hospice care

Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met for the first time since the war in Ukraine began a year ago. Both attended the G20 meeting in India. NPR diplomatic correspondent Michele Kelemen joins us. And, Havana Syndrome is an unexplained illness that has plagued and injured American intelligence officers and diplomats worldwide. But U.S. agencies say foreign adversaries are not to blame. Shane Harris, an intelligence and national security reporter at...


Sugar farming pollution burns area residents; The origins of a common depression test

WBEZ's Tessa Weinberg talks about what's next in the Chicago mayor's race now that Lori Lightfoot has become the first mayor in 40 years to lose re-election after one term, in part because of high crime rates. And, STAT's Olivia Goldhill explains how the idea for a common test for depression actually came from a marketer for the antidepressant Zoloft. Then, scorching sugar fields is an expedient method of farming. But it is messy and dirty. Tons of ash fall from the sky. Area residents in...


'The Big Myth' examines belief that free market is a right; MLB introduces new rules

President Biden's plan to cancel billions of dollars in student debt will go before the Supreme Court Tuesday. A number of states have sued, citing government overreach. But do they have the right to do that? Danielle Douglas-Gabriel of the Washington Post and professor William Baude join us. Then, Major League Baseball implemented a pitch clock and other new regulations to speed up the game, which have caused some drama in spring training games so far. Washinton Post national baseball...


Rihanna and Lady Gaga are up for Oscars; What happens to train derailment waste?

The Environmental Protection Agency has given approval for contaminated waste to continue to be shipped out of East Palestine, Ohio. Professor Timothy Townsend explains what is likely to happen to the waste. And, if a Texas federal judge rules to temporarily ban mifepristone from the market, women nationwide could lose access to medication abortions. Texas Tribune women's health reporter Eleanor Klibanoff shares the latest on the case. Then, we take our annual listen to the nominees for the...


Could vertical farming be a climate solution?; Sick, elderly dog finds forever home

The Russo-Ukraine war is close to hitting its 1-year mark. Dara Massicot, a senior analyst at the RAND Corporation, joins us to talk about Russia's military capacity and the future of the war. Then, vertical farming uses drastically less water than traditional, outdoor farming. While the Colorado River is imperiled and farmers feel the effects, could it be a solution to a hotter climate and water conservation? Here & Now's Peter O'Dowd reports. And, older dogs, specifically those with...


Farmers prepare for fight over Colorado River; Bowl recipes for every meal

Former Jan. 6 special committee member Rep. Adam Schiff of California talks about House Speaker Kevin McCarthy's decision to share the video of the Jan. 6 riot with Fox News host Tucker Carlson. Then, farmers in Yuma, Arizona, and the Imperial Valley of California produce the vast majority of the country's leafy greens in the winter. But a crisis on the Colorado River is threatening the water supply. Here & Now's Peter O'Dowd reports. Then, resident chef Kathy Gunst shares recipes for...


Salton Sea's ecological disaster; Hurricane clues found in ocean sediment after Ian

A few weeks ago, a train derailed in East Palestine, Ohio, releasing a mix of toxic chemicals into the environment. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine joins us to talk about the cleanup. Then, the Salton Sea — California's largest lake — is under threat from drought and over-allocation of water from the Colorado River. The lake is shrinking rapidly and many of the surrounding areas are riddled with toxic waste. Here & Now's Peter O'Dowd reports from California. And, it's been five months since Hurricane...