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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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China's 'zero COVID' policy; Effective altruism could be at a crossroads

Protests erupted in China over widespread restrictions as part of the country's zero COVID policy. Protesters have been calling for freedom of speech, freedom of the press and some even for Xi Jinping to step down. NPR China affairs correspondent John Ruwitch joins us. Then, the World Cup has also been rocked by protests as the U.S. team gears up to play Iran. Protests in Iran have continued for months since the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in police custody for allegedly wearing her...


Jennette McCurdy opens up about childhood fame, tumultuous relationship with her mom

Former "iCarly" and "Sam & Cat" star Jennette McCurdy never wanted to be an actor. But her mother wanted her to, so she spent her childhood at casting calls and on television sets. Her mother controlled her life off-screen, dictating what she wore, ate and did. McCurdy details it all in her best-selling memoir "I'm Glad My Mom Died," and joins us to tell her story.


A smorgasbord of cooking conversations from corn tortillas to sheet pan sweets

Got some Thanksgiving leftovers that could work well as a taco? Make sure you're working with the best corn tortillas. Jorge Gaviria's book "Masa: Techniques, Recipes, and Reflections on a Timeless Staple" explores the history and science behind the corn dough used to create tortillas. Then, apples get all the attention in fall cooking, so why not switch it up with some pears? Our resident chef Kathy Gunst drops by with recipes for a salad, pork chops and a sweet crumble, all utilizing the...


Start your Thanksgiving feast off right; Eddie Palmieri is an eternal student

Traveling over Thanksgiving weekend? You're far from the only one. Airlines are expected to enter the busiest season of the year, close to pre-pandemic levels. But are they ready for that increased demand? Transportation analyst Seth Kaplan joins us. Then, it's easy to feel peckish while cooking Thanksgiving dinner all day long. Whether for yourself or your houseguests, resident chef Kathy Gunst has three recipes that'll keep you satisfied before dinner without spoiling your appetite. And,...


Community healing after Club Q shooting; Student's $300 rent thanks to home sharing

In the wake of the Colorado Springs shooting, the Pikes Peak Metropolitan Community Church has rallied around folks from the community. Pastor Alycia Erickson says the church has an important role to play at this time. Then, Keir Radnedge, a reporter for World Soccer Magazine who is in Qatar, talks about Saudia Arabia's stunning win over Argentina in the World Cup. And, college student Natalie Ho lives by the beach in California for $300 rent. Her secret? Home sharing with an older adult. We...


Jerry Seinfeld's 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Book'; COP27 conference wraps up

A gunman opened fire and killed 5 people at Club Q, an LGBTQ+ club in Colorado Springs. The club existed as a safe haven for the gay community in a predominantly-conservative area. Paolo Zialcita, a general assignment reporter at Colorado Public Radio, joins us to discuss what we know so far. Then, after two weeks of talks, the COP17 climate conference wrapped up with some major developments, namely an agreement over a climate reparations fund. However, some other aspects such as mitigating...


'Magic: The Gathering' angers fans; Ticketmaster under fire

Three young climate activists from around the world discuss what sort of climate action they want from their leaders and explain how high the stakes feel for them. And, after two days of pre-sale pandemonium, TicketMaster announced it would be canceling the general public sale for Taylor Swift's highly anticipated Eras Tour. Mike Regan, senior editor at Bloomberg News, joins us. Then, "Magic: The Gathering" invented the trading card game model nearly 30 years ago. But a recent decision to...


Why giving up meat is so hard; Nancy Pelosi steps down

Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday that she will step down from party leadership. Joe Garofoli, senior political writer at the San Francisco Chronicle, takes a look back on her remarkable career. And, the Washington Post's Ishaan Tharoor talks about the political debate surrounding the World Cup in Qatar. Then, why is it so hard for us to give up meat? We speak with a professor who studies the psychology of going vegetarian And we get some mouth-watering vegetarian recipes from award-winning...


Developing countries call for climate reparations; India's farmers face uncertainty

Today's episode is focused on COP27. First, we explore the challenges and opportunities that come with climate reparations with Saleemul Huq, director of the Bangladesh-based International Centre for Climate Change and Development. Then, we convene a roundtable of climate reporters from Brazil, Nigeria and Pakistan to hear about the key issues affecting their local communities — from deforestation to flooding. And, YR Media's Mukta Dharmapurikar visited her family's farm in India this summer...


Republicans move towards House control; Podcast tells story of adult autism diagnosis

Republicans have won 217 seats in the House. The party is one vote short of retaking the chamber. Scott Wong, senior congressional reporter for NBC News, shares the latest. And, about 48,000 unionized academic workers across the University of California's 10 campuses have taken to the picket line, calling for better pay and benefits. Summer Lin, the Los Angeles Times reporter covering the strikes, speaks with us. Then, public radio voice Lauren Ober's new podcast "The Loudest Girl in the...


Medical debt relief; Funding early childhood education

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky paid a surprise visit to liberated Kherson Monday as workers try to restore basics such as power, water and phone services. NPR's Frank Langfitt was on the phone with Ukrainian soldiers who recaptured the city. And, Toledo City Council teamed up with RIP Medical Debt to rid hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical debt for thousands of Toledo residents. Michele Grim, who led the effort, explains what other cities can learn from this. And, we speak with...


What's next for student debt relief; Number of homeless veterans drops

NBC News senior congressional reporter Scott Wong and Radio Iowa news director Kay Henderson discuss the latest news from uncalled congressional races. Then, a judge in Texas has just dealt another blow to President Biden's student loan forgiveness plan. USA Today education reporter Chris Quintana explains what happens next in the legal fight as a pause on payments is set to expire in December. And, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced an 11% drop in homeless veterans since the start...


Which party connected more with working-class voters?; Michigan reelects Gov. Whitmer

Maricopa County election supervisor Bill Gates addresses the technical error that caused a delay at some voting centers in Arizona on Tuesday and assures that it was a technical glitch, not fraud or incompetence. He joins us. And, Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer won reelection in Michigan and a ballot proposal that adds the right to abortion and contraceptive use to the state constitution also passed. Matt Grossmann, a political scientist at Michigan State University, talks about the...


Abortion on midterm election ballots; How did election deniers fare in their races?

Midterm voting ended on Tuesday, and results are still rolling in from some states. What do the results we already have mean for American politics at large? NPR's Ron Elving and Princeton University historian Julian Zelizer join us to discuss what it all means. Then, abortion has been a hot-button issue seemingly forever, especially after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, leaving abortion legislation up to individual states. Vermont, California, Michigan, Montana and Kentucky...


Worried about midterms? Try a comforting stew recipe; Races to watch as voting ends

NPR's Don Gonyea tells us which House and Senate races to watch on election night. Then, the U.S. Postal Service has advised customers to avoid sending mail using blue drop boxes due to a rise in mail theft. A small number of ballots appear to be getting caught up in the net. David Maimon, who studies cybertheft at Georgia State University, explains that ballots are unlikely to be the target of the theft. And, looking for some comfort on this tumultuous Election Day? Chef Kathy Gunst has...


Why feelings matter more than facts; Angela Bassett rules in 'Wakanda Forever'

Midterm voting ends on Tuesday, but election results may not be available then. Election night is when most states start counting absentee and mail-in ballots. Domenico Montanaro, NPR senior political editor and correspondent, joins us. Then, emotion plays a heavy role in politics, especially when it comes to believing wholly-unfounded claims of election fraud from the 2020 election. Arlie Hochschild is a sociologist who's spent the past decade trying to understand how conservatives see the...


Civil rights leader meets with Elon Musk; Who really writes celebrity memoirs?

Ahead of midterm voting ending on Tuesday, both President Biden and former President Donald Trump held rallies to motivate voters to cast their ballots. ABC News political director Rick Klein and USA Today White House correspondent Francesca Chambers join us to talk about what issues are driving voters this election season. Then, as Elon Musk takes over as head of Twitter, he faces pressure to combat hate speech and misinformation on the platform. Rashad Robinson, president of the civil...


Biden calls out 2020 election lies; The most-read journalist you've never heard of

In a prime-time speech to the American public, President Biden called out lies about the 2020 presidential election that have led to political violence. But is that enough to embolden Democratic voting blocs like young and Black voters to turn out at the polls? Peniel Joseph, director of the University of Texas Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, joins us. Then, as midterm elections approach, five states have slavery on the ballot. In Alabama, Louisiana, Oregon, Tennessee and...


Only 5% to 6% of plastics get recycled; 'Anthems We Love' and why we love them

As the U.S. Supreme Court hears two cases involving affirmative action in relation to college admissions, the Washington Post found that the lawyers arguing cases in front of the Justices are mostly white and male. WAPO's Tobi Raji joins us. Then, a new Greenpeace report shows that only 5% to 6% of plastics in the U.S. are recycled. The report also concludes that plastics are "fundamentally not recyclable" and calls for the petrochemical industry to end the narrative that places blame on...


The math behind the poverty line; Julie Andrews pens the history of 'Do Re Mi'

Supreme Court Justices heard arguments in two cases with major implications for whether race can be used as one factor in college admissions. Slate's Dahlia Lithwick joins us. Then, ahead of the November midterm elections, we are hearing how people want to prioritize inflation and the rising cost of living. Demographer Beth Jarosz with the nonprofit Population Reference Bureau dives into the math behind poverty lines. And, musical icon Julie Andrews and her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton...