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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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Economy expands in Q4, but fear of recession looms; 'The Persian Version' at Sundance

U.S. GDP rose 2.9% in the final quarter of 2022. It beat expectations, but fears of a recession still loom large among economists. MSNBC's Ali Velshi breaks down the latest numbers. And, we check back with Isom, Kentucky, grocery store owner Gwen Christon, six months after flood waters ruined her store, the only grocery store within miles in her small, rural town. Then, the Sundance Film Festival is underway in Park City, Utah. Director Maryam Keshavarz talks about "The Persian Version," a...


'My Selma' details growing up Black in 1960's South; Can Congress fix Ticketmaster?

Two mass shootings occurred in California during Lunar New Year celebrations, leaving Asian communities in the surrounding areas reeling. They came at a time of increased anti-Asian violence. Anh Do of the Los Angeles Times and Cecilia Lei of the San Francisco Chronicle join us. And, Willie Mae Brown was 12 years old when Martin Luther King Jr. first visited the church in her town. Her new book is "My Selma: True Stories of a Southern Childhood at the Height of the Civil Rights Movement,"...


Earth's inner core appears to be slowing; Asian American elders process shootings

The nation is now processing a second mass shooting involving Asian Americans in California in the midst of the Lunar New Year. Connie Chung Joe, CEO of Asian Americans Advancing Justice Southern California, talks about the community impact. Then, Elizabeth Day, a senior teaching fellow in geophysics at Imperial College London, talks about new research that shows the Earth's core is spinning at a rate slightly slower than the rest of the planet. And, the Oscar nominations were announced...


Lunar New Year shooting in Monterey Park; Scientist loses job for climate protest

Lunar New Year is supposed to be a time of joy for Asian cultures. But it's off to a somber start for Monterey Park residents after a shooting over the weekend killed at least 10 people and left at least another 10 injured. Josie Huang reports on Asian American communities in Southern California for KPCC and joins us. And, protests abound in Atlanta, Georgia over constructing a police training facility. A protestor and member of the Forest Defenders, a group of activists living in the South...


How to see the green comet; Celebrate the Lunar New Year with these delicacies

The Federal Reserve will meet later this month to discuss whether to raise interest rates and by how much, amid high inflation. Susan M. Collins, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, joins us to discuss. And, a bright green comet is streaking across the sky right now. Kelly Beatty, senior editor of Sky & Telescope, tells us how to see it. Then, a key part of Lunar New Year festivities is the food, and many have special symbolic meanings or are special dishes reserved for...


One man's fight against deportation; T-Rex may be smarter than we thought

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen says the U.S. will reach its borrowing limit Thursday. But there are some lessons to be learned from 2011 when the U.S. was hurtling towards a default but narrowly averted it. NPR political correspondent Susan Davis joins us. Then, a Massachusetts man is fighting to stay with his family. Fredly Charles is battling against deportation to Haiti. He's one of two people who can take care care of his daughter who has intensive medical needs. Fredly and his wife...


Gen-Z often isn't seeking out skilled trade careers; Finding paradise with Pico Iyer

After Kevin McCarthy stepped into the House Speaker role after a contentious voting process, the new Congress still has many challenges ahead of it. The Associated Press's Lisa Mascaro joins us. Then, if something's broken in your neighborhood, who are you going to call? Probably not Gen-Z. Data shows that the application rate for the younger generation seeking technical jobs dropped by 49% between 2020 and 2022. Paul Iversen, a labor educator with the University of Iowa's Labor Center,...


Losing GOP candidate arrested in relation to shootings; Supporting child caregivers

Republican Solomon Peña, a failed New Mexico state House candidate, was arrested Monday, in connection to a string of shootings at the homes of state and local Democratic leaders. KUNM reporter Bryce Dix shares the latest. And, as lawmakers in New Mexico begin their legislative session, we take a look at how they will prioritize the needs of young children this year. Elizabeth Groginsky, cabinet secretary for early childhood education and care, joins us. Then, Beverly White has been a local...


Sculpture represents MLK's love and legacy; Artist with ADHD creates 'Anti-Planner'

"The Embrace," a sculpture on the Boston Common that represents the love between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, was unveiled last week. The sculpture depicts the arms of both wrapped around each other. Artist Hank Willis Thomas designed "The Embrace" and joins us to talk about it and King Jr.'s legacy. Then, last year, numerous popular retailers including Walgreens warned about an increase in organized retail theft. Reporters and local police found little evidence of...


Keenan Anderson body cam footage released; Criminal case unfolds on 'Real Housewives'

Police body camera footage released this week shows police trying to detain 31-year-old Keenan Anderson in Venice, California, earlier this month, at one point tasering him for 30 seconds uninterrupted. He died hours later, the police say after suffering cardiac arrest. KPCC's Robert Garrova joins us. And, viewers of "The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City" watched Jennifer Shah plead guilty to charges related to a decade-long telemarketing scheme that stole money from hundreds of people,...


How California storms are impacting people without homes; Gun violence in Milwaukee

A string of storms in California has left at least 17 people dead since late last month. Joe Smith, program director at the Hope Cooperative, joins us to talk about the dangerous situation many people without homes are in right now. And, half of Alaska's Kodiak Alutiiq language speakers died in the past two years. But new speakers are learning the language and passing along the Sun'aq Tribes' culture and worldview to the new generations. Claire Stremple of KTOO reports. Then, Milwaukee,...


Dressing like Bella Hadid as a plus-size person; How cyclists can stay safe

Utah's Great Salt Lake will disappear in five years unless drastic conservation efforts are made in the next two years. Brigham Young University ecologist Benjamin Abbott co-authored a study that suggests water consumption from the lake be cut in half. Abbott joins us to talk about his findings. Then, we heard from a guest prior who suggested that cyclists use a full car lane instead of hugging the curb. Some other cyclists disagreed. DashCam for your Bike founder Armin Samii joins us to...


Human composting offers an environmentally friendly alternative; Gas stoves emissions

At least 14 people are dead after torrential rain in California caused flash flooding across the state. KQED's Dan Brekke joins us. And, Drexel University professor Josiah Kephart talks about the potential federal ban on gas stoves. Then, New York is the latest state to give residents the option of composting their loved ones instead of using the standard burial or cremation. Katrina Spade, founder and CEO of Seattle's Recompose, offers what she calls "ecological death care." Software...


How to safely ride a bike in the city; Global energy relations are in flux

Brazil is facing anti-democracy threats as former far-right president Jair Bolsonaro stormed government buildings in the Brazilian capital of Brasília on Sunday to protest what they believe was a stolen election. Gustavo Ribeiro, founder and editor-in-chief of The Brazilian Report, joins us. Then, riding a bike for transportation is energy-efficient and a lot of commuters lean on it, but safety is a large issue. Host Scott Tong knows that firsthand; on a commute home a few months ago, he...


Damar Hamlin's cardiac arrest rattled the NFL; New tech unveiled at CES 2023

This week in politics saw Biden stepping up immigration efforts and far-right Republicans sowing chaos around the 2020 election results. NPR's Franco Ordonez and Enrique Acevedo of CBS News join us. Then, when Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest on the field during Monday night's game, it left the whole NFL rattled. ESPN's Mina Kimes joins us to discuss how coaches and players reacted before the football season's end. And, from EVs to urine sensors, the latest and...


Wrongfully convicted deportee returns to the U.S.; Marc-Andre Hamelin's ragtimes

President Biden is set to make an announcement regarding immigration on Thursday. NPR White House correspondent Asma Khalid has been following the announcement and joins us. Then, when Gideon Baena was wrongfully convicted of a crime, he was deported to a country he barely knew: the Philippines. After fighting his way through the legal system and having his case declared unconstitutional, Baena is back in the U.S. and starting a new chapter of his life. He joins us with his attorney, Shan...


The future of American politics; Father-daughter duo works to save sea turtles

The future of politics can be gleaned from a few questions, according to Princeton University historian Julian Zelizer. Those questions include whether President Biden will run for reelection, how inflation will continue to develop and what a Republican House majority means for the country. Then, California, Illinois and Florida will all see key state laws go into effect in 2023. Nick Miller from Cap Radio in Sacramento, Mawa Iqbal from WBEZ in Chicago and Cathy Carter from WUSF in Tampa Bay...


How Blondie's music stood the test of time; Homeless asylum seekers in Buffalo

Damar Hamlin of the Buffalo Bills is in critical condition after collapsing on the field during a game Monday night. Lindsay Jones, senior editor at The Ringer, tells us the latest on his condition. And, Anna Mongo talks about how homeless asylum seekers are faring after the deadly blizzard. She's the chief program officer at Jericho Road Community Health Center, which runs the VIVE shelter in Buffalo, New York. Then, a new box set from Blondie looks back on decades of hits and reveals...


Looking back at Ukraine's counteroffensive; Pope Benedict XVI's life and legacy

Brazil's new president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, was sworn in on Sunday. This is the third time he's held office in the past 12 years. Gustavo Ribeiro, founder and editor-in-chief of Brazilian Report, joins us. Then, we look back at the counter-offensive that Ukraine launched against Russia. The Washington Post's Isabelle Khurshudyan wrote a lengthy examination on how it turned the tide of the war last summer. She joins us. And, Pope Benedict XVI died this weekend. His resignation in 2013...


Producer picks: Struggle for racial justice; photographing murmurations

Historian Peniel Joseph says there have been three periods of reconstruction in American history. The third period, he says, is happening right now. Associate producer Julia Corcoran introduces this conversation with Joseph. Then, Danish photographer Soren Solkaer first saw mysterious patterns in the sky, technically called murmurations, when he was a child. He started photographing birds flying above the northern stretches of the Wadden Sea, which Denmark residents called the Black Sun....