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'1,000 Facts About Space' book; MLB opens season with new regulations

The Food and Drug Administration approved the sale of Narcan, a nasal spray used to treat opioid overdoses, for over-the-counter, non-prescription purchase. There are still challenges, like the high cost of this life-saving medication, that may present barriers to access. Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, joins us. And, Major League Baseball kicks off the season with a host of new regulations designed to speed up the flow of the game a reduce injuries....


Nickel Creek drops 'Celebrants'; 'Shocking' Ciudad Juárez fire video

New security footage shows security guards walking away as migrants bang on a cell door during the deadly fire in Ciudad Juarez. Marisa Limón Garza of Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center talks about conditions for migrants in the city. And, after massive protests in Israel over a push by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to remake the judiciary, he is temporarily holding off on the plan. Protester Yochai Gross talks about what comes next. Then, the trio Nickel Creek is back with a...


A history of anthems that empower women; Deadly fire at Juárez immigration center

After a shooter opened fire at a Nashville elementary school on Monday, authorities are still searching for a motive. The attack took place at the Covenant School and left three adults, three children and the shooter dead. Alexis Marshall of WPLN joins us. And, a fire broke out in an immigration center in Ciudad Juárez killing 39 migrants and injuring 29 others. Angela Kocherga, KTEP's news director, joins us to give more information. Then, to close out Women's History Month, we're rounding...


Josh Groban takes on the bloody role of 'Sweeney Todd'; Trump's possible indictment

At least 26 people were killed after a tornado cut through central Mississippi over the weekend. We check in with Royce Steed, Humphrey County's emergency management director. And, what does Trump's possible indictment and rhetoric mean for democracy? Expert Rachel Kleinfeld of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace weighs in. Then, Josh Groban is starring in the titular role of Broadway's larger-than-life new "Sweeney Todd." Directed by Thomas Kail, the show also includes a heavy...


Two sons, lost: How a 1986 summer camp murder devastated two families

In 1986, 16-year-olds Jacob Wideman and Eric Kane were rooming together on a summer camp trip to the Grand Canyon when Jacob fatally — and inexplicably — stabbed Eric. Before long, Jacob turned himself in and eventually confessed to the killing. But he couldn't explain what drove him to do it. This debut episode of Violation, a podcast from The Marshall Project and WBUR, introduces the story of the crime that has bound two families together for decades. Subscribe to Here & Now Anytime for...


Oregon students with disabilities face barriers to school; 'My Powerful Hair' book

A new law in Utah has been designed to limit the time children and teenagers spend on social media. It requires those under 18 years old to get parental consent before signing up for sites like Instagram or TikTok and sets time constraints for when minors can use the apps. New York Times technology reporter Natasha Singer joins us. Then, in Oregon, some students with disabilities face an uphill battle to attend school. Schools claim they don't have adequate staffing to support students....


Child care crisis: Teachers 'need to be able to sustain ourselves'; Violation podcast

The only hospital in Sandpoint, Idaho, will stop delivering babies. Idaho has some of the nation's strictest laws restricting abortion access — and now pregnant people in Sandpoint will have to drive about 45 miles to another hospital. Kelcie Moseley-Morris of the States Newsroom joins us. And, the child care industry took a sharp hit in the early days of the pandemic, losing about a third of its workforce. Three years later, the labor force has yet to fully recover. Here & Now's Ashley...


Older LGBTQ activists offer wisdom; Spring-inspired brunch recipes

A deadly fungal infection is on the rise, a new report shows. Candida auris, or C. auris, is harmless to most, but can be deadly to immunocompromised and elderly people. Dr. Meghan Lyman, chief medical officer in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's mycotic diseases branch, joins us. Then, as anti-LGBTQ legislature and rhetoric flare up across the country, older LGBTQ activists have some wisdom for the younger generations. Barbara Satin is a long-timer faith leader and...


Asian seniors find 'sacred space' in ballroom dance; Wyoming bans abortion pills

Wyoming is the first to explicitly ban abortion pills by law. Will Walkey of Wyoming Public Media explains the new law and the legal challenges that lie ahead. And, NPR news editor Larry Kaplow was a print reporter living and working in Baghdad 20 years ago. Kaplow joins us to mark the 20th anniversary of the start of the U.S. war in Iraq. Then, the San Francisco Chronicle's Cecilia Lei spoke with Asian seniors in the San Francisco Bay area, two months after 11 people were killed at an Asian...


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...