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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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La Marisoul and Los Texmaniacs' 'Corazones and Canciones'; Misogynoir in hip-hop

La Marisoul and Max Baca of Los Texmaniacs talk about their latest album, "Corazones and Canciones." And, Maverick City Music is a diverse collective that's changing the Christian music landscape. Maverick City Music co-founder Jonathan Jay and member Norman Gyamfi talk about what they bring to contemporary Christian music. Then, Sidney Madden and Rodney Carmichael, hosts of the NPR podcast "Louder Than A Riot," talk about how the specific discrimination against Black women plays out in hip-hop.


Companies pull back LGBTQ support; How one Tina Turner superfan cherishes her legacy

Target says it's removing some of its Pride Month merchandise from store shelves after it received threats that made employees feel unsafe. But critics say that Target's decision sends a signal to right-wing extremists that their intimidation is working. NBC News' Ben Collins tells us more. And, Tina Turner was a true icon in every sense of the word. Superfan Donovan Marcelle, who once had the opportunity of a lifetime performing with her on stage during her reunion tour in 2000, joins us. Then, children of color face multiple barriers when it comes to learning how to swim. We learn about a new initiative called Swim Seattle that aims to tackle racial disparities in drowning deaths in the city.


Uvalde pastors reflect on 1 year since shooting; A24's 'You Hurt My Feelings'

One year ago, a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde Texas. The community is still grieving. Pastor Tony Gruben and Pastor Joe Ruiz join us. And, A24's film "You Hurt My Feelings" explores the dynamic of a marriage in crisis after the wife discovers her husband has been lying about liking her latest book. Writer-director Nicole Holofcener joins us. Then, how many Kyles does it take to break a world record? An event in Kyle, Texas sought to answer that by bringing together as many people named Kyle as possible. Kyle Gassiott of Troy Public Radio.


How a baby's early experiences shape their health later in life; Colorado River deal

Arizona Department of Water Resources director Tom Buschatzke and California Natural Resources Secretary Wade Crowfoot talk about a temporary deal to restrict the use of Colorado River water while Western states come up with a longer-term plan to share the river's limited water amid a historic drought. And, researchers are learning more about how relationships with caregivers and sound nutrition can impact a child's immune, metabolic, and cardiovascular systems as they get older. Dr. Jack Shonkoff tells us more. Then, climate change is here, but your child likely isn't learning much about it at school. We learn about the state of climate literacy in education from Jennifer Jones of the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists and science writer Mary Batten.


The labor fight against AI; Military spouses often feel overwhelmed and alone

A big part of the WNBA's growing popularity is the return of Brittney Griner — the star player returning to the Phoenix Mercury after enduring a harrowing stay in Russian detention. Here & Now's Peter O'Dowd was at her first home game on Sunday night. Then, AI has become a sticking point in the ongoing strike by the Writers Guild of America. What happens in Hollywood could have implications for other industries, too. Signal Foundation President Meredith Whittaker tells us more. Then, many of the wives — and husbands — of active-duty military members say they feel isolated. A new pilot peer support group aims to help military spouses find connection and resources. We hear from three spouses across the country.


3 fresh pea dishes to celebrate the end of winter; Shakespeare's first folio

Officials at the Alpine Crest Elementary School canceled a program designed by librarian Caroline Mickey to be sensitive to children who might not have a mother. Mickey and Hamiton County School Board representative Ben Connor join us. And, Shakespeare's first folio was published 400 years ago. The Folger Shakespeare Library in D.C. has 82 of the 235 known surviving copies and is currently renovating to exhibit them all free to the public. Folger librarian Greg Prickman tells us more. Then, resident chef Kathy Gunst shares three new recipes using peas, which are in season.


'Love to Love You, Donna Summer'; Drug overdoses in U.S. slightly increased in 2022

The World Meteorological Organization found that our planet is on track to break record levels of heat over the next five years And we may pass a major climate change threshold. MSNBC's Ali Velshi joins us. And, Columbia University professor Katherine Keyes talks about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that found drug overdose deaths increased by 2% last year. Then, between 1976 and 1982, Donna Summer had more top-10 hits than any other recording artist. Now, the new documentary "Love to Love You: Donna Summer" tells the singer's whole story. Summer's daughter Brooklyn Sudano made the movie. We speak with Sudano.


Women senators fight South Carolina abortion ban; Audiobooks recommendations

South Carolina lawmakers Katrina Shealy and Margie Bright Matthews — two of five "sister senators," a bipartisan group of the only women in the state senate who are banding together to fight a near-total ban on abortion in a special session that starts this week — join us. And, STAT's Brittany Trang talks about a promising study that tested a patch for toddlers with peanut allergies. Then, "The Stacks" podcast creator and host Traci Thomas shares recommendations from the more recent crop of audiobooks.


Ugly side of We Buy Ugly Houses; Bisa Butler's art weaves together history and hope

Special counsel John Durham issued a report that criticizes the FBI for its investigation into the 2016 Trump campaign. Washington Post reporter Devlin Barrett joins us to talk about the report. And, you've probably seen a sign that says "We Buy Ugly Houses" in your neighborhood somewhere. A new report from ProPublica uncovered the ugly side of the company's business tactics. Anjeanette Damon, one of the ProPublica reporters who reported the story, joins us. Then, Bisa Butler creates vibrant, electrifying quilt portraits using scraps of clothes. Her pieces weave together the culture and history of Black American life. Her new exhibit, "The World is Yours," is on display now at the Jeffrey Deitch Gallery in New York. Butler joins us to talk about her work and inspirations.


Can cereal and ice cream help you sleep?; The end of Title 42

Sheriff David Hathaway of Santa Cruz County, Arizona, talks about the situation along the border after the end of the border policy known as Title 42. Then, The City reporter Gwynne Hogan discusses the struggle to find shelter for thousands of migrants being sent to New York City. Over the weekend, Mayor Eric Adams announced that the shuttered Roosevelt Hotel will be used as a temporary shelter. And, if you're like most Americans, you may not have slept particularly well last night. Sleep-promoting cereal, ice cream and chocolate bars are gaining traction. But do they work? Charles Czeisler, chief of the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, weighs in.


The fate of the imperiled Colorado River and attempts to mitigate disaster

A water shortage on the Colorado River has put tremendous strain on the states that rely on it as a main water source. The fate of California's Salton Sea is tied to the future of the river, and a catastrophic drought has only worsened conditions. As the river's water supply dwindles lower and lower, farmers in different states fight over the allocation of resources. Farmers who rely on the water to grow crops are needing to cut way down on water consumption, but some states are still receiving significantly more water than others. Tensions are especially high between farmers in Arizona and California. But there have been some efforts to reduce the water needed to maintain agricultural industries, and vertical farming is one of them. It won't replace traditional field agriculture, experts say, but it's a step toward growing crops with fewer resources. Here & Now's Peter O'Dowd reports on the devastation of the Colorado River and its rocky future.


'The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom' drops; Efforts to save birds in danger

The public health order Title 42 comes to an end Thursday. We speak with two migrants to hear why they left their home countries and hope to claim asylum in the U.S. Jennifer Babaie, director of legal services at Las Americas immigrant advocacy center, also joins us. And, over the past 50 years, one-third of North America's birds have disappeared, according to a 2019 study. Journalists Anders Gyllenhaal and Beverly Gyllenhaal talk about their new book "A Wing And A Prayer: The Race To Save Our Vanishing Birds." Then, Nintendo releases its biggest game in years on Friday, the latest in the massively influential "Legend of Zelda" series. It comes after the "Mario" movie broke records. The Washington Post's Gene Park tells us more.


Whaling logs and climate change; The 11 most endangered places in the U.S.

On Tuesday, a jury in Manhattan found former President Donald Trump liable for sexual abuse and defamation of writer E. Jean Carroll. Jane Manning, director of the Women's Equal Justice Project and a former sex crimes prosecutor, joins us. And, researchers found that 19th-century whaling logs contribute to climate science as sailors meticulously logged currents, weather and more. Timothy Walker from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth approached Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution with the idea for research. Then, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has released its 2023 list of the most endangered places in the U.S. Included in the list of 11 are a gas station, a church and a cemetery. Katherine Malone-France, chief preservation officer with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, joins us.


'My Father's Brain' explores the effect of Alzheimer's disease; No Mow May

Brett Cross, whose son Uziyah Garcia was killed in the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, talks about the bill in the Texas legislature that would raise the minimum age to buy certain semi-automatic rifles from 18 to 21. And, author and cardiologist Sandeep Jauhar discusses his new book "My Father's Brain: Life in the Shadow of Alzheimer's," which intertwines information about the disease and how it's treated with his own family's story of coping when his father developed Alzheimer's. And, proponents of the No Mow May movement are urging homeowners not to mow those lawns for the month to preserve and create habitat for birds, butterflies and bees that pollinate our plants. We hear more about the movement and why it's controversial.


Is the digital media era ending?; A Day Without Child Care

A man drove his SUV into a crowd of people outside a shelter for migrants in Brownsville, Texas, Sunday morning. The driver killed 8 people and injured 10 others. Gaige Davila, a reporter for Texas Public Radio's Border and Immigration Desk, joins us. And, are we coming to the end of the digital media era? Ben Smith, author and former editor-in-chief of Buzzfeed News, joins us to talk about his new book "Traffic: Genius, Rivalry and Delusion in the Billion-Dollar Race to Go Viral" and why he thinks the age of digital media is ending. Then, more than 700 child care providers are shutting down for the day in at least 20 states. They're rallying for better pay for educators and more affordable care for families. We speak with BriTanya Brown, the owner of a child care business in Stamford, Texas, and advocate Latoya Gayle.


What options remain for Jacob Wideman?

Jacob Wideman was arrested at work and brought back to prison for failing to make an appointment with a psychologist on a particular day, as directed by his parole officer. Two months later, he faced the Arizona parole board again. The parole board voted to keep Jake in prison, where he remains, possibly for life. In the final episode of Violation, we discuss what happens now and what Jake's legal options are. And we return to thorny dilemmas about the criminal justice system: When someone commits a terrible crime, as Jake did, is there anything they can do to prove they deserve to be free again? We also return to the question of why Jake killed Eric Kane in 1986. There's one last piece of the puzzle that might bring a little more clarity, and Jake tries to explain it in his own words. Listen to the full series on Here & Now Anytime. Find a transcript and photos here.


Discontent looms over King Charles III's coronation; 'The Great American Baking Show'

AP's Darlene Superville and Fox News' Chad Pergram discuss the week in politics, including new revelations about Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas' financial ties, as well as high-stakes debt ceiling negotiations and immigration changes next week. And, King Charles III is set to be crowned this weekend in a highly publicized coronation. And while thousands of people are likely to turn out and watch, not everyone is a fan of the monarchy. Femi Oke, host of Al Jazeera English's "The Stream," joins us. "The Great American Baking Show" — the U.S. version of "The Great British Bake Off" — debuts on the Roku channel Friday. Judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith tell us about the new show.


How one company is making millions on water; The impact of Gen Z voters

New reporting from ProPublica found that billionaire Republican donor Harlan Crow paid private school tuition for Justice Clarence Thomas's grand-nephew. The revelation comes after a hearing this week on Supreme Court ethics. Amanda Frost, law professor at the University of Virginia, tells us more. And, Grist's Jake Bittle talks about his investigation into "water brokers" that are profiting off of the Western water crisis. Then, two Gen Z activists — Republican Joe Mitchell and Democrat Teddy Landis — share what they think fellow 20-something voters want to hear on issues such as abortion and gun control.


Cate Blanchett on Syrian refugee crisis; Gun violence rate differs across regions

Congress has a June deadline to raise the debt ceiling, but there's a tense political standoff to be settled. It's not the first time something like this has happened. In 2011, Republicans were also trying to secure spending cuts in exchange for raising the debt limit. NPR's Ron Elving joins us. And, the Syrian refugee crisis has been going on for 12 years now, and it hasn't shown many signs of improvement. Political violence and natural disasters have forced more than 14 million Syrians out of their homes. Cate Blanchett — actor and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees goodwill ambassador — discusses her recent trip to Jordan and meetings with Syrian refugees. Then, gun violence and mass shootings are daily occurrences in the U.S., but new research shows that rates of gun violence differ across the country. Colin Woodard, researcher and director of the Nationhood Lab at Salve Regina University in Rhode Island, joins us.


Research finds rent control reduces affordability in long run; Supreme Court reform

On the one-year anniversary of the leak of the Supreme Court's Dobbs decision, the Senate Judiciary Committee is hearing from legal experts Tuesday on ethics and the Supreme Court. "Amicus" podcast host Dahlia Lithwick joins us. And, there are reports that Vice Media is preparing to file for bankruptcy. Roben Farzad, host of public radio's "Full Disclosure," tells us more. Then, does rent control improve housing affordability in the long run? Economist Rebecca Diamond was part of a study in San Francisco that found that in the long run, rent control drove up rents because it led a number of landlords to convert their housing to other uses and it reduced the supply of rental units.