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A live production of NPR and WBUR Boston, in collaboration with public radio stations across the country, Here & Now reflects the fluid world of news as it’s happening in the middle of the day, with timely, smart and in-depth news, interviews and conversation.

The show's daily lineup includes interviews with newsmakers, NPR reporters and contributors, plus innovators and artists from across the U.S. and around the globe.

Here & Now began at WBUR in 1997, and expanded to two hours in partnership with NPR in 2013. Today, the show reaches an estimated 5 million weekly listeners on over 450 stations across the country.

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  • We'd love to hear your thoughts on the podcast. Take this survey. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in Washington this week, where he will deliver a joint address to Congress on Wednesday. The Guardian's Andrew Roth discusses the visit and the state of the war in Gaza. Then, Joe Biden's departure from the presidential race is forcing Republicans to rethink their strategy. The Atlantic's Tim Alberta talks about what's next for the Trump campaign. And, what's the future of the Republican Party? We hear reporting from NPR's Asma Khalid, who asked Republicans about their thoughts at the RNC. Plus, is Vice President Kamala Harris ... brat? Or did she just fall out of a coconut tree? We explain the jokes that have taken the internet by storm with Vox's Rebecca Jennings.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
  • We'd love to hear your thoughts on the podcast. Take this survey. With President Biden out of the race, Vice President Kamala Harris is racing to shore up support for her campaign. Politico's Zach Montellaro tells us what's next for the Democratic Party. Harris' former communications director, Jamal Simmons, joins us to talk about what's next for his former boss. And The New York Times' Astead Herndon discusses Harris' political rise. Plus, colleagues are remembering Texas Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee for her determination to fight for her constituents, especially women of color. Rep. Al Green of Texas looks back at her life and legacy.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
  • We'd love to hear your thoughts on the podcast. Take this survey. The cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike says a global Microsoft systems outage is not due to a cyber attack, but a software glitch. Wired's Lily Hay Newman tells us more. Then, in his speech Thursday night at the RNC, Trump called for healing discord and division, but he also painted a dark picture of the country. The New York Times' Adam Nagourney joins us. And, young conservatives who want to get their party to engage on climate attended the RNC this year. NPR's Ximena Bustillo reports.Plus, do you have any inner voice or monologue? Chances are you do, but new research shows some of us might not have one at all. Lead researcher Gary Lupyan explains the findings.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
  • We'd love to hear your thoughts on the podcast. Take this survey. We take the temperature on where Democrats are on President Biden staying in the presidential race with Sen. Peter Welch. He was the first Senate Democrat to call for Biden to withdraw after his "disastrous" debate performance. Then, as the Republican National Convention continues, we look at some of former President Donald Trump's policy proposals. The Wall Street Journal's Nick Timiraos and the Washington Post's Hannah Knowles join us. And, Bernice Johnson Reagon, founder of the Freedom Singers during the Civil Rights Movement, has died at 81. We remember her legacy with the Smithsonian's Krystal Klingenberg.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
  • We'd love to hear your thoughts on the podcast. Take this survey. Trump's vice presidential pick J.D. Vance has ties to Silicon Valley, where a growing number of entrepreneurs are backing the former president. The Washington Post's Cristiano Lima-Strong tells us more. Then, we speak with two voters from key swing states about the 2024 presidential election and who they plan to support. And, Indigenous communities in the Amazon rainforest are building a grassroots movement to fight deforestation. Inside Climate News' Katie Surma joins us.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
  • We'd love to hear your thoughts on the podcast. Take this survey. There was much anticipation leading up to former President Donald Trump picking Sen. J.D. Vance as his running mate. Vox's Zack Beauchamp tells us about Vance and his ideology. History professor Julian Zelizer talks about how much the vice presidential pick matters to the election. Then, Foreign Policy's Ravi Agrawal discusses where Trump — if re-elected — might take the United States in trade with China, and relations with Russia and Europe. And, in a new memoir "The Lucky Ones," author Zara Chowdhary tells her deeply personal story of growing up in India during a period of anti-Muslim violence. She shares her story.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
  • Federal Judge Aileen Cannon on Monday dismissed the classified documents case against former President Donald Trump. NPR Greg Allen joins us to talk about why. And, former President Trump survived an assassination attempt over the weekend. Presidential historian Tim Naftali and NPR's David Folkenflik join us to talk about this moment in history and how the media is covering the shooting. Then, in "Get Met Through the Next Five Minutes: Odes to Being Alive," author James Parker writes odes to everyday life. He joins us to talk about how to find joy in the mundane. We'd love to hear your thoughts on the podcast. Take this survey.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
  • After the first presidential debate, newspaper editorial boards across the U.S. called for Biden to end his campaign. The Philadelphia Inquirer instead called on Trump to leave the race. And, a number of Supreme Court decisions significantly weakened the authority of federal agencies. Slate's Mark Joseph Stern explains the far-reaching effects of these rulings. Then, what makes the ideal potato chip? WBUR staffers tried a variety and voted on their favorite ones. Here & Now's resident chef Kathy Gunst breaks down the top picks.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
  • A new investigation from ProPublica and CBS News found that contractors for crisis pregnancy centers are wasting millions of dollars of taxpayer money. ProPublica's Cassandra Jaramillo joins us. And, Republican state Sen. Katrina Shealy and Democrat state Sen. Margie Bright Matthews bonded over abortion rights despite party differences. They join us to discuss. Then, Dara Torres is among the most decorated female Olympians in American history. She discusses her long Olympic career and looks ahead to the Paris Games.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
  • NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană joins us to discuss the alliance's 75th anniversary and its support for Ukraine. And, the Gaza Health Ministry says an Israeli airstrike killed more than 25 people in southern Gaza as ceasefire talks are expected to resume. NPR correspondent Aya Batrawy joins us. Then, musician Arlo Guthrie turns 77 on Wednesday. We share a recent conversation we had with him about his life, work and legacy.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
  • The United Nations Security Council meets Tuesday to discuss Russia's deadly missile strike on a children's hospital in Kyiv. Financial Times correspondent Christopher Miller joins us from Ukraine. And, following the first presidential debate, media coverage has largely focused on President Biden's age and competency. NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik explores whether it has been fair. Then, with some states now requiring bible instruction in public schools, Tim Alberta — staff writer at The Atlantic — talks about the rise of Christian nationalism in the U.S.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
  • President Biden sent congressional Democrats a letter Monday reiterating he is in the 2024 presidential race to the end. NPR's Ximena Bustillo joins us for the latest. And, Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold has been receiving threats since the beginning of her state's lawsuit to remove former President Donald Trump from its ballot. She talks about threats to election workers and other secretaries of state. Then, a left-wing coalition won the most seats in this weekend's parliamentary elections in France, but there's still the prospect of a hung parliament. The Sunday Times' Peter Conradi joins us for more on the election and what's to come. Plus, Traci Thomas of "The Stacks" podcast joins us with some audiobook recommendations perfect for this summer.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy