Here & Now

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Here & Now offers a distinctive mix of hard news and rich conversation featuring interesting players from across the spectrum of arts and culture, business, technology, science and politics.

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Imagine life without credit cards. If you couldn’t borrow money to finance a big purchase, how would you do it?

There’s growing evidence many people in the developing world are turning to gambling. Sonia Paul (@sonipaul) with 60db reports from Kampala, Uganda.

In Manchester, England, police have arrested eight people in connection with Monday night’s bombing at Manchester Arena. The investigation has also extended to Libya.

The bomber, Salman Abedi, spent three weeks there, and returned just days before the attack. Abedi’s father and brother have also been detained by Libyan authorities.

Leon Panetta, who served as director of the CIA and defense secretary under former President Obama, joins Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson to discuss the Manchester bombing and national security issues during President Trump’s time in office.

Panetta is currently chairman of the Panetta Institute for Public Policy.

Air pollution may be disrupting your sleep, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Washington. Air pollution can cause a number of acute and chronic health problems, and even though some cities are making efforts improve air quality, it’s getting worse in many places around the world.

Moody’s Investors Services cut China’s credit rating for the first time since 1989 this week, changing its outlook from stable to negative.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with CNN’s Maggie Lake (@maggielake) about what’s behind the decision.

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for Monday night’s attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. ISIS made the claim via one of its official news outlets, but it’s not yet clear how credible the claim is.

Disney Bets On 'Avatar' Theme Park

May 23, 2017

Eight years after “Avatar” came out, Disney is hoping the film’s success will translate to a new theme park. Pandora — The World of Avatar opens later this week near Orlando, Florida.

President Trump arrives in Rome on Tuesday after visiting Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem, where Trump discussed countering terrorism and brokering peace.

NPR’s Daniel Estrin (@DanielEstrin) joins Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson to review Trump’s stop in Israel.

How Slack Has Changed The Workplace

May 22, 2017

The messaging app Slack describes itself as “team communication for the 21st century.” It lets people communicate online instantly in the office, individually or in teams. The company was valued at $3.8 billion in 2016 and says it has 5 million daily users.

President Trump's push to repeal the Affordable Care Act, crack down on illegal immigration and impose a ban on people trying to enter the U.S. from certain Muslim majority countries has many worried.

Suicide rates in the U.S. are at their highest in 30 years. In 2014, the last year for which there are official government figures, nearly 43,000 Americans killed themselves. That’s nearly four times as many as were shot to death by others.

The rise in suicide comes despite intensive prevention efforts by mental health professionals, citizen-volunteers, people affected by suicide, teachers, religious leaders and others.

Could the key to prevention be identifying people about to make an attempt?

Lisa Ko‘s debut novel “The Leavers” tells the story of Deming Guo, whose mother Polly, an immigrant from China living in the U.S. illegally, disappears when he’s 11 years old.

Guo is eventually adopted by a well-to-do white couple, but struggles with their expectations that he fit into their world.

The Washington Post reports this week that a federal program offering loan forgiveness for students working in the public or non-profit sectors may be on the chopping block in the soon-to-be-released Trump administration budget.

In the next month, New York state lawmakers are expected to vote on a bill that allows police to check a driver’s cellphone with a “textalyzer,” which can tell whether a driver swiped or tapped the phone in the run-up to a crash.

The global cyberattack known as WannaCry is on the wane Tuesday, having held data hostage on hundreds of thousands of computers in more than 100 countries since Friday.

Cybersecurity experts and intelligence agencies say the attack bears similarities to past attacks carried out by North Korea. Meanwhile, SpaceX launched one of its heaviest payloads yet: a 6-ton satellite from the British company Inmarsat.

The ride-hailing app Lyft is getting together with Waymo, which is part of Google’s parent company, to develop self-driving car technology.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Derek Thompson (@DKThomp), senior editor for The Atlantic, about what the move means for autonomous vehicles, and for Lyft’s competitor, Uber.

As the nation’s opioid addiction and overdose crisis grows, the Cherokee Nation is launching the first-ever lawsuit against drug distributors that will be litigated in a tribal court.

The suit takes on companies including pharmacies CVS Health, Walgreens and Wal-Mart, and drug distributors Cardinal Health, Inc. and McKesson Corporation, alleging that they didn’t properly monitor prescription painkillers, which eventually “flooded” every Cherokee county.

Scientists at the University of Vermont are engineering trees to look and act like old-growth forests. There is less than 1 percent of old-growth forest in the northeastern U.S. The forests are essential for providing habitat for animals and plants, mitigating flooding and absorbing carbon emissions.

American beef could soon be available in China, after the U.S. and China announced a new trade deal.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with CBS News’ Jill Schlesinger (@jillonmoney), host of “Jill on Money” and the podcast “Better Off,” about the agreement and some new data on retail in the U.S.

Massachusetts fishermen are taking new steps to prevent overdose deaths at sea. The nonprofit health advocacy group The Fishing Partnership is training fishing captains to use the overdose reversal drug naloxone, also known as Narcan.

Engineers at Oroville Dam in northern California are about to start rebuilding two giant spillways that collapsed after heavy rains in February. State water officials also promise a full “forensic review” of the near-catastrophic failures, which forced mass evacuations.

The Trump administration is defending the president’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, citing his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.

But the unusual dismissal is facing criticism from some within the intelligence community. Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Malcolm Nance (@MalcolmNance), a former career intelligence officer.

Ever since she first made a splash in the Canadian sketch comedy show “SCTV,” actress and comedian Andrea Martin has mined her comedic talent to find success.

She’s won two Tony Awards, starred in both “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” films and currently appears on two TV shows: the NBC sitcom “Great News” and Hulu’s “Difficult People.”

Martin (@iamandreamartin) joins Here & Now‘s Robin Young to talk about her career.

When the House celebrated the passage of its new health care law, the Senate vowed it would ignore it and draft its own. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has started that process by forming a health care working group, which includes some of the most conservative senators, but no Republican women.

When HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” aired a segment on net neutrality Sunday, host John Oliver asked viewers to submit online comments to the Federal Communications Commission defending the current rules. Shortly afterward, the FCC’s website crashed.

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When most Americans think of English muffins, they probably think of Thomas’. But an upstart bakery called Stone & Skillet is reinventing the English muffin as something that goes beyond morning toast.

The three-year-old company started in Medford, Massachusetts, and is now expanding to the Northeast region of the U.S., with aims to go even farther.

President Trump’s recent statement that President Andrew Jackson could have prevented the Civil War sent people back to their history books. It was the latest in a string of comments that have caused historians and others to question Trump’s knowledge about America’s past.

Hybrid seed corn and nitrogen fertilizer are two advances that transformed farming in the 20th century. But they are closely tied to some of today’s major agricultural challenges, like soil erosion.

Now members of two farm families are working to put a lighter touch on the landscape.

Amy Mayer from Here & Now contributor Harvest Public Media reports.

NPR White House correspondent Scott Horsley (@HorsleyScott) joins Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson to discuss President Trump’s news conference after a bill overhauling the Affordable Care Act passed the House on Thursday.

With reporting from The Associated Press

Relieved Republicans muscled their health care bill through the House Thursday, taking their biggest step toward dismantling the Obama health care overhaul since President Trump took office.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson checks in with NPR’s Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) about the bill’s passage by a thin 217-213 vote.

With reporting from The Associated Press. The audio atop this post will be updated.

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