Here & Now

Weekdays at 1pm (WMRA)
  • Hosted by Robin Young & Jeremy Hobson

Here & Now is public radio's daily news magazine, bringing you the news that breaks after Morning Edition and before All Things Considered.

Host Robin Young
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Robin Young

Robin Young is the award-winning host of Here & Now, produced by WBUR in Boston. Under her leadership, Here & Now has established itself as public radio's indispensable midday news magazine: hard-hitting, up-to-the-moment and always culturally relevant.

A Peabody Award winning documentary filmmaker, Robin has been a correspondent for ABC, NBC, CBS and the Discovery Channel. She is a former guest host of The Today Show on NBC, and one of the first hosts on Boston's ground-breaking television show, Evening Magazine.

Robin has received five Emmy Awards for her television work, as well as two CableACE Awards, the Religious Public Relations Council's Wilbur Award, the National Conference of Christians and Jews Gold Award, and numerous regional Edward R. Murrow awards.

A native of Long Island, Robin holds a bachelor's degree from Ithaca College. She has lived and worked in Manhattan, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles, but considers Boston her hub. Follow Robin on Twitter, @hereandnowrobin and like the show, Here & Now on Facebook.

Co-host Jeremy Hobson
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Jeremy Hobson

Jeremy Hobson joins Robin Young in July 2013 as co-host of Here & Now, public radio's indispensable midday news magazine, produced by NPR and WBUR.

Jeremy was formerly host of American Public Media's (APM) Marketplace Morning Report, an eight-minute daily business news program with an audience of more than six million. He started at Marketplace in 2007 as a reporter based in Washington, D.C. and covered Wall Street and its impact on ordinary Americans during the 2008 financial collapse.

Prior to his time at APM, Jeremy worked as a reporter and producer at NPR on shows ranging from All Things Considered, Day to Day and Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me! He has also worked as a host and reporter for public radio stations including WBUR (Boston), WILL (Urbana), WCAI (Cape Cod) and WRNI (Providence).

Jeremy's radio career began at age nine when he started contributing to a program called Treehouse Radio. He's a graduate of Boston University and the University of Illinois Laboratory High School. Follow Jeremy on Twitter, @jeremyhobson and @hereandnow - and like Here & Now on Facebook.

Substitute host Meghna Chakrabarti
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Meghna Chakrabarti

Meghna Chakrabarti is the co-host of Radio Boston, WBUR's acclaimed weekday show with a focus both on the news of the day, and on broader issues that have an impact on Boston and beyond.

Before joining Radio Boston in 2010, she reported on New England transportation and energy issues for WBUR's news department. She also produced and directed WBUR's national news and talk program, On Point, for five years and served as fill-in host for Here & Now, WBUR's national midday show.

Meghna has won awards from both the Associated Press and the Radio Television News Directors Association for her writing, hard news reporting, and use of sound. On Radio Boston, her interviews have encompassed a wide range: Secretary of State John Kerry and law professor Anita Hill, actor F. Murray Abraham and pianist Lang Lang, language expert Steven Pinker and author Lois Lowry, comedians Mindy Kaling and Rachel Dratch, public radio favorites David Isay and the late David Rakoff, and many more.

A former fellow at the Metcalf Institute for Environmental Reporting, Meghna holds bachelor's degrees in civil and environmental engineering from Oregon State University, as well as a master's degree from Harvard University. She is currently completing work toward an MBA at Boston University.

When Hurricane Irma hit a string of islands in the Caribbean in September, a young broadcaster remained on the air in Anguilla. Three months later, she says the British territory has come a long way, but the recovery effort continues.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young reconnects with Nisha Dupuis (@DupuisNisha), a 19-year-old journalist and student in Anguilla.

Military Takes On Driverless Vehicles

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Autonomous vehicles have caught the attention of companies like Tesla, Uber and Google. Now, add the U.S. military to that list.

Kevin Lavery of WKAR in East Lansing, Michigan, reports.

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Yemen, the world’s poorest Arab country, is edging closer to becoming a failed state. That’s according to CNN’s Clarissa Ward (@clarissaward), who’s just back from a rare reporting trip inside the country.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with Ward about the unfolding humanitarian crisis.

The Walt Disney Company has reached a deal to acquire a large part of 21st Century Fox for the price of $52 billion. Fox News and the Fox TV network will remain separate entities.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Emily Glazer (@EmilyGlazerWSJ) of The Wall Street Journal.

The Federal Reserve has announced it will raise interest rates a quarter percentage point, the latest sign of the growing strength of the U.S. economy. It’s the third rate increase this year.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson finds out more from Diane Swonk (@DianeSwonk) of DS Economics.

Resident chef Kathy Gunst shares her culinary ideas to celebrate Hanukkah with Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson and Robin Young.


John’s Traditional Potato Latkes

The starchier the potato you use, the crisper the latke will be. Use a good high-starch potato, like Yukon Gold. Get the oil nice and hot — but not burning — and the pancakes will be golden brown on the outside with relatively little grease.

It may be hard to imagine a composer being inspired by public hearings and court cases. But Lake Erie and its problems take center stage in a new oratorio from Cleveland composer Margaret Brouwer.

Elizabeth Miller (@llmiller12) of Great Lakes Today has more on the piece and its recent premiere.

Thousands of firefighters working on little sleep have started to make more progress in their effort to contain the remaining fires in Southern California. The Thomas Fire, the fifth-largest in modern California history, is now 20 percent contained, up slightly from Monday. But the threat remains.

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill (@JohnHMerrill) talks with Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson about his support for Roy Moore, who is running for a seat in the U.S. Senate and battling accusations of sexual misconduct with teenage girls when he was in his 30s.

Interview Highlights

On what kind of turnout he’s expecting

California Fires Continue To Spread

Dec 11, 2017

Firefighters made progress over the weekend in their effort to contain most of the fires in Southern California, but the Thomas Fire continues to grow. Now the fifth-largest in modern California history, the Thomas Fire began in Ventura County and has since crossed into Santa Barbara County, where it threatens the coast.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with Lance Orozco (@KCLUNEWS), news director at KCLU, about the latest.

People across the country move to the desert because of the warm winter weather. Desert conditions also bring major auto companies looking to test out brand new cars.

KJZZ’s Casey Kuhn (@CaseyAtTheDesk) reports how Arizona’s test tracks are a major part of the car business.

Tax Prep Advice For The End Of 2017

Dec 11, 2017

With the end of the year coming, tax experts are advising clients how to maximize their deductions — and there could be big changes coming with the pending tax law.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young discusses the report with CBS News’ Jill Schlesinger (@jillonmoney), host of “Jill on Money” and the podcast “Better Off.”

The off-Broadway hit “Spamilton,” which spoofs Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton,” is closing in New York, but there is a U.S. tour in the works, and plans for a possible run in London.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young talks backstage, with the show’s creator, Gerard Alessandrini (@ForbiddenGerard).

Fires in Southern California have now broken out in northern San Diego County, in the rural towns of Bonsall and Oceanside. The Lilac Fire has destroyed buildings and evacuations are underway.

John Sepulvado (@JohnLGC) of KQED joins Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson with the latest.

This year marked major anniversaries for some of the most beloved works of classical music, from George Frideric Handel’s “Water Music” suite, first performed 300 years ago, to the 125th anniversary of “The Nutcracker” suite.

There is a vast trove of Hollywood gold 160 feet below Kansas City, Missouri.

It’s inside a underground warehouse, where several hundred thousand film canisters line the towering shelves at Underground Vaults & Storage.

“As far as the older titles, ‘Gone with the Wind,’ ‘Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea,’ ” says manager Brian Corwin.

Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken announced Thursday that he will resign from Congress, following multiple accusations of sexual harassment.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young discusses the latest with NPR’s Jessica Taylor (@JessicaTaylor).

Wildfires continue to rage in Southern California, where more than 200,000 people have been ordered to evacuate and hundreds of structures have been destroyed.

Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with KQED’s John Sepulvado (@JohnLGC) about the effort to contain the fires.

President Trump on Wednesday declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel, and announced the U.S. would eventually move its embassy to the contested city.

Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti discusses the latest with NPR’s Michele Kelemen (@michelekelemen).

The International Olympic Committee suspended Russia’s Olympic Committee after investigating claims the Russian government was involved in doping its athletes at the Winter Games in Sochi in 2014.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young discusses the decision with journalist Philip Hersh (@olyphil).

Resident chef Kathy Gunst joins Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson and Robin Young with recipes for quick, easy and healthy dinners that can be thrown together on a hectic weeknight.

The Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C., is on Wisconsin Avenue. But maybe not for long. A measure before the city council would rename the section in front of the embassy after Boris Nemtsov, a critic of President Vladimir Putin, who was assassinated in 2015.

President Trump’s planned announcement to drastically shrink Bears Ears National Monument is drawing criticism from conservationists and members of five Native American nations located near the site.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with Davis Filfred, a Navajo Nation Council delegate and member of the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition, about why he and others are pushing back on Trump’s plans.

A chance encounter at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology between an alum from Kentucky and an MIT researcher has led to a unique partnership. It’s focused on the future of the work in a part of the country where the coal industry has been hemorrhaging jobs.

The stock market took a sharp turn Friday following news that Michael Flynn had pled guilty to lying to the FBI. But overall, markets have been riding high this year.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with Roben Farzad (@robenfarzad), who hosts “Full Disclosure” on NPR One, about how much of the rally can be explained by expected tax cuts — and what could happen next.

Thanks to a glitch in the system that handles pilot schedules, American Airlines is facing a major shortage this holiday season.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Seth Kaplan of Airline Weekly about what caused the glitch, what American Airlines is doing to fix it and what it means for those who bought tickets home for the holidays.

Two major media figures have been fired Wednesday after allegations of improper behavior: NBC has fired Matt Lauer and Minnesota Public Radio has announced it’s severed its relationship with the former host of “A Prairie Home Companion,” Garrison Keillor.

It’s been more than 30 years since Hawaii conducted nuclear warning siren tests during the Cold War. As tensions between the U.S. and North Korea grow, the island state is taking precautions.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with reporter Heidi Chang (@HeidiKLChang) about Hawaii’s plans.

A new sorority started up at the University of Texas at Austin this year. The members have Greek letters, and their colors are teal, white and peach. All things that people associate with a typical sorority.

But as Nadia Hamdan (@nadzhamz) of KUT reports, this is not a typical sorority. It’s another in the growing number of Muslim sororities in the United States.

The Pope In Myanmar: What He Didn't Say

Nov 28, 2017

On the second day of his visit to Myanmar, Pope Francis demanded respect for all ethnic groups, but did not specifically cite the Rohingyas, the Muslims who say they have been violently persecuted by Myanmar’s government.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with NPR’s Sylvia Poggioli (@spoggioli1), who is traveling with the pope.

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