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.

President-elect Donald Trump campaigned on a promise to enact stricter immigration policies. He has said he wants to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, DACA. He also said he wants to deport immigrants who have committed crimes, saying that would cover up to 3 million people. Here & Now s Jeremy Hobson talks with Ahilan Arulanantham ( @ahilan_toolong ), director of advocacy and legal director of the ACLU of Southern California, about reactions to Trump’s...

[Youtube] Two Tennessee teens are being held responsible for the wildfires that tore through the City of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and the surrounding areas of Sevier County. The fires killed at least 14 people, injured 176 and damaged more than 2,400 homes and businesses. Here & Now s Robin Young speaks with resident Michael Luciano about his harrowing escape from the Chalet Village Fire in Gatlinburg, and the video he recorded as he made his way down the mountain. ...

A war of words has erupted between President-elect Donald Trump and Chuck Jones, president of United Steelworkers 1999. It began when Jones, who leads the local union branch representing workers at Carrier Corporations factory in Indianapolis, accused Trump of lying about the number of jobs hed saved at Carrier. Trump responded through two tweets. Now Jones says hes getting threats from Trump supporters. Chuck Jones, who is President of United Steelworkers 1999, has done a terrible job...

Even before the election, critics had been drawing comparisons between Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler. Theyve pointed to Trumps promise to ban Muslims, deport millions of immigrants, crack down on the press and make America great again. Here & Now s Jeremy Hobson talks with Daniel Ziblatt ( @dziblatt ), professor of government at Harvard University and author of the forthcoming book Conservative Parties and the Birth of Modern Democracy in Europe , about Hitlers...

The tragic warehouse fire in Oakland, Calif., is raising fears of a backlash against the citys artists and the way many of them live and work. If the city decides to red-tag buildings that dont have permits, artists could lose their homes and studio spaces. Stephanie Martin Taylor ( @SMartinTaylor ) from Here & Now contributor KQED reports. Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

The Senate is expected to vote this afternoon on the 21st Century Cures Act. It is considered landmark legislation that would provide funding for research programs like Vice President Joe Biden’s moonshot against cancer. It will also make significant changes in how drugs are tested and approved. The act passed in the House overwhelmingly and is expected to easily pass the Senate as well. NPRs  Richard Harris ( @rrichardh ) joins Here & Now s Jeremy Hobson to...

The president travels to Tampa today, the militarys special operations headquarters. There he will meet with the troops and speak about his administrations counterterrorism efforts. Here & Now s Peter ODowd asks American University professor  Stephen Tankel ( @stephentankel ), a counterterrorism expert, to assess the Obama legacy, and also what to expect from the Trump administration. Interview Highlights On the White Houses report on use of military force <...

Uber is thinking about the long game. The ride-hailing company acquired the artificial intelligence (AI) company Geometric Intelligence Monday, and said it will begin a new research arm called Ubers AI Labs. Other companies like Google and Facebook have also been making moves to boost their understanding of AI as they look to their future. Here & Now s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Johana Bhuiyan ( @JMBooyah ), senior editor of transportation at Recode, about the...

A spate of high-profile police shootings in the last year have drawn attention to the way police respond to people dealing with mental illness. Until recently, that response was arrest first, and ask questions later. But as Rhode Island Public Radios Kristin Espeland Gourlay ( @kristingourlay ) reports, a rising number of police departments around the country are re-thinking the way they handle these crises . This story comes via the New England News Collaborative .

Vladimir Putin said last week that he wants to normalize relations with the United States, and that the two countries should join efforts to fight international terrorism. During the campaign, Donald Trump praised Putin as a leader, which raised some alarms among those who see Putin as an authoritarian ruler who poses a serious threat to the United States and its Western allies. Former world chess champion Garry Kasparov ( @Kasparov63 ), chairman of the pro-democracy Human...

Ryan Speedo Green  ( @RyanSpeedoGreen ) is the bass-baritone taking the opera world by storm. A recent New York Times review of the Metropolitan Opera’s La Bohème called him a show stopper. But life for Green didn’t start out that way. The African-American singer was born to poor parents, endured a violent childhood and was placed in juvenile detention before he reached his teens. And then, he turned his life around in ways he and those around him could scarcely have...

Several companies, including Kelloggs, Allstate, Nest and Warby Parker, announced Tuesday they would pull their advertisements from the right-wing site Breitbart some claiming they did not even know their ads were appearing there. The controversial website, formerly run by President-elect Donald Trumps Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, has drawn ire for publishing articles considered sympathetic to white nationalists. Breitbart denies that and responded in kind to the ad pulls, calling for a...

Advice For Employees Who Hate The Boss

Dec 1, 2016

The latest research from Gallup shows that half of all employees in the United States end up quitting jobs at some point because they dont like their boss. Here & Now s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Curt Nickisch ( @CurtNickisch ), senior editor of Harvard Business Review, about what employees should do if they dont get along with the person managing them. Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Singing legend Tony Bennett  ( @ itstonybennett ) turned 90 this year, but the crooner says he has no plans to retire. He releases a new album, Tony Bennett Celebrates 90 , in December, and recently co-wrote Just Getting Started with NPRs Scott Simon. Here & Now s Robin Young sat down with Bennett in his New York studio to talk about the new memoir an homage to the people whove inspired his remarkable journey from Queens, New York, to citizen of the world. View...

Every year, new words, senses and changes in word usage are added to the  American Heritage Dictionary . Here & Now s Robin Young finds out some of the additions for 2016 from Executive Editor Steve Kleinedler ( @ SKleinedler )   of the American Heritage Dictionary ( @ahdictionary ). 11 New Words In The American Heritage Dictionary Delicious Food Terms maki : Rolled sushi that typically consists of vinegar-flavored rice and cooked or raw...

On Nov. 28, 1966, the writer Truman Capote invited 540 people to the grand ballroom of New Yorks Plaza Hotel for the Black and White Ball. The guest list for Capotes extravaganza included a mix of artists and socialites, from Frank Sinatra and Andy Warhol to Gloria Vanderbilt and Lynda Bird Johnson. Capote threw the party in honor of his friend Katharine Graham, the recently widowed publisher of the Washington Post. But in the process, Capote also helped invent our modern sense of celebrity. ...

Surfcasting is ocean fishing from the shore. To find the best, Here & Now s Robin Young went to Marthas Vineyard off the coast of New England. There she met Paul Schultz , the legendary surfcaster who is featured in the definitive book Reading The Water by Robert Past. But this endeavor is about more than casting a line out to attract a fish; its also about exploring and restoration. Here are more photos from the trip: Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http:/...

Today is Giving Tuesday, a day of fundraising for non-profits that comes on the heels of several of the biggest shopping days of the year. Cyber Monday yesterday racked in record sales for online retailers, and over the Black Friday weekend, millions more people shopped online than in stores for the first time ever. Here & Now s Robin Young talks with  Jason Del Rey ( @DelRey ), senior editor for commerce at Recode, about this years trends in holiday shopping....

U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel today allowed Dylann Roof to represent himself at trial. Roof is a self-identified white supremacist accused of shooting nine black worshipers at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina in June 2015. The same federal judge ruled Friday that Dylann Roof is mentally competent to stand trial on 33 charges, including violations of hate crime laws. After a three-week delay, jury selection begins today for Roofs federal trial. The 22-year-old also...

The Monday after Thanksgiving has typically been the busiest day of the year for online shopping. But this year, many consumers got a head start over the weekend scoring Cyber Monday deals that started early. Regardless, economists are still expecting a rise in sales over last year, as well as a spike in charitable giving during tomorrows Giving Tuesday. For tips on shopping smart and avoiding scams, Here & Now s Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with Jill Schlesinger ( ...

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