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.

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.

The Washington Post says a woman came to them with a dramatic story about Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore impregnating her as a teenager. But the paper says the story is false, and that the woman appears to be working with an organization that targets mainstream news outlets.

Time Inc., the owner of Sports Illustrated, People, Fortune and Time magazine, agreed to sell itself Sunday to the lifestyle magazine publisher Meredith Corp. The $2.8 billion deal was made possible in part by a multi-million dollar cash infusion from the private equity arm of the conservative brothers Charles and David Koch.

The Do's And Don'ts Of Giving Tuesday

Nov 27, 2017

Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, holiday shoppers will be presented with a different opportunity: Giving Tuesday.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with CBS News’ Jill Schlesinger (@jillonmoney), host of “Jill on Money” and the podcast “Better Off,” about where to give, how to give and what you can put on your tax forms.

Ken Stern, former NPR CEO, spent a year going to NASCAR races, pig hunts and evangelical churches to witness a side of the United States he thinks liberals know little about. That divide, he says, is reflected in where people live, who they associate with and the media they consume.

Thanks to a court order, commercials and print ads touting the negative effects of smoking — and paid for by three major tobacco companies — begin running on Sunday.

Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd speaks with Here & Now media analyst John Carroll (@johncarroll_bu), author of the Campaign Outsider blog.

New Treatment For Lymphoma Shows Promise

Nov 23, 2017

The anti-cancer treatment Yescarta was recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a treatment for lymphoma. It’s part of a new approach to combatting blood cancers by re-engineering the immune system.

Karen Weintraub from member station WBUR reports.

Italians Adopt New Immigration Policies

Nov 22, 2017

Italians are showing less tolerance toward the migrants arriving on their shores, and two new policies from the Italian government are a reaction to that.

Reporter Anna Bensted saw the changes on a recent visit to Tuscany.

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Many people have anxiety about what to do when those at their Thanksgiving table say uncomfortable or offensive things. Teens deal with that too.

Youth Radio (@youthradioasked three teens how adults misbehave at their tables, and how they cope.

The day after Thanksgiving is Native American Heritage Day. Some Native Americans say the federal holiday should be moved so it doesn’t coincide with the Black Friday shopping holiday.

Simon Moya-Smith (@SimonMoyaSmith), a journalist and activist from the Oglala Lakota Nation, joins Here & Now‘s Robin Young to make his case for moving Native American Heritage Day.

When you think back to your grade-school history lessons, what do you remember about the story of Thanksgiving?

It was the early 1620s when a group of refugees fled religious persecution in Europe and set out to cross the Atlantic Ocean on the Mayflower.

And when those weary pilgrims first set foot in the New World, to eventually meet the Native Americans who would help them survive the winter, where did they land?

Well, legend says one of the first spots was here, at the prodigious Plymouth Rock.

The new movie “Wonder” tells the story of Auggie, a little boy with a rare craniofacial condition. After years of home schooling, the boy is attending school for the first time.

If you haven’t seen it already, you will: the faux fur craze that is taking over retailers at all price points this season. Long, short, colorful and spotted cruelty-free fashion is in.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with Kym Canter, CEO and creative director of House of Fluff, about her decision to create a faux fur brand.

Interview Highlights

On growing up a fur aficionado

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