Here and Now

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Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson

WNIJ's midday news magazine keeps you up-to-date with the news between Morning Edition and All Things ConsideredHere & Now combines the best in news journalism with intelligent, broad-ranging conversation to form a fast-paced program that updates the news from the morning and adds important conversations on public policy and foreign affairs, science and technology, and the arts: film, theater, music, food, and more.

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NPR Story
2:13 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

What Can Obama Do About The Economy?

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 5:40 pm

This Wednesday, almost five years after the financial crisis that stirred the 2009 recession, President Barack Obama will begin a campaign-style journey across the Midwest to focus on the economy.

With Congress deadlocked in partisan strife, what can the president actually do to restart this conversation?

We ask Heidi Moore, is the U.S. finance editor for The Guardian.

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1:30 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

What Is It About 'The Big Lebowski'?

Participants dressed a John Goodman's character Walter Sobchak chat at the 12th annual Lebowski Fest in Louisville, Kentucky. (Joseph Lord/WFPL)

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 5:40 pm

This year marks the 15th anniversary of “The Big Lebowski,” a film that baffled critics and audiences but has spawned perhaps the most loyal cult following of any movie released in recent years.

The epicenter of Lebowksi re-evaluation is Louisville, Kentucky, home of the inaugural Lebowski Fest, a celebration that has brought fans of “The Dude,” as he’s known, together for the last dozen years, and has been replicated across the country.

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1:30 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

A Quiet Turn From A Former Punk Rocker

Eef Barzelay of Clem Snide. (Courtesy of the artist)

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 5:40 pm

 

Clem Snide is the musical pen name of Israeli-born singer named Eef Barzelay. He just posted a compilation of songs called “We Leave Only Ashes” on the music website Bandcamp.

Our song of the week is one of those tracks, “We Are Flowers.”

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1:30 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Royal Baby Could Inherit $1 Billion

A British police officer, backdropped by members of the media, stands outside St. Mary's Hospital exclusive Lindo Wing in London, Monday, July 22, 2013. (Lefteris Pitarakis/AP)

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 5:40 pm

Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, are at St. Mary’s Hospital in London. Officials at Buckingham Palace say Kate is in labor.

The new arrival — the couple’s first child — will be third in line for the British throne, after Prince Charles and William.

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NPR Story
2:33 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Obama: Black Americans Feel Pain In Martin Verdict

President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House, Friday, July 19, 2013, in Washington, about the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 3:45 pm

President Barack Obama says black Americans feel pain after the Trayvon Martin verdict because of a “history that doesn’t go away.”

Obama spoke in a surprise appearance Friday at the White House, his first time appearing for a statement on the verdict since it was issued last Saturday.

Obama says African Americans view the case through “a set of experiences and a history that doesn’t go away.” He says black men in particular are used to being feared and blacks see a disparity in the way they are treated under the law.

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1:47 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Iron & Wine's Sam Beam, In His Own Words

Singer-songwriter Sam Beam goes by the stage name Iron & Wine. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Singer-songwriter Sam Beam, who’s better known by his musical persona Iron & Wine, spoke about his influences, making art and his new album, “Ghost On Ghost,” after a performance at the Boston Public Library.

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1:47 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Trying To Keep Cool, Across The U.S.

Jameek Delmonte of Brooklyn sells cold water on Atlantic Avenue in front of the Barclays Center on Thursday, July 18, 2013, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Jon Gerberg/AP)

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 3:45 pm

Much of the U.S. is sweltering under a heat wave that’s expected to lift this weekend.

We check in with an air conditioning repair service about how business has been and how repairmen are staying cool.

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1:47 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Abortion Pill Sellers In Mexico Expect Boom From Texas

Dr. Celia Gomez (center) says American girls as young as 14 years old regularly stop by her clinic, just over the border from Laredo, Texas, seeking an abortion. (Joy Diaz/KUT)

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 3:45 pm

Texas Governor Rick Perry signed a new law yesterday that bans abortion after 20 weeks, and increases the standards for clinics and doctors who provide abortions.

Clinics have a little more than a year to upgrade to ambulatory surgical centers, and critics say it will force as many as 37 of the state’s 42 clinics to close.

Women in rural and poor areas of Texas will be the most affected.

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12:51 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Listener Letters: Tyson Gay

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 3:45 pm

There was a little misunderstanding over something we said recently. In promoting the story of Tyson Gay, the elite runner who admitted that he’s tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs, we said “Tyson Gay, say it isn’t so!”

We heard from one irate listener who wrote “Shame on you!” She joins us to explain.

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12:50 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Comic-Con International Hits San Diego

A Stormtrooper makes his way through the crowd during Day 2 of Comic-Con International on Thursday, July 18, 2013 in San Diego, Calif. (Chris Pizzello/Invision via AP)

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 3:45 pm

Storm troopers, bat men and every alien you can think of are descending on the streets of San Diego for the annual Comic-Con International convention.

It’s the biggest convention of the year for fans of comic books, science fiction and pop culture.

Creating a lot of buzz this year is the Sci Fi movie Ender’s Game, where children train as soldiers to fight an alien menace who’s attacking earth.

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