Here and Now

Robin Young

Hosted by Robin Young, Here and Now is public radio's midday news magazine.

For one energetic hour each weekday, Here and 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.

The guest roster boasts such notables as Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Halberstam, professor Anita Hill, actor and director John Malkovich, authors Isabel Allende, Jonathan Safron Foer, Marilyn Robinson, "The Wall Street Journal's" John Harwood, jazzman Sonny Rollins and actress Jane Fonda.

Enlighten your middays with the dynamic Robin Young and Here and Now

Music From The Show
From Maserati to Metronomy.
Another Visit With Ukulele Sensation Jake Shimabukuro
"There's something really magical about the ukulele," Jake says. "It feels so good, it makes you smile, and it just makes everything okay."
Breastfeeding Gets A Boost From Philadelphia Hospitals
All of the city's major birthing hospitals have now stopped sending new moms home with baby formula, to encourage breastfeeding.
Detroit Defends Bankruptcy Plan
After a long and painful year of negotiations, city officials head to court tomorrow to defend Detroit's plan to exit bankruptcy.
Erratic Schedules A Challenge For Part-Time Workers
On this Labor Day, we look at part-time challenges and how lawmakers and some companies are looking to help.
British PM Outlines New Counter-Terrorism Steps
David Cameron called today for new police powers to seize passports to deal with the increasing threat of homegrown jihadists.
‘The Unauthorized Saved By The Bell Story’ Airs Tonight
Fans of the Saturday morning sitcom will get a behind-the-scenes look at the cast behind the popular '90s show - or will they?
Hong Kong Democracy Supporters Heckle Chinese Official
It was a rare occasion of a Beijing official being exposed to open defiance, after China said no to open elections in Hong Kong.
Quantum Computing: The Holy Grail Of The Information Age
Some of the biggest technology companies are working to build a computer powerful enough to solve complex mathematical riddles.
Searching For The Best BBQ On Labor Day And Beyond
As Americans gather around the grill to say goodbye to summer, we revisit a conversation about the best barbecue in America.
Wyoming Wind Power Has Nowhere To Go
Leigh Paterson of Inside Energy reports on why transmission gridlocks are keeping so much western wind at bay.
Pro-Russian Rebels Lower Demands In Peace Talks
The rebels softened their demands, saying they would respect Ukraine's sovereignty in exchange for autonomy.
Music From The Show
From Pavement to Velvet Underground.
On Stage: ‘Southern Decadence’ Celebrates LGBT Culture In New Orleans
The "gay Mardi Gras" kicks off its 43rd year tomorrow. We speak with a bar owner who's been involved in it for about a decade.
As School Starts, A Look At ‘Paperless’ Classrooms
Google's new "Classroom" app is winning fans in teachers for its efficiency, but some worry about student privacy.
World Championship Tug-Of-War Is ‘A Thing Of Beauty’
This weekend's competition in Wisconsin is a bit more intense than it was in your grade school gym class.
Mobile App Helps Transgender People Change Their Voices
WBUR's Martha Bebinger reports on a new smartphone app that's helping people who are transitioning to change the pitch of their voice.
After Two Disasters, Malaysia Airlines To Cut 6,000 Jobs
The airline has been losing ground for years, but the economic picture worsened in 2014 after two of its planes crashed in five months.
Americans Fighting A War Away From Home
NPR's Dina Temple-Raston discusses her reporting on Americans who have gone to fight in Syria and Iraq.
ISIS Video Appears To Show Beheading Of Kurdish Fighter
The video also shows several men said to be captured Kurdish fighters. The Kurds are trying to stave off the advance of ISIS.

WBHM Interviews

A College For Inmates, And An Interview With Its President
INTERVIEW: Inmate And Horticulture Student Timothy Brown
INTERVIEW: Trisha Powell Crain On Alabama's Low NAEP Ranks
INTERVIEWS With "Make Them Listen" Anti-Illegal-Immigration Protesters
Interview: Nick Patterson, Author of "Birmingham Foot Soldiers: Voices from the Civil Rights Movement"
INTERVIEW: New Jefferson County Schools Chief Craig Pouncey
Life After Prison: Interview With Robin, Student And Tutwiler Inmate
Interview: U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance on Alabama's Heroin Problem
Interview: Reporter Alex Walsh on Alabama's Prison Budget
"Coming Back With Wes Moore" Explores the Struggles of Returning Combat Veterans
Interview: Mark Crosswhite, Alabama Power's New CEO
INTERVIEW: James Willig On The "Gamification" Of Medical Education, WBHM Event Yields Frank Talk On Hoover School Bus Fees
INTERVIEW: Rick Vest, Counseling Coordinator Of Two-Year College For Prisoners
Interview: Dr. Edward O. Wilson, Biologist and Alabama Native
Tornado Slams Small Alabama Town
Interview: Reporter Brian Lawson Discusses Inmate Healthcare
Interview: Birmingham Barons General Manager Jonathan Nelson
INTERVIEW: Arnold Shober On The Importance Of School Board Leadership
Folk Singer Willie Watson Brings Classic Folk and Blues to Birmingham
Going Natural: It's Not Just a Hairstyle, It's a Lifestyle
Birmingham Native Callie Courter's New Album 'Love is for the Brave'
Interview: Reporter Kelsey Stein on Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women
Interview: Michael Saag, M.D., Discusses His New Book
Sustainability: Birmingham Mayor William Bell
SUSTAINABILITY: Grant Brigham Of Jones Valley Teaching Farm
INTERVIEW: AdvancED CEO Mark Elgart
INTERVIEW: Anne-Marie Slaughter
INTERVIEW: Controversial Comedian (And More) Bill Maher

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