Here & Now

Here & Now

Produced by NPR and WBUR in Boston featuring long-form storytelling mixed with discussion and investigative pieces on topics ranging from breaking news to new music and the arts.


  • Universal Basic Income Pilot Program; Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan
    by NPR on July 10, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    U.S. schools are trying to plan for the upcoming academic year as the pandemic intensifies. Arne Duncan, former Secretary of Education under Obama, joins us to discuss the push by the Trump administration to reopen schools in the fall. Universal basic income, […]

  • K-pop Top Hits With Soju; Upcoming Missions To Mars
    by NPR on July 10, 2020 at 12:56 pm

    Soju, who competed on "RuPaul's Drag Race," tells us about what it was like growing up queer and Korean in the Midwest and answers all our burning questions about K-pop idols and fans. Plus, she shares tracks from H.O.T, 2NE1, Tiffany Young, and herself. […]

  • Empathy And Power; U.S. Military Confronts Racism
    by NPR on July 9, 2020 at 1:08 pm

    Why did George Floyd's death spark a worldwide movement demanding social change? Stanford Professor Jamil Zaki says it has to do with empathy, how it's fostered and how it atrophies. He joins us to discuss the connection between power and empathy. And, the […]

  • 'Pandemic Dreams' Captured In New Book; House Race In New Mexico
    by NPR on July 9, 2020 at 12:08 pm

    Dream researcher Deidre Barrett has collected thousands of COVID-19 related dreams online. She joins us to discuss publishing a number of them in the new book "Pandemic Dreams." Also, in New Mexico's second Congressional district, Democratic Rep. Xochitl […]

  • Ohio Epidemiologist; Gail Caldwell's 'Bright Precious Thing' Memoir
    by NPR on July 8, 2020 at 1:08 pm

    Ohio is one of several states seeing an uptick in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations after remaining fairly steady in May and June. Dr. Tara Smith, an infectious disease epidemiologist at Kent State University, joins us to discuss what's behind the recent […]

  • Gen Z Talks Protests, Pandemic; Stargazing Without A Telescope
    by NPR on July 8, 2020 at 12:10 pm

    Americans have been grappling with the emergence of a deadly pandemic and a nationwide protest movement forcing a reckoning on police violence and racial injustice. Host Jeremy Hobson speaks with three young people about how they've been handling it all. […]

  • Blackout Day Economic Protest; How Newt Gingrich Shaped The GOP
    by NPR on July 7, 2020 at 1:56 pm

    Tuesday marks #BlackoutDayt2020, a day when Black Americans and their allies are being encouraged to spend their money at minority-owned stores exclusively to highlight the consumer power of minorities. Roben Farzad, host of Public Radio's "Full Disclosure," […]

  • COVID-19 Medical Flights On The Rise; Live Music Venues Struggle
    by NPR on July 7, 2020 at 12:10 pm

    In Imperial County, one of Southern California's remote coronavirus hot spots, medical crews have been flying out hundreds of sick people after two local hospitals ran low on intensive care beds. We speak with the program director for Reach Air Medical […]

  • Arizona Lessons On COVID-19; College Admissions In A Pandemic
    by NPR on July 6, 2020 at 1:08 pm

    Arizona reported thousands of new coronavirus infections over the weekend, with young adults leading the growth. University of Arizona epidemiologist Dr. Saskia Popescu joins us to discuss the lessons learned from Arizona, which was one of the first states to […]

  • Mysterious Elephant Deaths; Wearing Masks Could Help GDP
    by NPR on July 6, 2020 at 12:08 pm

    More than 350 elephants have mysteriously died in Botswana over the past few months. We talk with the Director of National Park Service Dr. Niall McCann about what could be causing these deaths and what's at stake for the larger ecosystem. Also, Goldman Sachs […]