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A live production of NPR and WBUR Boston, in collaboration with public radio stations across the country, Here & Now reflects the fluid world of news as it’s happening in the middle of the day, with timely, smart and in-depth news, interviews and conversation. Co-hosted by award-winning journalists Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson, the show’s daily lineup includes interviews with NPR reporters, editors and bloggers, as well as leading newsmakers, innovators and artists from across the U.S. and around the globe.

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Millions of people have been displaced by the ongoing Syrian civil war.

About 5 million are living in neighboring countries — Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and Iraq — about 900,000 have applied for asylum in Europe and about 18,000 have come to the United States. But wealthy Gulf countries, like the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, have taken in almost no refugees.

The Department of Homeland Security has released guidance for implementing President Trump's executive orders on border security and immigration enforcement.

On Tuesday morning, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly unveiled new policies aimed at detaining and deporting more immigrants in the country illegally.

President Trump on Monday named Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his new national security adviser, filling out the team that will advise him on issues such as ISIS and Russia.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis is in Baghdad, Iraq on Monday on an unannounced visit as the fight against ISIS continues there. In an attempt to ease relations between the U.S. and Iraq, Mattis also commented on the oil in Iraq in an apparent contradiction to President Trump’s previous comments, saying, “We’re not in Iraq to seize anybody’s oil.”

New York Times reporter Scott Shane (@ScottShaneNYT) joins Here & Now‘s Eric Westervelt to discuss the front-page story that Shane co

Over the weekend President Trump’s sons Eric and Don Jr. were in Dubai at the grand opening of the Trump International Golf Club there. His sons have taken over management of the Trump Organization, though Donald Trump still owns it — just one of many potential conflicts of interest raising flags among experts.

President Trump is still looking for a new national security adviser to replace Michael Flynn, who resigned this week.

DJ Sessions: Classical With A Twist

Feb 17, 2017

Terrance McKnight of WQXR in New York speaks with Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson about artists bringing classical music in interesting new directions, including the Ethiopian-born composer and pianist Girma Yifrashewa.

We revisit our conversation from earlier this year with Native American hip-hop artist Frank Waln, who is working on a new album. Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson spoke with Waln in April.

New Hampshire will not become the next so-called right to work state, after House lawmakers in the state killed the union-targeting legislation Thursday. But similar policies, which impact how unions collect fees, have already passed in Missouri and Kentucky this year.

The sweeping changes are coming at a time when union membership nationally is at an all-time low. Todd Bookman (@toddbookman) from Here & Now contributor New Hampshire Public Radio reports.

The iconic Andrew Wyeth painting “Christina’s World” depicts a woman in a pink house dress stretched out in a field, turned toward a house in the distance. The painting was inspired by Christina Olson, who lived near Wyeth’s summer home in Maine.

President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are set to meet at the White House on Wednesday.

It comes at a difficult time for the Trump administration after the resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn on Monday, and reports that Trump campaign staff had repeated contact with Russian intelligence officials before the election.

First responders in Louisville, Kentucky, received 52 overdose emergency calls in a 32-hour span last week. It’s the highest rate of overdose calls so far this year in a state that has one of the highest overdose death rates in the country.

Here & Now’s Robin Young talks with Dr. Robert Couch, the emergency department medical director at Norton Audubon Hospital in Louisville.

President Trump campaigned on a promise to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, which he called “unfair” to the United States. At a joint press conference Monday with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, however, Trump said his administration would only be “tweaking” NAFTA.

At President Trump’s last two press conferences with foreign leaders, he’s only taken questions from reporters working for organizations that are viewed as friendly to him. That allowed him to avoid discussing the fate of now former national security adviser Michael Flynn at Monday’s joint press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn resigned as President Trump’s national security adviser Monday night, after acknowledging that he “inadvertently briefed the Vice President Elect and others with incomplete information” about his phone calls with the Russian ambassador.

In northeast Houston, Furr High School once had a reputation no school wants: It was plagued by gangs and student dropouts posed a big problem. Now, school administrators are trying to turn things around with some innovative programs that are drawing attention nationally.

Laura Isensee (@lauraisensee) from Here & Now contributor Houston Public Media takes us on campus for something called “Genius Time.”

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen will be on Capitol Hill starting Tuesday, giving her first congressional testimony since President Trump took office. Trump criticized Yellen during the campaign, accusing her of keeping interest rates low “for political reasons.”

President Trump says the U.S. is committed to the security of Japan and all areas under its administrative control.

Trump’s comments imply that a U.S.-Japan defense treaty covers disputed East China Sea islands, which are controlled by Japan but also claimed by China.

Trump was speaking after meeting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the White House on Friday.

In an English class in the Jefferson County Open School in Lakewood, Colorado, students are studying one of the biggest issues on the planet. An interdisciplinary approach lets students learn about climate change, rapid population growth and the sudden and dramatic extinction of thousands of species through the non-fiction book “The Sixth Extinction.”

Whole Foods is reducing its total number of stores, and moving away from its ambitious expansion target. The move comes after six-straight quarters of sales decline, and as other retailers like Kroger and Wal-Mart expand their organic food offerings.

Americans will spend about $2 billion buying flowers for Valentine’s Day, according to the National Retail Federation. Most of those flowers are grown far away and shipped a long distance before they end up in a vase.

In 1997 a Cleveland-based researcher studying a rare, sometimes-cancerous condition noticed that an unusually high percentage of her patients also had a particular type of autism. She eventually discovered that both conditions shared the same genetic mutation.

Since then, a number of other cancer genes have been found in some types of autism, and a recent report out of the University of California Davis says 43 genes thought to be involved in autism are also associated with cancer.

Many people trying to focus on a healthy lifestyle search out healthy foods or join a gym. What about clean air?

Some California farmers are turning to cleaning the soil in an effort to use less water — and to help clean air we breathe. Valley Public Radio’s Ezra David Romero (@ezraromero) reports.

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed school choice advocate Betsy DeVos as Education secretary by the narrowest of margins, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking a 50-50 tie in a historic vote.

Two Republicans joined Democrats in the unsuccessful effort to derail the nomination of the wealthy Republican donor. The Senate historian said Pence’s vote was the first by a vice president to break a tie on a Cabinet nomination.

President Trump made a campaign promise to lower the price of prescription drugs. After meeting with several big pharmaceutical companies last week, the president emerged with different plans to do that, from reducing taxes to cutting back regulations.

Legal scholar Alan Dershowitz (@AlanDersh) joins Here & Now‘s Robin Young to discuss the legal back-and-forth that took place in court over the weekend about President Trump’s executive order restricting travel from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Two students who are part of the UC Berkeley College Republicans were attacked Thursday on campus, though not by anyone affiliated with the university. The attack happened the day after a group of protesters caused thousands of dollars worth of damage on campus protesting a planned appearance by the far-right commentator Milo Yiannopoulos.

The university ended up canceling the event a couple of hours before it was supposed to start.

Want to know a secret about Tom Brady? Ask his Dad.

“Tommy is a football player,” says Tom Brady Sr. “This is not a July-January or February endeavor for him. He has a countdown clock in his gym that is now ticking to next year’s Super Bowl.”

That’s what Brady Sr. told the CSN “Quick Slants” podcast about a countdown clock his son started roughly a year ago. The timepiece is a glimpse into the focus, drive and preparation that makes his son arguably the best quarterback ever.

“Is Steve Bannon the second most powerful man in the world?”

That’s the headline of a new Time magazine story out this week. It paints a picture of Bannon’s life, and shows how the man described as “aggressive,” “talkative” and “brash” rose to his current role in the White House as chief strategist to President Trump.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with the author of the piece, Time editor-at-large David Von Drehle.

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