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2:58 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Remembering Children's Book Author Walter Dean Myers

Walter Dean Myers, the award-winning children’s book author and former ambassador for young people’s literature, died this week at the age of 76.

He was a longtime advocate of children’s reading. Earlier this year, he appeared on Here & Now with his son Christopher to discuss the lack of characters of color in children’s literature.

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2:58 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

'Smart' Homes May Be Vulnerable To Hackers

A LG representative shows a smartphone with Home Chat in front of a LG smart refrigerator during the 2014 International CES, January 10 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The LG Smart Home system with the Home Chat smart platform allows users to communicate with home appliances via text message. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

Our homes are becoming more and more connected. Thermostats, televisions, lights and appliances can all be controlled remotely by our smartphones, tablets and computers, with smart-home software.

But Gunter Ollman, chief technology officer of tech security firm IOActive, tells Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson that technology has not caught up to current security measures, and all this connectivity is leaving us vulnerable to hacking.

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2:58 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Germany Boosts Its Minimum Wage

German Labour and Social Affairs Minister Andrea Nahles (C) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (C, R) cast their ballot during a vote on a bill for a national minimum wage on July 3 in Berlin. (Clemens Bilan/AFP Photo)

The German Parliament voted today to set the country’s first national minimum wage, 8.5 euros, which is $11.60 per hour. The new minimum wage will be phased in starting next year.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government supported the move at the insistence of her government coalition partners, the center-left Social Democrats. The minimum wage passed over arguments that it would hurt Germany’s economy, which is Europe’s largest.

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2:26 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Grill Time: New Twists On July 4th Favorites

Kathy Gunst's grilled vegetables for her "Grilled Corn Relish." See recipe below. (Kathy Gunst/Here & Now)

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 9:44 am

The Fourth of July is almost upon us, and for many people that means two things: fireworks and grilling. Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst may not have pointers on the pyrotechnics, but she sure knows her way around a grill. Kathy’s special ingredient for burgers? Bacon. Lots and lots of bacon. She also shares recipes for a goat cheese crostada, vegetable kebabs, potato salad (with bacon or without) and corn relish:

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2:26 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Red Spruce Makes A Comeback

Josh Halman surveys red spruce for signs of "winter injury" or dead needles and buds caused by cold temperatures hitting needles weakened by acid rain. (Sam Evans-Brown/NHPR)

There’s a dramatic recovery underway in the forests of New England. Red spruce, a tree that researchers once thought was doomed because of acid rain, is now growing faster than ever.

And it’s not the only tree growing like gangbusters. The story of the red spruce hints that with a changing climate, there will be species that are winners as well as losers.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Sam Evans-Brown of New Hampshire Public Radio reports.

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2:26 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Not Your Father's Hog

Harley Davidson's "Livewire," the company's foray into the electric motorcycle market. (Latoya Dennis)

Harley Davidson is known for the size of its motorcycles and their distinctive growl. But the bike maker may soon be offering a model that’s a lot quieter.

There’s no shifting and no clutch on the LiveWire, and the motorcycle weighs only about 450 pounds, compared to the 700 to 800 pounds for a more typical Harley.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Latoya Dennis of WUWM reports from Milwaukee on the LiveWire, Harley’s possible foray into the electric motorcycle market.

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3:48 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

World Cup: The Loser Goes Home

Today in Brazil, it’s do or die, one and done, all or nothing — and any other sports cliche you can think of to describe the winner-take-all World Cup match between the U.S. and Belgium.

Doug Tribou of NPR’s Only A Game tells Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson that while Belgium is the favorite, the “Red Devils” are pretty banged up and some of their key players may not take to the pitch. Meanwhile, U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann says his team will be going on the attack.

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3:48 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Fireworks Business 'Shaken' By Fatal Accident

Brandon Weaver, right, and his fellow crew members pose in the back of a Budget rental truck. They say being back at work is helping them cope with the death of their co-worker. (Northwest News Network)

July 4th is a day to celebrate the birth of a nation with parades, picnics and in many communities, fireworks.

People in the pyrotechnic business say their job is to entertain people. But the splendor and thrill of a magnificent fireworks display can come with a price.

Last month, a longtime seasonal employee of Entertainment Fireworks, Inc., one of the largest fireworks companies in the Northwest, was killed in an on-the-job explosion and fire.

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3:48 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Supreme Court Solidifies Position On Birth Control

The U.S. Supreme Court is shown June 25, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Today the U.S. Supreme Court left in place lower court rulings in favor of businesses that objected to covering all forms of birth control mandated for coverage in the Affordable Care Act.

It’s a strong indication that the court’s ruling yesterday extending religious rights to “closely held” companies, applies broadly to all forms of birth control covered by the mandate, rather than just the four types objected to by Hobby Lobby and Conestoga.

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3:06 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Archie To Meet Untimely Death

This photo released by Archie Comics shows "Life with Archie." Archie Comics says the famous comic book character will heroically sacrifice himself while saving the life of a friend in a July 2014 installment of "Life with Archie." The comic book series tells the story of grown-up renditions of Archie and his Riverdale pals. (Archie Comics/AP Photo)

Comic fans will have more on their mind this summer than whether the beloved, freckle-faced Archie Andrews should chose between Betty or Veronica.

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3:06 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

New Generation Of TVs Promises More Clarity, Big Price Tag

Attendees walk past the Toshiba Ultra HD 4K TV display at the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 8, 2014. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s being billed as a revolution in television — a TV with four times the definition of standard high definition television (HDTV), which is also known as 1080p television (a resolution of 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels high).

These new “Ultra HD 4K” TVs have been on sale for about a year, ranging in price from about $1,000 to over $20,000 for the biggest, fanciest models. But is there content available for these new televisions? And can cable companies transmit that much data?

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3:06 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Why Did France Swing To The Right?

In France, the far right Front National party, under its leader Marine Le Pen, finished on top in the recent European elections. The French prime minister called it a political earthquake, with the ruling Socialist Party pushed into third place. So why did it happen?

The BBC’s Christian Fraser traveled into the French countryside to find out why voters have turned against their main parties.

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2:48 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Tom Perrotta Brings 'The Leftovers' To HBO

The HBO series, "The Leftovers," explores what happens on Earth for those left behind after the Rapture. It is based on Tom Perrotta's novel of the same name. Perrotta was also a producer and writer on the show. (HBO)

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 10:36 am

Think for a second. Say there is a rapture — a Bibilical event in which people around you

disappear.

What would you do? Wouldn’t you wonder a little, “Well, why not me?”

In Tom Perrotta‘s novel “The Leftovers,” there are hellish questions on Earth after millions are whisked off to heaven.

And now, “The Leftovers” is an HBO series. Perrotta isn’t new to having his work adapted to the screen. Previously, Perrotta’s novels “Election” and “Little Children” were adapted into Academy Award nominated films.

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2:48 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

A Retired Satellite Gets Back To Work

This 1976 photo shows the International Sun-Earth Explorer C (ISEE-3, ICE) undergoing testing in the Goddard Space Flight Center's dynamic test chamber. (Wikimedia Commons)

After 31 years in space, ISEE-3 is finally coming home.

The International Sun-Earth Explorer 3 was a humble satellite launched in the late 1970s to monitor solar winds – until Robert Farquhar commandeered and reprogrammed it to help the United States become the first country to encounter a comet.

Now, a team of scientists have come together in an unofficial effort to awaken the sleeping spacecraft and return it to its original spot — and function — by combining old technology with new.

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2:48 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Ukraine Seals Economic Trade Deal With EU

In this handout photo provided by the German Government Press Office (BPA), French President Francois Hollande, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel chat at the EU summit after the signing of the EU's Association Agreement with Ukraine on June 27 in Brussels, Belgium. The landmark agreement will mean that the Ukraine will need to adhere to European values such as democracy and human rights. (Guido Bergmann/Bundesregierung via Getty Images)

Ukraine’s new president, Petro Poroshenko, has signed a historic trade and economic agreement with the European Union. This comes just seven months after former leader Viktor Yanukovych rejected a trade deal with the EU, sparking protests that toppled his government.

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3:29 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

U.S. Advances In World Cup, Despite Loss To Germany

Germany has beaten the United States at the World Cup, but the U.S. team is still advancing.

Thomas Mueller scored his fourth goal of the tournament to lead Germany to the 1-0 win. Still, the U.S. moves on to the knockout stage despite the loss, as Portugal beat Ghana, 2-1.

Both teams knew before kickoff that a draw would see them through, but neither held back.

NPR’s Russell Lewis watched the game at Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, and joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson with details.

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2:23 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Summer Seafood Recipes From Chef Kathy Gunst

Kathy Gunst's "Roast Summer Clams with Chorizo, Tomatoes and Basil." See recipe below. (Kathy Gunst/Here & Now)

It’s officially summer. For many people, including Here & Now’s resident chef Kathy Gunst, that means fish. And not just any fish — summer fish, including lobsters, clams and summer flounder.

As she tells host Jeremy Hobson, she’s also always thinking about sustainable fish — “seafood caught or farmed in ways that ensure a supply of seafood long into the future.” (More info on making sustainable seafood choices here.)

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2:23 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

U.S. Advances To World Cup's 2nd Round Despite Loss

Clint Dempsey of the United States acknowledges the fans after being defeated by Germany 1-0 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil group G match between the United States and Germany at Arena Pernambuco on June 26, 2014 in Recife, Brazil. (Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 2:22 pm

The United States reached the knockout stage of consecutive World Cups for the first time, just not the way the Americans wanted.

Germany beat the U.S. 1-0 Thursday in soggy Recife on Thomas Mueller’s 55th-minute goal to win Group G, but the Americans held onto second place when Portugal defeated Ghana 2-1 in a game played simultaneously in Brasilia.

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2:01 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Rosanne Cash Speaks Out On Music Licensing

Roseanne Cash, pictured here in January 2014 at a WFUV event in New York City, testified before the House Judiciary Committee yesterday about music licensing and illegal downloading. (Gus Philippas/WFUV)

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 3:49 pm

Rosanne Cash, musician and daughter of country music legend Johnny Cash, is urging Congress to do more to protect intellectual property rights in the digital age.

She testified before a House Judiciary subcommittee yesterday in support of the Respect Act, which would compensate artists for digital performances of songs recorded before 1972. Right now, there is no federal copyright protection for those recordings.

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2:39 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Reinstated Methodist Pastor: 'I Will Never Be Silent Again On LGBTQ Issues'

Reverend Frank Schaefer says his reinstatement by the Methodist Church “brings a lot of hope” to the LGBTQ community in the Methodist Church.

Reverend Schaefer was defrocked last November for officiating his son’s same-sex wedding, after saying that he would not let Church doctrine stop him from officiating same-sex weddings in the future, if asked.

He has now been fully re-instated and assigned to a new congregation, but the decision has deepened the divide over same-sex and gender issues in the Methodist Church.

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2:21 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Neil Gaiman Brings A Multimedia Extravaganza To Carnegie Hall

Neil Gaiman's latest book is "The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains." He's pictured here on March 9, 2013. (Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 2:19 pm

Neil Gaiman has won a wide following with novels like “American Gods,” “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” and “Coraline,” and he’s read his works aloud numerous times.

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2:21 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

U.S. Economic Activity Down Sharply In First Quarter

The U.S. economy has shrank at an annual rate of 2.9 percent in the first quarter of this year, according to the Commerce Department. This is the fastest rate of decline since the recession ended five years ago.

Joe Weisenthal of the Business Insider joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to discuss the forces behind the decline and what we can expect for the future.

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3:58 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

An Evening With John Waters On Hitchhiking And Middle America

Film director John Waters has penned a book called "Carsick," about his cross-country hitchhiking trip. (Jason Kempin/Getty Images for EJAF)

John Waters has never been afraid of taking risks. His films have depicted everything from convicted criminals to coprophagia, and he’s often been in the news for his controversial opinions.

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3:58 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Where Are We On The Housing Market?

A "sale pending" sign is pictured on a house. (Dan Moyle/Flickr)

The Commerce Department is reporting that new home sales soared in May to their highest level since the financial market crisis six years ago. That follows a report yesterday that sales of existing homes also rose sharply last month.

But even with the gains, sales of both new and existing homes are running well below what economists consider healthy. So where are we on the housing market?

Chris Low, chief economist at FTN Financial joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to discuss the housing market.

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3:58 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Wimbledon Watch: New Faces As Women's Tennis Makes A Comeback

Sloane Stephens of the United States in action during her Ladies' Singles first round match against Maria Kirilenko of Russia on day one of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on June 23, 2014 in London, England. (Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 4:42 pm

Sports correspondent Tom Perrotta, writes that “women’s tennis has finally found its future.” And it’s beyond the hands of Maria Sharapova, or Serena and Venus Williams.

American Sloane Stevens, 21, lost on day one of Wimbledon yesterday, but 18-year-old Taylor Townsend plays today. They’re both up-and-coming players to watch, along with 20-year-old Canadian Eugenie Bouchard, who also plays today.

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2:59 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

The Ghostly Sound Of The Theremin

Jon Bernhardt playing the theremin in the WBUR studios. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Even if you’re not familiar with the musical instrument called the theremin, chances are you’ve heard its ghostly sound. The theremin is unique because of how it’s played: you make music without touching it. Theremin player Jon Bernhardt discusses the instrument and plays some music for Here & Now’s Sacha Pfeiffer.

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2:59 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Win, Lose or Draw, U.S. Can Still Advance In World Cup

U.S. forward Clint Dempsey scores during a Group G football match between USA and Portugal at the Amazonia Arena in Manaus during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 22, 2014. (Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images)

There were 30 seconds left to play and the United States team was beating Portugal 2 to 1. The majority pro-American crowd of more than 40,000 at last night’s World Cup game in Brazil were ready to party, but it wasn’t to be.

Portugal scored with less than half a minute to go, and now the U.S. looks ahead to Thursday evening’s game against Germany to determine its World Cup future.

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2:59 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Louisville Mayor 'Not Opposed' To Minimum Wage Increase

Mayor Greg Fischer of Louisville, Kentucky says he "would support" a gradual increase in the minimum wage, but doing so "has not been a big topic of conversation in our city." (www.louisvilleky.gov)

The U.S. Conference of Mayors is wrapping up its annual meeting in Dallas, Texas. The annual conference covers urban policies ranging including climate change, education, same-sex marriage, inequality and economic growth.

Raising the minimum wage was much discussed, because Seattle recently raised its minimum wage to $15 an hour.

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4:43 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

More Analysis Of Obama's Remarks On Iraq

President Obama laid out his plan to help Iraq today, including sending up to 300 military advisers to the country to train local military, and sending Secretary of State John Kerry to the region. But the president said several times that there would be no more U.S. combat troops in Iraq.

Here & Now’s Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson speak with Rick Klein, political director for ABC News, and Robert Scales, retired U.S. Army major general and former commandant of the U.S. Army War College.

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4:43 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Pro-Government Supporters Struggle After Thailand Coup

More than 100,000 Cambodians have fled Thailand in recent days. They’re apparently leaving because they fear Thailand’s new military rulers are about to crack down on migrant workers in Thailand. Many of those workers are Cambodians.

The new military rulers deny they are about to crackdown on those workers, but there’s no denying they are suppressing any resistance to their rule. This is part of the fallout from last month’s coup, which ousted the former government of Yingluck Shinawatra.

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    Stories from this broadcast: A View From the South: Israel's Ground Offensive Continues; A Conversation With Immigrant Activist Jose Antonio Vargas; What This Plane Crash Means For Airlines; Bolivia Legalizes Child Labor; The Latest from Eastern Ukraine; The Stories of Dutch Lives Lost On Flight MH17
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    Stories from this broadcast: The Latest On Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 From Ukraine; Former Ukraine Ambassador: Rebels Likely Shot Plane Down; Will Israel Widen The War And Will Hamas Run Out of Rockets?; Take Two With Trio Ellas
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    Stories from this broadcast: Official: Malaysian Plane Shot Down Over Ukraine; Hamas, Israel Resume Attacks; Why It’s Good To Talk About Miscarriages; Microsoft To Cut 14 Percent Of Its Workforce; The High Price Of Financial Transactions When You’re Poor; Tensions Cool As China Removes Oil Rig Off Vietnam; Coca-Cola Offers Hardship Pay For Expats In Beijing