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President-elect Trump has said he will dismantle and replace the Affordable Care Act, and possibly privatize Medicaid the insurance program for the very poor. Several Republican governors say they’re putting their state’s Medicaid expansion on hold, as they wait to find out Obamacare’s fate. That news is alarming to some shooting victims and their physicians. Many of these patients, who are young, minority men and uninsured, are finally able to get follow-up care through the Medicaid...

Inside A Genetic Time Capsule For Seeds

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Climate change has altered the growing season for many plants, including wildflowers. Observation has been the most powerful tool for scientists who study this shift. But its the plants seeds that may provide the most meaningful answers in the decades to come. Grace Hood  ( @ gracehood ) from Here & Now contributor Colorado Public Radio takes us to a seed vault at Colorado State University that’s created tiny genetic time capsules for future use. Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http:/...

Change is afoot in Las Vegas. A new casino resort opened this month and its catering primarily to Asian tourists. Its signs are in Chinese and English, and the hotel features authentic Chinese food. Two major hotel corporations are now charging for parking at their resorts. Robert Rippee ( @rippee_robert ), director of the Hospitality Lab at the International Gaming Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, tells Here & Now s Jeremy Hobson about how the city continues to grow and...

A war of words has erupted between President-elect Donald Trump and Chuck Jones, president of United Steelworkers 1999. It began when Jones, who leads the local union branch representing workers at Carrier Corporations factory in Indianapolis, accused Trump of lying about the number of jobs hed saved at Carrier. Trump responded through two tweets. Now Jones says hes getting threats from Trump supporters. Chuck Jones, who is President of United Steelworkers 1999, has done a terrible job...

President-elect Donald Trump campaigned on a promise to enact stricter immigration policies. He has said he wants to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, DACA. He also said he wants to deport immigrants who have committed crimes, saying that would cover up to 3 million people. Here & Now s Jeremy Hobson talks with Ahilan Arulanantham ( @ahilan_toolong ), director of advocacy and legal director of the ACLU of Southern California, about reactions to Trump’s election among immigrant...

[Youtube] Two Tennessee teens are being held responsible for the wildfires that tore through the City of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and the surrounding areas of Sevier County. The fires killed at least 14 people, injured 176 and damaged more than 2,400 homes and businesses. Here & Now s Robin Young speaks with resident Michael Luciano about his harrowing escape from the Chalet Village Fire in Gatlinburg, and the video he recorded as he made his way down the mountain. Note: The video above,...

Even before the election, critics had been drawing comparisons between Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler. Theyve pointed to Trumps promise to ban Muslims, deport millions of immigrants, crack down on the press and make America great again. Here & Now s Jeremy Hobson talks with Daniel Ziblatt ( @dziblatt ), professor of government at Harvard University and author of the forthcoming book Conservative Parties and the Birth of Modern Democracy in Europe , about Hitlers rise to power in 1930s Germany...

The tragic warehouse fire in Oakland, Calif., is raising fears of a backlash against the citys artists and the way many of them live and work. If the city decides to red-tag buildings that dont have permits, artists could lose their homes and studio spaces. Stephanie Martin Taylor ( @SMartinTaylor ) from Here & Now contributor KQED reports. Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

The Senate is expected to vote this afternoon on the 21st Century Cures Act. It is considered landmark legislation that would provide funding for research programs like Vice President Joe Biden’s moonshot against cancer. It will also make significant changes in how drugs are tested and approved. The act passed in the House overwhelmingly and is expected to easily pass the Senate as well. NPRs  Richard Harris ( @rrichardh ) joins Here & Now s Jeremy Hobson to discuss what this legislation will...

The president travels to Tampa today, the militarys special operations headquarters. There he will meet with the troops and speak about his administrations counterterrorism efforts. Here & Now s Peter ODowd asks American University professor  Stephen Tankel ( @stephentankel ), a counterterrorism expert, to assess the Obama legacy, and also what to expect from the Trump administration. Interview Highlights On the White Houses report on use of military force What the president and his team have...

Uber is thinking about the long game. The ride-hailing company acquired the artificial intelligence (AI) company Geometric Intelligence Monday, and said it will begin a new research arm called Ubers AI Labs. Other companies like Google and Facebook have also been making moves to boost their understanding of AI as they look to their future. Here & Now s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Johana Bhuiyan ( @JMBooyah ), senior editor of transportation at Recode, about the acquisition and new lab....

A spate of high-profile police shootings in the last year have drawn attention to the way police respond to people dealing with mental illness. Until recently, that response was arrest first, and ask questions later. But as Rhode Island Public Radios Kristin Espeland Gourlay ( @kristingourlay ) reports, a rising number of police departments around the country are re-thinking the way they handle these crises . This story comes via the New England News Collaborative . Copyright 2016 NPR. To see...

Vladimir Putin said last week that he wants to normalize relations with the United States, and that the two countries should join efforts to fight international terrorism. During the campaign, Donald Trump praised Putin as a leader, which raised some alarms among those who see Putin as an authoritarian ruler who poses a serious threat to the United States and its Western allies. Former world chess champion Garry Kasparov ( @Kasparov63 ), chairman of the pro-democracy Human Rights Foundation...

Ryan Speedo Green  ( @RyanSpeedoGreen ) is the bass-baritone taking the opera world by storm. A recent New York Times review of the Metropolitan Opera’s La Bohème called him a show stopper. But life for Green didn’t start out that way. The African-American singer was born to poor parents, endured a violent childhood and was placed in juvenile detention before he reached his teens. And then, he turned his life around in ways he and those around him could scarcely have imagined. His story is...

Several companies, including Kelloggs, Allstate, Nest and Warby Parker, announced Tuesday they would pull their advertisements from the right-wing site Breitbart some claiming they did not even know their ads were appearing there. The controversial website, formerly run by President-elect Donald Trumps Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, has drawn ire for publishing articles considered sympathetic to white nationalists. Breitbart denies that and responded in kind to the ad pulls, calling for a...

Advice For Employees Who Hate The Boss

Dec 1, 2016

The latest research from Gallup shows that half of all employees in the United States end up quitting jobs at some point because they dont like their boss. Here & Now s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Curt Nickisch ( @CurtNickisch ), senior editor of Harvard Business Review, about what employees should do if they dont get along with the person managing them. Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Every year, new words, senses and changes in word usage are added to the  American Heritage Dictionary . Here & Now s Robin Young finds out some of the additions for 2016 from Executive Editor Steve Kleinedler ( @ SKleinedler )   of the American Heritage Dictionary ( @ahdictionary ). 11 New Words In The American Heritage Dictionary Delicious Food Terms maki : Rolled sushi that typically consists of vinegar-flavored rice and cooked or raw fish, wrapped in a sheet of nori, and usually cut into...

Singing legend Tony Bennett  ( @ itstonybennett ) turned 90 this year, but the crooner says he has no plans to retire. He releases a new album, Tony Bennett Celebrates 90 , in December, and recently co-wrote Just Getting Started with NPRs Scott Simon. Here & Now s Robin Young sat down with Bennett in his New York studio to talk about the new memoir an homage to the people whove inspired his remarkable journey from Queens, New York, to citizen of the world. View an online gallery of...

On Nov. 28, 1966, the writer Truman Capote invited 540 people to the grand ballroom of New Yorks Plaza Hotel for the Black and White Ball. The guest list for Capotes extravaganza included a mix of artists and socialites, from Frank Sinatra and Andy Warhol to Gloria Vanderbilt and Lynda Bird Johnson. Capote threw the party in honor of his friend Katharine Graham, the recently widowed publisher of the Washington Post. But in the process, Capote also helped invent our modern sense of celebrity....

Surfcasting is ocean fishing from the shore. To find the best, Here & Now s Robin Young went to Marthas Vineyard off the coast of New England. There she met Paul Schultz , the legendary surfcaster who is featured in the definitive book Reading The Water by Robert Past. But this endeavor is about more than casting a line out to attract a fish; its also about exploring and restoration. Here are more photos from the trip: Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Today is Giving Tuesday, a day of fundraising for non-profits that comes on the heels of several of the biggest shopping days of the year. Cyber Monday yesterday racked in record sales for online retailers, and over the Black Friday weekend, millions more people shopped online than in stores for the first time ever. Here & Now s Robin Young talks with  Jason Del Rey ( @DelRey ), senior editor for commerce at Recode, about this years trends in holiday shopping. Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more,...

U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel today allowed Dylann Roof to represent himself at trial. Roof is a self-identified white supremacist accused of shooting nine black worshipers at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina in June 2015. The same federal judge ruled Friday that Dylann Roof is mentally competent to stand trial on 33 charges, including violations of hate crime laws. After a three-week delay, jury selection begins today for Roofs federal trial. The 22-year-old also...

The Monday after Thanksgiving has typically been the busiest day of the year for online shopping. But this year, many consumers got a head start over the weekend scoring Cyber Monday deals that started early. Regardless, economists are still expecting a rise in sales over last year, as well as a spike in charitable giving during tomorrows Giving Tuesday. For tips on shopping smart and avoiding scams, Here & Now s Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with Jill Schlesinger ( @jillonmoney ), CBS News...

Michael Baca is a member of the Electoral College who is running Hamilton Electors , one of the social media campaigns aimed at urging members of the Electoral College not to vote for Donald Trump when their vote occurs on Dec. 19. Baca joins Here & Now s Robin Young to discuss why he wants a moderate Republican to win the Electoral College vote, not Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

The Science Behind Fasting

Nov 25, 2016

Had enough food over Thanksgiving? If you are lucky enough to feel sated, perhaps some fasting is in order. More and more people are turning to fasting. But does it work, and how safe is it? Elana Gordon ( @Elana_Gordon ) from The Pulse at Here & Now contributor WHYY looked into the science behind fasting , and asked a woman who is a faster to keep an audio diary of her day. Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Home, Thanksgiving and football. For many American families, those three things are being celebrated this week, in varying degrees. But it hasnt always been that way. Karen Given ( @klgiven ) from NPRs Only A Game explains the history of the connection between football and Turkey Day. Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

President-elect Donald Trumps transition team has announced that he intends to appoint Elisabeth Betsy DeVos as the secretary of education. DeVos is a philanthropist from West Michigan and the head of the group American Federation for Children, a conservative think tank focused on education. NPRs Eric Westervelt  ( @Ericnpr ) joins Here & Now to discuss. Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Rodale Inc. was founded in 1930, and since then has become one of the largest independent publishers in the country. It puts out a number of magazines, and also works to spread the gospel of an organic lifestyle. CEO Maria Rodale   ( @mariarodale ), granddaughter of founder J.I. Rodale, has faced challenges and some controversy since taking over the helm of the company in 2009 at the height of the recession. In a View From The Top conversation, she joins  Here & Now s Robin Young to discuss...

Five years ago, when he was 37 years old, the unthinkable happened to Will Lautzenheiser . He lost both arms and both legs to a devastating bacterial infection. But then two years ago, Lautzenheiser got what he calls an incredible gift: a double arm transplant. Those two years have been full of daily hospital visits, and hours and hours of hard, tedious work, to get the arms working. But now, Will can turn a doorknob, feed himself, write with a pen and feel the rain on his hands. Here & Now s...

The New York Times reports that during Donald Trumps meeting with papers editorial board, the president-elect was asked about the white nationalist group known as the National Policy Institute. That group held a conference blocks from the White House this past weekend, in which attendees made Sieg Heil Nazi salutes. Video of the groups Saturday conference shows white nationalist Richard B. Spencer shouting Hail Trump! and audience members extending their arms in a Nazi salute: [Youtube] On...

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