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If you think the 2016 campaign was rough, check out the 1884 election. Democrat Grover Cleveland ran against Republican James Blaine.

Cleveland was called “Grover the Good,” but he had to endure allegations he had fathered an illegitimate child. Blaine fought charges of corruption. The poet Walt Whitman was watching, and he wrote a poem called “Election Day November 1884.”

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky about it.

The last U.S. jobs report before the Election Day is released Friday. About 161,000 jobs were added, lowering the unemployment rate slightly to 4.9 percent.

This could have an impact not just on voters, but also on the Federal Reserve and whether or not it will raise interest rates.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Mike Regan of Bloomberg Gadfly about the numbers and their implications.

Two former aides to Gov. Chris Christie were convicted Friday of creating an epic traffic jam at the George Washington Bridge for what prosecutors say was political revenge, capping a trial that cast doubt on Christie’s claims he knew nothing about the scheme.

Bridget Kelly, Christie’s former deputy chief of staff, and Bill Baroni, a Christie appointee to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, were found guilty of all counts against them.

When Anurudh Ganesan, 17, learned that his grandparents walked 10 miles carrying him when he was an infant in India to get a vaccination — only to find the vaccine was spoiled by hot temperatures — he was determined to come up with an inexpensive device to refrigerate vaccines and other medication.

Similarly, Hannah Herbst, 16, has a pen pal in Ethiopia whose family didn’t have a reliable source of electricity, which spurred her to create an inexpensive, water-powered light.

Trump Urges Early Voters To Change Ballot

Nov 2, 2016

Donald Trump is calling on early voters who may have second thoughts about Hillary Clinton to change their votes.

Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota and Pennsylvania allow for that, and the New Hampshire secretary of state says that voters who have used absentee ballots can change their votes only in the first two hours after the polls open on Election Day, before absentee ballots are counted.

Rebecca Sinderbrand of the Washington Post joins Here & Now‘s Robin Young to discuss where the presidential race stands today.

A fox, face-planted in the snow, lifts his hind legs in a graceful, gymnastic pose; a “winged-bear” sits in a river and two African lions share a good laugh.

These are among the 40 finalists for this year’s Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards. The contest received about 2,200 entries from 75 countries. The entrants will be judged by wildlife experts and photographers, including competition founder Paul Joynson-Hicks.

The Federal Reserve kicks off a two-day meeting today, and it is not expected to raise interest rates.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Jason Bellini of the Wall Street Journal about when a rate hike may be coming, and about two other business stories in the news today — Gannett abandoning its pursuit of the media company known as Tronc, and the dive in Sony’s second quarter profits.

Thousands of people are homeless after the fourth major earthquake in Italy in the last three months. Sunday’s quake was a magnitude 6.6 and struck near the central region of the country where nearly 300 people were killed by a quake in August.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson checks in with Associated Press reporter Colleen Barry, who’s in the region.

Less than two weeks out from Election Day, the gender gap appears to be bigger than ever.

Polls show Hillary Clinton with a 19 point lead over Donald Trump among likely female voters, and others indicate 79 percent of Republican women plan on voting for Trump, as opposed to the 93 percent who voted for Mitt Romney in 2012.

As the offensive to retake Mosul continues, Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with military analyst Andrew Bacevich about the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

Interview Highlights: Andrew Bacevich

On the offensive to retake Mosul

At just 33 years old, Donald Glover has achieved quite the resume as a comedian: a regular on NBC’s popular show “Community,” and a Grammy-nominated musician under the stage name Childish Gambino.

His most recent success is creating and starring in a new comedy “Atlanta” on FX.

NPR’s Eric Deggans talks with Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson about how “Atlanta” discusses the concept of being black in America while also examining other class and gender divides.

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Twitter has released its third quarter earnings and, along with them, announced the layoff of around 350 employees.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Curt Nickisch, senior editor at Harvard Business Review, about why Twitter is struggling and what might be next for the company.

Sweet potatoes are a big part of many a holiday meal. But Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst says that you can do so much more with them.

She brings Here & Now‘s Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson sweet potato chips, a puree and a chocolate cake made with a recipe from her friend and cookbook author Raghavan Iyer.

U.S.-sponsored peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians broke down two years ago. But very quietly, the Palestinian government in the West Bank has been running its own initiative to reach out to Israelis.

Reporter Daniel Estrin has more from the Palestinian city of Ramallah.

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As European and Asian investors seek out safe places to put their money, many are piling into the U.S. bond market.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with CNN’s Maggie Lake about what’s happening.

Secret Service Recruitment Campaign Amps Up

Oct 26, 2016

The U.S. Secret Service has an aggressive hiring campaign underway. But many qualified candidates are being disqualified from the application process because of their past illegal use of prescription drugs, including Adderall.

This comes at a time when the agency is stretched thin after several controversies, and the country is in the middle of a contentious presidential election.

For more, Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with USA Today reporter Kevin Johnson, who covers national law enforcement issues and the Justice Department.

If you’ve ever donated to a political candidate — or asked for information on a campaign website — you might find your email inbox flooded with fundraising appeals, perhaps from candidates you’ve never even heard of.

Dave Davies from Here & Now contributor WHYY took a look at what kind of messages we’re getting and why there are so many of them.

Amid low unemployment, retailers are scrambling to find enough holiday workers this year, leading employers to offer slightly higher wages. At least one company is offering the enticement of free lunch.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with Jason Bellini about the holiday hiring season.

Obamacare premiums are going up next year, the administration said Monday. People who buy health insurance through federal and state exchanges should expect to pay, on average, 22 percent more for a mid-level plan in 2017 than they did in 2016.

A number of insurers have also dropped out of the exchanges, meaning there will be fewer options for people to choose from in many states, too.

Manhunt Underway In Oklahoma

Oct 25, 2016

Police in Oklahoma have been searching for more than 24 hours for a man who police say stole a police car, killed two family members, shot four other people then started a Facebook Live broadcast while on the run. Michael Vance, who is 38, was recently released from jail, facing charges of child sex abuse.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young gets the latest from KGOU’s Kate Carlton Greer.

Remembering Activist And Author Tom Hayden

Oct 24, 2016

The author, journalist, politician and one of the organizers of the anti-war protests at the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago, died yesterday in California. He was 76.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young had a chance to speak with Hayden at the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia this summer. He had suffered a stroke and was in a wheelchair.

But while his body was failing him, his mind was not — Hayden was still speaking out. Today, we’re revisiting that conversation, which aired in July.

The legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado almost three years ago has given way to an industry of dispensaries, including Native Roots, the largest marijuana chain and license holder in the state.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson met with owner and CEO Josh Ginsberg about how he has seen the industry evolve, and the challenges he continues to face under burdensome regulations.

There are few places in the country with more wind energy potential than Wyoming. But the state has seen almost no new wind turbines built in six years, even while wind has boomed in the rest of the country.

Depending on who you ask, the challenges have been political, technical or both. But now, the outlook is improving on all fronts. Wyoming Public Radio’s Stephanie Joyce reports.

AT&T is in talks to acquire Time Warner, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal today.

Here & Now‘s Lisa Mullins talks with Bloomberg Gadfly’s Michael Regan about what’s happening.

The Parakeets Of Bakersfield, California

Oct 21, 2016

The California City of Bakersfield is known for country music, agriculture and oil. But what if someone told you people are flocking to the city to birdwatch?

That’s what Valley Public Radio’s Ezra David Romero discovered in a neighborhood park lined with tall trees.

Donald Trump is far behind Hillary Clinton among women voters.

In last night’s debate he had an opportunity to convince women to vote for him.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson talks with Michelle Bernard, president and CEO of the Bernard Center for Women, Politics, and Public Policy, about whether Trump was able to appeal to women.

Walk a few hundred yards into the woods in Durham, Connecticut these days and you’ll see something that looks like it’s out of “Mad Max.”

Large trucks with big wheels and giant robotic arms are grabbing trees and slicing them down.

But as Patrick Skahill from Here & Now contributor WNPR reports, this controlled chaos is a calculated timber harvest, with the long-term goal of creating a more resilient forest.

This month on NPR, we’ve been hearing from voters about identity and politics, as part of an election-year project called “A Nation Engaged.” We’re asking people “what it means to be an American” and “what can the next president do to further that vision?”

Today, we have answers to those questions from a Mexican American named Marisol Flores Aguirre from Tucson, Arizona, and Greg Locke, a preacher from Tennessee.

Tonight in Nevada presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will debate for the third and final time before the election on Nov. 8.

It will be the first debate since Trump announced that “the shackles have been taken off.” So it remains to be seen how he’ll respond to Clinton, who holds a clear lead in national and most battleground state polls.

Sibling Economics In A Recession

Oct 19, 2016

Economic mobility is critical to achieving the American dream, which centers on the hope that our children will be better off than we are.

To measure how the country is doing against that goal, experts typically look at how families do from one generation to the next. But what happens when there are class disparities among siblings?

Emiliano Villa from Here & Now contributor Youth Radio has the story.

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