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President Trump signed two executive orders Monday aimed at addressing broadband access for rural Americans. While the orders are supposed to reduce regulations for internet providers, critics say the real problem is a lack of government investment.

The U.S. is in the midst of a “moderately severe” flu season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Dave Feldman, chairman and medical director at the emergency department at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, California, joins Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti to discuss what his hospital and others in the area are seeing.

Interview Highlights

On whether California’s flu season has been worse than “moderately severe”

Viking Lumber cuts large trees like old-growth Sitka spruce and yellow cedar. It buys most of the trees from the federal government’s timber sales in the Tongass National Forest. But those sales could become a thing of the past, unless Congress steps in.

The U.S. economy added 148,000 jobs in the last month of 2017, closing out a strong year of job growth. The unemployment rate held steady at 4.1 percent in December.

Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with CBS News’ Jill Schlesinger (@jillonmoney), host of “Jill on Money” and the podcast “Better Off.”

A new law in Oregon allows people in counties with a population of less than 40,000 to pump their own gas. Trouble is, that’s been banned in the state for so long that some Oregonians don’t know how to do it themselves. The reaction by some people in the state has led to Oregonians being mocked on social media.

Journalist Michael Wolff’s new book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” was released Friday.

Publisher Henry Holt & Co. decided to push the publication date up by four days after President Trump’s legal team issued a cease-and-desist letter to Wolff, the publisher and former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who was interviewed at length for the book.

President Trump has been tweeting encouragement to protesters in Iran, bringing a sharp rebuke from the Iranian government. But former Obama administration official Dennis Ross says Trump is right to change U.S. policy toward Iran.

President Trump’s lawyer is trying to stop the publication of reporter Michael Wolff’s forthcoming book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.” Trump has also threatened legal action, sending a cease-and-desist letter to his former chief strategist Steve Bannon.

NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik (@davidfolkenflik) joins Here & Now‘s Robin Young to talk about the reaction to the book.

Throughout rural America, it’s common to see old, weathered houses abandoned and sinking back into the earth. But the people of Smith Center, Kansas, have made a point of saving one such home on the range. That’s because it is the home on the range.

The sharing economy is thriving in California: people share everything from car rides to community gardens to housing. Now, there’s a tiny nonprofit in the Bay Area that’s using sharing to help ease one of the nation’s worst homelessness crises.

Erica Garner died Saturday at the age of 27. She was an outspoken activist against police brutality following her father Eric Garner’s death in 2014, after a white NYPD officer put him in a chokehold.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young remembers Erica Garner’s role in the debate over race and police use of force with activist DeRay Mckesson (@deray), a leader of Black Lives Matter.

Interview Highlights

On Erica Garner’s work as an activist

Months after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck central Mexico, killing hundreds of people and displacing thousands, some survivors have asked why their homes and other structures weren’t strong enough to remain standing.

Jorge Valencia (@jorgeavalencia) of KJZZ reports from Mexico City.

Racially insensitive comments and unsportsmanlike behavior have spurred school and sports officials to take action in Pennsylvania.

The Salt Lake Tribune has made a year-end declaration: Orrin Hatch, Republican senator from the state and chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, is the Utahn of the Year.

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill certified Doug Jones as winner of the Dec. 12 Senate election Thursday afternoon. Jones’ challenger, Roy Moore, filed a lawsuit Wednesday night alleging voter fraud, seeking to delay certification.

Merrill (@JohnHMerrill) joins Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson to address Moore’s charges that there was voter fraud in the election.

France’s Constitutional Council is due to rule on the constitutionality of the country’s new anti-terrorism law. The new law was spurred by a series of high-profile terrorist attacks, but there are concerns that it increases security at the expense of civil liberties.

Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with NPR’s Eleanor Beardsley (@ElBeardsley).

It’s that time of the year when pictures of smiling, posing, frolicking families make their way to our mailboxes. Now, an exhibition at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts is exploring how photographers have chosen to represent different concepts of family, which can come in all shapes and sizes.

Winter break is when many high school seniors are rushing to finish their college applications. Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson gets some tips from Lisa Micele (@LisaMicele), director of college counseling at the University of Illinois Laboratory High School in Urbana, Illinois.

10 ‘Micele Musts’ For College Applications And Using Your Winter Break

“Automation” is a politically dirty word right now in the U.S. But in China, it’s a buzzword that politicians love to repeat. China is installing more robots than any other country, and it’s a top priority for the Chinese government.

WBUR’s Asma Khalid (@asmamk) traveled to the country for more on what this automation revolution looks like.

Andrew Enos works for the American Red Cross collecting blood donations. But the 19-year-old from Brockton, Massachusetts, is also a volunteer who gets nothing but a prepaid expense card to travel to disaster zones for the relief organization.

This fall he traveled to Texas and Florida to help hurricane survivors, and then he went on to Northern California, where he assisted victims of the October wildfires.

Package theft is a problem this holiday season as more people shop online and have boxes delivered to their doorstep.

Here & Now‘s Lisa Mullins talks with Anthony Giorgianni (@anthonyconsumer) of Consumer Reports about ways to safeguard against “porch pirates,” and what to do if packages are stolen.

Major U.S. corporations are announcing what they plan to do with money saved from the GOP tax plan’s corporate tax rate reduction. Some say they’ll give employees bonuses and invest in workforce development.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Nathan Bomey (@NathanBomey), business reporter for USA Today.

In the midst of all the cheer during the holiday season, we may also find ourselves feeling more aware than ever of other people who have less than we do. So this time of year, many of us give to those in need, especially those people who are homeless. But is giving money the best way to help? Or does that just perpetuate problems for the homeless?

Cardinal Bernard Law, former Archbishop of Boston who resigned in 2002 in the wake of the clergy sex abuse scandal, has died at age 86.

Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd talks with John Allen (@JohnLAllenJr), editor of Crux, about Law’s legacy.

Editor’s Note: This segment discusses sexual assault and sexual harrassment, and contains audio that some listeners may find disturbing or offensive.

Spam Phone Calls Surged This Year

Dec 19, 2017

Phone spammers are working overtime in 2017. Complaints about spam phone calls to the do not call list nearly doubled over the last year. But the Federal Trade Commission says there may be some relief in sight.

Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst has compiled a list of her favorite cookbooks of 2017, and joins Here & Now‘s Robin Young and Lisa Mullins with dishes from her top three picks.

Here & Now's Robin Young gets the latest on an Amtrak train derailment in Washington state from Austin Jenkins (@AustinJenkinsN3) of the Northwest News Network.

When Hurricane Irma hit a string of islands in the Caribbean in September, a young broadcaster remained on the air in Anguilla. Three months later, she says the British territory has come a long way, but the recovery effort continues.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young reconnects with Nisha Dupuis (@DupuisNisha), a 19-year-old journalist and student in Anguilla.

Military Takes On Driverless Vehicles

Dec 15, 2017

Autonomous vehicles have caught the attention of companies like Tesla, Uber and Google. Now, add the U.S. military to that list.

Kevin Lavery of WKAR in East Lansing, Michigan, reports.

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