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1:59 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Marking Veterans Day With 'Operation Flags For Vets'

A man places flags at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, Mass. on November 8, 2014. (Greta Kaemmer/Flickr)

American flags mark veterans’ graves across the country on this Veterans Day. There are more than 50,000 on the graves at the Massachusetts National Cemetery on Cape Cod.

Hundreds of volunteers came to place them on Saturday. It’s a project called Operation Flags For Vets, which was started by Paul Monti, after his son Jared was killed in Afghanistan in 2006 and was buried there.

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1:59 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Study: Americans Don’t Know The Facts On U.S. Issues

Pictured is an infographic from the report by Ipsos MORI. (Ipsos MORI)

Americans don’t have their facts straight. At least that’s the conclusion of a new study from the research group Ipsos-MORI.

When it comes to the nation’s biggest issues, many Americans do not know the basics. They massively overestimate unemployment rates and the number of immigrants. They assume that the nation’s murder rate is rising, when in fact it’s falling.

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2:21 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

'Sesame Street' Turns 45

"Sesame Street" characters are pictured February 16, 2012, in New York. (Richard Termine/sesameworkshop.org)

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 3:48 pm

On this day in 1969, the first episode of Sesame Street aired on public television. A little girl named Sally is new to the neighborhood, and she meets some of the residents, including an awkward, nervous Big Bird.

Forty-five years later, Sesame Street is going strong, with nearly a million viewers every episode, according to PBS.

These days, Alistair Cookie no longer smokes a pipe on Monsterpiece Theatre, and the theme song has a jazzier beat than it used to.

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2:21 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Bistro Trains Ex-Inmates In the Art Of Fine Dining

Francine Warren gets ready to work on the orange duck at the French bistro EDWINS in Cleveland, Ohio. (Brian Bull/WCPN)

EDWINS, a French restaurant in Cleveland’s Shaker Square, celebrates its one year anniversary this month.

The bistro not only offers artisan cuisine, but also gives former inmates a job and the chance to learn a new skill.

From the Here & Now Contributor’s Network, Brian Bull of WCPN reports.

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2:21 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Remembering The Fall Of The Berlin Wall

Three-year-old Hulda Planer-Friedrich sticks roses in the Berlin Wall Memorial. (Curt Nickisch/WBUR)

Germans have celebrated a weekend fraught with symbolism, remembering and commemorating a day 25 years ago — the 9th of November 1989 — when East Germans pushed through the gates in the Berlin Wall, danced on top of it, and brought it down, ending the Cold War along with it. From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Curt Nickisch of WBUR brought us this story from Berlin.

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1:59 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Detroit Bankruptcy Plan Approved By Judge

An abandoned home is seen with the Detroit skyline in the background on September 5, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit is struggling with over 78,000 abandoned homes across 140 square miles and 16% unemployment; in July, the city declared bankruptcy. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

A judge has approved Detroit’s plan to get out of bankruptcy by cutting pensions, erasing billions of dollars of debt and promising nearly $2 billion in better services for a city desperate for a turnaround.

Detroit’s exit from the largest public filing in U.S. history took less than 16 months, lightning-fast by bankruptcy standards. The success is largely due to a series of deals between the city and major creditors, especially general retirees who agreed to accept smaller pension checks.

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1:54 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

An Old Drink Captures The Spirit Of A New Berlin

At the company's tasting bar, the bottle on the left is from the 1950s; the one on the right is the revived product that has become the company's signature seller. (Curt Nickisch/WBUR)

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 7:50 am

Where were you on Nov. 9, 1989? Every German can tell you where they were. Sunday is the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall — a sudden and epic moment that reunited a people after decades apart, and turned what had been a walled-off city into a hip, happening mecca in the heart of Europe.

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1:54 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Maryland Researchers Study Bee Deaths With 'Sentinel Hive'

Pictured is one of the beehives kept on the roof of the University of Maryland's plant sciences building. (Jonathan Wilson/WAMU)

One in every three bites of food the average American consumes is either directly or indirectly pollinated by honeybees. In the past decade, the news about honeybees hasn’t been good, with bee colonies dying off at a 30 percent clip, sometimes under mysterious circumstances.

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1:21 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Republicans Won More Of Latino Vote: What Will That Mean For Immigration Reform?

In key races on Tuesday, such as the Colorado Senate race, more Latinos voted for Republicans than in other recent elections.

With immigration reform still in the works, President Obama vowed to issue executive actions on deportations, even though likely future Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says immigration reform by executive action would be like “waving a red flag in front of a bull.”

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1:21 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

How Twitter Made #AlexFromTarget A Teen Idol

Photo of Alex Alex Laboeuf that went viral this week, and inspired the #alexfromtarget meme (@auscalum) .

Just how do things go viral? Sixteen-year-old Alex Laboeuf is certainly asking himself that question these days.

The relatively unknown Target employee from Frisco, Texas became the subject of a widespread teenage craze when someone posted his picture on Twitter.

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1:16 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Celebrating John Philip Sousa's 160th Birthday

Legendary marching band composer John Philip Sousa was born in Washington, D.C. back in 1854. (AP)

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 2:59 pm

On this day in 1854, legendary marching band composer John Philip Sousa was born in Washington, D.C.

Today also happens to be the birthday of Here & Nows Robin Young, so to celebrate the dual occasion we listened to some Sousa favorites with longtime Sousa lover Keith Brion, founder and director of the New Sousa Band. He also happens to live next door to Robin Young in Cambridge, Mass.

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5:34 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Special Coverage: Remarks From President Obama And Sen. McConnell

President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference in the East Room of the White House on November 5, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Obama held the press conference one day after his Democratic party was defeated in midterm elections. President Obama congratulated his Republican opponents Wednesday on their midterm election victory and promised to work constructively with them in Congress for the next two years. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Note: Here & Now is providing special coverage of these two news conferences, beginning at 2 p.m. Eastern time. Audio for this special coverage will be posted here shortly after 4 p.m. Eastern time.

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5:34 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

A Look At Colorado, Kansas And New Hampshire Election Results

Republicans have won control of the Senate, reinforced their control of the House and defended some hotly contested governor seats across the country, in

After last night’s midterm elections, hosts Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson touch down in three key states with reporters from the Here & Now Contributor’s Network.

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5:34 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Sen. Bernie Sanders On The Midterm Results

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) awaits the start of a hearing by the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on September 9, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (Win McNamee/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s bad news for the Democrats. But, after the Republicans have taken the Senate by storm, Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is also taking note.

One of the most progressive voices in the Senate, he’s made huge calls for climate change legislation, universal healthcare, same-sex marriage and minimum wage.

He joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson for a look at what this new Senate means for him.

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2:24 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

The Suburbs Are The New Epicenter Of Poverty

Suburban America is now facing growing poverty. (The Brookings Institution via confrontingsuburbanpovery.org

You might think of the suburbs as those cozy places where people with more money live to escape the city. But it turns out that the suburbs are now the epicenter of poverty in America.

In the last decade, the rate of poverty in the suburbs has risen 66 percent — double the rise of poverty in the cities during the same time period.

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2:24 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Tape Measure Death Reminder That Construction Sites Are Dangerous

A construction worker was killed Monday November 3, 2014 after being struck by a tape measure that fell 50 stories at a construction site in New Jersey. (Elliot Brown/Flickr)

A construction worker 50 stories in the air at one of the largest development projects in Jersey City accidentally knocked a tape measure off his belt.

It became a lethal missile, plunging 50 flights down, where another worker, who was stepping out of a truck to deliver material, was struck in the head and later died Monday.

A rare accident, but a reminder that working on construction sites is dangerous.

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2:24 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Railroad Crossing Stirs Controversy In Miami

(WLRN)

The police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson has jump-started a conversation about police practices across the country.

One police force in Florida that usually flies under the radar has come under scrutiny recently for its treatment of people in one neighborhood in Miami.

Very few people know the Florida East Coast Railway police department even exists, but a deep dive into their operations found that the majority of their arrests in Miami-Dade County were for trespassing around one intersection.

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1:37 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

I Am A Teenage Witch

Youth Radio’s Akemi Weaver is a self-described "teen witch." (Screenshot from Youth Radio)

With Halloween upon us, images of witches abound. But for some, witching is a year-round thing. Youth Radio’s Akemi Weaver sent us this story to explain why.

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1:37 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Ghost Stories From Around The World

The popobawa is a shape-shifting demon that stalks the Tanzanian island of Pemba. (Phoebe Boswell/NPR)

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 10:20 am

Are you afraid of ghosts, vampires and witches? What about Hanako-san, a little girl who waits to drag her victims to hell in the third stall of the third-floor bathroom of schools in Japan? There’s also La Llorona, a woman who drowned her children then herself and roams around, wailing in anguish.

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1:37 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Defense Department Invests In Brain Implants For Depression, PTSD

Liss Murphy, who had surgery to implant Deep Brain Stimulation for depression in 2006 and got much better, on Cape Cod in summer, 2014, with husband Scott, son Owen and sheepdog Ned. (Courtesy)

More than 100,000 people have electrical stimulation devices implanted in their brains to treat Parkinson’s disease. The implants block the abnormal nerve signals that cause Parkinson’s symptoms like tremor and stiffness.

Now the Department of Defense is putting up $70 million to develop a new generation of brain implants to target depression and PTSD. These devices would detect and correct abnormal brain activity in real time.

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3:02 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

On Stage: A 1920s Halloween With Flapper Dresses And Tap Dancing

Tristan Bruns, Starinah 'Star' Dixon, Donnetta 'Lilbit' Jackson and Jabowen Dixon are members of the tap dancing group, M.A.D.D Rhythms. (Matt Glavin/Bril Barrett/Facebook)

In this week’s installment of “On Stage,” we turn to the 1920s-inspired “Harlem Nights” in Chicago, which features a speakeasy, a soiree, a murder mystery and tap dancing — period dress required.

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3:02 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Thomas Menino, Boston's Longest Serving Mayor, Dies At 71

Picture of Boston's longest-serving mayor, Thomas Menino. The former mayor died on October 30, 2014. He was 71. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Thomas M. Menino, the longest-serving mayor in Boston history, who guided the city for 20 transformative years, has died at age 71.

Just after 9 a.m. Thursday morning, he “passed into eternal rest after a courageous [battle] with cancer,” his spokeswoman said in a statement.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Delores Handy of WBUR has this remembrance of the former mayor.

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3:02 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Wow Air Offering Flights To Europe For $99

Pictured is a Wow Air Airbus. (Aero Icarus)

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 5:04 pm

Yes, you read correctly. The Icelandic airline Wow Air is offering transatlantic flights to Europe for as low as $99 each way.

Wow announced that it will be expanding service to the U.S. with flights to Boston and Baltimore for as low as $228 round trip. Flights from U.S. cities will be non-stop to Reykjavik, Iceland, and one-stop flights to London and Copenhagen.

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2:05 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

YouTube Considers Offering Subscriptions

A picture shows a You Tube logo on December 4, 2012 during LeWeb Paris 2012 in Saint-Denis near Paris. Le Web is Europe's largest tech conference, bringing together the entrepreneurs, leaders and influencers who shape the future of the internet. (Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images)

Google’s YouTube may soon offer users a subscription that allows them to watch videos free of advertisements, according to the Wall Street Journal, as other companies that require payment, from Netflix to Hulu and Amazon, continue to draw more viewers.

CBS News business analyst Jill Schlesinger joins Here & Now host Robin Young to discuss this potential move.

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2:05 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Cooking With The Fruit Of Fall

Go beyond the apple this winter: try cooking with figs, persimmons and pears. (Kathy Gunst/Here & Now)

Fall is in full swing and Here & Now resident chef  Kathy Gunst is thinking about fall fruit.

Apples are abundant, but so are pears, pomegranates, persimmons and figs. Kathy brings suggestions for livening up a spicy salad with fruit, as well as poaching pears and using pomegranate juice and seeds to liven up fall carrots.

Kathy shares some of her favorite recipes featuring fall fruits:

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2:05 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Boko Haram Abducts More Nigerian School Girls

People demonstrate calling on the Nigerian government to rescue girls taken from a secondary school in Chibok region, in the city of Abuja, Nigeria . Days after Nigeria's military raised hopes by announcing Islamic extremists have agreed to a cease-fire, Boko Haram is still fighting and there is no word about 219 schoolgirls held hostage for six months. Officials had said talks with Nigeria's Islamic extremist rebels would resume in neighboring Chad this week, but there was no confirmation that negotiations had resumed by Wednesday. (AP Photo/Olamikan Gbemiga File)

Recent headlines out of West Africa have been flooded with the news of the Ebola outbreak, shifting the attention away from the social media campaign #BringBackOurGirls, aimed at rescuing nearly 300 Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by the Islamist group Boko Haram.

On Friday, Nigeria’s Foreign Minister said that negotiations to get the girls back were underway and that their release was imminent.

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3:27 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Police: Student Shooter Dead After School Attack

A screenshot taken from NBC News shows students being evacuated from the school to a nearby church, to be picked up by their families. (NBC)

A lone shooter was dead Friday after an attack at a high school north of Seattle, police said.

Marysville Police Commander Robb Lamoureux said the shooter was a student, but he did not have any additional information including where the shooting took place and if anyone else was killed or wounded.

Many students and staff members were seen walking out of Marysville Pilchuck High School, about 30 miles north of Seattle, after police and ambulance crews surrounded the campus. Lamoureux said police were going room by room, searching the school to make sure it was safe.

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3:27 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

It’s Prank Season In Michigan As The Football Rivalry Sparks Up

The University of Michigan Wolverines go up against the Michigan State University Spartans this weekend. It’s a rivalry that goes back decades, and the week before the game is peak prank season. Last year, MSU’s Spartan statue was painted gold and blue by rogue Michigan fans. This year, Michigan let its guard down.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Kate Wells of Michigan Radio explains.

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1:41 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

New Yorkers 'Pretty Chill' About City's First Ebola Case

A police officer guards the entrance to Bellevue Hospital on October 24, 2014 in New York, the morning after it was confirmed that Craig Spencer, a member of Doctors Without Borders, who recently returned to New York from West Africa tested positive for Ebola. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

Dallas nurse Nina Pham got a hug from President Obama at the White House this afternoon, after being declared Ebola free. She was one of the nurses who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan in Dallas and was successfully treated at the clinical research center of the National Institutes of Health in Maryland.

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1:27 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Aretha Franklin's New Album Further Proves She’s Queen Of Cover Songs

Aretha Franklin performing at the Ottawa Jazzfestl (Mike Bouchard/Flickr Creative Commons)

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 1:21 pm

This week saw the release of “Aretha Franklin Sings the Diva Classics,” with Franklin singing songs made famous by Adele, Barbra Streisand and Etta James. Here & Now pop culture critic Renee Graham joins host Robin Young to take a listen to the album.

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