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A live production of NPR and WBUR Boston, in collaboration with public radio stations across the country, Here & Now reflects the fluid world of news as it’s happening in the middle of the day, with timely, smart and in-depth news, interviews and conversation.

Co-hosted by award-winning journalists Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson, the show’s daily lineup includes interviews with NPR reporters, editors and bloggers, as well as leading newsmakers, innovators and artists from across the U.S. and around the globe.

Here & Now began at WBUR in 1997, and expanded to two hours in partnership with NPR in 2013. Today, the show reaches an estimated 3.1 million weekly listeners on over 365 stations across the country.

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The alcohol Breathalyzer came to life slowly, over the course of decades.

Drugmaker Johnson & Johnson says it will appeal a landmark ruling on Monday by a judge in Oklahoma that found the company liable for an epidemic of overdose deaths and addiction to opioids.

Judge Thad Balkman said Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries created a public nuisance that “compromised the health and safety of thousands of Oklahomans.”

A new report documents the amount of time wasted because of traffic congestion.

The Urban Mobility Report from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute says Los Angeles drivers have it the worst — with an average of 199 hours wasted — followed by San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

Here & Now’s Peter O’Dowd speaks with Tim Lomax, regents fellow at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute.

Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci says he no longer supports President Trump’s re-election, calling his one-time employer “off the rails” and likening the presidency to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

Part of Scaramucci’s newfound criticism of the president is Trump’s use of Twitter to launch personal attacks on his critics and political opponents.

We are in the midst of a lighting revolution.

The past decade has seen LED light usage soar in the U.S. as traditional incandescent bulbs went into the trash bin.

In 2010, incandescents were 68% of the bulbs installed in U.S. homes. By 2016, that number had declined to 6%.

Last month before a House subcommittee, writer Ta-Nehisi Coates referred to something called “Black Wall Street” in making his case for slavery reparations. 

The name refers to the Greenwood section of Tulsa, Oklahoma, which was a wealthy African American community — until it was burned to the ground in 1921 by a white mob. More than 300 African Americans were killed in what became known as the Tulsa Race Massacre

The Supreme Court recently ruled on political gerrymandering, the practice of cutting up voting districts to benefit one party over another. But some are advocating for an end to another type of gerrymandering.

It’s called “prison gerrymandering,” where inmates are counted as living at the prison, instead of their home addresses. The result is an inflated constituent count in prison districts, while the communities where the prisoners lived end up under-represented.

Although I have never been a strict vegetarian, I’ve eaten my fair share of tofu burgers, seitan and vegetable burgers, and veggie dogs throughout my youth. So it was with an open mind that I explored the world of “fake meat.” I didn’t really love the taste of many of these top-selling burgers — but I do understand the moral, environmental and health issues that lead people to become vegetarians.

Editor’s Note: Sarah Milov, assistant professor of history at the University of Virginia and author of the forthcoming book, “The Cigarette: A Political History,” provided extensive research material for historians Ed Ayers and Nathan Connolly. We did not attribute the research to Sarah in the original broadcast that aired. We apologize for the error.

The death of Ross Perot on Tuesday serves as a reminder of a key part of American political history: Third party or independent candidates can and have made a difference in presidential elections.

Perot, a child of the Great Depression who became a billionaire, shook up American politics in the 1990s in two independent campaigns for the nation’s highest office.