Here and Now

Weekdays from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Hosted by Robin Young, Tonya Mosley

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 Robin Young and Tonya Mosley, 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.

Ways to Connect

As gyms shuttered and anxiety rose during the pandemic, people started gaining weight. Recent research shows that many Americans gained more than 20 pounds during their time in isolation. We took to eating comfort food and whatever we could find in our pantries. For a nation already battling obesity, this has been a dangerous trend.

As spring arrives and more of the country (and the world) receives COVID-19 vaccines, and tight pandemic guidelines slowly lift, it’s a good time to start thinking about eating lighter, healthier food.

Oklahoma Starts Vaccinating All Adults

Mar 30, 2021

This week, millions more Americans will be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine as more than a dozen states — including Ohio, Kansas and Oklahoma — open eligibility for everyone over 16 years old.

Host Peter O’Dowd speaks with Keith Reed, the deputy health commissioner for the state of Oklahoma.

Between 15 million and 32 million metric tons of rock salt are used each year to clear snow and ice from the country’s roadways. But all that salt doesn’t stay on land.

Spring rains eventually wash it into rivers and streams. And salt can quickly destroy freshwater ecosystems.

WBUR’s Jesse Remedios reports on why this problem has no simple fix.

The Day The NBA Shut Down

Mar 11, 2021

A year ago on March 11, NBA player Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus. The news came just as his Utah Jazz team was scheduled to tip-off against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

That game was never played, and the entire NBA season was quickly suspended. A new ESPN podcast documents that day’s developments.

The Atlantic’s Zeynep Tufekci joins Here & Now‘s Tonya Mosley to discuss how top-down, imprecise messaging from public health officials about how to stay safe during the pandemic has caused confusion and made it harder to fight the coronavirus.

As the U.S. vaccine rollout continues to lag between difficult online portals, long back-logs and anecdotes of individuals skipping the line, Americans have had to confront their own vaccine ethics.

Should those who work from home get the vaccine ahead of those who make the work from home lifestyle possible? Or is the federal government shifting blame from a poor rollout onto personal responsibility?

How COVID-19 Variants Affect Herd Immunity

Feb 1, 2021

The Biden administration has announced an agreement with an Australian company to bring the first at-home rapid COVID-19 test available without a prescription to the United States.

The news comes as COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to decline, though the number of people in the hospital is still higher than it was during last summer’s surge.

In his first full week in office, President Biden has made clear he wants to be transparent with the American public and press.

His new press secretary Jen Psaki vowed to hold daily media briefings, and the White House COVID-19 Response Team — complete with Dr. Anthony Fauci at the helm — plans to provide frequent updates.

It’s a stark contrast to the last four years under former President Trump, who often spewed targeted disrespect toward women and correspondents of color.

Back in 2019, before Georgia Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene was elected to the House of Representatives, a video was recorded showing her walking up to Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg and peppering him with questions. 

In a land ravaged by political turmoil and plague, where people stay inside their homes for safety, a lot of fans are giving new life to an old game: Dungeons & Dragons. 

Whether you roll dice over Zoom, listen to tales of battle on your favorite podcasts, or delve into the literature and lore, D&D has held together friends and family during this pandemic.