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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 Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson 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.

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Oklahoma is the first state to expand Medicaid during the pandemic. Voters narrowly passed a ballot that will expand health coverage for tens of thousands of low-income Oklahomans.

We talk with Politico reporter Rachel Roubein about what this decision means for the future of Oklahoma and other red states deciding on whether to scale up coverage.

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The Kinsa smart thermometer began mapping out coronavirus hotspots in mid-March with accuracy that caught the eye of public health experts around the country.

The thermometer was developed eight years ago to track illnesses like seasonal flu. The data is uploaded immediately after people use the thermometer and is available for free to scientists, public officials and the people who use the device.

Tulsa Prepares For President Trump's Rally

Jun 19, 2020

President Trump is scheduled to hold his first rally since the coronavirus pandemic began on Saturday in Tulsa. The rally will take place at an indoor venue that holds 19,000 people.

Here & Now’s Tonya Mosley speaks with Logan Layden, reporter and managing editor at State.

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On Saturday, President Trump will take the stage at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for his first campaign rally since the coronavirus pandemic began. The event has drawn criticism for being racially insensitive and for drawing huge crowds at a time when Tulsa’s COVID-19 cases are spiking.

Here & Now’s Robin Young speaks with Ben Collins, who covers disinformation, extremism and the internet for NBC News, about his take on the boogaloo movement and armed militias showing up at some police violence protests.

Some states are beginning to open up after two months of shutdowns due to the coronavirus. But Dr. Anthony Fauci warned this week that reopening too quickly could lead to a resurgence in the virus, which could set back the country’s economic recovery.

Republican Sen. James Lankford, who is a member of President Trump’s coronavirus economic task force, says states must strike a “very difficult balance” between protecting those who are most vulnerable to the coronavirus and restarting their economies. 

Marking 75 Years Since V-E Day

May 8, 2020

When the caskets of three young men — all who died in World War II — arrived in their Missouri hometown, their father, a widower named Henry Wright, was waiting at the local train station to take his boys home.

The caskets carried the remains of his sons Frank, Harold and Elton Wright.

Sgt. Frank Wright was killed on Christmas Eve in 1944 during the Battle of the Bulge.

Private Harold Wright died of his wounds in a German prison camp on February 3, 1945. And Private Elton Wright was killed in Germany on April 25 — two weeks before the war ended.

Oscar-winning composer Randy Newman is known for his songs from Pixar’s “Toy Story” movies and scores for films such as “Marriage Story.” 

Research shows that long-term exposure to air pollution may increase the danger of the coronavirus. New studies from the U.S. and Italy, and studies on the 1918 flu pandemic found that polluted cities accounted for higher mortality rates.

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly disagrees with Jared Kushner’s statement that the national stockpile of medical supplies does not belong to the states.

“That is absolutely not the way it is supposed to work,” she says.

Kansas requested hundreds of thousands of masks, swabs and testing kits in mid-March, the Democratic governor says.