Here & Now

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President Trump gave his first State of the Union address on Tuesday night, but the week in politics was dominated by discussion surrounding the release of a Republican memo from the House Intelligence Committee alleging FBI surveillance abuse in the Russia investigation.

The Kenya government had ordered three TV stations off the air after they tried to broadcast the mock inauguration of an opposition political leader who lost the presidential race last year.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with NPR’s East Africa correspondent Eyder Peralta (@eyderp).

Alan Greenspan, former Federal Reserve chairman, this week said we are in both a stock market and bond market bubble.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with CNN’s Maggie Lake (@maggielake) about whether we should be worried.

A memo drafted by House Republicans accuses the FBI of illegally wiretapping a Trump aide. The White House is expected to approve the memo’s release Thursday, over the objections of the FBI and Democrats, who say it isn’t accurate.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with NPR’s Phil Ewing (@philewing).

In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Trump talked about gang violence and introduced the parents of two teenage girls killed by MS-13 gang members.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with MS-13 specialist David Pyrooz (@dpyrooz), a criminologist and assistant professor of sociology at the University of Colorado Boulder, about the gang and the extent of its activity in the U.S.

President Trump delivers his first State of the Union address Tuesday night. The White House says he’ll focus on jobs, the economy, immigration and national security.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Ohio State University professor Randall Schweller, who believes Trump’s first year in office has been a success.

Interview Highlights

On how President Trump has done in his first year

What happens when you’re a Latino teenager assigned to write about one of your heroes, and you decide to choose someone from your own heritage? Not much, according to actor and comedian John Leguizamo, because history books and public school curricula don’t do enough to highlight Latino contributions to U.S. history.

The Cleveland Indians and Major League Baseball have announced that the team will no longer use its Chief Wahoo logo on uniforms or in the team’s stadium starting with the beginning of the 2019 season.

As Matt Richmond from WCPN ideastream in Cleveland reports, the character has long been a central part of the team’s identity — and the subject of protests.

Minnesota is gearing up to host the Super Bowl in less than two weeks. The state is also embracing a new identity — instead of being part of the Midwest, it’s branding itself as “the North.”

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How HQ Trivia Became So Popular

Jan 25, 2018

HQ is a hugely popular trivia game app that connects people around the world at preset times each day for live games.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson learns more about the app from Ben Johnson (@TheBrockJohnson), senior producer of Endless Thread and a tech correspondent for Here & Now.

The former sports doctor who admitted to molesting some of the nation’s top gymnasts for years was sentenced Wednesday to 40 to 175 years in prison as the judge declared: “I just signed your death warrant.”

The sentence capped a remarkable seven-day hearing in which scores of Larry Nassar’s victims were able to confront him face to face in a Michigan courtroom.

One year after the Women’s March, the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have helped create momentum among women from diverse communities — fighting issues including sexual harassment, but also pushing for equal pay, worker’s rights and legal protections.

Parents are grappling with how to prevent their children from becoming too tied to technology. And others are worried about it as well. Earlier this month, two major Apple investors called on the company to help curb heavy smartphone use. But there are other ways of implementing parental controls.

The Oscar nominations were announced Tuesday. Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” leads the way with 13 nominations, while “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and “Dunkirk” follow closely behind with eight and seven nominations, respectively.

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


There could be a sentence as soon as Wednesday for Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics team doctor who has admitted to using his position to sexually abuse underage girls. More than 120 women have given victim impact statements in court.

With the Winter Olympics only weeks away, excitement is mounting for participating athletes. But that joy has been marred by recent tragedies. French skier and Olympic hopeful David Poisson was killed at the Nakiska ski area in Alberta, Canada, in mid-November after crashing through a safety barrier and hitting a tree. Weeks later, German skier Max Burkhart was also killed in Alberta, competing at the Nor-Am Cup.

The accidents, and others, leave some asking whether the risks of some winter sports are at best unreasonable and at worst immoral.

Clock Is Ticking Toward Government Shutdown

Jan 18, 2018

The federal government will partially shutdown Friday night unless Congress approves a spending plan. Democrats also want to get a resolution to the DACA program that covers people brought illegally to the U.S. as children.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young get the latest on the negotiations with NPR’s Jessica Taylor (@JessicaTaylor).

You may have seen an illustration on Martin Luther King Jr. Day showing the civil rights leader with a hand over President Trump’s mouth, trying to get the president to stop tweeting. The artist is Watson Mere, he was born in the U.S., but his parents are Haitian.

Mere (@ArtOfMere_) speaks with Here & Now‘s Robin Young about his image, and the president’s recent alleged comments asking, “Why do we want people from Haiti here?”

The NFL playoffs are down to the final four teams, and the matchup for Super Bowl LII will be set after Sunday’s conference title games.

Legal sales of recreational marijuana have begun in California. But there’s no standard for how much marijuana you can have in your system and still get behind the wheel. So is it possible to test if someone is too high to drive?

Eli Wirtschafter (@RadioEli) from KALW reports an emerging industry is trying to answer that question.

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