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As the world’s population continues to rise, farmers are looking for innovative ways to increase crop yields. Sometimes the methods are high-tech.

What's Going On In Saudi Arabia?

Nov 7, 2017

Saudi Arabia has accused Iran of “direct military aggression” for supplying Houthi rebels in Yemen with missiles. Iran and Saudi Arabia are vying for influence and power in the region, and they’re engaged in proxy wars in Yemen and other countries, now seeming to involve Lebanon.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson talks with Wilson Center analyst Aaron David Miller (@aarondmiller2).

The Latest From Sutherland Springs, Texas

Nov 6, 2017

Officials in Texas say half of the 26 people killed in Sunday’s church shooting in Sutherland Springs were children. We’re also learning more about the deceased shooter, Devin Kelley, and what happened after Kelley fled the First Baptist Church.

Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti gets an update from KUT’s David Brown.

This modern family consists of three parents: a married couple, Zeke Hausfather and Avary Kent, and their friend David Jay.

The three decided to come together in a committed — and legal — relationship and co-parent baby Octavia together. They tell Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson about their decision and how it works.

Interview Highlights

On deciding to have a third parent

Congress’ Joint Committee on Taxation says the Republican plan to cut corporate taxes to 20 percent from 35 percent will cost about $850 billion over the next decade.

How will the government make up for the lost revenue, and how will the middle class fare under the plan? Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with George Yin, professor of law and taxation at the University of Virginia who formerly served as the committee’s chief of staff.

Oklahoma is facing a budget gap of $215 million, and social services and schools are already feeling the impact. State lawmakers are six weeks into a special session on what to do about it.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with KGOU’s Jacob McCleland (@jacobmccleland).

The Trump administration has declined to list the Pacific walrus as endangered, a decision that at least one conservation group calls a “death sentence” for the species.

#MeToo Resonates For These Teens

Nov 2, 2017

Youth Radio shares stories from three teenagers, who say the #MeToo social media campaign has led to many conversations about sexual assault and harassment.

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President Trump’s commission on fighting the opioid epidemic releases its recommendations Wednesday.

Lev Facher (@levfacher), Washington correspondent for STAT, joins Here & Now‘s Robin Young with more on what to expect.

Critics are angered by Kevin Spacey’s response to allegations that he sexually assaulted a teenage boy in the 1980s. And now Netflix says his hit show, “House of Cards,” will end after six seasons.

In her best-selling 2015 book “H is for Hawk,” Helen Macdonald wrote about training a goshawk after her father’s death. Now a new Nature special, “H is for Hawk: A New Chapter,” follows Macdonald as she trains a new bird and also observes goshawk chicks in the wild. The show airs Wednesday on PBS stations around the country.

Trump To Nominate New Federal Reserve Chair

Oct 31, 2017

This week President Trump is scheduled to nominate a new Federal Reserve chair, and the chances that current chair Janet Yellen will remain in her position are slim.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with MSNBC’s Ali Velshi (@AliVelshi) about the future of the Federal Reserve chair.

What foods are you scared to attempt in the kitchen? In honor of Halloween, Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst tries to exorcise a few common culinary phobias. She brings Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson her takes on fried chicken, chocolate soufflé and apple pie.


Fried Chicken

There are a few tricks (and many treats) to frying chicken. Ask your butcher to cut the bird into eight to 10 pieces so you are not frying huge pieces.

The new film “LBJ” chronicles the career of President Lyndon Johnson, from his term as President John F. Kennedy’s vice president to his push to pass a landmark civil rights bill.

The first criminal charges were unsealed Monday in the FBI’s investigation of Russian election interference and the possible involvement of the Trump campaign. Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates were charged with 12 counts of conspiracy, money laundering and making false statements about undisclosed money that Manafort earned as an overseas lobbyist.

This fall marks the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, one of the most explosive political events of the 20th century. Bolsheviks led by Vladimir Lenin destroyed the tradition of czarist rule, which eventually led to the Communist Party, the Cold War and the Soviet Union before its dissolution in 1991.

For a century, Missouri was considered the ultimate swing state: Its voters backed every presidential winner but one from 1904 to 2004.

In the last 40 years, it has had four Republican governors and five Democratic ones, and the state legislature shared a similar split in power. But in recent years, political scientists — who once saw the purple state as a microcosm of the country — have started to notice a change.

Nurx is a smartphone app that offers birth control, including the morning after pill, and PREP, the drug that prevents HIV infection, to patients online. It’s part of a wave of reproductive health telemedicine services. Nurx is available in 15 states and Washington, D.C., but it’s under fire from anti-abortion activists who consider the morning after pill to be an abortion medicine. The FDA classifies it as a contraceptive. The activists also say there should be stricter telemedicine laws.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson (@jeremyhobson) makes a trip to the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum in Independence, Mo. The 33rd president is remembered for dropping atomic bombs on Japan to end World War II, but his legacy is rich and it offers lessons to the man in the White House today.

The vast majority of Puerto Ricans are still without power, more than a month after Hurricane Maria devastated the island’s power grid. Rebuilding that infrastructure is a huge job, but the biggest contract awarded so far went to a tiny, for-profit company that had only two permanent employees when the storm hit.

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