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Mark Bertolini has been CEO of Connecticut-based health insurance provider Aetna since 2010, the year the Affordable Care Act was passed.

He talks with Here & Now’s Indira Lakshmanan about why premiums are going up next year, and also how his near-fatal skiing accident caused him to view healthcare and his own work culture differently. He now provides free yoga and meditation classes to all of his employees, as well as base minimum wage of $16 an hour.

The drug companies Pfizer and Allergan said today that they will merge, in a nearly $160 billion deal that would create the world’s biggest drug maker, and bring Botox and Viagra under one roof.

Allergan is based in Dublin, Ireland, and the joint company could reincorporate there – making it an inversion, and the biggest inversion ever. Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with CBS News’ Jill Schlesinger to understand what’s happening.

Militants armed with guns and grenades stormed a Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, the capital of Mali early Friday.

About 170 hostages were taken, including Americans and French citizens, although state officials say those hostages are no longer being held. At least 27 are dead, according to the United Nations Mission in Mali.

Here & Now’s Indira Lakshmanan speaks with Ofeibea Quist-Arcton of NPR for the latest.

Protests in favor of greater diversity and racial awareness on college campuses have spread across the country. Mike Barryhead of audience at the Guardian U.S., joins Here & Now’s Indira Lakshmanan to discuss how these protests are playing out over social media.

DJ Session: Sounds Of Paris

Nov 20, 2015

For this week’s edition of the Here & Now DJ Sessions, host Jeremy Hobson turns to Paris, a week after the attacks there. Clément Bindzi is a musician in Paris, and he was at a concert very close to one of the restaurant attacks in Paris.

Backlash from last Friday’s rampage in Paris prompted many American governors to say they oppose allowing Syrian refugees to settle in their states. But the current refugee crisis started well before Paris. Migrants have been flooding Europe for months. We hear from a leading advocate for refugees who says European countries are responding differently to the challenge.

New TV Drama 'The Art Of More' Gets Raves

Nov 19, 2015

Pilot episodes often fall flat, but many TV critics are praising the new drama “The Art of More.” The show, which streams for free on, centers around a slimy group of wealthy art collectors and thieves who are driven by their individual ambitions and desires. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans joins Here & Now’s Indira Lakshmanan to explain why critics are so pleased with this show.

Christie’s auction house in New York is auctioning off some great American artworks today, including a Norman Rockwell painting that belonged to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. As the price of art soars, the press club was confident it would make millions off the sale. The winning bid: $10.2 million ($11.6 million with buyer’s premium).

E-Cigarette Sales Drop Off

Nov 18, 2015

Sales of electronic cigarettes have been falling in recent months, as the industry deals with inventory issues, increasing safety concerns and some new state laws targeting e-cigs.

CNN’s Maggie Lake speaks with Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson about what’s happening to the e-cig industry and what this means for big tobacco.


Succeeding By 'Thinking Like The Enemy'

Nov 18, 2015

You might not be familiar with the term “red team” but it’s a concept that is used by the CIA, the military and many corporations to assess their vulnerabilities and better protect themselves against threats.