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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.

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'Sesame Street' Strikes New Deal With HBO

Aug 13, 2015

Elmo and friends have a new home.

Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit group responsible for “Sesame Street,” has made a deal to bring the next five seasons of the show to HBO starting this fall. The deal, which has “Sesame Street” exclusively on HBO for nine months before being made available through PBS again, is a big boost to the show’s funding, allowing the show to expand from an 18-episode season to a 35-episode season.

Life Beyond Cecil The Lion In Zimbabwe

Aug 13, 2015

The killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe caught the world’s attention and raised questions about wildlife conservation there. But there are other problems affecting the people of Zimbabwe.

The economy is severely struggling, its agricultural industry has collapsed, and the government has committed human rights violations. Many wonder how much longer Robert Mugabe, who is 91 and has been in power since 1980, will be the president, and who might succeed him.

Arian Foster Is The Anti-Tim Tebow

Aug 13, 2015

The Houston Texas running back says in a magazine article that he doesn’t believe in God, becoming the NFL’s only spokesman for atheism.

His brother Abdul called him “the anti-Tim Tebow,” a comparison to the quarterback who became famous for his outspoken religious views, often kneeling in prayer on the field.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson asks our sports analyst, Mike Pesca, why this matters and how it’s reverberating in the NFL.

We sit down with Jim McGuinn, host of the show “Teenage Kicks” on Minnesota Public Radio’s music station The Current. He brings us some sounds from the 1970s, 80s and 90s.

Music From The Segment

The Undertones, “Teenage Kicks”

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Gas prices are low, but are they low enough?

Oil is down to a six-year low of $43 per barrel, so why aren’t gas prices dirt cheap? And how will these prices translate to the airline industry?

Marilyn Geewax, NPR’s senior business editor, speaks with Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson about where gas prices are going.

Despite intense lobbying by human rights groups, Amnesty International has voted to support the decriminalization of the sex trade.

The group says the policy is based on the idea that sex between consenting adults should not be subject to state interference. They believe it is the best way to protect sex workers and will help make their lives safer.

The War Comes Home For Baby Boomer Veterans

Aug 11, 2015

The Vietnam War ended decades ago. Veterans from that conflict are now in their 60’s, and starting to retire. And with retirement, for some, there’s a troubling realization that they have deep wounds from the war that have never healed because they’ve never been dealt with.

Phoenix, Arizona, has been called the world’s least sustainable city. But the city is on a mission to change that in at least one area: garbage.

City leaders have set a goal of reducing the amount of trash sent to city landfills by 40 percent over the next five years. And they also hope to become leaders in waste innovation.

Phoenix city manager Ed Zuercher talks with Here & Now’s Robin Young about changing the ways of waste.

China devalued its currency on Tuesday, surprising global investors and worrying economists. The move was the most significant devaluation to the yuan since 1994 and the Chinese currency proceeded to drop nearly two percent in trading against the U.S. dollar.

Gregory Maguire is known for re-imagining classic tales, for example in his “Wicked Years” books he put his spin on L. Frank Baum’s “The Wizard of Oz.” For “Egg and Spoon” he explores pre-revolutionary Russia, incorporating magical figures from tales he read in his childhood.

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