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The news you need to know today — and the stories that will stick with you tomorrow. Plus, special series and behind-the-scenes extras from Here & Now hosts Robin Young, Scott Tong and Deepa Fernandes with help from Producer Chris Bentley and the team at NPR and WBUR.






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Moms for Liberty labeled as extremist group; 'Diablo IV' game debuts successfully

The Supreme Court released its long-anticipated ruling in an Alabama voting rights case. The Court also ruled on a big Medicaid case on Thursday. Spencer Overton, a professor of law at The George Washington University, and Cornell University associate professor Jamila Michener join us. And, Moms for Liberty has been a proponent of book banning and tamping down on teaching about race and sexuality in public schools. In its annual report, the Southern Poverty Law Center labeled Moms for Liberty as an anti-government extremist group. The Washington Post's Will Sommer joins us. Then, after multiple controversies, Activision Blizzard's "Diablo IV" released to major success in the video game world. It's been lauded as one of the summer's hottest games, and Here & Now producer James Mastromarino tells us what it means for the company.


How poor air quality impacts health; 'Nam June Paik: Moon is the Oldest TV' doc

A number of cities and towns in the East and North East United States are under air quality warnings Wednesday because of wildfires in Canada. Dr. Neela Tummala talks about the health risks associated with poor air quality. And, who will pay to clean dangerous PFAS chemicals out of our water supplies? One settlement and one pending case might provide some clues. Grist reporter Zoya Teirstein explains. Then, Nam June Paik's been called the "father of video art." And he was — but he was so much more. Sixteen years after his death, a new documentary, "Moon is the Oldest TV," examines his life through newsreels, interviews, video clips and recordings. Filmmaker Amanda Kim joins us.


Latest on 'Cop City' in Atlanta; Can Jan. 6 rioters legally fundraise?

We get the latest on Atlanta's "Cop City" from Chamian Cruz of WABE. The Atlanta City Council voted to provide funding for the controversial police and fire training facility. And, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has been sending migrants who land in Texas away to other cities for months now. Shelter beds in Chicago are full, with hundreds of migrants resigned to sleeping on the floors of police stations. WBEZ's Michael Puente joins us. Then, Jan. 6 rioters are raising thousands of dollars online for their legal defense even though some have government lawyers. Associated Press reporter Michael Kunzelman and criminal justice professor Candance McCoy join us.


Is the 'Fight for 15' outdated?; State Farm halts home insurance in California

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Mayor Mike Savage talks about the massive wildfire that forced 16,000 people from their homes. And, Bloomberg's Eliyahu Kamisher discusses State Farm's decision to stop accepting applications for homeowner's insurance in California. Then, is $15 an hour a livable wage to raise a family? Pulitzer Prize-winning business journalist Rick Wartzman says wages need a big boost and that $20 per hour should be the floor, not the aspiration. The author of "Still Broke: Walmart's Remarkable Transformation and the Limits of Socially Conscious Capitalism" joins us.


Anti-LGBTQ rhetoric during Pride Month; Scripps National Spelling Bee winner

After passing in the House, the debt ceiling bill has landed before the Senate. Now, the Senate is rushing to pass it before Monday. NBC's Scott Wong and Radio Iowa's Kay Henderson join us. And, June is LGBTQ Pride Month, but anti-LGBTQ sentiment is harshing many celebrations. We speak with Tuck Woodstock, journalist, educator and host of the "Gender Reveal" podcast. Then, 14-year-old Dev Shah won the Scripps National Spelling Bee, beating hundreds of other spellers. The eighth grader joins us to talk about the victory.


Summer grilling recipes; Activist challenges Uganda's new anti-LGBTQ law

Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera, a founding mother of the LGBTQ rights movement in Uganda, talks about her challenge to Uganda's new law that calls for the death penalty for some gay people. And, MSNBC's Ali Velshi, discusses Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data that shows fewer babies were born in the U.S. in 2022 compared to the year before. Then, as another summer grilling season begins, resident chef Kathy Gunst has new recipes to share. Plus, Samantha Brown, host of her travel series "Places to Love" on PBS, shares her tips and tricks to plan a successful summer getaway.


The history of spy animals; 'Blue Ribbon Kitchen' offers award-winning recipes

Recycling plastic creates microplastics that contaminate the air and water, a new study found. Grist reporter Joseph Winters joins us to talk about what this means amid a pollution crisis. And, an alleged Russian spy has surfaced in the waters of Sweden. The spy, Hvaldimir, is a beluga whale. There is a long history of animals being used for espionage in military conflict, and Manchester Metropolitan University lecturer Gervase Phillips joins us to unpack it. Then, Linda Skeens won 25 ribbons at the Virginia-Kentucky district fair last summer. She's cataloged this impressive feat in a new book, "Blue Ribbon Kitchen." The cookbook details her award-winning recipes and offers some insight into her life in Appalachia.


What's next for the debt ceiling deal?; Andy Cohen's 'Daddy Diaries'

A six-story building in Davenport, Iowa, partially collapsed and nine people have been rescued so far. Officials say the building is a total loss and will be demolished on Tuesday. WVIK's Herb Trix joins us. Then, President Biden and House Speaker McCarthy reached a proposed deal on the debt ceiling debate. The House Rules Committee will consider it. Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-SD), who helped negotiate the deal, joins us. And Samantha Sanders, director of government affairs and advocacy for the Economic Policy Institute, joins us to talk about who will be most affected by this proposed deal. And, most people know Andy Cohen as an eccentric TV personality who spars with the "Real Housewives" and co-hosts New Year's Eve specials with Anderson Cooper. But he's also written 10 books, the most recent of which titled "Daddy Diaries." Cohen joins us to talk about the book and his journey through single parenthood.


Montford Point Marine shares experience with racial segregation; Summer movie picks

The House is slated to vote Wednesday on the debt ceiling deal hashed out over the weekend by President Joe Biden and Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. National Economic Council Deputy Director Bharat Ramamurti and the Washington Post's Jeff Stein join us. And, First Sgt. William "Jack" McDowell, Marine Corps was among the first Black men enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. His granddaughter, Sonia Smith Kang, tells us about his service. Then, Memorial Day is the traditional start of the summer movie season. John Horn, arts and entertainment reporter for LAist, gives us a preview.


La Marisoul and Los Texmaniacs' 'Corazones and Canciones'; Misogynoir in hip-hop

La Marisoul and Max Baca of Los Texmaniacs talk about their latest album, "Corazones and Canciones." And, Maverick City Music is a diverse collective that's changing the Christian music landscape. Maverick City Music co-founder Jonathan Jay and member Norman Gyamfi talk about what they bring to contemporary Christian music. Then, Sidney Madden and Rodney Carmichael, hosts of the NPR podcast "Louder Than A Riot," talk about how the specific discrimination against Black women plays out in hip-hop.


Companies pull back LGBTQ support; How one Tina Turner superfan cherishes her legacy

Target says it's removing some of its Pride Month merchandise from store shelves after it received threats that made employees feel unsafe. But critics say that Target's decision sends a signal to right-wing extremists that their intimidation is working. NBC News' Ben Collins tells us more. And, Tina Turner was a true icon in every sense of the word. Superfan Donovan Marcelle, who once had the opportunity of a lifetime performing with her on stage during her reunion tour in 2000, joins us. Then, children of color face multiple barriers when it comes to learning how to swim. We learn about a new initiative called Swim Seattle that aims to tackle racial disparities in drowning deaths in the city.


Uvalde pastors reflect on 1 year since shooting; A24's 'You Hurt My Feelings'

One year ago, a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde Texas. The community is still grieving. Pastor Tony Gruben and Pastor Joe Ruiz join us. And, A24's film "You Hurt My Feelings" explores the dynamic of a marriage in crisis after the wife discovers her husband has been lying about liking her latest book. Writer-director Nicole Holofcener joins us. Then, how many Kyles does it take to break a world record? An event in Kyle, Texas sought to answer that by bringing together as many people named Kyle as possible. Kyle Gassiott of Troy Public Radio.


How a baby's early experiences shape their health later in life; Colorado River deal

Arizona Department of Water Resources director Tom Buschatzke and California Natural Resources Secretary Wade Crowfoot talk about a temporary deal to restrict the use of Colorado River water while Western states come up with a longer-term plan to share the river's limited water amid a historic drought. And, researchers are learning more about how relationships with caregivers and sound nutrition can impact a child's immune, metabolic, and cardiovascular systems as they get older. Dr. Jack Shonkoff tells us more. Then, climate change is here, but your child likely isn't learning much about it at school. We learn about the state of climate literacy in education from Jennifer Jones of the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists and science writer Mary Batten.


The labor fight against AI; Military spouses often feel overwhelmed and alone

A big part of the WNBA's growing popularity is the return of Brittney Griner — the star player returning to the Phoenix Mercury after enduring a harrowing stay in Russian detention. Here & Now's Peter O'Dowd was at her first home game on Sunday night. Then, AI has become a sticking point in the ongoing strike by the Writers Guild of America. What happens in Hollywood could have implications for other industries, too. Signal Foundation President Meredith Whittaker tells us more. Then, many of the wives — and husbands — of active-duty military members say they feel isolated. A new pilot peer support group aims to help military spouses find connection and resources. We hear from three spouses across the country.


3 fresh pea dishes to celebrate the end of winter; Shakespeare's first folio

Officials at the Alpine Crest Elementary School canceled a program designed by librarian Caroline Mickey to be sensitive to children who might not have a mother. Mickey and Hamiton County School Board representative Ben Connor join us. And, Shakespeare's first folio was published 400 years ago. The Folger Shakespeare Library in D.C. has 82 of the 235 known surviving copies and is currently renovating to exhibit them all free to the public. Folger librarian Greg Prickman tells us more. Then, resident chef Kathy Gunst shares three new recipes using peas, which are in season.


'Love to Love You, Donna Summer'; Drug overdoses in U.S. slightly increased in 2022

The World Meteorological Organization found that our planet is on track to break record levels of heat over the next five years And we may pass a major climate change threshold. MSNBC's Ali Velshi joins us. And, Columbia University professor Katherine Keyes talks about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that found drug overdose deaths increased by 2% last year. Then, between 1976 and 1982, Donna Summer had more top-10 hits than any other recording artist. Now, the new documentary "Love to Love You: Donna Summer" tells the singer's whole story. Summer's daughter Brooklyn Sudano made the movie. We speak with Sudano.


Women senators fight South Carolina abortion ban; Audiobooks recommendations

South Carolina lawmakers Katrina Shealy and Margie Bright Matthews — two of five "sister senators," a bipartisan group of the only women in the state senate who are banding together to fight a near-total ban on abortion in a special session that starts this week — join us. And, STAT's Brittany Trang talks about a promising study that tested a patch for toddlers with peanut allergies. Then, "The Stacks" podcast creator and host Traci Thomas shares recommendations from the more recent crop of audiobooks.


Ugly side of We Buy Ugly Houses; Bisa Butler's art weaves together history and hope

Special counsel John Durham issued a report that criticizes the FBI for its investigation into the 2016 Trump campaign. Washington Post reporter Devlin Barrett joins us to talk about the report. And, you've probably seen a sign that says "We Buy Ugly Houses" in your neighborhood somewhere. A new report from ProPublica uncovered the ugly side of the company's business tactics. Anjeanette Damon, one of the ProPublica reporters who reported the story, joins us. Then, Bisa Butler creates vibrant, electrifying quilt portraits using scraps of clothes. Her pieces weave together the culture and history of Black American life. Her new exhibit, "The World is Yours," is on display now at the Jeffrey Deitch Gallery in New York. Butler joins us to talk about her work and inspirations.


Can cereal and ice cream help you sleep?; The end of Title 42

Sheriff David Hathaway of Santa Cruz County, Arizona, talks about the situation along the border after the end of the border policy known as Title 42. Then, The City reporter Gwynne Hogan discusses the struggle to find shelter for thousands of migrants being sent to New York City. Over the weekend, Mayor Eric Adams announced that the shuttered Roosevelt Hotel will be used as a temporary shelter. And, if you're like most Americans, you may not have slept particularly well last night. Sleep-promoting cereal, ice cream and chocolate bars are gaining traction. But do they work? Charles Czeisler, chief of the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, weighs in.


The fate of the imperiled Colorado River and attempts to mitigate disaster

A water shortage on the Colorado River has put tremendous strain on the states that rely on it as a main water source. The fate of California's Salton Sea is tied to the future of the river, and a catastrophic drought has only worsened conditions. As the river's water supply dwindles lower and lower, farmers in different states fight over the allocation of resources. Farmers who rely on the water to grow crops are needing to cut way down on water consumption, but some states are still receiving significantly more water than others. Tensions are especially high between farmers in Arizona and California. But there have been some efforts to reduce the water needed to maintain agricultural industries, and vertical farming is one of them. It won't replace traditional field agriculture, experts say, but it's a step toward growing crops with fewer resources. Here & Now's Peter O'Dowd reports on the devastation of the Colorado River and its rocky future.