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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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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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Sinema leaves Democratic party; Classical guitarist Berta Rojas on her new album

Kyrsten Sinema left the Democratic party this week and registered as an independent. CSPAN's Jesse Holland, the Washington Post's Paul Kane and Alejandra Gomez, co-director of grassroots political organization LUCHA, join us. And, Berta Rojas just won a Latin Grammy for her new album, "Legado." On it, the classical guitarist pays tribute to two early-20th-century musicians Ida Presti and Maria Luisa Anido. Rojas joins us to talk about her work.


This English professor teaches a class on Taylor Swift songs; Brittney Griner is free

WNBA star Brittney Griner was released from Russia Thursday morning. The Washington Post's Missy Ryan talks about the prisoner swap that led to her release. Then, a week after New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced a controversial move to stem homelessness, a longtime paramedic who has seen mental health distress on the streets daily is speaking out. Anthony Almojera joins us. And, University of Texas English professor Elizabeth Scala teaches a course that connects Taylor Swift's...


Update on North Carolina power grid; Gerrymandered map at the center of SCOTUS case

Georgia's U.S. Senate runoff has been called in favor of incumbent Democrat Rep. Raphael Warnock. Warnock defeated Republican Herschel Walker. Rahul Bali of WABE joins us. Then, after gunfire damaged two electrical substations in Moore County last week, some North Carolina residents are still without power. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper joins us to give an update on the power grid and what's to come. And, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case Wednesday that could have major implications...


Decades of abuse in La Luz del Mundo megachurch uncovered; Floating wind farms

In California on Tuesday, dozens of energy companies are bidding for the right to build and operate floating wind farms off the coast of Morro Bay. This ambitious project is part of California's effort to create more renewable sources of energy. David Hochschild, chair of the California Energy Commission, joins us. Then, women's tackle football has been taking off in Europe. Michelle de Boer, center for the Dutch Lightning, joins us. And, Jennifer Tiexiera is the director of the new HBO...


Conflicting reports of Iran's morality police; Early childhood teachers of the year

Gunfire on Saturday damaged electrical substations in Moore County, North Carolina, leaving tens of thousands without power. For some, Duke Energy has said the outage could last well into this week. WFAE reporter Nick de la Canal joins us. Then, protests in Iran continue amid mixed reports about whether the country's morality police have been abolished. Borzou Daragahi, international correspondent for the Independent, joins us. And, early childhood teachers rarely get the recognition they...


Deshaun Watson returns to NFL field Sunday; Looking for a great read? We got you

ABC News political director Rick Klein and NBC senior congressional reporter Scott Wong discuss the latest moves in the lame-duck Congress to avert a rail strike. And, this weekend, one of the NFL's most controversial players will step back onto the field. The Ringer's Lindsay Jones reminds us of the sexual assault allegations against Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson and what to expect. Then, Andrew Limbong, host of NPR's "Book of the Day" podcast, talks about NPR's Books We Love...


The state of AIDS on World AIDS Day; Millions of Americans have no paid sick time

On World AIDS Day, we look at the status of AIDS in the present day. Marnina Miller, community outreach coordinator for the Southern AIDS Coalition, joins us to share what she tells young people about living with HIV and other thoughts. Then, the European Union is set to hold a crucial vote on whether to put a price cap on Russian oil. The aim is to cut Russia's oil revenue, but some people fear that this could adversely affect the energy market that has seen low U.S. gas prices. MSNBC...


Why has Meta put so much stake in VR?; Movies hitting the silver screen this winter

Workers at Zhengzhou, China's big Foxconn factory are protesting against COVID restrictions. The factory produces half of the world's iPhones. China Labor Bulletin researcher Aidan Chau joins us. Then, even after laying off thousands of employees, Facebook's parent company Meta is still on track to spend millions of dollars on virtual reality. Why is Meta betting so heavily on VR and how does gaming fit into the picture? Here & Now's James Perkins Mastromarino joins us. And, following a poor...


Senate to vote on same-sex marriage bill; Mauna Loa erupts for 1st time since 1984

Congress is set to take up legislation this week to impose an agreement between railroad companies and union workers. Clark Ballew from the BMWED national union joins us. Then, we get the latest on Hawaii's Mauna Loa — the world's largest active volcano which erupted for the first time since 1984 over the weekend — from Bill Dorman of Hawai'i Public Radio. And, Columbia University law professor Katherine Franke talks about what the passage of the Respect for Marriage Act would mean. Utah...


China's 'zero COVID' policy; Effective altruism could be at a crossroads

Protests erupted in China over widespread restrictions as part of the country's zero COVID policy. Protesters have been calling for freedom of speech, freedom of the press and some even for Xi Jinping to step down. NPR China affairs correspondent John Ruwitch joins us. Then, the World Cup has also been rocked by protests as the U.S. team gears up to play Iran. Protests in Iran have continued for months since the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in police custody for allegedly wearing her...


Jennette McCurdy opens up about childhood fame, tumultuous relationship with her mom

Former "iCarly" and "Sam & Cat" star Jennette McCurdy never wanted to be an actor. But her mother wanted her to, so she spent her childhood at casting calls and on television sets. Her mother controlled her life off-screen, dictating what she wore, ate and did. McCurdy details it all in her best-selling memoir "I'm Glad My Mom Died," and joins us to tell her story.


A smorgasbord of cooking conversations from corn tortillas to sheet pan sweets

Got some Thanksgiving leftovers that could work well as a taco? Make sure you're working with the best corn tortillas. Jorge Gaviria's book "Masa: Techniques, Recipes, and Reflections on a Timeless Staple" explores the history and science behind the corn dough used to create tortillas. Then, apples get all the attention in fall cooking, so why not switch it up with some pears? Our resident chef Kathy Gunst drops by with recipes for a salad, pork chops and a sweet crumble, all utilizing the...


Start your Thanksgiving feast off right; Eddie Palmieri is an eternal student

Traveling over Thanksgiving weekend? You're far from the only one. Airlines are expected to enter the busiest season of the year, close to pre-pandemic levels. But are they ready for that increased demand? Transportation analyst Seth Kaplan joins us. Then, it's easy to feel peckish while cooking Thanksgiving dinner all day long. Whether for yourself or your houseguests, resident chef Kathy Gunst has three recipes that'll keep you satisfied before dinner without spoiling your appetite. And,...


Community healing after Club Q shooting; Student's $300 rent thanks to home sharing

In the wake of the Colorado Springs shooting, the Pikes Peak Metropolitan Community Church has rallied around folks from the community. Pastor Alycia Erickson says the church has an important role to play at this time. Then, Keir Radnedge, a reporter for World Soccer Magazine who is in Qatar, talks about Saudia Arabia's stunning win over Argentina in the World Cup. And, college student Natalie Ho lives by the beach in California for $300 rent. Her secret? Home sharing with an older adult. We...


Jerry Seinfeld's 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Book'; COP27 conference wraps up

A gunman opened fire and killed 5 people at Club Q, an LGBTQ+ club in Colorado Springs. The club existed as a safe haven for the gay community in a predominantly-conservative area. Paolo Zialcita, a general assignment reporter at Colorado Public Radio, joins us to discuss what we know so far. Then, after two weeks of talks, the COP17 climate conference wrapped up with some major developments, namely an agreement over a climate reparations fund. However, some other aspects such as mitigating...


'Magic: The Gathering' angers fans; Ticketmaster under fire

Three young climate activists from around the world discuss what sort of climate action they want from their leaders and explain how high the stakes feel for them. And, after two days of pre-sale pandemonium, TicketMaster announced it would be canceling the general public sale for Taylor Swift's highly anticipated Eras Tour. Mike Regan, senior editor at Bloomberg News, joins us. Then, "Magic: The Gathering" invented the trading card game model nearly 30 years ago. But a recent decision to...


Why giving up meat is so hard; Nancy Pelosi steps down

Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday that she will step down from party leadership. Joe Garofoli, senior political writer at the San Francisco Chronicle, takes a look back on her remarkable career. And, the Washington Post's Ishaan Tharoor talks about the political debate surrounding the World Cup in Qatar. Then, why is it so hard for us to give up meat? We speak with a professor who studies the psychology of going vegetarian And we get some mouth-watering vegetarian recipes from award-winning...


Developing countries call for climate reparations; India's farmers face uncertainty

Today's episode is focused on COP27. First, we explore the challenges and opportunities that come with climate reparations with Saleemul Huq, director of the Bangladesh-based International Centre for Climate Change and Development. Then, we convene a roundtable of climate reporters from Brazil, Nigeria and Pakistan to hear about the key issues affecting their local communities — from deforestation to flooding. And, YR Media's Mukta Dharmapurikar visited her family's farm in India this summer...


Republicans move towards House control; Podcast tells story of adult autism diagnosis

Republicans have won 217 seats in the House. The party is one vote short of retaking the chamber. Scott Wong, senior congressional reporter for NBC News, shares the latest. And, about 48,000 unionized academic workers across the University of California's 10 campuses have taken to the picket line, calling for better pay and benefits. Summer Lin, the Los Angeles Times reporter covering the strikes, speaks with us. Then, public radio voice Lauren Ober's new podcast "The Loudest Girl in the...


Medical debt relief; Funding early childhood education

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky paid a surprise visit to liberated Kherson Monday as workers try to restore basics such as power, water and phone services. NPR's Frank Langfitt was on the phone with Ukrainian soldiers who recaptured the city. And, Toledo City Council teamed up with RIP Medical Debt to rid hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical debt for thousands of Toledo residents. Michele Grim, who led the effort, explains what other cities can learn from this. And, we speak with...