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Fire Disrupts Vinyl Record Production; Utah Sends Employees To Mexico To Save On Medications

People in the vinyl business are warning of a global bottleneck in the record industry after a fire last week destroyed Apollo Masters Corp. in Banning, California. We talk with a vinyl-production consultant about how a critical component of vinyl production will now be in short supply. Also, in Utah, some public workers are able to fly to Canada or Mexico to buy costly prescription drugs at a steep discount.


Roger Stone Sentencing Fallout; Architecture And Federal Buildings

Attorney General William Barr agreed to testify in the House next month after furor over the sentencing of President Trump ally Roger Stone. Democrats have accused Barr of using the Justice Department to do Trump's bidding. And, some architects are criticizing reports of a draft executive order requiring most new federal buildings to be designed in the classical style. Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin explains why federal rules on style are bad for democracy.


Americans Agree Health Care Needs Fixing; Congress Presses NCAA On Paying Athletes

Americans are divided on lots of issues. But a new survey shows that people across partisan lines agree that the U.S. health care system needs fixing. Christine Herman of Side Effects Public Media and America Amplified reports. Also, Congress is stepping into the debate over compensating college athletes. Sports analyst Mike Pesca has the latest on lawmakers pressing the NCAA to move quickly.


N.H. Democratic Primary; American Airlines Suspends Flights To China

Democratic strategist Bill Press and Republican strategist Alice Stewart join us to discuss the results of Tuesday night's New Hampshire presidential primary. And, American Airlines has suspended direct flights to China and Hong Kong through the end of April due to the spread of COVID-19. Several other airlines have also suspended flights from major U.S. hubs to China.


Airbnb CEO On IPO Plans; New Particle Accelerator In New York

Airbnb was valued at $31 billion in its last funding round in 2017 and said last year it plans to go public in 2020. We speak with the company's co-founder and CEO. Also, the U.S. could soon have its first new particle collider in decades. Last month, the Department of Energy announced Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, New York, will be home to The Electron-Ion Collider.


Guns In New Hampshire; African Countries Prepare For Coronavirus

The issue of guns — whether to protect our right to have them or protect ourselves from them — remains a divisive one in the United States. On New Hampshire's primary day, we check in with Josh Rogers about the importance of guns to voters and the state's recent attempts to enact new, stricter laws. Also, fears are mounting in Africa around coronavirus, where there has yet to be one confirmed case. Host Jeremy Hobson speaks with the head of the emergency response for the World Health...


N.H. Governor Talks Primaries; Coronavirus Impact On Tech

It's primary day in New Hampshire. Gov. Chris Sununu recently told viewers of "Fox & Friends" to "grab their popcorn" because "it's going to be fun to watch." Sununu joins us to discuss the New Hampshire primary. Also, due to the coronavirus, many offices and factories in China have been closed for the time being as a precaution and the tech industry is starting to feel the impact. We talk with Ben Brock Johnson, who covers tech for Here & Now.


Helping Black Smokers Quit; Art Galleries Opening Restaurants

As vaping news makes headlines, black smokers in Cleveland still struggle to quit cigarettes. Ideastream's Anne Glausser reports on a texting program that might help some of those smokers. Also, art galleries are opening their own restaurants. What does that tell us about the art market? We talk to an expert about this relatively new phenomenon.


New Hampshire Debate Watchers; Coronavirus Treatment

The New Hampshire primary is Tuesday, but many voters there say they still haven't made up their minds. And that was evident in Durham, New Hampshire, this weekend when five neighbors gathered to watch the Democratic candidates debate. We hear what they have to say. Also, we talk to Dr. Amesh Adalji of John Hopkins Center for Health Security about how to treat the coronavirus.


100 Years After Prohibition; Arizona Utility Sets Carbon Free Goal

It's been 100 years since the end of Prohibition. We look back at the 13-year-ban on alcohol and how it shaped American drinking culture with William Rorabaugh, author of "Prohibition: A Concise History." Also, Arizona Public Service, the state's largest utility company, recently announced plans to be carbon free by 2050. Host Peter O'Dowd speaks with APS CEO Jeff Guldner about how the company plans to reach its goals.


New Hampshire Debate; Intimacy Coordinators In #MeToo Era

Democratic presidential candidates are set to debate Friday night in New Hampshire ahead of the state's primary on Tuesday. The primary looms as the results of the Iowa caucuses are still unknown. And in the #MeToo era, the demand for intimacy coordinators, professionals who work with actors and production staff to ensure safe and consensual sex scenes, is on the rise.


Trump Touts His Acquittal; Coronavirus Could Affect U.S.-China Trade Truce

President Trump touted his acquittal in his impeachment trial Thursday when he brandished the front page of USA Today at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington. And, China's plan to cut $75 billion in tariffs on American-made goods is a sign the trade truce with the U.S. is working. But the new coronavirus outbreak could throw a wrench in the agreement.


Universal Cancer Treatment Research; Global Impacts Of Australia FIres

Scientists are still a long way off of finding a cure for cancer, but researchers in the U.K. have recently made a significant step toward the creation of a universal treatment for cancer. Host Tonya Mosley speaks with one of the researchers. Also, atmospheric scientist Neil Lareau from the University of Nevada joins us to discuss some of the long-term environmental impacts of the Australia fires, from fire-generated thunderstorms to plumes of smoke and chemicals that penetrate the...


Body Temperature Changes; Coronavirus Stirs Sinophobia

You may not be as hot as you think. Scientists now say the normal human body temperature is 97.5 degrees, slightly cooler than the once-accepted 98.6 degrees. Also, as quickly as the new coronavirus is spreading globally, so is anti-China sentiment. Some restaurants and bars in Italy are turning away Chinese customers and a recent issue of a German weekly news magazine featured a headline on its cover that read "Coronavirus. Made in China."


Iowa's App Problems; 'Brain Drain' At The Department Of Agriculture

Iowa's state Democratic party said there were inconsistencies in precinct results from Monday night's caucuses. A technical glitch with a new app to report results appears to be at the root of the problem. Also, we talk to a historian at Rutgers about the USDA's Economic Research Service and how the Trump administration's decision to move the ERS last year resulted in about 60% of its employees quitting.


Google's Super Bowl Commercial; Bill Kristol On The GOP

A Super Bowl commercial from Google depicted an elderly widower asking Google Voice Assistant to help him remember his late wife, Loretta. We discuss the ad and the technology behind it. Also, conservative thinker Bill Kristol has been critical of President Trump for years, even while many on the right who were once critical came to support the president. Host Robin Young speaks with Kristol.


German Town Goes 100% Renewable Energy; Mississippi Prisons Deaths Hit 15

One model for the transition to carbon neutrality can be found in the town of Wolfhagen, Germany, which already gets 100% of its electricity from renewable energy sources. Host Tonya Mosley speaks a member of the city parliament in Wolfhagen. Also, we talk to Jerry Mitchell, founder of the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting, about the state's policy failures that he says contributed to 15 inmate deaths inside Missippi prisons since Dec. 29.


Younger Voters Energized In Iowa; Nigerian Travel Ban Expansion

The Iowa caucuses are Monday night, and recent polls suggest young voters could swing the outcome. They propelled Bernie Sanders to a virtual tie with Hillary Clinton in Iowa in 2016. What role will the youth vote play in 2020? Also, the president of the Nigerian American Multicultural Council responds to the recent expansion of the Trump administration's travel ban.


Special Coverage: Iowa Caucuses

This week, Jeremy Hobson hosted Here & Now from Iowa to cover the state's first-in-the-nation caucuses.


Senate Impeachment Trial Latest; U.K. Ambassador On Brexit

Senators are set to vote Friday on whether to call witnesses in the impeachment trial of President Trump. Republicans believe they have enough votes to block witnesses and acquit the president. For more, we're joined by NPR's Ayesha Rascoe. And, the United Kingdom officially leaves the European Union on Friday. But the U.K. Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Tatham says he's not feeling so "starry-eyed" about Brexit.