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It's thyme for herb season; Don't worry about the robot revolution

Kathy Gunst's three new recipes are all herb-forward ("herbaceous" as chefs might say) as well as a guide to some of her favorite herbs. And, earlier this month, Google engineer Blake Lemoine claimed the company's artificial intelligence had achieved sentience. While Lemoine's claims made waves online, many experts are pretty skeptical. University of Washington professor Emily M. Bender joins us.


How to survive an economic downturn; HIV challenges still remain

Many economists are talking about the threat of a possible recession within the next year. CBS News business analyst Jill Schlesinger joins us. And, while there have been many advances in HIV treatment and prevention, advocates say there are still barriers to treatment, particularly in Black and Latino communities. Colorado Public Radio's Vic Vela reports.


The future of Miranda rights; The internet reacts to the end of Roe v. Wade

A Supreme Court ruling on Jun. 23 stripped away a person's ability to sue for damages if evidence is procured without police reading their Miranda rights. University of Michigan law professor Eve Brensike Primus joins us. And, Femi Oke, host of The Stream on Al Jazeera, assesses how online communities are responding to the Supreme Court ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade.


Women's rights attorney reacts to Roe; John Dean reflects on Jan. 6 hearings

Longtime women's rights attorney Kathryn Kolbert joins us after the Supreme Court's reversal of Roe v. Wade. She argued the Supreme Court case Planned Parenthood v. Casey in the 1990s that reaffirmed Roe. And, has there been a "John Dean moment" in the Jan. 6 hearings? Let's ask Dean, former White House counsel who testified in the Watergate hearings.


#MeToo founder Tarana Burke on grief; Why there are few Black doctors in the U.S.

Author and activist Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement, talks about the immense amount of grief we're all feeling. And, the percentage of Black doctors hasn't changed in 40 years. New reporting finds Black residents get more harshly disciplined and thrown out of their programs at a much higher rate than their white counterparts. Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice joins us.


Remembering Surfside collapse victims; Mashama Bailey wins outstanding chef award

Condo law expert Evan McKenzie talks about changes in condo oversight since the collapse of Champlain Towers South one year ago Friday. Pablo Rodriguez, who lost his mother and grandmother in the deadly collapse, also joins us. And, Mashama Bailey of The Grey in Savannah, Georgia, was honored by the James Beard Foundation with the Outstanding Chef award this month. Bailey joins us.


Sisters divided by China's civil war; Black gun ownership

Here & Now's Robin Young speaks with Brown University professor Zhuqing Lee about her new book "Daughters of the Flower Fragrant Garden," which tells the story of her two half- aunts, who were separated for three decades when one was stranded on an island that was claimed by China's Nationalists, while the other remained in mainland China.And, while the Senate has moved a step closer to passing a bipartisan gun safety bill Akin Olla, a Nigerian-American socialist organizer and gun owner,...


Art as memory and why it must be saved; Alcohol-related deaths soar

Galina and Yelena Lembersky fled the Soviet Union in the 1980s with hundreds of Galina's father's paintings. The paintings are now in Massachusetts, and so is the acting director of the Odesa Fine Arts Museum, Olesksandra Kovalchuk, who recently fled the war in Ukraine. Kovalchuk has been working from the U.S. to save the art left behind. The women reflect on the meaning of art as memory and the importance of saving it. And, alcohol use increased during the pandemic. One study suggests more...


'Citizen Ashe' documentary; McCarthy-era comic opera

The new documentary "Citizen Ashe" tells the story of the life and activism of tennis great Arthur Ashe. Ashe's brother, Johnnie joins us. And, the 1956 comic opera "Candide" by Leonard Bernstein, inspired by Joseph McCarthy's anti-communist hearings in 1954, reflects the "undercurrent of pushing ahead in spite of everything." Classical music critic Fran Hoepfner joins us.


History of Phoenix Indian School; Reproductive rights icon Bill Baird

In the early years of a central Phoenix prominent boarding school for Native American children, officials tried to wipe out the culture and identity of the students. But as reforms slowly changed native boarding schools over the course of decades, it became a place where students could reclaim some of their history. Here & Now's Peter O'Dowd reports. And, the Eisenstadt v. Baird Supreme Court case ruling gave all Americans, married and unmarried, the right to access and use birth control....


A parade of planets; Uvalde moves forward with their grief

Wake up early and look up, because this month there are five planets lined up — arranged in their natural order from the sun — in the predawn sky. Here & Now's Robin Young talks with Kelly Beatty. And, almost four weeks after the mass shooting at Robb Elementary, the town of Uvalde, Texas, has begun to quiet down, and its residents have been left with their grief and in search of a way forward. NPR's Adrian Florido reports.


Jewish-trans identity through theater and music; African slaves' act of resistance

After coming out, transgender-Jewish activist and educator Eliana Rubin has found a greater connection and sense of community through her religion. She uses theater and music to express herself and her tradition. And, Africans on board a slave ship in 1803 rebelled and drove their enslavers into the water as they were arriving to Georgia. After some of the Africans walked into the water and disappeared.


Greenland's polar bears hunt on glacier ice; Skyrocketing gas prices in Colorado

Polar bear biologists have found a population of bears in Greenland that hunt on ice coming off of glaciers, rather than the frozen sea. That means they may be able to survive climate change longer.And, the high gas prices in Colorado have people changing their spending and commuting habits. Colorado Public Radio's Matt Bloom reports.


The woman who helped make Juneteenth a holiday; Revlon files for bankruptcy

Opal Lee walked all around the country for years to help establish this national holiday on June 19 to commemorate history and celebrate freedom. She joins us. And, Revlon filed for bankruptcy after sales of its cosmetics line dropped significantly during the pandemic and didn't rebound as expected. Senior editor at Bloomberg News Mike Regan joins us.


Abortion before and after Roe v. Wade; Recipes to celebrate Juneteenth

Before Roe v. Wade established a woman's legal right to an abortion in 1973, women were often forced to seek illegal and sometimes dangerous abortions, or continue an unwanted pregnancy. Texas Public Radio's Caroline Cuellar speaks to a woman who had abortions before and after the Roe V. Wade decision about her experiences. And, Nicole A. Taylor's new cookbook "Watermelon and Red Birds: A Cookbook for Juneteenth and Black Celebrations" will have your guests asking "who made the potato...


Why birds sing at dawn; Yellowstone flooding affects drinking water

You may have noticed a lot of birds chirping outside your window before the sun rises at this time of year. Cornell University ornithology professor Michael Webster talks about the different theories as to why. And, flooding from heavy rain and snow melt forced the evacuation of 10,000 people from Yellowstone National Park. The drinking water in communities like Billings has been affected. Yellowstone Public Radio reporter Olivia Weitz joins us.


'The Fight for Pride'; British authorities persist in Rwanda deportation

Years of issues with Philly Pride culminated in accusations of racism and transphobia. And the problems aren't unique to Philadelphia. WHYY's Michaela Winberg tells the story in the podcast "March On: The Fight For Pride." And, more flights are to be arranged to deport asylum seekers in the UK to Rwanda, says the British government. Reporter Willem Marx discusses the UK's agreement with Rwanda to deport certain people who arrive on its shores and the problems the plan has faced from the...


McDonald's rebrands in Russia; Americans face extreme heat

McDonald's was one of the largest companies to pull out of Russia after the invasion of Ukraine. But now the fast-food restaurants are returning with very similar food and a new name. NPR's Charles Maynes reports. And, extreme heat is sweeping across the United States. Nearly 100 million Americans are under heat-related warnings and advisories. Meteorologist Matthew Cappucci joins us.


Drag Queen Story Hour; Wildfire threatens Indigenous villages in Alaska

The literacy program is exactly what the name implies: Drag Queens reading stories to young children — mostly on themes of diversity, acceptance, tolerance and self-esteem. Drag Queen Story Hour executive director and drag queen Jonathan Hamilt joins us. And, the East Fork fire is threatening four villages in the Yukon River region. One family has chosen to stay and support efforts to keep their community from burning. Olivia Ebertz of KYUK reports.


Randy Rainbow's new memoir; Hollywood's role in U.S.-China relations

Comedian Randy Rainbow's new memoir "Playing with Myself" is as funny as it is poignant. He joins us. And, a Taiwanese flag patch on the back of Tom Cruise's leather bomber jacket in "Top Gun: Maverick" has created a big problem with China. Wall Street Journal Hollywood reporter Erich Schwartzel discusses the controversy.