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

June 24, 2022 18:03 - 42 minutes - 38.5 MB

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

June 24, 2022 18:02 - 41 minutes - 37.8 MB

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.

June 23, 2022 18:16 - 42 minutes - 38.8 MB

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

June 23, 2022 18:15 - 42 minutes - 39 MB

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

June 22, 2022 18:44 - 42 minutes - 39 MB

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, expl...

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

June 22, 2022 18:33 - 41 minutes - 38.3 MB

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

June 21, 2022 20:38 - 42 minutes - 38.8 MB

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

June 21, 2022 20:37 - 42 minutes - 38.7 MB

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. The...

A parade of planets; Uvalde moves forward with their grief

June 20, 2022 19:04 - 42 minutes - 38.8 MB

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

June 20, 2022 18:57 - 43 minutes - 39.4 MB

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

June 17, 2022 19:55 - 42 minutes - 39.1 MB

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

June 17, 2022 19:54 - 42 minutes - 39 MB

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

June 16, 2022 21:32 - 41 minutes - 38.1 MB

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 salad?"...

Why birds sing at dawn; Yellowstone flooding affects drinking water

June 16, 2022 21:32 - 40 minutes - 37.2 MB

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

June 15, 2022 21:16 - 40 minutes - 37.1 MB

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 outset.

McDonald's rebrands in Russia; Americans face extreme heat

June 15, 2022 21:16 - 41 minutes - 38.1 MB

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

June 14, 2022 21:23 - 40 minutes - 37.5 MB

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

June 14, 2022 21:22 - 40 minutes - 36.8 MB

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.

Photographer captures starling murmurations; Magic mushrooms and mental health

June 13, 2022 21:23 - 41 minutes - 38.3 MB

Danish photographer Soren Solkaer spent the last five years following starlings on their migrations around Europe. He talks about his new book, "Black Sun," about starling murmurations. And, researchers at the University of Washington are investigating whether psychedelics could alleviate depression in healthcare workers. KUOW's Eilis O'Neill reports.

Father of a Parkland shooting victim on gun violence; 'Girl from the North Country'

June 13, 2022 21:22 - 42 minutes - 38.6 MB

Manuel Oliver is the co-founder of the gun reform organization Change the Ref and father of Joaquin Oliver, who died in the 2018 Parkland shooting. He explains what he thinks needs to be done now to prevent gun violence. And, Broadway's "Girl From the North Country" is a powerful touchdown in Depression-era Duluth, Minnesota. The show won the Tony Award for Best Orchestration. We speak with some of the actors.

U.S. Army recruits influencers to help reach young people; The process of unionizing

June 10, 2022 19:55 - 41 minutes - 38.3 MB

The U.S. Army invited 13 influencers to D.C. this weekend as part of ongoing efforts to learn how to better reach and recruit young people. Femi Oke, host of "The Stream" on Al Jazeera, tells us more. And, workers at Amazon, Starbucks and other companies are charting a new course for organizing a union. Labor journalist and veteran organizer Chris Brooks says organized labor needs to pay attention and support them.

LGBTQ+ community's battle for the dinosaur emoji; Key moments from Jan. 6 hearing

June 10, 2022 19:54 - 41 minutes - 38.4 MB

Dinosaur emojis have been widely used by the LGBTQ+ community online for a long time — but then people started to notice anti-trans users posting them. WBUR's Endless Thread podcast explores the tug of war over the use of the dino emoji. And, at Thursday night's hearing, millions of Americans saw videos they'd not seen before from the Jan. 6 insurrection. We listen back to some of the key moments.

Do police make schools safer?; 'Top Gun: Maverick' and summer movie season

June 09, 2022 19:44 - 42 minutes - 39.2 MB

After each school shooting, the call goes up for more police in schools. But research shows police do not make schools safer. Marc Schindler, co-author of a Brookings Institution report on police in schools, joins us. And, "Top Gun: Maverick" has taken in well over $550 million worldwide since it opened Memorial Day weekend. But does that bode well for the summer movie season? KPCC entertainment reporter John Horn weighs in.

James Patterson tells his own story; NYC tenants struggle to find affordable housing

June 09, 2022 19:43 - 42 minutes - 39.1 MB

Best-selling author James Patterson talks about his new memoir "James Patterson by James Patterson," a collection of stories about his life, loves and writing career. And, in New York City, rents are up by more than 30% on average compared to last year. Correspondent Tonya Mosley has been talking to people in New York about why it's so hard to find an affordable apartment.

Scientists remeasure a second; Black cancer patients detail clinical trials bias

June 08, 2022 20:34 - 42 minutes - 38.9 MB

Scientists rely on the element Cesium to officially measure a second — and it's due for an update. Time researcher Elizabeth Donley explains. And, many Black cancer patients say they're not being offered the chance to join clinical trials at the same rate as other groups. STAT's Angus Chen talks about a new survey of Black cancer patients that raises questions about institutional bias in treatment.

Audiobook recommendations; 'The Wizard of Oz' dress centers lawsuit

June 08, 2022 20:33 - 41 minutes - 37.7 MB

"The Stacks" host Traci Thomas has fiction, non-fiction and celebrity memoirs to whittle away the hours. And, a blue and white gingham frock, worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 movie "The Wizard of Oz," is at the center of an ownership dispute between a university, an auction house, a deceased priest and his niece. The Wall Street Journal's Melissa Korn joins us.

Ukrainian civilian-turned-soldier; A Black-led bike club peddles inclusivity

June 07, 2022 20:15 - 40 minutes - 37.5 MB

Ukrainian soldier Dmytro Veselov talks about what his life is like now as Russia's war grinds on. And, a bike club is working to get more Black residents in Kansas City, Missouri, to join the city's cycling community. KCUR's Luke Martin takes us for a ride with the Major Taylor Cycling Club.

Summer party recipes; Redistricting leaves voters of color underrepresented

June 07, 2022 20:07 - 42 minutes - 39.1 MB

When you want something a bit more special than usual, chef Kathy Gunst's three new recipes — a spinach souffle, a vegetable paella and a strawberry-laced cheesecake — will fit the bill. And, after a year of partisan battles and lawsuits, the once-a-decade redistricting cycle has ended with a map that's less competitive. David Daley, a senior fellow for FairVote, joins us.

Rhiannon Giddens takes a new path on Silkroad; Greenwashing in the financial world

June 06, 2022 21:22 - 41 minutes - 37.9 MB

In July, Grammy winner Rhiannon Giddens will be going out on her first tour as artistic director of Silkroad, the cross-cultural ensemble founded by Yo-Yo Ma. She joins us. And, Financial Times columnist Rana Foroohar talks about sustainable investing. Critics say the financial industry is misleading investors about how much it incorporates environmental and social responsibility into investments.

'Misfire' dives into NRA corruption; Chicago pastor on mass shootings

June 06, 2022 21:20 - 42 minutes - 38.5 MB

"Misfire: Inside the Downfall of the NRA" dives deep into the three-decade-long reign of leader Wayne Lapierre. Author and NPR investigative reporter Tim Mak joins us. And, over the weekend, at least 28 people were shot and four died in smaller instances of gun violence in Chicago. We speak with Pastor Michael Allen.

New research on long COVID; DIY space travelers shoot for the moon

June 03, 2022 18:02 - 41 minutes - 37.8 MB

New research is emerging with startling numbers in terms of how many people may suffer from long COVID. Columbia University physician and professor Mady Hornig has been battling long COVID. She joins us. And, an amateur group of space enthusiasts from Copenhagen have been spending their spare time building rockets. Brett Dahlberg of IEEE Spectrum reports.

'Freewater' illuminates little-known Black history; Father's brain injury recovery

June 03, 2022 18:02 - 40 minutes - 37 MB

Amina Luqman-Dawson talks about her novel "Freewater," a fictional account of a society founded by runaway slaves in the Great Dismal Swamp. And, one of filmmaker Tim O'Donnell's first projects is a documentary about his father's brain injury. He talks about "The House We Lived In."

Juneteenth cookbook 'Watermelon and Red Birds'; Racism and body standards

June 02, 2022 16:40 - 40 minutes - 37.5 MB

Food writer Nicole A. Taylor talks about her new cookbook "Watermelon and Red Birds: A Cookbook for Juneteenth and Black Celebrations." And, from body mass index to our nation's obsession with slenderness, our ideals of the ultimate body is racialized and racist. Tonya Mosley takes on this topic in the latest episode of her podcast "Truth Be Told."

Unregulated sale of scorpions and spiders; Authoritarianism in India

June 02, 2022 16:40 - 41 minutes - 38.4 MB

The internet is crawling with black-market sales of exotic scorpions and spiders. More than 12,000 species of arachnids are bought and sold online, according to a new report in Communications Biology. Study author Alice Hughes joins us. And, Raksha Kumar brings us the stories of three generations of Kashmiris – whose lives illustrate the changing nature of this decades-long conflict between India and Pakistan.

Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee; Ranching for the birds

June 01, 2022 17:32 - 41 minutes - 38 MB

This weekend marks Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee. The 96-year-old is the longest-reigning British monarch, having served 70 years on the throne. We discuss the future of the British monarchy and Commonwealth. And, out West, a conservation project is partnering with ranchers to protect birds and promote sustainable agriculture. Boise State Public Radio's Ashley Ahearn reports.

'The Korean Vegan' cookbook; The healing power of storytelling

June 01, 2022 17:31 - 41 minutes - 37.9 MB

Joanne Lee Molinaro's debut cookbook "The Korean Vegan Cookbook: Reflections and Recipes from Omma's Kitchen" has been nominated for a James Beard award for Best Vegetable-Focused cookbook. She talks about family and food. And, after receiving a multiple sclerosis diagnosis, Dr. Anne Brewster found that writing about her story put her back into control of her narrative and her healing. She talks about her book "The Healing Power of Storytelling," co-authored by Rachel Zimmerman.

Columbine survivor shares advice; In 'Six,' Henry VIII's ex-wives tell their stories

May 31, 2022 17:27 - 41 minutes - 37.9 MB

Columbine school shooting survivor and Rebels Project director of community outreach Missy Mendo discusses how survivors of mass shootings and trauma have found ways to heal. And, Broadway's hit musical "Six" gives Henry VIII's wives ownership of their own stories. Host Robin Young talks to the queens about the power of reclaiming one's stories and how their own lives have inspired their performances.

California's new composting law; Denver Muslim community rallies around Nazem Kadri

May 31, 2022 17:23 - 41 minutes - 37.6 MB

In its continuing effort to combat climate change, California now requires households and businesses to compost food waste. KPCC's Erin Stone takes a look at how the composting process works. And, second-line center Nazem Kadri of the Colorado Avalanche has faced hate and death threats. Many in Denver's Islamic community say they're frustrated by how Kadri's been treated. Colorado Public Radio's Vic Vela reports.

Modern Stoics leader Ryan Holiday; Searching for a miracle in Cleveland

May 30, 2022 16:40 - 41 minutes - 38.2 MB

Ryan Holiday is the author of books such as "The Obstacle is the Way" and the popular Daily Stoic website. He talks about the philosophy, commercialism and his role as a steward of Stoicism. And, a young Black man named Winston Willis stopped in Cleveland in 1959 to shoot a little pool and walked away $35,000 richer. In an excerpt from the Last Seen podcast, writer Ajah Hales explores Willis' legacy.

New twists on grilling for Memorial Day; Lessons from Naval history

May 30, 2022 16:38 - 41 minutes - 37.6 MB

For Memorial Day, you can always cook up a burger or a hot dog, chicken or steak. But chef Kathy Gunst decided to take a look at a few of these favorites and give them a new twist. And, in his new book "To Risk it All: Nine Conflicts and the Crucible of Decision," retired Adm. James Stavridis draws lessons from the history of the United States Navy.

A journalist and parent reflects on Uvalde; 'Beethoven in Beijing' author

May 27, 2022 17:04 - 42 minutes - 38.5 MB

Here & Now's Peter O'Dowd opens up about the tension between covering the story as a journalist and experiencing the story as a parent of an elementary school child. And, her author and filmmaker Jennifer Lin discusses her book "Beethoven in Beijing," about how musical worlds opened when the orchestra went to China at a time when western music was banned there.

Alaska commercial pilot flies Yup'ik locals; TV shows and movies keep getting longer

May 27, 2022 16:59 - 41 minutes - 38.2 MB

"Stranger Things" season 4 debuts Friday — and each episode is over an hour. It's the latest example of TV shows getting longer and longer. BoxOffice Pro's Daniel Loría joins us. And, only 6% of professional American pilots are women. Dolena Fox recently became one of them. Olivia Ebertz of KYUK has this profile.

Sandy Hook mom supports grieving families in Uvalde; A gun owner's NRA criticisms

May 26, 2022 17:25 - 42 minutes - 38.8 MB

Nicole Hockley lost her 6-year-old son Dylan to a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut almost 10 years ago. In the wake of the Uvalde shooting in Texas, Hockley discusses her ongoing grief and her activism to prevent gun violence. And, gun rights activist Rob Pincus shares his criticism of the National Rifle Association and why he's against most restrictions on gun rights.

'We Feed People' documentary; Anti-drilling activist Nalleli Cobo wins Goldman Prize

May 26, 2022 17:23 - 41 minutes - 38.4 MB

The new documentary "We Feed People" showcases the work of World Central Kitchen, which gets meals to people in crisis situations around the world. Chef José Andrés and "We Feed People" director Ron Howard join us. And, Nalleli Cobo grew up just 30 feet from an oil well in Los Angeles. Her health complications pushed her to become an anti-drilling activist.

How Uvalde is responding to school shooting; Goldman Prize winner Julien Vincent

May 25, 2022 17:41 - 42 minutes - 38.5 MB

An 18-year-old gunman opened fire on an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday, killing at least 19 children and two adults. Sergio Martinez-Beltran, Texas Capital reporter for NPR's the Texas Newsroom, joins us from Austin. And, Julien Vincent sought to defund coal in Australia by directly going after banks that fund coal. The Goldman Prize winner joins us.

2 years since the murder of George Floyd; How to talk to kids about shootings

May 25, 2022 17:41 - 42 minutes - 38.8 MB

Two years ago, a video of officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd's neck sparked a protest movement across the country. But what tangible police reforms have we seen since Floyd's death? Minneapolis City Council President Andrea Jenkins joins us. And, school shootings are difficult to process— both for kids and adults. Dr. Laurel Williams explains how caregivers can talk to kids about violent events.

Why the ancient Stoic philosophy is making a comeback; How to sit better

May 24, 2022 17:37 - 42 minutes - 38.5 MB

What do Jeff Bezos and Warren Buffet have in common with former Defense Secretary James Mattis and politician Cory Booker? Turns out they're all part of the modern Stoic movement, which is having a renaissance. And, a retired doctor and his son make chairs that force people to use their muscles while sitting. They're even giving away a kid's chair blueprint for free.

Graham Nash revisits old songs; Surgeon general on nation's health worker shortage

May 24, 2022 17:36 - 41 minutes - 38.1 MB

Singer-songwriter Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young fame goes back half a century. His new album revisits his old solo albums from the 1970s. And, the Department of Health and Human Services is ringing the alarm bell over a projected massive worker shortage in medicine. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy discusses the implications.

Mother and daughter recall escape from Soviet Union; James Beard semi-finalist

May 23, 2022 18:15 - 42 minutes - 38.8 MB

Mother and daughter Galina and Yelena Lembersky's new memoir "Like a Drop of Ink in a Downpour" is a portrait of their lives behind the Soviet Union's Iron Curtain. They emigrated to the U.S. with 500 paintings by Galina's father Felix Lembersky, a noted Jewish Ukrainian artist. And, Chef Emiliano Marentes is a semi-finalist for the James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef. He talks about ELEMI, his restaurant in El Paso, Texas, and the art of handmade corn tortillas.

Notorious B.I.G.'s legacy; 'Riverman' details disappearance of canoeist Dick Conant

May 23, 2022 18:15 - 42 minutes - 38.8 MB

Christopher Wallace, better known as the Notorious B.I.G, would have turned 50 over the weekend. Justin Tinsley, author of "It Was All a Dream," recalls Biggie's friendship-turned-rivalry with Tupac and his mark on the world of hip-hop. And, New Yorker writer Ben McGrath talks about his book "Riverman: An American Odyssey." The book explores the life of Dick Conant, who continually canoed rivers across America before mysteriously disappearing in 2014.

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