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Here & Now offers a distinctive mix of hard news and rich conversation featuring interesting players from across the spectrum of arts and culture, business, technology, science and politics.

In Nashville, It's Catfish On Ice

3 hours ago

The Nashville Predators and Winnipeg Jets square off in a Game 7, winner-take-all showdown in the NHL’s second-round playoffs Thursday night. The game will be played in Nashville, where there’s one slightly illicit tradition that can be as much of a spectacle as the game itself.

Just after the national anthem, fans throw catfish onto the ice.

President Trump thanked North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for unexpectedly releasing three Americans held as prisoners in North Korea ahead of a planned summit between the two leaders. The detainees arrived back in the U.S. overnight.

NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson (@MaraLiasson) joins Here & Now‘s Robin Young to discuss the circumstances of the detainees’ capture and release.

It’s graduation season, which means an annual walk across the stage that many graduates assume they will make. For others, it’s a miracle.

Rosibeth Cuevas will soon become the first person in her family to graduate from college. But that’s not the miracle.

Four years ago, Cuevas was a senior at Manual Arts High School in South Los Angeles. She dreamed of college in rural Northern California at Humboldt State University and joined others who would be first generation college students on a 12-hour bus trip to the school on April 10, 2014. But the bus never made it.

Recipes To Help You Spring Into Summer

May 9, 2018

Late-spring days are warm — but the evenings can still be chilly. Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst brings hosts Jeremy Hobson and Robin Young three dishes that make the most of spring vegetables, but still provide a bit of cool-weather comfort.

The clothing brand LuLaRoe has many fans of its patterned leggings and geometrically designed dresses, which are sold by women out of their homes. But thousands of these “consultants,” as the company calls them, have left LuLaRoe. Several filed lawsuits last fall alleging the company was a pyramid scheme.

NPR’s Uri Berliner (@uberliner) joins Here & Now‘s to assess the impact of Iran sanctions on the U.S. economy.

Chinese exports of steel and aluminum are up according to the latest figures, despite new tariffs imposed by the Trump administration in March.

Liu He, Chinese President Xi Jinping’s top economic adviser, will visit Washington next week to continue trade talks between the two countries.

President Trump today announced he will pull the U.S. out of the 2015 deal with Iran that gave the country relief from economic sanctions in exchange for restrictions on its nuclear program.

The Case For The Fair-Weather Sports Fan

May 7, 2018

In the NBA playoffs Monday night, it’s the Philadelphia 76ers versus the Boston Celtics and the Toronto Raptors against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

So is it OK to root for, say, the Golden State Warriors, who play Tuesday, if you aren’t from the Golden State? Or should you hide your soft spot for LeBron James if you don’t live in Cleveland?

The opioid epidemic has spurred medical professionals to look for nonpharmaceutical approaches to pain management. There’s a growing consensus among pain experts that a low-tech approach focused on lifestyle changes can be more effective than opioids.

Language Advisory: This segment contains language some listeners may find offensive.


Atlanta’s hip-hop scene is booming with new music from well-known acts like Migos and Lil Yachty. But there’s a long list of up-and-comers bringing fresh sounds to the city.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein dismissed threats of impeachment Tuesday and said the Justice Department “is not going to be extorted.”

NPR’s Phil Ewing (@philewing) joins Here & Now‘s Robin Young to talk about the increasing pressure on Rosenstein from supporters of President Trump.

In North Carolina, a project is converting pig waste into renewable natural gas for electricity. The system eliminates pig farms’ methane, a climate change gas, and is helping the state move away from fossil fuels.

James Morrison (@JCMorrisn) reports for WUNC.

It’s May: the start of graduation season. Speakers everywhere will try to live up to the wise words of what was rumored to be Kurt Vonnegut — then revealed to be a column from The Chicago Tribune’s Mary Schmich — which Baz Luhrmann made into a hit in the ’90s.

The five black women kicked off the course at the Grandview Golf Club in York, Pennsylvania, last weekend are not sure what happens now.

The women, all middle-aged professionals, members of the club and a broader organization for black female golfers called Sisters in the Fairway, were on the second hole when the owner’s father, Steve Chronister, told them they were playing too slow and offered them a refund to leave.

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