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  • Hosted by Robin Young, Jeremy Hobson

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.

Here & Now‘s Lisa Mullins talks with NPR’s Domenico Montanaro (@DomenicoNPR) about President Trump’s choice for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh.

Recently in the Navajo Nation in northern Arizona, more than 100 wild horses were found dead — drowned in the thick mud surrounding a dried-up watering hole. The images, some of the most alarming published about the drought that’s been plaguing the Southwest, have prompted people both on and off the reservation to take action.

Just after midnight Eastern Time tonight, another round of trade tariffs are slated go into effect on around $34 billion worth of Chinese machinery, auto parts, and medical devices. China says it’ll respond immediately with equivalent tariffs on U.S. products, which will impact pork farmers, cheese producers and more.

Rodney Smith Jr. is mowing lawns this summer — not only at his home in Huntsville, Alabama, but in all 50 states, including Alaska and Hawaii. And he’s doing it for free.

Smith (@iamrodneysmith) says his goal is to help the elderly, people who are disabled, veterans and single mothers, and his nonprofit organization Raising Men Lawn Care Service has gotten young kids involved in the effort.

This week marks one year since pot shops starting selling legal recreational marijuana in Nevada. The rollout came just eight months after voters approved a ballot measure in 2016.

Critics initially called out the state, saying sales began before all the kinks were worked out. But 12 months in, Nevada has surpassed its tax revenue goals and is looking forward to more industry growth.

The U.S. border with Canada is the world’s longest international border, yet it receives very little attention. For three years, writer Porter Fox traveled that border.

Fox (@PorterFox) writes about his travels in the new book “Northland,” and joins Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd to talk about the book.

A dangerous heat wave is hitting cities across the United States later this week and this weekend. Temperatures at the peak of the heat wave will run 10 to 20 degrees above normal.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with the Weather Channel meteorologist Mark Elliot (@twcMarkElliot) about the conditions and precautions people can take.

As Massachusetts marijuana growers get ready to plant their first crops for recreational use, the state has set some of the toughest energy use regulations in the country.

WBUR’s Bruce Gellerman (@AudioBruce) has the story.

Immediately after Hurricane Maria, a community center called Casa Pueblo in Adjuntas, Puerto Rico, provided its neighbors with solar energy. A few months after the event, some believe it’s possible that renewable energy could light up the whole island.

Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd speaks with Arturo Massol Deyá, Casa Pueblo’s co-director, about the alternatives Puerto Ricans have for renewable energy.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has called it a “national priority” to regulate some nonstick chemicals that used to be used on military bases and in Teflon, Scotchguard and firefighting foam. New Jersey wants even tougher standards.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with New Jersey Environmental Protection Commisioner Catherine R. McCabe about the dangers of the chemicals, and differing approaches to regulating them.

Debra Granik wrote and directed the Oscar-nominated film “Winter’s Bone.” Her new film, “Leave No Trace,” was inspired by the real-life story of a man and his daughter who were discovered living in the woods outside Portland, Oregon.

Granik joins Here & Now‘s Robin Young to talk about the film.

Justice Anthony Kennedy has announced he will retire from the Supreme Court. As NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg wrote, “More than any other justice, he was responsible for the advancement of LGBT rights.”

Legal scholar Alan Dershowitz (@AlanDersh) joins Here & Now‘s Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson to discuss Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement announcement Wednesday.

Starting next month, Chicago will join Seattle in requiring hotels to provide all housekeepers with panic buttons they can use if they are sexually assaulted, harassed or threatened by a guest.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with Ely Dar, a hotel housekeeper at the Westin Seattle, and Abby Lawlor, a researcher with Unite Here Local 8 in Seattle, a hospitality union which has been advocating for the panic buttons.

Uber earned a major win in London on Tuesday: A judge overruled the city’s September decision not to renew the ride-hailing company’s operating license.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Johana Bhuiyan (@JMBooyah), senior editor of transportation for Recode, about what the ruling means for Uber.

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