Here and Now

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This midday newsmagazine combines updates on the top national and international news stories of the day with intelligent, broad-ranging conversations. This daily conversation about news, arts and culture is hosted by Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson.

Distributed by: NPR, Produced at: WBUR

Why do our bodies hold on to fat despite diets? How can genetics, microbes and even viruses affect how much we weigh?

Among the many unconventional wedding traditions popular in 2016 were bridal parties wearing black, Mad Men-era cocktails, and casual-but-chic destination events.

In Minnesota, sex offenders are often detained indefinitely, even following the end of their prison sentence, as a way to ensure public safety. Civil rights advocates have been fighting the current system for years, saying it’s unfair to those who have served their time.

The late Tupac Shakur will soon become the sixth hip-hop artist inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an honor Ben Westhoff says is well-deserved.

Roadways, once paved, shape cities for decades. In many places, road projects cut through the core of the community — and its history.

According to historians Ed Ayers (@edward_l_ayers) and Brian Balogh (@historyfellow), President-elect Donald Trump would not be the first U.S. president to have an unlikely friendship with a controversial world power like Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Top U.S. intelligence officials briefed the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday on Russia’s alleged cyber meddling in the 2016 election.

Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti gets the latest from NPR congressional reporter Scott Detrow (@scottdetrow).

Looking to eat healthier in 2017?

How about cutting down the amount of meat in your diet, even for just one day a week? It’s a movement called “meatless Monday,” and Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst brings Here & Now‘s Robin Young three satisfying dishes that put vegetables front and center.

President Barack Obama took office in 2009 with a goal to end the war in Afghanistan, launched in 2001 after the 9/11 attacks. But Obama will leave office with thousands of U.S. troops on the ground — an unfinished mission that the new president, Donald Trump, will inherit.

In an end-of-year interview with the health and medicine publication STAT, CDC Director Tom Frieden said he’s concerned that people mistakenly think the worst of Zika is over, and that it’s no longer a threat.

House Republicans have dropped plans to gut the independent Office of Congressional Ethics after widespread criticism and questions from President-elect Donald Trump about GOP priorities.

Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti discusses the reversal and what it means with NPR’s Domenico Montanaro (@DomenicoNPR).

This year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most well-known technology conferences in the world.

The event, which is expecting between 165,000 and 175,000 attendees, will officially begin Thursday, with companies large and small showing off the latest updates for smart TVs, drones and cars, as well as some more unusual additions — internet-connected vacuum cleaners, washing machines and consumer robots.

If you are looking for a new taste sensation for the New Year: consider a small-batch soft drink from Squamscot Beverages. It’s a New Hampshire-based, family-owned New Hampshire company that’s been selling old-time sodas for generations.

New Year’s Eve is only a day away. There will be lots of celebrations to ring in the New Year — and with celebrations come toasts.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Maureen Zappala (@mzappala10), distinguished toastmaster with Toastmasters International, about how to give a great toast this holiday season.

In 1924 a Connecticut prosecutor saved a suspect from the gallows, in a case of justice that’s taught today in law books. The movie “Boomerang” was based on the case.

Here & Now‘s Lisa Mullins looks back at the case, and how it resonates today in the debate of over sentencing and overzealous prosecutions.

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