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

Within 48 hours of striking a Syrian airfield last week, President Trump sent a short letter to Congress, justifying his reasons for ordering the strike, as required under the War Powers Resolution of 1973. But there are questions about whether Trump should have consulted Congress — or the United Nations — before launching an attack on the Syrian government.

Passover is a holiday of freedom, celebrating the liberation of the Israelites from Egypt. And what would a holiday celebration be without a festive meal? Resident chef Kathy Gunst spoke with Here & Now‘s Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson in 2016 about her favorite Passover foods and recipes.

Warm waters continue to bleach coral along Australia’s Great Barrier Reef in what scientists are calling the first-ever back-to-back bleaching event for the world’s largest coral reef. Last year two-thirds of the coral along the northern part of the reef died during an unusually warm El Niño year. Surprising many researchers, the bleaching continued in 2017, despite El Niño having ended.

Scientists with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University in Queensland made the dire assessment after a 5,000-mile aircraft survey of the reef.

Sarah Dunn’s new novel “The Arrangement” is a humorous, sometimes light-hearted, but in-the-end poignant look at life in a small, fictional town situated on the Hudson River in New York.

The U.S. economy added 98,000 jobs in March, which was about half what economists had expected.

Friday’s report from the Labor Department had better news for the unemployment rate. It fell to 4.5 percent — a low not seen in nearly a decade. Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson gets the latest from Michael Regan (@Reganonymous) of Bloomberg News.

Senior housing is a growing industry in the U.S., especially in states like Arizona.

The Black Lives Matter movement originated as an organization to combat police violence but has morphed into an organization for civil rights issues. How does it compare to the civil rights movement, and the Black Power movement of the 1960s?

Major U.S. fast food companies like McDonald’s are facing increasing competitive pressure from smaller chains like Five Guys and Shake Shack.

One thing that sets some of the smaller guys apart: Using fresh, not frozen, beef in their burgers — a claim Wendy’s also makes. McDonald’s has announced that by mid-2018, some of its burgers will be made from fresh meat.

New research by psychologists at North Carolina State University shows that post-traumatic stress disorder among military veterans can lead to increased appreciation of life and enhanced inner strength. The findings add new context to the disorder that also often leads to tremendous suffering — and even suicide — among veterans.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with WUNC military reporter Jay Price (@JayatWUNC) about the study.

A coalition of consumer and financial groups wants Americans to think more about retirement. The National Retirement Planning Coalition has dubbed this National Retirement Planning Week. According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute, only 60 percent of people in the U.S. are saving for retirement.

A section of I-85 collapsed in Atlanta on Thursday, shutting down lanes in both directions and creating headaches for Atlanta commuters who need to find a new route into and out of the city.

Humans have always appropriated designs from animals in our own technology. A new art exhibit at the Samek Art Museum in Pennsylvania asks, what would it look like if they appropriated ours?

Writer and artist Jonathon Keats (@jonathonkeats) talks with Here & Now’s Robin Young about his new exhibit and whether humans owe anything to the other creatures in the animal kingdom.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is in Brussels on Friday meeting with NATO foreign ministers for the first time since he began at the State Department.

The meeting closes out a busy week for Tillerson, who earlier this week changed a human-rights policy attached to the sale of arms to Bahrain and announced that the fate of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad “will be decided by the Syrian people.”

How Animals Use Physics To Survive

Mar 29, 2017

How does a gecko manage to walk on the ceiling? Do cats drink like we do? And what happens when a dog shakes water off its coat? A new book explores how animals use physics in their daily lives.

Washington College anthropology professor Bill Schindler (@drbillschindler) wants his students to experience what life was like in prehistoric times. So he tasks the students with making their own tools, butchering their own meat and gathering nuts for sustenance.

And he’s lived the life himself. Last year, Schindler took part in the National Geographic show “The Great Human Race.”

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