Here & 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.

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Those 'Luxury' Condos Look A Little Drab

Oct 16, 2017

In cities like Seattle, Boston, Denver and Charlotte, new “luxury” condos and apartment buildings are going up to meet demand for new housing. But many of these buildings look like simple, plain boxes.

An increasing number of mental health professionals are diagnosing students with “school refusal” — a condition characterized by anxiety, stress and depression that leaves kids unable to attend school. The Maine Academy of Natural Sciences charter school debuted its “Threshold Program” in September, and enrolled 21 students. The program sends teachers to students at home.

Many GOP lawmakers have long been concerned about the rising debt in the United States, now over $20 trillion. But fiscal conservatives are also hoping to push through tax cuts in the coming months, which might make the deficit even larger.

More than 150 years ago, the Great Lakes region played a key role in the Underground Railroad. Runaway slaves made their way to cities along the lakes and crossed the border to freedom in Canada.

Today, thousands of asylum seekers who came to the U.S. are heading north, too. Great Lakes Today’s Angelica Morrison (@amorrisonWBFO) reports.

President Trump is telling Congress that he won’t certify Iran’s compliance with the nuclear agreement, but he is also asking Congress to leave the agreement in place.

Here & Now security analyst Jim Walsh (@DrJimWalshMIT) tells Here & Now‘s Robin Young that Trump’s move is largely symbolic.

Two German artists have just completed a project called “linear,” in which they dragged a large foam pen around the desert. They walked in a 400-mile rectangle through Utah, Colorado and Wyoming — pulling their pen behind them — completing the circuit in three weeks.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson talks with Wolfgang Aichner and Thomas Huber about their project.

Editor’s Note: This segment discusses sexual assault and sexual harrassment, and contains audio that some listeners may find disturbing or offensive.

What happens when you’re a 12-year-old wizard with no magic? Or an enemy warrior girl with no interest in fighting? In Cressida Cowell‘s new novel “The Wizards of Once,” you embark on a series of adventures involving giants, wildcats, sprites, domineering parents — who happen to be rulers — dungeons and magic.

The gun control debate is heating up again in the aftermath of the Las Vegas massacre — and that will likely invigorate staunch Second Amendment groups like the Three Percenters Militia. Militia groups have recently become much more visible, showing up at political demonstrations.

The endangered black-footed ferret became nearly extinct more than three decades ago. The species is an important part of the ecosystem, as the animals are both predators and prey.

Vice President Pence walked out of an NFL game in Indiana this weekend when players protested during the national anthem. Meanwhile, the White House demanded Congress fund a border wall and restrict immigration in exchange for a continuation of a DACA policy. And, President Trump picked a fight with Republican Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee.

Crews are battling wildfires in Northern California, with officials requiring some residents in Napa and Sonoma counties to evacuate.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young gets the latest from KQED’s Tiffany Camhi (@tiffanycamhi) at the scene.

The film “Blade Runner” opened to mixed reviews in 1982. Eventually it came to be considered a science fiction masterpiece, and is now included in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry. A sequel, “Blade Runner 2049,” opens in theaters this weekend.

Reporter Jon Kalish (@kalishjon) finds out how screenwriter Hampton Fancher helped craft both films.

You Can’t Turn That Into A House” on FYI takes home improvement to a new level: transforming old grain silos, chicken coops, a dumpster and more into tiny houses.

An algae bloom in Lake Erie’s western basin, bordering Michigan and Ohio, is turning portions of the lake bright green. Algae blooms have been getting larger and more frequent in the lake, and in 2014 one affected Toledo, Ohio’s water supply.

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