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May 1, 2014 24 Comments

Should Sterling Be Forced To Sell The Clippers?

Mike Pesca writes, “Donald Sterling is a vile racist… But even a horrible human being doesn’t deserve to have his property stripped away.”

March 31, 2014 39 Comments

As Health Care Deadline Approaches, Some Choose Not To Sign Up

Today is the last day of open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act, and some people are choosing not to sign up.

March 26, 2014 Comment

Former Ambassador To Russia Argues For Tough Response To Crimea

Michael McFaul says sanctions won’t get Russia to leave Crimea.

March 26, 2014 243 Comments

Is Romance An Option When Your Spouse Has Alzheimer’s Disease?

People whose spouses have Alzheimer’s disease face the complex decision of whether to pursue romantic relationships with other people while their partner is still alive.

February 17, 2014 Comment

A Winter Essay From New Hampshire

Sean Hurley of New Hampshire Public Radio has these thoughts on the season.

February 12, 2014 Comment

Ex-NFLer Wade Davis: League Is Ready For Gay Player

NFL draft prospect Michael Sam could be the first openly gay player in the League. A handful of professional football players have come out after retiring.

January 17, 2014 5 Comments

Sen. Leahy Responds To President’s NSA Reforms

Vermont Democrat Patrick Leahy, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has said the NSA can’t be trusted with Americans’ secrets. He joins us with his reaction to the president’s remarks today.

January 9, 2014 11 Comments

Will Smarter Computers Lead To A Better World?

MIT’s Erik Brynjolfsson says we are living in as significant a moment as the first industrial revolution, but the smart machines won’t lead to utopia without good public policy.

January 8, 2014 Comment

Are We On The Titanic Or The Olympic?

New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik is looking at the last time Western civilization went from ’13 to ’14. He asks why we have forgotten the success of the Olympic, the sister ship of the Titanic.

January 6, 2014 2 Comments

Technology Writer Calls For ‘Information Environmentalism’

Evgeny Morozov compares his push for internet blackout areas in some public spaces to the anti-noise movement 100 years ago. “We need to think about how we need to redesign our public spaces,” he says.

January 3, 2014 6 Comments

Young People Still Rebel By Smoking

50 years after the Surgeon General’s landmark report linking smoking to a variety of illnesses, we take a look at smoking trends among young people.

January 3, 2014 3 Comments

Why Pop Culture Matters

NPR’s Linda Holmes says pop culture criticism — like a close reading of Marco Rubio’s water gaffe — can serve as an important social barometer.

January 1, 2014 3 Comments

The Year In Jazz

For the past eight years, jazz critic Francis Davis polls his fellow critics on the best jazz records of the year. He shares this year’s top jazz picks.

January 1, 2014 3 Comments

‘Masterpiece’ Executive Reflects On Career, ‘Downton Abbey’

The executive producer of “Masterpiece” on PBS — the series that brought “Downton Abbey” to the United States — reflects on her tenure at the program.

December 31, 2013 5 Comments

‘Born To Run’: What Makes A Great Song?

An early draft of Bruce Springsteen’s lyrics for his first big hit song “Born to Run” sold for $197,000 at auction earlier this month. What made it so great?

December 31, 2013 6 Comments

The Best Books Of 2013

NPR arts correspondent Lynn Neary shares her favorite books of 2013. They include “The Son” by Philipp Meyer and “Claire of the Sea Light” by Edwidge Danticat.

December 31, 2013 2 Comments

Obama’s Tough Year

From the fight over health care reform to criticism over the NSA’s data collection program, 2013 has been a very difficult year for President Barack Obama.

December 30, 2013 Comment

Renee Graham’s Pop Culture Highlights Of 2013

Here & Now pop culture critic Renee Graham has her year-end standouts in film, television and music of the past year.

December 30, 2013 Comment

Stephen Thompson’s Favorite Songs of the Year

NPR music writer and editor Stephen Thompson shares his favorite songs of the year, which include music by Josh Ritter and Neko Case.

December 27, 2013 3 Comments

2013: A Look Back At The Year In Tech

This year started with high expectations for Google Glass and other wearable technology, but even at the end of the year such devices haven’t gained mainstream popularity.

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June 6 Comment

Introducing A New Here & Now Website

Coming June 9, 2016, Here & Now listeners and visitors will experience our stories and journalism online in a whole new way.

June 3 Comment

Teenagers Create Impromptu Exhibit At San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art

As the pair toured the museum, they wondered if they could do better. So 16-year-old Kevin Nguyen decided to get creative.

June 3 3 Comments

‘Silver Linings Playbook’ Author Explores Conformity, Mental Health In New Teen Novel

Matthew Quick published his fourth young adult book, "Every Exquisite Thing," this week.

June 2 13 Comments

Do Meal Kits Provide Great Taste Along With Convenience?

Resident chef Kathy Gunst tested a multitude of meal kits, and gives co-host Jeremy Hobson the inside scoop.