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Studio 360 is Public radio’s smart and surprising guide to what's happening in pop culture and the arts.

Those 'Luxury' Condos Look A Little Drab

21 hours ago

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.

The Clark County sheriff said more than 100 investigators were combing through evidence collected in Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock’s home and hotel room. But the sheriff said Paddock had lived a secret life, and warned that much of it may never be fully understood.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson talks with KQED’s John Sepulvado (@JohnLGC) about the latest from the investigation.

The New York Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins in Tuesday night’s American League wild card playoff game. Wednesday night, in the National League, the Arizona Diamondbacks take on the Colorado Rockies. It’s the first step on the road to Major League Baseball’s World Series.

A Community Mourns A Loss After Las Vegas

Oct 4, 2017

A beach community near Los Angeles is mourning the loss of a favorite police department employee, Rachael Parker, who died in the Las Vegas shooting.

Reporter Susan Valot (@susanvalothas the story.

There are nearly 6,500 troops and support staff deployed to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands as part of the government’s relief response to the devastation of Hurricane Maria. Among the military units already helping is the 45th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron. The Air Force Reserve unit is flying medical patients to the mainland U.S.

Bobbie O’Brien of WUSF visited the squadron’s staging area at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.

Trinity County in Northern California is one of the state’s most food insecure regions, meaning many people there don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

Reporter Lisa Morehouse (@cafoodways) accompanied the county’s food bank director on his 10-hour food delivery route in this isolated region.

Police still don’t know what suspect Stephen Paddock’s motive was in the Las Vegas shooting. He brought more than 10 bags of legally purchased guns into his hotel suite.

John Sepulvado (@JohnLGC) of KQED joins Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson to discuss what investigators are focusing on in the case.

Dennis Guerrero, a photographer from Montebello, California, had just finished taking pictures of the Route 91 Harvest Festival for a Palm Springs, California, radio station when he heard gunfire.

Guerrero joins Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson and Robin Young to describe what he saw.

President Trump is reacting to the mass shooting in Las Vegas today. Over the weekend he lashed out at the mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz, who criticized the government’s efforts to help Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. Trump also said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is wasting his time by reaching out to North Korea.

How Hospitals Deal With Mass Shootings

Oct 2, 2017

Las Vegas is in the midst of a medical crisis. After Sunday night’s deadly shooting, the city’s hospitals are dealing with hundreds of casualties.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young talks with Eric Alberts, emergency preparedness manager for Orlando Health, about how he dealt with the situation after the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando.

One man is dead and two people are injured after a pair of spectacular rockslides at Yosemite National Park this week. On Thursday a slab of granite tumbled off the park’s famous climbing destination El Capitan, injuring an elderly man driving nearby. On Wednesday another piece of rock broke off the same site, killing British climber Andrew Foster, 32, and seriously injuring his wife, according to park officials.

A Sonic Oasis In A Colorado Desert

Sep 27, 2017

On a high desert hilltop in northwestern Colorado, there’s a metal enclosure that over the years has become something of a sonic playground for musicians.

Brad Turner (@bradturner1) from Colorado Public Radio explains why the world is about to hear more music from inside the place known as “The Tank.”

The pharmaceutical industry has long used targeted ads on television and in magazines to encourage certain populations to use their medicines. Now drug companies, with the help of Facebook and Pandora, are buying ads to target specific individuals.

One week after Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico, many on the island say they’re still waiting for help. Most of the island’s 3.4 million people remain without electricity. Food, water, fuel and cell service are scarce, especially outside the capital of San Juan, where thousands of federal employees from FEMA and other agencies are coordinating relief efforts.

The battle to fill the Senate seat left vacant by Jeff Sessions has become a battleground for different wings of the Republican party. Roy Moore and incumbent Sen. Luther Strange face each other in a primary runoff election Tuesday, but many in the party see it as a contest between the establishment and a more fiery populist branch.

Directors Lynn Novick (@LynnNovick) and Ken Burns (@KenBurns) tell Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd about the effort it took to produce their 18-hour documentary about the Vietnam War that con

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