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Yemen, the world’s poorest Arab country, is edging closer to becoming a failed state. That’s according to CNN’s Clarissa Ward (@clarissaward), who’s just back from a rare reporting trip inside the country.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with Ward about the unfolding humanitarian crisis.

The Walt Disney Company has reached a deal to acquire a large part of 21st Century Fox for the price of $52 billion. Fox News and the Fox TV network will remain separate entities.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Emily Glazer (@EmilyGlazerWSJ) of The Wall Street Journal.

The Federal Reserve has announced it will raise interest rates a quarter percentage point, the latest sign of the growing strength of the U.S. economy. It’s the third rate increase this year.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson finds out more from Diane Swonk (@DianeSwonk) of DS Economics.

Thousands of firefighters working on little sleep have started to make more progress in their effort to contain the remaining fires in Southern California. The Thomas Fire, the fifth-largest in modern California history, is now 20 percent contained, up slightly from Monday. But the threat remains.

Resident chef Kathy Gunst shares her culinary ideas to celebrate Hanukkah with Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson and Robin Young.


John’s Traditional Potato Latkes

The starchier the potato you use, the crisper the latke will be. Use a good high-starch potato, like Yukon Gold. Get the oil nice and hot — but not burning — and the pancakes will be golden brown on the outside with relatively little grease.

It may be hard to imagine a composer being inspired by public hearings and court cases. But Lake Erie and its problems take center stage in a new oratorio from Cleveland composer Margaret Brouwer.

Elizabeth Miller (@llmiller12) of Great Lakes Today has more on the piece and its recent premiere.

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill (@JohnHMerrill) talks with Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson about his support for Roy Moore, who is running for a seat in the U.S. Senate and battling accusations of sexual misconduct with teenage girls when he was in his 30s.

Interview Highlights

On what kind of turnout he’s expecting

California Fires Continue To Spread

Dec 11, 2017

Firefighters made progress over the weekend in their effort to contain most of the fires in Southern California, but the Thomas Fire continues to grow. Now the fifth-largest in modern California history, the Thomas Fire began in Ventura County and has since crossed into Santa Barbara County, where it threatens the coast.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with Lance Orozco (@KCLUNEWS), news director at KCLU, about the latest.

People across the country move to the desert because of the warm winter weather. Desert conditions also bring major auto companies looking to test out brand new cars.

KJZZ’s Casey Kuhn (@CaseyAtTheDesk) reports how Arizona’s test tracks are a major part of the car business.

Tax Prep Advice For The End Of 2017

Dec 11, 2017

With the end of the year coming, tax experts are advising clients how to maximize their deductions — and there could be big changes coming with the pending tax law.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young discusses the report with CBS News’ Jill Schlesinger (@jillonmoney), host of “Jill on Money” and the podcast “Better Off.”

The off-Broadway hit “Spamilton,” which spoofs Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton,” is closing in New York, but there is a U.S. tour in the works, and plans for a possible run in London.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young talks backstage, with the show’s creator, Gerard Alessandrini (@ForbiddenGerard).

Fires in Southern California have now broken out in northern San Diego County, in the rural towns of Bonsall and Oceanside. The Lilac Fire has destroyed buildings and evacuations are underway.

John Sepulvado (@JohnLGC) of KQED joins Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson with the latest.

This year marked major anniversaries for some of the most beloved works of classical music, from George Frideric Handel’s “Water Music” suite, first performed 300 years ago, to the 125th anniversary of “The Nutcracker” suite.

There is a vast trove of Hollywood gold 160 feet below Kansas City, Missouri.

It’s inside a underground warehouse, where several hundred thousand film canisters line the towering shelves at Underground Vaults & Storage.

“As far as the older titles, ‘Gone with the Wind,’ ‘Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea,’ ” says manager Brian Corwin.

Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken announced Thursday that he will resign from Congress, following multiple accusations of sexual harassment.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young discusses the latest with NPR’s Jessica Taylor (@JessicaTaylor).

President Trump on Wednesday declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel, and announced the U.S. would eventually move its embassy to the contested city.

Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti discusses the latest with NPR’s Michele Kelemen (@michelekelemen).

Wildfires continue to rage in Southern California, where more than 200,000 people have been ordered to evacuate and hundreds of structures have been destroyed.

Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with KQED’s John Sepulvado (@JohnLGC) about the effort to contain the fires.

The International Olympic Committee suspended Russia’s Olympic Committee after investigating claims the Russian government was involved in doping its athletes at the Winter Games in Sochi in 2014.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young discusses the decision with journalist Philip Hersh (@olyphil).

Resident chef Kathy Gunst joins Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson and Robin Young with recipes for quick, easy and healthy dinners that can be thrown together on a hectic weeknight.

The Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C., is on Wisconsin Avenue. But maybe not for long. A measure before the city council would rename the section in front of the embassy after Boris Nemtsov, a critic of President Vladimir Putin, who was assassinated in 2015.

The stock market took a sharp turn Friday following news that Michael Flynn had pled guilty to lying to the FBI. But overall, markets have been riding high this year.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with Roben Farzad (@robenfarzad), who hosts “Full Disclosure” on NPR One, about how much of the rally can be explained by expected tax cuts — and what could happen next.

Thanks to a glitch in the system that handles pilot schedules, American Airlines is facing a major shortage this holiday season.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Seth Kaplan of Airline Weekly about what caused the glitch, what American Airlines is doing to fix it and what it means for those who bought tickets home for the holidays.

Two major media figures have been fired Wednesday after allegations of improper behavior: NBC has fired Matt Lauer and Minnesota Public Radio has announced it’s severed its relationship with the former host of “A Prairie Home Companion,” Garrison Keillor.

It’s been more than 30 years since Hawaii conducted nuclear warning siren tests during the Cold War. As tensions between the U.S. and North Korea grow, the island state is taking precautions.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with reporter Heidi Chang (@HeidiKLChang) about Hawaii’s plans.

A new sorority started up at the University of Texas at Austin this year. The members have Greek letters, and their colors are teal, white and peach. All things that people associate with a typical sorority.

But as Nadia Hamdan (@nadzhamz) of KUT reports, this is not a typical sorority. It’s another in the growing number of Muslim sororities in the United States.

The Pope In Myanmar: What He Didn't Say

Nov 28, 2017

On the second day of his visit to Myanmar, Pope Francis demanded respect for all ethnic groups, but did not specifically cite the Rohingyas, the Muslims who say they have been violently persecuted by Myanmar’s government.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with NPR’s Sylvia Poggioli (@spoggioli1), who is traveling with the pope.

The Washington Post says a woman came to them with a dramatic story about Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore impregnating her as a teenager. But the paper says the story is false, and that the woman appears to be working with an organization that targets mainstream news outlets.

Time Inc., the owner of Sports Illustrated, People, Fortune and Time magazine, agreed to sell itself Sunday to the lifestyle magazine publisher Meredith Corp. The $2.8 billion deal was made possible in part by a multi-million dollar cash infusion from the private equity arm of the conservative brothers Charles and David Koch.

The Do's And Don'ts Of Giving Tuesday

Nov 27, 2017

Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, holiday shoppers will be presented with a different opportunity: Giving Tuesday.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with CBS News’ Jill Schlesinger (@jillonmoney), host of “Jill on Money” and the podcast “Better Off,” about where to give, how to give and what you can put on your tax forms.

Ken Stern, former NPR CEO, spent a year going to NASCAR races, pig hunts and evangelical churches to witness a side of the United States he thinks liberals know little about. That divide, he says, is reflected in where people live, who they associate with and the media they consume.

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