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4:07 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Apple Unveils iPhone 5S And 5C

Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, speaks on stage during the introduction of the new iPhone 5c in Cupertino, Calif., Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Apple has unveiled the latest iPhones — the 5C and 5S — and says they will replace the current iPhone 5. Apple also says its next mobile operating system, iOS 7, will be available as a free download on Sept 18.

Craig Federighi, head of software at Apple Inc., said at an event at the company’s Cupertino, Calif., headquarters that “downloading iOS 7 is like getting an all new device.”

The new system can be downloaded on the iPhone 4 and later models, as well as on the tablets beginning with the iPad 2.

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4:07 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Grandparents Raising Kids Hit Roadblocks In School Enrollment

Across the country, it’s becoming increasingly common for grandparents to raise their grandchildren.

That can be troublesome when these same grandparents try to enroll the children in school.

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4:07 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Research Shows Microbes Are Crucial To Our Health

There are trillions of microbes living in and on our bodies. Bacteria, fungi, viruses and other microorganisms. And a growing body of evidence indicates that these bugs aren’t bad for us. In fact, it looks like they’re vital for our health.

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3:11 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

The Lehman Brothers Bankruptcy, Five Years Later

Lehman Brothers' building in Manhattan, before the company filed for bankruptcy in September 2008. (Edgar Zuniga, Jr./Flickr)

Five years ago this week, the historic Wall Street institution Lehman Brothers collapsed.

With home prices falling and mortgage-backed securities in jeopardy, it was the worst panic on Wall Street since the Great Depression.

The Dow has now returned to pre-crisis levels, but have we learned anything since the Lehman collapse? Are we any safer?

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3:11 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

'Portugal. The Man' Collaborates With Danger Mouse On New Album

The band Portugal. The Man is out with a new album and touring the Europe and the United States. (Portugal. The Man)

John Gourley was living in Wasilla, Alaska, when his family suddenly moved.

“My dad just decided that he wanted to race sled dogs and when he did that, he took us out of Wasilla and we never really went back,” Gourley told Here & Now.

Gourley and his family ended up living all around the state, but he and Zach Carothers — a friend from Wasilla — ended up forming what became the band Portugal. The Man.

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3:11 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Mississippi Voters Weigh In On Syria

President Obama is expected to go to Capitol Hill tomorrow to try to persuade Congress to authorize his plan for military strikes on Syria — just hours before he addresses the nation at 9 p.m. Eastern.

Here & Now is hearing from people around the country on the issue.

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12:11 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

New Indie Music: From Franz Ferdinand To Big Black Delta

Big Black Delta is one of the bands KCRW DJ Travis Holcombe is listening to. (Big Black Delta)

KCRW’s DJ Travis Holcombe joins us regularly to play some of the music that’s been catching his ear.

This time, he is listening to new music from indie bands Franz Ferdinand, Larry Gus, Big Black Delta, and King Khan and the Shrines.

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12:10 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

What Does 'The Fox' Say?

The Norwegian band Ylvis is causing an internet sensation with the music video for their single, "The Fox." (Screenshot from Ylvis)

Think Old MacDonald meets Daft Punk.

It’s a YouTube video gone viral — answering the age-old (or maybe not-so-age-old) question: “What Does the Fox Say?”

More than 2 million viewers have clicked on the music video for “The Fox” over the last two days.

The video features outrageous costumes and an ethereal woodland scene. And momentum is only growing.

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12:10 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

2020 Olympic City To Be Named This Weekend

The finalists to host the 2020 Summer Olympics in 2020 are Tokyo, Istanbul and Madrid.

The International Olympic Committee will announce the winner Saturday.

Then on Sunday, the IOC will announce if there will be new or returning sports added to the Games.

Finally on Tuesday, the IOC will select a new president to replace Jacques Rogge.

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8:48 am
Mon September 9, 2013

August Jobs Report Shows Slight Decline In Unemployment

Originally published on Mon September 9, 2013 10:46 am

The U.S. economy added 169,000 jobs in August and the unemployment rate ticked down to 7.3 percent from 7.4 percent according to data from the Department of Labor.

August’s report has taken on special significance because it’s the last report before the Federal Reserve meets to decide whether to begin curtailing its stimulus.

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3:05 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Remembering The 1972 Olympic Massacre

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 4:56 pm

As the International Olympic Committee meets to decide whether Tokyo, Istanbul or Madrid will host the 2020 summer Olympics, we look back to a terrible moment in Olympic history.

On September 5, 1972, Palestinian terrorists stormed into the apartment where 11 Israeli athletes were staying in Munich.

Two men were killed and the other nine were taken hostage. By the time the crisis ended, all of them were dead.

American marathon runner Kenny Moore and his roommate Frank Shorter were staying in a nearby apartment.

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3:05 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Middle East Expert Says Don't Rush To War With Syria

Fawaz A. Gerges is pictured in 2007. (Wikimedia Commons)

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 4:56 pm

Fawaz Gerges is a longtime observer of the Middle East and fears the United States is rushing to take military action in Syria.

Gerges, a professor of international relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science, says Assad’s use of force and likely use of chemical weapons against his people should not be tolerated.

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3:05 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Is This The End Of The College Boom?

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 4:56 pm

The Census Bureau reports that the number of students pursuing college degrees has fallen for the first time since 2006.

The greatest decline happened among students age 25 and older.

Derek Thompson, business editor for The Atlantic, joins us to explain what the statistics mean.

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3:03 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Do You Have A Twitter 'Accent'?

(MDGovpics/Flickr)

Originally published on Wed September 4, 2013 3:24 pm

With 500 million users and 500 tweets a day, the social networking site Twitter has changed the way we communicate. It also changes the way we write.

This year alone there were more than 100 Twitter-based studies. One study found that tweets often use words and spellings  that are consistent with — and unique to — the user’s region, reflecting local accents and terminology.

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3:03 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Senate Panel Votes 10-7 To Authorize Force In Syria

From left, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, listen on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Syria. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

Originally published on Wed September 4, 2013 3:24 pm

Update 3:30 p.m.: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has voted 10 to 7 in favor of a resolution authorizing the use of force against Syria. No votes included Kentucky Republican Rand Paul, Florida Republican Marco Rubio and New Mexico Democrat Tom Udall.

There hasn’t been a formal debate about the use of military force in the U.S. Congress since the Iraq War.

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3:03 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Auto Industry Sees Growth In Summer Sales

Originally published on Wed September 4, 2013 3:24 pm

Today is a good day in the car business. The summer sales season ended this Labor Day weekend, and automakers have released their sales figures.

The big car makers saw double-digit growth this August over the same time last year. It’s the best August since 2007 — before the economic collapse.

NPR’s Sonari Glinton joins us to discuss the most recent sales figures and what they mean for the industry.

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2:32 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Love Of Lego Extends Beyond Building Things

Sam Sullivan, 5, is pictured in the Here & Now studios. (Katherine Gorman/Here & Now)

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 5:13 pm

The world’s most valuable toy company, Lego, no longer deals in just multicolored plastic bricks.

Lego has created a multimedia empire that runs on fans not only using Lego to build things, but as the basis for creating entirely new projects.

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2:31 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

CBS And Time Warner End Dispute, Blackout Ends

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 5:13 pm

CBS and Time Warner ended their public contract dispute yesterday, marking a nearly one-month blackout in eight major markets.

The agreement restored the CBS network and affiliated channels such as Showtime.

While the two sides didn’t release details of the agreement, CBS did win a significant increase in re-transmission fees for its content, as well as a large segment of control in its digital future.

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2:31 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

The Rare Case Of The Military Execution

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan sits in court for his court-martial in Fort Hood, Texas, in this Aug. 6, 2013, courtroom sketch. (Brigitte Woosley/AP)

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 5:13 pm

If Army Maj. Nidal Hasan is eventually executed, he will be the first person put to death by the U.S. military in more than 50 years.

Hasan, who was sentenced to death last week after being convicted of killing 13 people at Fort Hood in 2009, also faces what could be years of appeals, even though he did not really defend himself at his trial.

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3:07 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

Audio Postcard From Three Midwest State Fairs

Carnival rides are a staple of Midwest state fairs. (Screenshot from Harvest Public Media)

Originally published on Mon September 2, 2013 3:55 pm

State fairs in Maryland, Alaska, Nebraska, New York, Oregon, South Dakota, Minnesota and Michigan wrap up today.

Harvest Public Media reporters Amy Mayer, Abbie Fentress Swanson, Bill Wheelhouse and Jeremy Bernfeld sent us this audio postcard from the state fairs in Iowa, Missouri and Illinois.

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3:07 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

Nothing Went As Expected At The Box Office This Summer

(Roloff/Flickr)

Originally published on Mon September 2, 2013 3:55 pm

This has been the summer of some spectacular bombs at the box office, most notably “The Lone Ranger.”

But receipts overall were up. In fact, the box office gross is expected to set a record of $4.7 billion and films like “The Heat” and “The Conjuring” did surprisingly big business.

We look at the summer that was with Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr.

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3:07 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

Diana Nyad 1st To Complete Cuba-To-Florida Swim Without Shark Cage

U.S. swimmer Diana Nyad, 64, begins her swim to Florida from the waters off Havana, Cuba, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. (Ramon Espinosa/AP)

Originally published on Mon September 2, 2013 3:55 pm

Note: Now that Nyad has reached shore, we have removed the live video stream.

Update 2:02 p.m.: She made it. On her fifth try, American swimmer Diana Nyad has become the first to swim to Florida from Cuba without a shark cage. She arrived this afternoon in Key West, where a crowd had gathered on the beach to see her achieve what Nyad called a “lifelong dream.”

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4:23 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Seamus Heaney, Considered Ireland's Greatest Poet Since Yeats, Dead at 74

Irish poet Seamus Heaney is pictured in 1991. (Joe Wrinn/Harvard University via AP)

Irish poet Seamus Heaney won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995 and penned 13 collections of poetry, two plays and four books on the process of writing poetry.

He was widely considered the country’s greatest poet since William Butler Yeats.

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny said, “There are no words to describe adequately our nation’s and poetry’s grief.”

Heaney’s early work surrounded the rural experience, but later writings took on the political and cultural struggles in Ireland.

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4:23 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Former Salinger Protegee Awaits New Documentary

Joyce Maynard is re-releasing her memoir "At Home in the World." (Rachel Rohr/Here & Now)

Originally published on Mon September 2, 2013 3:59 pm

A new documentary opening next week promises to shed light on the late J.D. Salinger, one of America’s most famous and mysterious authors.

One of the people who agreed to speak about the reclusive author is Joyce Maynard, who dropped out of Yale after her freshman year to live with Salinger in New Hampshire.

She received a lot of criticism for writing about that relationship in her 1998 memoir “At Home in the World.”

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4:23 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Lifting Jersey Shore Houses Creates Problems For Elderly, Disabled

Along the Jersey Shore, many people are elevating their Sandy-damaged homes to lift them out of reach from future storms.

But lifting homes presents unique problems for elderly or disabled residents who call the Shore home.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Tracey Samuelson of WHYY explains.

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2:09 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Catching Up With A Pioneer Of The DIY Movement

Lloyd Kahn at his home in Bolinas, Calif. He built his home from reclaimed materials. (Nicolás Boullosa/Flickr)

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 3:34 pm

If you’ve ever dreamed of being self-sufficient — living off the grid, in a home you built yourself — meet Lloyd Kahn.

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2:09 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Russia Sending Two Warships Near Syrian Waters

A Russian anti-submarine ship is pictured in Vladivostok, Russia, in April 2009. (AP)

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 3:34 pm

Russia, Syria’s most powerful ally, is sending a large anti-submarine ship and a missile cruiser into the Eastern Mediterranean, as the U.S. moves toward a military response in Syria.

Russian president Vladimir Putin says the naval deployment is required for protecting Russian national security interests and not a threat to any nation.

Defense experts say the warships could give the Syrian regime early warning of missile launches, an possibly jam radars and navigational systems.

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2:09 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Judge: NFL, Players To Settle Concussion Lawsuits

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 3:34 pm

The NFL and more than 4,500 former players want to resolve concussion-related lawsuits with a $765 million settlement that would fund medical exams, concussion-related compensation and medical research, a federal judge said Thursday.

The plaintiffs include at least 10 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, including former Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Dorsett. They also include Super Bowl-winning quarterback Jim McMahon and the family of Pro Bowl linebacker Junior Seau, who committed suicide last year.

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4:18 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

One Of The 'Little Rock Nine' Reflects On Her Legacy

Members of the Little Rock Nine are escorted into Central High School, in 1957. They were the first black children to attend the all-white school. (Wikipedia)

Many of the people attending today’s commemoration of the March on Washington played roles big and small in the civil rights movement, from registering black voters in the South to helping to end school segregation.

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4:18 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

'I Have A Dream' Still Resonates With Today's Teens

High school sophomores Justin Morales, 14, Triston Childs, 15, Rachael Smith, 15, and Deja Brown, 14, watch Martin Luther King’s "I Have a Dream" speech. (Jenny Brundin/Colorado Public Radio)

Fifty years ago today, Martin Luther King Jr. unleashed a powerful and poetic torrent upon the nation — a passionate plea for racial equality and economic justice for African Americans.

Fifty years later, the “I Have a Dream” speech still resonates with a group of teenagers at William Smith High School in Aurora, a racially and ethnically diverse city east of Denver.

They recently sat down with Colorado Public Radio education reporter Jenny Brundin to watch the speech, talk about it and share their own dreams.

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