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Stay up-to-date with the news between Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Here & Now combines the best in news journalism with intelligent, broad-ranging conversation to form a fast-paced program that updates the news from the morning and adds important conversations on public policy and foreign affairs, science and technology, and the arts: film, theater, music, food, and more.

[Youtube] Two Tennessee teens are being held responsible for the wildfires that tore through the City of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and the surrounding areas of Sevier County. The fires killed at least 14 people, injured 176 and damaged more than 2,400 homes and businesses. Here & Now s Robin Young speaks with resident Michael Luciano about his harrowing escape from the Chalet Village Fire in Gatlinburg, and the video he recorded as he made his way down the mountain. ...

A war of words has erupted between President-elect Donald Trump and Chuck Jones, president of United Steelworkers 1999. It began when Jones, who leads the local union branch representing workers at Carrier Corporations factory in Indianapolis, accused Trump of lying about the number of jobs hed saved at Carrier. Trump responded through two tweets. Now Jones says hes getting threats from Trump supporters. Chuck Jones, who is President of United Steelworkers 1999, has done a terrible job...

President-elect Donald Trump campaigned on a promise to enact stricter immigration policies. He has said he wants to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, DACA. He also said he wants to deport immigrants who have committed crimes, saying that would cover up to 3 million people. Here & Now s Jeremy Hobson talks with Ahilan Arulanantham ( @ahilan_toolong ), director of advocacy and legal director of the ACLU of Southern California, about reactions to Trump’s...

Even before the election, critics had been drawing comparisons between Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler. Theyve pointed to Trumps promise to ban Muslims, deport millions of immigrants, crack down on the press and make America great again. Here & Now s Jeremy Hobson talks with Daniel Ziblatt ( @dziblatt ), professor of government at Harvard University and author of the forthcoming book Conservative Parties and the Birth of Modern Democracy in Europe , about Hitlers...

The tragic warehouse fire in Oakland, Calif., is raising fears of a backlash against the citys artists and the way many of them live and work. If the city decides to red-tag buildings that dont have permits, artists could lose their homes and studio spaces. Stephanie Martin Taylor ( @SMartinTaylor ) from Here & Now contributor KQED reports. Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

The Senate is expected to vote this afternoon on the 21st Century Cures Act. It is considered landmark legislation that would provide funding for research programs like Vice President Joe Biden’s moonshot against cancer. It will also make significant changes in how drugs are tested and approved. The act passed in the House overwhelmingly and is expected to easily pass the Senate as well. NPRs  Richard Harris ( @rrichardh ) joins Here & Now s Jeremy Hobson to...

The president travels to Tampa today, the militarys special operations headquarters. There he will meet with the troops and speak about his administrations counterterrorism efforts. Here & Now s Peter ODowd asks American University professor  Stephen Tankel ( @stephentankel ), a counterterrorism expert, to assess the Obama legacy, and also what to expect from the Trump administration. Interview Highlights On the White Houses report on use of military force <...

Uber is thinking about the long game. The ride-hailing company acquired the artificial intelligence (AI) company Geometric Intelligence Monday, and said it will begin a new research arm called Ubers AI Labs. Other companies like Google and Facebook have also been making moves to boost their understanding of AI as they look to their future. Here & Now s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Johana Bhuiyan ( @JMBooyah ), senior editor of transportation at Recode, about the...

A spate of high-profile police shootings in the last year have drawn attention to the way police respond to people dealing with mental illness. Until recently, that response was arrest first, and ask questions later. But as Rhode Island Public Radios Kristin Espeland Gourlay ( @kristingourlay ) reports, a rising number of police departments around the country are re-thinking the way they handle these crises . This story comes via the New England News Collaborative .

Vladimir Putin said last week that he wants to normalize relations with the United States, and that the two countries should join efforts to fight international terrorism. During the campaign, Donald Trump praised Putin as a leader, which raised some alarms among those who see Putin as an authoritarian ruler who poses a serious threat to the United States and its Western allies. Former world chess champion Garry Kasparov ( @Kasparov63 ), chairman of the pro-democracy Human...

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