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Monday, April 22, 2013
Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev (left) and Here & Now host Robin Young's nephew are pictured in a Cambridge Rindge and Latin graduation photo. Tsarnaev has been identified as the surviving suspect in the marathon bombings. (Courtesy: Robin Young)

Here & Now host Robin Young reflects on our coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing manhunt and the reaction to her interview with her nephew, Zolan, who knew one of the alleged bombers.

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Thursday, April 18, 2013
A screenshot from some investigative crowdsourcing by the imageboard website 4chan. (Screenshot from imgur.com)

Amateur detectives are going on social media sites like Reddit to comb through photos and videos and offer their opinions on the Boston Marathon bombing investigation.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Author Dennis Lehane. (Diana Lucas Leavengood)

Author Dennis Lehane, known for crime novels like “Mystic River” and “Gone, Baby, Gone,” reflects on the attack at the Boston Marathon, and says it will not fundamentally change the city’s culture.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
A group from Alabama prays in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, March 27, 2013, before the court's hearing on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). (AP/Carolyn Kaster)

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy – often the decisive vote in close cases – said the law appears to intrude on the power of states that recognize same-sex marriages.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

We hear your thoughts on recent stories.

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Monday, February 25, 2013
Author Bruce Feiler and his wife Linda with their daughters. (Courtesy Kelly Hike)

Bruce Feiler says “if you take just one idea from each chapter in this book your family will be transformed in less than a week.” Bold words. Read an excerpt to see if he’s onto something.

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Monday, February 25, 2013
Dennis Kimetto of Kenya, center, leads the pack on his way to winning the men's race of the Tokyo Marathon on Sunday. (AP/Shuji Kajiyama)

H&N’s running man, Alex Ashlock, updates us on results from Tokyo’s weekend marathon, and reflects on new anti-doping policies.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Some new tunes to check out.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013
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Can money make you happy? And if not, are you doing something wrong? We talk to three leaders in the field of Happynomics about the intersection of money and happiness.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Luis Arieta, 79, harvests ripe coffee beans on a coffee plantation near Poas, Costa Rica, in December 2003. (Kent Gilbert/AP)

Coffee growers in Central America are facing a crisis because of a fungus that’s affecting the crop.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Republican strategist Karl Rove and President Barack Obama are both trying to find unities in their political parties. (AP)

President Obama meets with Senate Democrats Wednesday to rally support for his agenda. Meanwhile, prominent Republicans are calling for changes, so they don’t take another lashing at the polls. Where do the two big political parties go from here?

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013
File photo of U.S. Letter Carrier Gerald Tannehill delivering mail in Springfield, Ill. (AP/Seth Perlman)

The U.S. Postal Service will stop delivering mail on Saturdays but continue to deliver packages six days a week under a plan aimed at saving about $2 billion annually.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Thousands of small black boxes used for uranium mining are scattered across Christensen Ranch in Wyoming. (Abrahm Lustgarten/ProPublica)

Drought conditions in parts of the U.S. are forcing communities to dig deeper than ever before for drinking water. But what they’re finding isn’t pretty – water polluted over the years and facing new contaminants from fracking for natural gas.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013
David Kirkpatrick is Cairo bureau chief for the New York Times. (Photo via Twitter)

Why does David Kirkpatrick stand by his initial reporting that an anti-Islam YouTube video played a role in the Benghazi attack?

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Thursday, January 17, 2013
Rapper Shawty Lo is pictured with his 11 children and their 10 mothers in a short video promoting "All My Babies' Mamas." (screenshot)

After nearly universal outrage, the Oxygen Network has canceled its plans to air the one-hour reality special, “All My Babies’ Mamas” about Atlanta rapper Shawty Lo, his 11 kids and their ten mothers.

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Let’s hear it for Aretha!

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Taxes on some of the wealthiest Americans will go up, the Social Security payroll tax holiday will expire for all Americans and long-term unemployment benefits will be extended.

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Vice President Joe Biden speaks following a Senate Democratic caucus meeting about the fiscal cliff on Capitol Hill on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012 in Washington. (AP/Alex Brandon)

Vice President Joe Biden was called in for last-minute negotiations that led the Senate to approve the fiscal cliff deal.

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013
President Abraham Lincoln signs the Emancipation Proclamation, Jan. 1, 1863, in Washington. (AP Photo)

On this day in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation that declared slaves held in the rebel states that had seceded “shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.”

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Sen. John Barrasso, left, R-Wyo., talks with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, who holds up his watch, near the Senate chambers after a vote on the fiscal cliff, on Capitol Hill Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013 in Washington. (AP/Alex Brandon)

The House convenes Tuesday and could vote on the fiscal cliff deal approved by the Senate in the wee hours of New Year’s Day.

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Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

April 15 7 Comments

4 Lamb Recipes, Plus Lamb Cooking Tips

With the weather getting warmer, Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst is thinking lamb. She shares recipes for Middle Eastern-style lamb meatballs and more.

April 15 14 Comments

The Problem With U.S. Tax Policies

Tax expert David Cay Johnston says it's easy to fool the IRS, but there's one catch: "you have to be rich." He says outdated tax policies are hurting the economy.

April 14 4 Comments

Lessons For News Media After Marathon Bombings

We take a look at what the news media got wrong and what can be learned for future breaking news coverage.

April 14 8 Comments

Marathon Bombing Survivor Loses Limbs But Finds New Life

A year after Jeff Bauman lost both legs in the bombing, he and his fiancée are expecting their first child.