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Tuesday, April 22, 2014
In this June 5, 2012, file photo, the marble statue of ancient Greek philosopher Plato, stands in front of the Athens Academy, as the Greek flag flies in Athens. (Dimitri Messinis/AP)

Philosopher Rebecca Newberger Goldstein discusses her new book “Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away.”

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014
African-American children's book authors Walter Dean Myers (right) and his son Christopher Myers are both concerned about the lack of diversity in children's literature. (Malin Fezehal)

African-American children’s book authors Walter Dean Myers and his son Christopher Myers weigh in.

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Monday, April 21, 2014
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter is pictured in February 2010. (Paul Kane/Getty Images)

We remember the boxing champion, who was twice wrongly convicted of murder, with his longtime friend and defender.

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Monday, April 21, 2014
Peter Sagal and Erich Manser are pictured about an hour before the start of the Boston Marathon. (@Peterruns/Twitter)

For the second year in a row, the host of NPR’s “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me” is running with a legally blind athlete.

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Friday, April 18, 2014
Erik Kolbell's new book "When Your Life Is On Fire" asks what's most important in life to 13 different people. (Courtesy of JRB Communications)

Erik Kolbell’s new book asks what’s most important to us in life — loved ones, possessions, personal beliefs and more.

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Friday, April 18, 2014
Adrianne Haslet-Davis dances a rumba with with her partner, professional dancer Christian Lightner, on stage at her TED Talk with Hugh Herr, March 19, 2014. (James Duncan Davidson/TED)

The professional ballroom dancer reflects on the struggles and triumphs of the year since the marathon bombing.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014
Jane Goodall's new book "Seeds of Hope" is part memoir, part history of the plant world. (David Holloway)

The world-famous primatologist discusses her new book, which is back on shelves after some controversy.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014
In this Thursday, May 26, 2011 photo, high school guidance counselor Roslyn Wagner, rear, talks with Jessica Hujber, 15, at Cooper City High School in Cooper City, Fla. Wagner used to handle just one grade. But two years ago, one of the school's four guidance counselors retired and she hasn't been replaced. That left her with the 800 students to shepherd through scheduling and college admissions, to counsel and support. "It's too many kids," Wagner says with a sigh. She's far from alone in her predicament. (Wilfredo Lee/AP)

Lisa Micele answers listener questions and explains what schools are looking for beyond GPAs and standardized test scores.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Adrianne Haslet-Davis, left, is pictured with emergency physician Dr. Ron Medzon at Boston Medical Center. (Courtesy: Haslet-Davis family)

Dr. Ron Medzon, an emergency room physician at Boston Medical Center, recalls treating victims injured in the bombing.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Members of the Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco and other activists protest outside of City Hall in San Francisco, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. San Francisco officials are set to vote on a plan to start regulating employee shuttles for companies like Google, Facebook and Apple, charging a fee for those that use public bus stops and controlling where they load and unload. Private shuttle buses have created traffic problems, blocking public bus stops during peak commute hours. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

As San Francisco experiences a historic economic boom, some activists say not all city residents are reaping the benefits.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014
"Middle Eastern-Style Meatballs with Spiced Yogurt-Mint Sauce" is among four recipes our resident chef Kathy Gunst shares. (Kathy Gunst/Here & Now)

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.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014
The Internal Revenue Service building in Washington is shown, March 22, 2013. (Susan Walsh/AP)

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.

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Monday, April 14, 2014
One memorable moment in the coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing was an erroneous report by CNN and others, two days after the bombing, that an arrest had been made. (Screenshot from CNN)

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

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Monday, April 14, 2014
Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman and his fiancée, Erin Hurley, are expecting their first child. (Jesse Costa/Here & Now)

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

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Friday, April 11, 2014
Buildings are reflected in a Forever 21 storefront in Washington, D.C. Forever 21 is the largest fast fashion retailer based in the U.S. (vpickering/Flickr)

New styles go from runway to retailer at warp speed. We look at the impact of “fast fashion” and who’s behind it.

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Friday, April 11, 2014
The neon sign of a coffee shop is pictured in Amsterdam, October 31, 2011. (Nathalie Magniez/AFP/Getty Images)

Worried about what legalized recreational marijuana means for Denver, Michael Hancock is speaking to his counterpart in Amsterdam.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014
Harvard University professor Karen King says this fragment of papyrus, which she unveiled last year, is the only existing ancient text quoting Jesus explicitly referring to having a wife. (Courtesy Karen L. King)

The results of a carbon dating test show the fragment of papyrus unveiled last year probably dates to eighth-century Egypt.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014
British actor Colin Firth and Patti Lomax pose for pictures before the U.K. premiere of the film "The Railway Man" in London, December 4, 2013. The film is based on the autobiography of WWII prisoner of war Eric Lomax. Firth plays Eric Lomax while Eric's wife Patti is played by Australian actress Nicole Kidman. (Andrew Cowie/AFP/Getty Images)

In the “The Railway Man,” Colin Firth stars as Eric Lomax. We speak with Lomax’s wife Patti and the screenwriter.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro performs in the Here & Now studios. (Jesse Costa/Here & Now)

The Honolulu native performs several songs in-studio and explains why everyone should play ukulele.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014
A new documentary film out in IMAX theaters introduces us to the world of lemurs. (Warner Bros./IMAX)

The tree-dwelling primates are one of our closest ancestors. We talk with the primatologist and screenwriter behind the IMAX film.

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

April 22 Comment

What Do We Have To Teach Plato?

Philosopher Rebecca Newberger Goldstein discusses her new book "Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away."

April 22 19 Comments

Children’s Literature: Apartheid Or Just A General Lack of Color?

African-American children's book authors Walter Dean Myers and his son Christopher Myers weigh in.

April 21 Comment

Remembering Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter

We remember the boxing champion, who was twice wrongly convicted of murder, with his longtime friend and defender.

April 21 2 Comments

‘Wait Wait’ Host Peter Sagal Runs Boston Marathon As Guide

For the second year in a row, the host of NPR's "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me" is running with a legally blind athlete.