Saturday's March Aims To Stand Up For Science

Updated at 1:25 p.m. ET Enthusiasts say their March for Science on Saturday in communities around the world is intended to "support science for the public good." The main event is happening in Washington, D.C., but satellite marches are planned in all 50 states, and at least 610 marches have been registered on the March for Science website across the world on all continents except Antarctica. While they may not have registered with the main march, a group from the Neumayer Station III in...

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American troops begin military exercises in Eastern Europe today, to send a message about the United States’ commitment to security in the region.

Tensions remain high between the governments in Kiev and Moscow, with Russia conducting its own military drills on the Ukrainian border.

NPR’s Eleanor Beardsley is on the ground in Ukraine and joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to discuss local reaction to the latest developments.

Cloud Computing: What And Where Is It?

Apr 23, 2014

These days, more and more data is stored in web hosting servers known as “the cloud.” When you hear the term “cloud computing,” you might picture something ethereal, clean and quiet — however, cloud computing is anything but.

As part of his cloud computing series, NPR’s Technology Correspondent Steve Henn joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to discuss what exactly “the cloud” is and where it is located around the world.

Seth Meyers already had his dream job. As the host of Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update, "I sort of had already accomplished the job I never thought I would accomplish," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. He joined the cast in 2001 and was there for 12 years.

Happy 450th Birthday, Shakespeare

Apr 23, 2014

To mark William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, Here & Now hosts Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson read from his play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

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Colbert Appears As Himself On Letterman

Apr 23, 2014

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It was old meets new on Letterman last night. Stephen Colbert, who will be taking over for the retiring David Letterman next year, was a guest on the “Late Show.”

Colbert made the appearance as himself, not as his persona on his Comedy Central show “The Colbert Report.”

The comedian says he has a simple plan for his new job — he’s going to do whatever Dave Letterman does. That got a laugh from Letterman and the audience.

More than 150 bodies have now been recovered from the wreck of a ferry that sank off the South Korean coast last week. There are nearly 150 people still missing.

BBC correspondent Lucy Williamson went to the holiday island of Jeju to meet a survivor.

Note: Please subscribe to the Here & Now podcast or use the WBUR mobile app to hear this BBC interview.

Georgians will now be able to carry firearms in such places as schools, bars, churches and government buildings under a sweeping new law signed by the governor on Wednesday.

The Safe Carry Protection Act, also known to critics as the "guns everywhere bill," was signed by Gov. Nathan Deal, who said it will allow "people who follow the rules [to] protect themselves and their families from people who don't follow the rules.

The day after Easter, St. Peter's Square was packed.

Caramba Camarra, a Gambian volunteer with Opera Romana Pelligrinaggi, the Vatican-run pilgrimage agency, said he had never seen so many people lined up to visit the basilica.

"It's amazing! The line curves like a serpent, filling the whole square," he said. "It looks like the crowds at Mecca."

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