Here and Now (Boston)

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Here and Now
Genre News: Global news, National news, analysis, commentary, interviews, discussion
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
Home station WBUR
Syndicates NPR
Hosted by Jeremy Hobson
Robin Young
Created by WBUR and NPR
Original release 1997 – present
Audio format Stereophonic
Opening theme "You Give Me Problems About My Business" by The Mercury Program

Here and Now is a public radio magazine program produced by NPR and WBUR in Boston, Massachusetts, and distributed across the United States by NPR to over 450 stations, with an estimated 4.5 million weekly listeners.[1]


On July 1, 2013, Here and Now began broadcasting as a two-hour program with a 'full rollover' (meaning the show broadcasts from Noon to 4 pm ET) airing Monday to Friday[2] and generally in the midday hours on its affiliate stations. The show covers U.S. and international news, and provides arts and culture coverage.

Here and Now has three cutaways for newscasts: one from 0:01:00 to 0:06:00 past the hour, filled by the national five-minute newscast from NPR, and two one-minute summaries of national news headlines at 0:18:00 and 0:38:00 past the hour, produced entirely in-house at WBUR.[3]


Here and Now first began airing in 1997,[1] when it was co-hosted by Tovia Smith and Bruce Gellerman.[citation needed] At the time, the show was billed as a local or regional current affairs show, concentrating on newsworthy events throughout the six New England states. The show expanded to include national and international elements, its current format, soon after.

Host Robin Young joined the show in 2000, replacing Smith, and outlasted a series of co-hosts, including founding co-host and executive producer Gellerman. In 2005, WBUR had announced that the show would return to its roots as a local current affairs program, but a national distribution deal with PRI changed that plan.[citation needed]

On March 29, 2013, NPR and WBUR announced that Talk of the Nation would cease production and that NPR would replace it with a two-hour version of Here and Now.[4][5] The reported reason for this change was a desire of the bigger NPR member stations to have a mid-day magazine-style news-show rather than a talk show.[6]


  1. ^ a b "About the Show". WBUR. Retrieved 2016-12-19. Here & Now began at WBUR in 1997, and expanded to two hours in partnership with NPR in 2013. Today, the show reaches an estimated 4.5 million weekly listeners on over 450 stations across the country. 
  2. ^ "Here&Now". Retrieved 2011-12-19. 
  3. ^ "Here&Now". Retrieved 2011-12-19. 
  4. ^ Folkenflik, David; Montagne, Renée (2013-03-29). "NPR To Drop Call-In Show 'Talk Of The Nation'". Washington, D.C.: NPR. Retrieved 2013-03-30. 
  5. ^ Nickisch, Curt (2013-03-30) [2013-03-29]. "'Talk Of The Nation' To End; 'Here & Now' To Expand". Boston: WBUR. Retrieved 2013-03-30. 
  6. ^ Stelter, Brian (2013-03-30). "After 21 Years, NPR Is Ending 'Talk of the Nation'". The New York Times. p. C1. Retrieved 2013-03-30. 

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