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A family of Syrian refugees was scheduled to arrive in Cleveland on Tuesday. But those plans and others like them have been canceled because of President Trump’s executive action on Friday, temporarily suspending entry into the U.S. for people from a number of Muslim majority countries. It also bars all Syrian refugees indefinitely.

The Environmental Protection Agency is bracing for major changes under the Trump administration. During the campaign, Trump said he wanted to eliminate the EPA entirely.

On the same day President Trump signed his new immigration ban, a Twitter account launched to shine the spotlight on what happened to a group of refugees that were turned away from the U.S. in 1939.

About 900 Jewish people had attempted to escape Nazi Germany on the MS St. Louis. But the ship was turned away by the U.S. because of immigration restrictions. Later, more than 250 of those passengers were killed during World War II and the Holocaust.

A meeting in Washington between President Trump and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto was canceled this week after disagreement over who would pay for President Trump’s proposed border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine are conducting a study of microbial communities inside buildings and how they affect human health. The report is expected to be published later this year.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson talks to Jordan Peccia (@jordan_peccia), a professor of chemical and environmental engineering at Yale University and one of the scientists involved in the research.

What’s hot in the food world in 2017? Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst (@mainecook) checked out a couple of California shows this week and says one major trend is unfamiliar flavors in familiar foods. Gunst and Here & Now‘s Robin Young go through some examples.

Here’s Kathy’s take on some of the products she discovered:

We’re just a few days into the presidency of Donald Trump, and news from his administration is coming out at a seemingly faster-than-ever pace.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with NPR’s David Folkenflik (@davidfolkenflik) about how journalists and news consumers can handle the overwhelming amount of information coming out of the political world this week.

The Mercer County Public Schools in West Virginia are being sued by a mother known as Jane Doe, along with the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The plaintiffs say the school system’s 75-year-old “Bible in the Schools” program violates the First Amendment’s separation between church and state.

The nominees for the 89th Academy Awards were announced Tuesday morning. The musical “La La Land” was the big winner, picking up 14 nominations, tying with “Titanic” and “All About Eve” for the most nominations ever.

At the White House this morning, President Donald Trump told the heads of American auto companies that he wants long-term job creation and “real regulations” that make it easy for companies to do business.

Additionally, Trump has signed executive orders to advance the construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines. Trump also said Tuesday morning he’ll announce his pick to fill the Supreme Court vacancy next week.

Earlier this month Here & Now reported on the beating of a white 18 year old with schizophrenia. Many pointed out that his attackers were black, and attributed the incident to racism. But disabilities advocates, and others, saw something else: a very common attack on a vulnerable disabled person.

President Donald Trump’s senior adviser, Kellyanne Conway, told NBC News on Sunday that the White House had presented “alternative facts” to the ones reported by a number of news organizations regarding the size of the inauguration crowd.

The inauguration of Donald Trump and the next session of Congress mark the end of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal for the United States. Two closely tied agricultural exporters in the Northwest — beef producers and hay farmers — are reacting in different ways.

When it’s not possible for family or friends to be at a patient’s bedside in their final hours, a volunteer program in hospitals called No One Dies Alone works to ensure that terminal patients aren’t by themselves when they die.

In the past few months, there have been several outbreak of mumps in Texas — a handful of cases linked to a Halloween party in Dallas, other cases to a cheerleading contest in Arlington.

The day after Donald Trump is sworn in as president, tens of thousands of protesters are expected to attend the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday. Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with Vanessa Wruble, who has been involved in organizing the march as its head of campaign operations. Wruble is also co-founder and co-president of OkayAfrica.

Federal, state and local officials in Washington, D.C. are preparing for large crowds and many protests at Donald Trump's inauguration Friday, and other inaugural events and demonstrations this week.

Patrick Madden (@Patrick_Madden) of Here & Now contributor WAMU reports on the event’s many security challenges, and what officials are doing to prepare.

President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of Health and Human Services, Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), is taking the hot seat Wednesday, facing questions from lawmakers on the Senate Health Committee.

The discussion will likely include Price’s views on the Affordable Care Act, as well as how he would plan to reshape the nation’s health care system.

In the new book “A Consequential President: The Legacy of Barack Obama,” Michael D’Antonio looks at Barack Obama’s presidency through the promises he made when he was campaigning for office.

When he was assassinated in 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. left behind a legacy of inspiring words in the many sermons and speeches he delivered during his push for civil rights. On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Here & Now listens back to his words that still resonate today.

In 1969, Leroy and Gloria Griffith got married in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It would have been an ordinary event, except that they are believed to be the one of the first interracial couples to legally wed in the county.

The pipe organ dates back to ancient Greece. It has grown ever more complicated and ever more associated with Christianity.

But virtuoso organist Cameron Carpenter (@CameronOrganist) is on a mission to change the whole organ world, from its religious ties to archaic technology. Carpenter spoke with Here & Now‘s Robin Young ahead of his performance with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Winter on the Great Lakes means that a seasonal pastime is underway.

Anglers’ quest to catch a popular fish brings an economic bump to an area known as “Steelhead Alley,” as Elizabeth Miller (@llmiller12) from Great Lakes Today reports.

In the wake of December’s Ghost Ship warehouse fire in Oakland, California, that killed 36 people, cities all over the country have been trying to create more affordable housing for artists so they don’t have to trade basic safety for cheap rent.

BuzzFeed on Tuesday published a 35-page document that contained explosive and unsubstantiated allegations about ties between President-elect Donald Trump and Russia.

BuzzFeed’s editor-in-chief defended the decision as “the job of reporters in 2017.”

Senate committees heard testimony Wednesday from three of President-elect Donald Trump’s picks for his cabinet. Rex Tillerson, chief executive of Exxon Mobil, for secretary of state; Elaine Chao, former labor secretary, for secretary of transportation; and, for the second day, Sen. Jeff Sessions, Republican of Alabama, for attorney general.

Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions is the first of President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet picks to testify in front of Congress.

It isn’t the attorney general nominee’s first time in this position either — he testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1986, as a nominee for a federal judge post.

The North American International Auto Show continues Tuesday in Detroit, and there have been some surprising headlines from the annual event so far.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Michelle Krebs (@MichKrebs), director of automotive relations at Cox Automotive and senior analyst at Autotrader, about trends from the show.

A powerful storm in northern California and Nevada has caused major flooding throughout the area, with more snow and rain expected in the coming days.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson checks in with Jay Famiglietti (@JayFamiglietti), hydrologist and senior water scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, about what the flooding could mean for those states.

Just 2 percent of the 3 million teachers in the U.S. are black males. In Philadelphia, educator Sharif El-Mekki is leading an effort to encourage more black men to pursue careers in education.

While acknowledging it is not the only solution, he says seeing more black men in teaching roles could help close the achievement gap for black boys, who on average struggle more in school, with far lower graduation rates than white boys or girls.

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