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3:10 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Berlin Wall A Shadow For Younger Generation

Some in Berlin say that although the Wall is gone, it casts a shadow over the new generation, especially over youth in the east. (Emanuele Toscano/Flickr)

Germany has wrapped up its events commemorating the fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago — a shining moment of freedom within a dark 20th century history. The country has done a thorough job of repudiating its first dictatorship and its role in the Holocaust.

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2:59 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Marking Veterans Day With 'Operation Flags For Vets'

A man places flags at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, Mass. on November 8, 2014. (Greta Kaemmer/Flickr)

American flags mark veterans’ graves across the country on this Veterans Day. There are more than 50,000 on the graves at the Massachusetts National Cemetery on Cape Cod.

Hundreds of volunteers came to place them on Saturday. It’s a project called Operation Flags For Vets, which was started by Paul Monti, after his son Jared was killed in Afghanistan in 2006 and was buried there.

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2:59 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Study: Americans Don’t Know The Facts On U.S. Issues

Pictured is an infographic from the report by Ipsos MORI. (Ipsos MORI)

Americans don’t have their facts straight. At least that’s the conclusion of a new study from the research group Ipsos-MORI.

When it comes to the nation’s biggest issues, many Americans do not know the basics. They massively overestimate unemployment rates and the number of immigrants. They assume that the nation’s murder rate is rising, when in fact it’s falling.

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3:21 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

'Sesame Street' Turns 45

"Sesame Street" characters are pictured February 16, 2012, in New York. (Richard Termine/sesameworkshop.org)

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 4:48 pm

On this day in 1969, the first episode of Sesame Street aired on public television. A little girl named Sally is new to the neighborhood, and she meets some of the residents, including an awkward, nervous Big Bird.

Forty-five years later, Sesame Street is going strong, with nearly a million viewers every episode, according to PBS.

These days, Alistair Cookie no longer smokes a pipe on Monsterpiece Theatre, and the theme song has a jazzier beat than it used to.

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3:21 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Bistro Trains Ex-Inmates In the Art Of Fine Dining

Francine Warren gets ready to work on the orange duck at the French bistro EDWINS in Cleveland, Ohio. (Brian Bull/WCPN)

EDWINS, a French restaurant in Cleveland’s Shaker Square, celebrates its one year anniversary this month.

The bistro not only offers artisan cuisine, but also gives former inmates a job and the chance to learn a new skill.

From the Here & Now Contributor’s Network, Brian Bull of WCPN reports.

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3:21 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Remembering The Fall Of The Berlin Wall

Three-year-old Hulda Planer-Friedrich sticks roses in the Berlin Wall Memorial. (Curt Nickisch/WBUR)

Germans have celebrated a weekend fraught with symbolism, remembering and commemorating a day 25 years ago — the 9th of November 1989 — when East Germans pushed through the gates in the Berlin Wall, danced on top of it, and brought it down, ending the Cold War along with it. From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Curt Nickisch of WBUR brought us this story from Berlin.

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2:59 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Detroit Bankruptcy Plan Approved By Judge

An abandoned home is seen with the Detroit skyline in the background on September 5, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit is struggling with over 78,000 abandoned homes across 140 square miles and 16% unemployment; in July, the city declared bankruptcy. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

A judge has approved Detroit’s plan to get out of bankruptcy by cutting pensions, erasing billions of dollars of debt and promising nearly $2 billion in better services for a city desperate for a turnaround.

Detroit’s exit from the largest public filing in U.S. history took less than 16 months, lightning-fast by bankruptcy standards. The success is largely due to a series of deals between the city and major creditors, especially general retirees who agreed to accept smaller pension checks.

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2:54 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

An Old Drink Captures The Spirit Of A New Berlin

At the company's tasting bar, the bottle on the left is from the 1950s; the one on the right is the revived product that has become the company's signature seller. (Curt Nickisch/WBUR)

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 8:50 am

Where were you on Nov. 9, 1989? Every German can tell you where they were. Sunday is the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall — a sudden and epic moment that reunited a people after decades apart, and turned what had been a walled-off city into a hip, happening mecca in the heart of Europe.

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2:54 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Maryland Researchers Study Bee Deaths With 'Sentinel Hive'

Pictured is one of the beehives kept on the roof of the University of Maryland's plant sciences building. (Jonathan Wilson/WAMU)

One in every three bites of food the average American consumes is either directly or indirectly pollinated by honeybees. In the past decade, the news about honeybees hasn’t been good, with bee colonies dying off at a 30 percent clip, sometimes under mysterious circumstances.

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3:36 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Celebrating John Philip Sousa's 160th Birthday

Legendary marching band composer John Philip Sousa was born in Washington, D.C. back in 1854. (AP)

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 3:59 pm

On this day in 1854, legendary marching band composer John Philip Sousa was born in Washington, D.C.

Today also happens to be the birthday of Here & Nows Robin Young, so to celebrate the dual occasion we listened to some Sousa favorites with longtime Sousa lover Keith Brion, founder and director of the New Sousa Band. He also happens to live next door to Robin Young in Cambridge, Mass.

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2:21 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Republicans Won More Of Latino Vote: What Will That Mean For Immigration Reform?

In key races on Tuesday, such as the Colorado Senate race, more Latinos voted for Republicans than in other recent elections.

With immigration reform still in the works, President Obama vowed to issue executive actions on deportations, even though likely future Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says immigration reform by executive action would be like “waving a red flag in front of a bull.”

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2:21 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

How Twitter Made #AlexFromTarget A Teen Idol

Photo of Alex Alex Laboeuf that went viral this week, and inspired the #alexfromtarget meme (@auscalum) .

Just how do things go viral? Sixteen-year-old Alex Laboeuf is certainly asking himself that question these days.

The relatively unknown Target employee from Frisco, Texas became the subject of a widespread teenage craze when someone posted his picture on Twitter.

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6:34 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Special Coverage: Remarks From President Obama And Sen. McConnell

President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference in the East Room of the White House on November 5, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Obama held the press conference one day after his Democratic party was defeated in midterm elections. President Obama congratulated his Republican opponents Wednesday on their midterm election victory and promised to work constructively with them in Congress for the next two years. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Note: Here & Now is providing special coverage of these two news conferences, beginning at 2 p.m. Eastern time. Audio for this special coverage will be posted here shortly after 4 p.m. Eastern time.

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6:34 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

A Look At Colorado, Kansas And New Hampshire Election Results

Republicans have won control of the Senate, reinforced their control of the House and defended some hotly contested governor seats across the country, in

After last night’s midterm elections, hosts Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson touch down in three key states with reporters from the Here & Now Contributor’s Network.

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6:34 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Sen. Bernie Sanders On The Midterm Results

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) awaits the start of a hearing by the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on September 9, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (Win McNamee/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s bad news for the Democrats. But, after the Republicans have taken the Senate by storm, Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is also taking note.

One of the most progressive voices in the Senate, he’s made huge calls for climate change legislation, universal healthcare, same-sex marriage and minimum wage.

He joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson for a look at what this new Senate means for him.

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