Here & Now

Here & Now

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20 May 2022

Unpacking adoption as 'replacement' for abortion; Ukrainian teen adjusts to U.S. life

The leaked draft of the Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade includes some references to adoption. Some conservatives argue that adoption means abortion isn't necessary. An adoptee tells us why she believes that's wrong. And, Svitlana Pokliatska and her family fled to the U.S. shortly after the Russian invasion. We look at how one of the few Ukrainian families that have managed to enter America is doing.
19 May 2022

How video game social networks radicalize; What to do if you can't find baby formula

The shooter who killed 10 in a Buffalo grocery store broadcast his rampage on Twitch, a live streaming site popular among gamers. It's just one example of how extremists use gaming platforms and gaming-adjacent social media to recruit and promote violence. And, parents around the country continue to search for baby formula during a national shortage. One mom shares her story, and an expert advises parents on what to do if they end up in a tricky situation.
17 May 2022

Political rifts within evangelicalism; 'Emergency' deals with life-or-death decisions

Right-wing politics is creating divisions inside the evangelical church. The Atlantic's Tim Alberta writes that he's spent his life "watching evangelicalism morph from a spiritual disposition into a political identity. It's heartbreaking." He joins us. And, the new film "Emergency" is about three men of color whose night out becomes complicated when they find an unconscious white woman in their apartment. Director Carey Williams and screenwriter KD Davila talk about the movie, which opens in theaters Friday.
16 May 2022

Replacement theory, explained; The danger of buy now, pay later loans

The suspected gunman in the Buffalo grocery store mass shooting allegedly cited a racist theory that the white population has been systematically reduced and "replaced." We break down the origins of replacement theory, and how it's gained traction in right-wing media. And, buy now, pay later loans are increasingly popular. They can be convenient, but read the fine print and watch out for debt, says one business analyst.