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Hurricane Irma Makes Its Way Through Caribbean, Wreaking Havoc

HERE & NOW

Interview | Produced by Dean Russell

Hurricane Irma continued to make its way through the Caribbean Thursday. Puerto Rico suffered power outages, but was spared the extensive devastation experienced by Saint Martin, Barbuda and other smaller islands.

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson finds out what to expect next with Jeff Huffman (@HuffmanHeadsUp), director and chief meteorologist of the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network.

Harvey Victims Return Home, But Concerns Linger

HERE & NOW

Interview | Produced by Dean Russell

Just over a week after Hurricane Harvey caused unprecedented damage in southeast Texas, some residents are beginning to make their way home. In Houston, the mayor says the nation's fourth-largest city is now "open for business."

But the recovery is expected to be long, with floodwaters remaining in many homes and lingering concerns over environmental issues such as the lack of safe drinking water. Here & Now's Meghna Chakrabarti talks about the challenges ahead with NPR's Carrie Kahn (@ckahn) in Houston.

Are Big Changes In Store For Uber And Whole Foods?

HERE & NOW

Interview | Produced by Dean Russell

Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi informed his company Monday that he expects to become the new leader of Uber. The ride-hailing company hopes Khosrowshahi can bring change to its past controversies.

Change is also expected for Whole Foods, which had its first day, Monday, as an Amazon subsidiary.

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson speaks with  Jason Del Rey (@DelRey), senior editor of commerce for Recode, about what to expect for Uber and Whole Foods.

Brazil's Yellow Fever Cases Wane, But Scientists Fear Resurgence

HERE & NOW

Interview | Produced by Dean Russell

There were no new cases of Yellow Fever reported in Brazil last month, a change from earlier this year when the country reported more than 700 cases, including those near big cities like Rio De Janeiro and Sao Paulo.

But scientists still fear a resurgence, especially as Brazil enters its summer months.

Here & Now's Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with writer Sam Kean(@sam_kean) who followed the trail of yellow fever and the push to prevent outbreak for Science magazine.

Earl Sweatshirt And A More Human Hip Hop

Earl Sweatshirt And A More Human Hip Hop

WBUR: THE ARTERY

Essay | Written by Dean Russell

“I made a promise,” says a young voice, hesitant, “I would never rap seriously on the radio. I’m ‘bout to break it for you.”

The voice is Thebe Kgositsile, the teenage rapper and producer better known as Earl Sweatshirt, if you know him at all. At 19 years old, Earl looks much younger in the YouTube upload from the hip hop show “Sway in the Morning.” Earl is skinny – sitting next to the hulking, 42-year-old host Sway Calloway, he’s really skinny – with a high forehead and wide-set eyes. His motions are two-parts measured, one-part unsure, as he speaks cautiously into the mic. They’re talking about one of the most anticipated hip hop releases of 2013 — his debut major label studio album “Doris”. [...]

John McCauley Raises The Bar For Folk Music

John McCauley Raises The Bar For Folk Music

WBUR: THE ARTERY

Essay | Written by Dean Russell

NEWPORT, R.I. – John J. McCauley III: It’s not a household name. Nor is the name of his band, Deer Tick. But for anyone who is familiar with New England’s folk scene; for anyone who has visited the Newport Folk Festival in its recent years; for anyone who has ever even been near Newport in the last weekend of July: you may know his face, and you’ll definitely know his voice.

It’s Friday night. The rain has soaked Newport and its flush of 10,000 festival-goers raw. I’m standing in mud, singing at full capacity, and it’s hard to tell if the wetness on my face is from a leak in the performance tent or a real, honest-to-God reaction to what I’m witnessing, what I’m hearing. [...]