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Fifty years ago, while other U.S. troops were fighting in Vietnam, dozens of Marines at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina were rioting on the base. It was the first in a string of major racial incidents in the military that led to massive reforms in the way the armed forces dealt with race. Jay Price (@JayatWUNC) from WUNC reports.

Iran Denies U.S. Claims About Drone Attack

Jul 19, 2019

Iran denied President Trump’s statement that a U.S. warship destroyed an Iranian drone near the Persian Gulf after it threatened the ship. The incident marked a new escalation of tensions less than a month after Iran downed an American drone in the same waterway and Trump came close to retaliating with a military strike.

Robert Arellano had a few brushes with success as a musician when he was in his 20s. He was in a band called Retarted Elf that opened for big-name acts like Faith No More and Fugazi. Eventually, music faded to the background, but a trip to Peru brought it flooding back. Arellano joins Here & Now‘s Eric Westervelt to discuss his new EP, “On Time.”

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

WarnerMedia’s upcoming streaming service, HBO Max, is one of the latest competitors to battle Netflix for streaming supremacy. As options proliferate, what’s a TV-watcher to do? NPR TV critic Eric Deggans (@Deggans) joins Here & Now‘s Eric Westervelt (@Ericnpr) to discuss.

Fifty years ago this month, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made history by becoming the first humans to walk on the moon. It was such a triumph that it’s easy to forget just how difficult and dangerous the Apollo 11 mission really was. For NASA, that reminder came in 1967, when Apollo 1 burned up on the launchpad, killing its three crew members. That problem was fixed, but there was plenty more that could’ve gone wrong.

Disney’s reimagined live-action version of “The Lion King” is now in theaters. 

The film, inspired by the original 1994 animated film and Broadway musical, is the story of the lion cub Simba, whose Uncle Scar conspires to kill Simba and his father to take over the lion pride. The new version uses a combination of live-action filmmaking techniques and computer-generated imagery to retell the story with some very convincing looking animals. 

A recent ESPN report highlights a growing number of injuries in the NBA, and it said there could be a link to the basketball players who participated in youth leagues. Hosts Eric Westervelt and Robin Young speak with Here & Now sports analyst Mike Pesca (@pescami), host of the daily podcast “The Gist.”

Earlier this year, Here & Now reported on a nationwide shortage of drops and gels that relieve a condition called dry eye.

From “Turn! Turn! Turn!” to “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” David Crosby‘s voice became an integral part of the American soundtrack in the 1960s and ’70s as a member of bands Crosby, Stills & Nash and The Byrds, influencing a generation of rockers and singer-songwriters.

But after several giant albums, world tours and broad success, both groups dissolved in acrimony. Crosby lost years of music to a heroin and cocaine addiction as well as a prison sentence on drug and gun charges.

Colorado Coal Town Tries To Come Back

Jul 17, 2019

Mining communities are feeling the pain as natural gas supplants coal as the country’s primary energy source. When the Tri-State Mining Company announced it would be phasing out coal operations at a small Colorado town a few years back, people thought the town would dry up and blow away. But people have been working to prove them wrong.

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