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One group that's particularly vulnerable during a storm like Florence is the elderly. We've reached Tom Akins, CEO of LeadingAge in North Carolina. His group works with retirement communities. That includes nursing homes. Welcome to the program.

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The phrase "identity politics" has come to be used as a political insult. It's now shorthand for pandering to voters according to demographics.

But political scientist Francis Fukuyama says that everyone is playing at identity politics now — that nationalism, radical Islam and other movements are fueled by people wrestling with identity in an economic world order that's letting them down.

The election of Donald Trump has ridden on the back of such identity issues, he says.

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Sep 11, 2018

Newsflash! People lie when they're dating online. It's the downside of the anonymity offered by the Internet. In today's show, we cut through the web of falsehoods, to determine what kind of fibs people tell, and how often they tell them.

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A new report says U.S. counterterrorism efforts need to focus much more on the long-term goal of supporting fragile countries and preventing extremism from taking root.

The report, sponsored by the nonpartisan U.S. Institute of Peace, says that after the 2001 terrorist attacks, the U.S. response was to protect the homeland and pursue terrorists abroad.

The 2018 midterms are less than two months away, and one of the congressional races to watch is in central Illinois.

The state’s 13th Congressional District, which represents parts of the capital, Springfield, is represented by Republican Rep. Rodney Davis since new district lines went into effect in 2012.

But Davis is facing a genuine challenge this year from a first-time candidate. Democrat Betsy Dirksen Londrigan is making health care one of her central issues.

The Illinois governor’s race as well as Rahm Emanuel’s decision not to run for re-election as mayor of Chicago have been in the headlines in the state.

President Trump and former President Obama have each claimed credit for the strong economy. Do both presidents deserve it?

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with MSNBC anchor and economics correspondent Ali Velshi (@AliVelshi), co-host of “Velshi & Ruhle.”

Springfield, the capital of Illinois, is a city devoted to maintaining the legacy of the nation’s 16th president, Abraham Lincoln.

Residents are looking to the Illinois bicentennial celebration as a chance to showcase their appreciation for the president that saved the Union, says state historian Sam Wheeler with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, the centerpiece of Springfield’s Lincoln sites.

Agriculture is a key part of the economy in central Illinois. The state leads the nation in soybean production, and President Trump’s trade policies — including tariffs — are resonating because China responded with tariffs of its own, hurting U.S. exports.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson checks in with Robert Klemm, a member of the Illinois Farm Bureau who raises corn, soybeans and a few cows on his farm in Waynesville, Illinois.

An editorial in China Daily argues that President Trump’s push for “homeshoring” is “set to fall on deaf ears.” It’s about Trump’s call for Ford to make its Focus Active vehicles in the United States. In August, Ford announced that it would no longer import the Chinese-made vehicles, because of Trump administration tariffs.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with Paul Eisenstein (@DetroitBureau), publisher of the automotive news site The Detroit Bureau.

Hurricane Florence is continuing on its path toward the Carolinas and is expected to make landfall on Thursday, bringing winds of up to 140 miles per hour, dangerous storm surge and rain.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young talks with Gavin Jackson (@GavinJackson), reporter with South Carolina ETV, about how the state is preparing for the storm.

There’s only a handful of grizzly bears left in the Pacific Northwest. So the federal government plans to import grizzlies to Washington’s North Cascades mountains. Biologists tried the strategy successfully a few years ago in Montana.

Courtney Flatt (@courtneyflatt) reports for EarthFix.

Looking for a new twist on using summer fruit? Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst suggests using produce like plums and cherries in savory dishes like grilled cheese and salsa. She brings in samples for host Robin Young to try.


Gingered Green Bean And Plum Salad

This salad has a Japanese flavor profile and is light and refreshing. Serve as a side dish or a light lunch with warm crunchy bread.

Serves 2 to 4.

Ingredients

For centuries, nations with “empire-building ambitions” have turned to science to help achieve their goals, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson says.

The ways science has been put to use to help fight, conquer and expand is the focus of Tyson’s new book “Accessory to War,” which he co-authored with Avis Lang.

Southeast Asia's economy is booming, increasing at an average of 5 percent per year. Thanks to an expanding consumer market, a young, robust workforce and increasing regional cooperation, it's only expected to grow.

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In Charleston, S.C., a major interstate is reversing direction for about 100 miles, sending every lane inland — even earlier than originally scheduled.

In the Outer Banks, N.C., where tourists and residents rely on a few bridges and ferries for access to the mainland, authorities are warning residents to get out immediately. The state's governor has taken the unprecedented step of issuing a state-level, mandatory evacuation order, instead of relying on local governments.

Veteran journalist Bob Woodward has written about every U.S. president since Richard Nixon — nine in total. But in all his years covering politics, he has never encountered a president like President Trump.

Woodward's latest work, Fear: Trump in the White House, paints a portrait of Trump as uninformed and mercurial. The book describes moments when staff members joined together to purposefully block what they believe are the president's most dangerous impulses — sometimes by surreptitiously removing papers from the president's desk.

Sarah Weinman, an editor and writer of true crime stories, doubles up on her literary sleuthing in The Real Lolita, investigating the 1948 kidnapping and rape of 11-year-old Sally Horner by a convicted pedophile.

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Chimes sounded in New York City today, 17 years after planes approached the twin towers of the World Trade Center. Family members at a memorial service recalled the names of those killed.

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The severity of Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 storm, is intensifying and triggering hurricane warnings along the coasts of the Carolinas, the National Hurricane Center announced in its 5 a.m. Wednesday update.

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Editor's note: This review includes some graphic language about sex and other adult themes.

"Today marks my sixteenth year on this hot, horrible earth," begins Ponti, the debut novel by Singapore-born writer Sharlene Teo. From there, everything just gets hotter and more horrible.

"I used to hope that puberty would morph me," the book's primary narrator, Szu, continues, "that one day I'd uncurl from my chrysalis, bloom out beautiful. No luck! Acne instead. Disgusting hair. Blood."

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