Here and Now

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Catch up with the day's top stories during this energetic hour of news and conversation. Here and Now  is an essential midday news magazine for those who want the latest news and expanded conversation on today's hot-button topics: public affairs, foreign policy, science and technology, the arts and more. The show's guest roster has included Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Halberstam, director John Malkovich, the "Wall Street Journal's" John Harwood and actress Jane Fonda. The show is produced by WBUR/Boston.

Puerto Rico Faces Debt Deadline

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Puerto Rico’s deadline for $422 million in debt payments is May 1st, but most economists believe the island doesn’t have the money available to make the payment in full. Congress has been working on legislation to assist the island but has yet to reach an agreement. Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson speaks to Mike Regan from Bloomberg about the latest.

When CNBC correspondent John Harwood asked Donald Trump — the leading Republican presidential candidate — if he was running a “comic book campaign,” the question did not go over well. That moment from an October debate was repeated again and again as an example of the media’s bias and flippant thinking. But for Bob Mankoff, the idea of a “comic book campaign” is serious business. As the cartoon editor of The New Yorker, Mankoff’s everyday job is to poke holes in the presidential race and for the magazine, Donald Trump is ripe for parody.

In what’s being called the largest lion airlift ever, 33 circus lions are being relocated from circuses in South America to a cat sanctuary in South Africa. Meanwhile, a summit of African leaders and businessmen in Kenya is calling for the end to the ivory trade, which has caused the rapid decline of the elephant population on the continent. Here & Now’s animal expert Vicki Croke joins Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson to talk about these two conservation efforts.

The bison is set to join the American Bald Eagle as a symbol of the United States. A bipartisan effort to name the bison the first national mammal of the U.S. has passed in Congress and is now awaiting President Obama’s signature. In the 1800s, the bison roamed throughout the U.S., concentrating mostly in the Great Plains. But by the late 19th century, hunting led to near-extinction. Keith Aune, bison program director with the Wildlife Conservation Society, tells Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson why the bison is an American icon.

This year, the number of Hispanics eligible to vote will reach a record high, with more than 27 million eligible to do so. Less than half of Hispanics eligible voters actually go to the polls. But that may be about to change. In Texas, where Latinos are on the verge of passing non-Hispanic whites as the largest demographic group, many immigrants are now rushing to complete the registration process in time to vote in November. From Here & Now contributor Houston Public Media, Andrew Schneider reports.