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WBUR’s ‘Here & Now’ getting big boost

WBUR’s midday news magazine “Here & Now” will expand to two hours and be broadcast around the country by National Public Radio beginning this summer, replacing stalwart “Talk of the Nation” in a first-of-its-kind partnership between NPR and a local public radio station, the broadcasters said Friday.

The new arrangement further elevates WBUR above its closest competitor, ­WGBH, and could allow “Here & Now” to more than double the number of stations on which it is heard. The program is broadcast on 182 stations through a distribution contract with Public Radio International that is expiring; “Talk of the Nation” airs on 407.

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