Charles Mayer, 30, of San Diego, survived an IED attack while serving in Iraq in 2010, but has suffered from complications including PTSD. Stuart Palley for NPR hide caption

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War Studies Suggest A Concussion Leaves The Brain Vulnerable To PTSD

Troops in Iraq and Afghanistan are far more likely to develop post-traumatic stress disorder if they have suffered a concussion. The reason may be a change in the brain's fear circuits.

War Studies Suggest A Concussion Leaves The Brain Vulnerable To PTSD

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Long Before Burning Man, Zozobra Brought Fire And Redemption To The Desert

For decades, residents in Santa Fe, N.M., have gathered to burn a massive puppet — but only after stuffing it with symbols of their woes. It's a way to release the past year's sadness and start anew.

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Deadly Opioid Overwhelms First Responders And Crime Labs in Ohio

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Carfentanil, a potent variation on fentanyl, is being blamed for a wave of opioid overdoses. In Cincinnati, the coroner, crime lab and first responders are struggling to keep up.

Deadly Opioid Overwhelms First Responders And Crime Labs in Ohio

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"Because I grew up in such a strong Hispanic community, I carry that," Luz Elena Mendoza says. "I carry it whenever I go, so that's always strong." Christal Angélique/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Music Interviews

Y La Bamba's Luz Elena Mendoza On Valuing One's Voice

Mendoza says she's often felt caught between cultures. But she's learned to embrace multiple identities simultaneously — and it shows in her music.

Y La Bamba's Luz Elena Mendoza On Valuing One's Voice

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'Working' Then And Now: Studs Terkel's Book Interviews Resurface As Audio

All this week on NPR, you'll hear the voices of people Studs Terkel interviewed in his book, Working. Among the interviews you'll hear this week are a telephone operator and hotel piano player.

'Working' Then And Now: Studs Terkel's Book Interviews Resurface As Audio

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NPR's David Welna had personal documents posted by a pro-Kremlin website when he applied for press credentials in Ukraine. He's hardly alone. But it's an issue the U.S. is reluctant to discuss. Ariel Zambelich/NPR hide caption

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Russian Hackers Doxxed Me. What Should I Do About It?

NPR's David Welna was recently hacked by a pro-Kremlin website when he applied for press credentials in Ukraine. He's hardly alone. But it's an issue the U.S. government is reluctant to discuss.

Russian Hackers Doxxed Me. What Should I Do About It?

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Ethnic Yi schoolgirls take a break halfway down the mountain, on their way from their homes in Atule'er village to their first day of school in a new semester. The difficulty of getting up and down the mountain has made it hard for villagers to shake off poverty, and made it challenging for their children to attend school. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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A Harrowing, Mountain-Scaling Commute For Chinese Schoolkids

To get to school, the children must trek as many as four hours up and down a 2,600-ft. mountainside, relying on rickety ladders. Their families see their education as a way out of poverty.