Vice President Joe Biden says family concerns after the death of his son, Beau, weigh most heavily on him as he decides whether to run for president. Molly Riley/AP hide caption

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It's All Politics

Biden's Latest Signal He Won't Run For President

The vice president's allies may be talking up a presidential bid, but recently Biden has made clear he's still very much reeling from the death of his son and isn't emotionally ready yet.

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Shots - Health News

The Long Odds Against Your Athletic Kid Turning Pro

More than a quarter of parents in a recent poll say they hope their teens who play high school sports will become professional athletes. But sky-high parental expectations can have a dark side.

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A selection of heirloom potatoes, including Red Erik, Snowball, Cariboo, Purple Peruvian, Caribe and French Red. A sociologist says we value these "edible memories" as a way to connect to the past and try and secure the future of food production. David Cavagnaro/Corbis hide caption

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The Salt

Why Are We Drawn To Heirloom Fruits And Veggies? They're 'Edible Memory'

Heirloom foods have grown in popularity, making their way into gardens, farms, farmers markets and restaurants. A sociologist says they offer a powerful emotional and physical connection to the past.

Trump speaks to an audience during his trip to the U.S.-Mexico border in July. He has called for a wall on the border and mass deportation. Matthew Busch/Getty Images hide caption

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It's All Politics

Nativism And Economic Anxiety Fuel Trump's Populist Appeal

Many Americans don't see either political party as offering real solutions. So Trump — with his anger at immigrants, trade, Wall Street and Washington elites — is filling the void.

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Alan Sparhawk, Mimi Parker and Zak Sally of Low surround Alan and Mimi's 8-month-old daughter, Hollis, in 2000. Jeff Wheeler/Star Tribune hide caption

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All Songs Considered

Backstage Breastfeeding (And Other Realities Of Raising A Family In Rock)

All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen moderates a discussion between Sharon Van Etten and Low's Mimi Parker about being a mom and being in a rock band.

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The peak of Meru has eluded some of the greatest climbers in the world. The Shark's Fin — a sheer wall of granite — is the central pillar in the formation. Jimmy Chin hide caption

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Movie Interviews

For 3 Climbers, Summiting Meru Was An 'Irresistible' Challenge

Meru is a 21,000-foot mountain in northern India. Some of the greatest climbers in the world have tried and failed to reach its peak — a sheer granite wall known as the Shark's Fin.

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President Obama meets Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz in Riyadh in January. The president is hosting King Salman at the White House today. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Obama To Reassure Saudi King Amid Concerns Over Iran Nuclear Deal

To prove the deal doesn't mean the U.S. will turn away from concerns about Iranian activities, the Obama administration is stepping up military sales to Saudi Arabia. The president hosts King Salman at the White House today.

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Washington Post Iranian-American journalist Jason Rezaian, seen here with his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, has been held prisoner since he was arrested in Tehran last July. On Thursday, a powerful Iranian politician said of a potential prisoner swap, "That's one way." EPA/Landov hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Prisoner Swap For U.S. Reporter Possible, Speaker Of Iran's Parliament Suggests

In a new sign that Iran might consider freeing Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, a powerful Iranian politician tells NPR that there are ways to liberate the journalist and other American prisoners.

Just Mayo looks like mayonnaise and tastes like mayonnaise but contains no eggs. That's ruffled the feathers of the egg industry. Courtesy of Hampton Creek hide caption

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The Salt

How Big Egg Tried To Bring Down Little 'Mayo' (And Failed)

Newly released emails from the American Egg Board reveal embarrassing details about its fight against the vegan product Just Mayo. Industry critics say the board's antics may have broken the law.

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The shelf of long-lasting birth control at Children's Hospital outside Denver. The clinic's director said having the devices on hand is crucial, so young women don't have to make a second visit. But that costs money. Scott Horsley/NPR hide caption

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It's All Politics

Colorado's Long-Lasting Birth Control Program For Teens May Not Last Long

Focusing on long-acting contraception, such as IUDs and hormonal implants, proved to be a big success in reducing unplanned pregnancies and abortions. But political backing has been hard to come by.

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