(Top) In downtown Hamtramck, teenagers hang out in Pope Park, which commemorates the Polish Pope John Paul II's visit to the city in 1987. (Bottom left) Co-owner Jamal Jawany poses for a portrait at Delite Cafe and Deli. (Bottom right) Ezzi Jawany, 74, waits for his order at his son's deli, Delite Cafe. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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Hamtramck, Michigan: An Evolving City Of Immigrants

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Starship Technologies' delivery robots, which can be found traveling the sidewalks of Washington, D.C., get smarter the more they drive — learning about sidewalk and traffic patterns with every trip they take. Meg Kelly/NPR hide caption

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Hungry? Call Your Neighborhood Delivery Robot

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ABC's Black-ish stars Yara Shahidi, Laurence Fishburne, Jenifer Lewis, Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, Marsai Martin, Miles Brown and Marcus Scribner. Bob D'Amico/ABC hide caption

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Shows With Black Characters Find Loyal Non-Black Fans

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Comedian Iliza Shlesinger's comedy is physical — she contorts, snorts and stalks the stage in her new special, Confirmed Kills. Timothy Hiatt/Netflix hide caption

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In 'Confirmed Kills,' Iliza Shlesinger Cloaks Social Commentary In Comic Rants

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Shanghai pedicurist Ju-wen Zu and NPR's Aarti Shahani talk, aided by a translation app that may change the way we travel abroad forever. Aarti Shahani/NPR hide caption

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Finding A Pedicure In China, Using Cutting-Edge Translation Apps

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Julia (center) first appeared online and in printed materials as a part of Sesame Street's See Amazing in all Children initiative. She'll now appear on TV as well. From left, Elmo, Alan Muraoka, Julia, Abby Cadabby and Big Bird. Zach Hyman/Sesame Workshop hide caption

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Julia, A Muppet With Autism, Joins The Cast Of 'Sesame Street'

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Raúl De Nieves' billboard-size Biennial contribution, beginning & the end neither & the otherwise betwixt & between the end is the beginning & the end, is made from everyday material like tape, paper, glue and beads. Matthew Carasella/Courtesy of The Whitney Museum hide caption

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From Striking Photos To Surprising Stained Glass, A Wide-Ranging Whitney Biennial

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Vietnamese American Photographer An-My Le Selected For Whitney Biennial

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An 18th-century etching by artist John Kay depicts the extra tall Charles Byrne, the extra short George Cranstoun and three contemporaries of more conventional height. Byrne made his living as a professional spectacle and died at age 22 in 1783. Wellcome Library, London/Wellcome Images hide caption

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The Saga Of The Irish Giant's Bones Dismays Medical Ethicists

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A Reddit subgroup has been busy discussing the benefits of eating oranges in the shower. We asked three NPR journalists to investigate whether the act is as life-changing as some people claim. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Do Showers Make Oranges Taste Better? NPR Investigates

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Tyler Cowen argues, in his new book The Complacent Class, that Americans are in a period of stagnation because we are doing less and less of what made us successful in the past: embracing change, moving to different parts of the country and associating with different kinds of people. mathisworks/Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption

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America's 'Complacent Class': How Self-Segregation Is Leading To Stagnation

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Experts Or Censors? The Debate Over Authors' Use Of Sensitivity Readers

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In 1852 — three years before Leaves of Grass — Walt Whitman anonymously published a short novel, in six parts, in New York's Sunday Dispatch. FPG/Getty Images hide caption

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Grad Student Discovers A Lost Novel Written By Walt Whitman

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