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Why does my plant look sad? 6 tips for raising happy houseplants

Eager to bring new plants home, but aren't sure where to begin? This episode will get you started with the basics of houseplant care — from watering schedule to light conditions. Because anyone can become a green thumb with a little time and attention.

Why does my plant look sad? 6 tips for raising happy houseplants

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5 tips on being a kinder neighbor and fostering a sense of community

What does it mean to be a kinder, more caring neighbor? From Daniel Tiger's world of make-believe to Winnipeg, here's how to plug into your community, practice small acts of kindness and boost your mood. We'll also think critically about being neighborly when things get complicated.

5 tips on being a kinder neighbor and fostering a sense of community

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A gray wolf in Oregon's northern Wallowa County in February 2017. Officials in Oregon are asking for help locating the person or persons responsible for poisoning an entire wolf pack in the eastern part of the state earlier this year. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife via AP hide caption

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8 wolves were poisoned in Oregon. Police are asking for help finding who killed them

The animals, including an entire wolf pack, were found poisoned earlier this year. "All investigative leads have been exhausted," says Oregon State Police Capt. Stephanie Bigman.

A man receives a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa. The omicron variant, first identified in South Africa, has now spread to at least a dozen other countries. On Friday, scientists presented evidence that the variant spreads twice as fast as the delta variant. Denis Farrell/AP hide caption

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New evidence shows omicron likely spreads twice as fast as delta in South Africa

"This wave seems much faster than the delta wave. And we thought the delta wave was really fast. It's unbelievable," says Juliet Pulliam, the scientist who presented the new analysis at a conference.

New evidence shows omicron likely spreads twice as fast as delta in South Africa

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Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban gives a press conference following a meeting of prime ministers of central Europe's informal body of cooperation, called the Visegrad Group (V4) in Budapest, Hungary, last month. Attila Kisbenedek/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A discomfort with Western liberalism is growing in Eastern Europe

People of the former Soviet bloc rejoiced when the Iron Curtain fell and embraced membership in the European Union. Hungary is an example of a growing culture clash in the conservative East.

A discomfort with Western liberalism is growing in Eastern Europe

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Nevada's governor apologizes for the state's past role in Indigenous schools

Gov. Steve Sisolak apologized on behalf of his state and promised to cooperate with an investigation of the federal government's past policies and oversight of Native American boarding schools.

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Coronavirus FAQ: Help me with omicron vocab. What's immune evasion? Epistasis?

The emergence of this new variant of concern has brought a new vocabulary into daily news reports. We asked experts to help define the terms you're being bombarded with.

Detail of the fabric used on his feet by Marcos Antonio Costa, 27, to climb açaí palm trees to pick its berries in the rainforest near Melgaco, southwest of Marajo Island, state of Para, Brazil, on June 6, 2020. Tarso Sarraf/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Do you know who's picking your açaí berries?

NPR's Scott Simon details how many of Brazil's açaí berries are harvested: by children.

Opinion: Do you know who's picking your açaí berries?

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Lil Nas X on 'MONTERO,' NPR Music's song of the year

A conversation with the singer, rapper, social media sensation and fashion icon about his groundbreaking pop banger "MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)."

Lil Nas X on 'MONTERO,' NPR Music's song of the year

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BTS returns to the stage reuniting their ARMY of fans after a 2-year hiatus

Fans from across the country and the world came to see the Korean boy band perform in Los Angeles for their first live concert in two years. Photographer Hannah Yoon documented fans before the show.

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What three films and their Black characters reveal about America's ideas on race

A new book Colorization: One Hundred Years of Black Films in a White World unpacks the lens through which Black characters have been seen. Will Haygood, the author, explores this using three movies.

What three films and their Black characters reveal about America's ideas on race

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2 cousins celebrate their childhood neighborhood in 'Dream Street'

Meet Mr. Sidney, who's always sharply dressed. Belle, who catches butterflies in jar. And the Hat Lady, Ms. Sarah. They're just some of the residents of Dream Street, the best street in the world.

2 cousins celebrate their childhood neighborhood in 'Dream Street'

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Margarita Ahuanari, left, and Karina Ahuanari look at posters of their mother. The images were placed where they think she was buried at the mass grave that was later renamed the COVID-19 Cemetery in Iquitos. Angela Ponce for NPR hide caption

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A mass COVID grave in Peru has left families bereft — and fighting for reburial

More than 400 people who died of COVID were secretly interred in a mass grave on the outskirts of the city of Iquitos. Families are demanding a proper burial for their loved ones.

An October 2017 file photo released by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Force Investigation Team Report shows a number of guns in the interior of mass shooter Stephen Paddock's 32nd floor room of the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department via AP hide caption

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Nevada court sides with gunmakers in Las Vegas shooting lawsuit

Nevada's Supreme Court largely sided with gun manufacturers' argument that Nevada law immunizes them from civil actions unless the weapons malfunction.

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The final, anguished years of a warrior-scholar who exposed torture by U.S. troops

Ian Fishback was a Green Beret who exposed torture by U.S. troops in Iraq. He did four combat tours and earned a Ph.D. in philosophy. Fishback died last month at 42, under court-ordered medical care.

The final, anguished years of a warrior-scholar who exposed torture by U.S. troops

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Potential 2024 rivals Harris and Buttigieg ally to sell Biden agenda

With President Biden approaching 80 years old, the political spotlight has been trained more brightly than usual on the pair. Here's a look at their political prospects.

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Grab your camera and help science! King tides are crashing onto California beaches

The unusually high and low tides will be affecting coastal communities over the weekend. Scientists are calling on residents and visitors to help document the phenomenon.

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Lady Gaga responds to criticism of her performance in 'House of Gucci'

She stars in the film as the woman at the center of a scandal in the fashion world. But the actors' Italian accents have been panned and the Gucci family has criticized the way it was depicted.

Lady Gaga responds to criticism of her performance in 'House of Gucci'

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A scene from the Glorietta Shopping Mall vaccination effort. Even after its successful vaccination drive the country has inoculated just over a third of its 110-million people. By contrast, Vietnam has immunized 55% of its population, and Cambodia has fully vaccinated 81%. Ella Mage/NPR hide caption

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The Philippines vaccinated 7.6 million people in 3 days. Duterte demands even more

Hit hard by the pandemic, the Philippines has vaccination rates far lower than neighbors like Vietnam and Cambodia. Here's how the country is trying to up its numbers.

The Philippines vaccinated 7.6 million people in 3 days. Duterte demands even more

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