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The number of monarch butterflies migrating to California spiked this winter after years of historic lows. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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The butterflies are back! The annual migration of monarchs shows its highest numbers in years

The migration has seen a steep decline in recent years and now seems to be making a comeback. Biologists are encouraged and confused by the trend.

The butterflies are back! Annual migration of monarchs shows highest numbers in years

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Supporters of All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee, a group of farmers' organizations, hold flags during a protest to mark one year since the introduction of divisive farm laws and to demand the withdrawal of the Electricity Amendment Bill, in Hyderabad, India, on Thursday. Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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India's farmers faced down a popular prime minister and won. What will they do now?

India is repealing controversial farm laws that sparked a year of protest from farmers. Analysts say it's both a victory for nonviolent resistance, and a shrewd political move.

India's farmers faced down a popular prime minister and won. What will they do now?

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An oil well works at sunrise Aug. 25, 2021, in Watford City, N.D., part of McKenzie County. The Biden administration on Friday, Nov. 26, called for an overhaul of the nation's oil and gas leasing program. Matthew Brown/AP hide caption

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Biden calls for higher fees for oil, gas leasing on federal land but stops short of ban

A long-awaited report by the Interior Department proposes reforms to the federal oil and gas leasing program, but doesn't end the practice, troubling environmentalists.

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Veteran anti-consumerist crusader Reverend Billy takes aim at climate change

Reverend Billy, the flamboyant "altar-ego" of New York performance artist William Talen, celebrates 20 years of crusading with his Stop Shopping Choir.

Veteran anti-consumerist crusader Reverend Billy takes aim at climate change

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Yes, we are shopping way more than ever

Even the Grinch can't stop shoppers in what's predicted to be a record holiday season.

Yes, we are shopping way more than ever

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Julie Doiron's I Thought of You is one of NPR Music's picks for the best albums out on Nov. 26. Matt Williams/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The top 5 albums out on Nov. 26

NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include the soundtrack for Paul Thomas Anderson's new film Licorice Pizza, Turkish funk from El Michels Affair, Julie Doiron and more.

New Music Friday: The top 5 albums out on Nov. 26

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Mark Meadows, Trump's last chief of staff, has missed multiple deadlines to appear before the Jan. 6 House panel. The committee chair said it could "force the Select Committee to consider pursuing contempt or other proceedings to enforce the subpoena." Patrick Semansky/AP hide caption

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The Jan. 6 panel faces a different legal test to refer Mark Meadows for criminal contempt

The panel investigating the attack are taking their time before deciding to pursue criminal contempt against the former White House chief of staff because it will be a bigger legal test.

Jan. 6 panel faces a different legal test to refer Mark Meadows for criminal contempt

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Canada taps into strategic reserves to deal with massive shortage ... of maple syrup

While high gas prices have pushed President Biden to tap into the US's strategic oil reserves, America's neighbor to the north is also dealing with a shortage of another so-called "liquid gold."

Canada taps into strategic reserves to deal with massive shortage ... of maple syrup

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The award-winning documentary Writing with Fire follows Meera Devi (right), chief reporter for the Khabar Lahariya — a news publication run by Dalit, members of India's lowest caste. Black Ticket Films hide caption

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India's all-female news outlet faces sexism and death threats. A new film tells the story

Meera Devi is on a mission to get her community heard — and facing discrimination and death threats. She's featured in an award-winning film, Writing With Fire, which opens in the U.S. on Friday.

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Meet the Arkansas cowboy who found a new life as a rodeo clown

Rob Gann travels the country as a jester in the rodeo of life. His clowning fills the lulls in the action. It also takes the edge off a sport that can be dangerous and unforgiving.

Meet the Arkansas cowboy who found a new life as a rodeo clown

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A cannabis leaf is put on a "Crazy Happy Pizza" at a restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand, an under-the-radar product topped with a cannabis leaf. It's legal but won't get you high. Sakchai Lalit/AP hide caption

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This cannabis pizza is trendy, but it won't get you high

The "Crazy Happy Pizza" is an under-the-radar product topped with a cannabis leaf. It's legal but won't get you high, unlike the legendary happy pizzas in neighboring Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh.

James Bond (Daniel Craig) and Dr. Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux) drive through Matera, Italy in No Time To Die. A scientific review of Bond's decades of international adventures concludes that the famous secret agent has consistently neglected critical travel health precautions. Nicola Dove/DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM hide caption

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James Bond has all those gadgets but no hand sanitizer. Avoid these 007 travel habits

Now that travel is picking up again, research on the fictional spy's travel practice provides helpful reminders to would-be adventurers about what not to do if you're contemplating a trip.

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