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Parker Curry, 4, takes in Amy Sherald's painting of Michelle Obama in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. Parker has co-authored a book with her mom called Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment. Mhari Shaw/NPR hide caption

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In 'Parker Looks Up,' A 2-Year-Old Shares A Moment With Michelle Obama

In 2018, a photo of Parker Curry looking at a portrait of Michelle Obama went viral. Within a week, she got to meet the first lady. Parker tells the story in a new book she co-authored with her mom.

In 'Parker Looks Up,' A 2-Year-Old Shares A Moment With Michelle Obama

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A fire that swept through a factory where laborers were sleeping on Sunday morning, killing at least 43 people. Relatives of the victims gathered outside a hospital mortuary in the city on Sunday. Adnan Abidi/Reuters hide caption

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43 Dead In 'Extremely Horrific' Fire At New Delhi Factory

Many of the victims were asleep in beds in the factory when the fire began. Streets in the area were so crowded that firetrucks couldn't reach the site, and had to shoot water from 100 yards away.

A deserted beach in Gorgona National Park, an island 21 miles off Colombia's Pacific coast. Favero/VW Pics/Universal Images Group via Getty Images hide caption

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Colombia's Former Prison Island Gorgona Is Open For Tourists — And Snakes

Nature has taken over this onetime penal colony turned national park, surrounded by waters popular with divers for their sharks, rays and whales. A resort manager calls it a "mini-Galápagos."

Colombia's Former Prison Island Gorgona Is Open For Tourists — And Snakes

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The American Prairie Reserve project has also garnered support from two local tribal councils, including at the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation, home of the Nakoda and Aaniiih. Bison were nearly eradicated from the prairies by white settlers and the U.S. government more than a century ago. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Big Money Is Building A New Kind Of National Park In The Great Plains

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In Montana, a former Silicon Valley entrepreneur wants to create a massive, privately funded public park. Some ranchers oppose the American Prairie Reserve and say they can better conserve the land.

Kristen Bell attends the world premiere of Disney's Frozen II held at Dolby Theatre last month in Hollywood. Michael Tran/FilmMagic hide caption

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For 'Frozen II,' Kristen Bell Found Inspiration In Personal Pain

In the sequel, the story of the sister princesses veers into darker territory that Bell says is rooted in a darkness present in both her own life, as well as those of her collaborators.

For 'Frozen II,' Kristen Bell Found Inspiration In Personal Pain

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Sadie, a black, Australian labradoodle, is 7 years old. The idea that she's 49 in human years isn't right. Researchers now say she's closer to 62. Peter Breslow/NPR hide caption

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A New Way To Calculate Your Dog's Age

The old way to think about your dog's "human age" — the age in actual years times seven — is wrong. Researchers looked at aging on the molecular level.

A New Way To Calculate Your Dog's Age

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Former Vice President and 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks to voters at Johnsons Reception Hall in Elkader, Iowa. KC McGinnis for NPR hide caption

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Biden Doubles Down On Heated Town Hall Where He Called Voter A 'Damn Liar'

"The fact of the matter is, this guy stood up and he was, in fact, lying," Biden said in an interview Friday evening with NPR Morning Edition host Rachel Martin.

Mike Pompeo attends his confirmation hearing to become CIA director on Jan. 12, 2017. Since becoming secretary of state in 2018, he has emerged as one of President Trump's most influential advisers. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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As Impeachment Inquiry Moves Forward, Questions Around Pompeo Continue To Swirl

The questions surrounding what Secretary of State Mike Pompeo knew about the Ukraine affair reflect the outsized role he has assumed as one of the president's most influential advisers.

As Impeachment Inquiry Moves Forward, Questions Around Pompeo Continue To Swirl

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Students in Alice Henshaw's Wilderness Medical Associates CPR training course can practice on a Womanikin, designed to help trainees understand that compressions should be performed the same way on women's bodies as men's. Alice Henshaw hide caption

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Meet The Womanikin, The Breasted Vest Working To Close The CPR Gender Gap

Studies show women are less likely to receive CPR in public than men. A manikin sleeve with silicone breasts might be part of the solution.

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Sock It To Me: In Praise Of An Evergreen Holiday Gift

It's the Christmas gift for when you can't think of what else to give — socks! And they're having their fashion-world moment, says Steven Frumkin, a dean at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Sock It To Me: In Praise Of An Evergreen Holiday Gift

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A sweet view along one of the many canals of Venice, which in this case are filled with blue jellybeans. Pradipta Banerjee /Courtesy of David M. Schwarz Architects hide caption

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Candy Canals: Architects Craft Gingerbread Replica Of Venice

A competition brought hundreds of architects, designers and engineers together to build a mini version of the Italian city out of Snickers, Mars bars, Jellybeans, cereal, gummy bears and more.

Candy Canals: Architects Craft Gingerbread Replica Of Venice

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People view Maurizio Cattelan's "Comedian" on view at Art Basel Miami 2019 Friday. Two of the three editions of the piece, which feature a banana duct-taped to a wall, have reportedly sold for $120,000. Cindy Ord/Getty Images hide caption

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This Art Is Bananas

A banana taped to a wall was sold for $120,000 as a piece of art. NPR's Scott Simon wonders how it makes people think about the passage of time.

Opinion: This Art Is Bananas

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The USS John F. Kennedy, CVN 79, is now 67% complete. After Christening, Dec. 7, employees of Newport News Shipbuilding will complete the project before it goes to a testing pier ahead of its 2022 commission with the US Navy. Rebecca Feldhaus Adams/WHRO hide caption

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A Day For Shipbuilders: Caroline Kennedy Christens The USS John F. Kennedy

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The ship's high-profile christening marks a day of recognition for the thousands of workers that have participated in the project over more than five years.

German composer and pianist Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827), painted by Kloeber circa 1805. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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The Music And Morality Of Beethoven's Mighty Ninth

For nearly 200 years, Beethoven's epic Ninth Symphony, with its powerful "Ode to Joy," has inspired millions. Now conductor Marin Alsop takes it on a world tour.

The Music And Morality Of Beethoven's Mighty Ninth

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