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New Yorkers in need receive free produce, dry goods and meat at a Food Bank For New York City distribution event on July 30, 2020. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Food Bank For New York hide caption

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A Crisis Within A Crisis: Food Insecurity And COVID-19

Hunger is one of the most urgent — yet hidden — crises facing the nation. In this special episode of All Things Considered, a look at how food insecurity has been exacerbated by the coronavirus.

A Crisis Within A Crisis: Food Insecurity And COVID-19

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Some Black Americans Buying Guns: 'I'd Rather Go To Trial Than Go To The Cemetery'

As the U.S. faces a fight for racial justice in the aftermath of police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, some Black Americans are considering how they can best protect themselves.

Judge Robert Rosenberg, a member of the Broward County, Fla., canvassing board examines a disputed ballot in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Nov. 24, 2000. That close presidential contest was one of several in U.S. history. Alan Diaz/AP hide caption

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Presidential Votes Have Been Too Close To Call And Even Too Close to Count

The uncertainty of past U.S. elections may not offer an adequate model given the magnitude of this year's problems and the apparent determination of the incumbent to resist any adverse results.

Servicemen and members of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation gather after the Armenian government declared martial law and military mobilization amidst growing conflict with Azerbaijan. Melik Baghdasaryan/Melik Baghdasaryan/Photolure/TAS hide caption

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Violence Erupts Between Armenia And Azerbaijan Over Long-Disputed Region

Each country is blaming the other for initiating the conflict, which has reportedly left civilians dead on both sides. Armenia has declared martial law and mobilized its military.

California is preparing for windy, dry weather which is expected to cause critical fire conditions this weekend. Twenty-five major fires are burning throughout the state, including the Bobcat fire in Southern California, pictured on Sept. 21. Frederic J. Brown /AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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In California, Windy, Dry Weather Expected To Bring 'Critical' Fire Conditions

The National Weather Service issued red flag warnings throughout parts of the state. Cal Fire says winds and low humidity are expected to exacerbate fire conditions and drive up temperatures.

Anthony Bottom, who now goes by the name Jalil Muntaqim, was interviewed in New York state prison in 2018. He's going home on parole after more than four decades behind bars. Messiah Rhodes/Screenshot by NPR (YouTube) hide caption

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NY Parole Of Former Black Panther Activist Who Murdered 2 Cops Sparks Reform Debate

Anthony Bottom, 68, is at the center of a discussion over elderly inmates convicted of violent crimes in their youth. Reform advocates say after decades behind bars most should go home.

NY Parole Of Former Black Panther Activist Who Murdered 2 Cops Sparks Reform Debate

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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., will lead the confirmation hearings for President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Senate Judiciary Panel To Start Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings On Oct. 12

The hearings on the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett are expected to last four days. President Trump wants a final vote in the Senate before the election.

New coronavirus infections are on the rise in the U.S., with cases surpassing 7 million this week. Some two dozen states reported increases in new infections, with a handful of states marking new daily records. Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images hide caption

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COVID-19 Daily Cases On The Rise In Nearly Half Of U.S. States

The U.S. reported more than 55,000 infections Friday, pushing the total number of cases to more than 7 million. Some two dozen states saw new cases continue to rise this past week.

NASA astronaut Kate Rubins is seen during Soyuz qualification exams on Wednesday at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center just outside Moscow. Rubins plans to cast her next vote from space – more than 200 miles above Earth.× Andrey Shelepin/AP hide caption

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NASA Astronaut Will Vote From Space

Astronauts have been able to cast ballots from above since the Texas legislature gave its blessing in 1997. "It's critical to participate in our democracy," NASA astronaut Kate Rubins said.

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'Medicating With Music': How One Tiny Desk Contest Entrant Heals Through Song

This year's Tiny Desk Contest attracted plenty of talent, including standout entrant Mama Haze, aka California songwriter Meaghan Maples. Her song "On Your Side" was written during a time of healing.

'Medicating With Music': How One Tiny Desk Contest Entrant Heals Through Song

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New DOJ Filing: TikTok's Owner Is 'A Mouthpiece' Of Chinese Communist Party

In a new court filing, the Trump administration offers its most thorough explanation to date of why it considers the hit video-sharing app a national security threat.

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Michigan Secretary of State Says At Least 3 Million Expected To Vote By Mail

Roughly 2.5 million citizens of the approximately 5 million people expected to vote this fall have requested to vote by mail, according to Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson.

Michigan Secretary of State Says At Least 3 Million Expected To Vote By Mail

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Morgan Cooper holds newborn Lourice as her husband Saleh Totah and 4-year-old son look on. Lourice was delivered in June in a home birth in an inflatable swimming pool in the family's home in the West Bank city of Ramallah. They planned to travel to the U.S. but faced bureaucratic obstacles. Tanya Habjouqa/NOOR hide caption

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What Does It Take For A Palestinian American Baby To Travel From Israel To The U.S.?

The Palestinian Authority has refused since May to register Palestinian births with Israel, so the infants are blocked from leaving the country, as one Palestinian American family recently learned.

Bureau of Land Management Acting Director William Perry Pendley, speaking at a conference last year. A federal judge has ruled that he isn't eligible to continue to serve in that office. Matthew Brown/AP hide caption

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Federal Judge Removes Trump's Top Public Lands Chief

The ruling blocks William Perry Pendley from continuing as the temporary head of the Bureau of Land Management, a post he has held for more than a year without being confirmed by the Senate.

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