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Bindu Sampath, 52, shows photos of her daughter Nimisha Sampath, now 29, who left India three years ago, after converting to Islam. She and her husband, a fellow Muslim convert, are wanted by Indian authorities for allegedly joining ISIS. They're believed to be in Afghanistan. "Only a mother can know how I am sacrificing," says Sampath." I say, 'God, please help her, please hold her.'" Lauren Frayer/NPR hide caption

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'God, Please Help Her': Indian Parents Agonize Over Radicalization Of Their Children

ISIS has radicalized people around the world. But even with one of the world's largest Muslim populations, India has had very few cases of radicalization — until recently. Most cases are in the south.

'God, Please Help Her': Indian Parents Agonize Over Radicalization Of Their Children

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As the battle for the thermostat is being waged in office and homes across the nation, a new study shows that women perform better in certain areas when the temperature is higher. Neil Webb/Getty Images/Ikon Images hide caption

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Study Shows Freezing Office Temperatures Affect Women's Productivity

Do you often hear your colleagues complain that the office is too cold or that they have to bundle up? A new study shows that women are more productive when their surrounding temperatures are higher.

Study Shows Freezing Office Temperatures Affect Women's Productivity

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Mavis Staples' latest album, We Get By, is out now. Myriam Santos/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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In 'We Get By,' Mavis Staples Keeps Singing For 'Change'

Nearing 80, the solo artist has a new album out. Decades after she brought a gospel score to the civil rights movement with The Staple Singers, she remains hopeful in her enduring mission for change.

In 'We Get By,' Mavis Staples Keeps Singing For 'Change'

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Understanding and interpreting a text message isn't always easy. That's where some artificial intelligence companies want to help, by analyzing conversations and providing feedback. Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Need Help Deciphering That Vague Text Message? AI Wants To Help

Texting is the go-to way to communicate these days, but it has its gray areas. Some companies have created apps that use artificial intelligence to help people text and communicate better.

Need Help Deciphering That Vague Text Message? AI Wants To Help

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From left to right: Jacky St. James, David Cruz, Danielle Brinkley, Shira Tarrant, Isiah Maxwell, Lisey Sweet. Liz Kuball for NPR hide caption

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What We (Don't) Talk About When We Talk About Porn

Access to pornography is easier now than ever before. For many people, it's their first experience with sex. How is the fantasy of pornography affecting young people's ideas toward the reality of sex?

What We (Don't) Talk About When We Talk About Porn

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Shannon McCarty in her new apartment in Everett, Wash. Shannon was a meth and heroin user, but is in recovery with the help of a police program that connects people who use drugs with services. Dana McGlocklin for NPR hide caption

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Tired Of Being 'Dope Sick,' A Drug User Gets Help From Police To Get Sober

"Just continually putting people in jail, that's not doing anything for them," says an Everett, Wash. police officer who connected with one drug user, Shannon McCarty, and helped her get off drugs.

Tired Of Being 'Dope Sick,' A Drug User Gets Help From Police To Get Sober

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"I had one day, I worked six hours and made $50. It really wasn't worth it. ... But it doesn't happen that often," says Hilary Gordon, who works as a shopper for the grocery-delivery app Instacart in Sacramento, Calif. "The other day I worked 11-and-a-half hours and made $265. Great? No. But good." Alina Selyukh/NPR hide caption

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Why Suburban Moms Are Delivering Your Groceries

After two master's degrees and three children, Hilary Gordon is one of the women who now make up more than half of the contractors at food delivery apps like Instacart. NPR spent a day with her.

Why Suburban Moms Are Delivering Your Groceries

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Claudio Gage poses for a portrait at the Hola Code offices in Mexico City, Mexico on May 13, 2019. Gage was deported to Mexico after having lived in the U.S. for more than a decade. Alicia Vera for NPR hide caption

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In Mexico, New Groups Offer Aid To A Young Generation Of Deported DREAMers

As former DREAMers return to Mexico with valuable skills and a desire to advance, a number of Mexican organizations are springing up to help these young people contribute to society.

In Mexico, New Groups Offer Aid To A Young Generation Of Deported DREAMers

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Having a purpose in life, whether building guitars or swimming or volunteer work, affects your health, researchers found. It even appeared to be more important for decreasing risk of death than exercising regularly. Dean Mitchell/Getty Images hide caption

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What's Your Purpose? Finding A Sense Of Meaning In Life Is Linked To Health

Researchers found that people who did not have a strong life purpose were more likely to die than those who did — specifically more likely to die of cardiovascular diseases.

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A Mixologist's Guide To 'No-Proof' Cocktails

Alcohol-free cocktails are growing more popular as millennials and health seekers pare back their drinking habits. Washington, D.C., bartender Derek Brown shares a few craft recipes ripe for summer.

A Mixologist's Guide To 'No-Proof' Cocktails

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An imbalance between matter and antimatter in the universe produced all the things in existence, including corned beef sandwiches. Erik Rank/Getty Images hide caption

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Why Corned Beef Sandwiches — And The Rest Of The Universe — Exist

Somehow, at the beginning of time, there was an imbalance of matter and antimatter. That's how all the stuff in the universe came about. Scientists think they may find an answer by studying neutrons.

Why Corned Beef Sandwiches — And The Rest Of The Universe — Exist

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U.S. citizens use ropes to cross the Rio Grande from San Antonio del Bravo, Mexico, into Candelaria, Texas. U.S. citizens depend on the free health clinic in San Antonio del Bravo. Lorne Matalon for NPR hide caption

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In Rural West Texas, Illegal Border Crossings Are Routine For U.S. Citizens

In some remote border towns in Texas along the Rio Grande, U.S. citizens cross back and forth for medical care in Mexico. It's a technically illegal reality that local Border Patrol acknowledges.

In Rural West Texas, Illegal Border Crossings Are Routine For U.S. Citizens

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The Martinez family stands in front of their home in New Jersey. During a speech at her graduation, Alondra said to her parents: "Mamá, papá, lo logramos." Mom, dad, we made it. Mohamed Sadek for NPR hide caption

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Hispanic Unemployment Has Hit Record Lows. But Does That Mean Progress?

Latino joblessness has dipped to historic lows. But many economists are taking those numbers with caution: There's still a gaping wage difference with white workers.

Hispanic Unemployment Has Hit Record Lows. But Does That Mean Progress?

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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos arrives at a White House event with Wounded Warrior Project veterans in April 2018. On Friday, 51 attorneys general called on her to institute automatic student loan forgiveness for veterans who are permanently disabled. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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47 States Call On Betsy Devos To Forgive Student Loans For Disabled Veterans

Attorneys general from 47 states, three U.S. territories and the District of Columbia have asked the Department of Education to make loan discharge for permanently disabled veterans automatic.

The Iowa State Fair in Des Moines is a regular stop for candidate speeches, hand-shaking and fried-food consumption. It takes place for about two weeks every August, with the years just before the Iowa caucuses especially busy. Don Gonyea/NPR hide caption

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On The Campaign Trail, These Are Hot Spots Candidates Can't Resist

In early primary and caucus states, there are well-known places — diners, fairs, union halls — where candidates connect with voters. Here are some of the classics and a few new spots.

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